There have been reports that Samsung is rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for both its recent flagship devices, i.e Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Though there isn’t any hint of the official release of the Andoroid 4.4.2 KitKat for these two devices but we came across the test version of the firmware which has been leaked again and is ready for you to download and flash it in your Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 variant.
The leaked version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat has a build version XXUFNA5 and is specifically designed for the international variant of the Galaxy S4. We can expect that Samsung will start rolling the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 in March or may be it will be done after the launch of the most anticipated device of 2014 the Samsung Galaxy S5.
However if you are the one who does remain up to date, whenever a new update leaks out, Then this Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUFNA5 is for you. You can download the test firmware here, as it has been tried and tested and worked properly on the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 variant. This leaked update has been found more stable and performs speedy as compared to the previous leaked Android 4.4 KitKat updates. This leaked version comes up with many new features along with many bug fixes and speed improvements, the new firmware, finally, fixes the nasty multi-tasking bug which was present in the previous leak.
Main Features of Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S4 GT-I9505:
The main features found in this leaked testing Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware are given below.
*- New Updated User Interface with minor changes.
*- Status Bar Icons have been changed from old Ginger Bird style to the latest KitKat style White icons.
*- Status bar is transparent with mentioned white icons.
*- Performs faster on the Galaxy S4.
*- Increased benchmark scores.
*- New Samsung’s Keyboard interface with improved landscape orientation.
*- Camera shortcut on the Lock Screen.
Information about this test firmware:
Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:35:41 +0000
Product Code: OXA
– This is yet a test firmware which will wipe your data. So, make sure to back it up!
– You are doing this at your OWN risk. We are not responsible if you brick your device or your cat eats your phone.
– This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
– This test firmware is a pre-release build and not official from Samsung.
How to Download and Install the Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy S4 GT-I9505:
All you have to do is follow these step by step instructions given here to download and install the Android 4.4.2 KitKat on your Galaxy S4.
Step 1– First of all Download and Extract (unzip) the firmware file. [ Link ]
Step 2– Make sure you have the ODin installed on your PC, If not then Download Odin3 v3.09 (From here or here)
Step 3– Now you have to Extract Odin .ZIP file
Step 4– After that Open Odin3 v3.09 by clicking on the *.exe file.
Step 5– Now Restart phone in the download mode by Pressing and holding Home + Power + Volume down buttons
Step 6– After your phone resets in download mode,Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin
>>- Add AP_I9505XXUFNA5_373648_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP
>>- Add BL_I9505XXUFNA5_373648_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to BL
>>- Add CP_I9505XXUFNA5_373648_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CP
>>- Add CSC_OXA_I9505OXAFNA5_373648_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC
Step 7– Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked because it can formate your device.
Step 8– Now all you have to do is Click on the start button, sit back and wait a few minutes, The automatic process of flashing will start.
Step 9– If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)
Step 10– Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)
Step 11– Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)
Step 12 – Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!
Here you go you have downloaded and installed the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat updated version on your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 variant. Keep it in mind that this is a test version of the firmware and is not available officially, but you can still be able to downgrade your device if you wished later.
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