Samsung works on releasing the first Android 4.4.2 OTA Update for the S4 LTE device, but the official release date hasn’t been made public. However, you can find in this post instructions on how to flash a test Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The official Android 4.4 KitKat OTA Update is expected in February or March. Until then you can update your device using the test firmware that I’ve listed in this article. The main changes spotted in this new ROM are as following: white status bar icons to suit the KitKat new UI, better performance, higher benchmark scores, quick camera shortcut displayed on the lock screen, improved keyboard layout and other minor changes.
Before starting the installation of the new I9505XXUFNA1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat on your Galaxy S4 LTE, you will first need to take a look at the preparation guide below:
- Use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE model number I9505.
- don’t attempt to update any other S4 variants with the files that you’ll find in this post.
- Download and install the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
- Disable the Samsung KIES app before starting the installation of the new leaked KitKat 4.4.2 firmware.
- Disable all the antivirus applications that are running on your PC.
- Enable the USB Debugging from Developer Options.
- if Developer Options is not listed in the Settings menu, then you need to open About Phone section and then tap seven times on the Build Number text.
- If you update the device and then it doesn’t boot in normal mode with the XXUFNA1 Android 4.4.2 firmware, then you will be forced to apply a ‘factory reset’ for your device.
- If you want to backup any data from installed applications, then you should download and install Helium from the Google Play Store here.
- Sync Contacts with your Gmail account.
- guide here.
- Backing up data isn’t important for users who are already running a stock Android ROM, but those of you running custom ROMs should backup important data.
- This is a guide for advanced users, do not blame us in case you brick the device or lose any important data in the process.
- Check your Galaxy S4 I9505 battery and make sure that that it is over 50%, so that the device won’t switch off in the middle of the updating process.
- Read the entire post and make sure that you don’t skip any steps that I’ve listed in this post.
- For any extra questions use the comments field.
Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this article and learn how to successfully update your smartphone.
How to flash Android 4.4.2 XXUFNA1 leaked firmware for Galaxy S4 LTE I9505:
- Download the I9505XXUFNA1 firmware from here.
- Extract the contents of this zip to your computer.
- you’ll get the firmware file with ‘.tar.md5′ extension.
- Download Odin 3.09 from here.
- extract its contents and save the files on your computer.
- Power off your smartphone now.
- Boot the Galaxy S4 LTE in Download Mode.
- info here on how to do it for those that don’t know how to boot Download Mode for Android.
- Launch Odin 3.09 exe on your PC.
- Connect the Galaxy S4 LTE to your PC using the USB data cable.
- wait for Odin to confirm that it has detected the device.
> if the phone is not detected, then you need to re-install the Samsung USB Drivers and then repeat the guide from step 1.
> if everything is set, then you can continue to the next step.
- Click the ‘AP’ button in ODIN and then browse your PC for the file extracted in step 2, I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_HOME.tar.md5.
- load it into Odin and make sure that Re-Partition is not enabled.
- Press the START button when you’re ready for the installation to begin.
- don’t press any buttons until the XXUFNA1 Android 4.4.2 firmware is installed.
- When the installation is complete, ODIN will say PASS and the phone will reboot in normal mode.
- Enter your Google info and start testing all the new features and functions.
If the installation fails at your first attempt, then you should repeat the entire tutorial more than once.
If the device gets stuck at the Samsung Galaxy S4 boot animation, then you should apply a Factory Reset using the Stock Recovery Mode like this:
- power off the phone completely by removing its battery.
- boot it in Stock Recovery by pressing Volume Up, Home and Power.
- release the buttons when the Recovery screen appears.
- select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
- reboot the device in normal mode now.
For any other questions, use the comments field below.