Sluggish Verizon stubbornly refuses to change its lethargic ways when it comes to software updates, continuously getting left behind by virtually all rivals. Take Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Yesteryear’s “next big thing” scored scrumptious KitKat on Sprint way back in early February, then on US Cellular, AT&T and finally on T-Mobile in March.
What about Big Red? Well, for some godforsaken reason, they kept their customers waiting, and waiting, and waiting, until they finally put them out of their misery on Friday. Last Friday, yeah, April 25, so a good two and a half months after Sprint.
Way to act like a market leader and trend-setter, VZW. Then again, it could have been worse. Just look at the Galaxy Note 3. Younger and punchier than the S4, the S Pen-toting phablet continues to be stuck on Jelly Bean with Verizon.
As far as the GS4 goes, I guess all’s well when ends well and, once the big guy moves to Android 4.4, make no mistake, all will be well. The update’s changelog is massive, including a bundle of performance enhancements, bug fixes, some added bloatware and a subtle UI tweak.
Technically, you should have gotten the sweet, tasty, hefty software package already over-the-air, however if you’re still waiting, a manual check can’t hurt. Or maybe a system reboot. Remember, keep battery life above the 50 percent mark and only use Wi-Fi to pull the upgrade.