October is finally here – the rumored release date of Android 4.4. And since many users are wondering if their device will be getting the latest update and whilst companies are still struggling to roll out official port of Android 4.3 for their devices, the guys at AndroPit compiled lists of names for which they believe will be the first.
What we can expect from the new KitKat 4.4. are some minor UI changes, while the major differences will be underneath the hood, with improvements for older devices and security updates.
Owners of relatively new Nexus devices can expect to be among the first to get updated. So if you are looking to be on the priority list of always being the first in line to get the latest OS and security updates, you should get a Nexus device, such as:
Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10 (2012)
Very high probability of update
In this category are listed all of the current flagships from different manufacturers. These are brand new devices, issued within the past year that are not a Nexus and stand at the top of the line for their respective brand.
Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, LG G Pad, Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, HTC One, HTC One Mini, Moto X (for those of you who can get a Moto X)
High probability of update
The following devices have at least a higher probability of getting the update:
Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, LG Optimus Pro G, Sony Xperia ZL
The lists above are mainly just opinions based on previous experiences with new OS updates from different manufacturers. If your device has not been listed, it really has no bearing on whether or not it will get an update. Google intends Android 4.4 for older devices that might not fall well within the above lists. The main issues, however, will be getting it rolled out to those devices or if the manufacturers will even offer support.
All is well thanks to the custom ROM scene, as it always provides the necessary means to see older devices updated with latest and greatest. Both CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android have announced big news for their respective selves with the coming of Android 4.4. CM is going mainstream with an official installer, rendering the process easier and care free, while PA completely revamped their ROM. This will bring a broader support system across multiple devices.
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