All the talk about Android L this week overshadows the unfortunate fact that the previous release is still on less than 15% of Android devices. This weekend US Cellular is helping in a small way, releasing KitKat to two of its Samsung phones. The US Cellular versions of the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy Mega (6.3) are both being updated to KitKat, so those with the applicable hardware should keep an eye out for the over-the-air alert.


Unfortunately this is KitKat 4.4.2, not the more recent 4.4.3 or 4.4.4, but most users won't be able to spot the difference. According to US Cellular's support page, the updates are available over the air or via Samsung's Kies desktop program for impatient users. That might be a better option anyway, if you want a faster download that won't eat into your data meter and you don't have a solid WiFi network handy.

US Cellular's documentation is pretty sparse, but you can expect all the goodies from the AOSP version of KitKat, plus a few touches from newer Samsung versions of TochWiz (or whatever they're calling it this quarter). As always, If you've rooted or otherwise modified your phone the standard OTA update will probably fail, so you'll have to find another way of getting onto the latest software release.

Source: US Cellular Support

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.

  • jpelgrom

    Interesting to see that (probably) none of the features that they mention as new, on the top of the linked page, will be actually available on the S4 mini and Mega (Google dialer, Camera app, Hangouts for SMS/MMS, OK Google* and Emoji on the Google Keyboard).

    * for this feature they do mention it's only available for Motorola's phones

  • Jovan Vincent Malate

    How about galaxy grand 2?

  • My name is….

    That was fast....
    *laughing sarcastically*

  • Umer Rashid

    still not availible in the UAE!!

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