Samsung has been doing pretty well with updates recently, updating its more obscure devices as well as flagship models like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. Today Samsung and AT&T are rolling out the KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 Active, a variant of the Galaxy S4 that was made waterproof and dustproof at the expense of a few megapixels of its camera.
The Galaxy S4 Active’s update is very similar to the one that came to the standard Galaxy S4, offering all the benefits of KitKat plus a few bug fixes. There is the newly redesigned status bar with white icons and transparency as well as a new lockscreen music player and camera shortcut. You’ll also get to choose your preferred SMS app now. Here’s a full changelog:
- 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
The OTA is rolling out to everyone right now, so if you haven’t received a prompt, check for updates manually in Settings. You can also wait a bit and it’ll come to you. Just be sure to use WiFi to download it or that 450MB OTA will put a serious dent in your data cap.
Have you received this update?