Samsung Galaxy S4 Android KitKat update in SA

Samsung Galaxy S4 owners in South Africa started reporting on Good Friday (18 April 2014) that they were able to update their devices to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.4 “KitKat”.

Vodacom, MTN, and Telkom Mobile users have reported receiving update notifications.

Although there are no reports specifically mentioning Cell C yet, the operator said that the KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S4 started rolling out to Cell C customers last week already.

According to the software update notice displayed on the phone, the latest update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs in at 460.80MB and includes the following:

  1. OS upgrade to KitKat 4.4.2;
  2. Music Album art will be displayed on the lock screen while playing music;
  3. The new launcher setting menu has been added (Home screen, SMS); and
  4. Improved user interface and stability.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Android KitKat update notification
Samsung Galaxy S4 Android KitKat update notification

The update notice says that some changes may vary depending on country or network operator, and warns that users will not be able to downgrade to the old software because of updates to the security policy.

Some MyBroadband forum members have complained that the update appears to have negatively affected their battery life.

Based on reports around the web, the battery issues appear to be linked to applications that are causing the device to misbehave (such as turning on the GPS constantly).

Doing a factory reset or finding which applications are causing the behaviour and deleting them seems to resolve many of the battery issues being reported.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android KitKat update in SA