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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 Galaxy S3 Update: Amidst Users’ Uproar, Official Android 4 .3 Jelly Bean Finally Coming This October For Handset


Samsung Galaxy S3 update will finally be a reality. According to reports, users of the handset will finally get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the tech blog Android Authority reports. This was after the delay on Android 4.2.2 occurred only for users to be informed that it was canceled in favor of the latest version of the OS.

Tensions ran high amongst Samsung Galaxy S3’s owners whenever the topic of an update is discussed. Many of the smartphone’s owners are disillusioned at the slow pace of the update being available, especially when less-famous handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S2 has received Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched last year with the Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich and during this summer, it received the Android 4.1.2 update. The update, according to Android Authority, did not come without problems.

Big Red carrier Verizon first released the 4.1.2 update and also added support for features like Multi-Window multitasking, Multi-Screen and S Beam’s Auto Share Shot. After the update Samsung Galaxy S3 users began experiencing issues on 4G LTE connectivity, which prompted the U.S. carrier to pull the update.

The lack of an official Android 4.2.2 update spread rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S3 may move straight to Android 4.3.

Android 4.3 is still sourced out from Android Jelly Bean, together with Android 4.1 and 4.2, noted Android Authority. The new features it brings include restricted profiles, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy support, Open GL 3.0 support, and a T9 dialer. There has also been improvement in terms of notifications for the device.

Aside from the Samsung Galaxy S3, owners of the company’s flagship handset Samsung Galaxy S4 will also get the update.

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Posted by on September 12, 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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Samsung Update Plus 3.0.0.17


Samsung Update Plus is a useful application designed for the Samsung computer users that want to keep their computer and software updated. This tool allows you to check the available updates and to install them on your computer with minimum effort.

If you own a computer and you want to get the best performance, you need to frequently check for updates for the operating system and the device drivers. These components are the most important for keeping the computer safe and stable.

With this software, Samsung intends to make this task easier by automating both the search and installation process. It is designed for the users that do not have time to manually search the latest patches but are interested in having a stable computer.

The main interface of the program allows you to search for updates and to select the ones that you want to install. A notification window warns you about the updates that require to be installed separately and forces the app to skip the other items until the first ones are installed.

The program is designed to run automatically at the computer start and to check for new updates. It allows you to configure its behavior by choosing to install all updates automatically or just to notify you about the available items.

You can use the included scheduler in order to choose the weekdays when the application is allowed to search for updates and to install them. If you want to view the recently installed updates you can check the Update History section for a chronological log.

Overall, the Samsung Update Plus application can help you save time by automating the update deployment on your Samsung computer. It can update both drivers and the operating system which recommends it for permanent use.

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Samsung

 

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