By Stephen Schenck | January 10, 2014 5:01 PM
Back in November, we saw a leaked document that indicated Samsung’s plans to begin with distribution of an Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Galaxy S 4 flagship sometime this month, in January. It remains to be seen if the company is going to meet that schedule, or if things have (all too likely) slid back a little, but today we get a little bit of a preview of what to expect, with the leak of a pre-release GS4 KitKat update. The interesting part, however, may not be what we see present, but what we don’t.
Many of the changes seem minor; besides the obvious KitKat stuff, users get a new keyboard, updated lockscreen, and that status bar battery indicator finally drops its green hue. Performance also sees a minor tweak, at least according to some preliminary benchmark tests.
But what’s not there: any big Magazine-UX-style shift with TouchWiz. Instead, we’re still on the familiar Nature UX. Remember, that new Magazine look premiered on the new Samsung tablets at the CES, and while there hasn’t been any official word of a version for phones, we did see that very compelling leak of a similarly inspired redressing of Samsung’s phone UI, and leaks attached to the Galaxy Note 3 Neo have also mentioned Magazine UX.
Will that new look every come to existing phones, or is this just for future Samsung devices? We’re still not sure, but at the least, this leaked update has us thinking that it might take its sweet time in coming to them.