The international LTE version of Samsung Electronics Co.’s (KRX:005935) Galaxy S4 smartphone, with the model number GT-I9505, recently received a new Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware update that comes with the build number I9505XXUFNC4.

The new stock firmware, which was released in various countries, can be downloaded for a manual update. The firmware includes bug fixes and other improvements, according to a report from True Android.

Users preferring to update their device over-the-air can go to the Settings icon in the apps menu > select the More tab > tap About Device > select Software Update > select Check for Updates and follow on-screen instructions to install the new OS.

A manual process to install the firmware is explained below. But before trying out the procedure, users should be aware of certain aspects:

- All data should have proper back-up

- The handset must have at least 80 percent battery power

- The USB drivers for the device must be installed on the computer and USB Debugging must be enabled

- After flashing the firmware, any installed custom ROM will be lost as it will be replaced by the stock firmware

- Custom recovery, such as ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP, will also be lost

Note: International Business Times cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.


Step 1: Download the firmware package and extract the zip file. You will get a .tar.md5 file and some other files.

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Step 2: Download Odin v3.09, and extract the zip file. You will get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.

Step 3: Run Odin3 v3.09 as an Administrator.

Step 4: Switch off and boot the Galaxy S4 into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons. After you get a warning message, press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode.

Step 5: Connect the Galaxy S4 to the computer via the USB cable and wait until a blue sign appears in Odin.

Step 6: Click on the AP button in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file that was extracted in Step 1.

Step 7: In Odin, ensure that only the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked.

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 automatically.

Step 10: After you get the Samsung logo on the home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer.

If the device freezes at the boot animation screen, perform the following actions:

- Go to Recovery Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.

- Perform Wipe Data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition before you select the reboot system now option. In Recovery Mode use the Volume keys to navigate between options and the Power key to select any option.

[Source: True Android]