Samsung finally updating the Galaxy S4 LTE-A (GT-I9506) to Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Owners of the Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9506), the day you have all been waiting for has finally arrived. Samsung has started pushing out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the international LTE-A-enabled and Snapdragon 800-powered variant of its 2013 flagship. The update (build number XXUCNG3) is currently going out in the Nordic region (Sweden, Finland, etc.) according to some of our readers, and is available over the air. We expect it will have the same features that we’ve seen on every KitKat update – improved performance, redesigned status bar with white icons, enhanced lockscreen with a camera shortcut and full-screen album art, wireless printing support, newer versions of Samsung apps, and better battery life.

Samsung has ignored the international Galaxy S4 LTE-A for a long time, but it is good to see KitKat is finally arriving on the handset. Of course, you will still need to contend with the phased nature of the update’s rollout, but it shouldn’t be long before it comes knocking on every user’s device.

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Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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  1. FINALLYYYY

  2. FINALLY! Have been waiting so long! downloading now, so happy about it! but very sad that its not 4.4.3 :( anyway! Thanks samsung! It has been time for it.

    • Please can i get link for the download?

  3. fiinaly waiting for my country france (FTM)

  4. waiting Nordic Countries firmware to flash 4.4.2

  5. I hope tomorrow we will get update to i9305. I really need it before my furlough.

  6. The lucky Galaxy S3′s that would get the update, the i9305′s are still waiting…

  7. i’m so happy about it!

  8. I9195 PLEASE!!!1

  9. wtf ….no kitkat 4.4.4 ? :(((

  10. where I can download?!

  11. Downloding!! Hope it works as it should. 20% left ;)

  12. If your in Finland as me, jsut go to about phone, and then check for update and it will start downloading.

  13. Dont buy samsung.
    i9300 user.

  14. dooo noooot update to this firmware it will kill your phone i updated 3 i9506 devices and the phone boot is killed

  15. battery drain or lags like with the standard S4? anybody?

    • I’m getting way better battery life after the update to 4.4.2. No lags whatsoever. Maybe factory reset would help?

      • i haven’t updated because i wanted to make sure that won’t make the same mistake as one of my friends with his own I9505 :D so thanks a lot :)

      • no batery schnell wek

    • Nope, now I charge my gt-i9506 every 2 days, on 4.3 I did it everyday.
      No lag at all, works like a charm. It was not slow with 4.3, but now it flies.
      Just that SD card copy can be done with the default file browser, and when connected with a usb cable. ES File explorer cannot write to external sd card, just to read, because of the new policy.

  16. Can i flash this firmware with odin tools? I have the Czech Republic version of i9506.

  17. Hello.

    I am very disappointed with Samsung after had to wait forever with latest firmware for i9506 Nordic.

    I do not see any improvement at all so far despite factory reset.
    What is now “worse” is the role of curtain in the status hands down it is now tough.

    Having had the Samsung i900 since 2009, starting to become ran out on them even angry indeed when they do not seem to handle it is to be done with software and way too long waiting with their uda modeler just as S4 +.

    You buy the latest and fastest model gets forgotten and then be disappointed in performance with “new upgrade”!

    It is shame from giant Samsung. Shape up Samsung.

    PS: No, I have not forgotten the disappointment of S3 that was forgotten with various things.

    Excuse for my english.

    Regards

  18. Hi Sam.
    I’ve updated my samsung note 2(gt-n7100) officially on the phone from 4.1.2 to 4.3 but when its finished I cant make or receive calls and when I asked for my IMEI they tell me not registered on the network how can i fix that please help me

  19. Hasnt rolled out in Norway yet , hopefully will follow soon…..

  20. i am getting battery drain worse than 4.3 (just 12 hours), which previously about 18-24 hours on same level of usage. could it be application(s) causing it ? how should i check?

  21. I live in Germany and my carrier is T-Mobile on my GT-I9506 LTE+ …
    can i use any other country update? like France or else?

  22. DON’T! Or be welcome to the completely GPS free world of 4.4.2!! How do I downgrade?? And why do I ever upgrade so fast?

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