Despite several claims to the contrary, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 have yet to update to Android 4.4 KitKat. New reports, however, indicate that these devices may begin to receive the new operating system in April or May.
A Samsung tech support employee recently divulged to a customer that the Galaxy Note 2 should begin to update to Android 4.4 in mid-April while the Galaxy S3 should begin to update in early May, Korean tech website Duam reports. These dates will likely coincide with the Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 models in Korea, but once these start updating, models in other markets should also be on the pipeline to update soon.
Considering the time frame, the Galaxy Note 2 at least could begin updating to Android 4.4 in a matter of days. This has not been confirmed by Korean mobile networks. Samsung has long confirmed that the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 will be among many devices to update to Android 4.4, but has noted that each carrier will determine its own rollout dates. Thus far, only Sprint in the U.S. has confirmed its plans to update the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4, though the carrier still has not specified a rollout timeline.
In March, a leaked document surfaced indicating that the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 may update to Android 4.4 in April or May. Tech website Just About Phones determined that the document was discarded due to an error in the model number listed for the Galaxy Note 2, which made it available for leaking. In November, a similar document leaked, also indicating that the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 may update to Android 4.4 between March and April.
Other reports have suggested that the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 would begin updating to Android 4.4 after the Galaxy S4 updated to the new system. The Galaxy S4 is still in the process of updating to Android 4.4, though most models in major markets have updated. Tentative rollout plans manufacturers and carriers made months in advance often end up falling though by the time device begins to update.
While we wait for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 to update to Android 4.4, users can check for the update manually by accessing Settings > General > About device > Software update on their handsets.