Android KitKat update for Galaxy S4 nears, here's how the new TouchWiz status bar will look like


The Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 flagships brings a lot of resource optimizations under the hood, thanks to KitKat's Project Svelte. These are resulting in some top benchmark scores from the handsets running the new firmware, but that's not all Samsung has in store for us.

We also get new TouchWiz NatureUX look that appears flatter, and that is especially visible in the status bar icons, which reflect the stock KitKat visuals, with white icons looking uniform on the transparent status bar. If you are curious how exactly your status bar will present itself when the Android 4.4 update hits your handset, you needn't look further but tech blogger Eldar Murtazin, as he just posted the above status bar with the comment "Samsung KitKat status bar. No color at all. Only white." He also comments in a previous tweet that this new stock look will "mean a lot for the TouchWiz future," likely referring to the reported agreement with Google on the new Magazine UX phase-out.

Additional visual change will be a nice round shortcut to the camera app on the lock screen for easier access to the 13 MP snapper on the back. The keyboard has seen its landscape mode tweaked for easier typing and improved finger-tracking, too. You can sideload the KitKat firmware on your GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 now, or wait until the update hits your phone officially.

source: EldarMurtazin (Twitter)

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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)
Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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40 Comments

1. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Meh. Why do they want to make it look like AOSP's?

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

because cartoony and neon icons is becoming really outdated and annoying

9. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

whats the point of buying any Android device at all that isn't a nexus if all you want is the stock boring Android UI? I was actually interested in what they'd try for the magazine UX on the phones.

32. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I like Sense quite a lot which isnt nexus style. The layout is very professional and sleek, and the whole thing runs butter smooth.

37. afegit

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Sense also has a minimal set of features, just like the nexus lineup. maybe thats why it runs smooth and lag free? cus it lacks features just like the Ipone? IMO touchwiz is the best cus its got such useful and innovative korean technology and is gud

39. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Stock boring ? Its also the sleekest looking and smoothest

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

yeah looks old though. samsung better renew whole ui.

38. iphoneplz

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

i wont really say out dated or annoying if they are able to sell a lot more smartphones then are manufactures like lg, htc, nokia.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

A rumor claims that Google has added a new set for rules everyone must follow if they want to sleep the play store and other Google services, that includes the transparent notification bar and on screen buttons

7. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Count out Samsung on the "on screen buttons" front.

8. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

it kinda reminds me of wp. i love how cool tw works and sense looks and google wants to take that away.

13. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Umm..... sorry to burst your bubble, but WP doesn't have a notification system.

26. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i was talking about aesthetics and the look of monochrome icons. dont rush to reply. think first. talk later

28. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

While this article didn't talk about none of them. Read first and comment later. And please which aesthetics are you referring to, there is none.

34. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i read first and comment later. thats why im a dr and youre not (probably). you didnt get what i was talking about

36. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

You being a dr is in no way related to your commenting sense.

31. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

WP,...sad, sad souls!

10. SleepingOz unregistered

I like it this way. Always wanted to have TW features with AOSP minimalistic look. Way to go Samsung!

22. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I also like TW. I'm confortable with it and love the "plus" things (still I'm not using more of them but I have them).

25. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Agree on that. Tw is good with it's features. But they just need to tweak their interface and apps to look more like stock android, and optimize them for better performance too. Would like to see what samsung brings on next

27. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

sorry i dont like stock android. i hate it. and if someday samsuc switches to stock i would start buyin sony or lg. you see i like sammy phones bcuz of their tw features and looks.

2. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Looking good, hope the update also includes a smaller bloatware.

16. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

The OS is basically looking the same. The only change is the transparent status bar, and the KitKat fonts here and there . The same amount of "bloat" as before. But it works faster , boots and unlocks faster, and is more RAM efficient. My Note 3 now has over 2.7GB listed (2.4GB before) and can have up to 1.9GB of "free" RAM at times .

5. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Simplicity. Just, simplicity.

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Looks way better than present.

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Uhh. 4.4.2 is already seeding. I got the update days ago in my Exynos Galaxy Note 3.

12. breathlesstao unregistered

You should either be more precise with these articles (which models'/carriers' updates you're on about), or be more up to date with the news. KitKat for the Note 3 has been official for like a week or two now, if not more... (And I believe for the S4 as well.)

14. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Newsflash for you , PA.. There are other countries on this Earth besides USA! And people from those countries are reading your site! I got the official 4 4. 2 update 3 weeks ago -.-

15. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Hell yeah!

17. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

News flash for you too then. See those tags? AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Samsung, Software updates? You see them right. And as the US of America's carriers suck at giving fast software updates. The article is pretty legit. Besides, PA is an American website not an around the globe one. Stop bashing.

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