Android 4.4 KitKat update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy S4s in Korea
There is no official update schedule, and the first reports confirm that KitKat has started seeding to the LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Snapdragon 800-based version of the Galaxy S4 in Korea. The new firmware brings the Android version of the S4 up to 4.4.2 and is allegedly available for download either over the air (OTA) or via Samsung’s Kies software.
What does Android 4.4 KitKat bring to the Galaxy S4? Initial reports mention an improvement in overall speed of operation thanks to better RAM management, and TouchWiz is also said to have been bumped to its latest version, coming with a slight facelift.
If you are wondering what’s happening with the international rollout of the KitKat update for the Galaxy S4, right now Samsung has already missed its January deadline, but chances are that it should start arriving very soon, given the fact that Korea is getting it and that a test ROM has already leaked out.
And Samsung better hurry up - the Galaxy S5 is expected to get officially unveiled in just around three weeks on February 24th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Having KitKat on the Galaxy S4 by that time, would be great, don’t you think?
source: @and_jungbo_bot via GSM Arena, Android Fact
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8276; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Patiently waiting for the 4.4.2 ROM to be leaked for my T-Mobile Note 3.
2. raghu67 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
does KITKAT update bring ART to Galaxy S4.
any of our korean friends,, please let us know.
3. KingDingaLing (Posts: 212; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
They're probably going to wait till the S5 comes out. Otherwise, some may be happy with the S4 and the update. As for myself, it doesn't matter. I usually go for the newest phone. I'm hooked on technology and can't wait for the latest gadgets. I'm a phone whore.
4. Liveitup (Posts: 1208; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Its pathetic how few Android devices has Kitkat 4.4 installed.
5. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
This is just the begining, don't expect more for now.
6. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 202; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Relax, it's only been 37 days since KitKat was released. Give it six months, not 5 weeks. I'm sure that in a few months a phone company will be bragging about having the first low- to mid- range device running 4.4. So, just chill.
7. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Motorola is the first one to bring 4.4 to low end phone, and I'm sure the other companies will follow.
8. PorkyBurger (Posts: 222; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Well, that is because Motorola has almost Stock Android.
Other companies have those UX's or UI's, which make a punch in the knee (or any other spot).
9. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 202; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I forgot about the Moto G so +1 to you for that. I guess my line of thinking was Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG are hopefully planning on releasing more low end devices with the 4.4 and then supporting them far beyond what was capable before.
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The Moto G is NOT a low-end phone. Quad core, HD screen, & 1GB of RAM is not low-end. It's decidedly mid. I want to see how smooth Kit-Kit will be on a true low-end device. 512MB of RAM & 1-1.2GB single or dual-core or something in that range.
14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I agree with what you're saying, but where did you get 37 days from? Kit-Kat was released on October 31st. That's about 100 days, not 37.
16. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 202; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I said in my original comment "low- to mid- range" and I counted from December 31st not October. Silly me.
11. rency0722 (Posts: 61; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)
It's more pathetic when manufacturers starting to roll out 4.4 but only changes its Android version, no enhancements at all.
12. bucky (Posts: 1400; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Not trolling here honestly, but has kitkat not get hit the s4's?
13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Not entirely. Only the Google Play Edition had it until now. Though, to be honest, 2013/2014 has had the fastest Android updates I've ever seen. Motorola, HTC, and Samsung have all been going to work on these updates; it's been a little over 3 months since 4.4 was released and already 9 non-Nexus devices have been updated to it. 3 months after the 4.1 update, it only had 1.2% of distribution, in the same time frame 4.4 had 1.8%, so it's had 50% better adoption. Once the HTC One and Galaxy S4 updates are fully rolled out, U.S/Canadian carriers and all (which should happen by the end of this month, maybe going into March), that number should spike.