Google Now Pushing Out Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA Update For Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition
Not long after Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the HTC One Google Play Edition, comes reports from several Galaxy S4 GPE (GT-i950G) owners informing us that they too are now receiving the much-anticipated 57.8MB update — which brings a multitude of security enhancements, bug fixes and speed optimizations but also removes the Apps Ops security app which Google says was “accidentally introduced”.
In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is identical to its stock S4 counterpart, which sports a 5-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, a Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset powered by four 1.6GHz Cortex A-15 CPU’s, a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB via microSD), a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2,600 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.
However, when it comes down to software, the handsets couldn’t be more different. The standard Galaxy S4 ships running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface plastered over the top, which Samsung claims is the “easier way to use your device, giving you intuitive control over everyday tasks.” Whereas, the Google Play Edition will now ship running “Vanilla” 4.4.2 KitKat — which provides the smoothest and most native Android experience.
Android 4.4 brings a completely redesigned multitasking system which optimizes memory usage in every major component, “meaning users can run more of their favourite apps and switch between them faster than ever.”
In addition, the latest version of the open-source OS takes caller ID to a whole new level; when users receive a call from a telephone number that’s not in their contacts, their phone will search Google to look for matches from businesses with a local listing from Google Maps.
Furthermore, Google has also bundled some very important bug fixes into the newly-released 4.4.2 update. The full changelog can be seen below:
- Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
- Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
- Various additional software fixes
- Security enhancements
If you own a Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings”, then “About Device”, and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, if you’re feeling impatient, you can always grab the update directly from Google’s servers, by clicking here.