Android 4.4 KitKat now out for Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC Desire 601, Samsung Galaxy S4 for Verizon
It’s (still) KitKat update season in the Android world, and three more smartphones are now in the process of receiving updates to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
In the US of A, several versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have already been updated, but today it’s time for Verizon’s model to get it, alongside that sold by US Cellular. It’s been a few weeks since we saw the first update for the Galaxy S4 go out, but Verizon is usually slow with these things, so this isn’t surprising.
These updates should arrive over-the-air (for both Verizon’s and US Cellular’s Galaxy S4), so your phone will notify you once it’s ready to download and install the new bits.
Internationally, the Samsung Galaxy Note II from 2012 is now finally getting its taste of KitKat. The new software version is available for phones purchased in France via Kies, Samsung’s desktop software. That said, it’s bound to be rolling out over-the-air (OTA) pretty soon, if it hasn’t started to already. After that, you can expect it to start making its way to other countries too. Samsung always releases new updates to one country at first, then waits a short while (presumably to find out if there are any horrible bugs and / or rollout issues), and then makes the software available in more and more places each day.
Over in the HTC camp, the Desire 601 is now getting Android 4.4 KitKat via an update, at least in Singapore. HTC’s official account for that country has shared the news via Facebook, making the Desire 601 the first HTC handset not named One to get the KitKat update. Furthermore, it will also receive HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI overlay in the process. This too is an OTA update, though it might take a while for it to make it to other countries.