Samsung has been tight-lipped about the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat
for its premium smartphones, including its 2013 flagships, the Galaxy S4
and the Galaxy Note 3.
However, French carrier, SFR
has claimed that the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will receive the
Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end-of-January and in early-February
respectively. The French carrier has also revealed that it will announce
the exact dates for the update release soon.
The Android 4.4
brings some new features such as the translucent menu bar, which is
located at the bottom of the screen; new dialler and caller ID; unified
Hangouts messaging app; smarter Google Now integration; step counter and
detector, and support for screen recording. It's worth pointing out
that Samsung uses its TouchWiz UI on top of the Android OS and it is
still to be seen, what changes are introduced in the new company UI.
has still been pushing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its top of
the line smartphones that include
the 2012 flagship, Galaxy S III; and its 2013
flagships, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II.
Notably, the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4
and Galaxy Note II brings Galaxy Gear support, Samsung's first wearable
tech device, which only supported the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1
2014 Edition at the time of launch.
In November, Google and
Samsung released the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play
Edition, soon after the HTC One Google Play Edition received the update.
Smartphone manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola and Sony had already
revealed plans for the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade soon after the
release of the new OS. However, Samsung has been a late entrant for
announcing the Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Galaxy line of