Closely following the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy S4 LTE-A has started getting the Android 4.4 treatment, with nine other Samsung devices allegedly waiting for soon-to-happen KitKat makeovers.
Remember that one time Samsung posted an Android 4.4 update schedule and failed to deliver on its promises? Oh, wait, that was HTC. Or maybe it was LG. It sure wasn’t Samsung, as the Galaxy makers never pledged to roll out KitKat to this or that handheld in a particular timeframe.
Instead, they’re letting actions do the talking. Sure, there’s not a whole lot of chatter going on yet, but it’s slowly building up. First, the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition got an OTA Android 4.4 port, then it was Note 3’s turn to revel in chocolaty goodness, and now the Galaxy S4 LTE-A (model numbers SHV-E330S and SHV-E330K) over in Korea is joining the party.
Mind you, this isn’t the exact same phone as the international, standard Galaxy S4, as it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip instead of an S600. But the differences overall are fairly subtle, so the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 should probably be ready to leap on the Android 4.4 bandwagon any day now.
Meanwhile, according to information obtained by Phandroid on the down low, almost a dozen members of the Samsung Galaxy family are due for the upgrades in the near future. The list includes usual suspects such as AT&T’s Galaxy S4 and Note 3 versions (SGH-i337 and SM-N900A), as well as major underdogs like the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (SM-T217A) and Galaxy S3 mini (SM-G730A).
Whoa, isn’t that a nice surprise. I mean, both the 4-inch phone and 7-inch tab run 4.1 Jelly Bean at the moment. Not to mention they’re pretty outdated hardware-wise, with modest dual-core CPUs and almost cringe worthy displays.
Bottom line, it’s great to hear Samsung might be showing some love to a couple humble old-timers, though the information is far from confirmed. For the record, the six other gizmos purportedly on their way to KitKat heaven are the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, S4 Active, Mega 6.3, S4 Zoom and Note 8.0.
No S4 mini, Note 10.1, Tab 3 10.1? Well, Phandroid never said the list is all-inclusive, so don’t despair just yet.