T-Mobile Galaxy S4 KitKat

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

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I wouldn't waste my time with any Kitkat 4.4.2 update until they figure out a way to deal with the sdcard write/read permissions changes that was implemented in Kitkat 4.4.2 that doesn't exist in 4.3 jellybean.

If you value your abilities to download stuff from your Web browser, to your sdcard or if you have valuable your third party applications you need and use daily then you won't disable your handset's day to day ability by updating to android 4.4.2 Kitkat.

At@t Galaxy S4 Kitkat update was pitiful same goes for Sprint/Tmobile Galaxy Note 3 and S4 updates to kitkat.

Check the problems people are having in the support pages of Sprint, At@t, and Tmobile. Go to android Police and XDA developers site and read what the exact issues are with these write/read issues of the sdcard storage.

THIS AFFECTS EVERY ANDROID HANDSET THAT RELY ON SDCARD FOR EXTRA STORAGE.

Google has secretly changed permissions where they are doing their best to render sdcard using android handsets to become useless or dependant on their crappy CLOUD storage.

My Tmobile Note 3 will remain and hasn't been updated to Kitkat and won't be until these issues are rectified.

At the end of the day it's the Android user who paid for the handset and the android user who pays for the bill every month to the carrier that person should decide how they want their day to day experience to be on their own personal device.

I won't allow GOOGLE to determine anything for me they can keep their restrictions and Kitkat 4.4.2.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/17/external-blues-google-has-brough...

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/02/22/samsung-galaxy-s4-note-3-android...
-hits-micro-sd-card/

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/02/27/samsung-galaxy-s4-android-4-4-2
-early-review/

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-update-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-...

(Plain and simple NOTHING beats SAMSUNG or TMOBILE Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 via Android Central App)

1. I find it hilarious that you say "Google has secretly changed permissions..." and then go on to post links talking about the issue. It's not "secret" if we know about it. Also, this is what Google has wanted of Samsung et. al. for a few years, so Samsung has known about it, and they are just now playing ball.
2. As it was made abundantly clear in the last section of the Android Police article, it is more than likely Google's intention to move to the Storage Access Framework as a solution. The way we handle SD cards, thumb drives, and other removable storage (such as floppy disks) hasn't really changed since they were created over 4 decades ago. The fact that you don't mention any of this shows how incredibly biased/delusional you are.
3. "I won't allow GOOGLE to determine anything for me" Have fun without any of Google services then. Any time you search for something, any time you use the Instant Mixes option of Play Music, anytime you allow Gmail to pre-sort your email into groups/categories (which it does by default), you "allow google to determine" things for you. What an idiot.
4. As I sort of mentioned before (and is mentioned in the AP article), this is the way Google has intended SD cards to work since the first Honeycomb powered device rolled out early 2011. And it's only now in 2014 that any of the major manufacturers are going along with what Google would like. This isn't some "bug", "error", or "issue" that needs to be "fixed". It is working as intended. If you're going to blame an entity, blame the almighty, all-powerful, and never wrong Samsung for finally giving in to Google. What a delusional fanboy.

Another USELESS POST from a NEXUS USER ON SPRINT A VERY OLD GALAXY NEXUS USER AT THAT.
BOTTOM LINE THIS DOESN'T CONCERN YOU you're device doesn't USE SDCARD STORAGE SO WHY ARE YOU POSTING YOUR STUPID COMMENTS HERE.
Bottom line this involves SDCARD USERS NOT NEXUS FANBOYS if you value how you use your sdcard or how you feel you need to use the sdcard which is all that matters at the end of the day (how you need to use it) THEN YOU WON'T ALLOW ANY RESTRICTIONS PERIOD
Google doesn't pay for users devices nor do they pay any monthly bills for users.
Fanboys of NEXUS STOCK ANDROID PRODUCTS SHOULD'T BE ON THIS THREAD TAKE IT TO GOOGLE PLUS.
OH yeah you can't because you're hiding like a LITTLE COWARD TROLLING AS USUAL ON THE INTERNET.
(Plain and simple NOTHING beats SAMSUNG or TMOBILE Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 via Android Central App)

1. Contrary to your ignorant and childish viewpoints/comments, my comments are not "stupid". Most of yours on the other hand, especially the ones in which you post a clearly photoshopped image and claim it's me (such as this one: http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/22/weekend-poll-what-would-you-like... ), are indeed stupid.
2. Again, contrary to your ignorant and childish viewpoints, one does not have to own a specific device to be able to comment on it. Or have you conveniently forgotten all the times you claimed the Moto X was an "optical illusion device", that the HTC One was "crappy", that the M8 will be "dead on arrival", and other incredibly ridiculous sayings, all while claiming to never "touch [them] with a 10 foot pole"? What a hypocrite.
3. Just because I like my Galaxy Nexus, does not make me a "Nexus fanboy". Good try though, you paid Samsung shill.
4. You keep using the word "troll". I do not think it means what you think it means. Maybe you should use that "pimp slapping" Note 3 to do something other than play silly little games, like look up the meaning of the words you use *before* you use them. What a moron.
5. If you take a look at most of the commenters on this article alone, most aren't using their real names. By your incredibly faulty logic, they are all "little cowards" too. Too bad you don't realize one of the best practices when on the Internet: security through obscurity. Because you've used your real name, you are an open book. I can see where you live, work, what you do on your free time (ramble on about nonsense while aimlessly roaming the streets of NYC and recording yourself to post up on your Youtube profile), and an assortment of other info. Meanwhile, you don't know my name, what city I live in/near, my likes/dislikes, or anything substantial about me. Good god you are stupid.
6. I honestly have no idea what you're trying to say in the section that begins "Bottom line this involves..." Between little/no punctuation to denote a sentence beginning/ending, seemingly circular train of thought, and your excessive use of ALL CAPS, I can't make much sense of most of this comment. Seriously, go back to grade school. You'll actually learn something.
7. Instead of attacking me with your incredibly juvenile insults like the little crybaby that you are, why don't you try arguing with facts? And I mean *all* the facts, not just the cherry-picked ones you've selected that make Google out to be the bad guy, while Samsung has the same amount of blame in this. Samsung didn't have to follow through with what Google wanted. Heck, up until now, they hadn't for the past 3 years (at least). Now they're playing ball with Google, and all you see/claim is "piss on google". Again I reiterate, what a moron/hypocrite.

Don't use God's name in vain while talking all that. Fact is Android was to be an open system, it's one of the reasons I use Android over iPhone. I don't need iTunes with Android, and while Samsung has apps for syncing much like every other big name making Android phones I don't use the tools except for the drivers in OSX. So how ironic could it be for an open system to have another limit artificially made? What's the next step? I for one, I like open. It's already bad enough that android 4.0+ requires drivers in Windows XP to connect to it. Not that I use Windows XP, but my 2nd Android phone running 2.3.6 would just work. But in my job mobility across the board is a plus. But at least with that mild burden we got a much nicer file system connection framework. Consumers get nothing from this artificial limit. I for one won't be upgrading until this limit is lifted as I like using all of my storage. I didn't pay $30 to shuffle around stuff on my phone just because Google wants me to use there cloud storage. No thanks. But, that's just me. I don't want to be in the middle of this high school like argument, I really don't but as a power user I find this limitation too much.

My wife's phone is dating the same thing and I know she has not touched it sure didn't even know where to go to install the update

~My $0.02~

Charge your battery full, turn off phone for a few minutes, check again. This should remedy the "Modified device" warning.

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...

One more thing...!

Google Wallet is still being blocked from using Tap-n-Pay by carriers associated with ISIS...!

4.4.2 is Google's work around for phones without a secure element. Isis partners have disabled that part of Android in their ROMs because they want you to use the NFC payment app that gives them money.

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...

Someone please check and see if it has that Download Booster feature in the update.

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...

I am also facing same problem, i charge my Galaxy S4 battery full within 2 hours it came down 20% during this period i made only one call for seconds. So please advise.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-update-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-...

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02/17/external-blues-google-has-brough...

http://drippler.com/updates/share/att-galaxy-s4-problems-after-android-4...

I hope Tmobile customers don't do it to themselves they will definitely be sorry if they do.

4.3 jellybean is the platform of stability it just works. Kitkat 4.4.2 is the platform of RESTRICTIONS and GOOGLE telling you how you should use your sdcard and third party applications.

Not on my watch.....

(Plain and simple NOTHING beats SAMSUNG or TMOBILE Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 via Android Central App)

Do you get that Microsoft sued everyone for using the FAT filesystem on SDCards? Do you get that folks want to tell Microsoft to shove it up their ***? It's not Google screwing with you. MY lord .. read before you speak. You can use whatever cloud storage you like. It's not Google trying to force you to use Drive. I don't use it with my N5 so why on God's green Earth would you HAVE to use it. Smarten up man. And step off the cross... we could use the wood.

"Boring"because you don't understand it, or boring because you don't want to acknowledge the "plain and simple" truth that Samsung has as much blame in this as Google, if not more? I mean, you barely understand the meaning of certain larger words, how can you be expected to read up on things before you comment about them?

Plain and simple nothing beats a non borked HTC One with 32 GB internal memory running 4.4.2 flawlessly lag free downloaded on unlimited Sprint LTE.

Except the Note 3 doing the same

;-)

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

1. If you didn't have a device with an SD card in the first place, this wouldn't affect you in the slightest. Weren't you just going on about how "At the end of the day it's the Android user who paid for the handset"?
2. Yes, because this one change is enough to make the claim that KitKat on devices with SD cards is "unstable". Again, you clearly do not know the meaning of the word. Maybe you should think about what you post and what words you use, before you hit that "Comment" button.
3. I don't think you read anything on that last link, because it has absolutely *nothing* to do with the KitKat SD card issue you're talking about. They are just general "help me with this problem" Q&As. Good job, idiot.

Also, a third party app like Astro File Manager won't write to the sd card anymore after the update. However, if you use Samsung's "myfiles" app.....You'll still be able to move files from your internal storage to your sd card. I tried it and it works. Ex.....moving music or movies.

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Thanks for the great information! I updated my Tmobile note 3 prior to reading. It is running ok. My friend has the same tmobile note 3 & after update to kitkat, he keeps getting two error messages; "Unfortunately google play store stopped working" & "Unfortunately gmail has stopped working". I have searched the net and tried everything short of factory reset. Any suggestions?

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Right after sprint, then ATT, and then Verizon will start when the SG3 and Note 2 are supposed to be getting it on the other carriers.

Don't interrupt Sprint hate

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I was thinking the same thing. But, I am pretty happy with 4.2 on my S4 and will probable wait to see what issues an update to 4.4 causes before installing it.

Issues such as no flash support. You never know how much you miss it until it's gone.

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Didn't Adobe stop supporting Flash many version ago? (pre-JB).

And I use the Chrome browser so most of my mobile browsing gets taken care of. My point was that I'm not upgrading to 4.4 until I read the change log and see what was mucked up or broken in the upgrade. I have waited this long, so another day week or month wont hurt

True, but you could at least sideload it and still continue to use it. I mean, its time to let it go, but when certain sites still hold on to Flash, it could still be seen as a negative. In no way am I implying this is anyone's fault but site owners who don't want to upgrade.

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I've grown so used to not using/having flash on my device, the rare occasion I want/need it, I just view it on my computer or try using Firefox or Chrome.

I received an update notification and that I won't be able to download kit Kat due to the file is over 100mb n have to be connected to WIFI. I can wait until I get home.

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***Something not mentioned in the update highlights: If you use an SD card, 3rd party apps will no longer be able to access it. You can't save downloads from browsers. Your games will no longer save to the SD. You can still manually move items to the SD.

Google and poor decisions

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Definitely poor decisions. Whatever my next phone ends up being, LG G3 Galaxy S6, I won't be upgrading without both sd card support and a minimum of 32GB of internal memory.

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What about downloading songs from AmazonMp3? is that restricted to internal memory also? If so, perhaps what I'll do is download on my sisters pc, and then drag-n-drop the songs to my sd card.

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That's the way to go. I am just waiting for the rom makers to fix it, but I do not miss it that much. I use my phone more like a thumb drive and install most things to internal storage

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Got it early morning. Size: 387.59 MB. Used the Software Update function on the phone. Took 1 1/2 hours over Wi-Fi. Don't know why it deleted my Weatherbug Elite app and my Percent app I got via the Amazon app. I had to reinstall them. Updated to KitKat 4.4.2.
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If we were allowed to do this update over LTE, it probably would have only taken 20-30m's instead of 90m's! This is a big hassle having to do it over wifi. I'm getting my update using McD's wifi.

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I was just about to tell you to do that.
+1

Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...

Doh! I just spent an hour reinstalling most of my wife's apps.
Guess I'll go reboot it and see if any I missed come back.

-1,000!!! I'm trying to move to Seattle, not Las Vegas! Screw that place!!! It's no place to live!!!

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And, you deserve it! Congrats!

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

Umm. . .where else? It's close by. Lol what? I shouldn't have to deal with wifi at all! LTE can probably download this update in 20-30m's, but unfortunately that option isn't available.

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Hey he has gotta do something between getting the fries out.

Just kidding.. :-P

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I am already running 4.4.2 on My Vz S4. Its the Google Edition release which means no Samsung or Verizon bloatware. As a result it runs super fast and smooth with long battery life.

Download took 55 minutes, followed by a ten minute installation, and then a 30 minute white t-mobile screen, not sure if that last one was suppose to happen or not but things seem to be moving smoothly now.

*Sigh* and here I am almost a week later from the LG G2 OTA, waiting for that sweet sweet notification... Congrats you guys *mumbles* jerks... ;)

So I updated to 4.4.2 on my TMO GS4 and after 2 hours my SD card is no longer functioning. It is now corrupted. I pulled the card and tried it in my VAIO and it wont recognize the card at all. I called TMO and they said send the card to the manufacturer for a replacement. I said why dont you send me a replacement as it was your update that corrupted my card. They said thats not how we do it as we dont have TMO Micro SD's. Thanks TMO. Lesson learned.

I always thought it was considered best practices to remove SD cards prior to doing any update or factory reset on a device to avoid this type of issue. Is this true or is it not supposed to matter?

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+1

I do the same with OTAs just in case it wipes it (lots of stuff I do not want to recreate). Been using one of my SD cards since the fascinate

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My SD card is visible and accesible. What changed is I can't download to it via the Dolphin browser. And yes I have Dolphin set to download to my external SD. But downloading to my extsd using the stock browser works. Weird.

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Googles bug. Yes taking options away to me is the same as a bug.

I'll get over it

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

and take head from Steven's experience, remove your SD card prior to the OTA update. You know, just in case...

Maybe I got lucky, but after updating earlier today and playing all day. I haven't found any issues including read/write to the SD Card on my Galaxy S4 (T-mobile)
However I did notice some battery Improvement since updating to Kitkat.

I haven't had any memory card issues either, but I was/am having battery drain issues. I'm hoping that clearing the partition cache will help, but I'm not holding my breath.

Despite the sd card thing, I am loving 4.4.2 so far. The phone moves much smoother now...

So far no sd card issues (quickpic still can move between internal and external storage, but not solid explorer or dolphin). We'll see!

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I have Sprint and got the update a few days ago. Flash player no longer works on my device ever since the update. Does anyone have a fix for this? Thanks.

Kit Kat has cause the left side (touchscreen) of my t-mobile galaxy S4 to stop working especially on the keyboard. The letters on the left of the keyboard dont function. Also on apps the left side still doesnt funtion. I have master reset my phone twice and cleared the cache and data on the keyboard and still nothing. I dont know how many people are having this issue but beware.

Why are so many damn apps open now!? When i clear the RAM I have 40+ apps open! With Jellybean I averaged 15-25!

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My wife is using a PS emulator and saves her games on the sd card, will this update not allow her to play these games? Any help I wasn't too update her but not if she can't play the game.... She plays them a lot.

I did the update for my galaxy s4 I shut off phone for a few min then started it to see if the update kicked in and nothing has changed has any1 had this problem