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Jan 11, 2014:

galaxy-s4-android-kitkat-44The Galaxy S4 is still one of the best selling smartphones worldwide and is the daily driver for millions of Android users. Samsung has been kind on the updates and it looks like the Galaxy S4 will be getting Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming months.

A leaked build from SamMobile shows the Galaxy S4 running Android 4.4 KitKat, which is apparently mostly stable minus a few bugs here and there. The source managed to obtain the flash update from insiders, showing the update is on its way.

There are a few teaks to the user interface on the Galaxy S4 update, including the change from green icons to white in most places. The old Gingerbread green icons have sailed their course and now Google is focused on more neutral colors.

Another change on the Galaxy S4 is the camera on the bottom right hand side of the lock-screen, similar to stock Android KitKat 4.4 and iOS. This allows the user to quickly launch the camera from the lock-screen, instead of opening the phone and finding the app.

Those are the two visual changes spotted so far, although we are sure to see a few more small tweaks to fit in line with Android KitKat 4.4. In terms of performance, the Galaxy S4 reportedly runs smoother with the update and has less lag when multi-tasking.

The keyboard has also been optimised to work better in landscape mode, previously there have been problems using the Galaxy S4 to text, but on Android KitKat 4.4 this has apparently been fixed or at least worked on.

Samsung likes to reveal new updates to old flagship smartphones after the new flagship is out, meaning we may not see this Android KitKat 4.4 update until we see the Galaxy S5, rumored to be coming in April or May.

There are a lot of flagship smartphones getting the new Android KitKat 4.4 update, including the Moto X, HTC One and Xperia Z1 sometime in the near future.

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