We know how much you love to have the latest software on your phone and we love to get it to you. But, we can't always get it to you as quickly as you'd like. What we can do is keep you in the loop throughout the process. This weekly wrap is our way of doing that.
Stuff you need to know about software updates
Just as we don't make the phones we sell, we don't code the software that runs on them. We do some testing to make sure they work as we expect them to, but that's all there is to our part in the process.
Software updates are complicated, and there's a lot of moving parts to take into account (enough to fill three whole blog posts). But that's for us to worry about, not you. We'll do the hard work behind the scenes like chasing our suppliers and doing the testing. The easy stuff is letting you know how we're progressing, and that's where this post and the table below comes in.
News from overseas
All the info we have on the updates we know about is below. Keep in mind though that this just for us here at Vodafone AU. What happens overseas doesn't apply locally, so that info on a UK release or news about Android 4.4 KitKat you read on the web won't be coming to your phone straight away. As soon as we hear news though, this is the place to read all about it. I'll be back for you again next week so stay tuned if what you're looking for isn't here yet.
What's in the labs?
Device models which are listed in bold type indicate a change from last week:
Issue found during testing by Sony, awaiting new software for testing.
Android 4.4 (Quick Maintenance Release 1)
Awaiting software for testing. ETA late May/early June 2014
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@SimgeYıldız - last week the update was expected to arrive for testing early May, not be released to customers. This week you're right, it has changed, but these things do change from time to time. Issues crop up during development, resources are assigned to other projects, updates get cancelled.
Vodafone only test the update, not code or create it. They're at the mercy of Samsung's schedule and in this case it looks like that schedule has changed.
Your phone will never have the latest version of Android at the same time that Google announces it, so there's no point worrying what Google might release at I/O next month. Have a read of these articles (linked at the top of the post) to understand why.
I got the s4 active not long ago and I just bought the jawbone up24....however it required the 4.3 framware to use the jawbone....I am just wondering howling before the 4.3 release going to be open to download. As 4.4 is currently ungo test for the s4. And you know I am just looking for the 4.3 ..any help?