Users of the Samsung (KRX:005935) Galaxy S4 model (GT-I9500) in southeast Asian countries recently began receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware update with the build number I9500XXUFNB7.
The new official firmware was made available as an over-the-air, or OTA, update as well as through Samsung KIES. For the users who missed the OTA update notification or cannot access the new firmware using Samsung KIES, there is a manual step-by-step process to install the update on their devices.
But, before flashing the firmware manually, there are some aspects that users should be aware of:
– Have a proper back-up of all important data on the device.
– The handset must have at least 80 percent battery power.
– The USB drivers for the Samsung Galaxy S4 must be installed on the computer and 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.
– The Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNB7 firmware is only for the Galaxy S4 with the model number GT-I9500. Do not try this on any other Galaxy S4 model.
Here are the firmware details:
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: Feb. 28, 2014
Regions: Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
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Step 2: Download Odin v3.09, and extract the zip file. You will get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.
Step 3: Run Odin3 v3.09 as an Administrator.
Step 4: Switch off the Galaxy S4 and boot it into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons.
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.
– Click on ‘CP’ and select file with ‘MODEM’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
– Click on ‘CSC’ and select file with ‘CSC’ in its name. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
– Click on ‘PIT’ and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if there is no such file.
Step 7: In Odin, ensure that the Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are checked. The re-partition check box should be checked only if a .pit file was chosen in the previous step.
Step 8: Now, 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: Once you get the Samsung logo on the home screen, you can unplug the device from the computer and close Odin.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 should now be running on Android 4.4.2 XXUFNB7 KitKat official firmware. To verify the software, users can go to Settings > About Phone.