An over-the-air software update is set to hit AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4. The change log for this one isn't particularly long, but it will bump users up to baseband number KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1. There's a certain satisfaction that comes from having the freshest set of software available on a device, and that feeling is what the bulk of owners will notice about this release.
As for what's actually new, AT&T says this update will provide better connectivity when making calls and text messaging. Considering that these pocket computers are still phones, it's a good thing this hasn't been forgotten.
On the list of changes we also see the obligatory security patch and updated Google apps. Read More
Update: T-Mobile has updated the support page with a clarification on those Wi-Fi calling enhancements. The phone now has support for Gogo inflight texting, a feature the company announced as part of Un-Carrier 7.0.
Carriers are now gradually rolling out Android 4.4.4 to a number of Samsung devices. Sprint's version of the Galaxy Note 3 started receiving an over-the-air update on Monday. Verizon's Galaxy S5 followed suit the next day. Now it's apparently the Galaxy S4's turn for people using the device on T-Mobile's network. The company has posted information surrounding the OTA to its support page.
In addition to Android 4.4.4, this release brings Wi-Fi calling enhancements to the Galaxy S4. Read More
Sprint has announced that an over-the-air software update is due out for its version of the Galaxy S4 going by the name of version number L720VPUFNG2. The changelog for this one is pretty minor, so there's little reason to start abusing that update button. Galaxy S4 owners should be on the lookout for an HD Voice icon (which they might be able to notice), and a number of security patches (which they won't).
HD Voice allows for clearer sounding speech, but it only works on calls where both users have supported devices. Over two dozen high-end devices make this list, but that still leaves off quite a bit of folk. Read More
Google officially pulled the HTC One M7, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition devices from the Play Store not too long ago. Since then we've seen a couple of them pop up on sale across various distributors. When an eBay seller offered the Galaxy S4 for $499 ($150 off) last month, we considered that a deal. Before that, Expansys USA offered the Z Ultra for the low price of $349, $100 less than what Google last asked for it. As it turns out, that latter device isn't alone. Expansys USA is selling the other three departed GPE devices as well, and all are going for drastically reduced prices. Read More
Last month, we reported that the Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7, and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition devices were all appearing as out of stock on the Play Store for several weeks. Today, Google officially removed the Z Ultra, G Pad, and M7 from the Play Store, and they no longer appear under the Google Play Edition devices section.
The remaining three phones are the One M8, Moto G, and Galaxy S4. The S4, though, has been continuously out of stock for around three weeks now, so its demise seem inevitable, as well. A long-rumored Galaxy S5 GPE device has yet to materialize, though, even after months of the phone being on the market, and the introduction of the altogether unexpected Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch. Read More
Have you been wondering if Google really ran out of the Galaxy S4 GPE? Well, maybe there were a few left over. That would explain the cache of devices that just popped up on eBay. Someone has acquired a number of the devices and is selling them at a steep discount. Just $499.99 for an unlocked Google Play Edition smartphone. That's $150 off what Google was selling it for a few weeks ago.
Holy crap, that was fast. According to a flood of tips we just received, at least some owners of Google Play Edition devices are now seeing updates to over-the-air Android 4.4.3. The latest incremental update to KitKat was just published yesterday - some Nexus devices don't even have it. At the time of writing (Tuesday afternoon US) we've been told that the Google Play Editions of the HTC One M7 (2013 model) and the Galaxy S4 are receiving over-the-air updates.
Thanks, Thomas Mengede, Greg Hesp, and @NotEged!
In addition, the Android 4.4.3 open source kernel files for the HTC One M7 and One M8 GPE devices have been published on HTCDev. Read More
Things are strange when you're dealing with CDMA carriers, and doubly so when it's an MVNO. You've been able to buy the Galaxy S4 and HTC One (M7) since they came out last year on Ting, but now inactive Sprint devices can be ported to Ting.
Verizon is not known for being liberal with the OTAs, but Galaxy S4 owners have been on the verge of revolt waiting on this one. Now, the KitKat update is finally heading out to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Users all over the country are reporting it is available for download, so begin mashing the update button.
Owners of the Galaxy S4 on T-Mobile can now get their itchy trigger fingers ready to hit that "check now" button. We've received a few tips today alerting us to the fact that the carrier is rolling out an Android 4.4.2/KitKat OTA to handsets now. According to the software update screen, the feature set doesn't appear to include much of anything that Google didn't add into the stock version of KitKat:
- OS upgrade - [KitKat OS 4.4.2]
- Music Album art will be displayed on the lock screen while playing music.
- The new launcher setting menu has been added - [Home Screen, SMS]
- Camera shortcut is added in the Lock Screen
- Improved the User Interface and stability
One feature not listed on the screen, but which should be included, is the "Tap and Pay" option, which enables Google Wallet's mobile payment functionality. Read More