If you’re a Galaxy S4 user on Sprint’s network, your smartphone is about to get even more awesome. The company confirmed today that they are beginning roll out of the Android 4.4 KitKat update to all Galaxy S4 devices on the Sprint network. As with every over-the-air (OTA) update, it will roll out over the next couple of weeks in stages, so even if it’s not available now, that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon. However, if the push notification doesn’t arrive on your Galaxy S4, you can always check in the Settings menu manually for the update.
Have a Galaxy S4 but not on Sprint’s network? If history says anything, it’s that the update for other carriers isn’t too far behind. In many cases Sprint has been the first carrier to roll out updates, like the HTC One Android 4.3 update, with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mo customers not far behind. It’s been reported that Samsung plans on updating all of its latest smartphones to Android 4.4 soon, especially with the Galaxy S5 just around the corner. Currently, there are no Samsung Android devices running Android 4.4 except for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, with which Google controls the software updates instead of Samsung.
Besides the slew of Android 4.4 KitKat goodies from Google, the Sprint update also includes bug fixes and Zact Mobile compatibility. The complete update information can be found over at Sprint’s dedicated support page for the Galaxy S4 update. From the look of the release notes, Samsung’s love-it-or-hate-it TouchWiz UI will still be the default launcher for the KitKat Galaxy S4.
Considering that the best-selling Android phone last year is still running Android 4.2, now two updates behind the most current version of Google’s mobile OS, it’s about time Samsung finally got it together and finished this update even if it’s just one carrier. Already got your update to Android 4.4 on your Sprint GS4? Let us know your favorite, or least favorite, features in the comments below.