Sprint confirms Galaxy S4 + Note 3 KitKat rollout, reveals plans for more Samsung updates

Sprint Note 2, GS3 and GS4 Mini among planned KitKat updates

Sprint has confirmed that it's rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, with both updates having gone live in the past month. Sprint's Galaxy S4 started receiving KitKat from Feb. 13, and was joined a week later by the Note 3 on Feb. 20. But those won't be the only Samsung devices to receive Android 4.4 on Sprint's network — the carrier also revealed plans to update the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Mega and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, though there's no information on when these updates will be availabe.

If previous Samsung KitKat updates are any indication, Sprint customers won't be in for any major visual changes compared to the earlier Android 4.3 and 4.2-based software. Highlights pointed out by the carrier in its blog post include the new location menu, SMS in Hangouts and updated lock screen capabilities, including full-screen album art.

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  • I can confirm that here in the Orlando, Florida area, we have recieved the update! Not as dynamic as we thought but it is up to date!
  • @teejay69 What handset do you have? I'm in Daytona and not seeing anything!
  • Havent received in Indy yet, or atleast I haven't.
  • I did a week ago.
  • The update is not at all tied to your geographical region. Posted via Android Central App
  • This Posted via Android Central App
  • Got mine a week ago in VA
  • I'll stick to my unlocked bootloader and rooted 4.1.2 with my custom rom on my note 2. Posted via Android Central App
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  • Got my KK on my Note 3 the day after it was announced v Posted via Android Central App
  • It's strange because my wife and I both have a S4 (she got her's before mine) and I got the update and she still is waiting for her update. BTW we're in NYC.
  • I presume that the virgin and boost versions of the s3 are getting kitkat as well? Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm curious about this to. I know a few people with Virgin Mobile S3s. Posted via HTC One on Sprint
  • They do claim on their site that the s3 is running android 4.3, so hopefully it gets updated to kitkat Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't like how it made it impossible to hide samsung apps that I don't use Posted via Android Central App
  • Why is no one talking about this?http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-update-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-...
  • BEcause it is Bullshit?
  • Its not bullshit!!!
    Just bought a T-Mobile Note 3 and couldn't use ES File Explorer the way I used to. Note 3 just got returned. My Sprint GS3 will get the 4.4.2 update, but it'll be the Knox-Free version from XDA...! Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)
  • Edit: I will not be upgrading to 4.4.2 until it comes preloaded on my next device. I just can't lose one of the best parts of Android. Google, you might have just lost me to Tizen. Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)
  • Like your SD card? Well, with this update, it's now useless. http://beranger.org/2014/01/30/how-kitkat-4-4-killed-android-and-google-...
  • LOL Samsung = the answer (I think LG fixed that stupid Google move as well)
  • Yeah, let's see how this update improves performance. Perhaps Jerry Hildenbrand made a good point when he wrote the following.
    "Oh, it will break shit. It always breaks shit. "
  • I hope the location menu changes go back to the 4.1.2 approach of letting me decide to use the phone network for location without having to also use WiFi. The current setup in 4.3 eats battery if you choose the network-based location option.
  • Does anyone know if KitKat was released for the HTC One Mini on AT&T? Posted via Android Central App
  • Galaxy tab 3 update is out just downloaded it Posted via Android Central App
  • My galaxy tap 3 I got the update yeess I like Posted via Android Central App
  • Can anyone confirm if kitkat brought back the mobile data toggle in the notification panel? Cause it was removed in 4.3. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm confused. I use Hangouts for SMS on my 4.3 device.
  • I upgrade my sprint note 3 and hated can't moves file to my external as card.Ans now for the moment it look like is not possible to go back to jelly bean.