KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has started delivering Android 4.4.2 Kitkat to unlocked Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 handsets in the UK.
According to reports, Android 4.4.2 Kitkat is available for owners of unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 handsets to download over the air (OTA) now. The update weighs in at around 300-400MB in size, and delivers several updates to the two handsets.
These tweaks are mainly superficial, with the introduction of translucent notification bars, cleaner texts and application icons, and the Dialer seeing a lick of paint. Some apps have been revamped too, with Google Hangouts now combining hangout conversations, texts and MMS, while the built-in music player has added support for lockscreen album art, and saying "OK Google" will now activate voice control on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 handsets.
Perhaps the biggest change that users will notice is that Android 4.4.2 Kitkat uses less memory than before, which should make for improvements in multitasking and battery life.
With Android 4.4.2 Kitkat arriving on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK, Google will no doubt hope that its market share will rise. As of early March, Android 4.4 Kitkat had around 2.5 percent of the Android smartphone and tablet market, despite having appeared on the Nexus 5 almost six months ago.
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat should be available to download OTA on all unlocked Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 handsets in the UK. If the update does not appear automatically, it could be worth trying manually through Samsung Kies. µ