Android KitKat - Yellow and Red Mascots, KitKat Bar Feast

Samsung on Tuesday published a list of the devices that it says will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat, provided that your carrier approves the software update. The company also detailed some of the changes you can expect. Android 4.4 KitKat will begin rolling out to a lot of the devices today, though Samsung didn't say which ones will get it sooner than others, and will continue throughout "the coming months."

Here's a list of the phones and tablets that are going to receive Android 4.4 KitKat:

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • GalaxY S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Galaxy S III
  • Galaxy S III mini
  • Galaxy Mega
  • Galaxy Light
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Some of the changes include tweaks to the location menu, which will let you quickly turn on the ability to find your location by turning on your GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile network thanks to "more intuitive" changes. Likewise, messaging has been enhanced with the option to choose between using the default messaging app or Google Hangouts as your option. There are also new Emoji to choose from. Finally, Google's Mobile Service apps have been updated with the ability to automatically backup photos and videos, as well as to rename, share and view Google Docs.

We're happy to see Samsung is offering the update to older devices, particularly the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S III mini, because Google said Android 4.4 KitKat was designed to run well even on older devices. Ultimately, however, it will come down to whether or not your wireless carrier wants to spend money and resources approving the software for your phone. Carriers can and may delay the roll-out or cancel it entirely. Hopefully that won't end up being the case.

With the rollout beginning today, be sure to check for updates in your Settings app and enjoy!