Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy S4 Google Play edition rolling out

by: Chris SmithNovember 26, 2013

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In late Google+ post on Monday, Google confirmed that in addition to the HTC One Google Play edition, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition will get its own Android 4.4 KitKat update.

The short post says that the update will be rolling out starting with “today,” or November 25, so in case you happen to own a Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, you should check your phone for updates, if you haven’t been prompted to install KitKat yet:

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Considering that we told you only a few hours ago that both HTC and Samsung have released open source files for their respective Google Play edition flagship handsets, and that the HTC One’s KitKat update has already been made available, we’re actually not surprised to see Google announce that the Galaxy S4 will also get its update soon.

Interestingly, the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 have not been the first non-Nexus devices to be updated to KitKat, as Motorola’s Moto X was the first such device to receive the Android 4.4 update a few days ago.

That said, let’s hear it from Galaxy S4 Google Play edition owners out there, have you received Android 4.4 KitKat yet?

  • Jesse Jaime

    How bout any update for the T mobile galaxy 3?

  • Rudi Scheurer

    Hello, can somebody please tell me what is the (Samsung galaxy S4 Google edition )

    • bry68

      unlocked sgs4 sold on play store

      • Dion88

        with PURE Android OS.

  • Viktor Velkov

    So are there any custom roms out there anywhere already? :-

  • christian

    It always say “latest software installed” how can I update?

    • brandon

      If you have the Google edition I found a way if you go to settings -> apps -> all apps-> Google framework services and you have to clear data then force stop it then go and check update if nothing happens do it a few times because it worked for me

      • iclickd

        This worked for me. Thank you so much Brandon.

      • tony

        Thanks this worked!!


    Just got my S4 updated to 4.4 Kit – Kate and seems very smooth! Was able to print to a wireless HP printer for the first time. Great!!!

    • GoDBoDy

      What’s different?

    • Eros Jin

      But why cant i update it here in Cambodia?

    • yogesh

      How can update my s4. Its only s4 . Whats differences between google play edition.

  • pharologst

    What’s the difference between a s4 and a Google play s4??

    • Mr Mop

      The Google Play S4 runs stock Android, gets updates in a more timely fashion, and can be purchased straight from Google, unlocked. The only downside is that the many special features of the S4 are unavailable/ such as air gestures and the eye scrolling, though I would imagine not too many people are concerned about those.

      The regular S4 has Touchwiz UI and is currently on Android 4.3, unless you want to root. It is not sold by Google in any way and updates aren’t as frequent or as fast. On the bright side, you do get all those features As!sung put in, like the billion different camera modes and the adapt display stuff.

      • Travis Hughes

        Dafuq is As!sung? One ridiculously bad typo that you just didn’t care to fix?

        • Mr Mop

          There, fixed it just for you.

  • iTriune

    Has anyone gotten this update? There isn’t even a link to side load it. Smh

  • shaun

    What’s the difference between the gt 1900 and the gt1905

    • Viktor Velkov

      I think it’s the processor.. Not sure though

  • yaa it’s true.. just 3 days back android 4.4 kitkat was available for Galaxy S4 and HTC One. I have updated 4.4 kitkat in my Galaxy S4 mobile after reading news from I must say new 4.4 kitkat is very fast and easy to use!!

  • yogesh

    Can I make my s4 for google play edition. And how.?

  • anand

    S4 android 4.4 after update how is battery Backup?

  • anand

    S4 android 4.3 after update how is battery Backup?

  • Hazel Anne Merza

    How can i update my samsung s4 to android 4.4?