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Verizon Galaxy S4 Receiving Kit Kat Update (Updated)

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The Verizon Galaxy S4 is finally receiving Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2). The update appears to be rolling out over-the-air to a number of our readers as build VRUFNC5.

To check, head into Settings>About phone>Software update>Check for new software update. 

I almost can’t believe that the time has come. It seems like VZW GS4 owners have been waiting longer than anyone – oh that’s right, they have. Well, unless you count Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners, who are still waiting and waiting and waiting.

We are still waiting for Verizon or Samsung to post the official changelog, but once we have it, we’ll update this post.

Update:  Here are the massive changelogs for the update.

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Cheers Phil, Chris, and Corey!
  • Jocco

    What a crappy update to the GS4, my battery life went from 2 days with the GPS always on to almost less than a full work day with it off. Sorry, but whomever allowed this update to be released is a moron and incapable of doing code testing.

  • JohnMiller2013

    Warning: If you are on 4.3, and you have a grandfathered Unlimited Data plan that you want to use with a WiFi hotspot , do not accept this 4.4.2 update.

    To make the update notifications go away, and to prevent the update from happening overnight without your consent, you can download Titanium Backup Pro ($5.99), and “freeze” the app called SDM.

    Hopefully there is a free way to do that, but I don’t know of one at the moment.

  • Kelly Chasney

    The wife received the update, she said she tried to install it and it failed. This morning I downloaded the update, as prompted by the phone, installed it, and can not make it past the Verizon screen. It’s sat there for hours and … nothing, just the Verizon boot screen. Is there a download link available for this yet? I can get into her recovery and I’d rather try to apply the update again than wipe the data.

  • Dan Lee Henson

    Lost color for the top status icons but it did fix the bogus notifier for unstable wifi.

  • SmoovePanda

    it says that my update is “Temporarily unavailable” :(

  • Astromek21

    My update fails to install… not sure where to start on troubleshooting.

  • shalini

    Yo can check all updates by going into setting section and checking s/w updated. There are other features also you can check about Samsung galaxy s4
    like its Brilliant HD screen, great battery backup,expandable storage 64 Gb. Check here detail features
    http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/mobile-phone/mobile-phone/smartphone/GT-I9500ZWAINU?subsubtype=android-mobiles&in_ppc_google_hhp_aos-brand-s4-cost-of-samsung-galaxy-s-4_20140401

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I was just
    waiting for this update for my Galaxy S4 as my friend already updated 4.4.2
    KitKat version on his HTC Droid DNA which seems good. Once my phone is fully
    charged that is currently placed on qi charger, I will definitely update
    this new version on my Galaxy S4.

  • Jaydub3000

    About FREAKIN TIME!

  • Godzilla

    Looks like it wont update if you are rooted even if you defrost everything. Hmmm……….

    • svartalf

      Moreover, you don’t WANT to update this way if you’re Rooted. Seriously. It’ll lock you out hard and bend you over at the same time because it restructures the partition map so you can’t easily or readily downgrade with an ODIN image. Go hit XDA if you’ve not already pooched yourself (I have) and get the hacked upgrades which will let you “upgrade” to KitKat. If you’ve already pooched yourself, you can only hope they can scrounge up an ODIN load that’ll give you root, turn off XNOX (or, rather, SELinux (which is what KNOX mostly is…)), and put you back in control of your device.

      Since they did the stuff they did to lock things down to try to convince “Enterprise Users” that they were “secure” and that people can “trust” them on the security policies (Sorry, I don’t, guys- you pooched yourselves on that score with all the highly insecure Smart cameras and TV’s.) I’m now disinclined to buy anything Samsung now.

  • Guest

    what does the insignia next to the wifi mean??? It looks like an “N”

    • Brandon Decker

      It means nfc is on

    • Jon

      NFC (Near Field Communications). The tech used for Google wallet, textiles, some portable speakers, etc.

  • Steve Swall

    hmmm, I was hoping to see the touchwiz changes like the S5 has. Guess not.

  • Colton

    it’d be great if i could just odin to this because i modified feature.xml in the past and cant install update..

  • Chris King

    I’m so glad that all that green is gone using Google launcher with google camera even took a photo sphere. To me that’s the best part of this update is to use more stock Google apps

    • Mike Aurin

      What other stock google apps besides the camera were unavailable without 4.4?

      • Chris King

        The google launcher was buggy on my phone now it runs smoothly. Plus it seems like google is starting to put stock apps on playstore. No art mode which is disappointing

        • Justin

          Even though it’s not a stock Google app, you can now use acdisplay! Can’t wait for it on the Note 3! Along with the Google now launcher and the Google camera.

  • Nick Vargish

    My VZW S4 was rooted, and I had frozen quite a few VZW and Samsung apps. I went ahead and applied the update, fully expecting it to fail, but it worked fine. The phone rebooted and is working normally, though it lost root (expected but annoying).