The wait for Android 4.4 KitKat appears to be ending today for some Galaxy S4 owners. Samsung has started rolling out Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Android 4.4 update, this much awaited release comes after the company posted a list online of all devices that are destined to be updated to this iteration of Android in the near future. The update, Android 4.4.2 to be precise, has started rolling out in phases and will soon be available on devices for over-the-air download.
As always, users with carrier branded devices will have to wait for some time. That’s because carriers tend to run their own tests on the update first before they give certification, unless certification is granted, the update can not be released. Users can expect Android 4.4.2 to bring minor user interface changes, the biggest change being the use of white KitKat style status bar icons which replace the multi-color icons that were previously used on Samsung devices. Slight performance improvement is also noticed after this update, which reflects into an increase in the benchmark scores. The lockscreen now has a camera shortcut and when playing music the album art now shows up in full screen. It may not be available for users in their countries at this point in time, but within a day or to, it should be available across all regions.