Yesterday, Google announced an update to Android to 4.4, named Kit-Kat because they were running out of generic terms for desserts. But not everybody is getting Kit-Kat, and not everybody is getting it at the same time. Here’s who’s left out, and who will get the new stuff.
No Candy For You
First of all, Kit-Kat is only available to phones released in the last eighteen months. So, sorry, Galaxy Nexus users, you won’t be seeing an official update. That’s especially disappointing because Kit-Kat is designed to run on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM; in theory, you could run this on an HTC Hero. Granted, older phones aren’t completely out of luck on the Kit-Kat front; developers will probably put out a custom ROM for older phones, or at least add some of the more enticing new features as a mod.
Update By Update
So, when will you get Android 4.4? A lot depends on your phone’s manufacturer. As of this writing, for example, Samsung hasn’t announced any plans, while others are going model by model; HTC plans to have every One handset in North America updated within 90 days. Part of the problem is that they want to tweak the OS to “their” specifications, which, yes, is incredibly annoying, but what are you going to do? Well, actually, there is something you can do…
Do It Yourself
Namely, wipe your phone and update it yourself. Although Kit-Kat isn’t out yet, once it is, it should be a fairly simple process; just be sure to back up anything you want to keep before you do it. Or, of course, you could do what a lot of people are going to do; ditch your phone and buy a Nexus 5. It’ll come with stock Kit-Kat and will run you $350. Expect more details about Kit-Kat, and what it’s going to do for you, soon.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.