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Official Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update (Download Guide)


Samsung have launched the Jelly Bean 4.3 update for the Snapdragon 600 quad core and the Exynos 5 Octa core version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that comes with the model number GT-i9500. The official build is said to make the handset faster and it comes with several improvements along with optimisations.

The base firmware is I9500XXUEMJ5, and the Jelly Bean 4.3 update is now rolling out in Russia. Owners of the device are able to get the firmware through Kies along with OTA.

Firmware details
Model: GT-I9500
Country: Russia
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 1875800
Build date: 14 October
Product code: SER
PDA: I9500XXUEMJ5
CSC: I9500SEREMJ5
MODEM: I9500XXUEMJ5

If you are not in Russia you can follow the step by step guide to installing the update manually with the Odin tool.

As the I9500XXUEMJ5 build is an unbranded version of firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked GT-I9500 unit, irrespective of region and country.

Pre-requisites

1) Install USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy S4 to connect the Android device with computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then check USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP installed then backup data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy S4 should have battery charge above 80%.

5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The phone will lose custom ROM with the installation of official firmware. Also, the custom recovery will be replaced by the stock recovery.

7) The device will no longer belong to a rooted version once official firmware is installed.

8) XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 official firmware works only with Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy S4 by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

Steps to install XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500

Step-1: Download I9500XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Alternative link ) official firmware for Galaxy S4 to computer. Extract the downloaded firmware file to get

I9500XXUEMJ5_I9500SEREMJ5_I9500XXUEMJ5_HOME.tar.md5

Step-2: Download Odin3.09 . Extract Odin zip to get Odin v3.09.exe in it

Step-3: Double-click to open the Odin3 v3.09.exe file to start Odin

Step-4: Boot the Galaxy S4 in to Download Mode. To do so, first power off the phone and wait for five to six seconds after the display is off. Press and hold Volume Down, Power and Home buttons together until a warning screen appears. Then press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode

Step-5: Connect the phone to computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. The successful connection will be indicated by an Added message in Odin

Note: If the Added message does not appear then follow these troubleshooting issues.

Verify USB driver is installed properly.

If the driver is installed, try to uninstall and then reinstall it again.

Try different USB port on the computer.

Reboot the phone and computer and then try again.

Step-6: Load the file, extracted from I9500XXUEMJ5, in Odin

Click the AP button in Odin and select I9500XXUEMJ5_I9500SEREMJ5_I9500XXUEMJ5_HOME.tar.md5 file

The Odin window might freeze and show ‘Not responding’ alert because of the large size of the AP file. There is nothing to worry, it will get back to normal.

Step-7: Under the Option section in Odin, verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected. All other boxes should be unchecked

Step-8: Double check everything and click the Start button in Odin to begin the installation

Step-9: A PASS message will appear when the flashing is completed and the phone will restart automatically. Once the home screen appear, unplug the USB cable form the phone

Note: Instead of a PASS message if FAIL message comes, disconnect the Galaxy S4 from the computer, close Odin, remove the battery of the phone and reinsert the battery in three to four seconds, open Odin and then repeat from step-3.

Samsung Galaxy S4 will automatically reboot and boot into I9500XXUEMJ5 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean official firmware.

Troubleshoot issue after flashing

After installation if the phone comes across issues such as Boot animation, bootloop, phone running slow or app force closing then perform a factory reset of the device using recovery to resolve the issues. To do so, first switch off the phone. Press and hold Home, Volume Up and Power buttons together until the phone turns on then release all three buttons. In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option. Navigate to Wipe data/Factory Reset and select it. Then select Yes to confirm the action on the next screen. Select Reboot system now to boot the phone. This should fix the bootloop issue of the Galaxy S4. It should be noted that performing data wiping will erase the internal data of the phone, therefore, backup data before proceeding.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Android 4.3 Update for Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II due by Q4: Report


The Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II will be upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by year-end, if a report is to be believed.

Sammobile has revealed that Samsung is planning to roll out Android 4.3 update for its top of the line smartphones soon. The site mentions that the company has plans to roll out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its 2013 flagship, the Galaxy S4 in October while the 2012 flagship device, the Galaxy S III can be expected to get the new Android update by October end or even November.

The site further states that the Galaxy Note 3 predecessor would also be getting the taste of the new Jelly Bean iteration, but that would only be by the end of November, or early December. All three smartphones are also likely to receive a revamped TouchWiz interface with some added functions, claims the report.

Further the report affirms that Samsung is also testing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy Mega phablets. However, Sammobile has not revealed details on what new exclusive features to expect in the rumoured Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the three devices, the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II. But given that Galaxy Note3 runs Android 4.3 with new features, we are hopeful that the three devices will be receiving some features of the latest phablet.

Samsung has made no secret of its plans to launch Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its leading Galaxy smartphones, but so far the South Korean major has offered nothing in the way of release dates as well. But now it looks like the company is getting closer to having its latest software update finalized for its three smartphones. As of now, we would take this with a pinch of salt until the company confirms updates rolling out to the Galaxy smartphones.

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Samsung To Release Android 4.3 Update For Galaxy S3 And Galaxy S4 Models Next Month


Remember the promised Android 4.2.2 update that GS3 users were to receive four months ago? An even larger update is imminent, if Samsung has anything to say about it.

Samsung announced the arrival of the coveted Android 4.3 update for both GS3 and GS4 users during the same time as their IFA announcements regarding the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, a Samsung smart watch that looks to shake up the current tech industry. The Galaxy Note 3 will launch with Android 4.3 on board.

At this point, some may be asking, “What happened to the Android 4.2.2 update?” This is not a bad question to ask, since the GS3 will skip Android 4.2.2 for 4.3, which is considered to be a better update. All that Android 4.2.2 offered will be provided (plus extra) in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, meaning that GS3 users won’t miss a thing. The Android 4.3 update will bring Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean features such as lock screen widgets, the ability to customize your lock screen with a name or statement, a new light effect in place of the former swipe lock symbol, plus additional setting toggles such as Wi-Fi hotspot, S-Beam, NFC, Driving Mode, Airplane Mode, and so on.

From the lock screen, GS3 users will be able (with the Android 4.3 update) to play music and access their most used settings quickly, cutting down on screen power (and thus, battery). This will help conserve Samsung’s battery life that powers its devices. It is my hope that Samsung will provide a 3,000mAh+ battery in the future for the Galaxy S5 as it has now done for the Galaxy Note 3.

Some of the features of the GS4 will be passed down to the GS3, but we have yet to know which ones. The GS4 comes with an infrared blaster that can be used to turn on the television and perform touch gestures such as Air View and Air Gesture – allowing you to swipe through photos, view text messages and emails, and answer phone calls without directly touching your screen. The GS3, however, does not have the IR blaster, so we cannot be sure that these will be part of the Android 4.3 update.

While GS4 users running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will find the 4.3 update incremental at best, GS3 users will be entertained by the Android 4.3 update and all the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean goodies they have yet to receive. Google recently announced Android 4.4 Kit Kat, and the new upgrade (perhaps provided next month along with the Nexus 5) will put Samsung users one update behind, yet again.

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update: Clue Of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 System Roll-Out Retracted; Has The Update Been Canceled?


The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for older Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may be in jeopardy as one clue of the prospective update has been retracted by its source.

Those anxious to see the Galaxy Note 2 get what would be its first update since its September 2012 release were pleased when the Australian carrier Telstra announced on its support page that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 2 had been “withdrawn” in favor of a new Android version. Though no other details were given, many believed this was an indication that the Galaxy Note 2 would update to Android 4.3.

But now Telstra has updated its support page and information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its update schedule has notably been removed.  It is unclear why the carrier removed this information about the Galaxy Note 2 update, and many fear it could mean the Android 4.3 update for the device might be canceled.

Mid-July reports suggested that older yet still popular Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be skipping the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor for Android 4.3. Both devices have been stuck at various iterations of Android 4.1 for some time, and users have been anxious to see what treatment these devices would get in the wake of newer flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, which released with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to ship with Android 4.3.

In addition to Telstra’s vague announcement, the German carrier Deutsche Telekom also announced on its official forum that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be receiving an Android 4.3 update at some point. Many took this news as confirmation that plans for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 where similar, but with the release schedule for Android 4.3 on Telstra now uncertain, we wonder what will happen to the update on Deutsche Telekom.

Meanwhile, a rival flagship, the HTC One, is now confirmed for an Android 4.3 update. HTC president Jason Mackenzie divulged that the handset will similarly skip Android 4.2.2 in favor for Android 4.3 because it is a particularly minimal update between the two versions.

It is likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will be updated to a new Android Jelly Bean version at some point, but the matter of which Jelly Bean version it will get and when it will roll out may continue to be a mystery for some time.

However, with U.S. models of the HTC One expected to be running Android 4.3 by the end of September, we can assume that Samsung will ensure an update for its older flagships to keep up with the competition.

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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