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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 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!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

68 Comments
  • How about the note 3 sprint? !!!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • I just took a look. I thought for sure that they Note would be here before the SGS4 just because of all the builds they have been cranking out, but they have not released source yet. Not that it is a huge hindrance by itself, but usually that hits before. We are still looking at more sooner than later.
  • T-Mobile!?! Always last!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Anything for the S3? Posted via Android Central App
  • You still have a few months. You will get it though. You just got 4.3 last month right?
  • That is true... 4.3 for the S3 came just a couple of months ago. I was just hoping that the S3 would see another update.
  • It will come. The leaked document is behind, but I think it was April-May
  • What about Verizon Note 3? Posted via Android Central App from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Already have 4.4.2 Google Edition, thanx. Posted via Android Central App
  • :-(
  • To be fair, this article wasn't about the Note 3. And, there is indeed an S4 GPE. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Good catch, I take my snark back. I was looking the info up on the Note 3 to see if there was a new build and still was in that mode.
  • Awww, that's cute. I hope, being on the latest version of Android makes you feel like a man, lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Yours is better anyway...
  • Thanks, lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Can't wait to get. Posted via Android Central App
  • If this is real then the update will be released on my Birthday!!! And Sprint will be First again!!! Go Sprint!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Just so you all know this is version 4.4.2, not just 4.4
  • Wonder when this will roll out to the S4 Triband, or are they on the same schedule? Posted via Android Central App
  • Does the sgs4 support the new band? I don't know if it does -------------------------------------------
    Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...
  • Sprint quietly replaced the "old" GS4 with a Triband capable version. Posted via Android Central App
  • http://m.androidcentral.com/sprint-sell-new-tri-band-galaxy-s4-coming-weeks Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks I missed/forgot that. I guess I have to hit my buddy up and get his phone for awhile after he gets his update. Spark "could" be in my area but I am not sure.
  • If this is the case:sprint should replace every Samsung phone that they said was triband but arent. Posted via Android Central App
  • That would definitely be a nice gesture. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Remember sprint said that the note 3 was a triband phone. Posted via Android Central App
  • I did a lot of looking, I do not think Sprint said it, it was rumor.
  • Yeah, I don't remember Sprint ever alluding to the Note 3 supporting tri-band. I do know that some people were pissed off that a month after the Sprint Note 3 launched the Spark program was announced. Everyone thought the Note 3 included the hardware, and would just require a software update to be Spark-compatible, but that isn't/wasn't the case. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Swag Posted via Android Central App
  • Gotta love sprint always first for Samsung it seems Posted via Android Central App
  • Yayy!!!! Im soo happy!!
    This update is coming out on my birthday! Who could ask for a better birthday gift?
    To think I was about to get CM to upgrade to KitKat
  • rubicksbotes We have the same birthday!!! That's Awesome!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Odd to see Samsung release update for an older phone before a new one.
    Also surprised the S5 is not out before this update
  • No it isn't, check the update cycle. They did it for the S2 and S3 (not so sure about the s2)
  • S3 was out with 4.1 wayyyyyyyyy before the S2 got it
    S4 had 4.3 way before the S3
    Note 3 has 4.3 before S4 as well since it came out with it.
    Maybe they are prioritizing on units sold instead of newer model
  • Those unit shipped with the stuff, but there were intermediate update. It is not like they forgot the hadnsets in between. S2 launched with 2.3 installed, got updated to 2.3.6 and it went to 4.0.3 before the S3 release (4.0.4) eventually ending on 4.1.2 several years after release. S3 follows the same. Started on 4.0.4 making it to 4.1.2 before the S4 release currently on 4.3 Note 3 and S4 hit 4.3 at around the same time. So Amir, they do not forget about the handsets, they put it out there when it is feasible. If they just did an upgrade, and they have a phone coming out soon, yes it is going to be put on the back burner. This is how software versions work.
  • I had an S2 and it did not get whatever the S3 came out till months after the S3 was released.
    I know that for a fact. S3 came out in May and update didn't come till august.
    S3 shortly after received 4.1.2 and it was a while before the S2 got it.
    I never said that they forget devices. They just usually get updates after the next flagship.
    My point simply was that I would A. expect the S5 to be released before the update or B The newer device to get it first.
    Note 3 was released with 4.3 before the S4 was updated to 4.3.
    S4 got the update before the S3 did.
    I dislike Samsung but I wasn't bashing them here.
    Just making an observation.
  • I understand what your saying, and I know your not bashing, but my point is that it is not like they abandoned the older phones, they threw in the updates that made sense between phones. Sooner or later though it is going to be "all hands on deck" for the new release and you stop on the others. I think that if the .2 releases were more important, you would see what your describing. THe Note 3/S4 would stop at 4.4 and the SGS5 would get 4.4.2 I think in this case we are both right. My point in being that they do not abandon a pone between major releases, yours that they like to keep the newest OS with the Newest phone first.
  • My HTC one from Sprint is already running kit Kat haha Posted via Android Central App
  • You literally just got it, going to brag over a week? What are you? 5?
  • Good job sprint on the update a now damn can we get an 4g LTE update in a city that matters Posted via Android Central App
  • Ha my son has my s4 and I have the note 3. Sprint got to backwards for my liking. Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't even have 4.3 on my Galaxy S4 International :(
  • Here's to hoping for your sake that KitKat doesn't break MAP integration on your phone as it did on my Droid Maxx. Good luck with that. Posted via Android Central App
  • Where's AT&T HTC kit Kat? Posted via Android Central App
  • Anything on the Verizon s4? Posted via Android Central App
  • Anyone get the update ??? Posted via Android Central App
  • Well here we go again....waiting.......waiting.....for the next big update.
  • Yes waiting waiting and waiting Posted via Android Central App
  • Does any one know where the update file is to download and boot load update?
  • No update in Indiana Posted via Android Central App
  • https://community.sprint.com/baw/message/726781#726781
    Sprint has released something.. saying the rollout will go until 2/13 - 3/9 .. so looks like some people won't see the update until March 9th An Admin in their forums posted it ( in case anyone was curious because its from their forums)
  • No OTA in San Antonio yet. Waiting...
  • To quote mmark27 from the AndroidCentral forums on exactly this subject: NO, don't you start that.......updates are not based on GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION.
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/sprint-samsung-galaxy-s4/346976-kitkat.... Besides, both my phone and my wife's are updated and we are in Austin.
  • bah i wish there was a way to speed up these updates without messing with the google services stuff
  • Got it early this am in NYC!
  • What's your do? Posted via Android Central App
  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2647100
    Download and update manually!! 389MB Posted via Android Central App
  • http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/sprint_samsung_l720/80694.... Heres the server link for the update
  • Great-I'm with Sprint-big deal-data speeds still suck-rather keep 4.3 and have the ability to watch YouTube Posted via Android Central App
  • Got the update zip from XDA just did a manual install and bam KitKat on my non rooted GS4. Love it :) Posted via Android Central App
  • Does updating this way mean that the phone has to be wiped though? Also how do you do the manual update? just download the zip and boot into recovery and click on it?
  • My HTC ONE has the latest version of KITKAT 4.4.2 & sorry people the gs4 is only getting 4.4 not 4.4.2 do your research. Also we got it 2 weeks ago February1st.
  • You should do your research. The update is for 4.4.2. Pulled it from the servers yesterday. You sound like a 5 year old. "My phone got it first" MEH!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Has anyone actually got the update from Sprint. Posted via Android Central App
  • Nop update nothing yet Posted via Android Central App
  • I get the update in mass Posted via Android Central App
  • Anyone know how long it takes for the update to complete? I'm going on 2.5 hours now and am starting to get worried.