Android 4.4 KitKat update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy S4s in Korea

Android 4.4 KitKat update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy S4s in Korea
The much anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat update has just started arriving to Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets in Korea, kicking off Samsung’s global effort to bring its last year’s flagship to the latest version of Android.

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

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Patiently waiting for the 4.4.2 ROM to be leaked for my T-Mobile Note 3.

2. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

does KITKAT update bring ART to Galaxy S4. any of our korean friends,, please let us know.

3. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its pathetic how few Android devices has Kitkat 4.4 installed.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

This is just the begining, don't expect more for now.

6. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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: 585; Member since: May 18, 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: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 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 unregistered

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 unregistered

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: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I said in my original comment "low- to mid- range" and I counted from December 31st not October. Silly me.

11. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 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: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not trolling here honestly, but has kitkat not get hit the s4's?

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

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