Rumor: Android 4.4 Testing For The S4 GT-I9500 Has Begun


More rumors have started to fly regarding the upcoming Kit Kat update for the GT-I9500 version of the Galaxy S4. It seems that Samsung has started testing Android 4.4 on the device. Leaked versions of the 4.4 OS update have been previously posted on the web, but so far those haven't been official updates and they weren't delivered OTA from Samsung or the carriers. If this proves to be true and Samsung has indeed begun testing 4.4 Kit Kat on the GS4, we could see this update officially begin to roll out to devices in the near future. When exactly this could be though is unconfirmed and Samsung themselves has made no mention of it. Even if testing has begun, testing is still testing and still a ways off from being consumer ready. According to Sammobile in a tweet posted earlier today, the update is "still not stable enough to used as a daily driver."

The fact that testing may be happening is cause enough for some excitement, especially if you're the proud owner of this particular Galaxy S4 model. The official update for the Galaxy S4 was rumored to begin this month according to some leaked documents that came out last year, which would make this rumor about testing the update seem more likely. The leaked documents about the projected timeframe for the updated were also rumors though, with nothing actually having been confirmed, so at this point we're only speculating on possible release dates.

For those of you that have a Galaxy S4 GT-I9500, you'll want to be watching the web rather closely as word of the official update could soon pop up. If these rumors and the rumors about the update timeframe for this device prove to be true, Galaxy S4 owners could see the update notification in their status bars before February. The Galaxy S4 isn't the only device that's waiting on an update to the newest version of the Android OS, as the Galaxy Note 3 is still waiting for it's official update as well. Following these devices, we should start to see updates for the Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy Note 2 later this year. Hopefully soon we'll get some sort of notification from Samsung about the potential rollout.

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