Samsung USA confirms Android 4.4 KitKat update for multiple devices, rollout begins today

Earlier this month, a leak bought an unofficial list of devices that would be getting updated to Android 4.4 KitKat, at least in the U.S.. Today, Samsung USA has decided to make things official and has announced which of its phones and tablets will be getting the KitKat update, with many of the devices that were named in the leak actually included in the official list, including low-end devices like the Galaxy Tab 3 and the Galaxy S III mini (the upgraded model with LTE launched last year on AT&T and Verizon, not the international variant that came out in 2012.)

If you’re rocking a Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4, expect to see a notification for the update today itself, especially if you’re on Sprint or US Cellular, as Samsung mentions that it will start rolling out starting today, confirming earlier leaks that suggested the update would be making its way to devices on the two networks.

Here’s the full list of devices that will be getting 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

That’s a pretty big list, which should make users of the aforementioned devices quite happy, though if you’re using a non-flagship device, we would recommend patience as Samsung will likely take its time pushing out the newer version of Android. The presence of the Galaxy Note 10.1 on the list is especially good to see, as users of the device have been pretty vocal of the poor support Samsung has extended to the original Galaxy Note tablet, with the device on Android 4.1.2 for more than a year.

Here’s the press release:

Samsung Confirms KitKat for U.S. Smartphones and Tablets

DALLAS, February 18, 2014 – 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.

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2 years 3 days ago

please i need the firmware 4.4.2 for Galaxy LTE tab3 SM-T217A. I stayed working in the firmware and can not desgradar.

2 years 4 months ago

pour avoir des maj immédiatement il faut penser avoir de le début un nexus.

2 years 7 months ago

So it looks like all the other Note 10.1 tables variants except for the GT-N8013 have gotten the kitkat update. What gives? Does Samsung not care anymore about updates that they have not done for the tablet in over a year? I don’t think I will be buying Samsung anymore. they just don’t seem to care about there customers in the US!

2 years 9 months ago

when I get mini 4.4 for GT-9190 from my Galaxy?

2 years 9 months ago


2 years 10 months ago

got update for galaxy s3 4.4 kikkat and now my wifi wont turn on phone is useless with out please fix asap i do everything on this phone now i cant even use it with out wifi phone carrier is us celluar

2 years 11 months ago

Galaxy Tab 2 Android 4.4.2 Please add to the list.

2 years 11 months ago

OHHH noooooooo !!!!!!!!!

Why ?! My SAMSUNG S3 Mini GT-I8190 don’t get update to Kit Kat 4.4.2 .

I DON’T LIKE YOUR WORK ! You are blowing my mind.

First you have to updte the phones that have problems whith battery and than others .

NO UPDATES,NO GOOD BATTERY LIFE,only you get this shit phone in a state that if you buy one you can;t never return him to work properly.


Flip Jumpman
2 years 11 months ago

Original Note 10.1! Let’s make it happen Sammy!

3 years 14 days ago

2 months waiting, I purchased my Note 10.1(2014) with the assurance that the update was coming, I have given up that it will ever arrive and now major retailers are cutting the price, meaning 6 months after the SM-P600 came out Samsung simply “forgets” about these devices, moves on to the TabPro and Note 12.2 and basically gives people that smacked down 600 bucks for their beautiful tablet the finger. Great move, next device will not have Samsung branding on it.

3 years 16 days ago

alguien me podria decir cuando se podria actulizar mi galaxy s3 mini en peru es gt-i819l operador claro o movistar tengo 2 chips asi que el operador que lo suelte primero ese chip lo pongo he estado buscando por todas las paginas haber si alguien me asegura que el s3 mini va tener kitkat y nadie me dice nada pero ahora que sammobile lo dije ya estoy 100 por ciento seguro a y para actulizar al kitkat necesito dejar de ser root gracias eso es todo

3 years 30 days ago

Any news when the note 10.1 (gt-n8010) is getting the updatein the UK?

3 years 1 month ago

i am note1 user i am waiting for update android 4.3 or 4.4.2 version, i am waiting for update more than 1 year, provide note update

3 years 1 month ago

what about galaxy tab 2 p3100???if galaxy tab 3 7″ get kitkat,galaxy tab 2 MUST be update to kitkat too

3 years 1 month ago

Yes andorid 4.4 on galaxy tab 3 10.1 thats what I have so in the future im going to have galaxy tab 3 10.1 4.4 kit kat in XSA verson soon.

3 years 1 month ago

cuando saldra la actualizacion del s3 mini i8190L o por lo mejor quiero saber si habra una actualizacion a android 4.2.2 por favor necesito respuestas??????????

3 years 1 month ago

Hello, it’s my first time here, but i want to ask, im from Mexico, my cellphone is from USA, but im with Telcel (mexican company) and i want to know if i’d get the update too? i have an s3 mini, one day new. please answer me, i want the kit kat D:

3 years 1 month ago

when is the update for n7000 with kitkat thank you

3 years 2 months ago

the galaxy s3 will have to upgrade chile?

3 years 2 months ago

Galaxy grand, GALAXY GRAND!!!!!!!! DUAL CORE,1GB RAM.
GALAXY S3 QUAD CORE 1.4 GHZ 1GB RAM… Samsung?SAMSUNG??What do you have??????

3 years 2 months ago

I have the international S3 with 1GB RAM. Apparently American consumers can look forward to getting the the KitKat update on their S3 Mini with 1GB RAM but the International S3 won’t be getting the update due to only having 1GB!! What? The excuse is that Touchwiz is too bloaty. With the horrendous 4.3 buggy update and the fact the international S3 is still the most popular flagship, I would have thought Samsung would have done the right thing. I won’t be buying a Samsung phone again.

3 years 2 months ago

Galaxy s advance???????

3 years 2 months ago

it just too old, 2 years period max for getting latest update i think.

3 years 2 months ago

Updating S advance is of no use for samsung. Please buy a newer device OR simply just be happy for what you have…. U’h and one more thing…

Why asking Samsung questions, were they’r not represented?

3 years 2 months ago

good morning, I would like to know if the gt-i9500 soon receive the upgrade to 4.4.2 kitkat