News by Luke Jones on Saturday August 30, 2014.
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Samsung has detailed its Android KitKat plans for a slew of devices, bringing version 4.4.2 to a bunch of its products and confirming Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 for others. The Korean company is often slower than some of its rivals (for example, both HTC and Sony's 4.4.3/4 plans are well underway), but it is nice to see Samsung dealing with so many of its devices in one swoop.However, Samsung has still not detailed in full when Android 4.4.4 will be available, although the company did say that the soon to be rolled out Galaxy Alpha will get the latest of Google's software. We also presume that the Galaxy Note 4 that will launch at IFA next week will also get at least Android 4.4.3. While Samsung is keeping quiet about Android 4.4.4 specifics, carriers around the world are confirming that the Galaxy S5 flagship has been approved for the update. Some carriers, such as Australian brand Optus say that 4.4.4 for the S5 could land "within the coming days". The LTE-A Galaxy S5 variant in Europe is also inline to get Android 4.4.4, with the firmware imminent in the United Kingdom. Canadian company Rogers has given us an idea of the Android plans for Samsung devices in North American by saying Android 4.4.3 for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 is now available. The carrier has also said that the Galaxy Mega Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3 Mini, and Galaxy Note 8.0 are all getting Android 4.4.3 soon. We suspect that Samsung devices in the United States will work to a similar timetable, but could take longer depending on the carriers. As for Android 4.4.2, here are the devices and countries getting that patch. Galaxy S4 Baltic [LTE] France [LTE] Netherlands [VE] New Zealand [LTE-A] Saudi Arabia [LTE] South Korea [Active] United Arab Emirates [LTE] United Kingdom [LTE] Tab 4 Argentina [8.0 Wi-Fi] Baltic [10.1 4G] Brazil [8.0 Wi-Fi] France [8.0 LTE,10.1 4G] Germany [10.1 4G] Hong Kong [10.1 Wi-Fi] Italy [10.1 4G] Mexico [8.0 Wi-Fi] Panama [8.0 Wi-Fi] Peru [8.0 Wi-Fi] Trinidad and Tobago [8.0 Wi-Fi] Note 3 Argentina [Neo] Hong Kong [LTE] New Zealand [LTE] Portugal [LTE] Russia Ukraine Note II Italy Portugal [LTE] Slovenia source: SamMobile
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