The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units bought in some territories have been receiving updates to Android 4.4 KitKat for the past few weeks, and it always stood to reason that the next device to get the latest version of Google’s mobile OS would be the Galaxy S4.
That was true, it turns out, but with a small catch. See, some Galaxy S4 units in South Korea have begun tasting KitKat – but we’re only talking about one country at the moment. Furthermore, this is the Galaxy S4 with LTE-A connectivity and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor only, otherwise known as the Samsung GT-i9506 elsewhere (and in some countries even as the Galaxy S4 Advance).
So the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S4, the model that has been sold the most (GT-i9505) is still waiting for its turn to get the update. It can’t be long now, though.
While other companies make their update timelines and plans public, Samsung has always stayed mum on such things. Which is why we need leaks and rumors to find out, for example, what other devices will get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. The latest rumor on the matter claims that it’s going to be a pretty long, if somewhat weird list.
Alongside the Note 3 and Galaxy S4, we’re told that the Note II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, and Galaxy S III Mini are all slated to be graced with KitKat at some point in the future.
Most of those make sense, but the low-end Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 being updated would really shock a lot of people. This is a tablet that’s currently running Android 4.1 – a jump straight to 4.4 is unheard of. The situation is the same for the Galaxy S III Mini. Oh, and by the way, the S III Mini will get KitKat but the much newer S4 Mini won’t? That seems dubious at best.
So you do need to keep in mind, as always, the fact that this could all be just someone’s hyperactive imagination at work. On the other hand, Samsung has done some strange things over the years, so anything is possible really. Even if it’s real, the list may be subject to change, and devices may be added to it at a later date.