Samsung Galaxy S4 getting software updates on AT&T and Verizon

July 9, 2013
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There are plenty of updates making the rounds today from Verizon and AT&T. From the RAZR HD, Kyocera Torque, and now the Galaxy S4. We've just learned that both AT&T and Verizon have issued software updates for the top dog Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. They are rolling out as we speak, and we have all the details below.

Verizon's update oddly enough isn't available over the air, as usual, but could arrive that way later this week. For now we've learned that Verizon's PC and MAC desktop installer has the update reading and waiting. However, those on AT&T can update over the air as usual to receive the latest and greatest.

For Verizon users it's called Software Upgrade Assistant and you can get it by following along these instructions. The update comes in around 350 MB for Both Verizon and AT&T. The update adds support for KNOX suite, and even includes the option to move apps to the SD card. This should help free up some space on those Galaxy S4 devices that are running low. Considering out of 16GB only 8 or so is usable out of the box. We're also hearing new camera firmware is included with HDR video, and a transparent status bar.

So far we have no changelog from AT&T or Verizon. The updates are quite large and could also have the latest security patches from Google we've been talking about lately. On a bit of bad news for enthusiasts. This update will break root access, and no rootkeeper app will save it. It appears Samsung has also swapped out the bootloader for both Verizon and AT&T. This means you won't be able to use any previous exploits to unlock, or gain root access.

If you're planning on rooting your Galaxy S4 and running some CyanogenMod or other ROMs, this update will cause you some problems and stop you from achieving that goal. We should have more details soon, and feel free to drop us a comment if you accept the update and notice anything new.


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  • Quincy

    Updated from rooted 4.2.2…….I was still rooted after update :)

    • Quincy

      On AT&T

      • Quincy

        Update: official rom was not completely install due to root. Will have to unroot and reinstall from stock.

  • TechnoGeek4Life

    I”m getting an update right now OTA from verizon on my Galaxy S4.

  • JayQ330

    Sprint is already ota’ing the update, for the last 2 days

  • sk8rat

    Yup my Verizon s4 shows there’s an update just checked. Getting ready to install. I like the sound of a transparent status bar

  • Android Pro

    Yea, and it’s bullshit! Lost all root access and nothing is working. Can’t find a thread on the internet on a way out either. DON’T DO IT! lol

    • Nick Capaldi

      these is no way out, your screwed. Just need to wait and hope someone finds away around the locked bootloader, cant root and no way to downgrade the firmware. Dont worry alot of this made this mistake

  • tech crazy

    I read on another website that the update was only for Germany so users can move apps to the SD card. I am really hoping the get the 32 GB version of the S4 but if this has been released in the states I will go the 16 GB version instead plus it is a whole lot cheaper

  • DRWedge

    AT&T GS4 – Had no choice in the update. I delayed it twice but it later did it automatically. I lost the ability to hotspot through third party app. However, my wife also has an AT&T GS4 but with a different data plan and has not received the update yet. I have the old unlimited plan (never used more than 3 gig a month but do wi-fi a my laptop when on the road – or at least used to) and my wife has the standard 2 gig plan.