International version of the Galaxy S4 receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Android 4.4.2 KitKat has been available for the U.S. version of the Galaxy S4 since last month, with most carriers finalizing their rollout. While there have been indications of an imminent KitKat rollout for the international version of the Galaxy S4, it wasn’t clear as to when it would commence. We can now confirm that the rollout has begun for users in several countries. Users from Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland have reached out to us and confirmed that they were able to make the switch to Android 4.4.2 KitKat via an official OTA update.

From the look of things, it looks like the update is anywhere between 362 to 424 MB in size, based on the location. Users who have downloaded the update did mention a general increase in the performance from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Are you using an international version of the Galaxy S4 and made the switch to KitKat? If so, let us know below. We do have to mention that the rollout is likely staggered, so all users might not be able to get the OTA update at the same time.

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  1. WOOOHOOOO my Note 2 is ready and waiting! WE ARE THE NEXT!

  2. Now unfortunately after upgrading to KitKat when scrolling menus, purple spots appear on the screen, as occurred with the first version of android 4.2.2 :(
    Will there be a fix for this?
    My android version is ZTO

  3. Brazil just get it too!

  4. Bulshit OS , my battery life is verry verry verry bad … with 4.3 was perfect but now …I think to buy other phone … because this OS is bulshit ..

    • Just do a hard reset and it will be fine again….

    • Do a hard reset and it will be fine.

    • Relax, you just upgraded, more improvements to come. :)

    • Disable Google’s voice recognition ‘OK Google’ command in settings.
      Also disable Samsung’s S-Voice, listening for the ‘Hi Galaxy’ command and then do a hard reset. You’ll find that your battery life has been tremendously improved.
      You can also disable ‘WiFi scanning always available’ from the advanced tab in Wi-Fi settings.

      To do a hard reset: Go to Settings > Accounts > Backup and reset > Factory Data Reset.

  5. Philippines too (all network and openline) . Yup, purple smearing is there again. Hope we get the new interface ala GS5 on the next update.

  6. Don’t forget GT-I9300 KitKat update, or bye bye Samsung

    • GT-I9300

    • don’t worry there are out a lot of custom roms with original android and with a lot of features of sumsung…i have a s3 with omni rom 4.4.2. it’s great with a lot of improvements and i thing it’s better for thouchwiz of samsung…

    • It says: Users from Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland have reached out to us and confirmed that they were able to make the switch to Android 4.4.2 KitKat via an official OTA update.” I’m from Malaysia and to date we in Malaysia have not received any update..i wonder who those “users from Malaysia” are?

  7. Today i got kitkat 4.42 update in GT-I9505, but i am not getting lockscreen camera shortcut. solve plz…

  8. The last two screenshots are taken on the I9500 (Exynos version), which didn’t get 4.4.2 yet (if I remember correctly).

    Regardless, if good battery life and astonishing performance is what you are seeking, you should choose a custom ROM based on Google Edition or AOSP. It is light years ahead of TouchWiz…

  9. i’m in Colombia, how can i get the update?

  10. For those that can’t see the camera shortcut on the lock screen, you need to change it in Settings>My Device>Lock Screen.

    Curious as to why this is such a bonus as it’s available on Touchwiz 4.3 on my S4 i9505.

  11. VIPnet Croatia, I9505, KitKat updating right this moment

  12. I though international version should be I9500 instead of I9505?

  13. Mas poxa sera que se eu fazer um hard reset, as manchas rochas irão sumir ou so cm uma nova atualização?

    • Creio que somente com uma nova atualização… Estou com o mesmo problema.
      Coisa que já veio desde a 4.2.2, foi corrigida na 4.1 mas que agora retornou com a KitKat.
      Provavelmente algum patch de correção deve ser disponibilizado.

      • Manchas roxas? Eu atualizei e não tive nenhum problema com relação a isso mas eu notei que o rastro negro ficou mais evidente no kit kat do que no 4.3…

        • Pois é… Isso meio que incomoda :(
          Será um defeito no aparelho, ou do sistema?
          Se não me engano, ano passado a Samsung tinha lançado um patch para fazer a correção desse bug, mas porque não manter essa correção no KitKat? :/

  14. En nicaragua ya esta disponible via ota con un tamaño de 439mb. Banda base I9500UBUNFA2, hasta el momento corre bien y rapido. Haber que pasa!

  15. Where is the update for the french bouygues i9505?!

  16. Nothing in UK it appears :-(

    • don’t worry you are not alone. we in malaysia are still waiting for it too although it says: “Users from Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland have reached out to us and confirmed that they were able to make the switch to Android 4.4.2 KitKat via an official OTA update.”

  17. Spain upgrading too! International version GT9505

    • i have spanish room but no upgrade at this times ! :(

  18. Polish XEO didn’t get any kitkat yet. :-(

  19. Brazil Ota Ok gt-19505 411 mg.

  20. i have 9505 model spanish room and i d´ont get anything … i have checked serval times for update … no result !

  21. Poland have the update to 4.4.2 to day XEO

  22. I see some bugs such as the blinking status bar every time I pull it down…

    The ram usage is higher now…

    The battery life is good…

    Nothing changes visually except for the status bar icons and the phone app and the Google Play widget now is full screen…

  23. Updated but lost network connection. WiFi worked fine but couldn’t make any calls

    sgs4 in Sweden (3)

  24. Hi can I downgrade after this update ? Thanks

  25. I have kies 3 when I connect my s4 . It says kies doesn’t support GT-I9505. And sometimes says the laste version is already instaled???!! How can I update. ?

    • Why don’t you try to restart your phone and update by OTG. It could work…..

  26. When note 2 international version get android 4.4.2 ? Anyone know please tell me.

  27. My Note 2 GT-N7100 are waiting for android 4.4.2…………………….

  28. Hi, I’m from Malaysia but it seems that I haven’t receive any OTA update for my GT-I9500 Galaxy S4… I wonder why is it taking so long. :(

  29. Czech Republic – upgraded ;)

  30. Greece updated…but nothing new…pls Samsung do something better for your touchwiz…the same things happen.
    Also pls note that the update is suitable also for the s3 in case that the rumors that not be updated you gonna lost customers…long live to custom roms take lessons

  31. i just upgrade 4.2.2 iran (THR) model. to 4.4.2 kitkat rusia. just use official OS and odin… now my s4 run great and more faster..

  32. Hi. 4.4.2. available for Vodafone Romania!!!

  33. In Romania, for Orange version, when can we update to KitKat? Thanks

  34. Still waiting in the UK.

    I’m giving it til the weekend then I’m using the Brazil one :D

  35. Philippines got the update. Updated it from Globe Telecom, but it updated and pre-intalled LINE and ROOTMASTER. WTF? Rootmaster?

  36. And when will the i9506 get kitkat

  37. me ajudem pelo amor de Deus, eu sem querer desistalei o s health mas eu n acho ele pra ativar ou insatalar novamente em lugar nenhum nem msm na google play ou no samsung apps… pfvr…:(

  38. com o android 4.4.2, quando no menu vamos na opcçao editar as paginas ficam mudando sozinhas… passando pro lado… percebam..

  39. HTC One updated 4.4.2 a month ago and now for lower phone of HTC rolling out 4.4.2 and SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 I9500 Still waiting what the *suck :) Im from TURKEY and still waiting , One more time Samsung ? NEVER !

  40. Strange – still nothing. No upgrade for Polish XEO (i9505XXUEMK8) :-/

  41. I just updated mine and its very disappointing becasue I can no longer connect to a wifi. please help.

  42. still nothing in the UK was going to stick dbt germany on it. i thought sony was bad at updates but this is something else!

  43. after reading all those negative reviews in the net about the kitkat, it looks like i wont be updating my firmware any sooner. i can’t afford another samsung phone if I damage the one i have now. so, i will just have to make do with what i have in the phone. better be safe than sorry! or g

  44. after reading all those negative reviews in the net about the kitkat, it looks like i wont be updating my firmware any sooner. i can’t afford another samsung phone if I damage the one i have now. so, i will just have to make do with what i have in the phone. better be safe than sorry! or go for other brand.

  45. S4 getting 4.4 and i m still waiting for 4.3 for my S3 (iraq-MID) y so slow samsung… y cant u release updates for all the devices at the same time.. country wise updates sucks

  46. Turkey samsung s4 i9500 kitkat ???????

  47. Still nothing in poland :(

  48. Samsung s4 9500 kitkat guncelemesini neden bu kadar yavaş dağıtıyor. Yazık verdiğimiz paralara bundan sonra samsung benim için bitmiştir. Türkiyedeki internet sitemde artık samsung yer verilmeyecektir.

  49. Still waiting in UK
    i9505.

  50. Fuck you samsung

  51. cuando sale 4.4 para los galaxy s4 (btu)??????

  52. when it will arrive to KSA ..?? i am still getting nothing. i am tired of waiting and checking it every day.

    my model is GT-i9500 .

  53. did anyone notice that there is so much battery drain after updating to Kitkat..??

    Samsung Mobile…. there is a real battery drain problem. please fix it…!!!!

  54. What about Open Austria? We still waiting..

  55. la actualización cuando llegara a colombia tengo mi I9505

  56. Would like to know if anyone has idea of when could I expect to see update for S4 I9505 for India. I bought the phone in USA.

  57. And still no update to open Poland :/

  58. Hello i have Galaxy S4 JDQ39.I9500XXUBMG9 and i still 4.2.2 software and no update reach to my phone can anyone help me to explain why i couldn’t update me phone

  59. When will get the 4.4.2 update my s4
    Model: GT-I9505
    Model name: GALAXY S4 LTE
    Country: Unknown
    Version: Android 4.3
    Changelist: 2082040
    Build date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:20:53 +0000
    Product Code: XSB
    PDA: I9505XXUEMK9
    CSC: I9505OJVEMK4
    MODEM: I9505XXUEMK9

  60. There is still no upgrade for the Polish XEO i9505XXUEMK8.
    I see that some countries already get a second kitkat update.
    Any idea when the XEO update is to be expected or why it takes quite long?

  61. I tried to upgrade my S4 I9500 Indonesia (XSE), the phone is very very HOT than before (4.3), Battery drained crazily, and now I can’t overwrite my SDCard… Very very disappointed with this. Please, FIX theese SAMSUNG…

  62. Where can I find the official firmware for the international version of the galaxy I9500?

  63. fuck this upgrade, MEss up my wifi and BLuetooth and battery drains so fast. Bullshit!!!!! FIX THIS!!! im gonna throw my phone and switch to HTC instead!!!! AHOLES!!!!!

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