The Galaxy Note 3 has already been getting its fair share of KitKat, but now it's the Galaxy S4's turn. The Exynos 5 Octa version of the international Galaxy S4 is getting Android 4.4.2 via an OTA update. If you have a GT-i9500, don't go checking for updates just yet – this rollout is starting in Russia.

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This update (version I9500XXUFNB3) brings all the usual KitKat goodies including a camera shortcut on the lock screen, default SMS settings, music album art on the lock screen, some keyboard improvements, UI tweaks, and white KitKat-style status bar icons. It's a 1.5GB download and there are links below where you can get the OTA file to flash manually, but do so at your own risk.

It should be noted that this update is only for the Exynos device. There is also an international Snapdragon version of the GS4, the GT-i9505. That one is still waiting, but a few US Snapdragon variants on Sprint and US Cellular have gotten surprisingly fast KitKat OTAs.

[SamMobile, Samsung-Updates]

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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Russia? Did I read that right?

    Wow, that's a first. How nice of Samsung huh


    And OTA in India

    • Neel Ramaiya

      May in a day or so

  • Name

    That's stupid. Everyone's busy watching the Winter Olympics live.

  • Stanley Chan

    Who cares? kK is the worst OS ever! Look everywhre! Only problems! No more flash, no more webview and AOSP browser and a lot of things!

    Keep with you JB 4.3. Root and intall WananXposed. dont be fool with this shity KiKat.

    • Alberto

      There was no flash since jelly bean. Flash us buggy anyway. Webview big deal.

    • abobobilly

      Even with its problems, its far from the "worst OS ever". Frankly, its one of the best thing ever happened to android.

    • Dmitri Smirnov

      Good thing Firefox forgot to get the memo about "no more flash on KitKat" and works with last version of flash for Android without patching.
      WebView is still there it just uses engine from chromium (which makes a lot of sense), as for AOSP browser - get with the times and get FF or Chrome, both are free, first one is open source.

  • Casin

    No more puke green battery icon! Yes! The update is worth it just for that.

    • Yash Ostwal

      The quick settings still have puke green gingerbread color i hear! Hope its not true!

      • Ivan Feign

        It is green.

  • Trent Callahan

    Everyone's acting surprised, but the should get used to it - Russia's one of the "BRIC" nations, and in 10-15 years you'll be hearing a lot more about them.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I doubt Russia makes it to 2029 mark

  • Anthony Johnson

    Is anyone can answer that when it will be available in
    the US as eagerly wants to update my Galaxy S4 andwant to explore this updated

    • Roger Rodriguez, Jr.

      I got the update about 3 hours ago.. I'm in Texas

      • Aj

        Did you installed this fw on page or over the air?

        • Roger Rodriguez, Jr.

          Over the air.. I had a notification that I had an update waiting.. took a few minutes then it restarted my phone.. I had been checking for updates for like 2 weeks tho

  • Tasha2511

    Anyone know when 4.4.2 is coming to UK Galaxy S4? Feels like it will be AGES still (especially as Jelly Bean 4.3 became available only in October/November!)

  • Tiago Pestana

    I thought that would be worse to have an Exynos device and receive the uptade, who has the i9505 version wil have to wait longer now? what about Cyanogen problems with the Exynos ? this is real confusing.

  • adar

    Does anybody know when it reaches bangladesh?

  • VIT

    I am in California US, currently downloading OTA Kitkat update for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. File size is 439.83 MB, download time is estimated at approximate 1 hour.

  • mike

    I have the Sprint S4 and I have no idea how to access the camera widget

  • Sel Fish

    GT-I9100 does not support initialization
    and via data its says its alredy updated while m using 4.3 ryt now even kies 3.2 says same... any help for me????

  • Wayne

    GT-I9500 KitKat update really sucks. Hate the music album display at the lock screen. 4.3 Jelly Bean use to be an album list, I can choose any song from my list of song. Now, I can only pick "next" song or the song before.