Samsung smartphones, tablets to receive Android KitKat update

Samsung smartphones, tablets to receive Android KitKat update

Summary: Devices in the latest Android software update include more than a dozen Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

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Samsung announced Tuesday the arrival of the latest version of Android 4.4.2, dubbed "KitKat," on its U.S. smartphone and tablet range.

The Korean electronics giant said a number of devices in the Galaxy range will receive the update soon — though, the specific rollout depends and varies based on carrier and product. Some users will receive the update as early as today, while others will continue throughout the coming months.

Devices compatible with the new version include the Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and S4 mini, the Galaxy S3 and S3 mini, as well as the Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 8.0, and 10.1 tablets, and more.

Android KitKat lands with a new Location Menu with easy-access to GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network controls, as well as enhanced messaging and a bevy of other new features and improvements.

While earlier versions of Android have been incompatible with many older devices, leaving the mobile platform fragmented across various different device versions, Google's pledge to reach another billion Android activations will be significantly bolstered with this effort.

A key part of Google's strategy is to ensure as many Android-powered devices possible can support the new operating system.

Topics: Android, Mobility, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • You have to be more precise..

    Galaxy Note 10.1 or Galaxy Note 10.1 2014? These are entirely different devices...
    TheWerewolf
  • the list for US devices

    •Galaxy Note 3
    •Galaxy Note II
    •Galaxy S4
    •Galaxy S4 mini
    •Galaxy S4 Active
    •Galaxy S4 zoom
    •Galaxy S III
    •Galaxy S III mini
    •Galaxy Mega
    •Galaxy Light
    •Galaxy Note 8.0
    •Galaxy Tab 3
    •Galaxy Note 10.1
    •Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    greywolf7
  • "Availability varies by carrier and product,"

    "...with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months."

    Hmmm, let's see who gets it today and who doesn't get it for months. Google can say whatever it wants about "Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users" but if the carriers are going to stand in the way, it doesn't mean much.
    matthew_maurice
    • Yep. Four months late

      And still no guarantees of updates.
      1,2,3
  • Will Samsung's version of KitKat be lighter with less bloat...

    ... than 4.3 has (AT&T add-ons aside)? I really like some of the early shots I've seen of the S5 with a much reduced footprint on the out of the box home page, but no telling if this translates to the S4 or even the S5 at this point or not.

    Any word on this from those in Europe who are getting or have already gotten 4.4.2 on the S4?
    TheRealUMLGuy