Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 gets to taste the chocolatey goodness of KitKat

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 gets to taste the chocolatey goodness of KitKat
Rejoice, Samsung Galaxy S4 owners on Verizon. For today, your handset has finally started to receive the Android 4.4.2 update that brings the KitKat build of Android to the phone. Verizon is known for its extensive testing of software updates, which explains why the carrier is usually the last among the top four major stateside operators to release them.

Among the changes that the update is bringing is the addition of more apps to the Multi-Window tray. Android 4.4.2 brings a whole updated set of Emoji icons to the Samsung QWERTY keyboard. And a number of new apps have been added to the device such as Isis Wallet, VZ Protect (version 2.0.0), Verizon Cloud and Audible app.

Additionally, a number of bugs have now been fixed, including one that made secure applications container Samsung KNOX, fail to work. Wi-Fi connectivity has been improved and the phone is now more stable.

You can take a look at the entire changelist by viewing the slideshow below. Verizon says that it will take 18 minutes to update the phone, during which time you will not be able to take or make calls. Your best bet is to be on a Wi-Fi network at the time of the download, and make sure that your battery is at least 50% charged.

source: Verizon via TechRadar

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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. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Hardly any difference from JB to KK. .. I didn't upgrade my N3 from JB to KK

2. vzwincred

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

what's the difference between this and nc5? *scratching head*.... isn't it already 4.4.2?

3. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Monthly articles like this are a constant reminder of how glad I am I switched to AT&T! Thank goodness they have excellent coverage here.

4. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Umm .... the update came out a week ago.

5. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

What about galaxy note 3?? Is verizon will skip kitkat for Note 3 or what. Can any one tell me why is verizon is like that when it's about firmware update. ???

6. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I think it was released for note 3. Try to manual update OTA . If that doesnt work try kies for the computer.

7. i3izkit311

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I updated last week... glad it was finally done. runs a little bit smoother and nice to know its current. great phone.

8. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

way to be late to the party, PA! this update has been out for a while, but it does nothing significant to my S4 at all. thankfully, it didn't make things worse!

9. TBomb

Posts: 1633; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Once I got this.. my battery life tanked. Any help on the issue?

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