Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has been out for nearly eight weeks now, but Samsung’s latest-generation flagship phablet arrived with Android 4.4.2 KitKat pre-installed.
Even as far back as April, Android 4.4.3 KitKat was rumored to be on the way. US carrier Sprint had to retract its Android 4.4.3 KitKat announcement due to issues with the update itself. The next Android 4.4.3 KitKat announcement was made by no. 5 US Carrier US Cellular, who published its Android 4.4.3 KitKat page for Samsung’s Galaxy S5 nearly one week ago. This is surprising, considering that Google had yet to release the update last week when US Cellular’s KitKat update announcement was spotted.
Now, new leaked screenshots show that Samsung’s testing the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 models. At the same time, Samsung’s continuing to push out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to its other devices. The GS4 Mini LTE and Note 3 Neo devices are still behind in the testing stage, but Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates for the Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 are in their final stages – which means users of all three devices could see the most recent update to Android KitKat sometime soon. Samsung looks to release the Grand 2, and Mega 5.8 and 6.3 KitKat update this month.
Just this week, Deutsche Telekom carrier T-Mobile published an Android 4.4.3 KitKat announcement for the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices. Google pushed out the 4.4.3 KitKat update a day letter, but only released it for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013) users. Android 4.4.3 KitKat should make its way to the Nexus 10, Nexus 5, and Nexus 4 over the next two weeks.
Since US Carrier US Cellular has published an announcement on its website about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for the Galaxy S5, it seems as if Samsung’s trying to get ahead of the current impression it’s given Galaxy users. Samsung has been accused of taking too long to release updates for its devices, with Verizon Note 3 just getting 4.4.2 KitKat last month – seven months after the release of the Note 3 to carriers last October. Some say that US carrier Verizon Wireless is to blame for this, seeing that carriers test software updates before releasing them to the consumer base. At the same time, a number of carriers release updates right away that turn out to be disastrous for the consumer.
At this point, it’s safe to say that Samsung’s doing all it can to get updates tested and released as soon as possible. Since Samsung’s testing the GS4 and GS5 with the 4.4.3 KitKat update, it shouldn’t be long before the company turns its eyes toward the Galaxy Note 3 and possibly the Galaxy Note 2. At this date, however, it’s likely that, should Google release a new update sometime soon, Samsung users will still be one update behind Google’s latest and greatest. You can expect an August-September time frame for the release of 4.4.3 KitKat to most Samsung devices. We could see an Android 4.5 Lollipop bugdroid statue unveiled in Mountain View at that time.