Following a false start with AT&T’s version a month ago, Samsung is now pushing a serving of KitKat towards users of the international version of the Galaxy S4 Active.
Released in June 2013 with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, the rugged version of the Galaxy S4 features IP67 certification and a sporty design we found quite appealing in our review. On the inside, you get similar specs to the regular Galaxy S4’s, though now without a few tradeoffs, including an LCD screen instead of AMOLED. Now Samsung is upgrading its operating system to Android 4.4.2, while also making some changes to its own customizations.
The KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 Active (GT-I9295) is currently available in the Netherlands, for the unlocked model, and bears the I9295XXUCNE5 firmware number. The build is a hefty 1.3GB in size, so make sure to be on Wi-Fi and with enough battery before you attempt an upgrade.
According to the folks at Sam Mobile, who have the official firmware available for download on their build page, the update improves the general performance and battery life of the international Galaxy S4 Active, and brings some tweaks to the UI, including all white icons in the status bar and a camera shortcut on the lock screen. That’s in addition to KitKat specific features, such as support for wireless printing.
For users of the Galaxy S4 Active in other countries, the update should be rolling your way in the future, though that may mean anything from a couple of hours to a few weeks. Users of carrier version have it even worse, due to the additional red tape that updates for carrier-customized devices need to go through.