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Samsung Confirms List of Phones and Tablets to Receive Kit Kat, Updates Begin Today

Been waiting impatiently for a list of Samsung devices that are guaranteed to see the update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat“? We now have one, thanks to Samsung. The list features devices you would expect like the Galaxy S4 and S3, Galaxy Note 3 and 2, and Galaxy Note tablets. According to the Android behemoth, updates should begin as early as today, though “availability varis by carrier and product.”

Since we already saw Kit Kat show up for the Sprint Galaxy S4 last week, there could be more at any time. As soon as we learn of specific carrier models receiving updates, we’ll be sure to pass that info along. 

In the mean time, here is the full list of devices:

  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note 2
  • Galaxy S3
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Mega
  • Galaxy Light
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Samsung Confirms KitKat for U.S. Smartphones and Tablets

February 18, 2014

DALLAS, TX – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that a number of Samsung Galaxy® devices will receive the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) software update, enriching the Galaxy experience.

The upgrade provides a number of innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience, including a more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities and updated applications:

Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.

Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 mini™, Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Galaxy S® 4 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.

Availability varies by carrier and product, with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.

  • Ryan

    t-mobile is sure taking their sweet time with the update on the S4.

  • matthew hetrick

    Are the tab 3 7&8 inch wifi versions getting the update or is this only for carrier versions

  • BesoINTER

    when it will be able for Europe?

  • mithilesh soni

    what about samsung galaxy grand duos i19082??????? some list shows grand duos sum dosent which list to belive plz give a reply which list is correct

  • feztheforeigner

    Galaxy Nexus 🙁

  • rabby

    I use Galaxy S4 It,s update KitKat ,i find upcoming android 4.4.2 kirtkat phone list you can see it


  • Erica Chaves Sandwall

    So is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 WiFi model SM-T210 get Android 4.4 KitKat update? I really hope it does.

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  • Dave

    This is nice to see. Slam Samsung all you want, but they have really started to draw attention for doing upgrades for many devices, whether or not they come a little late.

  • jzwerlz43

    damn more then shocked to see the galaxy s3 on this list. looks like i shall be seeing some more new life out of my almost two year old device! come the end of this year that will make the decision for what to upgrade to much harder. i was leaning towards the htc m8 to try something different but unless htc shows some promise with device updates a galaxy s5 may be in my future instead…

  • Caz Abbott

    My roommate just got it a couple days ago on her T-Mobile S4 apparently.

  • J. Gilbertson

    10.1!!! My device isn’t dead yet!

  • Scott in MA

    I was happily surprised to see my S3 on the list. They say the rollout will be over the next few months so my S3 on VZW might get this about when I plan to get the S5.

  • enigmaco

    I just had to leave my note 8 at home i have the wifi version not from a carrier so wonder if it receive it as well. I kept losing wifi connection with 4.2.2.

  • avyfa

    =( I wished to see sgs 2 in this list.

  • Shawn John

    Hah, Now that there catching up, it’s time for Google to debut 4.5 for it’s Nexus devices, just to stay ahead, and all the other manufacturers can get it 6 months later.

    • Tim242

      *they’re *its

      • Shawn John

        Thanks Tim.

      • wmsco1


      • Guest
      • Guest

        EDIT: Whoops, wrong “it’s”. Thought you were talking about the 7th word… my bad!

  • Robert Castles

    Will this include the red headed step child, the tab 3 8 inch tablet?

  • S.Ober

    Ill have my Sony Z2 before my S3 gets the update.

  • kevin_gee

    I would’ve thought the Galaxy S3 wasn’t going to get any more updates, because Samsung just needed to push 4.3 and make it Galaxy Gear compatible and make more money off it. But if they feel warm and generous inside to push 4.4 to this device then, more power to them.


  • Dhairyadev

    What about galaxy grand in India?

  • Robert Boluyt

    Shocked to see the Note 8 on there too, thought they were abandoning that device.

  • scastro87

    Hope the FoxFi developers get it to work by the time my GS4 gets the Kit Kat update.

    • yankeesusa

      My brother in law said the same thing. Hes on verizon. Luckily I have tmobile which allows free hotspot. Either way I hope they get it done too. I may switch to att depending on if they keep lowering prices.

  • Rechie

    Galaxy Note 2! Hell yeah!

  • tanya

    Im hoping they fix all the issues that have arisen on my phone so I can get it back to normal. My flash light going off every time ky phone rings Is ridiculous. I want my ring tones back to where they were. I was told to back up and put my phone back to factory default settings. Not a great option :p. Lets hope all gets back to normal for our droids!

    • Adrynalyne

      Sounds to me like you have a third party app installed that is using your flash when you get a call.

      • tanya

        When the last update came on that’s when the flash light started. If u read some of the comments from the last update im not the only one that has had this issue.

        • jbegs

          A friend of mine had this same issue on her GS3. I had them check the settings and it wasn’t checked off. I told them to check it on and then uncheck it. That stopped the light from going off every time a message came in. –Settings>>Accessibility>>Flash notification. See if that does anything.

  • tommy

    Hope its gonna be more than some different color icons, this time. How about a touchwiz update, sammy? Hook us up with some new themes and some custom options. Lets go!

    • jaymonster

      How about eliminating TouchWiz altogether? Now THAT would be an improvement. Nova solves the problem with the pathetic launcher, but the fact that KitKit is “sleeker and faster” will be lost under the weight of TouchWiz as things stand now.

      • Adrynalyne

        That would upset those who are accustomed to TW. I can see slimming down, but I doubt they abandon it outright.

  • Michael Martinez

    I’m just hoping the good people at Foxfi can find the workaround so I can use the wifi hotspot before I need to upgrade to Kitkat, it’s the only thing keeping me from getting on big red’s new contract hoodwinking, i’ve been month to month since like 2010.

    • Edward Smith

      Their website specifically says “KitKat (4.4) will block WiFi mode”. Bluetooth mode is not just much slower but it also doesn’t work with apps.

      Thinking I need to put Cyanogen on my S4 but I don’t know what functionality I’ll be losing like 4G LTE?

  • Dave Brown

    Select Carriers huh…I’m guessing that means no on the big red

    • Adrynalyne

      Probably not initially.

      I would think that Verizon won’t block the updates outright and forever.

      Though…they have done it before.

      • bobby

        How else would they get you to buy a new device?

        • Adrynalyne

          Let the OEMs use planned obsolescence. I don’t need a carrier adding to it.

  • EvanTheGamer

    FINALLY Kit Kat is headed to my GN3! So happy I may just go to 7/11 today and buy a Kit Kat!

    Thanks Samsung for being awesome, and thanks D-L for being awesome as well as for the heads up!

  • Keith Taylor

    Would it be to much to ask for my G2 to get two major updates before EOL.

    • EvanTheGamer

      lol You aren’t going to buy another phone in the next 40 years? Wow, talk about dedication and loyalty to one phone!


  • NeilGeorge

    So read somewhere on the net that Android 4.4 prevents apps to write anything on external storage? Any one know if it is true?

    • Adrynalyne

      No, not true.

      Its a bug on some devices.

    • Daistaar

      Sounds very illogical. What happens if you take a picture or record video? If I recall as well, the new Google Play music allows you to save music to external SD now. I couldn’t imagine that update coming out and being crippled by Kit Kat.

  • wade_county

    Take note HTC

    • AbbyZFresh

      HTC is doing better than Samsung in terms of updates now. What are you talking about?

      • wade_county

        Really how so? By updating 1 device? Tell me that 6 months from now when the HTC One is forgotten. Do you see the list up there? Thats 14 devices that some are already 2 years old getting updated to the current version of Android.

        • Transverse45h

          dont forget the 100 other devices Samsung forgot…

        • LionStone

          Verizon Galaxy Note 3 – 4.3 … Verizon HTC ONE – 4.4
          Verizon Galaxy Note 2 – 4.1 … Verizon HTC DNA – 4.2

          • A reminder just for you.

            Why you don’t buy HTC on Verizon:

            HTC Thunderbolt launched with Froyo in 3/2011
            Upgraded to Gingerbread 9/2011
            ICS released in 10/2011
            Thunderbolt ICS upgrade 2/2013

            HTC Droid Incredible 2 launched 4/11 with Froyo
            Upgraded to Gingerbread 7/11
            Did it even get an ICS update yet?

            HTC Rhyme launched 9/11 with Gingerbread
            Did it even get an ICS update yet?

            HTC Rezound launched with Gingerbread 11/11
            Upgraded to ICS 8/12

            Droid Incredible 4G LTE launched with ICS 5/12
            Did it even get Jellybean yet?

            Droid DNA launched 11/12 with 4.1 Jellybean
            4.2.2 Jelly Bean released 2/13
            4.3 Jelly Bean released 7/13
            Upgraded to 4.2.2 12/13

            ^^All of these phones were promised updates to current version of android at the time.

          • LionStone

            Haha, ok sure…thanks for all your hard work, now let’s see Moto, LG, Sammy’s history…all the same…meanwhile all my HTC devices on VZW have been great! Again, moving ‘forward’, HTC has been the best at being transparent with their update schedule. Nice to know where my DNA stands, rather than just ‘its getting an update’.

    • LionStone

      Yea, actually this is Samsung taking note to HTC’s Update process, which is way more clear and transparent than just a long list of phones.

  • AbbyZFresh

    The S3 is 2 years old.

    KitKat will work like crap on a phone that old.

    • WitnessG

      How so? KitKat is a lighter OS than previous versions and the S3 is not a slow device and it’s not that old, its barely been 2 years since its launch.

      • Adrynalyne

        OEMs are not taking that into consideration. Typically after 18 months, the device is finished regarding updates.

        • Dustin Maki

          And yet here we are with Samsung releasing 4.4 for the S3. Look at the specs for that phone. Dual Core, 2gb or ram…… Yeah no updated needed I guess. >_>

          • Adrynalyne

            Smart ass. That was the point. OEMs usually don’t do that. It has nothing to do with it being lightweight.

          • Dustin Maki

            LOL Sory dude I was being sarcastic.

          • Adrynalyne

            I know, LOL. Thats why I called you a smartass :p

        • jaymonster

          Do you find it odd that this happens right after Google sold off Motorola? There are rumors that there were more than a few agreements made between Samsung and Google (easing up on TouchWiz, updates, and a few other issues) that were allegedly agreed upon, and once that was in place Google offloaded Motorola so that they are no longer “competing” with Samsung..

    • Silky Johnson

      How? One of the things that makes kitkat a great upgrade is its ability to run better on older and less powerful devices.

      • Adrynalyne

        Am I missing something?

        OEMs typically do not update past 18 months, let alone two years. That Kitkat is lightweight has nothing to do with it.

        I am equally surprised the GS3 is getting the update.

        • The Galaxy S2 received Jelly Bean, and thats a device that launched with Gingerbread. Also, selling millions of devices and giving them updates pleases customers. Samsung is in the customer retention game.

          • Adrynalyne

            GS2 also surprises me (I didn’t know that). Still, look at the devices they just left lying in the dust.

    • yankeesusa

      Nope it won’t. I have kitkat rom on my old s3 and its smooth as butter. Advantage of the new way that kitkat runs.

  • Patmw123

    I’m happy for the note 2 owners. That’s awesome that Samsung decided to give the update to that very capable device. Well done Samsung.

    • n900mixalot

      Hard to believe isn’t it. And the Note II. This thing just keeps on keeping on.

      • Adrynalyne

        Its only what, 1.5 years old? I don’t expect it to get much past this next update though.

  • Silky Johnson

    Does anyone know if ART will be enabled on Bloatwiz?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      They probably are going to include S-ART, which is their own Smart Android RunTime. It has 10x the features of regular ART, and runs Samsung’s apps flawlessly, as well as those built with their SDK, available in the Samsung Hub. Of course it is fully compatible with regular, old, mundane Android apps too.

      • Silky Johnson

        Bravo sir……… Bravo

      • Daistaar

        Shop Art. Shop S-Art.

        • Adrynalyne

          /me tosses in Army of Darkness to watch.

          • Daistaar

            Just got the misses to watch that for the first time recently! Classic! LOL

  • HTgg

    Finally a big update for Galaxy Tab 3. In before unofficial CM11 builds for those affected devices.

  • PhillipNorris

    This is awesome because i just bought a Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 this past weekend

  • Adrynalyne

    Gotta say i am surprised that the S3 will receive it. Now to see if Verizon allows that for their models.

  • ahmed ehab

    It’s really nice that the S3 is getting the update too

  • shelderman

    finally the note 10.1 gets an update after 1 yr

    • n900mixalot

      Hell yeah!

    • LP @ThisisEther

      GALAXY NOTE 10.1!!!! yes sir.

  • Leonard Wong

    Probably the last update for most devices.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Judging by the above list, I’d expect the GS4 and Note 3 to have another year or so of updates at least. Samsung has been reasonably good at supporting their flagship devices, and thankfully are slowing down on the releases. They aren’t the fastest, but the software is there.

      Honestly, with all of the flagships in the US hitting 4.4.2 this quarter, the next race is to see who gets their legacy devices updated first (which is arguably a much better measure of how efficient their update process is).

      • Leonard Wong

        Yes I feel the same way and I do also expect the S4 and Note 3 to have another year update since is about 1 year old & couple months old.

  • The Narrator

    I don’t know how they keep track of all of their devices.

    • rawfulwaffles

      I know, shame they don’t cancel updates for devices that aren’t yet 2 years old like HTC does. They would have a much more manageable catalog.

      • KingofPing

        They chose not to update one device that could have actually gotten it.

        I know slamming HTC is fun and all, but they cannot support hardware the hardware manufacturer won’t even support…

        Admittedly, their excuse for the US version of the X+ (or whatever it is that has the qualcomm) is lame. That said, they have recently stated they are looking into that and also trying to poke nVidia for BSP support on the Tegra3.

  • Paul

    AKA no Verizon today or tomorrow or next month

    • HNIC

      Actually Verizon has been pretty speedy with the latest rounds of updates

      • TylerChappell

        yeah, for HTC and Motorola…..Samsung, not so much lol

        • Adrynalyne

          Yes and no. No to Kitkat, but Verizon got the 4.3 update for the GS4 first.

          • alarson83

            Be nice if they could bother to roll out the 4.3 update for the galaxy nexus.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, technically Google rolled that out, even for Verizon.

            Unfortunately, Verizon has cock-blocked it.

            But yes, would be nice.

  • Greg Morgan

    Really surprised to see the S3 on there. They may take a while with updates but at least they are supporting older models.

    • Disqus_n00b

      No excuses…phone is 21 months old if you bought at launch and most owners have 2-yr contracts…KitKat is a lighter OS…

      Maybe we will see KitKat on Verizon by 2015 😉

      • Greg Morgan

        Tell that to LG and HTC.

        • t3lancer2007

          Didnt the HTC One just get Kit Kat?

          • TylerChappell

            Yep, HTC is doing better than Samsung now with Android updates.

          • HNIC

            HTC updated (Pardon the pun) One device and is going back and forth pondering updating the One X+, Please until HTC starts updating all their top end devices they can’t touch HTC on updates.

          • Daistaar

            To quote Daffy Duck, “…pronoun trouble…”

          • TheFirstUniverseKing

            They’re doing better only in terms of the speed between updates. Otherwise HTC is doing worse since they don’t support their older phones like the HTC One X (has everyone forgotten about that phone? It was basically HTC’s Galaxy S3 competitor).

          • Jonathan Ly

            The problem with the One X is that it doesn’t have a unified architecture. Internationally the One X has the Tegra 3 in it (a different chip set than Nexus 7) and in the US it used the Snapdragon S4 dual core. HTC US product team said in a recent AMA they choose not to update it because they could only update the US version because Nvidia would not support the specific chip set in the One X or the One X+.

            I think HTC is atrocious for not updating, but Samsung isn’t doing that much better.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            They stated in their software update AMA that they are looking hard at how they can update the One X and One X+ to Kit Kat. The One X would be pretty easy in the US, as it uses a Qualcomm SoC, but the One X+ uses a Tegra 3 with integrated LTE, which Nvidia completely stopped supporting (they are only supporting the base Tegra 3 without cell radios because of the Nexus 7 2012). Basically, it will depend on how much Nvidia wants to develop the drivers for it. Nvidia basically put HTC in a no-win situation.

          • TylerChappell

            And that is why I choose AMD products over nVidia.

          • Greg Morgan

            Yes but but the one x isnt which would match the s3

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            At least HTC is admitting to giving the One X/X+ another look (doubt they’ll ever trust Nvidia again after being burned this hard). What sucks for them is that the least likely outcome of that debacle (Nvidia caves and actually supports their SoC) is the only one that helps HTC. Both the status quo of no updates and the partial gesture of updating the Qualcomm models will be met with severe criticism, especially if Samsung and Motorola both get their 2012 models up to Kit Kat.

      • Josh d

        Um galaxy S4 was updated to 4.3 first on Verizon. So this delay is on Samsung not Verizon this time.

        • Jeremy Gentry

          the reason they got it out so fast was so they could sell those watches though….they have no reason to upgrade the s4 so quickly this time

    • Rob

      I came here to say the exact same thing. Makes me wish LG would get their act together and update the G2 already.

      • anon

        Its announced and its coming. This is just an announcement no timeframe. dont get your panties bunched up.

        • Rob

          Yeah, I know, “by the end of March.” This phone has been out since October. It is their flagship phone. The S5 already is getting KitKat and was released later. Wasn’t 4.3 already out in the summer of 2013 prior to LG releasing this in October? Yep, July of 2013.

          • anon

            Well i wont get into the details of LG and the updates regarding UI etc. I can see no matter what you will complain about something.

    • TwoJumpsInAWeek

      I’m not surprised. Samsung is a top tier manufacturer who supports their customers. Maybe you are surprised because the other android manufacturers leave their customers high and dry? (Cue Thom Yorke)

      • WalkerNA

        My Droid Charge would beg to differ

        • PoisonApple31

          2 GB internal storage on that device? How would Samsung even get an ICS update on there with Touchwiz? Not enough space.

          • WalkerNA

            My point wasn’t “why wasn’t it upgraded to ICS!!!??!?!!?!?”, it’s that Samsung hasn’t always been timely with their updates nor always supports their customers. For example: the phone released April 28th, 2011 with Froyo (Gingerbread was released the previous December). That’s fine and dandy since it takes Samsung FOREVER to upgrade TouchWiz to work on a new Android OS, but the Charge didn’t even get upgraded to Gingerbread until AFTER ICS was released. The moment we got Gingerbread, the phone lost support all together. That was only 6 months after release! I had well over another 18 months with that laggy, unsupported device. After that horrible experience, I vowed never to buy a Samsung phone again.

            So glad I moved onto the Moto X. Not a single issue.

          • PoisonApple31

            I had the HTC Thunderbolt during those times – it was a close 2nd to the Charge in terms of being a crappy phone. The “support” wasn’t really there, each update made things worse and worse.

          • bry68

            Motorola burnt me with a photon 4g they can kma

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        • Ray

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          • IBetYouThinkThatsPrettyClever

            Now now, the lady was talking to me. Don’t need you blocking any chickens here.

            So Miss Turayoly, you were talking about your uncle?

      • tommy

        I agree. I’m glad to see this. Maybe it will shut the “vanilla”s up for a while. They looove to bag on Samsung.

      • Rob

        +1 for the Yorke/Radiohead/The Bends reference. One of my favorite albums of all time, and my favorite by Radiohead.

    • Droid Ronin

      I’m surprised as well, though I guess this would be the last update since we are a bit past the 18 month mark.

    • Dave

      That has to be the highest selling Android device ever, right? Good to see there’s still love for older capable devices.

    • WestFiasco

      I’m amazed as well, what that says to me is snapdragon all the way from now on. Damn Nvidia won’t support the tegra 3 in my One X+. I wish the b**tards luck with the K1.

  • Maciej Kaznowski

    Let the bloat begin 😉