A new Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM is now available for download for the owners of Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) smartphones out there, with version number I9505XXUFNA5 attached to it.The KitKat update is expected to become officially available for the owners of Galaxy S4 devices starting with the next month, though Samsung hasn’t provided confirmation on the matter as of now.
In the meantime, however, users interested in getting a taste of the OS can download and install the unofficial, test build that leaked today for their devices.
According to SamMobile, which brought said software to the spotlight, the new test firmware is much better than the previously leaked build for the mobile phone.
Those who have already downloaded the leaked test firmware for their Galaxy S4 will see that the new software features a nice range of fixes and enhancements, and that it also resolves an annoying multi-tasking bug spotted before.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat will also offer a series of UI changes to users, including new white-style status bar icons, along with an improved Samsung keyboard layout in landscape.
At the same time, the update comes with a camera shortcut implemented directly on the lockscreen, as well as with performance improvements, which resulted in better benchmarking results compared to the previously leaked build.
Before proceeding with downloading the leaked firmware, users should keep in mind that installing it will wipe all data on their smartphones. This means that you should perform a backup of all personal files on the device so as to make sure that all of them remain intact during the process.
This is pre-release software, which means that it might cause a series of issues on devices, so users will be installing it at their own risk. Those willing to take the leaked software for a spin will need Odin3 v3.09 to install it on their Galaxy S4 smartphones.