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