Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) coming to Galaxy S4, S3, Note 3 and other Samsung devices


Today, Samsung announced that it would be pushing out KitKat to a slew of its Android-powered smartphones. Although we’re not precisely sure on specific dates for T-Mobile devices, the 4.4.2 update will be rolling out from today.

Among the list of devices being supported are the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S 4 and S 3 as well as others. Full press release below:

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.

If you have one of the Galaxy devices mentioned in the announcement, be sure to let us know when/if the update lands. T-Mobile isn’t always speedy when it comes to giving the green light to software updates on Android. Let’s hope these start to land pretty snappish.


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  • Jolly rancher

    Don’t update unless you want your note 3 to run like crap. Antutu bench went from 36000 points to 26000 points that’s like a 1/3 drop in ability and performance. I’m so pissed. I can’t believe this. Epic fail

  • Jared Berrett

    My Note 3 is now updated to 4.4.2 and it’s awesome. Better signal strength and battery life. The lock screen interface for the new Milk app by Samsung is brilliant.

  • Amnon Buchnik

    galaxy s3 with custom roms like cm11(and more) encountered a “call ended” issue with no ability to dial out calls, everything else work except that issue, and i think the official update for s3 would not published soon.

    • Mark Adams

      CM11 hasn’t even had an RC release yet, let alone a Stable release, for the S3…

  • Dats

    If not this week we need to question them on social media especially T-Mobile’s Twitter.. I’ve noticed better signal on the N3 with the update

  • Dats

    Just got an update notice on my T-Mobile S4..downloading now

  • Dats

    Yup its kit well..also have a 5th signal bar now

  • Dennis

    updating to Android 4.4.2 on my T-Mobile S4 right now

  • Joe Gibbs

    Here’s my review after close to one week on 4.4.2 for my TMO GN3. My first real itch is the battery life. It has lost 30% of efficiency. Secondly, there is an overall lag time of +0.80 seconds. Transitions are so slow compared to 4.3. I like how the screen turns off (cute fade.) I also like the snappiness when opening the lock screen, the “FINALLY” white battery icon, & 5th signal bar. My magazine is still there

  • Bear

    Well I got the 4.4 update OTA for my Galaxy S4 , well let me tell you that I went from having 20 hours of battery life to 10 hours. That I say sucks not only that I was playing a game and it made 4.4 crash and when I reboot my wi fi gets turned off mhey when I want my wi-fi turned off I will do it !!! Samsung ,Google ,T-Mobile you folks need to get your sh!t together ..FIX IT NOW!!!

  • Lillian Ike

    I have an s4 with tmobile and got the update, but how do you use the emojis. People text me with emojis and I can see them in color and all. Just curious

    • TylerCameron

      Use Google Hangouts and Google Keyboard

  • Lillian Ike

    Nvrmind lol

  • Jc

    Just got notice of an update for my S3 LTE. Want to do it, but still feel burned by last update. ha.

    • Jonathan

      It wont change nothing. I just got a notice for an update and when it was done, nothing changed. It stayed 4.3

      • neymar

        Same problem for my s3

  • Jonathan

    I havent received the 4.4 update to my Galaxy S3 LTE. Pretty bummed out

  • Alicia Tucker

    Only got the 4.3 update for some reason. Sigh…

  • Cherrie Belle

    Well after all those negative experiences I don’t wanna push it to get the 4.4.2 update. Going from 4.2 to 4.3 made my Note2 very slow (interface speaking) and I’m used to it already. I’m not looking forward to less battery life or longer time to get it charge.BTW Don’t forget when you’re leaving a comment here with your experience to mention what device you’re using, it would be really helpful Thank you.

  • Waiting In Seattle

    T-Mobile’s MetroPCS subsidiary now offers the Samsung Galaxy Light for sale with Android 4.4.2. This press release from Samsung is nearly nine months old and T-Mobile has yet to update existing Samsung Galaxy Light phones from Android 4.2.2 to Android 4.4.2.