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Android 4.4.2 now here for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition

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Android 4.4.2 now here for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition
Late Friday, we told you about the Android 4.4.2 update being sent out to the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, and the HTC One Google Play edition. We told those with the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe to check for the update since it would make sense for it to arrive at the same time that the other devices received their update. Android 4.4.2 brings some necessary bug fixes, and also removes App Ops from the OS. The latter allowed Android users to control which data a third party app can have access to and Google said it had been mistakenly part of the OS since Android 4.3.

So if you own the GT-i9505G, you should have received software version KOT49H.S0001.131204 via an OTA update. This is exactly why you made that tough decision to blow off TouchWiz, so you can be ahead of all of your friends and family and sport the latest Android build ahead of everyone.

The Android 4.4.2 update weighs in at 57.4MB, and if you own the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe, keep an eye out for the notification that the update is ready to be downloaded and installed on your phone. If you don't feel like waiting for the update to hit your phone, click on the XDA sourcelink below to manually yank out the update directly from Google's servers.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe has been updated to Android 4.4.2

The Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe has been updated to Android 4.4.2


source: XDA via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 14 Dec 2013, 21:55

1. Qbancelli (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


And who owns this $600+ phone?

Almost Nobody.

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 22:26 14

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Not sure if serious or ignorant.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 01:54 3

4. DnB925Art (Posts: 420; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Some actually do, and without paying $600 to own it. Some have bought a carrier branded model and converted it to a GPE.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 03:51

5. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


And voiding warranty thereby? Not my cup of tea.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 06:37 1

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 915; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Ignorant comment, you can easily delete all traces that the phone has been messed with, my HTC One has been rooted since i got it, had to send it in for repair, relocked the bootloader and installed official ROM and had no problems whatsoever, they fixed my phone. My sister had an Galaxy S2 that was rooted too and she had to send it for repair for a screen problem and they also fixed it with no problems.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 07:09

8. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


So you are talking about HTC One and GS2.

Do tell me how to restore KNOX on GS4 that gets permanently broken upon rooting.

Whose comment is an ignorant one?

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 08:14 1

10. GoBears (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Because the root on the GS4 is a simple script that DOES NOT trip Knox. Custom roms on the newer firmwares are installed via Safestrap, which install ROMs to partitions on the phone other than the system partition. All of these are software mods which are obliterated and re-written when restoring stock firmware through ODIN. That's how.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 08:25

12. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Thanks for the info. Ya know, I stopped purchasing Sammy products since the GNex.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 08:43

13. GoBears (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I'm really just a huge Android fan not a Sammy one. I just always end up with Sammy devices because of the Dev support they get. Not to mention I absolutely love the Note series. I just happen to have a GS4 in my transition from the N2 to the N3. Knox is a PITA though.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 11:19 2

14. lektriczzz (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


Then why are you even arguing if you don't have a GS4. I have mine rooted with a Custom Rom and I factory reset and still send my phone into Samsung....therefore your argument is invalid

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 16:13

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Simple - JakeLee thinks he knows more than everyone in PA. It's funny because when the tables turn against him, he leaves the article to go on a new one.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 19:26

17. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Hi smurfette,
Never thought of the possibility that I might live in a different time zone?

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 19:30

18. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It depends on the country you live in.
You cannot generalize things so simply.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 15:38

15. DnB925Art (Posts: 420; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Some carriers like Sprint don't care if you root or even install a custom ROM. Now if your phone was totally bricked, they probably wouldn't know what was installed on it anyways.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 16:18

20. iliketech (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


ok, I guess I'm nobody. I have This Phone (that phone) and paid full price for it. Just saying...
Originally the phone worked the way I wanted it to... But, the newest updates have made the SD card not writable and battery drains faster... So, I was better off with 4.2...

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 00:54 5

3. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Android can be so beautiful without carriers' bloatwares.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 04:46

6. JMartin22 (Posts: 1245; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I can finally try this out on my regular S4, a more stable version of KitKat, rather than these botched up/not fully stable AOSP or CM 11 dump ports..

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 07:30

9. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Your chastity belt KNOX is already broken?

Then why not?

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 08:14

11. prd2bsrb (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Ok i downloaded the file on my phone. What now? Someone please help. :)

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 16:15

19. iliketech (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


ok, I guess I'm nobody. I have This Phone (that phone) and paid full price for it. Just saying...
So, this new android update is unstable in my opinion. My phone was stable before this update and now the battery drains very quickly. What gives Samsung? I bought it to use because it could tether without having ATT approve... but then they throttled me back so no better off.. other than I get Android updates when they become available, and do so with out rooting and all that stuff...
I get a Kitkat phone with additional storage - but then again Google screwed that up too... I can't copy files to the micro sd card now after 4.3 update and beyond to 4.4.2
So, maybe I'd be better off with the ATT version of this phone but then again I was not up for a contract and couldn't get it cheap so If I had to pay -- I might as well get the GPE....
Right? That's Almost Nobody who buys this phone... and it's one of the best phones out there - STILL.

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