Samsung’s Galaxy S4 gets another leaked Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware

BY Abhijeet Mishra

Published 17 Feb 2014

Samsung's Galaxy S4 gets another leaked Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware

While everyone is looking forward to seeing what Samsung has in store for us with its next flagship, owners of the company’s 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4, are impatiently awaiting the arrival of the Android 4.4 KitKat update. The official rollout is likely a couple of weeks away, but in the meantime, impatient folks can try a leaked KitKat firmware on their S4’s, thanks to the resourceful guys over at SamMobileThe leaked build is for the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S4 (the one with four processor cores), and has a build date of January 28th, which is newer than the KitKat firmware that leaked last month. Nothing notable has been added since the last build, but that’s probably because KitKat isn’t exactly a major update in terms of user-facing features, not because of Samsung’s incompetence in software development.

If you’ve never tried 4.4.2 on your S4, you can expect to see changes like faster performance (at least in benchmarks), white status bar icons, the option to choose the default messaging and launcher app, wireless printing support, new emojis and an improved landscape mode operation for Samsung’s keyboard, a dedicated camera shortcut on the lockscreen, and a minor boost to the UI’s smoothness.

The new firmware is reportedly free of any major issues, so if making it through each day waiting for the official update is becoming a problem for you, go ahead and give your Galaxy S4 some KitKat love. As always, be careful before venturing forth – the leaked build won’t mess with your device’s warranty, but it will wipe all your data, so take the necessary backups before proceeding.