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Android KitKat update leaks for Galaxy S4, here are the changes and how to install it on GT-I9505 (screenshots)

Android KitKat update leaks for Galaxy S4, here are the changes and how to install it on GT-I9505 (screenshots)
Just when we showed you leaked screenshots from the Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung's Galaxy S4, and the firmware itself leaked in its entirety at the usual suspect SamMobile, before the official rollout has even begun anywhere. The update is for GT-I9505, the European version of the handset, and is reported to be rather stable from the few days of usage passed. The same thing happened with the 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the handset, which people were rocking way before Samsung would have pushed it to their S4s officially.

It is still not the final retail version of the KitKat update, but as usual at this stage of play, is very close, and brings some notable interface changes to Samsung's 2013 flagship. First off, we get flatter look, especially visible in the status bar icons, which reflects the stock KitKat visuals, with white icons looking svelte on the transparent status bar. There is now a nice round shortcut to the camera app on the lock screen for easier access to the 13 MP snapper on the back, too. The keyboard has also seen its landscape mode tweaked for easier typing and improved finger-tracking. Last but not least, KitKat's Project Svelte brings a lot of resource optimizations under the hood, resulting in some record benchmarks from the S4 running the new firmware.

If you have a GT-I9505, here's how to install the leaked test KitKat firmware, whose pre-release version won't increase the binary counter, neither will it void your warranty:

  •  Back the content of your handset up as you should do prior to any such firmware update efforts. Remember, this is for model GT-I9505, country code: Open Europe, product code: OXA. The changelist is 276328, build date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000. 

  • Download Odin3 v3.09, Samsumg's firmware upgrade software, if you don't have it already, and start it.

  • The phone now has to be restarted in downloading regime by pressing and holding the Home + Power + Volume down buttons keys all at the same time

  • Hook the Galaxy S4 with an USB cable to your computer, and wait until Odin indexes it, indicated with a blue sign

  • Click the Add button in Odin, and point the file browser to the firmware file I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_HOME.tar.md5, wherever you extracted it in the second step. Don't tick the re-partition option, or untick it if it's checkmarked.

  • Press on the start button and wait until the update is finished. If you encounter any forceclose, boot loop and so on error, press Home+Power+Volume up on your handset to get into the recovery mode, and choose to wipe/factory reset, which will return your phone to the stock state, erasing all your data on the internal and card storage.

  • After the update is over, press on the reboot option, and you would be loading into Android 4.4 KitKat on your GT-I9505 Samsung Galaxy S4

source: SamMobile

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:12 2

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Ah Yes... Finally...

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:52

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Yeah. I hope it comes to Note 3 as well soon as possible. Really good-looking update, makes Touchwiz look cleaner and better looking.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:21

2. zakiroi (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

What about the updated Kit Kat in galaxy s3

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:25 1

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Looking good

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 07:29

4. Mian.Shahzad (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

what about i9500 ?? can i use it on i9500 ??

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 14:09

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:56 5

6. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

Hmmmmm.... So what exactly has changed?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:23

7. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

The only ugly and non changeable aspect of the TouchWiz - system settings/drop down notification area - has remained the same!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:01 2

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Yh don't think we going to see any major change in ui until the s5 which will come with the tw ui. My guess is that after the s5 is on the market for a month or 2 then Samsung will put the new ui on its current devices.. Same thing happened with the s2 and s3. I'm just happy that the green icon is gone and we will be getting kit kat soon. As for the new notification shade, I think it will look like the one show in the new Samsung pro tablets..

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 14:11

13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I really hope they change the notification/quick settings panel in the new version. Not only is it's design ugly, but it's also poorly optimized on tablets. It takes up the entire screen on the Galaxy Tab, 7" and 10", and it looks terrible.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:09 1

8. bkzebraphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)

I was hoping for a design change in touchwiz :/ maybe the final or real version will be different. I was gonna wait for the S5 but idk now.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:18

10. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Symbian Belle...is that you?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:24

11. samsuper (Posts: 33; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

Waiting for new kitkat features on my s4 .

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 15:41

14. choklatwasted (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

i just flashed GE4.4.2 last night but im one of the few that actually likes touchwiz so ill give this a go in a sec

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 17:56

15. i3izkit311 (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

What is the Odin equivalent for OSX?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 20:22

16. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Don't know what all the rave is about this new look. It does look nicer with the flat design, but other than that, I can barely tell a difference. I'll look forward to seeing if the S5 brings anything else..

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 10:14 1

17. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Looks a little toned down (memory consumption wise)... Hoping for the same..

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 12:18

19. posvar8 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

I downloaded the huge 1.5G file...12 plus hours later unpacked it and no where is the I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_HOME.tar.md​5 found! Am I not seeing something here or did TeraFile just not include it?

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