Samsung Galaxy Devices Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Delayed Due to Testing Setbacks

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By Precious Silva | July 31, 2014 9:29 PM EST

Samsung Galaxy owners always may have to wait for the release of Android updates as platforms go through testing. Often, the release to Galaxy devices is delayed because manufacturers and carriers have to test the firmware against their current settings and offerings. Whereas reports of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update roll out happening surface, recent information suggests that some users may have to wait longer. 

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A Samsung Gear Live smartwatch is displayed at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014. Google Inc's Android software is coming to cars, televisions and watches this year, as the Internet search giant races against Apple Inc and other tech companies to extend its business into a rapidly broadening field of Internet-connected devices.

According to reports, Samsung still has problems about the Android 4.4.4 KitKat roll out. Since January, the company has been intent on delivering the firmware first to its best selling devices with the older and less popular handsets in line after. However, many analysts felt that it was an over reach because the company has not even finished with the roll out of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. According to Hallels, the delay in the launch of Android updates has been a constant concern for many Android users. Some also noted that this may be the reason why others are switching to other manufacturers like HTC who has faster releases. 

Some of the devices that have yet to receive the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update include the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2. 

According to Telstra, Samsung may also be delayed with the Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 test submissions until August 15. This means that the release of the firmware updates for the rest of the devices may stretch out up to September 15. 

Bloomberg has also noted Samsung's less than ideal performance for their latest financial quarter. "Samsung may be structurally vulnerable, with no sensational products in the pipeline that can stand out from rival devices," Bloomberg quoted Lee Seung Woo -IBK Securities Co. analyst. 

In response to the growing threat of Xiaomi in China, Samsung Vice President for mobile strategic planning team, Kim Hyun Joon noted: "We will more aggressively respond to the low- to mid-end smartphone market in China, which is growing rapidly." 

"There is a concern that it may put further margin pressure on profitability in the short term, but we will expand our shipment and secure profit." The official added.

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A Samsung Gear Live smartwatch is displayed at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014. Google Inc's Android software is coming to cars, televisions and watches this year, as the Internet search giant races against Apple Inc and other tech companies to extend its business into a rapidly broadening field of Internet-connected devices.
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