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Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Getting Android 4.4 Today as Well

If you were one of the brave souls who purchased the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, hearing that 4.4 has been rolling out to other devices might have been a bit concerning. You can breathe easier today, the stock Android device that was promised “timely updates” is getting its update to the latest version of Android today. 

The Android team took to its Google+ page to announce that their two beloved Google Play Edition phones would be receiving their updates today. Since we saw the HTC One GPE receiving its update on some devices yesterday you can imagine that Google doesn’t want the S4 to be too far behind. These two will be added to the official list of Kit Kat devices alongside the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Moto X. If you do not see your update right away, be patient. We all know how Google loves their staged rollouts.

Are you pleased with the speed that Google, HTC and Samsung are releasing these GPE updates?

Via:  +Android
  • khadir
  • Alex Buck

    still haven’t received my update! -_-


  • smitty

    Why can’t they tell us what is different/improved with this update. I’ve had it for some time on the Nexus7 and can’t see anything different then before the update. It’s still slow and the only thing I just found different is Google Play was missing. I found that it was disabled. Why? I fixed that after a 30 minute search to find the App.
    Hint: it’s not in Google Play using an internet search. The search said it was installed, but where?

  • jim

    are tether permissions removed on a google play edition phone ?

  • jim

    Anyone heard about updates for Verizon s3

    • Steve B

      Ha, I laugh.

      • jim

        well me to, just wondered

  • S2556

    That’s my update and I need it NOW!

  • Thomas O’Brien

    Where’s the LG G2 love…

    • William Kister

      I feel bad for the G2, great device that is getting bad treatment. I think it may be LG’s fault though for not being on top of things as much.

      • Thomas O’Brien

        Yea, the ROMs for the most part are nice, but a little buggy still. I think it’s nuts that LG hasn’t announced when/if the G2 will get the update…

        • shelderman

          The lg2 in france is getting it so it should’nt be too much longer, except on verizon where it may take another year.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Ohh, you get to see the sexy new phone icon /s

  • mustbepbs

    With exciting features such as: not transparency, not GEL, not Smart Dialer and not a lot more!

    • MistaButters

      Install the GEL apk….


      • mustbepbs

        Shouldn’t have to.

        • Adrynalyne

          Transparency has been moved to per app.

          Thats how it will be from here on out.

        • Lucky Armpit

          Agreed. Don’t know why Google decided those should be “exclusive” features.

          • Adrynalyne

            Remember the good ‘ol days when we were tickled pink about getting under the hood performance improvements? Why can’t we be happy with that, especially since it is a .1 release?

          • mustbepbs

            I’m really excited for ART, but alas, that’s also not on every Nexus device.

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah. not sure what the deal with that is.

          • mustbepbs

            That’s what I’m talking about. The “Nexus” experience is no longer what it used to be. Sure you get stock Android now, but if you want the newest features, you gotta get their newest device. Apple pulls that **** and it’s not cool.

          • Adrynalyne


          • TJWaterskier

            I really like ART on the Moto X.. even if you don’t notice a performance bump, it’s nice to have Google free of that Oracle/Java debacle

          • Adrynalyne

            Oracle was just jealous because dalvik outperformed their own jvm, and they missed the chance to work with Google (even though Google had offered).

            Edit: I also think they thought they could use Google to bankroll their purchase of Sun.

          • Lucky Armpit

            Because 4.2.2 runs perfectly on my Droid Maxx. No random reboots, no lag whatsoever in the OS, and 2 days battery life. I cared about under-the-hood improvements to Android when it wasn’t as…. mature…. as it is now. So when I hear of cool Android features developed and released by Google that are left out because they are “exclusive” and won’t be coming to my phone, yeah, that kinda torques me a bit.

    • Intellectua1

      So the smart dialer/caller ID is a Nexus exclusive?? That makes zero sense.. I’m on a 4.4 rom now and was just going to Google how to enable it this morning.. Hopefully someone ports it that’s a killer feature

    • Steve B

      Transparency is determined on an app by app basis. Install GEL and you’ll have transparency. Install Nova or Apex and you’ll have transparency.

      I’ll admit that the absence of the Smart Dialer is shocking. Are you sure it’s missing from the GPE phones?