Android 4.4.3 arriving on Samsung Galaxy S5 this month and S4 in July

A leaked document online shows that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is slated to get an update to Android 4.4.3 later this month and that its predecessor, the S4, can expect it next month.

The latest update to the popular mobile operating system began rolling out to Google Nexus and Motorola devices earlier this month. It makes sense that the largest manufacturer of Android devices (and indeed smartphones in general) will begin rolling out updates to its flagship handsets as quickly as possible after launch.

Although there are no major changes, bug fixes are in plentiful supply and the Dialler has been redesigned. This won't be present in Samsung's update though as the dialer is customized through TouchWiz.

The information originates from a document leaked to Android Geeks entitled 'KTU84 Update Status Report'. It lists development of the update for Galaxy S5 models SM-G900F and SM-G900H as being 'completed' with an ETA of June and development for Galaxy S4 model GT-I9506 as being in 'final testing' with an ETA of July.

Android Geeks warns, however, that although the dates sound as though they could be correct, the document originated from an anonymous tipster and advise to take the report with a pinch of salt. It does looks similar to other leaked internal Samsung update documents though that haa since proved correct so it could be a matter of just days, or at most, weeks before both S5 and S4 owners are running the latest edition of Android once again.

Source and image: Android Geeks

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I've had 4 Galaxy series devices. I refuse to buy another branded Samsung phone. Just cause they locked the bootloader. Nexus is my next one or maybe HTC.

Rather go Cyanogen than encounter bugs on Touchwiz. So I'll wait for the roll-out followed by a minor update. :p

just picked up a S4 + S3 for a trip, just thought they should give a factory option of touchwiz or no touchwiz.... I prefer the nexus experience...

zikalify said,
custom rom
I want EVERYTHING to work as intended, which from everything I looked up, is a rare thing with custom roms. No way.

zikalify said,
I don't know if the galaxy line has some magic feature I don't know about but my nexus 4 runs perfect with custom roms, nfc, bluetooth etc work fine. In fact my phone still runs perfect without google apps installed, just a custom rom and f-droid store (I'm really glad I do this btw http://thehackernews.com/2014/...-update-allows-apps-to.html)

I am also unaware of any magic features that you don't know about. But 100% phone functionality is a MUST. Everything I have read about the roms show somethig not working... camera, wifi, etc.... something always seems to missing or broken or "working with side effects."

rippleman said,

I am also unaware of any magic features that you don't know about. But 100% phone functionality is a MUST. Everything I have read about the roms show somethig not working... camera, wifi, etc.... something always seems to missing or broken or "working with side effects."

I use the slimkat rom 4.4.2 and everything works.

Samsung is the definition of why the Nexus line is so highly loved. I went from an S4 to a Nexus 5 and boy it's a different experience. Samsung won't be getting me to buy one of their phones again any time soon.

SK[ said,]Samsung is the definition of why the Nexus line is so highly loved. I went from an S4 to a Nexus 5 and boy it's a different experience. Samsung won't be getting me to buy one of their phones again any time soon.

This is what I am comparing it to. I have had dozens of phones the last couple years and out of all the android devices, I prefer the nexus 4 experience (haven't owned a 5 yet). There are some things i DON"T like about the NEXUS too but vanilla Kit Kat is quite a better experience based on UI alone over touchwiz for sure...

rippleman said,

Everything I have read about the roms show somethig not working... camera, wifi, etc.... something always seems to missing or broken or "working with side effects."

ummm no

rippleman said,
There are some things i DON"T like about the NEXUS too but vanilla Kit Kat is quite a better experience based on UI alone over touchwiz for sure...

lol that's what im running on my S4 ;)

Meanwhile many hadsets users are downgrading to 4.3. KitKat has been proven to be a bugfest. Currently I'm trying to desperately downgrade my z1 compact.

sanctified said,

Might be, but the number of reported problems of battery drain and dropped calls are not trivial. Dont get defensive, I like android and use it exclusively, but I dont think 4.4 represents a better experience than 4.3, it's just that man.

Blame idiot manufacturers and their skins. I'm not defensive, just know an anecdotal comment when I see it. Stock kirk at

adrynalyne said,

Blame idiot manufacturers and their skins. I'm not defensive, just know an anecdotal comment when I see it. Stock kirk at

Ugh. Lost connection before I could finish reply. Stock KitKat is fine.

adrynalyne said,

Blame idiot manufacturers and their skins. I'm not defensive, just know an anecdotal comment when I see it. Stock kirk at

Stock is a good option, but it also has it's own problems. For example, Sony image processing algorithms for their cellphone cameras are not present in stock.

Sometimes stock is not the fix-it-all :)

techbeck said,
Still would not buy their phones.

I would, I like there phone because they have a removable battery. I also buy last years model on eBay .. you can get an s4 for $250 which means you then have a phone off contract. Then root it and put a custom rom on it and you are good to go.