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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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. phonepro

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 31, 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 Hmm looks like I'm outdated.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

16. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

17. AciMars

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

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

21. av911 unregistered

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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 They should be like LG and completely disown and forget all about their old devices and keep them outdated before.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!!!

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

10. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Pls read comment # 05... ~_O

11. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

15. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Learn to flash a custom ROM , kiddo .

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

27. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

You can reverse it kiddo :P

28. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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 .

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

30. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

31. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 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

19. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

UI in Android 4.3 not good enough for you?

7. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

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

8. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

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

9. gunnroses

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 12, 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.

13. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

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

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

12. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Waiting for KitKat for Note 3

14. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 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

18. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

22. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

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

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