Samsung USA has today announced that the rollout of Android 4.4 'KitKat' has begun for a wide range of devices. The full list of devices to be upgraded, included below, features all of Samsung's most popular devices from the past two years - including the Galaxy S III - so it's clear the software development team has been hard at work over the past months.
- 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
While all of these devices will see an over-the-air update to KitKat appear in the coming weeks, those who are using a Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4 on Sprint or US Cellular should see update notifications today. It should be noted that list above only applies to United States carrier variants of the devices; people with international models will have to wait for information from the Samsung team in their locale.
Android 4.4 was first seen on the Google Nexus 5, and includes features such as an immersive application mode, the ability to select a default SMS app, a whole heap of new APIs and performance improvements, as well as visual changes. Most visual changes will likely be hidden by Samsung's TouchWiz skin, but users will be able to benefit from KitKat's other improvements.
The Note 3 is part of Samsung's ever-expanding Galaxy line. It features a new soft textured leather-like plastic cover, a 5.7-inch SuperAMOLED 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU for LTE models or a 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos Octacore for 3G variants, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a 3,200mAh battery.
The Galaxy S4 is a continuation of Samsung's flagship Android handset, in a sleeker and more modern version inside and out. The S4 features a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The S4 also packs 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Galaxy S III is the third generation of the Samsung's S smartphones family. It features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display featuring 720p resolution and a 306ppi pixel density. Also you can find an 8 megapixel camera, LED flash, an user replaceable 2100mAh battery, micro-SIM slot, and microSD card slot for storage expansion.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the latest tablet from Samsung's Note family. It runs Android 4.1.2 and packs an 8-inch display with 1,280 by 800 pixels. The Note is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 2GB of RAM, it also includes a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 4,600mAh battery.
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