Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update arriving in January 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones will start to receive Android 4.4 Kit Kat next month as a French carrier confirmed the latest version of Google’s OS will be coming to its devices in 2014.

Trusted Reviews reports that French carrier SFR stated Samsung’s top of the range device would start to get the update towards the end of January 2014 and the rollout is expected to also include an update to Android 4.4 for the Galaxy Note 3.

“The update to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) should be available between late January and early February 2014 for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3,” read a statement published on the SFR official blog.

Samsung has yet to confirm the update itself but if an earlier leaked document is anything to go by then January 2014 is indeed the month when Samsung Galaxy S4 owners can expect to see the update arrive.

Android 4.4 Kit Kat contains a variety of improvements including a tweaked user interface, quicker multi-tasking, simplified file access, printing, a step detector and counter, and smart caller ID. The most drastic change being made is to bring SMS and MMS within the Hangouts app to allow all messaging to be handled in one place.

Samsung only started giving its customers access to the previous version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean, in October and numerous problems have dogged the update with the rollout only resuming earlier this month after Samsung ironed out the errors. The 4.3 Jelly Bean update, despite the delays, was an important one for both the Galaxy S3 and S4 as it added support for the recently released Galaxy Gear smartwatch that had originally only worked with the Galaxy Note 3.

Those customers that bought the Google Play version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have already had access to the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update for a number of weeks and Samsung is likely to makes its own announcement in due course.