It’s been eight months since Samsung sent out their first Android 4.4 KitKat update and they are still in the process of updating their devices. Let’s take a look at what has been updated recently and what is still scheduled to be updated in 2014.
Android KitKat update status for Samsung Galaxy devices
Earlier this month, we saw Samsung release an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to ATT variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini. We’ve also seen Samsung rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the international Galaxy Note 3 Neo, the international Galaxy S4, the international Galaxy Note 3 and the international Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has been busy lately and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. There are dozens of Samsung devices that were released in 2013 and Samsung is knocking them out one by one.
It’s interesting to note that Samsung initially started pushing out the 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 2 at the end of April. It’s been four months and they are still in the process of sending out updates to those devices across the world. We could see Samsung taking another month or two before every Galaxy Note 2 variant has been updated with 4.4.2. Do we have any readers with a Galaxy Note 2 who’ve received the 4.4.2 KitKat update? Let us know how the device is performing since it was updated. We would love to know how devices from two years ago are dealing with the KitKat update.
What about devices that have already received the 4.4.2 KitKat update? What are Samsung’s plans to get those updated to 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 KitKat? Earlier today, we talked about some news about the Galaxy S5 and its 4.4.4 KitKat update. It seems like Samsung is indeed working on it, and they should be sending it to carriers across the world during the month of September. Our piece of news was specifically about the Australian carrier, Optus, but this makes us believe that multiple carriers will be receiving this update soon too.
Also, what about all the Samsung devices that are still on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean? T-Mobile’s Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 are still on 4.3. C Spire’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 are still on Android 4.3. Cricket’s Galaxy S3 and the MetroPCS Galaxy S3 and S4 have yet to see the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. Is it possible that Samsung has already sent the update to those carriers and we could see them pushed to devices soon? Anything is possible and we suspect these carriers are currently in the process of testing the 4.4.2 KitKat update on their devices.
Android L update
We can’t forget about Android L either. Some of these devices that have yet to receive a 4.4 KitKat update could be waiting until after Android L is released. Is it possible we could see some of these skip 4.4 KitKat entirely and go straight to Android L? From what we’ve read, Android L is going to be changing a lot of things. With the amount of time it takes for Samsung to send out updates, it wouldn’t be surprising if some of their current smartphones and tablets have to wait until 2016 before they receive the Android L update.
We can’t put all the blame on Samsung. They’re obviously strained when it comes to keeping their devices up to date. We can’t cut them any slack though. Samsung makes billions of dollars in profit every quarter. They could use some of that money to expand their software department. I’m starting to feel bad for those employees though. We can only imagine they’re understaffed and the current crew is working night and day to get these updates pushed out. Let’s try to remember this as Samsung continues to push out 4.4 KitKat updates over the next few months.