In the past months, Samsung has rolled out the new version of the Android 4.4 KitKat software across their mobile device lineup that includes the Galaxy s4, Galaxy s3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2. Even so, not all carriers have the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
In the sections below, we will examine the status of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for three major carriers based in the United States:
This mobile service provider has always been good about rolling out Android updates for a broad range of devices the moment they become available. Sprint has already rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy s4, Galaxy s3, and Galaxy Note 3.
Although Sprint plans to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, it has yet to confirm an actual release date. Even so, Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to announce such an upgrade. Currently, Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software.
There is the possibility that other carriers will simply skip the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update in favor of rolling out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat, which is rumored to be under development at Google.
At this time, AT&T has only rolled out the Android 4.4 KitKat software for the Samsung Galaxy s4 smartphone and Galaxy Note 3 tablet. The service provider currently offers the older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software for the Galaxy s3 and Galaxy Note 2 mobile devices.
As of this moment, A&T has not confirmed an exact rolling out date for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update for the Galaxy s3 and Galaxy Note 2.
The nationwide provider has the dubious reputation of being the last of the major carriers to roll out most Android-related updates. For instance, Verizon only started rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, just last week. Alas, subscribers initially had to download the software over-the-wire. Those who wanted to wirelessly download the new Android 4.4 KitKat had to wait one more week.
Verizon was also last in the pack to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy s4. Still, the carrier has a lot to catching-up to do. It still has not rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy s3 and Galaxy Note 2.
Currently, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy s3 uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, while the Galaxy Note 2 has the newer Android 4.3 Jelly Bean installed. Of important note, Verizon does not offer the Samsung Galaxy s3 on its official website anymore, but the smartphone is still available at BestBuy.