Samsung USA says lots of Galaxy devices to get Android "KitKat" update

If you have bought a Galaxy branded smartphone or tablet from Samsung in the last two years or so, the chances are good that your device will soon be getting a nice OS upgrade. Today, Samsung USA has confirmed the list of its products that will received Google's latest version of Android.

That's version 4.4.2, otherwise known as "KitKat". According to a Samsung USA press release sent to SamMobile and other media outlets today, a total of 14 Galaxy smartphones and tablets will gain access to KitKat. That includes the Galaxy S III, which was first launched in May 2012.

The full list includes:

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 zoom
  • Galaxy S III
  • Galaxy S III mini
  • Galaxy Mega
  • Galaxy Light
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Samsung says that the KitKat roll out for some of their Galaxy products has already begun. Indeed, SamMobile says that Sprint and US Cellular customers who own a Galaxy S4 or Note 3 should be able to download Android 4.4.2. today. The full availability of the KitKat download in the US will likely take weeks or even months for the majority of these devices, thanks mostly to the timing of wireless carriers.

Source: SamMobile

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If they really release a "stock" 4.4.2 ROM for my GS3, I may actually ditch my CM11 based ROM and come back home! I really enjoy/need the ART runtime, which is unavailable with the current stock ROM (4.3)

Shame the Galaxy S4 Plus is not there, Sammy do this everytime! the more advanced version of the phone always gets left behind (S3 4G is also missing) and let's not forget the disaster that was the S2 4G....

Not bad, the Galaxy S3 will have got updates longer than the Galaxy Nexus.

Really does come down to if the manufacturer can be bothered sadly, nice to see Samsung making the effort to update some older phones.

Just upgraded my SGH-T989 SGSII to 4.4.2 today (HellKat ROM), works great. Really getting tired of them dropping OS support so fast on older devices that are more than capable just to get people to buy a newer device.

anothercookie said,
Galaxy tab 2 can get unofficial 4.4. Thats better than most other devices that are old.

Where? CM? I don't think CM supports it officially. At least not the last time I checked.

Aheer.R.S. said,
Didn't they scrap that idea?

Nope, still there with the usual Samsung apologist media outlets trying to spin it as if it was misunderstood.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Nope, still there with the usual Samsung apologist media outlets trying to spin it as if it was misunderstood.

Spin it off??? It was misunderstood. Once you unlock it for the first time in the country where it was intended to be sold it is completely unlocked from that point on. You can go to another country and put a SIM from that country in the phone with no problem as long as your carrier hasn't further restricted your phone. It was intended to prevent people from buying a phone in one country cheaply and selling it on in another country for a profit which seems fair enough to me.

M4x1mus said,

Spin it off??? It was misunderstood. Once you unlock it for the first time in the country where it was intended to be sold it is completely unlocked from that point on. You can go to another country and put a SIM from that country in the phone with no problem as long as your carrier hasn't further restricted your phone. It was intended to prevent people from buying a phone in one country cheaply and selling it on in another country for a profit which seems fair enough to me.

Why is it 'fair enough' with you? So then Samsung can have regionalised monopolies and screw over some whilst dumping products in other markets to gain marketshare. I'm in a small country as it is thus making parallel importing the only viable way of getting the latest phones at a reasonable price - Samsung wish to undermine that ability just so they can make a quick buck? thank god I didn't go ahead and get that Samsung phone when I was tempted.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Why is it 'fair enough' with you? So then Samsung can have regionalised monopolies and screw over some whilst dumping products in other markets to gain marketshare. I'm in a small country as it is thus making parallel importing the only viable way of getting the latest phones at a reasonable price - Samsung wish to undermine that ability just so they can make a quick buck? thank god I didn't go ahead and get that Samsung phone when I was tempted.

Sorry to break your understanding of basic economics but pretty much everything released in poorer countries is cheaper. Samsung aren't special here.

The lock isn't country specific, its region specific, so your argument doesn't stand up. If you live in a small country where they don't sell Samsung phones then you will still be able to import it from another country in your region.

I hate region locks as much as the next guy but this seems so mild that it would affect no one except those trying to save a few quid on a phone using ethically grey tactics.

When are they going to fix that abomination called Kies which is equally buggy on Windows and OS X? Btw don't suggest the cloud or streaming services for obvious reasons.

i don't use kies, i use airdroid for using wifi to connect to the computer. or is kies supposed to do something better? i never did like it when i tried it.

Buttus said,
i don't use kies, i use airdroid for using wifi to connect to the computer. or is kies supposed to do something better? i never did like it when i tried it.

Kies can sync your data via WIFI to your PC.. similar to Airdroid. And you can send/recieve message via Kies Air.

symrv said,
why do u even need kies???

Because I want to get my music on my phone and I own a Mac thus my only choice as far as I see is using Kies. BTW it still doesn't change the fact that Samsung need to get their act together and fix up Kies because your alternative simply allows Samsung to avoid fixing ling standing bugs and issues.

Edited by Mr Nom Nom's, Feb 19 2014, 3:04am :

Not a Samsung phone fan...but this is good. Lets see how long it takes them. Of course if Samsung toned down all the different models, KK would be out for most of their devices by now.

HTC needs to rethink their update plan and update more devices as well. Would go lots towards restoring their image.

It's basically two phones in 7 different form factors, so I don't see why they wouldn't be able to update all of them at once.

Actually, it's hilarious how we accept Android manufacturers to forcefully deprecate our phones when it's just a matter of having a driver compiled for the hardware and the rest should work as it has always worked on the PC front.

I mean, if Jelly Bean can run on a dual-core A9 at 1ghz, what's stopping KitKat which is even more optimized to run on devices like de Galaxy SII or even a much older Atrix or LG Optimus 2x? Greed, that's what stops the manufacturers from supporting their older devices.