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If you're rocking the Verizon version of Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini, check your notification bar: you may have an over-the-air update waiting for you. According to this Verizon support document, the KitKat update is heading out for the Big Red model of the S4 Mini. KOT49H.I435VRUBND5 upgrades the phone to Android 4.4.2, throwing in Samsung's minor additions to TouchWiz as well. The update also has a smattering of adjusted apps and bug fixes.

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According to Verizon, in addition to all the goodies that KitKat includes, the update adds Verizon Cloud and Emergency Alerts as pre-installed apps, and updates Samsung's KNOX encryption system to 2.0. An automatic accessibility lock is available in the settings menu, and the Samsung SMS app now has font size options. Bug fixes include Wi-Fi stability and less intrusive notifications, fixes for Backup Assistant Plus, and a force-close fix for Google Voice Search. Oh, and the keyboard has more Emoji now. Yay.

You know the drill: head to the Settings>About Phone menu to check for a new update, and don't be surprised if it isn't there, since these things tend to go out in waves. It should be available to all Verizon S4 Mini owners in the next week or so. If you happen to be rooted, expect the update to fail.

Source: Verizon Support (PDF link)

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Joery

    Why would you put a logo on the god awful hardware buttons?!?!

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      The better question is why Samsung insists on continuing to use god awful hardware buttons in 2014.

      • black

        That's their thing. Otherwise their phones become generic looking smartphones.

      • EH101

        Because some people actually like the hardware buttons. In fact, they need to change 2 and add 1 more: switch the capacitive to mechanical for the recents and back buttons, and add a dedicated camera button.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          Go home EH101, you're drunk.

          • EH101

            Go buy a Nexus Steve B, you have choices. Leave mine alone.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            I already have one Brah.

          • EH101

            Kinda the reason for the comment... (your avatar)

  • TechAce01

    The hardware button is one of the good things about this phone. I don't want all android phones to be the same. What's the point then?

    • Renan Lazarotto

      I think that the author meant the logo on the hardware home button, not the button itself...

      • TechAce01

        Okay. I can agree with that.

  • Chris

    FYI....this is also for the Verizon Galaxy S3 LTE... :)

  • Flip Jumpman

    At least have a nice looking logo...