Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 get Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in UK

The Android 4.4.2 update has begun for unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 devices in Great Britain.

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The Galaxy Note 3 is about to be improved for British phone fans with an Android KitKat update. Sarah Tew/CNET
The Android 4.4 update has begun for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in Great Britain, where the original four-fingered tasty treat was born.

The KitKat chocolate bar as we know it was invented in the UK in 1935, and now British owners of unlocked S4 and Note 3 devices can enjoy the chocolatey, wafer-y goodness of Google's very latest software, Android 4.4.2.

Owners of the S4 flagship phone and Note 3 phablet are reporting the 4.4 update is available to download over-the-air. If you can't see the update yet, it could be because it hasn't yet been pushed through your network. Your phone should inform you when you're ready to update, or your could try to update manually through Samsung's Kies software on your computer.

KitKat isn't a huge change, although you will notice some icons have changed colour. The phone dialler has a new, simpler design, while your contacts are organised based on who you speak to the most. The Hangouts app now combines your hangout conversations, text and MMS messages in one conversation thread. And you can say "Okay Google" to activate voice control and speak to search or dictate text messages.

KitKat also uses less memory, affording smoother multitasking and longer battery life.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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