Feb 06 AT 3:29 PM Dima Aryeh 30 Comments

Rumor suggests Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II and other older devices will get official KitKat


Samsung hasn’t always been the fastest when it comes Android updates, but besides Google and its Nexus devices, I think that Samsung is the best overall. Not only are its updates released in a somewhat timely manner, it supports its older phones for quite a while. This is important because it reassures customers that their device won’t be tossed aside in less than a year. For example, the Galaxy S II was supported for nearly two years and was taken from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean.

HTC may be beating Samsung to releasing KitKat in the US, but HTC also recently dumped support for the HTC One X and HTC One X+. Released in early 2012 and late 2012, respectively, HTC has deemed that those devices are not worthy of anything more than Android 4.2, despite them being just one generation old. Meanwhile, Samsung has updated its 2012 models to Android 4.3, and if a new rumor is correct, they may soon get Android 4.4 as well.

The latest rumor states that a bunch of older Samsung devices will receive the latest version of Android, despite the fact that they’re nearly two years old. There are even some some lower-end devices are on the list:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-i747
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-i337
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega SGH-i527
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-c105a
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900a
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 SGH-i467
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini SM-g730a

If this rumor ends up being true, it’ll just add support to my opinion that Samsung is the best Android manufacturer when it comes to providing software updates. If phones are supported properly for two years, it means that security holes and bugs are far more likely to get fixed and new features will be added. Unfortunately, this also means that Samsung ends up being a bit slower at updating its current flagships, but I think it’s worth the tradeoff. Don’t you?

Source: Phandroid

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Nitin Gaba

    I’m assuming if the Galaxy S3 mini is included the Galaxy S4 mini would be too? (don’t have the phone but just an assumption for others.)

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      I think it was mentioned in other info that the S4 mini is getting KitKat.

  • Richard Yarrell


    • squiddy20

      Yeah, that explains why the S4 doesn’t have Kit Kat. Or why no version of the Note 3 here in the US has Kit Kat.
      Meanwhile, Motorola has pushed 4.4 to all versions of the Moto X and G, and most of the latest Droids. Even HTC has publicly stated all versions of the One will get 4.4 in the next few days/weeks, pending carrier approval. Even the Verizon version will have it pushed out “shortly”: http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/06/htc-product-manager-says-verizon-htc-one-kitkat-android-4-4-update-is-approved-ota-rolling-out-shortly/

      • Richard Yarrell

        Are these links to other sites here because these are devices you own????? OF COURSE NOT so why worry about updates to any Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy Note 3 products.

        You don’t own these products you are a putrid Nexus from 2011 owner on Sprint instead of worrying about these handsets you should try to go out and purchase something more up to date in 2014.

        You are outdated and obsolete which seems to be a common thing with you every year you never buy just leave useless comments. Guess those pockets are comically empty

        • squiddy20

          Yes, because one has to own a device to be able to comment about it. If that’s the case, why don’t you take your own ridiculous advice and shut up about the Moto X, the “piss poor” Nexus 5, and countless other devices you trash talk on a constant basis but have claimed repeatedly that you wouldn’t touch “with a ten foot pole”, let alone owned them. What a hypocrite.
          You claim I have a 2011 Galaxy Nexus on Sprint. Too bad that particular phone wasn’t released on that particular carrier until April of 2012. Try using that “pimp slapping” Note 3 to check your sorry “facts”.
          If I “never buy”, then explain how I got the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint less than a month after its release, when it was $200. Also, I guess you’ve never heard of a little something called the “2 year contract”, or actually LIKING your phone. Good god, you are stupid.

        • Steam

          Wow. Just…wow. You really are a clueless fucking moron. Do you regard a smartphone as a status symbol because you are trying to over compensate for being not only mentally handicapped, but a completely broke homeless individual who needed the shelter to take you in, feed and clothe you, teach you how to turn on a computer, and give you a job? I think it’s great for anyone to get on theirfeet, but in your case, I would rather see you sleep in dumpster. You are a mean, nasty, racist hypocrite. You act like a self-starting big shot, but the fact is; you’re a broke ass loser. You were shitting your pants, scared to death a few years ago before the Bowery Mission took you in. Richard, here is a little advice; successful people don’t brag about smartphones. I think it’s the only thing you own that has any value. You found your tv in the trash, you think a phone is a status symbol, and as flashy as you like to think you are, you’re absolutely not. Whenever you go full retard, and spew nonsense about your phone and how you “buy whatever you want, when you want to buy it,” you have nothing else to say, ever. I have never, in the last few years, ever seen you say anything remotely intelligent. Why don’t you take a shower, get your beard trimmed, and get those disgusting teeth fixed? Oh,.right, you can’t afford any of that.
          Remember that bet Richard? The bet about you being consistently asinine? I just collected on that. Thanks fucktard!

          • Lou Sasshole

            Haha damn do you know this guy personally? I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he is or was homeless.

          • squiddy20

            Lou, he was indeed homeless. I’d link you to a Bowery Mission pdf saying how Richard was homeless back in 2006-07ish, until they took him in and taught him how to do basic things with a computer, but the document seems to have been taken down (and I didn’t think to save it to my computer). Now he uses those “technical skills” to spam the entire Internet with his mindless drivel. As far as I know, he still works for the Bowery Mission, supposedly as the “Director of Security” (though I can’t imagine him directing a school play, much less the security of a facility).

          • plainandsimpleperiod

            I’m going to teach you an important lesson. Your* the dumb-ass because you don’t have a Samsung on T-Mobile’s un-network.

            Richard is the shining example of what American freedom is all about.
            It’s about being free to ramble incoherently for many years resulting in you being voted into obscurity on any internet forum that gives a vote.
            It’s about your freedom to buy stupid shit and have that define your life.
            It’s about your freedom to talk down on people that in all probability are doing better than yourself.

            Plain and simple, we should celebrate people like Richard Yarrell for proving to the World that in America, even the batshit craziest person in the room is given a voice. Period.

        • Lou Sasshole

          You are a moron and look like a turkey and that’s the bottom line.

    • Orion78

      Samsung is not the best on updates you moron. Oh and playing with Samsung devices in a T-Mobile store doesn’t qualify as owning them.

    • redraider133

      Ok Richard your blind fanboyism is starting to get over the line. 1. Samsung isnt the best, yes they “sell” the most devices but that doesn’t mean they are the best in any regards. The s4 was a big let down and the lag exhibited from touchwiz on the hardware Samsung puts out is unacceptable. And I used to like samsung, but they are starting to become like the verizon of OEM’s and not listening to their customers. Maybe the s5 changes that and I hope they do because HTC looks to have another winner on their hand with the one successor and the g2 among other devices is no slouch (and I know they Didnt sell a ton, because like the apple cult, Samsung has used advertising to lock people in) you should be harsh on every OEM to expect the best, not mediocrity like you seem to be so ok with.

  • Tiuri

    What about the original Note 10.1 released in 2012? It’s still stuck on 4.1.2 it’s barely two years old!

  • BobK

    Had a Droid 3 and was long overdue for a new phone. It had a really sophisticated contacts package, allowing you to customize each phone number and email addressee. Purchased an HTC One and was shocked to see the absolutely clunky contacts package it had. Basically allows you to label a phone number as “Home,”, “Work”, “Fax,” or “Other,” which is basically useless. Labeling email addresses is even worse. A good contacts package is essential — after all, what do you use a phone for? To contact people! I had my contacts saved on Verizon’s backup system and on Google contacts, but conversion to the HTC One contacts was futile, everything was reduced to a confused mess and all the customization was lost because HTC One has no “Custom” fields. My old Droid 3 was far more sophisticated! I exchanged the HTC One for a Galaxy 4 and couldn’t be happier! It has a great contacts package!!! Reviews of phones do not say anything about how Contacts are handled — I wonder why? I just hope that KitKat 4.4 doesn’t trash the great contact system Samsung has in the S4!

  • yowanvista

    Nothing for the Ace 2? CM11 kinds feels pale without the whole TouchWiz framework.

  • Mohd. Firdaus

    Any updates for Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 G?? Would like it if updates are REALITY..
    not RUMOURS..

  • Michael Mon

    How Galaxy win gtI8552 Kitkat 4.4.2?

    • Aabhas

      Yes even I possess a Samsung galaxy win and it is nt even 1 year old………it shud be updated….

  • Michael Mon

    How Galaxy Win gti8552 Kitkat 4.4.2

  • Ben Rollier

    I would hope my Stratosphere II would be on the list. It’s just a little over a year old.

  • maznor mazmihan

    my s3 just got update to 4.3 yesterday.and now it always restarts the phone by itself.what i want to say is its not stable

    • Paul Atreides

      Do a factory reset. I’m not having that problem on my Sprint S3.

  • Jt

    if true, that would be better than what google does for its own devices. The Galaxy Nexus didn’t get it updated because google said it only updates for 18 months. So Nexus 5 owners are going to be out of luck in about 13 months. So when is Android 5.0 coming?

    • Me

      Which is funny since my NS4G got 4.1.2 after 18 months, then again, it was before the 18 month recommended software support frame. Shame it’s running KK even though I don’t use it lol

  • muttu

    i hv samsung s duos which hv icecrem sandwitch os.. wil is support kitkat os?

  • donger

    At least they are trying.

  • Steve

    I always laugh when somebody says they are leaving sansung for becausevof updates. I asked who are you going to go to? I never get a reply. Sony diesnt update until recently, like the article said, htc isnt updating 1 year old phones, Lg is realky the only company that is taking updates seriously. Dont bring up the moto g or nexus because they run stick, so there is know work involved. So the only company that is vetter than Samsung rught now for updating is LG, and they just started a conback

  • Rahul

    does galaxy note 2 gt n7100 will get 4.4.2 updation

  • natalie

    Well samsung okay ive got the kit kat update on my galaxy note 2 waiting for next kit kat update ..yesh..