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The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update keeps rolling along, and this time, Samsung and Sony customers have a reason to celebrate.

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).

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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.

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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.

27 COMMENTS

  1. Since the 4.4.2 update, my S4’s battery has to be charged at least twice daily without being used, and it is much slower than it was originally. I have done a factory reset and the problems still exist.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your GS4 troubles. It’s likely that bug fixes will follow that may be able to fix the problems you’re having.

      What I would suggest doing is going to your carrier, explaining the situation, and see if they can inspect the phone, test it out, and find out whether or not the phone is defective. Since you’ve expressed that the lag and battery issues are the problems due to 4.4.2, it may be the case that the update is to blame. Whether the update or the GS4 are the problems, I would still go to the carrier and hold them accountable for the troubles you’re having with your phone. I recommend talking with them and taking the phone in for examination, even if the only response is “we’ll send bug fixes at some point in the future.” If you have insurance in place, are still under contract, and the carrier finds that a phone defect is present, they will replace your phone free of charge.

      I’m sorry to hear about your GS4 troubles. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. It will help other readers who are having the same problems with their GS4.

  2. After seeing the small amount of changes to my wife’s VZ GS4 besides decreased battery life with the addition of 4.4.2, I think I will definitely hold off on it for my Note 2. I’m still getting great performance and incredible 24-36 hour battery life with 4-7 hours of screen time. I can do without Google wallet and whatever small changes come with it until the build has proven to be worth it

    • Dave, I certainly understand that. I have a Verizon Galaxy Note 3, and I’ve yet to see Android 4.4.2 KitKat on the device. The Galaxy Note 3 gives me incredible battery life as well, and I don’t need KitKat since I have a Nexus 5 and have had 4.4.2 for some months now.

      As for the update, thanks so much for writing in. Please tell all those you know that are experiencing problems with the update to write in and alert us of the problem. I’m tempted to contact Verizon and get to the bottom of this.

    • You simply need to wait until the rollout comes your way. What carrier are you with, and what device do you have?

  3. my verizon samsung galaxy s4 tells me Software update is temporarily unavailable when i check using both data and wifi. anyway its unlocked and am not on the verizon network. aNY HELP?

    • If the GS4 is telling you that the software update is temporarily unavailable, it could be one of two things:

      (1) your network is spotty, and your WiFi and data are not working at the moment.

      (2) it could be that a number of other individuals on Verizon’s network are trying to access the update, and the server is busy with web traffic. In this case, I would recommend that you wait until later.

      Either option could be possible, but the solution for both situations is to wait until later. I’ve had the same thing happen, and had to wait 3 days to get an update. I don’t have the 4.4.2 KitKat update for my Verizon Galaxy Note 3 yet, but I’ve had to wait for GS3 updates in the past with another carrier, that is. Waiting is all that helped.

      I hope this helps. Thanks again for writing in to ask us this question. I hope we can continue to be of help in the days to come.

  4. What if i bought the international version of the note 2 (gt-n7100) online and i am using it in America, will I still receive my update based on my location?

    • You will likely receive the update when the international version with your carrier is updated. If your carrier’s already received the update, you should be able to access it when you connect to your local WiFi or data network.

  5. Iam having the same problem decreased battery life n i wish i can switch back to jellybean 4.3 on my GS4 is there any way i can do that n secondly watsapp isnt giving me the option yo send music files i dont know wat yo do

  6. NOTE 2 : I already update to 4.4.2 official kitkat with ODIN. The problem is, when i receive a miss call or message on lock screen. If i touch on that misscall. My phone being lag and slower when i to open lockscreen. Any idea? Sory my bad english.

    • Mat,

      At this point, I would give you the following advice: it’s likely that something went wrong with your root. I’ve experienced something similar to this when I jailbroke my iPhone some months ago. Things were slower than before, and the only thing I could do was reverse the jailbreak and restore the device to factory settings. I would recommend this for you. If the international Galaxy Note 2 has already received the 4.4.2 update, and your carrier has already released it, then restoring your device may allow you to install the official update and experience the improved web browsing and processor speeds we’ve been hearing about here.

      With that said, you should reverse the root, restore the device to factory settings, then upgrade with the officially released update. Write back and let us know what you decide to do.

      • I never root my note 2. I update using ODIN official kitkat 4.4.2. I already reset my phone and format my sd card. No change. Same problem happend on my phone. Any idea?

        • If you didn’t root your phone, then the only thing you can do at this point is wait until bug fixes are released with a later update. It seems that there’s something wrong with the update itself, which puts you in the same situation as those who’ve updated with Verizon or some other carrier and are experiencing the same problems. Bug issues are a part of updates (although we hate them), and it takes later updates to rectify the problem(s).

          If you’ve restored the phone and still, there’s no change, it’s not your phone — it’s the Odin update. At this point, just wait.

          I do have one question for you, though: has it affected your ability to place apps or photos on your SD card? There are a number of complaints that some individuals can no longer place apps on their SD cards with the 4.4.2 KitKat update.

    • Mat,

      I just read your comment here and realized that there’s something I hadn’t told you.

      Android 4.4.3 KitKat is on the way, and Google is looking to fix the missed call and LED notification problems that exist with 4.4.2. With regard to these, all I can say is wait for Android 4.4.3 KitKat. I know this doesn’t help the problem today, but it does clarify that 4.4.2 does have bugs that Android 4.4.3 KitKat will have to iron out.

      Thanks so much for writing in and trusting us to help you with these problems. I hope that we’ve been of help, and that you’ll return again and again to our site. Looking forward to dialoguing with you in the future. Thanks again.

      • And there still have another problem, i can’t put directory my camera360 picture to exTSdcard and there another app same problem also. Third party not allowed to secondry memory. And does i can update my note 2 when i already update using Odin, i mean update 4.4.3 using OTA based on my location? And i have no problem to move my app to extsdcard.

  7. Nightmare update, keep losing Internet then phone signal and have to reboot. Got rid of the amazon rubbish it installed without asking. Seriously considering rooting the phone so I can get rid of more rubbish

  8. Hi all, since upgrade my GN2 to 4.4, a lot of bugs with wifi. After a while the connection is already active and impossible to disable wifi, i’ve to reboot each time this issue appear. And it is really slow. If I can choice maybe I want to come back to 4.1. The versions 4.3 and 4.4 are not validated correctly. And not bring the last features from sense.
    You pay the max when you buy and the upgrades are bad.
    I’m really disapointed , I should not upgrade to samsung products any more.

  9. Hi.
    I have the some issues after i updated SGNII to KITKAT..
    the internet browser keeps on crashing.
    battery drains very soon.
    the phone has started lagging for unknown reasons.
    OVERHEATING while on cal for more than 15 min.
    NFC doesnt work sometimes.
    My SGNII was working perfect on jellybean’s last update.
    kindly help.

  10. Ever since I’ve update my Note II with 4.4.2, I’m facing many problems!
    1. Samsung keypad is not learning the words I type. Earlier I used to type a single letter and it would predict the word and the next probable word. And I’m talking about my language herr I.e. hindi (using English alphabets).
    2. Battery drains overnight. Like last night it was 85% charged. I woke up in the morning and the phone was off because all the battery drained out! It’s happening daily.
    3. Sometimes, when I’m getting a call, the phone’s ringing but the screen is functional like normal phone. It doesn’t show who’s calling and you can operate the phone like normal while it’s ringing.
    4. Sometimes, when I unlock the phone, the screen doesn’t turn on but only the two invisible buttons turn on. Phone doesn’t work since the screen is off. Have to reboot by pulling out the battery.
    5. Takes a lot of time to charge. But discharge slowly when using the phone. Easily make it through the day! Except for the problem I told above.
    please help/suggest?
    Samsung customers support said try deleting 3rd party apps. But I’m using the same apps I was using in 4.3. Still tried that, didn’t help!

  11. I ordered my International Galaxy Note II N7100 from Amazon store in the USA and it has the OS 4.3 Jelly Bean and Build number N7100UBUEMJ4. I have been waiting anxiously to get the upgrade to Kitkat 4.4 or higher but nothing so far. I am based in Africa. I dont want to root my phone. I prefer to upgrade by OTA. Why am I not getting this upgrade. Please help.

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