The international LTE variant of the Samsung (KRX:005935) Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) recently received another official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update with the baseband version XXUFNBE. The firmware is available in limited markets in Southeast Asia as an over-the-air update while users who are yet to receive the update on their phone can still install the software using a manual process.

The XXUFNBE update is a follow-up after the XXUFNB9 firmware for the Galaxy S4 LTE. The new firmware is a minor update with stability improvements and bug fixes, but with no new features.

Here is a step-by-step guide showing how to flash the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on the Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505). But, before trying out the manual installation process, users should be aware of certain aspects:

- All personal data on the device 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.

- Being an official update, the firmware will not increase binary counter.

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 (Philippines – Globe, Philippines – Sun Cellular, Philippines – Open Line, Philippines – Smart and Malaysia) and extract the zip file.

Step 2: Download Odin v3.09, and extract the zip file.

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

Step 3: Restart the Galaxy S4 and put it in Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons.

Step 4: Connect the Galaxy S4 to the computer via the USB cable and wait until a blue sign appears in Odin.

Step 5: Click on the AP button in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file that was extracted in Step 1.

Step 6: In Odin, ensure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked, and not the re-partition check box.

Step 7: Click on the Start button in Odin to begin the installation process.

Step 8: After the installation is complete, the device will restart automatically.

Step 9: Once you get the Samsung logo on the home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer and close Odin.

That is all you have to do. The Galaxy S4 LTE should now be running on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNBE.

[Source: Team Android]