November 08, 2013Charles Ripley
Android 4.4, also known as KitKat, is the most recent version of Google’s popular operating system and it’s already shipping in several new devices around the world. But what about the 900 million or so Android devices that have been sold to date? How do you know if your phone or tablet will get a sweet KitKat upgrade? Here's a guide to the major manufacturers and their KitKat roadmaps.
As a new Google subsidiary, Motorola is primed to show off the latest and greatest facets of Android and the new KitKat operating system. It’s no surprise then that they’ve got one of the clearer plans for finding out when your device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.4. The Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM processor powered Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will all get upgraded to Android 4.4, though no official availability date has been set. As well, the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, and Droid Razr Maxx HD all have the status of "future plan coming soon." You can check for updated information by entering your device information on the Motorola's upgrade website.
If you're a subscriber on one of the four major U.S. carriers, your HTC One will receive the KitKat upgrade within the next 90 days. If you're using an unlocked or developer version of the handset, your HTC One will get an update in 30 days.
Devices created before Google acquired Motorola, including the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, will all receive the KitKat upgrade. The new Nexus 5, launched last week, will have KitKat already installed.
Samsung has announced that the GALAXY S4 Google Play Edition will be upgraded "in the coming weeks." The venerable Galaxy Nexus, built in partnership with Google, will not receive an upgrade. Other device upgrade plans have yet to be announced.
Starting in December, Sony announced they will be first serving up Android 4.3 updates to most of their Xperia devices, with Android 4.4 upgrades to follow for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Tablet Z.
With its attentions seemingly focused on the recent launch of the Nexus 5, which LG developed for Google, nothing official has been announced for other LG devices. That said, other devices are likely to be upgraded including the LG G2.
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