We have actually gone over on multiple celebrations just how fragmentation is Android’s Achilles Heel. In spite of all the many benefits that the open source nature of the os offers customers, it’s no covert reality that OEMs commonly often put off more recent Android builds for also not-so-old devices (or cancel them entirely) merely since they desire consumers to upgrade to the newest phone to achieve their hands on the newest and best that Android has to supply.

Nowadays, it’s not just the one years of age mobile phones that experience this dilemma – – even the reigning flagships see significant hold-ups in obtaining updates to the most up to date offered model of Android. Galaxy S4 is merely one instance from Samsung.

GS4 KitKat442

When Google made Android 4.4 KitKat available nearly 3 months back, a great deal of suppliers revealed strategies for making the brand-new model readily available on their first-rate phones in the months to come. Still, not everyone has been blessed. HTC has actually pushed Android 4.4 to the Google Play Editions of its HTC One crown jewel, then the Designer model of the tool saw an update to KitKat too. Motorola did the exact same for a couple of its providings, as well.

Nevertheless, Samsung’s Galaxy S4? Still nada. That is, previously. Courtesy of SamMobile, a test firmware for Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 has actually appeared, and it’s based on absolutely nothing other than Android 4.4.2 KitKat!

The new firmware, which carries construct number I9505XXUFNA1, has an Open Europe CSC and is offered in Odin flashable style. The build date seems Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000 and it rather stable, also for a test firmware. Given that it’s an official firmware, it instantly spells excellent information for compulsive flashers, as it won’t enhance your counter in Odin/Download mode on your device.

Galaxy S4 KitKat

As for the modifications in the new create go, there are really few visual ones. For one, the standing bar icons now adapt to KitKat specifications of white versus straightforward, and look significantly much better. Keyboard design in landscape positioning has actually been enhanced, in addition to gesture typing, making things all the much more functional.

According to SamMobile, efficiency has seen a slight improvement too, with standards ratings going above exactly what we saw with Jelly Grain Android 4.3. Sealing the offer is a camera shortcut on the Galaxy S4’s lock screen.

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