Although the new Android L operating system was recently availed at Google I/O 2014, there are very few device for whom the update has actually been released. Some devices still haven’t received the Android KitKat 4.4.2 update. Samsung Galaxy S4, US Cellular variant, was one such device, but not anymore.
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini KitKat 4.4.2 update was recently rolled out, Galaxy Mega variants. Although, this update isn’t the most up-to-date release, it’s better than nothing. Many devices have released the latest KitKat 4.4.4 release but US Cellular S4 Mini users might have to wait for a while.
According to the official webpage for US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, this update will bump your firmware version to base band version R890TYUBNE4. Also you will have two options for installing this update. First option is to download the update over OTA (Over-The-Air) for which your device must be registered with a Google account and you must be connect to a Wi-Fi. The second option involves installing the update using Kies via USB cable.
This new update brings in a couple of new features. Some of these features are – new Phone Dialer app which prioritizes your contacts on the basis of how often you use them, an updated Camera app with an enhanced “touch to focus” option which can be moved on the screen to adjust your camera’s focus and exposure, an update Hangout app which consists of all your SMS and MMS along with all your conversations and video calls, and added Emoji characters on your Google Keyboard.
Not all users will receive this update at once, but when your device is ready to receive the update, you will receive and OTA update notification. To download this update, connect to a stable Wi-Fi with a good (70% or more) battery backup and tap on this notification and follow the onscreen instructions.
You can also check if an update is available for your device by going into Settings > About Device > Software Update. You can also use Kies to check for the update.
You should also know that in order to install this OTA update on your device, you must be on stock ROM. A rooted stock ROM might also have problems in getting the OTA update.
Don’t you think that US Cellular is very late in updating their devices? While many of other devices have already received the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update, US Cellular users are still receiving Android KitKat 4.4.2 updates. Has anyone here received the update? Please share your reviews with us.