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Samsung gives Galaxy S4 LTE-A owners some love with an Android 4.4.2 update

By Kevin Thomas on 29th July 2014

 

Samsung gives Galaxy S4 LTE-A owners some love with an Android 4.4.2 update

 

Samsung has spent the last few months gradually bringing Android 4.4.2 KitKat to one handset after another but until now the LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4 had been neglected.

 

Thankfully Samsung hasn’t totally forgotten about the handset though, as Android Origin is reporting that users of the device are finally starting to get the update. Don’t run for your phone just yet though, as it’s being rolled out gradually.

 

So far it’s been reported that users in Finland and Sweden have received the update so if you’re outside of those areas then you might have to wait anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on how fast Samsung is with its phased roll out.

 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing though as users of other Galaxy devices have reported issues with the update, ranging from Wi-Fi problems to increased battery drain, so it might be worth waiting to see whether the Galaxy S4 LTE-A has similar problems before downloading it.

 

It does include some improvements though, most notably you should find the phone’s performance is improved and it also brings a redesigned status bar, wireless printing support, new versions of Samsung apps and an enhanced lock screen which supports full screen album art and has a shortcut to the camera. Plus, the aforementioned problems aside, it should theoretically lead to improved battery life.

 

Sadly this still isn’t quite the latest version of Android, as Google released versions 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 since 4.4.2 arrived, but they’re fairly minor updates and with Android L just around the corner this might be the last version of KitKat that the Galaxy S4 LTE-A receives.

 

Have you read our Samsung Galaxy S4 review?

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