The gradual rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat is still ongoing, and there are plenty of devices which have seen the updates pushed already. While Samsung have yet to announce their schedule for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, Motorola were unsurprisingly quick off the bat with their Moto X phones seeing KitKat within a few weeks, with promises that the excellent new Moto G will be seeing Android 4.4 shortly. HTC have announced their intention to update their One series of phones (including the One Mini and One Max), and have already pushed Android 4.4 to their developer models.
Samsung on the other hand have kept relatively quiet, with no official word from them what their plans are in terms of updates. The only activity we’ve seen from them was pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition handsets, which was to be expected.
Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 3 and Note 2 Android 4.4 Roadmap Leaked
Those who have felt understandably left in the dark by Samsung will feel a little relief today though, following the news that a roadmap of the expected update schedule has been leaked. In the document, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are specifically mentioned, as well as the Samsung Note 2 and Galaxy S3.
The roadmap reveals that Samsung is currently planning on updating the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 at some point in January, which may come as a disappointment to some considering that we know Samsung have been testing Android 4.4 KitKat on the Note 3 for some time now.
Whilst the rollout is much slower than that of HTC, I would assume that Samsung’s more heavily tweaked version of Android takes a good while longer to adapt to new iterations of the platform. Also considering the recent problems with the Galaxy S3’s Android 4.3 update, I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung were being more cautious about testing releases in advance.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 are also mentioned, but this time they are unlikely to see Android 4.4 KitKat until March or April.
Of course as with anything like this there’s two factors to consider. Firstly, this is a leaked preliminary roadmap and is in no way set in stone, and secondly many updates have to go for technical approval from carriers first. The latter in particular can cause quite hefty delays (looking at you, Verizon).
Still, this is much needed news for Samsung customers who’ve otherwise been left in the dark. Are you annoyed with how Samsung handles their updates, or just pleased to hear some news? Let us know in the comment below.