Samsung has just announced the list of smartphones and tablets that will be updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. There are 14 devices that will receive the update, but none of them is more than two years old unfortunately. According to the company, it seems like some of the devices will start receiving the update today.
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will bring some new features to Samsung's devices, including a location menu, enhanced messaging and the updated Google Mobile Service (GMS) apps.
The location menu allows users to activate specific location capabilities, based on GPS, WiFi networks or mobile networks. It also displays the battery usage for each of the services, so the user can understand which one is using the most battery. This should help users manage their battery better by disabling specific location services they might not need.
The KitKat update also brings the updated Hangouts app, which can replace the stock Messaging app for SMS and MMS. Google has been trying to integrate its services better and Hangouts has now replaced SMS, MMS, Google Talk, and Google Plus Messenger. It can be a much better all-in-one messaging app and it's very popular among Android users, considering it's preloaded on every device. Emoji icons are also included in this update and you should take a look at them.
It seems like the update availability depends on the carrier, as we got used to. Hopefully carriers will do their job better and deliver the OTA updates faster.
We expect newer devices to be updated first, which means Galaxy S3, S3 Mini, Tab 3, Note 10.1, Note 8.0 users will have to wait a bit longer. Some of the devices listed have already been updated in specific areas.
The smartphones and tablets scheduled to be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat:
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy Note II
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S4 mini
- Galaxy S4 Active
- Galaxy S4 zoom
- Galaxy S III
- Galaxy S III mini
- Galaxy Mega
- Galaxy Light
- Galaxy Note 8.0
- Galaxy Tab 3
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition