As secretive as Samsung is trying to be in regards to Android 4.4 KitKat update timelines for its devices, the cat appears to be out of the bag at least as far as the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 are concerned.

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The high-end duo first got a KitKat ETA about a month back, only at the time we really didn’t have sufficient and reliable evidence to set the January 2014 deadline in stone. Meanwhile, French carrier SFR went on record with a little something, something, announcing Android 4.4 may be indeed headed for the two as early as next month.

It’s still a “may” kind of scenario though, as SFR technically declared Android 4.4 “should be available between late January and early February 2014 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3”. Notice the “should”? It doesn’t sound like they’re very certain now, does it?

It also doesn’t help the cause that the wireless service provider made a public boo-boo fairly recently, slating LG G2’s KitKat bump for “November or December” (note the pattern), and then backtracking on its own claims and confirming a “delay” for Q1 2014.

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Assuming this time around the French do know what they’re talking about, don’t think for a second all Note 3 and S4 users are in for chocolaty software treats in the next 30 days or so. The OTA rollouts are to make their way around the world in a gradual manner, likely starting with the old continent and Asia and thus leaving North America hanging. For how long? Hard to say, but a March or April due date might be a little more realistic stateside.

Oh, well, at least the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition rocks Android 4.4 already, whereas the standard flavor and the Note 3, as well as the Note 2 and S3, run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is truly the next best thing. When it works.

Sources: GottaBeMobile, SFR