AT&T Sends Out Update For Samsung Galaxy S5 To Android 4.4.4 With HD Voice

AT&T is pushing a large software update out to the owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on their network today, which comes along with a somewhat surprisingly low amount of new stuff for the file download. The software update will require users to download and install a near 500MB(487MB)file which brings in VoLTE(HD)voice along with an Android software version update to Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat from Android 4.4.2. This is an OTA update so as long as you're using an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 with AT&T the software push should come through. We're guessing that Samsung wanted users to be on the latest version of Android prior to Lollipop before they push out the OTA for Android 5.0, but we're just guessing.

Along with the above mentioned features like HD voice, the software update also brings in some newly installed AT&T apps which you probably won't use but AT&T is banking on the fact that you will. AT&T is calling these new apps "service additions," but let's be honest here, this is bloatware since we'd be willing to wager the majority of users will never touch any of these apps. If however you actually get use out of the pre-installed applications that AT&T puts on their phones, you'll have four more new ones to take advantage of including Uber(huzzaah?), Remote Support, AT&T Mail, and AT&T Live.

While Uber might actually come in handy for some users the other three are surely easy to live without, but sadly you won't be able to get rid of them if you're an average customer who uses their phones as is. If you're an adventurous type though you can simply root and ROM your phone and voila, no more bloatware. AT&T is also quick to comment that HD voice is limited to select markets at the moment and deployment is ongoing. That being said, if you really aren't getting any use out of the new stuff coming in this update and you don't live in an area with HD voice support, you might better off not doing the update for now. Not to mention that Android 5.0 Lollipop can't be too far off, perhaps just wait it out for that.

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