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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T Receiving Kit Kat Update Today

AT&T continued its rollout of Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) updates to its line of Samsung Galaxy devices this morning, adding the Galaxy S4 Active to the list, while Verizon can’t seem to update any of its. AT&T has already updated the Note 3 and Galaxy S4, but had yet to show love to its Active variant until now. Well, their support pages show that it may have received it back in May, though today is apparently the start of the mass rollout.

As far as the update goes, we’re looking at a bump up to Android 4.4.2, with better lock screen controls, better handling of SMS, a restyled notification bar, new location controls, and more. 

Here is the changelog from Samsung:

  • Android 4.4 OS upgrade (http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/)
  • New Lock Screen Access
    • Media Controls – full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
    • Camera Shortcut  – access the Camera application right from the lock screen
  • SMS App Chooser – select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
  • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars – status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
  • Consolidated Location Settings – location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
  • Expanded Emoji Icons
  • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Copy and paste improvements
  • Easier to insert pictures and videos in email or messages
  • Camera app accessibility from the lock screen
  • Call reliability improvements

And the list from AT&T:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.
  • Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.
  • Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.
  • Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.
  • Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.
  • New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.
Via:  Samsung | ATT [2]
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  • Justin


  • Justin

    Looks like Verizon might start pushing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat 4.4.2 update tomorrow. Build vrucnc2. Build date March 13th. Hope it happens!

  • TONY D

    I want 4.4 but scared to even check when
    4.3 came out my phone randomly started
    installing 4.3 when I didnt want to and after
    It said insert sim card and yes there was oje
    in and nothing lelped take out restart and
    even factory reset never got service again
    and it happened teice so they replaced my
    s4 active with another s4 active and im still
    on 4.2 and would love 4.4 but to scared to
    even check for 4.4.2.. anyone have 4.4.2 on
    the s4 active and like it yet? Without
    problems ?

  • Darrel Wasta

    The update killed my phone. It was a gradual death. Started with the screen going haywire, then progressed to the touch screen not being touchable. I now can’t get into the phone to do anything!!

    • James Music

      exact thing happened to my wife’s phone. Factory wipe and reset did not fix.

      • Darrel Wasta

        It’s annoying . The phone, like you said, is now useless. Even after a factory wipe and reset the screen touch is still dead. I got the s5 on Thursday on a whim and now it’s a necessity. I hope they honor their warranty for my s4 active and either replace it, so I have a spare, or some sort of compensation.

        • James Music

          Going to take 4-6 business days to get warranty replacement and that’s with paying $15 for express. How could an update fry a phone like that? No bueno!

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  • Ed G

    So the S4 on ATT is getting Kit Kat and my VZW G2 is not.

    Well that makes sense at least.

  • Drummer62

    Good ole F%^*&ing Verizon! Ugg!

    • LiterofCola


      • Drummer62

        Our GS4’s still not updated is what I was saying!!

        • Diablo81588

          Blame Samsung for bloating up Android to the max.

          • Mike Aurin

            Can’t blame Samsung when every other carrier has pushed out the update. I love the service, hate the update rate.

          • Diablo81588

            Sure you can. My Verizon moto x has had kit Kat since November.

        • mcdonsco

          Ahh, cause vzw doesn’t even have the active.

          Get the s5, it has 4.4.2 🙂

          • Drummer62

            I have one more year with the S4 before I can upgrade. I would just like to see Verizon for ONCE get an update out in some sort of timely matter. There is no reason that every other carrier all over the world has updated their S4’s and Verizon still has not. Just saying.

          • mcdonsco

            I wouldn’t disagree

          • hfoster52

            Only Samsung phone to have it on Verizon.

        • jboogie1289

          Neither has the Note 3 chief!!! This is ridiculous but it is what it is?

    • This is about the S4 Active, not the S4 like what’s on other carriers.