Moto G, Samsung Note 2, HTC One Max/ Mini set for Android 4.4.2 KitKat update: More devices heading for Android 4.4.2 KitKat in 2014

News V.A Kulkarni Natasha Garyali 12:52, 17 Feb 2014

We list popular flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, Sony among others that are set to/have received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat this year

Android really has a good thing going with version 4.4.2 KitKat. Not only is the operating system functional and convenient, it is light and able to run on a host of devices.

Moto G Android 4.4.2 KitKat update arrives in India

The much anticipated Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has finally hit the dual-SIM Moto G smartphone in India.

The update (v 171.44.31.en.03) which weighs 230.7 MB in size is available over-the-air, however if you haven't received the notification yet, head over to your Moto G's phone settings-> select About phone -> System update- > Check now.

The update brings a gamut of changes on board, the full change-log has been documented below:

  • Android 4.4, KitKat – Enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development.
  • Phone dialer – Improved phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
  • Camera – Locked exposure during Panorama capture, additional language support, Manual control of focus and exposure, Bug fixes
  • Gallery – New photo editing options including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.
  • Printing documents and pictures – Support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
  • Hangouts – SMS/MMS support Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings > Wireless > Default SMS app.

HTC Android 4.4.2 KitKat line up - One Max in March, One Mini in April

HTC has been working on getting the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update pushed out to its One flagship family line. An HTC executive had earlier spoken about the giant's roll out plans and stated that, 'HTC will work with carriers to begin the roll-out of Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One from end of January.'

Developer LlabTooFeR had also suggested that, 'all new devices such as One, One dual-Sim, One Max, One Mini will get 4.4.2 update in time frame January-February.'  Well it seems that the developer was bang on target.

On a recent reddit AMA (Ask me anything), HTC USA Product Team revealed that while the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for One Max will arrive in March, it will hit One Mini in April.

'We already have 4.4 updates in the works for both Mini and Max devices and you can track the progress on our software updates page. You should see this land as early as March for the Max and April for Mini.'

Unfortunately while the company has promised to update all future flagship devices for two years - this remains true only for the HTC smartphone owners in North America.

'We are making a commitment to support all new North America flagship devices going forward with all major Android updates for 2 years after their release date.'

While this does not mean (entirely) that the company will be ignoring its clientele in other regions, they will not get any preferential treatment as their NA counterparts.

Source: Reddit AMA

Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat line up

According to a close Phandroid source, apart from the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, there is a list of other devices in the pipeline that are set to receive the much awaited update. The list includes:

  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317
  •     Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-i747
  •     Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a
  •     Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 - Started to receive official rollout
  •     Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537
  •     Samsung Galaxy Mega SGH-i527
  •     Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-c105a
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900a - Started to receive official rollout
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 SGH-i467
  •     Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini SM-g730a

The earlier firmware reports from both Galaxy S4 and Note 3 suggested very minor changes after the upgrade like enhanced performance and changes in Samsung’s UI. Samsung flagship devices received a major facelift with the earlier Android 4.3 upgrade which brought in a gamut of changes including new camera features, Galaxy Gear compatibility among others.

There is no news on when the rollout to the devices mentioned above will happen, but with Samsung's commitment in bringing better smartphone experience to its consumers, we did say it's just a matter of time.

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