Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S4 International Rolling Out: New Lock Screen, Home Screen, User Interface and More Stable System

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By Ryan Inoyori | March 6, 2014 3:13 PM EST

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the international variant of Samsung Galaxy S4 is now rolling out on several countries worldwide. Users from Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Malaysia and Poland confirmed the firmware Over-the-Air update of Android KitKat from Samsung.

Galaxy S4 International Update

For quite some time, Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has been available in the United States version of Samsung Galaxy S4 while the international model seems to be having some delay issues.

Until SamMobile confirmed that, the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S4 international is already happening in several territories such as Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland according to local users who reported to them.

These users have obtained the latest firmware update via Over-the-Air process instead of using the Samsung Kies PC suite. Owners from nearby countries should attempt to check using both the Samsung Kies PC suite installed on a PC or by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for updates in case the firmware is available for download.

Android 4.4.2 Update Details

SamMobile also revealed the screenshots of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat running the Galaxy S4 international model. Here are the following changes and details on the firmware update.

1.      Sizes up to 424.53 MB

2.      Upgrades the firmware version to Android 4.4.2 OS

3.      Music album art will be displayed on the lock screen while playing music

4.      The new launcher setting menu has been added - Home Screen, SMS

5.      Improved the User Interface and stability

Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update also notifies the user of the following:

-          Some changes may vary depending on country or network operator

-          After updating, you will not be able to downgrade to the old software because of the updates to the security policy.

Benchmarking Effects

Galaxy S4 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat performs slightly faster compared to the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean system.

Benchmark Classification

Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3

Overall Score

26208

25037

Multitasking (UX)

6438

5835

Runtime (UX)

1773

1784

CPU integer

2965

2944

CPU float-point

2179

2198

RAM operation

1387

1335

RAM speed

1521

1698

XDA Developer Members

Some users in Europe are still unable to receive the OTA update of Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S4 international. XDA developer members have posted their concern regarding the delay of the update rollout in certain regions including United Kingdom.

One member received an update in Czech Republic ahead of a London user while users in France, Germany and Spain are not yet reporting if they have received the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.

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