Samsung could be updating lineup to Android 4.4 as early as January

November 22, 2013
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According to a “leaked” document, the more recent Samsung devices may see Android 4.4 early next year. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are set to get the upgrade in January, while the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 may wait until April. It all sounds like good news, but it asks as many questions as it answers.


First, is this across all carriers? It notes the “expected date” for the updates, but not a carrier rollout schedule. We recently saw the Galaxy S4 update halted on AT&T, with the reasons not made clear. Then we have to wonder if this involves the same heavy version of TouchWiz. If we’re getting the same overlay, how much will KitKat matter?

We’re also keeping in mind that this was from an “insider”, and the original source was a blog we’ve never heard of. Documents like these are easily forged, too. Samsung, unlike other OEMs, has been less than clear about their update schedule to Android 4.4.

Rather than worry about Android 4.4, we’d love to see Samsung make some changes to TouchWiz. It offers a lot, but can be endlessly heavy and cumbersome. For an OS as slight as Android 4.4, we’d hate to see Samsung try and outshine it with their Battleship skin. We’ll see just how legitimate this information is come January, though.


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  • wilflare

    this is great news! finally some sense of a timeline

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    That’ll be nice. Hopefully 4.4 will be easier to root than 4.3.

  • http://www.itrush.com/ IT Rush

    Can’t wait what 4.4 is capable of.. hope to see something fresh..

  • jlninja

    Speak for yourself. I actually LOVE touchwiz. Keep the kitkat away from my samsung if it hurts it in any way.

  • Cal Rankin

    That seems almost record speed for Samsung. Maybe the lower memory profile of KitKat will improve day-to-day performance on a Samsung device that is bogged down by TouchWiz

  • amer eliwi

    I have S 4 yesterday 3rd of dec 2013vi upgraded my my mobile software I noticed that tge battery behavior changed so the mobile start consuming more power. ….I hope samsung will fix this bug very soon