The Samsung Galaxy S4 received official Android 4.3 update in the month of October last year. The update brought support for the Galaxy Gear along with new features and some UI changes. And while the Nexus devices and some of the Motorola phones have already got the Android 4.4 update, Samsung are working on the new update and are expected to release it in either February or March. News of their work has now been confirmed by an Android 4.4.2 test firmware for the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) that has been leaked on SamMobile.
The most noticeable change is, of course, the transparent status bar and its green icons being changed to white. The update also brings about performance improvements along with higher benchmark scores, a much better Samsung keyboard layout in landscape mode and a camera icon on the lockscreen. The firmware seems to be pretty stable with only few minor bugs. Follow the below instructions to install it on your Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505).
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 leaked Android 4.4.2 firmware and Odin zip files to your computer.
- Unzip the firmware zip file.
- 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 Down + 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 I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_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 Android 4.4.2
Note: If you encounter any problem after the device reboots, enter recovery mode by pressing Volume Up + Power + Home buttons, perform wipe data/factory reset and then reboot your device.