While it is hardly a surprise that Samsung’s biggest and baddest flagship smartphones are going to get their Kit Kat update eventually, the real question plaguing everyone’s mind was a matter of “when”. Samsung has been looked upon by fans of the Android community as well as their haters as the premier Android provider, but it seems that the company has lately been overshadowed by faster rival companies, namely HTC and Motorola.
Samsung’s update delays began with Jelly Bean 4.3, which they really struggled to deliver over the last couple of months due to some issues with the update having plenty of incompatibility bugs. What made the transition worse was many of the fans that were waiting for the update were burned with an update that rendered many smartphones a total pain to use in daily life with no official way to get it back to working order.
Samsung finally got their act together and started rolling out Jelly Bean 4.3 in the US and other parts of the world. While many fans are definitely happy to get a fully functioning 4.3 update, they are wondering just how far down the road the Kit Kat update would be, especially after seeing their rivals come out with updates and update schedules.
Many speculated that Samsung is so buy getting 4.3 rolled out to smartphones and getting more devices update to 4.3 as soon as possible. That is why many predicted a Q1 release of the next update next year, at least for the latest flagship models. Sure enough, French local carrier SFR came out with a confession, promoting that Kit Kat 4.4 will arrive on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sometime between January and February.
This is certainly good news for the international market as this usually points to an earlier update for international users. We can expect the next slew of updates to happen between those two months for the rest of the world. Unfortunately for US fans, European updates usually happen much earlier than US updates. Our carriers love to keep us behind the times with excessively lengthy approval processes without real bug tracking and bug testing. If this does come sometime between January and February for the rest of the world, expect ours to hit sometime in March or at the best, late February.
Of course, we love how carriers have worked faster recently with Motorola and HTC in bringing more Kit Kat smartphones out in the local market so soon. In that light, we might find the same treatment applied to Samsung’s phones when they are ready to dish out an update to Kit Kat 4.4.