The Google Play Edition variants of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One were released earlier this year, they were said to offer the “Nexus” experience. What this basically means is that both devices run vanilla Android OS and will receive the latest Android updates earlier than the other variants. With Android 4.4 KitKat first being rolled out for Nexus devices and then the Moto X, owners of the Google Play Edition devices had to wait a bit longer than originally anticipated. The update has now been rolled out over-the-air, but if you can’t wait for the OTA notification to drop, the stock Android 4.4 OTA update for Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is now available for manual download.
OTA updates are rolled out in stages and it may take a while before they become available for each and every user. By downloading the manual update file, users can flash the update themselves, though the procedure is a bit tricky as opposed to OTA updates, which are automatically downloaded and installed on the device itself. Just remember that to flash the firmware, the device must be running a stock build of Android, it must have a stock recovery and that it be unrooted. The firmware file of Android 4.4 update for Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition can be downloaded from here.
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