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Galaxy S3, Note 2 to get Android 4.4 KitKat update

Under: Android OS, Software
Date: October 8th, 2013

There has always been once flagship smartphones waiting for certain Android updates to arrive when even newer versions are announced, and it is being reported that the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 are to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update at some point in the future.

The Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are currently running the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and have been for a number of months now, and are expected to receive Android 4.3 in the coming weeks. Now a new report is claiming that the two handsets will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat, which comes from a leaked internal document detailing Samsung’s Knox security software.

It also reveals that both the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega will come with Knox pre-installed once they are updated with Android 4.4. Obviously the document doesn’t mention the recently released Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy S4 which will of course be getting the later software.

But owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 can at least look forward to one more major update before any new firmware releases are stopped for the two handsets. It has to be remembered that both handsets are over a year old now, and we will be well into 2014 before the Android 4.4 update can be expected to arrive for the smartphones.

This news comes as we previously heard that the Galaxy S2 and original Note will be sticking on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean now.

Are you pleased to hear this news?

Source: SamMobile.

Galaxy S3, Note 2 set for Android 4.4 KitKat update

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  • Andre

    I beg to differ from you but the Note2 is only one year old. I had the Note1 for 11 months when I swapped it for the Note 2. During the 11 months that I had my Note1 I received a couple of updates, after a year with Note2 – - None! Disgusted with Samsung because the Note2 had quite a number of issues. Miss my Note1……

    • steve

      There has been 1 update. Remember when we bought the phone multi windows didn’t work? The update in January fixed that

  • JonJon

    If they going to stop supporting the phones software with current updates they should stop selling those models. Software updates should be supported at least a year to two after the product is pulled from the shelves. Since you can still buy a GS3 from the carriers, ideally updates should happen well into 2015. Its BS that they don’t practice this as we get locked into 2 year contracts.

  • taim hussain

    I decided now I will not buy anymore galaxy mobile coz only one year I bought my note 2 then Google want to stop 4me new update after 4.4 kitkat.how funny really…

  • asoep

    Seriously? You get paid to right this? Samsung had already confirmed they would get key lime pie when it was still rumored to be that, plus there’s also the fact kitkat is rumored to require less then other android versions

  • redbud

    Wow, you need to check your facts. The Note 2 is not even 1 year old yet. Just where do you get your source info from? The luddite(sp?) janitor? I don’t keep up with the details of what is compatible with what new, upcoming OS, but I do know that if you can’t get the age of these phones correct, I doubt your other info.

  • Morgan

    To think that the author of this article is a CEO…..

  • im askin here

    Woo…sgs3 users get 4.4…yay… ._.

  • steve

    The Note 2 wasn’t available until October 30th 2012 from my carrier, which would make it 11 months old and the S3 wasn’t available until June 2012, so how are these two wonderful phones 2 years old? Thanks for making it seem that we are using a s2 or original Note

  • Roger

    The S3 is only 15 months old max. The author may mean the S3 will be 2 years old when it finally gets the update.

  • karthik

    Spending almost 40000 and not even a year old and I just got 2 updates ans still running on 4.1.2.samsung dont you think this is crazy??? People are not ready to buy a new phone once every year… I would prefer filing a case in consumer forum on samsung

  • AJ Moore

    By the time U.S. carriers release the Kit Kat firmware, my first child will be a freshman in college…. I currently have no children lol

    • apollo13

      Lol… Hilarious! This has made my day

  • Anshuman

    Will the 1gb ram sgs3 get the 4.4 update??

    • galaxys3modder

      Yes. Android 4.4 only takes about 512MB to run smoothly according to an article I read. Android 4.4′s goal is to be able to run on lower quality smartphones.

  • Justin McNairy

    S3 is older than Note 2.

  • xXPilgrimXx

    how long r they tryin 2 fool us?

    They don´t care about us.

  • Clarence Miller

    Happy to hear that it’s coming to the S3…

  • akchaos

    I’ll believe it when I see it. We are still on 4.1. I don’t expect AT&T to up grade my Note 2 until sometime next year. And that will be to 4.3. 4.4 is a figment of someones over active imagination.

    • patrick

      then root your phone dude. im on AT&T as well and yes its annoying that they dont push updates out like they should be doing but if you dont like it switch service providers or root the phone or just be happy with what you have.

  • meemoo752

    Here’s a news flash for you. I bought my GS3 the day it was
    released which was during the first week of June 2012, making it only 16 months old. I’m keeping it for as long as it continues to serve my needs and holds up. Shame on Samsung for not committing to keeping it up to date for as long as people are using/buying it. These things are NOT cheap!

  • jonno_norton

    very pleased to hear that. still rocking my GS3, love it

  • Loyd Koon

    Knox is a really bad decision on samsungs part. It makes a lot of us not want anything to do with the new updates as it can make getting your device fixed a court problem instead of just regular service. Shame on samsung.

  • Emc Parkar Pyae Sone

    Can our galaxy note 2 get the android verdsion 4.4 kit kat???

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