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Want to downgrade Android? Sure thing, but first ...

In this segment of Ask AC, we tackle what you need to know before you decide to downgrade Android on your phone Most of us here are update junkies. When a new version of Android (or anything, for that matter) is announced, we start bouncing off the walls and worrying about when we get a chance...
T-Mobile Galaxy S4 KitKat

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat today!

OK, all you fine folks rocking a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4. Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now ready. You can snag it over the air (which we recommend) or via the Samsung Kies desktop app (if you're a glutton for punishment. You'll need to be on software version M919UVUEMK2 (Android 4.3)...
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KitKat for AT&T's Galaxy S4 available today

OTA rolling out over the coming days, or you can manually check AT&T's Galaxy S4 has a KitKat update ready and waiting, and AT&T says it should be available starting February 26 — which is today! The update will push to you automagically over the next few days if you like, or if you're...
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KitKat hits Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in the UK

Over-the-air updates now pushing out Samsung's KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code "BTU"), along with certain carrier variants. The...
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Tri-band variant of Sprint Galaxy S4 receiving update to enable Wifi Calling

No word on update for original Galaxy S4 on the carrier The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected...
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Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update landing today with Gear support, Band IV LTE

As we speculated earlier today, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 will indeed be the first U.S. model to be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which brings with it Samsung's "premium suite" software. Samsung has updated its support page indicating that the new software version I545VRUEMJ7 should begin...
Sprint GS4 KitKat update

Internal doc says Sprint's Galaxy S4 will see KitKat update starting Feb. 13

Update to Android 4.4 also enables support for Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile Not a lot of details here, but this tip says the one detail everyone with a Sprint Galaxy S4 has been waiting for — a date for the KitKat OTA. Per this internal document, the update should be available starting February 13...
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Sprint Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.3 update

Galaxy Gear support and Samsung KNOX in latest update for Sprint's GS4 As predicted by a recently-leaked update timetable, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 is today getting its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Sprint's GS4 is the second U.S. model to get the upgrade, following Verizon's rollout on...
Galaxy S4 Black Edition

Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition available in the UK with eyewatering price

Faux leather must be expensive with the Black Edition costing £500 Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition first emerged, we've been light on details as to where it would be available. It's successor, the Galaxy S5, is just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped Samsung bringing the Black...
Galaxy S4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly getting KitKat OTA in parts of Europe and Asia

Wider rollout for Android 4.4.2 on Samsung's 2013 flagship At Mobile World Congress last week we were somewhat surprised to see a bunch of European Galaxy S4s on the show floor running new Android 4.4-based firmware — and now it appears Samsung has deemed the update ready for the masses. This...

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The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected to Wifi without the potential of using up your minutes if you don't have an unlimited talk plan.

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Android Version

Whether you need to downgrade your Android version or just think you want to, there are some things you need to know.

Most of us here are update junkies. When a new version of Android (or anything, for that matter) is announced, we start bouncing off the walls and worrying about when we get a chance to have it and enjoy the changes. When it's a new version of our operating system, things get even more frantic. We look for leaks, we try custom ROMs based on the new stuff, and we're ready to sideload the minute the right files appear. It's half the fun of owning an Android, and we just love the fluid state of software and the constant changes.

But not everyone feels this way.

Some of us need to stay on an old version — or think we need to stay on an old version. Maybe you've read about some bugs that you don't want to encounter. Or maybe the new version breaks support for something you want or need. Or battery life issues and reports have you skittish. There are any number of reasons to want to go back, but it's not as simple as it sounds in most cases.

Let's discuss both the reasons for needing to downgrade your Android, as well as the feasibility of doing the deed.

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Vodafone UK sends word that it's reduced the price of three of its older Android smartphones on PAYG, as part of a promotion running this weekend. The deals include the last two Samsung flagships, a couple of weeks out from the global Galaxy S5 launch. The Galaxy S3, previously £170, now costs £119, and the Galaxy S4 falls from £475 to £330. Meanwhile the Vodafone Smart Mini III drops to £52, down from £75.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 from a variety of regions have been receiving the jump to Android 4.4, and now it seems the Canadian carriers have flipped the switch for their devices. Users across Bell, Telus and Rogers have been reporting that their Note 3s and Galaxy S4s are receiving the large OTA downloads — about 440MB each — to bump up to KitKat, bringing some subtle interface changes and all of the goodies Google has baked into the latest build of Android.

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Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition first emerged, we've been light on details as to where it would be available. It's successor, the Galaxy S5, is just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped Samsung bringing the Black Edition to the UK. With a pretty shattering price of £499.89 to boot, and exclusivity at high-street retailer Phones 4U.

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Over-the-air updates now pushing out

Samsung's KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code "BTU"), along with certain carrier variants. The OTA file size from 300-400MB, and brings these phones up to the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, while adding some subtle visual tweaks, including white notification bar icons. Graphical changes aside, Samsung owners will also benefit from standard KitKat features like immersive mode, translucent notification bars in some apps, native cloud printing support and lock screen album art.

If you're seeing the KitKat OTA on your GS4 or Note 3 in the UK today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on, and which carrier you're on. As always, updates may take time to trickle out depending on which network's device you have, and if you're not seeing any OTA then you might want to try a manual update through Samsung's Kies desktop software.

Source: Android Central forums (1), (2); Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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OK, all you fine folks rocking a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4. Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now ready. You can snag it over the air (which we recommend) or via the Samsung Kies desktop app (if you're a glutton for punishment.

You'll need to be on software version M919UVUEMK2 (Android 4.3) for the update to take, and have at least 50 percent charge on your battery. And set aside a little time — this is a 387-megabyte update. After that, you'll get the following:

  • KitKat (build M919UVUFNB4)
  • Improved stability
  • New camera shortcut on the lock screen
  • Improved on-screen keyboard

Plus you'll have the knowledge that you're now running the newest version of Android, so there's that. 

Source: T-Mobile; More in our Galaxy S4 forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Wider rollout for Android 4.4.2 on Samsung's 2013 flagship

At Mobile World Congress last week we were somewhat surprised to see a bunch of European Galaxy S4s on the show floor running new Android 4.4-based firmware — and now it appears Samsung has deemed the update ready for the masses. This morning we're seeing reports from GS4 owners in Poland, Malaysia and the Philippines indicating that over-the-air updates between 350 and 400MB are now pushing out, bringing Samsung's 2013 flagship up to the latest version of Android. Other countries, too, are sure to be included in the initial rollout.

As we saw in Barcelona last week, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of outward differences between the new firmware and the old Android 4.3-based ROM, besides the presence of new, white status bar icons. And certainly we're not yet seeing any of the visual changes from the Galaxy S5 trickling down to older Samsung devices. Nevertheless, KitKat brings a bunch of system-level improvements from which S4 owners can now benefit.

If you've got a European or Asian Galaxy S4, now would be a good time to check for updates. Be sure to drop by the commends after you're done and let us know if you're seeing KitKat on your device.

Source: Antyweb (Polish); XDA; Thanks, Tom!

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OTA rolling out over the coming days, or you can manually check

AT&T's Galaxy S4 has a KitKat update ready and waiting, and AT&T says it should be available starting February 26 — which is today!

The update will push to you automagically over the next few days if you like, or if you're the type who just isn't about to wait for an update, you can check for it manually via your device settings. Make sure you're on Wifi and have at least 50 percent charge on your battery. AT&T doesn't mention availability via Kies, but it might be worth trying as well.

The update brings the Galaxy S4 to Android version 4.4.2, and has a few other notable changes:

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
  • Drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications
  • Call reliability improvements

Often times these updates start right away on their projected date, so now is the time to check. If you get it, be sure to holler out with your experience.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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It actually looks pretty hot

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy S4 Black Edition for selected markets, and we've stumbled across one here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And you know what? It actually looks pretty darn hot! There's a lot to be said for a color change and a faux leather back.

Essentially that's what's different about it to any other Galaxy S4. Besides looking pretty fantastic, it makes a big difference to how it feels in the hand. We've never really been enamoured with the regular, glossy plastic back on the S4, but with the Note 3 style leather effect – and stitching – it feels so much better to hold.

Oh, and one more thing. The Black Edition on show here at MWC has Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board – as some folks in some places might be seeing already – and Touchwiz looks like Touchwiz. With time to really dig around there's bound to be new stuff, but to the casual eye it's business as usual.

Head on past the break for a few extra shots of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition. If only it had launched sooner. Much sooner.

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Staggered rollout will require valid Google account and WIfi access

Next in line for some crunchy-good KitKat upgrade magic will be US Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S4. The OTA, which they're calling a maintenance release — they just don't understand the power of KitKat, apparently — should start to arrive February 19. Like most things that are good, some will have to wait as this is another staggered rollout. The good news is that 10 days after it starts, everyone should have it. Hooray!

Besides the update to Android 4.4 (we're not exactly sure of the point number here), the Daily Perks and MobiTiles apps will be removed from the operating system. Users who want to continue using either of these apps can find them in Google Play for download and installation, just like they should be. More hooray!

Anyhoo, if you're a USCC customer with a Galaxy S4, you've got one day to get prepared for the OTA if you've hacked your phone to oblivion. You'll need to be on the approved current version, and have all your Google and Samsung ducks in a row. Be sure to holler when you start seeing this one.

Thanks, Anon!

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Update to Android 4.4 also enables support for Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile

Not a lot of details here, but this tip says the one detail everyone with a Sprint Galaxy S4 has been waiting for — a date for the KitKat OTA.

Per this internal document, the update should be available starting February 13 and will also enable support for Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile. You'll need to make sure you're on the current build of the software and have everything stock and proper to get this one. Hit the forums if you need any help there.

We hope this pans out, and Sprint Galaxy S4 users have an extra-happy Valentine's Day.

Thanks, Anon!

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Update: Hot on the heels of Samsung UK's statement, Samsung HQ has announced that the Black Edition GS4 and GS4 Mini will launch in "select markets" from February. The phones will come with exclusive wallpapers and ringtones, as well as black accessories and charging cables.

Original post: Samsung has started releasing Galaxy S4 models with a new Note 3-like leather-effect back — in recent days we've seen the new GS4 variants in Russia and South Korea sporting a redesigned derriere. So when might we see a Western release for this new (and, we'd argue, improved) flavor of Galaxy S4? Well, Samsung's keeping its cards close to its chest for now, not exactly confirming a UK launch for the "Black Edition" GS4 seen in Russia recently, but instead hinting at the possibility of announcements ahead.

A Samsung spokesperson told Android Central, “Samsung UK will announce availability for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition in due course.”

That doesn't tell us a whole lot, but it does suggest we haven't seen the last of these new GS4 models without the glossy back cover. With a likely Galaxy S5 launch happening before the end of the month, hopefully we won't have too long to wait.

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Galaxy S4 LTE-A coming in 'rose gold white,' 'rose gold black' and 'deep black'

Even as we look towards the possibility of a Galaxy S5 unveiling before the end of the month, it's clear Samsung's not done with the Galaxy S4 just yet. The company has just unveiled three new flavors of GS4 for its home market of South Korea, specifically the LTE-Advanced model with support for super-fast data speeds. The new colors — rose gold white, rose gold black and deep black — all sport Galaxy Note 3-style stitched leather-effect back covers. The look might not appeal to everyone, but in our opinion the matte and soft-touch finish of Samsung's faux-leather backs are a big improvement on the glossy, fingerprinty battery door of old.

If the "gold" models look familiar, it's because this color scheme has already appeared on the Galaxy Note 3 in some countries. Similarly, the "deep black" version is a dead ringer for the "black edition" GS4 that's headed for Russia.

With a successor to the Galaxy S4 near on the horizon, it's unclear whether Samsung will be pushing these new color options out globally. But between these new Galaxy S4 designs and its new "Pro" series tablets, Samsung seems committed to this new visual style for the present.

Source: Newswire Korea, Flickr; via: Engadget

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Pitch black GS4s come with 100 percent less glossy plastic

Perhaps our biggest gripe with Samsung's Galaxy S4 — in hardware terms, at least — was its glossy, plasticky back cover. The S4's rear panel was a magnet for fingerprints and smudges, and just didn't feel very nice in the hand. So imagine our delight this morning to see the device above — the "black edition" Galaxy S4, sporting a soft-touch, leather-effect back like the Galaxy Note 3.

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Need help toggling auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard?

The auto-correct options on the stock keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy S4 might not be your cup of tea; maybe you'd rather have the extra screen real estate, or maybe you can't trust the corrections. Or maybe you've somehow lost auto-correct on your keyboard and desperately need it back to keep spelling with any amount of lucidity. Whatever the reason, we won't judge you. Here's how to get rid of auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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If there’s a screen on a Samsung Galaxy S4 that you need to save or share, it’s very easy to capture it.

  1. Open the screen you’d like to capture. 
  2. Press and hold the standby key on the right side and the home button at the same time. Wait for the border around the screen to flash white. 

The image will then be saved to your device. You can quickly access it by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the image in the notification tray. You can also delete, edit, or share the screenshots thanks to helpful shortcuts there.

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New color variant available to pre-order now

UK retailer Phones 4u has scooped up yet another color exclusive — this time the Samsung Galaxy S4 in pink, which will be available from early January. The device comes with a light pink front and back, similar to the "blush pink" Galaxy Note 3, and sports a new bronze-color trim around its edges. P4u says it'll have exclusivity over the pink Galaxy S4 throughout January, and a pre-order page is live right now.

The pink GS4 will be sold on contract with prices starting at £33 per month for 3G (with 1GB of data on Vodafone) and £38 per month for 4G (6GB, also on Vodafone). And 4G buyers will get a free wireless speaker valued at £120 to sweeten the deal, the retailer says.

So... any takers?

More: Phones 4u

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On the eleventh day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. It's the best selling Android phone in the world, and a favorite with modders, tinkerers, and users alike. Be sure to try to win one of your own!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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On the seventh day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. It's the best selling Android phone in the world, and a favorite with modders, tinkerers, and users alike. Be sure to try to win one of your own!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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