Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy S4 Google Play edition now available

by: Chris SmithDecember 14, 2013

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After the LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One Google Play editions received their Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates, it’s time for the Samsung’s own Google Play edition handset, the Galaxy S4, to receive the same treatment.

In case you own the GT-I9505G Galaxy S4 model, you should already receive the 57.5MB Android 4.4.2 update for the handset (build version KOT49H.S0001.131204) – alternatively, you can manually check and see if an update is available to you, or grab it directly from Google’s servers (see Source link below).

The Android 4.4.2 update brings some fixes and improvements, but it also removes the App Ops security app, so if you have been using this unofficial tool to manage app permissions, you may want to stay on Android 4.4.1 for the time being.

Interestingly, LG, HTC and Samsung were quite fast with this Android update, which was only released for Nexus handsets a few days ago. Too bad that their regular devices do not get the same speedy treatment – although carriers also play their part in delaying software updates.

Have you updated your Galaxy S4 Google Play edition to Android 4.4.2?

  • AndroidBoss

    I wonder when 4.4.2 will come to the regular S4…

    • MadCowOnAStick

      a very long time

      • jj

        I really want it to come soon

        • Yovan

          That’s what she said.

    • Azeem

      Around January. Blame the carriers, not Samsung.

      • AndroidBoss

        No also blame Samsung because of Touchwiz.

        • GeorgeCr

          I’ve only just bought an S4 and after the update to 4.3 (i hadn’t used it before the update) the wifi kept disconnecting. I brought it back to the store after having spent a 100 on a new router with 802.11ac capability (rumours suggested that it might have been that the s4 was too new to work properly on older routers) where they gave me a new one which i’m not updating for the moment. I think it’s a real schandal that samsung allows peoples phones to be updated with faulty software! Should consumers really be beta testers like this? Delve into the internet to find out that something isn’t working? I just can’t believe it!

          • AndroidBoss

            Yeah many companies do that. Like Apple with their iPhone WiFi problems and Google with the speakers problems and camera problems. It really isn’t fair. I bought a Galaxy Nexus, and when I was using it, I noticed horizontal lines on the screen at low brightness. I had to update to Jellybean right when I powered on and after the setup. Now I see them on even high brightness and there is a big green line at the very top. So i guess the whole display is messed up. I totally agree with you, I hate it when these type of things happen.

    • chris

      What’s the difference between the regular & google play edition handsets?

      • AndroidBoss

        Google Play Edition smartphones run stock Android and are bought unlocked and only from Google Play Store. They are cheaper compared to the regular unlocked ones. For example, the unlocked Galaxy S4 is $800 while the unlocked Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 is around $650. So they are a kind of a special edition. They also get faster Android updates. However, the unlocked Nexus devices get updates a little faster; almost right when they come out.

        What I meant by regular is the Samsung Galaxy S4 running Touchwiz UI. It doesn’t get updates as fast as the Google Play Edition and Nexus phones.

        • Mr Mop

          Where is the unlocked S4 $800? Amazon has it for $540 at the moment.

          • AndroidBoss

            Hmm I guess the prices went down a little, which is nice. Now the Google Play Edition is $650.
            The S4 was $700-$800 unlocked when it first came out.

      • AndroidBoss

        The Google Play Editions are now more expensive sorry. Haven’t checked the prices out in a long time. They used to be a little cheaper when the regular S4 was around $700-$800.

    • Ellen

      I believe it will be released in January

    • iTriune

      Hahahaha it won’t. It’ll come on the GS5.

  • john1177

    When will ANY update become available for note 2 ?

    • Jayfeather787

      4.3 update cam out I think.

      • john1177

        When I check for updates it says I am up to date.

        • Daniel Pie

          It depends on region and career. It takes weeks to reach everyone. You can check it on

      • me

        Yes it did

  • jed

    you better win the LG G2 in Yugatech’s index finger challenge

  • Whose_the_boss.

    When will samsung s4 active get kitkat 4.4 ?

  • tul

    I couldn’t update new 4.4.2 in my galaxy s4? Still I do have 4.2 suppose to be auto update. Pls how to doo?

  • Ganesh Kumar RV

    I have a Nexus 4 with Android 4.4.2, it has many flaws and lots of problem. Jean Bean was far better than this.

  • Mikey

    I downloaded galaxy play ROM and am using it on my standard t mobile S4. works great. tried kit kat 4.4 but won’t send picture messages so reverted back to galaxy ROM. just as happythough.h

  • Mikey
  • Kelvin wong

    Mine S4 now still can`t update to kitkat 4.4.2, can someone tell me how can i update it ?

  • Kelvin wong

    when will the 4.4.2 kitkat come to S4, because what i received is a update in 4.3

  • Anonymous

    i hope so..

  • jonathan

    I can’t get Google launcher even though I have 4.4.2? What’s going on?