Android 4.4 KitKat update: when will your device get it?

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The distribution of the upgrade to KitKat is proceeding pretty slowly with many devices still lagging behind to even catch up to Android 4.3 Jellybean. So what exactly does the Android 4.4 schedule look like for the different manufacturers? Here’s a summarized version of all the available information about the KitKat update.

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Why KitKat?

Android KitKat was not the big version jump that everyone had hoped for. However, the majority of the changes that KitKat brings with it are hidden away behind the scenes and bring some pretty good innovations with it. Hangouts has been integrated as the standard messenger, the status bar is now transparent with white icons, there’s a new full screen mode and improved phone app. For a full overview of the changes in KitKat, check out our summary.


The Moto G is in the forefront with the KitKat update and is among the first devices outside of the Nexus and Google Edition line of devices to get the update. This brings some promise for Motorola: both the Moto X and Moto G run an almost pure Android experience with very small changes to the core, making the adjustments to a new Android version a very simple case compared to other manufacturers. The Moto X, which will soon be available outside of the Americas for sale, is seeing the rollout right now and will be shipping from the factory with Android 4.4.

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Rolling out now and from the factory: the Moto X with Android 4.4.2. / © Motorola


Samsung Touchwiz is highly different from stock Android and as such, takes a bit longer for an update to roll out. Apart from having to customize any updates to their own UI, Samsung picks and chooses which of its devices are going to get the update and which aren’t. However, if you’ve got one of the latest Samsung devices (Android 4.4 for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 has already been spotted in the wild that can be installed if you so choose. As such, you can most likely expect an official rollout to commence before the month of January is over.

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The update to KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3 is coming. / © Google, Samsung/AndroidPIT

However, for older devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, it’s still unknown on when the update will begin. Both only received the updated to Android 4.3 just over a month ago...


Sony is currently lagging behind on its update schedule: all Sony devices currently are still waiting for their update to Android 4.3, despite reassuring customers in December that the update was going ahead as planned and was beginning to rollout. However, nothing has been noted to any of our test devices and we’re still waiting patiently for that long expected rollout.

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The Sony Z1 and Z1 Compact: who will get the update first? / © NextPit

For the Xperia Z1, ports of KitKat have been making their way onto the net, but nothing official is anywhere near the horizon. As for the Z1 Compact, if it comes to the market in February with Android 4.3, it would be the first among Sony devices to sport Android 4.3. Think about that for a second.


HTC is stating that the HTC One will start seeing the update in the next few weeks, at least according to various twitter updates pointing in that direction. As such, the HTC One, One Mini, and One Max should start seeing Android 4.4 sometime between now and February.  In fact, as of January 20th, we’re starting to even see the rollout of Android 4.4 to various customers around Europe. With that new information pending, we should start see it rolling out to new areas over the next little while.

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Right now, all signs point towards the end of January for KitKat and the HTC One. / © HTC, Google/AndroidPIT

Later this year, the entry-level smartphone the HTC Desire 500, should also be seeing the KitKat update. However, the One X, One X+, One S, and One V will be left in the dust and will be receiving no more official updates from HTC.


LG set off the end of the year with a bang with the you might be in luck.

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Right now, it could be by the end of March before the G2 sees an update. / © NextPit

According to various other reports, it seems that LG is skipping the Android 4.3 update all together and will bumping most of their devices straight to Android 4.4. If this is true, expect a whole swathe of LG products seeing the KitKat upgrade around the same time including: Optimus models, G Pad 8.3, G Flex, among others. While a schedule has not been announced per se, it it safe to assume it's pending.


The Chinese manufacturer brought the Ascend P6 to the market last year, which brought some elegance and style to Chinese manufacturing. The Ascend P6 was, at the time, the thinnest Android smartphone on the market and was released with Android 4.2.2. Huawei has promised a release of Android 4.4 shortly with a updated version of their Emotion UI.

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Will the Ascend P6 be getting the update shortly? / © NextPit

The distribution is expected to start in January in China, with the new Emotion UI 2.3 being tested in a closed beta group. When the update will be available outside of China, as well as when it will be available for other Ascend models such as the Ascend Mate, is still to be determined. Even the Ascend Mate 2 which was presented at CES 2014 was still sporting a version of Android Jellybean on it.


Asus is going a little bit backwards on their update schedule, at least for their newer device. The Padfone A80 Infinity is expected to get the update in the first quarter of 2014, with its successor, the Padfone A86, not receiving the update until the second quarter of 2014.

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The new Padfone from Asus will have to wait until the end of the second quarter of 2014. / © NextPit
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  • Phillip Whisenant Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    When will an Android upgrade to kit kat 4.4.2. for a Samsung Galaxy S 10.1 Tablet come out?

  • Shubham Shukla May 7, 2015 Link to comment

    Jellybeans suck I need updates
    For samsung galaxy core

  • Jeff Majerek Mar 23, 2014 Link to comment

    Went out and got the Thunderbolt.... Early.

    Then the DNA..... Would NEVER buy another HTC product... Unless you are addicted to buying new phones... Worst company when it comes to supporting their equipment.

  • Josue Barbosa Mar 20, 2014 Link to comment

    I have the LG G FlEX from T Moile can someone tell when will my g flex upgrade to 4.4

  • Victor Assivero Mar 3, 2014 Link to comment

    It is March, still waiting for the Note 3 update. :-(

  • drtheinmyintsoe Feb 17, 2014 Link to comment

    When can I get my galaxy tab3 SM-T211 4.4kitkat?

  • CJ Brown Feb 4, 2014 Link to comment

    All of MetroPCS 's 4G smart phones are either Ice Cream Sandwich, or Jelly Bean, out of the box (either the manufacturer has provided an update OR you are rooting to obtain Kit Kat) - but this is standard for most carriers, unless its a new smart phone with Kit Kat already installed ....

  • jack challhoub Feb 1, 2014 Link to comment

    my phone HTC one dual SIM w802 when. Will gets upgrade to kikat? I have now version 4.2.2?

  • sam pack Feb 1, 2014 Link to comment

    lg g2 (t mobile version) ^

  • sam pack Feb 1, 2014 Link to comment

    Nada 4 the g2..smdh

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    Deactivated Account Jan 30, 2014 Link to comment

    Gotta love AOSP ROMs, running 4.3 on my S2. I'm pretty sure Carbon will sort 4.4 out too :D

  • Amanda Sibley Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    Any idea if the note2 10.1 tablet will get kitkat at the same time as the phone

  • Nik Technaudio Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    "all Sony devices currently are still waiting for their update to Android 4.3"

    All but the Z, Z1, Z ultra, Tablet Z. And they're just the ones I know about.

    Guessing this article was written by a Samsung fanboi / troll.

  • Linda Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    Will our Droid Razr get the Kitkat update?

  • kartik rana Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    Bt i hv s4 also got an update of 112 mb is dat kitkat update

  • kartik rana Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    cnt wait plz update note 2 asap

  • sam pack Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    if the lg g2 doesn't get a kit kat update soon, it will be a shame for all owners. & a future non support of there devices i think. Y? because u will feel let down in some type of way that's y.

  • Jeff Majerek Jan 29, 2014 Link to comment

    Had the HTC Thunderbolt.... was a paperweight in a few months.... made a mistake and bought the HTC DNA...... will never get another htc phone.... they just don't support their phones more than a few minutes....................

  • Bojan M. Jan 27, 2014 Link to comment

    Yep, as many has already pointed out, Xperia Z and Z1 already got their 4.3 update since like month ago at least. Author, please keep yourself up to date.

    Anyway, I recently found myself less and less patient about updates. If it takes Sony to long for the kitkat, I'll be sporting cyanogen or something similar.

  • James Miles Jr. Jan 24, 2014 Link to comment

    The. Sony xperia z1s has android 4.3

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