French operator spills the beans on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 19 Dec 2013

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or a Galaxy S4, you’re probably wondering when you’ll get updated to the latest version of Android. According to the French operator SFR, the answer is either in late January or early February. There’s no word as to what exactly Samsung will put in the update other than the newest Google bits, but those of you concerned with being on the bleeding edge should now rest easy knowing that an over the air download isn’t too far off.

How are other handset makers doing with rolling out KitKat? HTC’s One already has it, as does Motorola’s Moto X. The cheaper Moto G will get KitKat next month, and Sony has promised that their 2013 flagship phones will also get the update, but they didn’t provide an actual timeline.

What’s after KitKat? Good question, but an early one. KitKat is less than two months old, so we’re likely not going to hear about a new version of Android until Google I/O. When’s that? Dates haven’t been announced yet, but if I had to venture a guess, I’d say either May or June. Word on the street is we’ll hear more about Glass than Android at I/O, but a lot can change between now and next summer.

Is there anything in particular you want to see in Android? I’m genuinely curious, because I’ve played with Android 4.4 on the Nexus 5, and I’m having a hard time coming up with a list of things that need to be added to the platform.