Verizon recently rolled out a new update for the Galaxy S4 both through Samsung Kies and over-the-air, pushing out a 1.8GB software upgrade that's equal parts improved features and tighter restrictions. We'll go into the details in a few seconds, but first heed this warning: if you've rooted your S4 or plan to root it in the future do NOT download this update.
If you're already playing by Verizon's rules and haven't done any tampering to your smartphone then there's no reason to ignore the new update, which should already have popped up as a notification. The latest version of the carrier's VRUAME7 software includes Knox security services, apps-to-SD, improved touch recognition for the network's Navigator app and a tweak to cut down on battery drain when you use the new Group Play app Samsung introduced with the S4. But wait, there's more! You also get added stability for the Story Teller and Camera apps, hovering in email, etc.
The bad news, though, is that Verizon has cracked down on a popular exploit used to root and unlock the Galaxy S4, and once you update there's no going back, with users reporting on the XDA Developers Forum that you won't be able to flash back to earlier versions of the mobile software; those folks at Verizon sure are sneaky. AT&T and Sprint also released similar updates in the past week, but it's unclear if those also patch current rooting exploits.
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Pixel 4 hands-on videos reveal all, including new 'Screen attention' mode
The Pixel 4 leaks continue to be fierce. Most recently, three hands-on videos showcasing the Pixel 4 in all of its glory have been uploaded to YouTube.
Here are the best screen protectors for the Google Pixel 3a
Before you take the Pixel 3a on your next photoshoot, make sure to install a screen protector on the device to keep the display pristine for months to come.