Android 4.4 KitKat Speculations

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Oct 10, 2013 1:06:55 AM

Hi, Will this Update for Samsung Galaxy S4 be done automatically by manufacturer or do we owners have an option...I'm a happily 72 'retired'.

Oct 10, 2013 11:41:18 AM

@DJ, unfortunately it's up to the manufacturers of Android devices to decide where they decide to cut the cord in terms of OS updates. Of course their focus is on the newer, expensive models, and everything else comes after. Sadly it doesn't take all that long to drop off the list. But Android 4.4 / 5.0 are designed to bridge the fragmentation issue all the way back to 2.0 devices or thereabouts, so one or both will appear on most older devices eventually, it's just hard to say when or to what devices exactly.

@Alec, you always have the option on an Android! The 4.4 firmware for the S4 will probably be one of the first to be leaked, so if you are comfortable rooting your phone and installing the firmware manually that is absolutely an option. When the inevitable happens we will publish a tutorial on how to do it. Otherwise you can wait for Samsung to release the update over the air, and the S4 will get it sooner than most, but Samsung are not so great at releasing quick updates for their devices, so you may have to wait quite some time, considering Nexus devices will have 4.4 as soon as it comes out and the S4 most likely won't even be on 4.3 by then.

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Oct 16, 2013 11:17:07 PM

There is a news on Engadget about an HangOut that support SMS.
Do you think it is part of KitKat new features ?
Could be a good way for Google to put HangOut and G+ at the middle of our communication !

Do you think you will activate this functionality if it pop up on KitKat ?

Oct 17, 2013 9:48:27 AM

Hey @Limejuiz, I'd almost definitely say that Hangouts will replace the default SMS app in Android 4.4 and that it will include SMS functionality. This also fits in with KitKat giving you the choice to set your default SMS client, so if you're not a fan of Hangouts you can simply opt for another client, but otherwise it will indeed push G+ and Hangouts to the forefront, which makes perfect sense considering Android is a Google product and they can set it up any way they want, so why not push Google products even further as standards.

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Oct 17, 2013 12:52:21 PM

I have heard of this new functionality to choose your default SMS client, but I don't get it as it is alrrady the case when I install ProSMS for exemple...

Oct 18, 2013 11:06:17 AM

If you haven't already seen it, check out my article about the Android 4.4 facts we know so far, and on the funnier side, some of the whacky predictions for launch date. Also, if you haven't seen it yet,the Nexus 5 popped up on the Play Store momentarily and Android 4.4 is viewable on the screen.