Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a new Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware OTA Update, Move Apps to SD Card Feature now supported

Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 updated to Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean OTA

Samsung Galaxy S4 Snapdragon version has received a brand-new software update that improves the OS and it adds some stability tweaks. The update has been pushed out earlier today to Germany and numerous users have reported that the internal storage space has been increased and, from now on you will be able to move applications to SDcard.

There are several other enhancements added but, the stock OS will stay to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean while the firmware build is I9505XXUBMEA. This new OTA Update is available for Germany-based Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600 phones and it build date is May 29th. Also, it seems like this update should be available soon for the GalaxyS S4 Exynos 5 device in the next few weeks.

Samsung decided to work on this release after users complained about the numerous bugs found in the original batch of Android 4.2.2, the first firmware that was delivered with the Galaxy S4. The 16GB model of this device will have its user accessible memory increased so that you will be able to install more applications. Also, from now on you will be able to ‘move apps to SDcard’, a feature that was available until now in all the previous Android operating systems.

Other changes added to the Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505 are as following: a new and improved Camera firmware, Smart Pause Toggle added, Move Apps to SD Card, HDR Video is now supported, Semi-transparent notification bar, new Icons for the Settings menu, Secure Boot status and a new feature that improves the legibility on Super AMOLED displays.

There are some other small tweaks and improvements that should enhance the overall performance of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Snapdragon model. Since this update is only available in Germany, you shouldn’t bother to check for ‘System Updates’. Other countries will get the OTA Update to Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean soon.

If you’re in Germany and you didn’t receive the OTA Update notification, then you should go to ‘System Updates’ menu and check for availability. If the updating menu of your Samsung Galaxy S4 tells you that you’re already on the latest Jelly Bean firmware, then you can run the Samsung KIES software on your PC for the OTA Update files to be installed on your device.

However, even if this update hasn’t been pushed out for your Galaxy S4 region, then you can easily flash it using ODIN and this guide HERE. That’s a manual guide that you can use to get the latest Jelly Bean firmware update for your device without losing any data files in the process.  The news and file availability have been released via SamMobile.

Did you upgrade your Galaxy S4 I9505 with Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean? If you did, is your device working better and the ‘move apps to SD card’ work correctly? Tell us in comments your impressions after testing the new OS for your devices.

  • Christian Dittenber

    What is the difference between Germany’s version of the firmware and what the U.S. might get? Is bricking my phone the only thing I have to worry about while flashing?

    • Ovi

      Different radios. Don’t flash the German version. Just wait, it won’t take that long.

      This is why I went with Nexus since the Galaxy Nexus, but if HTC and Samsung keep updating their phones I’ll consider them an option. :)
      My old Sony Xperia X10 I gave up on and unlocked, rooted and flashed it cause Sony was useless for updates.

    • Marty Shead

      Nothing, a few apps that’s all, you can always flash it with another ROM after you upgraded. chances are you will be waiting weeks/months for an upgrade, just do it, you cannot brick it!

  • Gabriel

    It is working perfectly for me. Maybe a bit faster and a few slight improvements.
    I don’t see any purple smearing on my phone any more. I like it so far. Time will tell.

  • Ace

    When I move the (3rd party) apps to the SD Card, I now lose the icons for the apps on the desktop. Anyone experienced this and perhaps worked out a way to resolve it?