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Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 gets to taste the chocolatey goodness of KitKat

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 gets to taste the chocolatey goodness of KitKat
Rejoice, Samsung Galaxy S4 owners on Verizon. For today, your handset has finally started to receive the Android 4.4.2 update that brings the KitKat build of Android to the phone. Verizon is known for its extensive testing of software updates, which explains why the carrier is usually the last among the top four major stateside operators to release them.

Among the changes that the update is bringing is the addition of more apps to the Multi-Window tray. Android 4.4.2 brings a whole updated set of Emoji icons to the Samsung QWERTY keyboard. And a number of new apps have been added to the device such as Isis Wallet, VZ Protect (version 2.0.0), Verizon Cloud and Audible app.

Additionally, a number of bugs have now been fixed, including one that made secure applications container Samsung KNOX, fail to work. Wi-Fi connectivity has been improved and the phone is now more stable.

You can take a look at the entire changelist by viewing the slideshow below. Verizon says that it will take 18 minutes to update the phone, during which time you will not be able to take or make calls. Your best bet is to be on a Wi-Fi network at the time of the download, and make sure that your battery is at least 50% charged.


source: Verizon via TechRadar

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posted on 06 May 2014, 17:06 1

1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Hardly any difference from JB to KK. ..

I didn't upgrade my N3 from JB to KK

posted on 06 May 2014, 17:20

2. vzwincred (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


what's the difference between this and nc5? *scratching head*.... isn't it already 4.4.2?

posted on 06 May 2014, 21:12

3. wkm001 (Posts: 58; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


Monthly articles like this are a constant reminder of how glad I am I switched to AT&T! Thank goodness they have excellent coverage here.

posted on 06 May 2014, 22:05 2

4. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 67; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Umm .... the update came out a week ago.

posted on 06 May 2014, 23:19

5. somad (Posts: 131; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


What about galaxy note 3??
Is verizon will skip kitkat for Note 3 or what.
Can any one tell me why is verizon is like that when it's about firmware update. ???

posted on 06 May 2014, 23:45

6. mikeguy1981 (Posts: 67; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I think it was released for note 3. Try to manual update OTA . If that doesnt work try kies for the computer.

posted on 07 May 2014, 07:55

7. i3izkit311 (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I updated last week... glad it was finally done. runs a little bit smoother and nice to know its current. great phone.

posted on 07 May 2014, 11:30

8. johnriii (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


way to be late to the party, PA! this update has been out for a while, but it does nothing significant to my S4 at all. thankfully, it didn't make things worse!

posted on 07 May 2014, 22:31

9. TBomb (Posts: 173; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Once I got this.. my battery life tanked. Any help on the issue?

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