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Android 4.4 KitKat update: when will your device get it?

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The distribution of the upgrade to KitKat is proceeding pretty slowly with many devices still lagging behind to even catch up to Android 4.3 Jellybean. So what exactly does the Android 4.4 schedule look like for the different manufacturers? Here’s a summarized version of all the available information about the KitKat update.

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Who is getting it and when? / © AndroidPIT

Why KitKat?

Android KitKat was not the big version jump that everyone had hoped for. However, the majority of the changes that KitKat brings with it are hidden away behind the scenes and bring some pretty good innovations with it. Hangouts has been integrated as the standard messenger, the status bar is now transparent with white icons, there’s a new full screen mode and improved phone app. For a full overview of the changes in KitKat, check out our summary.

Motorola

The Moto G is in the forefront with the KitKat update and is among the first devices outside of the Nexus and Google Edition line of devices to get the update. This brings some promise for Motorola: both the Moto X and Moto G run an almost pure Android experience with very small changes to the core, making the adjustments to a new Android version a very simple case compared to other manufacturers. The Moto X, which will soon be available outside of the Americas for sale, is seeing the rollout right now and will be shipping from the factory with Android 4.4.

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Rolling out now and from the factory: the Moto X with Android 4.4.2. / © Motorola

Samsung

Samsung Touchwiz is highly different from stock Android and as such, takes a bit longer for an update to roll out. Apart from having to customize any updates to their own UI, Samsung picks and chooses which of its devices are going to get the update and which aren’t. However, if you’ve got one of the latest Samsung devices (Galaxy S4 or Note 3) you are first in line for the update rollout. In fact, a test version of Android 4.4 for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 has already been spotted in the wild that can be installed if you so choose. As such, you can most likely expect an official rollout to commence before the month of January is over.

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The update to KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3 is coming. / © Google, Samsung/AndroidPIT

However, for older devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, it’s still unknown on when the update will begin. Both only received the updated to Android 4.3 just over a month ago...

Sony

Sony is currently lagging behind on its update schedule: all Sony devices currently are still waiting for their update to Android 4.3, despite reassuring customers in December that the update was going ahead as planned and was beginning to rollout. However, nothing has been noted to any of our test devices and we’re still waiting patiently for that long expected rollout.

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The Sony Z1 and Z1 Compact: who will get the update first? / © AndroidPIT

For the Xperia Z1, ports of KitKat have been making their way onto the net, but nothing official is anywhere near the horizon. As for the Z1 Compact, if it comes to the market in February with Android 4.3, it would be the first among Sony devices to sport Android 4.3. Think about that for a second.

HTC

HTC is stating that the HTC One will start seeing the update in the next few weeks, at least according to various twitter updates pointing in that direction. As such, the HTC One, One Mini, and One Max should start seeing Android 4.4 sometime between now and February.  In fact, as of January 20th, we’re starting to even see the rollout of Android 4.4 to various customers around Europe. With that new information pending, we should start see it rolling out to new areas over the next little while.

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Right now, all signs point towards the end of January for KitKat and the HTC One. / © HTC, Google/AndroidPIT

Later this year, the entry-level smartphone the HTC Desire 500, should also be seeing the KitKat update. However, the One X, One X+, One S, and One V will be left in the dust and will be receiving no more official updates from HTC.

LG

LG set off the end of the year with a bang with the LG G2. The much-acclaimed smartphone was unveiled at the IFA with Android 4.2.2 on board and should have received the update to Android 4.4 in late 2013. So far, however, we have yet to see anything despite reports coming last December about an impending update coming from LG. It was then reported that at least the French market would see the update before the end of January. Canada, however, would be left in the dust and not see anything until the end of March. If you're in South Korea, however, you might be in luck.

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Right now, it could be by the end of March before the G2 sees an update. / © AndroidPIT

According to various other reports, it seems that LG is skipping the Android 4.3 update all together and will bumping most of their devices straight to Android 4.4. If this is true, expect a whole swathe of LG products seeing the KitKat upgrade around the same time including: Optimus models, G Pad 8.3, G Flex, among others. While a schedule has not been announced per se, it it safe to assume it's pending.

Huawei

The Chinese manufacturer brought the Ascend P6 to the market last year, which brought some elegance and style to Chinese manufacturing. The Ascend P6 was, at the time, the thinnest Android smartphone on the market and was released with Android 4.2.2. Huawei has promised a release of Android 4.4 shortly with a updated version of their Emotion UI.

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Will the Ascend P6 be getting the update shortly? / © AndroidPIT

The distribution is expected to start in January in China, with the new Emotion UI 2.3 being tested in a closed beta group. When the update will be available outside of China, as well as when it will be available for other Ascend models such as the Ascend Mate, is still to be determined. Even the Ascend Mate 2 which was presented at CES 2014 was still sporting a version of Android Jellybean on it.

Asus

Asus is going a little bit backwards on their update schedule, at least for their newer device. The Padfone A80 Infinity is expected to get the update in the first quarter of 2014, with its successor, the Padfone A86, not receiving the update until the second quarter of 2014.

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The new Padfone from Asus will have to wait until the end of the second quarter of 2014. / © AndroidPIT

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  • plck74 7 months ago Link

    bring it on to my note 2....kit kat 4.4 or 4.4.2

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  • Amat Mulisha 7 months ago Link

    hurry up sony.cant wait for the kitkat (-.-)

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  • pete pickett 7 months ago Link

    I am not surprised to hear about the LG updates being slow. I had an LG thrill and it took them almost 1.5 years past ICS's release to get ICS 4.0.4 on the phone from GB! (Dec 2012) That's one reason i went to Samsung. Better software, faster releases. I have always said, If you buy an LG phone, don't expect a software upgrade ever! Expect to keep what you have till your 2 years is up.

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  • Robert Mcdonald 7 months ago Link

    Got 4.3 update on my Xperia Z last week.

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  • Robert Robinson 7 months ago Link

    Nexus all day, everyday

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  • Akshay Jain 7 months ago Link

    well do something for my old beast, samsung s2

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  • Jon Crawford 7 months ago Link

    Not surprised by Sony being slow; the 4.3 release on my Z1 has been up-to (or is that down to?) Samsung's standards. Dire battery life, dodgy bluetooth audio.... The Ultra Z has had the same issue; and I understand Sony is re-releasing 4.3 ... yikes

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  • Michael Campbell 7 months ago Link

    I got 4.3 on the Z1 on the 27th December.

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  • Hesht 7 months ago Link

    I got 4.3 on the Z1 as soon as I got it on New Years Eve :/

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  • vaughan 7 months ago Link

    here is south africa the S3 still has not recieved the 4.3 update yet

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  • James Miles Jr. 7 months ago Link

    The. Sony xperia z1s has android 4.3

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  • Bojan M. 7 months ago Link

    Yep, as many has already pointed out, Xperia Z and Z1 already got their 4.3 update since like month ago at least. Author, please keep yourself up to date.

    Anyway, I recently found myself less and less patient about updates. If it takes Sony to long for the kitkat, I'll be sporting cyanogen or something similar.

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  • Jeff Majerek 6 months ago Link

    Had the HTC Thunderbolt.... was a paperweight in a few months.... made a mistake and bought the HTC DNA...... will never get another htc phone.... they just don't support their phones more than a few minutes....................

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  • sam pack 6 months ago Link

    if the lg g2 doesn't get a kit kat update soon, it will be a shame for all owners. & a future non support of there devices i think. Y? because u will feel let down in some type of way that's y.

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  • kartik rana 6 months ago Link

    cnt wait plz update note 2 asap

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  • kartik rana 6 months ago Link

    Bt i hv s4 also got an update of 112 mb is dat kitkat update

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  • Linda 6 months ago Link

    Will our Droid Razr get the Kitkat update?

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  • Nik Technaudio 6 months ago Link

    "all Sony devices currently are still waiting for their update to Android 4.3"

    All but the Z, Z1, Z ultra, Tablet Z. And they're just the ones I know about.

    Guessing this article was written by a Samsung fanboi / troll.

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  • Amanda Sibley 6 months ago Link

    Any idea if the note2 10.1 tablet will get kitkat at the same time as the phone

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  • Maxxbsj 6 months ago Link

    Gotta love AOSP ROMs, running 4.3 on my S2. I'm pretty sure Carbon will sort 4.4 out too :D

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  • sam pack 6 months ago Link

    Nada 4 the g2..smdh

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  • sam pack 6 months ago Link

    lg g2 (t mobile version) ^

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  • jack challhoub 6 months ago Link

    my phone HTC one dual SIM w802 when. Will gets upgrade to kikat? I have now version 4.2.2?

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  • CJ Brown 6 months ago Link

    All of MetroPCS 's 4G smart phones are either Ice Cream Sandwich, or Jelly Bean, out of the box (either the manufacturer has provided an update OR you are rooting to obtain Kit Kat) - but this is standard for most carriers, unless its a new smart phone with Kit Kat already installed ....

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  • drtheinmyintsoe 6 months ago Link

    When can I get my galaxy tab3 SM-T211 4.4kitkat?

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  • Victor Assivero 5 months ago Link

    It is March, still waiting for the Note 3 update. :-(

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  • Josue Barbosa 5 months ago Link

    I have the LG G FlEX from T Moile can someone tell when will my g flex upgrade to 4.4

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  • Jeff Majerek 5 months ago Link

    Went out and got the Thunderbolt.... Early.

    Then the DNA..... Would NEVER buy another HTC product... Unless you are addicted to buying new phones... Worst company when it comes to supporting their equipment.

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