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

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.


source: XDA via AndroidAuthority

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20 Comments

19. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 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.

11. prd2bsrb

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

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

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2429; Member since: Apr 30, 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..

9. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Your chastity belt KNOX is already broken? Then why not?

3. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Android can be so beautiful without carriers' bloatwares.

1. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

And who owns this $600+ phone? Almost Nobody.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not sure if serious or ignorant.

4. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

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

5. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

And voiding warranty thereby? Not my cup of tea.

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

8. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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?

10. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

12. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

13. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

14. lektriczzz

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 08, 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

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

17. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

18. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

15. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

20. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 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...

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