Another international flavor of a high-end (-ish) Samsung device is boarding the KitKat bandwagon, as Android 4.4 updates for the GT-I9295, aka Galaxy S4 Active, have just started on the old continent.
A little late to the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrading party compared to Samsung, HTC or LG, Sony is apparently bringing no less than three of its smartphones up to date software-wise over the next few weeks.
Samsung continues its slow but steady Android 4.4 upgrading process for flagship devices, rolling out KitKat to the “international” Galaxy S4, as well as to another US carrier-specific Note 3 variant.
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.
Sprint looks to have won the US race for fastest carrier to certify Android 4.4 for HTC One, whereas in Canada the all-metal 4.7-inch phone is being upgraded to KitKat as we speak on all major wireless networks.
Likely in an attempt to make users forget about the lack of One X/One X+ software support, HTC has announced the Android 4.4 KitKat update for One versions available on US carriers is in the hands of the “big four”.
SFR, France’s second biggest wireless service provider, announced a little while ago that Android 4.4 KitKat was rolling out to the HTC One, only to backtrack and postpone the update until “early February”.
LG officials brought upon themselves a massive wave of public flak when issuing confusing statements on G2’s Android 4.4 KitKat update, but ultimately the Koreans may still prevail in the software support challenge, as they’re working on bumps for roughly a dozen old and new devices.
Motorola’s unexpected treats just keep on trickling in, as the Verizon-exclusive Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini are getting promoted to Android 4.4 KitKat, exactly like the Moto X and Moto G before them.
Motorola is full of surprises lately and, after rolling out the uber-cheap Moto G stateside earlier than expected, it’s also delivering a precocious Android 4.4 KitKat update for the budget-conscious powerhouse.
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.
One of the first non-Nexus and non-Google Play Edition Android devices to get bumped up to the latest and greatest software version, 4.4 KitKat, will apparently be LG’s G2, slated for the update this month in Korea.
Samsung might be looking to take advantage of Android 4.4 KitKat’s unique optimizations for low memory devices, with more than half a dozen mid to low-end Galaxy family members apparently due for chocolaty software updates in the future.
According to an alleged Samsung internal roadmap leaked to the press, the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are to unsurprisingly score Android 4.4 updates the first in the company’s line-up, sometime in January 2014, followed soon after by the S3 and Note 2.
After going on record with concrete Android 4.4 KitKat update plans for a raft of spanking new devices currently running Jelly Bean, Sony has turned its attention to a few older and more technically modest gadgets, indirectly confirming they’re also due for software bumps.
Google-owned Motorola is moving mighty fast with Android 4.4 updates, rolling out the chocolaty new KitKat OS to the Verizon Moto X as we speak and working out the kinks of the OTA for close to a dozen other handhelds.
With Android 4.4 KitKat officially official, fully detailed and available already on a number of Nexus devices, it’s only a matter of time until gadgets not running stock versions of Google’s OS will also be bestowed upon the honor of savoring the latest chocolaty software treat.