When will the international Galaxy S4 Exynos variant receive the Android 4.3 update?— the question had been echoing at the back of our minds since the update rolled out for the LTE version of the device just a day ago. Well, we all knew that it was scheduled to arrive sometime in October and now it is finally here! The users of Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 can now feel the excitement of using the latest version of Android that was long awaited.
Samsung has finally started pushing the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to our Galaxy S4. while the users of this device in Russia might feel flattered to get the new update before other regions of the world, those who have Galaxy S4 with model number GT-I9500 and are not from Russia can still enjoy the new firmware.
You can start checking for the update to arrive in your country by going to Settings> More> About Device> Software update> Update on your phone itself. If yo do not find any update notification, you don’t need to get disappointed because you can download the firmware file from the link below and install it manually using Odin.
The official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware with build number I9500XXUEMJ5 for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 is a major update that brings a lot of new features, improvements, graphics and performance related tweaks. Here are some of the new things that you’ll notice in your device after updating it:
- New Reading Mode in Display settings and Notification toggles
- Driving Mode now becomes Hands-free Mode
- Improvement in Camera performance and imaging
- TouchWiz launcher now has less lag and feels much faster
- Samsung Wallet
- New improved Keyboard
- Improvements in display color. The screen now looks more vivid and sharper.
- Samsung Browser is now fullscreen by default
- New firmware adds Galaxy Gear support
- OpenGL 3.0 Support
- ANT+ Support
- Various UI optimizations and tweaks to improve performance
I’ll be adding more new features to the list as they pop up.
Download the Firmware
Remember, though the available firmware is meant for the users of Galaxy S4 in Russia, it can also be installed on GT-I9500 in other countries. The only thing that you should keep in mind that your phone must not be locked to a network provider. The firmware contains English and most other major European and Asian languages. The firmware list will be updated as new ones are available.
United Arab Emirates: XSG-I9500XXUEMJ5-20131024145546.zip
Germany (MBC): MBC-I9500XXUEMJ8-20131216112830.zip
How to Install
If you do not know how to install official firmwares on Samsung Devices, head over the this tutorial and follow the instruction given under this head “Install Galaxy S4 Firmware Using Odin”.
How to Root Galaxy S4 I9505 on Android 4.3:
To root your Samsung Galaxy S4, please use this rooting tutorial.