Android 4.4.4 KitKat update schedules leaked in Samsung roadmap

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If there’s one negative about buying carrier-locked Android devices, it’s that you have to wait for a long time before you get your software updates. T-Mobile, historically, isn’t the fastest at getting the updates out and Samsung’s regular delays further exacerbate the situation. But, if a recently leaked software update roadmap is anything to go by, we could see one of T-Mobile’s handsets getting 4.4.4 at some point in the near future.

Of the 12 devices on the list, the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) is the only possible device. Samsung has purportedly finished testing the 4.4.4 update and is ready to ship. T-Mo’s Galaxy Note 3 got its most recent update on September 10th, when it finally updated to Android 4.4.2, and was optimized for T-Mobile’s free inflight texting. And as previously mentioned, there will undoubtedly be a delay between Samsung pushing the release and T-Mobile giving it the “OK”

I’m happy to be corrected if I’m wrong, but digging through support pages and spec lists indicates that none of the other handsets are the right model number for T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4 already got its KitKat update last week.

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If you have a Galaxy Note 3, be sure to let us know if you get an update in the next few weeks. Or perhaps, it’s best to wait a month or two. We never know how long the delays will be between test completion and T-Mobile’s own tests being finished.

Source: XDA, GforGames

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  • noc007

    The one thing I’m going to miss the most going to 4.4.4 is AppOps. I wonder if they brought it back with Lollipop.

    • yankeesusa

      I think app ops will work with lollipop once root is available.

    • Jay Holm

      What is AppOps?

      • yankeesusa

        App ops allows you to designate what an app is allowed to do. It helps with privacy. For example, a game you play reports your phone id and location, but in reality the game doesn’t need that info. With app ops you can select that app specifically and block it from getting your phone id and location using app ops. On the nexus phones it used to be accessible from the developers tab then they took it away. Now you need root.

    • Jay Holm

      What is AppOps?

  • quist

    Delete

  • yankeesusa

    Too bad, android 5.0 was just announced. How long before that? 2 more years?

    • Android_God

      Your comment would have been relevant like 2 years ago.

      • yankeesusa

        How is it not relevant? I was exaggerating but even at 1 year that’s how long it usually takes for samsung to update their phones. It may not be their fault since the providers like verizon and tmobile slow down the update process to update the os with their stuff. The T-Mobile Note 3 is still on 4.4.2. Don’t get me wrong, their still great phones but updates still take a long time.

        • Noor Mahmoud

          Still on 4.4.2? Isn’t that the current newest version? Plus, do you even know what type of programming needs to be done for them to realize an update but maintain the optimization that they already implemented?
          In fact, do you even code bro?

        • yankeesusa

          No, the latest is not 4.4.2. It’s 4.4.4. And yes,I know all the optimizations that go into updates. And you don’t need to code to know that manufacturers take a long time to update. And by the way I do code. Not a lot but I do. Also, although it takes a lot to program an update I think a big company like Samsung can do better. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

        • Noor Mahmoud

          I don’t think you understand. Samsung has gotten the updates for their flagships down to only a few months now. Each update contains millions of lines of new code and needs to be custom-tailored to work with their software. Let’s say they have 100 programmers who work on the updates. Even if they upped the number to 10,000, they couldn’t really go much further. There is a limit to agile development, or whatever development model they follow.

        • yankeesusa

          A few months? The note 3 has been out for 1 year now and it was only couple weeks ago that they got 4.4.2 which has been out for a while now, more than a few months. Also I understand coding takes a lot, I guess htc and LG have a better coding department. I still like samsung though and I plan on getting the note 4. I’m just saying that it takes longer for samsung to update their phones than most manufacturers. No big deal.

        • x646x

          What coding? Samsung isn’t doing squat, it’s Google and the chipset manufacturers that are doing the majority of the coding. Oh you mean that laggy touchwiz crap and bloatware from Samsung.

          BTW Apple does’t seem to above a problem with this.

        • Noor Mahmoud

          Sigh, take a CIS101 class and maybe you might learn something.

        • Jerry Rich

          no you don’t.

        • yankeesusa

          Ok, thanks

        • Jerry Rich

          no you don’t.

        • Noor Mahmoud

          Still on 4.4.2? Isn’t that the current newest version? Plus, do you even know what type of programming needs to be done for them to realize an update but maintain the optimization that they already implemented?
          In fact, do you even code bro?

        • x646x

          Precisely why per handset Apple is running circles around Samsung. 2 years for a software update is a joke but classic fragmented android.

          Samsung is always too busy working on the 37th handset for the year that they don’t have time to support any handset that they released a week or 2 years ago.

        • yankeesusa

          Running circles? It might be fragmented but last i checked neither iphone 3,4 worked with latest os and 4s they actually recommend you don’t upgrade. And even with so called fragmentation iphone just recently introduced nfc tap and pay and a bigger phone, something that android has had for years now. Even without software updates you can do more with android than ios. but im not here to debate ios and android. I like all tech.

      • MarcusDW

        Your comment is irrelevant currently.

        (Sent from my Note 2 running 4.3)

  • Mindtrouble

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and I got Android 4.4.4 on Aug 27th. Bought my phone from T-Mobile.

    • dlau

      I got my 4.4.4. As well around that time? I’m a little puzzled at this information.

    • Cam Bunton

      August 27th? Hmm… We posted on it September 10th, shows up in the support docs as around that time too.

      “Beginning September 10, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have a software update to Android version 4.4.4/ Baseband M919UVUFNH7 via Over-the-Air (OTA) push, manual pull down, or Samsung Kies over Wi-Fi only. This update supports Wi-Fi calling enhancements. This update provides new features.”

  • Android_God

    This is great! All of the entitled asshats are now going to post complaining about getting an update.

    • yankeesusa

      That is true. It’s easy to feel your entitled when you buy a $600 phone and another phone from another manufacturer has had the update for months now. Either way samsung makes great phones and their are ways to update them before samsung officially supports your specific model.

  • Jay Holm

    My S4 got 4.4.4 a while ago.

  • J.J.

    i was a note 3 owner(sold it for a note 4) kinda sad to see. i assumed they would jump straight to lollipop. guess it will be a even longer wait

    • JBLmobileG1

      With you being a former Note 3 owner, do you feel the upgrade to the Note 4 was worth it? Just curious because I own a Note 3 and I am still debating if I should even upgrade yet. While I do have jump, I am actually thinking of just paying my device off, or waiting until the Note 5 (although I am eyeing the Nexus 6) If I do decide to get the Note 4 I will end up spending more money on a case and screen protector. Plus my current Note 3 doesn’t really have an issues… still works like a champ. While I would Love to have Android 5.0 on it, I doubt it will happen unless I root, and the am sure it’s quite capable of handling it. Who really knows, maybe 5.0 will officially end up on the Note 3…. if it does it’ll probably be it’s very last update.

      • J.J.

        i like to stay on top of the newest phone tech when monetarily feasible so to me it is worth it. in the real world if its a monetary issue and there is nothing wrong with your note 3 and you enjoy it then stick with it. but if you dont mind spending the funds(can afford it) then go for it especially if your only investment will be a case/screen protector. if your ok with losing the notes special features(spen functionality,sd card, removable battery then definitely get on that nexus. its not even out yet and its got me thinkin about a quick flip. if you have jump 2.0 though i would always upgrade when you can since you are paying $120 a/year for it. might as well take advantage. (i owed $275 on the n3, sold it for $450, paid off eip and had about $150 to go toward my new n4 eip. no jump). this works out the same for me about every 11-12 months to upgrade.

        • RLB63

          Actually only about $2 a month for jump. Insurance and warranty are the rest

      • ADB_27

        In general people with Jump or ATT Next or EDGE or any of those programs they are only worthwhile if you actually upgrade every month. If you are able to get the new Note 4 do it!
        Enhanced screen resolution (have you seen it yet? It looks WAY better in person.)
        Better processor.
        Enhanced Touch Wiz
        Metal Design
        Fast Adaptive Charging
        D2 Glass
        Better camera with OIS
        ENHANCED S PEN!!!

        Trust me I’ve done a lot of research and if it were me I wouldn’t hesitate!

        • Jimmy James

          Jump 2, which came out this past April or March, makes you wait until you have paid off at least $300 of your current phone.You can pay that difference if you have money to burn, or sell it on the bay sites.

      • ADB_27

        And by the way the Note 3 has been all but confirmed to get Android Lollipop!

        Thanx!

  • Deadeye37

    I figured that the S3 wouldn’t be getting any more updates, so I finally go around to rooting & installing PacMan Rom on it. My phone runs much better and having KitKat 4.4.4 is really nice.

    • E.Toys

      Looking to do the same on my S3… can you post a link to point me in the right direction on starting the process. Thank in advance.

      • Deadeye37

        Sure. I’ll post what I did and then post links (links have to be moderated and sometimes falls through the cracks)

        -rooted using TowerRoot
        -went to Google Play and installed TWRP and Titanium backup
        -backed up apps using Titanium backup & backed up whole device using TWRP
        -flashed TWRP custom recovery using the TWRP app
        -installed busybox from TWRP

        -downloaded PacMan Rom & google apps pack
        -flashed PacMan Rom & Google apps (be sure to flash the cache

        I’ll post the links to what I looked at in my next reply

      • Deadeye37

        http://tinyurl.com/lrum84q – TowelRoot

        http://tinyurl.com/or8nweq – Installing TWRP (goomanager doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but TWRP has been updated so it doesn’t need goomanager anymore). I didn’t use ODIN

        http://tinyurl.com/oah9l6j – TWRP app

        http://youtu.be/JhRcANciGYI – TWRP walkthrough (very thorough)

        http://tinyurl.com/q3uc4gv – Pac Man Rom (d2tmo is the model number, but the rom might be unified under d2lte)

        http://tinyurl.com/l3lew76 – Google Apps (I went with the modular option)

        I think thats it for the most part. You can always check out Team Win’s website & Pac Man Rom’s website for more information.

  • SoCal

    Note 2 is still on 4.3 almost a full year after kitkat was announced. What’s even weirder is the fact that all the other major carriers got their Note 2s updated to 4.4.2 back in July and Tmobile is still the only carrier that hasn’t updated.

    • g2a5b0e

      I would still be annoyed by this if I wasn’t picking up my Note 4 in 12 hours. I’m over it now.

      • Brett Loe

        You will love it! Mine arrived Monday and let me tell you…..videos do NOT do this thing justice. It’s a beautiful device.

  • BeanSparrow

    still no 4.4.4 kitkat for my galaxy s5, but if they’re skipping it for android lollipop, I’ll be fine with that.

  • impasse

    not that it has anything to do with samsung, but my year and a half-old xperia zl c6506 rocking 4.4.4 since a month or so ago :) took them way too long to fix the google play services battery drain bug introduced in 4.4.2, though..

  • Lawrence Honable

    Still no 4.4 on my Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8! Not one update it is still on 4.2.2, the phone is 1 year old.

    • Evan Lam

      I don’t think that phone was ever sold by T-mobile so you would have to talk to your carrier or Samsung about that, although they probably wouldn’t give you a very good answer.

  • MarcusDW

    Wow, just about 12 months now without 4.4 on the Note 2.

    Thank God I was buying a Note 4 tomorrow anyway because the 2 stands no chance at all of getting 5.0

    • g2a5b0e

      Yup. We’re in the same boat. Picking mine up in 12 hours. This Note 2 is getting stowed away for good.

      • mikey

        You could be wrong. More recent versions of android have all been aimed at all android devices not just the high powered newer ones. My kids have some $50 tablets from Walmart that are on version 4.4. Although it may not be able to do everything and fully utilize the version it still has it. They are reducing fragmentation, so even if the hardware is not capable of doing everything implemented it could receive a more basic version of the os.

        • MarcusDW

          No doubt, but, will Tmobile actually give us the update is the problem.

          I’d love to think that they are instead waiting for 5.0 to update my phone but that’s highly unlikely and would be another 6 months out at least.

        • Marcelo_L

          I doubt very highly they will come out with “L” for the S3 or GN2. Maybe…..maybe the S4 might get “L”, but I wouldn’t lay odds of it happening. The GN3 more than likely will, but…….just like the GN2 had to wait all back of the bus for 4.4…well, you get the picture.

        • g2a5b0e

          I could be wrong about what? I think you meant to reply to MarcusDW.

      • MarcusDW

        Less than three hours bruh!

        BTW is your name ghettofied boy?

        • g2a5b0e

          Ghettofied boy? I’m not sure where you’re getting that from. It’s Gabe with 250 spliced into it.

        • MarcusDW

          I couldn’t decipher your screen name.

        • g2a5b0e

          I knew what you meant. I just could see how you figured that. It’s nothing super clever like on a license plate or anything. Just my name & favorite number.

  • Dats

    Got 4.4.4 on my T-Mobile S4 a couple weeks ago OTA

  • David

    If UnCarrier is all about fixing the ills of cell phone carriers, well here is a perfect example of something to fix. This stuff takes way too long! Go ahead T-Mobile, uncarrier this!

    • Paul

      Sadly, it’s not always T-Mobile’s fault but sometimes it is. They do have to go in and add their bloatware, and test to make sure it works.

      Honestly, it’s not a pain point for high end phone users. It’s also a marketing push to get phone owners to buy a newer phone. Eventually older models stop being supported or are pushed further back in the line of importance

    • Jimmy James

      I’ve had an HTC One and HTC One M8 and they were updated before AT&T. Don’t always blame the carrier.

    • jon

      I couldn’t agree more !!!

  • jc

    Lol my s4 has been on 4.4.4 for well over a month now nothing special about it

  • TechnoRealz

    Wow, not bad, 4.4.4 was officially released by Google in June 2014. So my Dad’s Note2 will be ~7 months out of cycle.

    Thanks Sammy & TMO….

  • Paul

    Meh, I’m on 4.4.2 on my Note 3, NF9 release, and I’m fine. I’d rather they updated to 5.0. I’d gladly wait for that update.

    • nycplayboy78

      Same here….

  • Chris

    Note 2 in november lmao my tmobile note 2 is still on 4.3

    • Marcelo_L

      For all the good that it’ll do us to get to 4.4.4 (as Android L is being introduced). Even SONY has come out saying that they’re going to publish Android L to all their Xperia Z’s ( Even the original ‘Z’ ). Sheesh.

      As much as I’ve loved my GNote 2 the 4.3 update bit the big one with respect to battery life. It will go into battery binges at will, and no manner of coaxing short of pulling the battery and letting it sit will have it go back into a normal cycle of sleeping when it’s supposed to sleep (Yes, I know that’s an Android Issue, but really?).

      If I weren’t eyeing that GNote 4 Edge…I dunno folks…I dunno.

      • trob6969

        All rechargeable batteries lose their capacity to hold a charge over time. They can typically be recharged around 500 times before they die out. If you charge one once a day then its lifespan would probably be less than 2 years so what you’re experiencing with your Note 2 can probably be easily rectified by just buying a new battery.

        • Marcelo_L

          I don’t think it’s the battery because I don’t full charge every day.
          If you turn the phone off, it should enter sleep mode. What I’ve encountered is that with JB 4.3 it does a much poorer job of managing aberrant apps than the previous JB 4.1.2 build that came with the GN2.

  • ssjchaseutley

    I’m confused. I have the SG4 and already got 4.4.4. well over a month ago. Now I’m reading here that I’m getting it in November. I have TMobile too.

    What’s going on here, i already have it.

    • edfranco1

      are you sure its 4.4.4 and not 4.4.2?

      • ssjchaseutley

        Nope, 4.4.4. It fixed my fast battery drain that I was having for awhile but it now charges at half the rate.

        • jennifer

          how did you fixed battery drain issue? i am having the same problem after updated to 4.4.4?

        • ssjchaseutley

          I had the battery drain issue from the previous OTA update. When I recently updated, it fixed it. The only problem now is it charges at half the rate it used to. I also had a problem viewing anything on Twitter that was animated (gifs, vids, vines etc) however, a recent update to Twitter fixed it (within the last 7 days).

        • edfranco1

          Thats strange… the reporter must have published older information.

  • cp

    sumsung qutrro update 4.4.4 kitkat verson pls.

  • ajit gurung

    my note 3 is still in 4.4.2

    • jaybiz

      I have a s5 I check for updates religiously and yet no updates. I’m still running 4.4.2 . I had major bugs when I first got the phone but a update fixed that but it would be nice to receive a new os

  • Car Reviews

    What about S4 Active GT-i9295?

  • Cyberstriker

    When is Samsung Galaxy Note 3 going to be getting 4.4.2 and 4.4.4 on at&t anybody know cause I haven’t gotten it yet.

  • Patricia Torres

    I just got the update. My Note4 is running 4.4.4. #teamtmobile #teamsamsung

    • Brett Loe

      I had an update this AM on my Note 4 as well but it came with 4.4.4 on it. Not sure what this update was.

      • Ray Madeiara

        I received the same update. Everyone with a note 4 on Tmo did.

        • Brett Loe

          Apparently it was an update to improve WiFi calling.

  • andy

    My Tmobile Galaxy S4 already has Android 4.4.4 for about a month now.

    • edfranco1

      and how did you get an update for a phone that is in final testing as of October last month ago?

      • Myzteziz

        I have 4.4.4 on my S4 as well with t-mobile. All I did was check for updates via the phone then updated via kies.

    • Atc76

      Me too.. I had it more than a month

  • Jeff

    I just got the update I think with a s4 on tmobile

  • Jimmy James

    Umm. I’ve had an HTC One and HTC One M8 and they were updated before AT&T.

  • Mike A

    T-Mo Galaxy S4 user, got my update this morning.

  • Jerry Rich

    I could care less about 4.4.4, all I want is 5.0 on my phone!

  • Juan Torres-Flores

    no word on the S3 US models?

  • jordan

    I already have 4.4 4. With my S4.

    • edfranco1

      But it’s barely in “final testing” stage according to the chart listed above?

  • edfranco1

    All you Sam phones are lucky because at least you all have a roadmap as to when you will be getting the update. I have LG and there is no word as far as updates go… they better skip 4.4.4 and go straight to Lollipop 5 and soon or else I will be using Jump and getting me the Nexus phone.

    • Brett Loe

      Not really. It isn’t up to the manufacturer when our phones get an update. All Samsung can do is say the phone is supported and ready to receive the update. TMO is in total control as to when they will push it out to their users. Past experience has taught me to not hold my breath waiting for TMO to push the updates out.

  • Ray Madeiara

    The real question is, when will us note 4 users get the 5.0 update on Tmo?

    • Brett Loe

      Don’t hold your breath. :( This is TMO.

    • anon

      when the note 6 is being released and android 7.0 is finished with its testing stages

    • Norbu Fnu

      didn’t even know note 4 is released. well forget about update, all you needed was to update the phone itself to iphone 6..i’ve been frustrated with kitkat since it was released. the auto screen off doesn’t even work & smart stay. i reinstalled fresh kitkat firmware twice same and so annoyed by knox app.. well most of time i depend on custom rom ofcourse always root the phone.

  • OliverNetworkInc

    this list is a LIE!!!! look there UPDATEING the Galaxy S4 3G MODEL AND LTE MODEL.. wtf!? how it even passable? why update Galaxy S4 3G+4G model and not Galaxy S5 3G model?? why Push 3 verisons of Galaxy S5 From factory with 4.4.2 and not update them all?!? Galaxy S5 3G got 8CORE the 4g 4core… and they got both strong cpu and 2gb ram…

  • Steve

    Galaxy s4 I have 4.4.4 already

  • josh

    Just got 4.4.4 on note 3

    • bobbymoses316

      For which carrier ?

    • Darrell A Brown

      What service provider your with? I have the note 3, 4.4.2 kitkat with AT&T I have not received the update yet?

  • Dajuana Edwards

    How do i get to my controls you know to like turn palm motion on

  • anon

    Do you think samsung will start rolling out with Tiezen or keep with android?

  • Aiman

    I got the s4 t-mobile 4G LTE and its on 4.4.4 now.

    • Steve

      Any problems with 4.4.4 on your S4? I just got notice of available update today. Checking around first. Thanks.

  • chris

    I have galaxy s5 for sprint and its still on 4.4.2 when will it be on 4.4.4

    • Wanda39

      My mom have samsung galaxy s5 from Sprint and her 4.4.4 and she had it for awhile

  • Miguel Camilo

    OMG… how much longer i need to wait for this update? my Note 2 SGH-T889 needs this.

  • debo106

    When is the att galaxy s5 getting any update I’m still on 4.4.2

  • Sammy Robinson

    I have the tmobile note 3 and when i updated useing keis last month it automatically updated me to 4.4. 4 and I hate it it is super buggy and everything crashes. Does anyone know if 4. 4.4 is able to be downgraded to an older Android version

    • Deangelo Lang

      Really! Lmao

    • Robert Mauro

      You’re funny. Or perhaps you mean 4.4.2?

  • jon

    I have tmo note 3 and im still on 4,4.2

  • Amleverett

    I am so disappointed with the 4.4.4 update on my note 3. My camera works when it wants to. Battery is draining fast and the Sview cover doesn’t work