Samsung announces which U.S. smartphones and tablets will get Android 4.4.2 KitKat

By James Geddes , Feb 19, 2014 04:14 AM EST

Samsung has announced the full list of U.S. devices that will receive an upgrade to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

U.S. Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners will be happy to know that Samsung has issued a press release and has gone on record by listing which Galaxy devices will receive an update to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the U.S. Samsung has already started sending out an OTA (over-the-air) update for its latest flagship Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy S4 smartphone.

The upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat provides many innovative and easy-to-use features that enhance the overall user experience of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The update includes a simplified and more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities, updated applications and more.

Here's a quick run down of some of the new features U.S. Galaxy users will receive with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update:

· Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
· Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
· Upgraded Google Mobile Service (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.

For a complete run down of all of the key features, check out this post Samsung created.

To avoid any confusion and let customers know whether to expect an upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Samsung has created a list of what U.S. smartphones and tablets will receive the software update that it has just started rolling out. Here's the complete list:

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note 2
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 Mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Galaxy S3
  • Galaxy S3 Mini
  • Galaxy Mega
  • Galaxy Light
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

If your Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet are on the list above, you should get the new firmware soon. Samsung will be rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to more and more devices over time, and notes that the update's availability varies by carrier.

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