US Cellular Galaxy S5 4.4.2 OTA Update G900R4VXU1ANK1 Camera, Phone Dialer and more improvements

US Cellular has recently rolled out an update to Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900R4) users that will bump the software build version to G900R4VXU1ANK1. The update is not the Android 5.0 Lollipop yet, but still base in Android 4.4.2 KitKat  just like the previous updates, but it brings several new features and system enhancements that users may enjoy. The update itself contains some features like the phone dialer app that will likely prioritizes you most often used contacts. The camera is also been updated that enables users in a more controllable settings with a "touch to focus" option. The Google keyboard is also being added with "Emoji" a Japanese rich characters and icons. Alongside with the update are the "OK" Google" for launching a voice search and the newly improved "Hangouts" for SMS, MMS and video conversations.

Technical Details of G900R4VXU1ANK1:

Device: Samsung Galaxy S5
Model number: SM-G900R4
Android version: 4.4.2  (KitKat OS)
Baseband version: G900R4VXU1ANK1
Kernel version: 3.4.0-2185718
Build number: KOT49H.G900R4VXU1ANK1

Here are the key-features G900R4VXU1ANK1 4.4.2 OTA Update, addressed by Samsung:

Phone Dialer: The new phone app automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to the most. You can also search for nearby places and businesses, your contacts, or people in your Google Apps domain.

Camera - Enhanced the "touch to focus" option with a new circular, on screen control that can be dragged by your finger around the viewfinder to adjust a photo's focus and exposure.
Hangouts - With the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same app, alongside your other conversations and video calls.

Just say "Ok Google" - You don't need to touch the screen to get things done. When in Google Now, just say "Ok Google" to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song.

Emoji everywhere -  Sometimes words can't express how you feel. For that, there's Emoji, the colorful Japanese characters, now available on Google Keyboard.

The G900R4VXU1ANK1 update can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA) update. Those who prepared Kies 3  it's also been there for a while now.

How to Update the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900R4 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat version G900R4VXU1ANK1

Samsung always urge us to prepare the following important notes to consider before performing the software update.  I have also added some useful insights why you should follow this procedures to keep your  phone in safe.

Recharge the phone’s battery – You should make sure your device is fully recharged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called “soft-bricks”. If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.

Backup important data – You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happened and it forces you to perform a factory data reset which basically wipes your phone’s memory.

No “Root” installed – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Galaxy S5 SM-G900R4 may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made. Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in Kies and try again‘ or “Your device has been modified Software update are not available” you should try to avoid that from happening.

How to Update Galaxy S5 G900R4 via Over-The-Air (OTA)

Basically, this is how a carrier branded or locked Samsung Galaxy S5, performs a software update.  This method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which most often  a notification message will directly sent to you from your network provider or Samsung and notifies you that there is a new update available for download.  If you did not receive any notification messages you can manually check for the update instead.  Doing this you may only tap on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900R4 Settings>>About Device, tap Software Update.
  • Find “Software update”
  • Slide your finger down the display starting from the top edge of your mobile phone.
  • Tap the settings icon.
  • Tap About device.
  • Tap Software update.

It will automatically tells you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap install now when you want to perform an update or install later. The G900R4VXU1ANK1 Android 5.0 update is around 300+ MB in file size while updating via OTA.

How to Update the Galaxy S5 G900R4 Thru Kies

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer. Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy S5 SM-G900R4 and other Samsung devices running with Android 4.4.2 to Android 5.0  OS .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900R4 to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen software update instructions.