Samsung is already pushing the Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy Note 2 units in the US and it’s only a matter of time until the software update will hit other regions of the globe. Still, many of the phablet’s owners are looking forward to get the Android 4.4 update on their Galaxy Note 2 units.
The Galaxy Note 2 was released pre-loaded with Android 4.1 and skipped Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which allowed the Korean phone maker to focus on Android 4.3 and push the new firmware ahead of its competitors. As you probably know, on the US market, Sprint is the only carrier that released the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy Note 2, but both AT&T and Verizon are expected to join the OTA update party in the coming days.
KitKat 4.4 is the latest Android version released by Google and early sings are indicating that Samsung will update the Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4 which is nothing but great news for the phablet’s owners. Even though Android 4.4 is not an overhaul it is the most major update since the arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in June 2012.
For the time being, Samsung didn’t confirm whether the Android 4.4 update will be brought to the likes of Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3, but we are sure that the announcement will come as soon as the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out is finally over. Given that Android 4.4 is bringing a lot of system improvements, along with better RAM management, we are very confident that Samsung’s 2012 high-end smartphones will be updated to the latest Android version.
Unlike other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung is not giving specific release dates for its software updates, but if it is to believe a recently leaked document, the Galaxy Note 2 would get Android 4.4 KitKat by the end of April, which actually makes sense. By that time the Galaxy S5 (which will probably be Samsung’s first smartphone to run Android 4.4 out of the box) would have already hit the market, bringing some new and innovative TouchWiz software features that will be then optimized for Note 2, Note 3, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S4.
Anyway, you shouldn’t expect the Galaxy Note 2 to be among the first terminals to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Just by looking to Samsung’s software update pattern you will notice that the Koreans are updating their most recent handsets first. Moreover, it was reported that both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will get Android 4.4 by the end of January. But what about the software features brought by the Galaxy S5? Well, their will most likely be included in a “Premium Suite” update that will roll out for S4 and Note 3 soon after S5’s announcement.
Anyway, you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for the US Galaxy Note 2 units get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. As you probably noticed, the US carriers were among the first to roll out Android 4.3, but this is related to the Galaxy Gear launch. The Android 4.3 update for both Note 2 and Galaxy S3 is bringing compatibility with Samsung’s smartwatch, so an early release would allow Samsung to sell more Gears to the users who already own an S3 or Note 2.
As we are getting closer to the Galaxy S5 announcement and Galaxy S4 and Note 3 KitKat roll out, we should be able to see various leaked Android 4.4 builds for both the Note 2 and the Galaxy S3.
Summing up, the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update sometime next year. When exactly? We can’t tell you at the moment, but it should arrive sometime in Q2 2014.