The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 OTA update is now live for the LTE-enabled variant of the smartphone, codenamed I9505.
While everyone was busy talking about the Galaxy S5 launch, the folks at Samsung have released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Snapdragon 600-powered Galaxy S4. The Korean phone maker has been pretty busy updating its 2013 flagships to the latest Android version, and after the Galaxy Note 3 got the KitKat-flavored firmware last month, the Android 4.4.2 update has been pushed to the Exynos-powered variant and a couple of US variants of the Galaxy S4.
Now we hear that the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 LTE is receiving Android 4.4.2 over-the-air. According to the folks at Sammobile, we are dealing with a staged roll out which means that the new software update might not yet be available for download in your country. As usual, the unlocked models will be the first to receive the new firmware, thus, if you happen to own a carrier-branded Galaxy S4 I9505 you might have to wait even further.
Anyway, you shouldn’t expect to many changes from the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update for Samsung Galaxy S4, because most of the new software goodies introduced by the Galaxy Note 3 were patched in the Android 4.3 update. Besides the KitKat-specific features such as white status bar icons, transparent status bar, cloud printing, full screen album art in the lock screen, or immersive mode, the new OTA update also brings minor UI tweaks, improved Samsung Keyboard, performance enhancements, and bug fixes. It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S4 I9505 Android 4.4.2 update is labeled I9505XXUFNB8.
Usually, when a software update is ready for your device you should receive a system update message in the notifications area. Anyway, if you didn’t receive the said notification, it’s also worth checking for the update manually under Settings > More > About Phone > Software update > Update. Alternatively, you can grab the USB cable and connect your Galaxy S4 to the PC, then check for the new firmware via KIES.
If you didn’t receive the OTA update on your Galaxy S4, you should stick with us, because a tutorial that will teach you how to update your S4 I9505 to official Android 4.4.2 update will be ready in the How To section of our website in the next couple of hours.