In a post to the Android Google+ account this evening, Google officially announced the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition would be joining the HTC One Google Play Edition in the realm of timely updates, with KitKat upgrades rolling out "starting today."

Starting today, Samsung GS4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices are getting an update to Android 4.4! Learn more about Android 4.4, KitKat: http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4

We already saw the start of the HTC One GPE's KitKat rollout earlier today, and Samsung posted its own open source kernel files for the update before that.

If you're the owner of a Google Play Edition Galaxy S4, it's time to start hitting your "check now" button. Just don't clear your Google Services Framework data.


Source: Google+

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  • Crispin Swickard

    I think things are at 7 devices now that will be running 4.4. Lets see it on that pie chart next month..

    • SickoPsycho

      A key lime pie chart?

      • miri

        Or maybe a Kitkat bar graph...

        • SickoPsycho

          me gusta!

        • Crispin Swickard

          That would be hilarious if they changed it to a bar graph until the next named release.

        • Mr E

          Break me off a piece of that!

    • Thomas’

      We'll probably don't see KitKat in the next chart. It's not completely distributed to Nexus 4 and 7 devices yet and the GPE will most-likely not count towards the next statistic.

      • Crispin Swickard

        Might be some crazy low number like .01% or something since only the N5 has had it for basically a full month when the next chart comes out. But its true that there won't be a half respectable number until the next one after.

  • SickoPsycho

    first. woot.

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Yeah, the fly is open. Suck it.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I have a GS4 GPE so this is awesome news for me! Excuse me while I go spam the check now button (not that it'll do any good).

  • Stanley Chan

    Waiting for the flashable image leak...

  • GazaIan

    I wonder how long the updates will keep on coming... I'm liking this so far. I wouldn't mind a Google Play Edition phone at all if the updates came in such a timely manner. Let's see when Google forgets all about my N4.

  • weili3

    oh my god. 5.0 inch Android 4.2 Galaxy S4 smartphone looks so ugly, and so big. my hand can't hold it. but it's the most popular phone in the world. all my friends have one. why it is so popular? why? can you help me make sure? I want to buy one to have a try: http://u.x2009.net/z

  • qwi

    Just CLEAR your Google Services Framework data.

  • duse

    How has the GS4 GPe panned out in general? Is it worth $650? I'm wondering if I'd be interested in a GS5 GPe (if such a phone even happens).

    • Daniel Guzman

      If you hate touch wiz but love the phone. It is worth it. Most expensive phone I have ever bought new and it's worth every penny.

      • duse

        Thanks, that's what I'm trying to determine, if the cost is worth the extra money over a Nexus. What specifically do you feel makes it worth the price?

        • Daniel Guzman

          Just having a high spec phone. Also, you can remove the battery and SDHC on these. i like the style of the Galaxy s4 over the a Nexus. I love that I can buy spare batteries and swap them when I am on vacation, sight seeing. I also don't like LG and Asus because I have had problems with each one that i have owned.

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    • Stanley Chan

      How am I suppost to flash this in my TW 4.3?

      • Mark Hu

        I flashed it with TWRP recovery and the installation failed. Any instructions on flashing this update?

        • Navitron

          You need to have stock recovery to flash it.

          • Mark Hu

            How can I have stock recovery back? I haven't found a flashable zip of the stock recovery. Do I need to reflash the 4.3 image to get it?

      • Navitron

        You can't this is only for Google Play Edition Galaxy S4

        • Stanley Chan

          Unless someone on XDA make a flashable rom?
          I saw the fisrt GPE rom flashable via recovery.

          • Navitron

            It doesn't come with the new Google experience launcher by default but you can download the one that was posted earlier on android police.

          • Stanley Chan

            Ok, please post the home screen, the icons still the same or like n5?

            I think Ill wait for CM 11, they will not disapoint us. I hope...

          • Navitron

            Mmm Kitkat

          • Stanley Chan

            Pretty nice, how about your circle battery? Xposed framework?

          • Navitron


  • Razo_E

    This may sound a wee bit dumb, but can I flash a 4.3 GE rom, and look for an OTA through there?