The Galaxy S4 is the current flagship device from the Korean manufacturer Samsung. It was officially announced at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York on March 14 and began shipped by the end of April. The S4 is being seen as the most powerful contender for the best smartphone of 2013, but to win the crown it’ll have to wrestle neck to neck with the HTC One.
If you already have the Galaxy S4 and wish to avail the latest software update for your phone, you can do it in a number of ways. By keeping your phone’s firmware up-to-date, you can enjoy many advantages as with each new firmware version Samsung introduces fix to the bugs found in the previous version and new features as well. Sometimes, new updates bring OS upgrade and thus lots of new improvements and enhancements.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Models
The international variant (GT-I9500) of the Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa (octa-core) system on a chip (SoC) chip containing the first ARM big.LITTLE heterogeneous architecture central processing unit (CPU). The Galaxy S4 variants for North America, most of Europe, LTE models and other countries has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC containing a quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU.
With the help of the present tutorial, you can update the firmware of any variant of the Galaxy S4, given the fact that the firmware for that model is available for download.
- Galaxy S4 International GT-I9500 (Exynos5 Octa)
- China Unicom Galaxy S4 GT-I9502
- Galaxy S4 International LTE GT-I9505 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
- AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
- Canadian Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin & Others)
- T-Mobile USA Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
- Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545
- Sprint Galaxy S4 SPH-L720 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
- U.S. Cellular Galaxy S4 SCH-R970 (Qualcomm Snapdragon)
Updating Galaxy S4 Firmware via OTA
As I mentioned above, you can update your Galaxy S4’s in more than one way. The most preferred and safest method among users to get the latest update on their Android. If you have a good data or WiFi connection Over-the-Air update is the best way to avail new software. Here are 2 ways you can receive the OTA firmware update. Both the ways require a working internet connection on your computer or Galaxy S4.
Download and install the latest Samsung Kies on your computer. Launch it and connect your device to computer using USB cable. Kies will automatically show the current firmware version on your device and notify you if a new update is available.
You can also update the firmware of your Galaxy S4 without taking aid of a computer. To get latest software update notification on your phone, make sure you are signed in on your Samsung Account. To check the availability of the latest firmware for your device, open phone Settings> More tab> About and then tap on Software update option. If an update is available, just follow the on-screen prompts and you’ll have the latest version of firmware on your Galaxy S4.