The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update release gained steam today as it landed not only for a new carrier in the United States but for the GT-i9500, one of the international variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out is underway. The update has landed for two models in South Korea, last week it hit the Sprint Galaxy S4 and today, the United States’ fifth largest carrier U.S. Cellular pushed out its Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update. And today, Samsung also started to push the update to one of the most popular Galaxy S4 variants, the GT-i9500.
Galaxy S4 GT-i9500 users on XDA-Developers have begun seeing the update and thanks to SamMobile, we know that they are telling the truth. Indeed, the GT-i9500 Android 4.4 KitKat update release has begun though it appears that for the moment, the release is limited to Russia. Samsung typically rolls out updates slowly so this is unsurprising.
In the weeks ahead, the company will continue to push out the update and it should land for all Galaxy S4 users within the next couple of months, depending on the carrier. Carriers will often give their users a heads up about incoming releases though not all carriers offer early upgrade schedules.
This marks the third Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update in recent days and it appears that Samsung is making a strong push ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch, set to take place on February 24th in Barcelona, Spain. The Galaxy S5 is expected to arrive with Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board and it looks like Samsung wants its aging flagship on par with its successor when it arrives.
The Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update is not a massive update and it does not bring Galaxy S5 software features to owners. Instead, it brings Android 4.4 KitKat features with some smaller tweaks and enhancements that will vary by carrier. Carriers typically outfit major software upgrades with their own spin, adding fixes and features applicable to their users.
While the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update is gaining steam, it’s still unavailable for many users. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have yet to confirm Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade release dates and there are still a number of carriers around the world, including in North America, that have yet to issue any official word about the arrival of Samsung’s big update.
From the looks of things, that could certainly change soon as Samsung works with its carrier partners on a big Android 4.4 KitKat push.