Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the latest installment in the never-ending Android 4.4 KitKat updating saga. Well, never-ending may be a bit of a stretch, but for at least six months or so, expect to hear of one device or the other getting KitKat on possibly a weekly basis. Sometimes more often.
Today, for instance, two versions of Samsung’s proudest, most technically impressive (for now) handhelds are seeing juicy, hefty software packs pushed to them over-the-air: the Exynos-powered octa-core Galaxy S4 and Sprint-exclusive Galaxy Note 3.
The former, model numbered GT-I9500, actually follows in the footsteps of Sprint’s variant, upgraded a few days ago. Look at the Now Network go. Only confirmed as live in Russia, the port carrying build number I9500XXUFNB3 should make its way around the world in a matter of days. A week or two, tops.
Needless to say it brings to the table the already notorious subtle UI makeover, as well as improvements across a number of areas, including overall performance, camera capabilities, NFC and Wi-Fi support.
Meanwhile, Sprint’s GNote 3 is hot on the heels of the “international” phablet, as it scores a massive goodie kit, weighing at 500 MB and hauling, among others, a revamped TouchWiz UI, a few settings and shortcut tweaks, but also superior all-around stability. It’s good to be blasted in the future of mobile software, eh, Sprint users, European folks?