Despite the fact that Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 4.4 update for international variants of these devices, customers in the U.S., particularly those using carrier locked devices have yet to receive the update. Today, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update pre-release builds have been leaked online, coming from well known XDA Developers forum personality Designgears. The pre-release builds are bound to have more than a few bugs, but it will certainly provide KitKat hungry users their fix.
There are a few things to keep in mind before installing this update. The pre-release builds, carrying January 2nd build date, have new bootloaders which could complicate matters if users want to rollback to an Android 4.3 firmware. Moreover, the update also breaks root, users won’t be able to root their devices until and unless a new root hack is developed. The builds also have a major issue which automatically reboots the device when the user tries to playback a video. These are a lot of compromises to make just to get a taste of KitKat. It can’t be said for sure right now when AT&T plans on releasing the Android 4.4 update for Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, so you can either sit and wait or jump over to the download links for AT&T Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 if you’re feeling a bit too adventurous today.
|Key Specs||Galaxy S4||Galaxy Note 3|
|Processor/Soc Name||Exynos 5 Octa 5410, 8-core, quad-core 1.6 & quad-core 1.2 GHz||Snapdragon 800, 4-core, 2.3 GHz|
|Street Price (Approx)||~ $270|
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|Max. Total Storage Capacity||128 GB||128 GB|
|Megapixels||13 MP||13 MP|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||2600 mAh||3200 mAh|
|Complete product data||Samsung Galaxy S4 Full specs and details||Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Full specs and details|