Many people have been asking when and whether various Samsung Galaxy devices were getting the latest version of Android KitKat, especially since HTC, Sony and Motorola haven’t been so quiet about the update like Samsung. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Note 3, though it hasn’t been made official yet by Samsung, your device may be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat OS upgrade in January 2014 – just over a month of waiting.
A memo leaked and published on iTechAddict revealed just what plans Samsung has for a few of its top Galaxy S series devices and it appears that it waited intentionally so long to make the news available to its anxious fans. The leaked memo ‘KRT16 UPDATE EXPECTED’ revealed that the company’s current flagship phone Galaxy S4 and the latest phablet Galaxy Note 3 model numbers GT-I9500 and SM-N900 respectively are ‘expected’ to get the OS upgrade in January while the Galaxy S3 (I9300) and Galaxy Note 2 will get the same update much later – the document points at dates between March and April.
Samsung began rolling out Galaxy S3’s and Note 2 Android 4.3 OS update not so long ago but this was late, way too late, and Samsung apologized in a statement for the delay. This demonstrates Samsung’s notoriety when it comes to withholding Android OS updates and update news especially when it comes to its high end devices, the new development alleviates fears many had that maybe Samsung rolled out the 4.3 updates for these devices because it planned to stop at that.
Just to remind you, the main reason Android 4.4 KitKat is so eagerly anticipated is because the new TouchWiz UI is fully integrated in the operating system’s services, making it respond more smoothly, is more stable and since it is not so RAM hungry, it makes the Samsung Galaxy device perform faster even when multitasking. So, yes, it is an important update for Samsung Galaxy owners.
The leaked document sure does look legitimate and was leaked out of– Samsung India’s R&D. It is possible that we will not hear a thing about this from Samsung for weeks, maybe even till January, but since we can be sure it’s coming, if your device will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update, let’s join HTC One’s owners in the wait.