When will my Android phone get KitKat?
With Android 4.4 KitKat finally in the wild, users are already wondering when their smartphones will see the update. Here's what we know so far.
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When will your phone break off a piece of that delicious KitKat?
The Nexus line
I'll start with the most controversial topic. The good news is that Google expects that the Nexus 4, , and devices will get their respective updates "in the coming weeks."
Now, here's the bad news.owners are rightly peeved that . One reason is that the developer of the smartphone's processor, Texas Instruments, is and can't help upgrade the handset. It's a bummer, and for what it's worth, more than 27,000 people hoping to change the situation.
All we "officially" know is that the is , also "in the coming weeks."
Unconfirmed leaks, however, paint a slightly different picture. According to a document obtained by iTechAddict, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are expecting to see Android 4.4 in January. The 2012 flagship Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 should follow in March-April.
HTC was the first OEM to publicly for . Indeed, Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, confirmed that the company will step on the gas to get the latest version of out to its flagship One line.
Things got under way quickly with theas HTC has already delivered the update to Google. For now it's a matter of waiting on Google to push the release out the door.
Motorola has smartphones tapped with Android 4.4 updates, however no time frame has been given. The list, as one might expect, is made mostly of 2012-2013 models with an emphasis on Verizon.
Motorola device owners can navigate to the company's software upgrade page to see if their phone or tablet is due to receive KitKat. They just won't get a date on when it will arrive. Hopefully, Motorola will follow up with a "what will, what won't" blog post before long.
Sony expects to update a number of its 2013 Xperia line with Android 4.4 KitKat, starting with the , , , , and .
Before these devices see KitKat, however, Sony will push out 4.3 Jelly Bean updates. Starting in December, the exact timing for each phone will vary by market and carrier. Keeping all of this in mind, it will likely be early 2014 before any of them get a taste of the chocolatey update.
Swing by the support page for the Xperia SP, Xperia ZR, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V and you'll find that Sony has not closed for these models. Most are listed as "Under Investigation" and the Xperia SP shows a clear path to the upgrade.
Given that LG is the hardware maker behind the Nexus 5, I hope that the KitKat love will reach more models beyond the G2. Though a leaked document from French carrier SFR mentions only a December time frame for the G2, perhaps it's a sign that other models will be close behind.
There's always rooting and ROMs
Regardless of which smartphone or tablet you have, there's always the possibility of . A number of custom ROMs have already emerged in the few days following the release of the Android 4.4 SDK.
Rooting your device could be helpful for folks who find their beloved Android on the cutting-room floor. What's more, it's a viable option for those who don't feel like waiting for OEMs and carriers to make announcements.
If you've received the update already, how do you like the taste of KitKat? Let us know in the comments below.