No more Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 2, S5 and S4 - rumors
Rumors have it that Galaxy Note 3, Note 2, S5 and S4 will skip the Android 4.4 KitKat update. This is not a same as in the case of Galaxy S3, when Samsung stopped upgrading its international variant. It just means, the said four handsets will skip the Kitkat upgrade for the new Android version Lollipop, according to Gotta Be Mobile.
Google has already released Lollipop or Android 5.0 for mobile devices, though not all have specific release date yet. Android Origin reported the new OS should be for public use early next year, but there are many devices still not receiving the Lollipop’s predecessor Android 4.4.4. Samsung has been rolling out the Android Kitkat update to its devices, but with several releases this year, it seems the South Korean Galaxy device maker struggles to implement the firmware upgrade to its many devices. It is still releasing Android 4.4.2 and 4.4.4.
Early this year, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was already updated to Android 4.4.2 and has not received any more updates after that. Samsung revealed Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note users will be among those still waiting for the 4.4 update. However, an alleged Lollipop upgrade schedule revealed that only select Android phones will be able to use it. Among the Samsung devices mentioned to receive the Lollipop update are Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, S3, S4, S5 and the Note Edge.
The Lollipop firmware upgrade is among the biggest updates in Samsung devices, coming along with new features such as enhanced user interface, Android runtime (meaning, the apps are in their ready-to-run state for smoother and faster launch), new system settings and notification styles. The new OS also supports the future 64-bit architecture for clearer and more beautiful videos.
Those who own the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, S3, S4, S5 and Note Edge can start keeping an eye for new updates early next year as the brand new Android 5 may already be available exclusively for their devices. While Google’s new mobile OS has been delayed already, the company wants to ensure it will not meet any issues ahead.