For months we've been getting unofficial lists on the internet regarding which Samsung Galaxy devices will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update and all of us were eagerly waiting to see the S4 mini on the list.

Just a few days ago, Samsung USA decided to make things official and announce which Samsung phones and tablets will begin receiving the 4.4 KitKat update. Without any doubt, the Galaxy S4 mini was once again included in the list.

According to SamMobile, the update has begun rolling out about 4 days ago now and at any moment users could receive a notification for a firmware update available. You can also periodically check for new firmware uploaded at the SamMobile website aswell, if you still haven't received any notifications.

Press release:

DALLAS, February 18, 2014 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that a number of Samsung Galaxy® devices will receive the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) software update, enriching the Galaxy experience.
The upgrade provides a number of innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience, including a more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities and updated applications:
  • Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
  • Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
  • Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.
Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 mini™, Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Galaxy S® 4 zoom™, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® III mini™, Galaxy Mega®, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note® 8.0, Galaxy Tab® 3, Galaxy Note® 10.1, Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition.
Availability varies by carrier and product, with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.

If you have seen the leaked Galaxy S4 KitKat firmware, you probably know what to expect on the Galaxy S4 mini. It is likely for the UI to be pretty much the same as the current TouchWiz except for the white statusbar icons and some other minor changes. Still, there is that possibility where the new leaked TouchWiz UI could be included but that's kind of unlikely.


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