KitKat rolling out to international Galaxy S4 I9500, US Cellular variant as well

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 20, 2014

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Earlier today we learned that Sprint and US Cellular are rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, roughly a month after the update first surfaced for the international version of the Galaxy Note 3. Now we have learned that select Galaxy S4 users are also getting some KitKat lovin’.

According to SamMobile, Android 4.4 is now arriving to the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 (Eyxnos CPU, no LTE model) in Russia and India. Of equal interest, US Cellular has listed Android 4.4 KitKat as the latest available version of the OS for the Galaxy S4, and we’ve received several reports from US Cellular customers that suggest the update is already starting to roll out.

Android 4.4 KitKat updates for both the international and U.S. Cellular models of the Galaxy S4 are reportedly available in OTA form or via Samsung’s Kies desktop software. If you’ve yet to receive a notification from your handset, you can always check manually by going to Settings> More> About Device> Software.

Android 4.4 KitKat updates for both the international and U.S. Cellular models of the Galaxy S4 are reportedly available now.

So what’s new here? The biggest change is the fact that the update will allow your device to move beyond Jelly Bean, bringing you Android 4.4 KitKat and all the new features that come with it. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to get our hands on a full change-log, so we really can’t say much when it comes to carrier-specific or Samsung-specific changes. That said, previous ROM leaks reveal that we’ll likely see at least a few TouchWiz UI changes, including white status bar icons and even some changes to the lock-screen.

For users of the GT-I9500 Galaxy S4, we imagine that the update will first rollout to all of Russia and India. If all goes well, we’d expect it to hit other countries shortly thereafter. As for those in North America? Considering the US Cellular Galaxy S4 is already reportedly starting to roll out, we’d imagine that larger U.S. carriers should follow shortly. Either way, we’ll be sure to report back as soon as we learn more!

Have you received Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S4 yet? If so, what version are you rocking, and in what country?

  • Jaime

    Nice. Good I sent this tip some hours ago.

  • Michael McGrade

    The USCC S4 started getting 4.4.2 yesterday and the Note 3 from USCC will start getting the update today.

    • Brett Smoot

      Was your S4 OTA or kies?

      • Michael McGrade

        My wife’s S4 update was OTA.

  • Jeremy Cobble

    Sch r970 uscellular usa

  • Stephen Silvers

    I updated to 4.4 this morning, but nothing looks different. It shows version 4.4 kit kat. I have a US Cellular Galaxy S4.

  • scorp

    My “samsung apps” was updated. Look at it.

  • patrick

    From what i’ve seen so far, there’s not much to get excited about with 4.4 when it comes to the S4. Besides the white battery icon and having the ability to choose what sms app you want to use(you can kinda already do that on 4.3), it looks exactly the same. are they are any exciting features that the 4.4 will bring that i dont have with 4.3. I am on VZW S4. After finding out that samsung wasnt doing much with the version, i was kinda disappointed.