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Last Updated: April 17th, 2014

The more rugged, athletic version of the Galaxy S4 is about to indulge itself with a taste of KitKat. AT&T has started rolling out an OTA update to its version of the device that will bring it up to Android 4.4.2. The company has provided the following changelog on its blog.

What's new:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.
  • Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.
  • Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.
  • Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.
  • Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.
  • New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.

This update comes three months after AT&T bumped the handset up to Android 4.3. That's not bad, though it is nearly two months after the regular Galaxy S4 received its update. Sometimes that active lifestyle comes with sacrifices - but hey, no pain, no gain.

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You should be able to pull down the OTA manually at this point. It's over 400MB in size, and you will need Wi-Fi in order to pull it down.

Update: A slightly larger changelog with a few more details was just posted by Samsung:

Effective April 16th, 2014, a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active (SGH-i537) will be available to AT&T customers. This software package updates your phone to Android 4.4, and includes multiple improvements.

The update file size varies between 447MB - 877MB depending on your OS version. The update is available over Wi-Fi only.

What's changing?

  • 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

How to verify the update:

    • Android version: 4.4.2
    • Baseband version: I537UCUCNC9
    • Build number: KOT49H.I537UCUCNC9

    Source: AT&T

    Bertel King, Jr.
    Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

    • Chris

      Just out of curiosity, why don't they update the Active at the same time as the generic S4? Aside from the phones chassis, isn't the hardware identical in every aspect?

      I know AT&T must provision the phones firmware before release but is it necessary to push back the update for up to nearly 2 months?

      • Aooga

        It's identical.

        • Ricardo Kummel

          Apart from the camera, it's the same hardware.

          • ProductFRED

            And the LCD screen vs AMOLED.

            • Ricardo Kummel

              True, forgot about that.

      • Rob Cook

        Because it's AT&T and they can. I'm so glad I sold my S3 and got a Nexus 5, no more waiting on AT&T for 'official' updates.

      • ProductFRED

        And the screen, but yes, good question.

    • qudwls6933

      Just out of curiosity, how come verizon s4 kitkat update is slower than this active?

      • Ricardo Kummel

        You answered yourself.. Verizon..

    • james

      I have a S 4 and I loved my phone before at&t made us do this update to the 4.4.2 and it turned it in to big pile of junk it slow wifi is in and out so I lose progress on my games, it is trying to update all the time , and it freezes all the time

      • Kelly Patrick

        I don't like my phone since the update either. Mail syncing is phooey, no toggle for wireless data, I don't need or want my camera on the lock screen, nor my music like that. At least let me choose!

    • vikki

      How do you add the camera to the lock screen?

    • will

      WARNING Worst update ever!!!!!!!!! I USE MY OH ONE TO UPLOAD PICTURES FOR WORK NOW MY GALLERY OPTION IS GONE!. ALSO CALLS GO SILENT ANZ I AM MISSING 2/3 OF MY FEATURES ACROSS THEORY TOP OF MY SCREEN!! DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS UPDATE!

    • Michael Lindsey

      i get the update downloaded and reboot my phone and it installs to 28% then aborts

    • King Louie

      When u get a phone from a major carrier u have to live by their rules...

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