Samsung officially announces which of its devices will get Android 4.4 KitKat updates
Many smartphone makers have already made their Android 4.4 KitKat update plans official, but so far the biggest of them all has stayed mum. That changes today, though, since Samsung has finally decided to shed some light on its plans.
The Korean giant has made it clear which devices will get the coveted update, but there are a couple of catches. First, though, the good news. You’re in luck if you own a Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 10.1, and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
All of these devices are set to get KitKat at some point. In the US, rollouts will start today. Previously, some (but not all) versions of the Galaxy Note 3 sold internationally got updated.
The list above applies only to US-released devices, though. Furthermore, “select” carrier versions of these handsets and tablets will get updated. That means that your carrier has the final word, and if it doesn’t want to issue an update, Samsung can’t force it to. We’re also assuming that rollout timelines will be heavily influenced by carriers and carrier testing especially.
So while there is hope that all of the variants of the aforementioned devices will be running KitKat one day, it’s not impossible that some would be left out by a carrier or two.
Given the US focus of this list, you probably shouldn’t assume that internationally sold variations of some of those devices will receive the new software too. It definitely could happen, but keep in mind that Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything like that – not yet, at least.