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No KitKat for Samsung devices on ATT-----yet.

Discussion in 'AT&T Wireless Forum' started by KevinJames, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. KevinJames

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    I've been tracking announcements on Android and Me. Seems Verizon, Sprint and even USCellular are deploying Android 4.4.2. Somehow, ATT is lagging behind.
     
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    That's why if you want Android updates you get either a Nexus or a GPE device. Everything else is a crapshoot. Just look at the HTC diagram HTC-Anatomy-of-an-Android.jpg
     
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    Or get a current Motorola. The X and the G have kit Kat. Surely AT&T didn't botch it's Motorola X did it?

    And kit Kat deployment outside of Motorola/Nexus/GPE has been on the HTC One from what I can tell. The S4 is almost there in 4.4, I think. Samsung is very tight-lipped about its update schedule. And it's not an AT&T thing.

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    Sprint S4 is getting KitKat now.
     
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    Keyword is now. Lol. Compared to GPE, it is very late ;)

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    I felt like my GPE was very late getting the update compared to the Nexus 4. It took at least two weeks longer :D
     
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    Most of us would take a 2 week delay over months long "delays".

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    Love the answer from dmapr. I can't tell you how many times I've heard the "that's why you should..." scenario. I'm glad you have what you have and are happy. I am also happy with Samsung. Very seldom does a day go by and I am not amazed at the phone (note3) and it's features. Do I need 4.4.2? No. The phone is fine the way it is. Do I want the latest and greatest OS? Yeah, sure.
     
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    Note that I didn't say "should" ;) But seriously, what it boils down to is there are trade-offs no matter what you do. Unfortunately there's no way to have your cake and eat it too. Are there things in the Samsung ROM that are missing on the GPE that I'd love to have? Absolutely! Can I have them AND prompt updates? Absolutely not! So I weigh what I want more and I end up with what I have. AT&T's track record of providing updates for Android devices is abysmal. They're usually the last of all carriers and when they do release the update their forums get flooded with update-related problems. Just look at the Galaxy S3 saga.
     
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    Agreed wholeheartedly. I'm very pleased with my Note 3 (albeit on Verizon) and the software is awesome. I'd love to have Kit Kat immediately, but choosing it now meant getting a different model phone. That's something that I didn't want to do. I know I will eventually get it. It isn't the old days where being stuck on 2.3 vs 4.0. The software difference is less dramatic now than in the past.

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