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The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition started its Android 4.4 update yesterday, a little later than many of its owners would have liked. For those who are eager to get KitKat on their expensive AOSP phones and don't want to wait for the rollout, we've got a download link for the manual OTA update ZIP file.

Those of you who are Nexus veterans know how this goes: download the file on your PC and use ADB to reboot into recovery, copy the file over, and then flash it. Alternately you can download it directly to your phone, though the file is over 250MB, so you may want to hop onto a handy WiFi network for speed or data limit considerations. (We don't have a GPE device handy for a full guide, so check your favorite user forum if you need precise instructions.)

If you've already unlocked and rooted your phone, you can flash the file via the custom recovery of your choice.

Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Android 4.4 OTA ZIP

4.4

Source: XDA-Developers

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Tim Austin

    Will this work for a sprint S4?

    • chenxiaolong

      No. This is not a full OTA (ie. It patches existing files to the latest versions). You'll have to wait for someone to repackage the ROM.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        This is a full OTA. You meant to say that this is not a full ROM.

        • chenxiaolong

          Sorry, yeah that's what I meant.

          • Maurice “Reese” Ellis

            How did you get it on your sgh-m919?

  • Alessandro Casagli

    noob question: can I flash this file to my AT&T Touchwiz version of the Samsung Galaxy S4?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No.

      • Bata345

        What if you use Loki doki?

  • Stanley Chan

    Look on XDA, only in i9505G models.

    Whait for a custom rom.

  • KEL

    I always rely on OTAs but I've decided to be impatient this time: So all I have to do on my S4 GPE's browser is navigate to that .zip link, download it and install as I would an .apk?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, that's not how you install OTAs. You need to flash this from recovery.

  • Danny Ventura

    so what do you do when you install it do you uses clockwork and does it write over your current firmware so that you don't need to reinstall apps also my device is rooted

  • Alin Ruptureanu

    Will this also work with i9505 Samsung ? I mean the phone isn't GPE, but now it has GPE 4.3 on it.

    • Viktor Velkov

      Same question here!

    • brandon

      I tried and it doesn't work :(

  • The Needlemouse

    Man, I feel pure hate against Samsung sitting on Galaxy S3 LTE with 4.1.2

  • miso_sori

    Sorry if this has already been answered and I missed it. Would one be able to flash this rom onto a AT&T S4 for instance and work normally as well as enabling Google Wallet?

  • Alan Clarke

    I installed gpe on my I9505 ..I had over the air kitkat but it wouldn't install with twerp so I'm sure this won't work either

  • rohail6

    Anybody know if you're supposed to get the google experience launcher? I didn't get it.

  • http://paccana.com/ Paccana

    does this void the warranty?

  • rohail6

    Anybody else find a "Gear Manager" in their phone?

    • SS

      Thats for the Samsung Gear watch