Android 4.4 KitKat update now out for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4
Here’s some good news for you if you own either the international Sony Xperia Z Ultra or T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4. Both of these smartphones are now in the process of receiving updates that take them to Android 4.4 KitKat – which is currently the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
The Xperia Z Ultra’s rollout has seemingly started in Hong Kong, with unlocked and unbranded devices over there getting the update for a few days now. The update should make its way to more countries or territories soon, but so far it doesn’t look like it has. Still, such rollouts are always slow to go from one place to the next, so this isn’t surprising. The important thing to remember here is that the update is now officially on its way, and hopefully in a few weeks it will have reached all the Xperia Z Ultra units sold worldwide (at least those which were purchased unlocked, if not the carrier-specific versions too).
Over in the US, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S4 has also started receiving its bite of KitKat. The update comes in over-the-air, so your phone should notify you when it’s ready to download and install. If that hasn’t happened yet for you and you’re the impatient type, then you can manually check for the update by going to the relevant area in Settings. This might help you get the update sooner, or maybe not – it’s all up to luck generally. Though it definitely won’t hurt to try.
This rollout has only started today, so it may take a while before it reaches all the Galaxy S4 units that were sold by T-Mobile. It’s a 387 MB affair, yet many people who did get the chance to get it have complained that it’s a very slow download. As you can only pull it via Wi-Fi, this means T-Mobile’s servers are at fault. After applying the update, your phone will be on software version M919UVUFNB4.
If the OTA method isn’t to your liking for whatever reason, T-Mobile informs us that you should also be able to grab the update via Kies, Samsung’s desktop PC software, and then install it after you’ve connected your phone to your computer.
Aside from bringing you all the perks of Android 4.4 KitKat, this update also promises to give your phone some improved stability, a better on-screen keyboard, and a new camera shortcut on the lock screen.