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Galaxy S4 KitKat update nears, screenshot indicates revamped inteface

Galaxy S4 KitKat update nears, screenshot indicates revamped inteface
Screenshots from a Samsung GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 allegedly running the Android 4.4 KitKat update have leaked out, and they show a flatter TouchWiz Nature UX design. Some carriers already spilled the beans on Samsung's update plans, saying that Galaxy S4 will get the goods by the end of the month, and judging from the leaked screens, the rollout is nearing release indeed.

Samsung completely overhauled its interface for the new PRO line of tablets it announced this week, calling the new overlay Magazine UX, and it might be planning to do the same with the Galaxy S5 and its other phones this year, so a taste of this overhauled handset UI might come with the KitKat update of the Galaxy S4, too. There's also a screenshot of AnTuTu benchmarking results, showing the score achieved with the lean, mean KitKat-laden machine.

source: XDA-Devs

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:36 1

1. phonepro (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Wait the S4 doesn't have kitkat yet? I thought they had it like months ago like other phones. Hmm looks like I'm outdated.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:46 2

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Get a Moto or a Nexus if you want fast updates.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:53 14

6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3837; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Google Play Edition of the GS4 has KitKat, but not the Touchwiz skinned versions.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:16

16. __0__ (Posts: 206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I hope my note 3 get the update first before the crappy GS4

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:24

17. AciMars (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


Samsung will release Kitkat update after NEW PRODUCT (S5) released first.. Typical samsung...
thats why i hate it...

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:11 2

21. av911 (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Right, all the other manufacturers are doing such a good job of updating their devices /s

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 14:53 1

23. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea I hate it when Samsung actually updates their current and old devices! They should be like LG and completely disown and forget all about their old devices and keep them outdated before. I HATE when Samsung updates their devices!!!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:38 5

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Wow, such lockscreen, much information, very informative /sarcasm

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:39 2

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1394; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Who cares what it looks like, what matters is how it performs. Looks will always be subjective and only please so many people, performance is the universal metric that everyone can agree on and should be the focus.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:40 3

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm jealous, why Sony can't be quicker with updates? I'm getting bored of the UI on my Z, I want new UI.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 03:55 13

10. ScottSchneider (Posts: 310; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Pls read comment # 05... ~_O

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:07

11. Reality_Check (Posts: 238; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Hahaha... The sarcasm in your comment had me laughing out loud :D

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:15 2

15. __0__ (Posts: 206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Learn to flash a custom ROM , kiddo .

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:27 1

20. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Sorry kiddo, I don't do that. I don't want to void the warranty. Not everyone want to flash a custom ROM or root their phone, kiddo. You know what I'm sayin, kiddo?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 02:16

27. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 340; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


You can reverse it kiddo :P

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:09

28. __0__ (Posts: 206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You shouldnt call a grown man kiddo .

Most of the time , flashing a rom doesnt harm your device . Besides , plenty of devs support for the Z/ZL/ZR . My friend flashed cyanogenmod 10.2 on his ZR the day he bought it . His phone suffered from a faulty accelerometer and he has no problem with warranty .

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:26

29. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No thanks, I rather let my phone be original, I'm okay with my phone running Android 4.3 and the UI, I will wait for the official Android 4.4 update from Sony.

And also, no one likes to be called a kiddo every time. In fact, I'm not a kid, I'm a teenager. Calling someone a kiddo every time just makes you look like a jerk and it's not funny. That's all, have a nice day sir. Thanks for explaining how flashing a rom works.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:35

30. __0__ (Posts: 206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You want me to stop with the kiddo thing ? Fine , when you actually reached a grown man's age and enter the nightclub with no problems like me . hahaha

You actually need to google to follow step by step instructions in order to flash a rom , for a newbie i suggest flashing cyanogenmod as they are reliable and fast ,

As for if you dont like it , you could always flash back the stock rom . For me i stayed with stock on my ZL

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:52

32. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It's okay, I'm fine with the stock rom on my Z. Thanks for the offer though.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 04:37

31. __0__ (Posts: 206; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Sorry i cant post the link to flash a rom here because this acc is still new . However , extra bonus for you if you arrive in an Audi and be a jerk to everybody . Maybe then i will buy you a drink

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 06:23

19. anleoflippy (Posts: 242; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


UI in Android 4.3 not good enough for you?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 02:55 1

7. erikiksaz (Posts: 88; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Wow, Samsung didn't have a kindergartner choose the color palette this time around.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 03:08

8. XaErO (Posts: 133; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Hope, Samsung have designed very light, fluid and feature-rich TouchWiz this time ..

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 03:37 1

9. gunnroses (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Since Samsung sells millions of android phones, it would not be surprising if they are the first manufacturer to get the taste of the latest firmware from Google, even the updates of their phones they are much quicker compare to other manufacturers. HTC used to be the first but that;s taken away from them after their sales went down.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:41 3

13. ahomad (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 May 2012)


HTC, LG, Moto, and Nexus all received 4.4, so Samsung is far from being the first

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 17:02 1

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3837; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Motorola was the first to push 4.4 with the Moto X, HTC was second with the One, LG was third with the G2, and now Samsung will be fourth once this is released. Also, HTC was the first manufacturer to release 4.3 to their flagship device.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:38

12. fireblade (Posts: 624; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Waiting for KitKat for Note 3

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:47 1

14. draconic1991 (Posts: 117; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


hope the s3 gets this update too and with the refreshed interface as well..
and hoping it doesnt take as long as 4.3

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:40 2

18. Nkolsen (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


@ ahomad: So how many LG, HTC and Sony are running kitkat ? Im curiuos :D

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:26

22. true1984 (Posts: 578; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the LG G2 in Korea and the international HTC One. No one said Sony....

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 17:29

25. joseram695 (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Looks like they are finally getting rid of that ugly green battery icon and replacing it with the stock android version! Yay

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 20:11

26. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I'm curious to see what it will officially look like.

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