The Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule has been leaked and suggests that the current flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be getting the new OS update in January. This update schedule is around roughly the same timetable that HTC has promised for the HTC One. The Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule shows that Samsung is still on track to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update out within the 90 day (3 month) period following the official Android 4.4 KitKat release.
The Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule leak comes from iTechAddict which got an insider to send them a leaked Samsung memo. The leaked Samsung memo is titled "KRT16 Update Expected Release" with the Samsung Galaxy S4 having an expected date of January 2014, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at January 2014. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected between March to April 2014 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also at March to April 2014. Overall it's a fairly solid string of release dates for Samsung and overall pretty much what we anticipated. The memo apparently comes from Samsung R&D in India and the insider claims that they work for the company. Of course it's difficult to confirm that but these anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule leaks look plausible. iTechAddict suggests that the Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat update will come with a series of improvements to the TouchWiz UI with a smoother response time, increased stability, faster performance, less intensive RAM usage and improved multi-tasking. That's a lot of good stuff for TouchWiz which has been criticized for being top heavy and laggy.
The Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule leak hasn't been confirmed and we probably won't get official confirmation until the first batch of the updates starting rolling out in January. GSMarena suggests that the TouchWiz UI improvements that come with Android 4.4 KitKat are going to be because of Samsung Project Svelte, the successor to the earlier Project Butter. The project will improve all devices that get the Android 4.4 KitKat update to improve multitasking, RAM management and create a smoother and faster experience overall. Currently Samsung hasn't rolled out any Android 4.4 KitKat updates, unlike Motorola which has already started rolling out the Moto X update with a promise that the Moto G will get it too.
HTC meanwhile has said that they have given the Android 4.4 KitKat code to Google for the Google Play Edition of the HTC One and the Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule for the rollout is in their hand. That pretty much meets the 15 days that the HTC One Google Play Edition was released but it looks like Google might be holding the update back until all the Nexus devices are updated. So far the Nexus 7 (2013 and 2012) Wi-Fi and the Nexus 10 are getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update, though as of this week many Nexus 7 users were reporting that they still haven't received it. Google promised that the mobile data version of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4 would follow shortly but so far no timeframe has been given on that. Samsung hasn't indicated when the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update so it may be that Google is holding that back to release both the HTC One Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition at the same time. SamMobile also observes that unlike the relatively sleek HTC Sense UI, the TouchWiz UI has more features and porting those features over to Android 4.4 KitKat is likely to be more challenging. We can already see some of the challenges facing Samsung with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 which forced Samsung to suspend the rollout until the problems were resolved, "As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility."
Hopefully the Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule won't be affected for the Samsung Galaxy S3 because of the problems the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is causing. These problems include things like wake up lag, random freezing, huge battery drain, Bluetooth audio problems during car playback, stuttering music playback with the Samsung app, freezes and black screen when a call is received, poor RAM management with increased multitasking problems and Wi-Fi issues. The jump between Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean wasn't even that big, it was a fairly small update overall. Android 4.4 KitKat is many times larger. We anticipate that Android 4.4 KitKat is likely to face some similar problems given the many things it changes and overhauls. It might be better for Samsung to take it's time with the Android 4.4 KitKat update schedule to make sure that it gets things right this time.
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