Android 4.4 KitKat Release Date: Rumors Suggest New OS Will Be Available On Nexus 5 And Nexus 10.2
By Staff Writer | September 12, 2013 04:51 PM EDT
Android 4.4 KitKat release date is expected to coincide with the release of 2 Nexus handsets, according to the International Digital Times. The Nexus 5 and Nexus 10.2 are rumored to be the first devices that will run on the newly launched Android 4.4 KitKat.
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Android 4.4 Kitkat will be the successor of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean whose release was done on the Nexus 7 back in July 2013. Despite the good reception it got, International Digital Times claims that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was not much of an upgrade and all that users received was restricted profiles and a new app for their cameras. Speculations expect many more changes are upcoming with the KitKat Android update.
The Android 4.4 KitKat will launch after a massive promotion by Hershey and Nestle providing retailers with 50 million KitKats offering consumers a chance to win a Nexus 7, $25 Google Play store credit or a gift pouch of KitKat minis that contain various promo codes. The Digital Times says that it expects this promotion to run for a minimum of 30 days.
As widely publicized by Gotta Be Mobile, the Android KitKat release date will most likely be the same time as the new Nexus device. It happened with Android 4.1 with the Nexus 7, 4.2 with the Nexus 4 and most recently 4.3 with the nexus 7.2. Since the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Nexus were released in November and December respectively, speculations all point to an October or November release that coincides with the upcoming launch of the Nexus 5. The name however, may be a Nexus 4 2 refresh depending on what Google deems fitter.
The International Digital Times goes further to explain that there is a chance that those who don’t use Nexus or Google Play Edition devices will have to wait much longer for the Android update. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is yet to hit many devices like HTC, Samsung and many more despite the move to skip Android 4.2. The older your device is therefore, the longer you should expect to get the Android 4.4. Some speculators, however, maintain that spec requirements for KitKat are significantly low to allow the older devices to run it as well. This is based on a statement released by Google that their main scope is to get an amazing Android experience into the hands of as many users as possible.
According to International Digital Times, more recent newcomers that have Ice Cream Sandwhich will not wait too long as long as the companies will offer support. This is specially true for Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Mini owners. If your device is not running on at least Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb or Android Gingerbread, it will be difficult to update to Android 4.4 KitKat.
There are also speculations coming from Tyler Wimberly that it is possible to see the Android 4.4 KitKat released the same time as a Nexus Smartwatch since Google always does its best to keep up with market trends.
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