Android 4.4 KitKat release date: when can I get it?

8th May 2014 | 12:20

Android 4.4 KitKat release date: when can I get it?

You don't need to go to the corner shop for this KitKat

If you hadn't heard Android 4.4 KitKat is out in the wild on the Google Nexus 5, where have you been? It's been months since the launch of KitKat, leaving many owners wondering when their handset is set to get the update.

Unfortunately with different OEMs all adding their own skins and networks having to certify these updates, the roll out of any new Android OS is less than smooth.

The updates are starting to increase in regularity now, thankfully, so here's our guide to which handsets can currently get their hands on the chocolatey goodness, those set for the new software and those that will miss out.

Hopefully we will see the latest Android update land on a much wider range of devices this time, with KitKat supporting devices with as little as 512MB RAM.

This will mean we should see it on new budget devices, and we can hold a little hope that older budget handsets will get a refresh - although it's unlikely manufacturers will revisit their older, cheaper smartphones.

We have been in contact with various manufacturers to get a feel for their update cycles, and we will continue to update this article as news trickles in, so keep your eyes peeled.

Here's our guide to whether or not you're going to get the update to Google's latest iteration of Android, and when those updates should land.

Google Nexus

Android is Google's mobile OS, so the Android 4.4 KitKat update was always bound to land on certain Nexus devices. Unfortunately, the word 'certain' is key.

Google is only supporting the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (both editions) and Nexus 10, with the updates for the tablets now finally here - although shorn of the Google Experience launcher, which seems to be something to do with the larger devices being unable to handle the transparent bar at the bottom of the screen.

This is taking a while though - not everyone has got the update yet, but it is rolling out slowly, so stay tuned to the 'System updates' section of your menu to see when it arrives.

Nexus 5

The certain devices getting the KitKat update also include the Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but not the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus.

Reasons touted are that it doesn't fit in Google's 18-month update window, and that Texas Instruments no longer make mobile chips, so is unable to provide support.


Updated:SamMobile has obtained an internal document detailing which phones will be updated to Android 4.4 and when. The 4G-equipped versions of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 should be getting the update in May, alongside the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

Then in June both the 3G and 4G versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini should be getting the update, as well as the Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3.

However there's bad news in store for owners of standard Galaxy S3 (model number GT-I9300), as it seems that Samsung is having problems getting the update to work with TouchWiz applications on the ageing handset. As a result it's listed as 'Cancelled for now'.

As expected the OS update was pushed out to Samsung's latest flagships first - with the Samsung Galaxy S5 launching with the software embedded.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are currently receiving the updates in Poland and South Korea, while the Note 3 is also now available on AT&T in the US, while Galaxy S4 users on Sprint should now be getting the update, with other territories currently being prepped to receive KitKat. With any luck it shouldn't be too long until the update is passed over to the rest of the globe.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks to be next in line for the update after those two as networks in France and India have already started rolling it out.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is getting in on the KitKat fun too. AT&T has announced that it's started distributing it in the US, but we're still waiting to hear from other networks and regions.

Alongside these phones other devices set to receive the update sometime in the coming months include the Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Note 8.0. Both the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 are also set to receive Android 4.4 at some point.


Updated: According to HTC's official update page (UK, US), the UK models of the HTC One are now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Well that is if you are running the One on handset that isn't currently locked to EE. Elsewhere the One Mini and One Max are in the integration stage meaning networks have yet to get their hands on the software to certify it.

Its a different story in the US where the unlocked, developer edition, Google Play edition as well as Sprint and Verizon branded handsets have all received the updates. AT&T, T-Mobile are still running their own test.

Owners of the HTC One Max on Verizon should already have the update, with Sprint still awaiting the updated OS from HTC. AT&T are also waiting for HTC to pass on the update for the One Mini.

Older handsets including the One X and One X+ will miss out on the update - although we're keeping an eye on that one, as things can change... don't hold your breath though.


Updated: Sony has confirmed that Android 4.4 KitKat should now be available for the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, though its availability will depend on your network. Sony is also planning on rolling out the update to the Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR in May.

While the Sony Xperia Z2, as well as the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, are both launching with the new version of Android... although the Xperia M2, launched at the same time, inexplicably is not.


Updated: The good news is that the LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is real. Given that LG built the past two Nexus devices, we were a little hopeful. It has even started the roll out on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks in the US, as well as in its native South Korea.


The bad, but not so bad, news is that there is still no official word on when we are likely to see the update land but current rumours have it pegged to launch at MWC next week. Here's hoping. Word is that the AT&T LG G2 is currently receiving the update whilst the rest of the world will have to wait til mid-March.

LG has also rolled out the update to the G Flex, G Pad 8.3 and Vu 3, though so far only in South Korea.

Rumours surrounding the LG Optimus G also have the 2012 flagship set to receive the update making the jump direct from Android 4.1.


Updated: Owners of the European Moto G have been able to the Android 4.4 KitKat update since mid-January. In the US those that purchased the budget handset through Amazon, direct from Motorola or on Boost will also be able to gain the download.

Android 4.4 KitKat is also available from launch in the UK on the Moto X, with US owners now also able to grab the download. Other handsets in the US are also receiving the KitKat update including Verizon's Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.

In line for the update but without any time frame includes AT&T's Atrix HD, US Cellular's Electrify M and Verizon's Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD.

Over in Australia updates are a little more sparse. Currently the Motorola Razr HD is listed for updating with the decision on the Razr M having yet to be made.


When it comes to devices, Huawei may be famed for its budget offerings. This sometimes means that software updates can be a little hard to come by.

The Huawei Ascend P2 and Ascend P6 both have a lot to shout about, though, so we might well see Huawei Android 4.4 KitKat with the Emotion UI landing on both devices.

Updated: According to the Huawei Ascend P6 Facebook page the handset started receiving the update to Android 4.4 KitKat in January.


Alongside Huawei, its Chinese compatriot ZTE is another firm famed for lower end devices.

Both the cheaper quad-core ZTE Blade V, now on the market toting 1GB RAM, as well as the 512MB RAM ZTE Blade 3, both technically support KitKat.

Although ZTE currently has no word on planned updates, we could see an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade land on these devices if there proves to be enough of a clamour.


Acer isn't necessarily a brand that many will associate with Google's mobile OS, however it does have a few devices out there running Android software.

With tablets such as the Iconia A1, and Liquid branded smartphones like the Acer Liquid S1, we might well see some Android 4.4 KitKat update love being shared to the Taiwanese firm's devices.

As with every other manufacturer, we have contacted Acer to find out more.

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