Finally, the Samsung GT-I9506 Galaxy S4 LTE-A is going to be updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. This phone, as we all know, was launched during the last fall and is sold worldwide. Being a variant of the Galaxy S4, it has been equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 which is quite better than the Snapdragon 600 found in the ‘vanilla’ S4.
With the help of the SoC’s integrated baseband, it has been made possible for the I9506 version of Galaxy S4 to support Cat.4 LTE. This facility helps to achieve a download speed as high as 150Mbps. This value of download speed is the one proposed by the company, which means it is just theoretical and not the practical. This facility of high-speed has been offered to those countries where such networks are possible, that is, the availability of SoC’s integrated baseband. And maybe because of this the owners were able to finally figure out what the KitKat fuss was all about.
This update to KitKat is currently available in some European countries like Sweden, Finland, and Norway and so on, and you can avail it over the air (OTA). The software version you will be using after applying the update will be I9506XXUCNG3.
As of now, the rollout is only in the Nordic regions. But it is expected to make its way to the other places on earth in the near future. It is to be noted that the Vanilla Galaxy S4 got its first KitKat update many months ago. So, hopefully it would not take too long for it to be available for the I9506 Galaxy S4, at other places.
Another phone, named the Korean S4 LTE-A, also has the same chipset as that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9506. It was the first member of this family to get its software updated to KitKat. This was around the beginning of February. So, as mentioned earlier, it will not too long before KitKat will become available in other regions as well. And the fact that it has taken a long time for Samsung to port it to the international stock keeping unit is a matter to ponder upon.
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