Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) receives official Android 4.3 update

Samsung promised at its Mobile UNPACKED Episode 2 event that it will start rolling out Galaxy S4 updates in October and we are very pleased that Samsung has kept their promise. As Samsung has just started rolling out Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update to the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505).

Samsung is always a bit late with updating its devices to the latest version of Android but always manages to delivers the most bug free and stable software after a ton of R&D. Also, Samsung is the only OEM which gives its older devices the latest version of Android even after completing the usual 18 month update cycle. For example, Samsung provided Galaxy S II users 2 major Android updates (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean), a device which was released in April of 2011 and initially shipped with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and finally ended its support in May 2013 (25 Months).

Now let’s talk about the new Android 4.3 update. There are not much visual changes but there are a ton of under the hood improvements and optimisations. The device simply feels much faster than before, and benchmark scores have significantly increased as well. In Antutu Benchmark we used to get a score of 25-26K with Android 4.2.2 and now with Android 4.3 we get around 29-30K. Samsung doesn’t provide an official change log for its updates but after testing a few internal builds and this official one, we can give you folks our own list of changes and improvements we have noticed.

CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ANDROID 4.3 UPDATE
- OpenGL 3.0 Support
- GALAXY GEAR Support
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- ANT+ Support
- Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
- Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
- Improved RAM management
- Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
- Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
- New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
- New Camera firmware
- Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)

The software update is being rolled out in phases, so it may not yet be available in your country at the moment but don’t worry it will arrive very soon. If your device is carrier branded then it might take sometime as the update has to get improved by the carrier first and only then Samsung will make it available for your device.
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To keep track of the countries and carriers receiving the new Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505), check out our live feed below:

To update your Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, connect your device to your computer and use Samsung KIES or simply use Samsung’s OTA service. To download and install the firmware via OTA, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.

All new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmwares for the Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) are present in our Firmware Section, as well. You can use our Firmware Section to manually update your device if for some reason you can’t officially update your device via Samsung Kies or via OTA as you might be using a Custom ROM or if your country has not yet received the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update. Also, bookmark this page as we will keep this page up to date with the latest information on countries and carriers releasing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update.

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SCREENSHOTS (From Android 4.3 test firmware)

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janarthg
1 year 7 months ago

hi i have the problem after 4.3 up date …my phone missing LTE net work option in network service menu ….how can i get it..my sim 4g support……help me ……..

Pikolo87
1 year 7 months ago

verguenza absoluta actualizcion s4 para SPAIN,poca seriedad,proximo smarphone sera un iphone.

shmokeyuk
1 year 7 months ago

woo-hoo..uk o2 s4 officially updated to 4.3 today ota. .cheers 02 :-)

djtymo
1 year 7 months ago

T-mobile worldwide update???
Hungary T-mobile i9505?????

iwantschak
1 year 7 months ago

GIVE US THE DAM UPDATE 02 – UK!!!!!!!!!

iwantschak
1 year 7 months ago

O2 – UK is a pile of (beep) !!!!!

iwantschak
1 year 7 months ago

O2

lanloid
1 year 8 months ago

where is JB 4.3 for GT-i9505 XSA?

alexmoor1986
1 year 8 months ago

Firmware Germany – DBT 4.3 (November) works fine, but does not work function Smart pause on this firmware … everything else works! On firmware 4.2.2, this function worked perfectly and accurately!

stanry77
1 year 8 months ago

Hi Samsung, after I have updated JB 4.3 on my s4 GT-i9505. My NFC longer able to read NFC cards using Transport Fare Saver app. I used to be able to read Ezlink card to check for balance value.

It is not about incompatible NFC card because my s4 could read the card balance value until I updated the latest ROM. Pls help to update the NFC firmware.

From Singapore

jassi143
1 year 8 months ago

can i flash these roms on unlocked galaxy s4 i9505????????????????????????

jaszfalvi.tamas
1 year 8 months ago

yes, supposing you are upgrading your android. but if you just want to change the csc code, make sure you don’t have knox

iwantschak
1 year 8 months ago

doesn’t look like Samsung release updates over the weekend what i am gathering, (hopefully) o2-uk will update us by next week – I’ll be extremely annoyed if not, as it that will be the 5th Week from when 4.3 was first released to Galaxy S4!! P.S – has anybody got any news about the UK – O2 update??

Duffy Moon
1 year 8 months ago

Same for Three. I have emailed them twice about it to complain. Everyone else should do the same or they will assume that no one cares.

ellyas
1 year 8 months ago

Please help me.I have got an ota update of 700 mb and downloaded 400mb.Due to insufficient data balance the download was cancelled.But aftee renewed my data pack I have checked for update.Then I got the old pop up says that “latest softwre already been installed”.I dont know really what happened.I have done a factory reset and again checked for update.But nothing happened.Still my phone is 4.2.2.Please help me.How can I update my phone?..

indrajithgihan
1 year 8 months ago

Try to flash with Odin after downloading the firmware from Sammobile

indrajithgihan
1 year 8 months ago

SAMSUNG please release the upgrade to Australia please.. I am waiting for my XSA

jokatsim
1 year 8 months ago

Hugely annoyed not seeing yet the update for Australia and XSA specifically. Why is it taking so time? Can someone from Samsung reply officially? Has someone the expected update date for Australia?

Stetch
1 year 8 months ago

Come on samsung, release o2 uk soon please!!

indrajithgihan
1 year 8 months ago

Any idea on releasing 4.3 update for Australia?

iwantschak
1 year 8 months ago

3 days from my last reply and still no damn O2 – UK update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

iwantschak
1 year 8 months ago

This is a joke now! Looks like half have been updated and still no sign of O2-UK been updated (All the following have been updated: UK unbranded – UK Vodafone and UK EE)

The only ones left to be updated are in the United Kingdom is O2-UK and 3!

Samsung will you just get the UK finished with, you should have UK done in a few days!

Stetch
1 year 8 months ago

totally agree, in future i wont be purchasing my handsets directly from o2 stores anymore, i will choose unbranded phones from other retail shops… u think as u have a branded phone that the providers are there to help keep your branded phone up to date but it appears the way forward is unbranded phones as they have more updates/firmwares thatsnot “provider based”

dr.bs
1 year 8 months ago

Since October, I’m waiting to get this update. But no matter what your waiting for, you will get board before you enjoyed new features.

Samsung will not solve the issue of update which it must roll updates globally not country by country.

A month passed and we are still waiting in the 2nd month hopping to receive 4.3.

Duffy Moon
1 year 8 months ago

I’m hopping all right – hopping mad that 3 hasn’t updated my freaking Android!!

iwantschak
1 year 8 months ago

Am still waiting for O2 UK to be done, still no luck

Jankoo
1 year 8 months ago

Hungary/T-mobile will get this update in this year? …

Jankoo
1 year 8 months ago

well yea, that will be the best way, but i lose guarantee (22 mounths left so..)
Funny to see anyway, galaxy s3 gained android 4.3 faster..><

jaszfalvi.tamas
1 year 8 months ago

carrier unlocking will not void your waaranty. if you are on android 4.2.2 than you don’t have to worry. i had my phone from t-mobile (TMH) and flashed the xeh based rom and everything is still official, even in odin mode. no way to lose your waaranty this way. you will even have access to knox, which is a total crap

Jankoo
1 year 8 months ago

So i dont have to root my phone if i want to update with XEH rom?
Can i do it with kies? (sorry for those questions, but im a “beginner”, first samsung phone…)
/de ha magyar válasz jön se gond. Hogy oldjam meg, meg ilyenek../

jaszfalvi.tamas
1 year 8 months ago

send a mail to: (my username here) at yahoo dot com
i’ll then write to you what you need.

jaszfalvi.tamas
1 year 8 months ago

hey guys,

here is a brotip for ya. if you have the possibility, then unlock your phone, so you can flash a different csc based firmware. there is a guide a bit above. after that you can safely flash the XEH csc based firmware (this one has not been modified by carriers). believe me, TMH has an awful boot animation and a lot of bloatware. this one has not :)

djtymo
1 year 8 months ago

I look forward to this

djtymo
1 year 8 months ago

I so waiting :((((

jassi143
1 year 8 months ago

Can I update my s4 to spain phe
But it is locked at vodafone

crazyface
1 year 8 months ago

Mongolia is not on your update feed.
Please consider including operators MobiCom (428-99), Skytel (428-01) and Unitel (428-88) from Mongolia.

Stetch
1 year 8 months ago

and still another day rolls by and still no UK o2 update :( rolling eyes now wondering how long before someone presses the right button to release on o2 :(

SlySAN
1 year 8 months ago

Are there new camera modes in 4.3??? Anyone …

jaszfalvi.tamas
1 year 8 months ago

Nothing new…

SlySAN
1 year 8 months ago

Thanks man. Don’t know why i thought there is surround shot.

jaszfalvi.tamas
1 year 8 months ago

Only panorama mode.

Stetch
1 year 8 months ago

Any ideas when UK o2 will be done and Ireland on 3? Be great to hear something soon if any1 has any info? :)

 
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