There have been a number of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware updates released lately for the international version of the new Samsung Galaxy S4, or model number GT-I9500. Users of the new handset can download and install the updates officially via Samsung's Kies application or through over-the-air (OTA) updates.
Many users have reported problems with installing official firmware packages using traditional methods. This generally happens when the device runs on a custom ROM or when the user isn't able to find the update in his or her region, usually because the updates are rolled out region by region, in phases, and the user isn't aware of that.
If you are a Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) user and want to have the latest Jelly Bean update installed on your device but cannot get it the official way, a manual installation procedure is explained below. Users will need to download the respective firmware package, according to the region they belong to, and then flash it on their handset using a tool called Odin.
Android-oriented tutorial website Android Jinn has come up with a list of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean official firmware packages for the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 that rolled out in various countries. You can click on the link provided with each of the firmware updates to download the appropriate zip file. A tutorial to install the same follows thereafter.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean official Firmware List For Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500
Argentina (Claro): I9500UBUAMDE_I9500UWAAMDE_CTI.zip
Argentina (Movistar): I9500UBUAMDE_I9500TFGAMDE_UFN.zip
Pakistan (PAK): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_PAK.zip
Israel (Pelephone): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJKAMD9_PCL.zip
Uruguay (Claro): I9500UBUAMDE_I9500UWAAMDE_CTU.zip
Dominican Republic: I9500UBUAMDE_I9500UWAAMDE_CDR.zip
Sri Lanka: I9500XXUAMDE_I9500ODDAMDC_SLK.zip
Taiwan (WAN): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_WAN.zip
Morocco (MWD): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_MWD.zip
Morocco (MED): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_MED.zip
Morocco (MAT): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_MAT.zip
Israel (Orange/Partner): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJKAMD9_PTR.zip
South Africa (Vodafone): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_XFV.zip
United Arab Emirates: I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_XSG.zip
Israel (Cellcom): I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJKAMD9_CEL.zip
United Arab Emirates: I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_LYS.zip
South Africa: I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_XFA.zip
Guatemala (Tigo): I9500UBUAMDE_I9500UWMAMDE_CGU.zip
Saudi Arabia: I9500XXUAMDE_I9500OJVAMDC_KSA.zip
Papua New Guinea: I9500XXUAMDE_I9500PNGAMD4_PNG.zip
Trinidad and Tobago: I9500UBUAMDK_I9500UUBAMDK_TTT.zip
(Courtesy: Android Jinn)
How To Install
Before performing a manual installation, users should take note of the following aspects:
- Make sure that you have proper backups for data
- Ensure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 has at least 80 percent battery power
- You must have the USB drivers for your device installed on your computer [Download]
- Enable USB Debugging via – Settings > Developer options > USB debugging (for Android 4.0 phones)
- After flashing the firmware, you will lose custom ROMs such as CM10, Paranoid Android or AOKP installed in your device
- You will also lose custom recovery such as ClockWorkMod Recovery or TWRP Recovery if you have any
- After installing it on your Galaxy S4, you will lose root if you have any
- The process is meant only for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)
NOTE: IBTimes cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.
Step 1: Download the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Stock Firmware and extract the zip file. You will get a .tar.md5 file and a .dll file.
Step 2: Download Odin v3.07 and extract the zip file. You will get Odin3 v3.07.exe and some other files.
Step 3: Switch off the phone and put it on the Download Mode. To do this, press Volume Down + Home + Power buttons and then press Volume Up when the warning message appears.
Step 4: Run Odin v3.07.exe as an Administrator.
Step 5: Connect Galaxy S4 to your computer via the USB cable while in the Download mode.
If the phone is connected properly, you will see that the ID: COM section turns Yellow and a message will appear in Odin’s message box saying “Added!!” If not, check whether the USB drivers are installed properly in your computer.
Step 6: In Odin, click on PDA and select the .tar.md5 file that you have got after extracting the Firmware Package in Step 1.
Step 7: In the Odin, make sure that Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected. If you are using a .pit file, ensure that re-partition checkbox is selected. Otherwise, leave it unchecked.
Step 8: Click on the Start button in Odin to begin the installation process.
Step 9: After the installation is complete, the device will restart on its own. Once you get the Samsung logo on the home screen, unplug the device from the computer.
[Source: Android Jinn]
The Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 should now be running on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean official firmware.
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