Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update begins journey to end users
The latest version of the Android operating system is slowly spreading to more hardware on the platform, and now the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update begins its journey to end users in select regions.
Samsung has been busy recently updating the Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4.2 and evidence that the official firmware was getting closer to a release for the Galaxy S4 started to emerge via to some leaked screenshots and a build for US carrier AT&T.
Now it is being reported that the update has been released in Samsung’s home country of Korea for the SHV-E330S and SHV-E330K versions of the handset. These are the versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that are provided by carrier SK Telecom in the country, and should hopefully mean that the new firmware starts to reach other regions in the coming days.
Some carrier versions of the S4 may have a while to wait yet before seeing the Android 4.4.2 update though, as the companies have to add their own bloatware to the operating system. The update was released in a similar fashion with the Galaxy Note 3 that slowly reached more regions, and includes some minor changes to that handsets OS.
This includes enhanced performance along with wireless printing support, white status bar icons, and the option of selecting the default launcher and message apps via the settings menu. There is also an improved Samsung keyboard for those that still use it, camera shortcut now on the homescreen, and better memory management.
Owners of the handset can check for the update via the KIES application or via the handset by selecting Settings > General > About device > Software update menu, and this news comes after we reported earlier about a number of Samsung Galaxy devices were listed for the update at some point.