Verizon’s Galaxy S4 now has Android 4.4.2 KitKat available, despite claims that the update would roll out on Friday, May 2nd. The leaked build I545VRUFNC2 was made available earlier in the week, but Verizon’s official Android 4.4.2 KitKat Galaxy S4 (GS4) release build number comes in at I545VRUFNC5 and is ready for primetime. KitKat comes to the GS4 in all its glory, although few changes of Samsung’s have been noted.
At this point, there’s still little if any word for Verizon Galaxy Note 3 customers, but the May 2nd date may be intended for Verizon Galaxy Note 3 customers after all. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat international Galaxy Note II rollout
The international Galaxy Note II (model number GT-N7100) is now receiving some KitKat love, and XDA Developers tells us that the update started rolling out on Friday, April 25th. While it’s excellent news for international customers, American customers have been told that the Note 2 would receive its update in April. However, the time between the rollout for international devices versus American devices is unknown. If anything, I would say that, if you’re an American Galaxy Note 2 owner, you may want to add 3 or 4 months to the time when you can expect to receive the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. If the international rollout started this week, you won’t receive Android’s latest until June or July (“June” being an uber-optimistic date).
International customers, you’ll find the update under build number N7100XXUFNC2. The international Galaxy Note II update features the white translucency we’ve seen in Android 4.4. KitKat a number of times, not to mention improvements in device performance, a lock screen camera shortcut, and so on.
Xperia Z Android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout
Sony’s waterproof phone that started a mobile revolution (cf. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 with its water and dust resistance) will also receive some KitKat love soon as well, courtesy of Sony’s own Xperia Blog.
The Xperia Blog notes that Sony revised its update page earlier this month, placing the Xperia Z smartphone and tablet, ZL, and ZR in the list of devices that’ll receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat in May 2014. XDA Developer DooMLoRD has released leaked firmware for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Xperia Z update, showing that the official Sony release isn’t too far behind. If you want to get your hands on the update, go ahead. Just remember, however, that we’re not responsible if the update doesn’t go as planned and you damage your device. If you’re the cautious sort, as am I, then wait until the official release.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat is Google’s latest for now, but Android users could see Android 4.5 Lollipop roll out sometime in the next two to three months. Google always releases an Android update with the release of a new product, but Android 4.4.3 may come sooner than that. Google will likely release Android 4.5 with a 2014 Nexus 7, Nexus 10, or HTC Nexus 8 this summer. There’ll be little difference in Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.2, so Xperia Z, Verizon GS4, and international Galaxy Note 2 users, enjoy Google’s candy bar while it lasts.
Have you received your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update yet? Are there any noticeable changes? Did the update make your device faster, or does it still seem slow and laggy? Let us know in the comments.