Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) is now receiving the KitKat treatment

Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) is now receiving the KitKat treatment
Samsung Galaxy S4 fans, rejoice! Well, at least the ones who have the GT-I9500 version of the flagship smartphone. Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now officially rolling out as an OTA update for one of Samsung's bestsellers.

As you most probably know, the latest version of the Android platform comes with lots of performance and a few visual improvements. The changes to the user interface enable users of the Galaxy S4 to select a default launcher and switch between the native SMS app and Hangouts. The default Samsung keyboard has been renovated, too – it has received an enhanced gesture input in landscape mode. The camera can be easily accessed via a dedicated shortcut on the device's lock screen. One of the biggest visual improvements is the changed color of the status bar icons, which are now white. The immersive full screen mode is on board, as well.

Samsung Galaxy S4 devices in some regions have already received the Android 4.4.2 update over-the-air, but you might not get it right away, as it has just started rolling out. If you sport a carrier version of Sammy's flagship, you will need to be even more patient.

source: SamMobile

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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. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Update policies on Android are a shame. KitKat came to market in October 2013. Only now, 2 or 3 weeks before the S5 is released, the upadted arrives for its successor.

7. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

You mean predecessor?

9. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

The s5 is being ANNOUNCED, not released, released means you can actually go buy it. All that's happening Monday is an announcement.

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Not only the GS4, but the Note 3 is getting it as well. I'm in the process of downloading it for my Sprint Note 3 now.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Got it installed and have only noticed that the lock screen is a bit more responsive (less lag when turning on & off and unlocking) and the icon colors in the notification bar, as well as some apps opening a little faster.

3. jskates420

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 29, 2013

I wonder if the Gs4 mini for sprint will get it soon..

4. rosh900

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

NO go for my Tmobile Note3 yet :(

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And people, if you don't like waiting 3-4 months to get the next version of Android sent to your device by the manufacturers, then you should either get a Nexus device or install custom ROMS. It takes that long for an update because they need to make sure that the update is "quality" & "bug free". Also, they need to put their custom UI skins in with the update as well.

18. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Thank you.. I mean yes Samsung use to be worse on their stock S2 I have laying around is running 4.1.2 do they've done a great job improving the's not perfect but it's much better... get a nexus if you want to always be on the latest

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

I would love for updates to be super fast but I knew going the non nexus route I'm on a different time table. If I or anyone wants updates ASAP then that's what's the nexus line is there for.

8. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

Aaaand,.....what about the T-Mobile S4???

10. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

So no news on the Note 3 Exynos variant? :(

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Update was released awhile ago if I remember correctly...

13. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I have the international exynos variant and i have not received the update. still running 4.3 BTY I live in Pakistan

20. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Same here. Yet to receive. Live in Saudi Arabia

15. Carlitos

Posts: 684; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I am pretty certain the update started to roll out back in January. Second to third week of the month I believe.

19. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I have checked this on Sammobile and the update is only sent to some regions most regions are still pending :(

14. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

Verizon won't update the S4! Stuck in the damn dark ages wating for them to update phones!

16. eddie809352

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

Me and my Moto X are laughing at all you Samsung Fan boys Stop wasting your money on high ends that take forever to update their phones and buy a phone that knows how please their customers with fast updates

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I know Moto X is a cool device but I still need removable battery and micro SD memory. I am out station most of the time those item meet my requirement. So far, only Samsung is willing to meet those requirement..

21. vijaya

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

No update for india

22. vijaya

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

Samsung galaxy s4 i9500 not updated india

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