There is a new 4.4.2 KitKat update now hitting the Samsung Galaxy S5 GT-I9505 in Southeast Asia. The new 4.4.2 update will bump the firmware build number to I9505XXUGNG4 from the first 4.4.2 released on March 2014. Yet again, Samsung did not offer any official changelog about the update but it might bring some interesting system improvements, bug-fixes and other enhancements to the device. Its now live via over-the-air (OTA) update and also available via Samsung Kies.
The roll out might still in stages and not everyone can get the update at the same time, so just be patient if you did not see the notification message yet but you should also manually check it using Kies 3. The I9505XXUGNG4 is already held available in Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines as we already spotted the latter at Samsung’s official firmware server.
Here are the technical details of I9505XXUGNG4:
Model number: GT-I9505
Android version: 4.4.2
Kernel version: 3.0.4-2091210
Build date: Thu Jul 10 2014 12:32:22 KST 2014
Guide on How to Update the Galaxy S5 GT-I9505 to 4.4.2 KitKat I9505XXUGNG4
You should make sure your battery is fully charged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update. A power failures may cause damage to your device that might result into “soft-bricks”. If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.
You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happens and it forces you to perform a factory.
Your device should not be modified and rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made. Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies and try again‘ you should try to avoid that from happening.
Update via Over-The-Air (OTA)
There are two types you can update your Galaxy S4 LTE I9505, the first method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which usually a notification message will directly sent to you and saying that there is a new update available for download. You can also tap on your Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 Settings>>General tab, scroll to and tap System Update. It will automatically tells you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap install now when you want to perform an update or install later.
Update using Kies
The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it (guide for installation) in your Windows or Mac computer. Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy S4 LTE I9505 and other Samsung devices running with 4.3 ,4.4.2 and up OS . Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Galaxy Note 3 to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow the Kies on-screen software update instructions.
To those who already received the update, just let everyone know how’s your first impression to the I9505XXUGNG4 4.4.2 KitKat update on your Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505.