Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat test build leaked
Samsung is probably the only big smartphone maker that hasn’t made any of its update plans public with regard to Google’s recent Android 4.4 KitKat release. That said, the Korean company is obviously working on getting the new software onto some of its devices, and the Galaxy S4 seems like the perfect candidate to get it first (or second – the Galaxy Note 3 may have a go before it).
And today we get to see what this update will look like when it goes live. That’s because the folks over at SamMobile got their hands on a leaked test build of the new firmware intended for the GT-I9505 version of the Galaxy S4 (that’s the one with LTE support, by the way). Many screenshots were taken, here’s a taste:
The most obvious change in terms of looks relates to the status bar and its all-white icons. These adhere to some recently publicized Google guidelines, and the raw green that Samsung so much loved to use for its battery icon is now gone. There’s also a new camera shortcut on the lockscreen, but otherwise this is the same TouchWiz that we’ve gotten used to in its Android 4.3 iteration – no bold new designs here.
This means that the recently leaked new TouchWiz design may be still far off. Perhaps Samsung will put it in the Galaxy S5 at first, and then older handsets may get it via an update the company likes to call “Premium Suite” – or something like that. Or maybe 2013 handsets will only get the new design with the next big Android software update. Of course, there’s also the possibility that TouchWiz will keep its oft-criticised looks intact for the foreseeable future.
Aside from design changes, the KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 comes with performance improvements, and a better landscape built-in keyboard. That’s about it, or at least that’s all that people gathered after around five days of running this build.
The release of the update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now said to happen in February or March, so things may have slipped a bit compared to the previous rumor on the matter, which spoke of the rollout commencing in late January or early February.