The Galaxy S4 is Samsung’s flagship device launched earlier this year. It has a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED screen, 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, 2600 mAh removable battery and 16/32/64 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 64 GB. It came with Android 4.2.2 and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
Samsung had promised a Android 4.3 update for the device which has now started rolling out, beginning from Germany. This update brings about OpenGL 3.0 Support, Galaxy Gear support, Samsung KNOX implementation, pre-loaded Samsung Wallet, improved RAM management, improved display color reproduction (display looks much sharper than before), improved TouchWiz launcher, a new Samsung keyboard, new Samsung browser, new camera firmware, minor UI tweaks (contacts app, flashlight widget, dialog boxes etc) and much more. For those users who are yet to get the update via OTA or Samsung Kies can manually flash it via Odin by following the below steps.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Samsung Galaxy S4:
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Download the official Android 4.3 firmware and Odin zip files to your computer.
- Unzip the firmware zip file. You will get two files having extensions .tar.md5 and .tar.
- Unzip the odin zip file and run the Odin3 v3.09.exe file.
- Switch off your Galaxy S4 and enter download mode. You can do this by pressing Volume Up + Power + Home buttons.
- Connect your Galaxy S4 to your computer via USB. Odin will recognize your device and a blue box will appear in it confirming the recognition.
- Add the I9505XXUEMJ5_I9505OXAEMJ5_I9505XXUEMJ5_HOME.tar.md5 file to AP.
- Make sure that the re-partition box is not ticked.
- Click on Start and wait for the process to complete.
- Once it is complete, your Galaxy S4 will reboot and will be updated to official Android 4.3.
Note: If you encounter any problem after the device reboots, enter recovery mode by pressing Volume Down + Power + Home buttons and perform wipe data/factory reset.