Saturday, January 11, 2014

Galaxy S4 KitKat build gets leaked

Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest in the series of Android Operating Systems and the software update season is on the verge. Every Android smartphone manufacturer is on the verge of pushing the latest OS (Android 4.4.2) to its customers but it looks Samsung is going to win that race.

Courtesy of the guys over at SamMobile, we have got hands on a leaked pre-release build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat meant for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. The build information is as follows:
Model: GT-I9505 Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 276328
Build date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000
Product Code: OXA

The build brings along minor UI changes with itself like the change of notification bar icon color scheme from old GingerBread style green to all new KitKat style white. The performance has increased a little giving a slight bump in the benchmark scores as well and layout is now better in the landscape orientation.


The steps to install this build on your own Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) model are very simple.

1. You are doing this at your OWN risk. 
2. We are not responsible if you brick your device.
3. This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
4. This test firmware is a pre-release build and not official from Samsung.

Step 1: Download the 1.5 GB firmware file from here and extract(unzip) it.
Step 2: Download V 3.09 of Odin from either here or here and extract it.
Step 3: Open Odin V3.09 from the folder you created in Step 2.
Step 4: Restart your phone in download mode by pressing and holding Power Button + Home Button +  Volume Button (all together) until "Warning!!" message appears on the screen. Then select that you wish to start in Download Mode by pressing Volume Down button.
Step 5: Connect your phone to your computer and wait till you get a blue sign on Odin.
Step 6: Add I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_HOME.tar.md5 to AP.
             Note: Make sure re-partition is Not ticked.
Step 7: Click Start button and wait for a few minutes for it to complete. If you encounter any issues like Bootloop, FC etc then boot into recovery mode by pressing and holding Power Button, Home Button and Volume Up Button all at the same time. Choose to wipe your storage / SD card to factory settings and you are good to go. But take care that it will remove all the data on both your internal storage as well as external.

If you decide to give it a whirl, please make sure you have all your data as backup and do share your experience (and problems, if any) in the comment section.


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