A new official version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the build number I9506XXUCNG3, was recently rolled out for the international LTE model of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s (KRX:005935) Galaxy S4 that comes with the model number GT-I9505.

The new firmware update was rolled out in various countries, including New Zealand, France and Nordic countries. Although the firmware is available via Samsung Kies and as an over-the-air update, users can also download the firmware and install it on their devices manually.

Here is a tutorial on how to upgrade the Galaxy S4 LTE to the Android 4.4.2 KitKat I9506XXUCNG3 using Odin. But, before performing the manual installation process, users should be aware of certain aspects:

- All data stored in the handset must be backed up properly

- The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power

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

- USB Debugging must be enabled

- After flashing the firmware, any installed custom ROM will be lost

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

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Step 1: Download the firmware package and extract the zip file. There will be a .tar.md5 file along with some other files.

Download Links:

New Zealand (Vodafone)

Nordic countries

France (Orange)

Step 2: Download Odin v3.09, and extract the zip file. There will be an Odin3 v3.09.exe file along with some other files.

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

Step 4: Reboot the Galaxy S4 LTE into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons. After a warning message appears, press Volume Up key to enter Download Mode.

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

Step 6: Go to the Odin window and click on the AP button and select the .tar.md5 file which was extracted in Step 1.

Step 7: In Odin, make sure the “Re-Partition” option is not ticked.

Step 8: Now, click on the Start button in Odin to begin flashing.

Step 9: After the process is complete, a “PASS!” message will appear in ID:COM port with green background and the device will restart automatically.

Step 10: After the Samsung logo appears on the home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer. The Galaxy S4 LTE will now be running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat I9506XXUCNG3.

[Source: XDA Developers, True Android]