Samsung finally brings KitKat to international Galaxy S4 Active


Samsung is finally bringing its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the international Galaxy S4 Active (GT-I9295), more than a month after it made its debut on the AT&T version. In addition to performance improvements and several design tweaks, this release adds support for wireless printing, the ability to change the default messaging app and launcher, and more.

This is a pretty significant update for Galaxy S4 Active users, and it brings the handset’s software in line with Samsung’s other 2013 flagships, including the original Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note III. The most noticeable changes will be those Samsung has made to its user interface.

In addition to white status bar icons — just like in stock KitKat — the Galaxy S4 Active now boasts fullscreen album art and a camera shortcut on the lock screen. It also brings some significant performance improvements, better battery life, and support for wireless printing.

And there’s good news for those who like to avoid Samsung’s own TouchWiz launcher; you can now quickly switch default launchers — and SMS clients — from within the Settings app.

The new update rolling out over-the-air in the Netherlands right now, before making its way to other parts of Europe in the coming days and weeks. It will come with version number “I9295XXUCNE5,” and it will also be obtainable via the KIES desktop application for Mac and PC.