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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 owners get first taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 can get a preview of Android 4.4.2 KitKat right now thanks to test ROMs of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system becoming available to device owners.

NDTV reports that test upgrade ROMs of Android 4.4.2 KitKat have appeared online that show a completely revamped user interface that will apparently be at the centre of its new Galaxy S5 smartphone and PRO line of tablets later this year.

Screenshots leaked online show the OS running on a Samsung GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 smartphone that include a flatter looking version of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface. Other sources quoted in the same story are reporting that mobile operators will be able to offer the update to subscribers by the end of January.

The Galaxy Note 3, on the other hand, shows the same firmware version as in the Galaxy S4 screenshots with the addition of full screen album art on the lock screen and faster speeds that apparently mean the phablet unlocks at its fastest rate yet.

Samsung Galaxy S4 owners have only had Android 4.3 Jelly Bean since November 2013 and the rapid speed with which it is rolling out the latest version of Google Android to its current devices owes much to the imminent arrival of its crop of new devices.

A senior Samsung executive talked up the upcoming Galaxy S5 at last week’s CES 2014 in Las Vegas and mentioned that it is being targeted for a March or April release with iris recognition technology set to be included for the first time.

It also used CES 2014 to unveil a line of new tablets and phablets across a range of different screen sizes with the Galaxy TabPRO in 8.4in, 10.1in and 12.2in configurations and a 12.2in Galaxy NotePRO added to its vast offering.

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Jamie Hinks
Jamie Hinks

Jamie is a freelance writer with over eight years experience writing for online audiences about technology and other topics. In his time writing for ITProPortal he wrote daily news stories covering the IT industry and the worldwide technology market, as well as features that covered every part of the IT market, from the latest start ups to multinational companies and everything encompassed by the IT sector. He has also written tech content for our sister publication, TechRadar Pro. Jamie has since moved into sports betting content and is Content Manager at Betbull.