the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade for the Google Nexus devices might have
already come by December 2013, it was reported then that Samsung would
launch the upgrade for their Galaxy S4 and Note 3 devices in the first
quarter of 2014. A couple of days ago, however, screenshots of a
revamped TouchWiz interface skinned on Android 4.4.2 running on the two
devices began making rounds of the Internet. Android 4.4 KitKat test
upgrade ROMs for the two phones have also been leaked in the meanwhile,
and are available for download.
The alleged leaked Android 4.4.2
KitKat screenshots of the Samsung GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 show a flatter
TouchWiz Nature UX design. Phonearena reports that mobile carriers have already confirmed that the S4 will get the
upgrade by the end of January.
From what we can see from the
screenshots, the interface looks to have been completely overhauled, and
it is suspected that they might be doing the same with the Galaxy S5.
The first test would obviously come with the S4. The new KitKat-laden
units are supposedly faster. The announcement comes in the wake of the
new PRO line of tablets that they announced earlier this week. Samsung
is also reported to have completely overhauled the interface of its
other phones this year.
Along with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the
Galaxy Note 3 will reportedly also be receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat
upgrade soon. Along with the S4, pictures of the Note 3 too leaked out
on the Internet with the new OS running on it. SamMobile was the first
that an Android 4.4.2 test upgrade for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005)
that features the build number KOT49H.N9005XXUENA6 was already available
Apparently the Galaxy Note 3's Android 4.4.2 update
features many of the same tweaks that are included with the Galaxy 4,
such as white status bar icons and a lock screen camera shortcut. Also
said to be packed into the upgrade is full screen album art on the lock
screen and "significantly" improved performance that even manages to
speed up the process of unlocking the Note 3.
As with the Note 3
firmware leak, the Android 4.4.2 test upgrade update for the Galaxy S4
(build number I9505XXUFNA1) is also available
for download for any users that don't feel like waiting for Samsung's
official push to begin - though we recommend waiting. SamMobile suggests
that that rollout could begin in one to two weeks, but as with most
other software updates, owners of carrier-branded Galaxy S4 and Note 3
units will likely be waiting a bit longer while their update goes
through the operator approval process.