Jun 12 AT 2:23 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

Samsung and AT&T roll out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the Galaxy Mega

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Samsung often focuses its update efforts on its flagship smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that it neglects its mid-range hardware. The AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega is getting some love in the form of the almost-latest flavor of Android, version 4.4.2 KitKat.

Since the device is jumping from Jelly Bean 4.2.2 all the way to 4.4.2, it’ll be getting a lot of new features. Along with the new cleaner look of KitKat comes better performance (important on a mid-range device), better battery life, Host Card Emulation for using Google Wallet, wireless printing, an improved lockscreen and more. Here is a full changelog:

  • New platform support for secure NFC-based transactions through Host Card Emulation (HCE),
  • You can add printing support to your apps or develop print services to support specific types of printers.
  • A new storage access framework makes it simple for users to browse and open documents, images, and other files across all of their their preferred document storage providers
  • The new provider and semantics help to improve the user’s experience when multiple messaging apps are installed, and they help you to build new messaging features with fully-supported, forward-compatible APIs
  • Full-screen Immersive mode
  • System-wide settings for closed captioning : Settings > Accessibility > Google subtitles (CC) and Samsung subtitles (CC)
  • On-device memory status and profiling : Settings > Developer options > Process stats
  • Beat Music pre loaded
  • ISIS Wallet pre loaded
  • Default value for Air view is set as OFF
  • AT&T Drive Mode is changed to Drive Mode
  • On-device memory status and profiling : Settings > Developer options > Process stats
  • If you tap 7 times on “Settings > More > About Device > Build number”, Developer options menu activates
  • Camera shortcut in Lock screen added
  • Unified Location Menu: Settings > More > Location Location Settings is same as Location service in JB. User can set the Locating method and check the recent location requests.
  • User can set preferred network & Automatic in security policy update Setting > more > Security > Security update service
  • Set the device to send security reports automatically when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Security policy updates
  • Automatic updates : Set the device to check and download security updates automatically.
  • Preferred networks : Select a network connection option to check and download security updates automatically.
  • Check for updates : Check for security updates. (manual updates)
  • Home and Message app can select as default Setting > more > Default applications > set defaults Setting > Connections > More networks > Default Messaging app
  • If you select default home as Touchwiz easy home in Setting > more > Default applications > set defaults, you can see the following screens. For this option, only home launcher is changed. (Applications remain same)
  • If you want to set as easy home launcher plus easy mode apps, go to Settings->My Device->Homescreen mode and select Easy mode. This will change all supported applications to easy mode. (Phone, Message, etc)
  • GMS apps update (GMS 4.4.2_r2).
  • Wireless Printing is added. You can add printing support to your apps or develop print services to support specific types of printers. Apps > Settings > Connections > More networks > Printing
  • Video player closed captioning Settings > My device > Accessibility > Google subtitles (CC) and Samsung subtitles (CC)
  • If HCE apps or OffHostapp(ex ISIS wallet) installs in HCE supporting device, Tap and pay in NFC menu is listed and user can set default wallet. Please refer to URL ( http://developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html#44-hce)
  • Can be set sound for Samsung apps (call/message/email/calendar) Setting > my Device > Sound > Samsung applications
  • As compared with JB4.2, delete menus in Apps Apps > menu key > menu – “Play Store”, “Downloaded application”,”Share apps”
  • “Number” based sync changed to “Day” based sync for IMAP account : Email > Sign-in > Menu -> Settings -> Account settings -> Select account -> Sync settings -> Period to sync Email

It’s a pretty significant update for Galaxy Mega users, especially the performance boost of KitKat. If you want to get the update, either wait for the notification or head to Settings > More > About device > Software update and check for a new update. You should get it soon, but rollouts do take a while, so don’t fret if you don’t get it. Do any of you use a Galaxy Mega as a daily device?

Via: Android Police

Source: Samsung

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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