The KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 has already been published on the internet, at least in unofficial firmware. We installed it and will discuss the new features and interface components in our article. But before you start getting too excited, the changes are alas quite minimal.
If you would like to install the firmware, please do at your own risk, as it is an unofficial version. All infos can be found on the Sammobile website.
You can learn about the changes in our hands-on YouTube video, or read on in the article.
Samsung has finally started rolling out the KitKat update to the Galaxy S4, but many impatient users decided to get a test version of the firmware off of the internet before the official OTA update. The changes brought to the S4 specifically are not exuberant and have hardly changed Samsung’s user interface Touchwiz.
The most evident of them all is the camera symbol which is now found in the lockscreen: the round, dark-shaded icon on the bottom right corner of the lock screen provides quick access to the camera app. In just two seconds, your camera is ready for use. Beforehand, you need to set a camera widget onto the lockscreen and this could be started with a swipe from right to left. This new shortcut has the camera opening much faster.
For those who consider the general flashy look of the TouchWiz an eyesore, then you might be pleased about this minor change: the symbols in the notification bar have now shaken their colorful look and are now all white, for a much more cohesive impression. There is no trace of the entire gamut of significant UI changes with modern icons and brighter design, like we have seen on the new Pro range and seen clearly on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
Hangouts can now be set up as the default SMS app, while Android 4.4.2 also supports directly printing photos and documents.
The standard keyboard has also been slightly changed: it’s now easier to use in landscape mode and swiping for input should allegedly work much better than before, but in our test we couldn’t recognize any evident improvements.
Even the slight performance boost that we’ve been hearing about was hardly noticeable in our test, at least to the extent where one could say it qualifies as an improvement. Therefore, the update is, all in all, just a very small one that won’t majorly change your device.
Did you receive the update on your Galaxy S4? Do you like the changes or do they leave you feeling indifferent?