It’s been a day filled with news about software updates so far – but wait, there’s more. Samsung has finally started the rollout of its update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S4. Also, a couple of carrier versions of the Galaxy Note 3 phablet have also started to get their taste of the sweet goodness, just as hinted at by Samsung’s official word on US updates (which came a couple of days ago).
First up, the big one. So far no internationally (or US) sold Galaxy S4 models got KitKat, but that’s changed starting today. The GT-I9500 model, the one with a Samsung Exynos chipset inside (and no 4G LTE support) has gotten the official update to KitKat in Russia. That’s the only country to have it so far, but we expect the rollout to make its way to other territories pretty quickly.
The update can be downloaded and installed either over-the-air or using Samsung’s Kies desktop software. If you want to use the latter, you’ll have to download it first, then connect your phone to your computer and check for updates. If you want to manually check on your phone itself, then just go to Settings > More > About device > Software update and hit Update. After applying the update, you’ll be on build version I9500XXUFNB3.
There’s no word yet on the update reaching the GT-I9505 LTE-capable internationally sold version of the Galaxy S4, but there’s no reason we can think of for that not happening in the next few days.
US Cellular’s Galaxy S4 KitKat update also seems to be ready, again either coming to you by way of OTA or via Kies if you wish to use that route. Once you’ve updated, your Galaxy S4 on US Cellular should be on software version R970TYUFNAE.
Also in the US of A, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 purchased from either Sprint or US Cellular, then you’ll be happy to know that the KitKat update is headed your way too.
At Sprint, the software version you should expect is N900PVPUCNAB. It’s rolling out in stages, however, so it might not immediately appear as available for your particular device to download and install. If you aren’t lucky the first time, either be patient or try to manually check from time to time, using the procedure described above for the Galaxy S4.
At US Cellular, after applying the update you’ll be on software version N900R4TYUCNAB.