T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update rolling out now

11 March 2014, 8:35 am EDT By Alexandra Burlacu Mobile & Apps

T-Mobile is now rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

AT&T updated its Galaxy S4 last month to Android 4.4.2, and now T-Mobile is also offering the latest software to its customers. The update for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 is available both over-the-air (OTA) and via Samsung Kies.

"Beginning March 10, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have a software update to Android version 4.4.2/Baseband M919UVUFNB4 via Over-the-Air (OTA), manual pull-down, or Samsung Kies over Wi-Fi only. This optional update will change the OS to KitKat," T-Mobile announced.

The update package weighs in at 388MB and will bring a bunch of new features, complete with all the neat things the latest KitKat has to offer. Such goodies include restyled white status bar icons, improvements to messaging with the option to choose Hangouts as the default SMS/MMS app, and several others. As with any update, some bug fixes and improvements are also in the cards. Android 4.4 KitKat will also bring an enhanced keyboard experience, and a new camera icon on the lock screen will allow for quick access, which will surely be welcomed by those who like to snap shots on the go.

As always, the update will not be available for users who have rooted their device. Also, Samsung Galaxy S4 users on T-Mobile have to be running the M919UVUEMK2 software version in order to get the update. Considering that it's a pretty large package, it is recommended to update your device via Wi-Fi. Before you start the update process, make sure your device has sufficient battery life (at least 50 percent).

If you prefer to wait for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA to roll out, keep in mind that T-Mobile is gradually deploying the update, which means that it may take a few days to reach all devices. Alternately, you can connect your Samsung Galaxy S4 to your computer and download the update via Samsung Kies. You can also manually check for the update's availability by going into your phone's Settings menu. For more information, the complete changelog, and instructions on how to successfully update your device, check out T-Mobile's announcement (link in third paragraph).

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