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MoboRobo

Android is achieving great heights in all the aspects when it comes to competing with other OS’s smartphones. Let it be hardware specs, software updates, possibility to modify, compatibility, Android rules it all. One thing that has always pinched the Android Smartphone users is the non-availability of a content-management software for their devices. While iOS has iTunes, Blackberry has Blackberry Desktop Software, Nokia’s has Nokia PC Suite and Android has got? Unfortunately, nothing.

I’ve browsed the web with my ongoing search regarding a Managing software for my Android devices. Tried many but turned my back to them because each of them either had limited features or was paid, and why shall we pay for our Smartphone’s basic necessity. Finally, after all my research I came to conclude that the best Smartphone Managing software for an Android device is MoboRobo, which is a free software for any PC running Windows OS.

Out of Mobo Community’s products MoboRobo is one and MoboLive is another, which we have already reviewed earlier here.

 

About MoboRobo

MoboRobo is your smartphone’s best companion. It is a Software Management Tool that syncs your Android Smartphone to your PC and perform numerous unique features. It is available to operate on any Desktop/Laptop PC running Windows XP/Vista or 7. The latest version is 2.1.6.107 Beta which was released on 1st April 2014.

This multi-function tool performs various tasks, of which managing Apps, Storage, Contacts, Messages are just a few. The complete list of functions are mentioned below and following it is the in-depth explanation of the major ones.

What’s new in v2.1.6.107

The latest update has added MoboLive in-built into the tool. Check out Latest, New and Recommended themes for MoboLive and Install them. Read more about MoboLive here. The tool now also supports an iPhone running iOS7. Several other bug fixes are accompanied.

 

Features Offered By MoboRobo

  • Connect various devices at once and switch between them at your own will.
  • View inch by inch information of your device and its current conditions. This includes Device Model, Android Version, Battery Level and Storage Information.
  • Receive notifications directly on your desktop for any new Texts or Calls.
  • Backup/Restore your Smartphone’s complete data including Contacts, Messages, Call Logs, Images, Wallpapers, Theme, Music, Ringtones, Apps and App Data.
  • File Manager lets you quick access your device storage in a much more graceful way and lets you perform various management operations.
  • Contacts management has never been this easy. Add, delete, edit,  import, export, backup or restore them in no time.
  • View, manage and send Text Messages directly from the tool window.
  • Edit and view Call Logs
  • View Installed and System Apps in detail, Install/Uninstall or transfer Apps.
  • Install APK directly from your PC
  • Delete System Apps easily (Only for Rooted Smartphones)
  • Update Apps directly using App Updater.
  • Install a huge list of new Apps and Games from Mobo Market.
  • Manage Images on your device’s Gallery, Sync between the PC Gallery and your device.
  • Download latest and new wallpapers.
  • Sync your Music, manage it, set Phone ringtone, notification tones or download new music.
  • Sync and Manage your video library.
  • Install Mobo Player, a perfect alternative to the stock Android Video Player offering tons of new features.
  • Let your PC do the job for downloading and hence save your Mobile Data at a large extent.
  • An interactive user interface which is easy to understand and operate, even if you’re not familiar to the tool.

Above we have outlined the functions that MoboRobo can serve you with and Below are the major ones explained.

 

In-sight Of Some Major Features

Since the list is too long and the words are limited, we are bound to make you go through some major features of the MoboRobo tool.

1. Backup and Restore everything

Previously you have used different Apps corresponding to the type of data you wanted to backup. But now, you don’t need to put yourself through such hassle anymore because MoboRobo is here to assist you. The Backup and Restore function of this tool allows you to backup everything on your device which includes Contacts, Messages, Call Logs, Images, Wallpapers, Music, Ringtones, Apps and App Data, all this using a single tool.

The backup and restore, both the processes could be carried out either on a whole or selectively backing up the content. To backup or restore all the data of your device completely, you could go to the Home tab, click on Backup/Restore and follow the onscreen instructions.

Backup-and-Restore

 

2. Manage All Apps

Another remarkable feature lies under the Apps tab of the MoboRobo window. You can view your Installed and System Apps in much more detail and manage the current Apps. Install hundreds of free Apps and Games directly from MoboMarket and hence save your mobile data.

If you have an APK on your PC which is waiting for installation, you can do it simply by using the App Library feature by just dragging and dropping the APK file. App Updater is yet another new feature which checks your device for Apps that needs to be updated and notifies you. Not only Installed Apps, MoboRobo also lets its user to uninstall System Apps provided that your device is rooted.

Apps

3. Not Only USB, Over Wi-Fi Too

MoboRobo not only supports a sync between your smartphone and the PC via USB cable but also beholds special wireless compatibility, to perform the same operations without any limitations. Use the Mobo Daemon to scan the QR code from the Home tab and it would take a matter of seconds to connect.

 

4. MoboLive And Theme Support

The most innovative Mobo product is the MoboLive, which is Launcher App. It is a completely customizable and buttery smooth to operate. MoboLive supports a huge list of beautiful themes which can make your device’s UI appear much more appealing and attractive. Other features include enormous transition effects, wide range of wallpapers, Quick access to Apps, additional widgets, Ability to hide Apps and much more.

So, if you have Installed MoboLive, do not trouble yourself and your Mobile data to download themes, just connect your smartphone to the PC, launch MoboRobo and access the Themes tab.  Visit Theme Center to view and download the latest and the most popular themes available. Or, if you already have the APK file of the theme, just use the Theme Library option to install it directly to the device.

 

Conclusion

Nothing beats MoboRobo! Its simple, its fast and it packs tons of features altogether. To sum up, MoboRobo is the best Smartphone Management software available for Android. Offers so much and asks for nothing (Its FREE!) in return but your love and feedback. You won’t need other separate Apps or software anymore to backup every single content, you have MoboRobo that does everything for you.

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Galaxy-S5-AccuWeather-Widget

It has been more than a month since the Samsung Galaxy S5 was unveiled. The device can hit the stores near you any moment. However, before you hold the Galaxy S5 in you hands, you can enjoy its wallpapers, ringtones and apps on your  current device. The Galaxy S5 will be featuring a new version of its TouchWiz with many improvements and features.

Alongside many new apps, UI changes and features, the Galaxy S5 also brings a new version of the AccuWeather Clock widget. Well there is nothing special about new apps and widgets on a new smartphone, but if those goodies are ported to work on other devices, it becomes a thing of wider interest.

Albe95 from the XDA forums has successfully ported the Galaxy S5 AccuWeather widget to work on older Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. The new weather widget has a flat background and a plain look. While the options available under AccuWeather Widget settings are pretty much the same, there is one good option that most of us always longed for. Yes, the new weather app lets you set the lever of transparency for the weather widget.

Galaxy-S5-AccuWeather

If you own a Galaxy phone or tablet device and have root privileges on it, you can install the Galaxy S5 AccuWeather Widget on your device. We have tested the ported weather widget on the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 successfully. If your phone had HD or Full HD display, try it and it might work too.

Requirement:

  • A rooted Galaxy device.
  • TouchWiz based Odexed or Deodexed ROM

 

Downloads:

Galaxy S5 AccuWeather Widget 2014  [Mirror]

Weatherdaemon App 2014  [Mirror]

 

How to Install:

  1. Download the AccuWeather Widget and and Weatherdaemon app from above and copy it  your device.
  2. Install a root file explorer app on your device. We used Root Browser: 
  3. Open Root Browser and go to system/app folder.
  4. Look for these 2 files:
    • AccuweatherPhone2013.apk
    • AccuweatherPhone2013.odex
  5. Now press and hold both the files one by one and select Rename option.
  6. Now rename them as shown below by adding .bak extension to them. Then select OK.Galaxy-S5-AccuWeather-root-browser
  7. Then look for the following files:
    • WeatherWidgetDaemon.apk
    • WeatherWidgetDaemon.odex
  8. And rename them by adding .bak at the end as shown on the screenshot above.
  9. Now reboot your device.
  10. Open My Files app and install the new APK files.
  11. Reboot your device again.
  12. You can now add the Galaxy S5 AccuWeather Widget on your home screen.
  13. Tap and hold the home screen, select Apps and widgets, tap the Widgets tab and select Weather 4 x 2.Galaxy-S5-AccuWeather-Widget-2
  14. Apply the widget and enjoy!

In case the Galaxy S5 AccuWeather Widget does not work on your device, go to system/app and delete the new APKs that you copied and delete them. Then remove the .bak extension from the old apps. Reboot your device and you’ll be back to the original AccuWeather widget.

 

Galaxy S5 AccuWeather Widget for All Devices

If the Galaxy S5 weather widget from above does not work for you, or if you have a non-Samsung Android device download XWidget app from the Play Store and then download the Galaxy S5 Weather HD widget from the app’s online store.

Xwidget-app-android

Enjoy the  Galaxy S5 AccuWeather Widget on your Android device and do not forget to share your experience through your comments!

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KitKat Firmware on Canadian Galaxy S4

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its variants has been making its way for quite some time now. While the update reached the GT-I9500 and I9505 models long ago, the US and Canadian users started receiving it quite recently. Followed by the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S4, the users of the device in Canada (Rogers) have also started receiving the new KitKat update through OTA.

If you own the Rogers Galaxy S4, you might have already received the KitKat OTA. But if you have not received the new software update yet, you can do it manually by installing the Android 4.4.2 firmware using Odin. Having updated your Galaxy S4 to the official KitKat, you will enjoy the niceties like-

  • Transparent status bar
  • White icons on the status bar
  • Camera shortcut on the lockscreen
  • New option for selecting default app where more that one apps are installed for the same function
  • Wireless printing
  • Improved layout in Samsung Keyboard
  • Emojis support in keyboard
  • Full screen album art on lockscreen while playing music
  • Little graphical changes in the UI
  • Overall improvement in system performance
  • Many others

So, if you own the Rogers Galaxy S4 or you have got your S4 from any other Canadian carrier, there is good news for you. You can now update your Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M, you can update your phone to Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware with build version  I337MVLUFNC1 manually.

Galaxy-S4-SGH-I337M

 

XDA member 0mega1 has shared the KitKat firmware file that can be installed on almost all device with model number I337M. The firmware has been tested successfully on-

  • Bells Galaxy S4
  • Rogers Galaxy S4
  • Telus Galaxy S4
  • Telcel Galaxy S4

The firmware might work on the AT&T and other carriers outside Canada that carry the aforementioned model number. If you want to update your device to Android 4.4.2, you can download the firmware file from the link below and install it yourself. But we would like to warn you that the KitKat update will also upgrade your S4′s bootloader that will not let you downgrade your device easily.

Download Android 4.4.2 Firmware:

The Android 4.4.2 firmware for Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M contains only BL, AP, CP and CSC components. It has no PIT.

I337MVLUFNC1_880525_REV06_user_low_ship_MULTI.tar 

How to Install:

To install the stock KitKat firmware on Canadian Galaxy S4 firmwares using Odin, you can follow our detailed tutorial given here. We recommend using Odin 3.09 to install the KitKat firmware. Select the firmware file in AP section.

Root Galaxy S4 SGH-I337M on KitKat:

After installing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware on your Galaxy S4, you can root your device by flashing the latest SuperSU rooting package by Chainfire (download link below). The installation method for SuperSU is the same as installing the firmware file.

CF-Auto-Root-jfltecan-jfltevl-sghi337m.zip

 

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Root-T-Mobile-Galaxy-S4-on-Android-4.4.2

After a long wait, it was on March 10 to be exact, that the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 started receiving the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The new firmware update with build version M919UVUFNB4 is 387.58MB in size. Needless to say that the Android 4.4.2 update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 is a major update.

Having installed the new update, you would have noticed various new changes such as new camera shortcut on the lockscreen, transparent status bar with white icons, default apps option in settings, fullscreen album art on the lockscreen while playing music, option for using Hangouts as default app for messaging, improved user interface, better performance and more stability.

Anyway, if you have already updated your Galaxy S4 to the all new official KitKat update and are looking for a way to root it, we have came with a well-known and easy rooting method for you. By following the steps given below you will be able to root T-Mobile Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware with build version UVUFNB4.

T-Mobile-Galaxy-S-4-KitKat

Warning!

The rooting method described below has been tested and found working on the Galaxy S4 SGH-M919, yet you should not ignore that fact the it is considered risky. Follow the guide at your own risk and be careful while doing the steps.

Getting Prepared:

  1. Download  Odin and extract the zip: Odin_v3.09.zip
  2. Download the latest CF-Auto-Root package from here: CF-Auto-Root-jfltetmo-jfltetmo-sghm919.zip
  3. Enable USB Debugging on your T-Mobile Galaxy S4. Go to Settings> General> Developer options. If you not find the option under settings, see this tutorial.
  4. Charge your device and ensure 60% battery juice on it.

Root T-Mobile Galaxy S4 on Android 4.4.2:

Having made the required preparation, you can proceed to root your device. Just follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Galaxy S4 and boot it into Download mode by holding the Volume Down and Power buttons together for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, prompting to press the volume up key to continue to the Download mode, press it.
  2. Now launch Odin 3.09.exe as administrator.
  3. Connect your phone to computer and wait till the ID:COM port at Odin turns blue.
  4. Now click the AP button and select CF-Auto-Root-jfltetmo-jfltetmo-sghm919.tar.md5.
  5. Then click the Start button on Odin.Root-T-Mobile-Galaxy-S4-Odin
  6. Wait till CF-Root does it job.
  7. Finally, you will see PASS! message on Odin and your Galaxy S4 will reboot automatically.

Wait till your phone boots up. Congrats, your T-Mobile Galaxy S4 running Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware should be rooted now. Enjoy root access and do not forget to try these apps for a better experience on your device.

Also See:

How to Disable KNOX Security on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Galaxy-S4-GT-I9505-Android-4.4.2-KitKat

Say it just a coincident or a pleasant surprise that the long-awaited Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 has just started rolling out the same day Samsung is going to launch it next flagship the Galaxy S5 at MWC.

Like it often happens with Samsung updates, the user of this phone in Germany are the first to get it. If your phone’s CSC code is DBT and have not yet received firmware update notification, you can check or request it through Kies, or on your phone itself by going to Settings> More> About> Software Update.

The users who are not from Germany, can still update their Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 by downloading the KitKat firmware manually. The good thing that the firmware is carrier unbranded and therefore it can be installed on any Galaxy S4 (model n. GT-I9505) without any issue. Just make sure you phone is not bound to a network operator to avoid any connectivity issues.

New Features:

As for the new things brought by the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update mainly concern the overall performance and battery life. Other than that, you will also notice a few more new changes such as-

  1. Little graphical changes in the UI: statusbar has become transparent and now it has white icons
  2. New camera shortcut on the lockscreen,
  3. Improvement in camera
  4. Choice between stock Messaging app and Hangouts as default app for SMS and MMS
  5. While playing music, you see fullscreen album art on lockscreen
  6. Improved layout in Samsung Keyboard
  7. New Emojis support
  8. Wireless printing

Firmware Details:

Device Model: Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505
OS Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Build date: 13 February, 2014
Product Code: DBT (Germany)
PDA: I9505XXUFNB8
CSC: I9505OXAFNB8
MODEM: I9505XXUFNB8

Galaxy-S4-GT-I9505-KitKat-Update

Download Firmware:

I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_DBT.zip

or

DBT-I9505XXUFNB8-20140224150536.zip

Mirror Link

Torrent: I9505XXUFNB8_I9505OXAFNB8_I9505XXUFNB8.zip.torrent

How to Install:

Please note that updating your phone with the new firmware will upgrade its bootloader. It simply means that you will not be able to downgrade your Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 or any other lesser version. To install this official firmware manually on your Samsung Galaxy S4, follow the installation steps given here.

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Galaxy-S4-GT-I9500-Android-4.4.2-KitKat

The long awaited Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 has finally started rolling out. This time, the users of the phone in Russia have reported getting the new update via OTA. Since the KitKat firmware for GT-I9500 is unbranded, it can be installed on any Galaxy S4 (Exynos Octa variant) that is is not carrier branded.

If you happen to own this S4 variant and are from some other part of the globe than Russia, you can download the firmware file from our link below and install it manually using Odin. For the sake your convenience, we have added some download mirror links too.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware with build version I9500SERFNB3 for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 brings several new features and above all better performance. Just for you information, it does not bring ART (Android RunTime) to your device that Google introduced while releasing KitKat.

Firmware Details:

Device Model: Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500
Firmware Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Build date: 13 February, 2014
Product Code: SER (Russia)
PDA: I9500XXUFNB3
CSC: I9500SERFNB3
MODEM: I9500XXUFNA6

Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Android 4.4.2

 

New Features:

  • Camera button on lock screen
  • Improvement in Camera performance
  • White icons on status bar
  • You can choose default app for Home Launcher and Messaging in Settings> More> Default Applications
  • Better performance resulting in better scores on benchmarks
  • Many others

 

Download Firmware:

Russia: I9500XXUFNB3_I9500SERFNB3_SER.zip

Mirror Link 1Mirror Link 2Mirror Link 3, Mirror Link 4, Mirror Link 5

Torrent: I9500XXUFNB3_I9500SERFNB3_SER.zip.torrent

Newly Added Firmwares:

India: INU-I9500XXUFNB3-20140224140801.zip  [Mirror]

Saudi Arabia: KSA-I9500XXUFNB4-20140310163629.zip  [Mirror]

Malaysia: XME-I9500XXUFNB7-20140312143025.zip  [Mirror]

Vietnam: XXV-I9500XXUFNB7-20140312143054.zip  [Mirror]

Thailand: THL-I9500XXUFNB7-20140312142940.zip  [Mirror]

Singapore: XSP-I9500XXUFNB7-20140314143059.zip  [Mirror]

Indonesia: XSE-I9500XXUFNB7-20140314143058.zip  [Mirror]

HongKong: TGY-I9500ZSUDNB3-20140314162201.zip  [Mirror]

United Arab Emirates: XSG-I9500XXUFNB4-20140317142423.zip  [Mirror]

Brazil: ZTO-I9500UBUFNB3-20140320121302.zip  [Mirror]

Taiwan: BRI-I9500ZSUDNB3-20140319155904.zip  [Mirror]

Turkey: TUR-I9500XXUFNB4-20140319182453.zip  [Mirror]

 

How to Install:

Please note that updating your phone with the new firmware will upgrade its bootloader, and so you will not be able to downgrade your device to Android 4.3. To install this official firmware manually on your Samsung Galaxy S4, follow the installation steps given here.

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Install-Custom-Fonts-on-Android

What makes Android so distinct among all existing operating system for mobile devices is its immense flexibility and capability of  customization. One might question the current status of its open source nature but it’s true that once you gain root access on your Android phone or tablet, you get the license to curve and bend it to your needs and taste.

The possibilities of customization has attracted thousands of developers who work hard to add new hues and dimensions to the OS. Who can imagine a whole different look of the platform with reference to WindowsMobile or iOS? The variety that Android offers is really overwhelming. The various OEM specific UXs and ROMs like CM, PA and MIUI are some of its sterling examples.

There are various ways in which you can personalize your Android device. The things that go into customization our devices are custom ROMs, home launchers, widgets, icon packs, UI mods, wallpapers and fonts. At DroidViews, we keep sharing  such things and today, we are here with a good bunch of custom fonts for your Android phone or tablet.

Of course, you can find some good paid apps and enjoy fonts of your choice on your device but if you have root access, you can also install custom fonts on Android for free. XDA contributor gianton has shared hundreds of beautiful fonts for Android device. These fonts are available as flashable ZIPs that can be installed using a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or TWRP. By downloading his mega pack, you can have 355 custom fonts for your Android. By visiting gianton’s original thread, you can download most of the fonts separately too.

I have tested some of these fonts on 4 of my devices (Galaxy S4, Note 3, Nexus 5 and HTC One) and they worked perfect on all of them. So, if you want your favorite font to add to the beauty of your phone’s UI, just download the fonts, flash them and experience the novelty.

 

Download Fonts:

Download: 355-flashable-zips-by-gianton.zip

 DownloadInstall 355 Custom Fonts on Android

Compatibility:

As for the compatibility of these custom fonts, they can be flashe on any rooted Android phone or tablet device running:

  • Android 4.x.x (ICS, Jelly Bean, KitKat)
  • TouchWiz, Sense 5/5.5, AOSP, CyanogenMod, ParanoidAndroid, Google Play Edition, MIUI and others.

Installing Custom Fonts:

Please note that flashing any of the fonts ZIP pack will not add new fonts to your device. They would rather replace the original fonts found on the system/fonts directory of your device. That’s to say, you’ll be able to use just one font at a time. If you wish to try another font, you’ll have to flash it again.

  1. Copy the desired font (zip) file to your phone’s internal or external SD.
  2. Reboot your device into CWM/TWRP recovery mode. If you do not know the hardware key-combo to enter recovery, try one of these apps.
  3. Do not forget to backup your current ROM before trying the fonts.
  4. In the recovery mode, select the “Install” option (in TWRP) or “install zip from sdcard” (in CWM).
  5. Navigate to the font zip file, select it and confirm the installation.
  6. When the font is flashed, “wipe dalvik cache”.
  7. Finally, reboot the device.

Your phone will reboot and you will see “Android is upgrading…” message on the screen. You should now see the newly installed font applied to your device. Enjoy!

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Galaxy-S4-LTE-Android-4.4.2-KitKat

The rumors were already there and were later confirmed by Samsung too that the manufacturer has been cooking the Android KitKat confectionery behind the scenes and is planning to serve it by the end of January or early February. The latest leaked firmware from Samsung can be seen as a confirmation to all that we had been hearing so far.

Sammobile has released the leaked version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware for the LTE variant of the Galaxy S4. As for the performance of the firmware, it is very stable and it is another indication that the official release is just round the corner. However,  before the official firmware begins rolling out,  the user of this phone can feel themselves lucky to have the luxury of enjoying the TW-KitKat combo before the owners of any other Galaxy device.

4.4.2 is the latest version of Android currently and having updated your Galaxy S4 to it, you’ll be able to experience the new improvements and features integrated in Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. Though the new KitKat based firmware with build version I9505XXUFNA1 does not bring any significant graphical changes to the Galaxy S4′s UI, there is one great change that shows itself at the first glance, and that is the new transparent status bar and the whitened icons on it. Another strikingly new thing is the faster user experience. You will also see a camera shortcut on the lockscreen now. Besides, there are several other system based tweaks and optimizations for better performance.

Android-4.4.2-KitKat-Galaxy-S4

Firmware Details:

Model: Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 276328
Build date: Thursday, 2 Jan 2014
Product Code: OXA
PDA: I9505XXUFNA1
CSC: OXA (Open Europe)
MODEM: I9505XXUFNA1

galaxy-s4-android-4.4.2

Download:

The leaked KitKat test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 bears OXA tag as CSC code and that means that it is unbranded and meant for Open Europe regions. If you have this phone and it is not locked to a network operator, you can install it regardless of what country you are from.

I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_OXA.zip

Mirror Link 1,   Mirror Link 2,  Mirror Link 3,  Mirror Link 4

Installing the firmware would wipe your phone’s data (contacts, settings, apps. files on internal storage, etc. Therefore we strongly recommend you to back all your data to the external storage. You can use these apps for backing up your device. When you have installed the leaked Android 4.4.2 firmware, we also suggest you to do a data factory reset manually too.

 

Update:

A greater version of leaked test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 is now available for download. It comes with a smoother performance and some bug fixes.  We recommend you to try the new release from below:

I9505XXUFNA5_I9505OXAFNA5_I9505XXUFNA5_OXA.zip

Mirror Link 1, Mirror Link 2

 

Latest Update:

Another leaked Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware is now available. The new I9505XXUFNAD build version performs too well and it seems to be the final release. It simply indicates that the official roll out is pretty near.

Galaxy-S4-LTE-GT-I9505

I9505XXUFNAD_I9505OXXFNA2_I9505XXUFNAD_OXX.zip

Mirror Link

 

How to Install:

Grab the firmware file from above and flash it using Odin 3.09. In case you want a detailed installation guide, you can find all required steps here.

Performance:

Now, the answer to the greatest question: how is the performance of the XXUFNA Firmware on Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, we ran an Antutu benchmark test and you can see that the device now performs better than the previous version. When the official version comes out, we hope it will bring even better results.

android-4.2.2-Antutu-Galaxy-S4

Install the new KitKat firmware on your Galaxy S4 and do not forget to share your experience with us and other readers. Cheers!

Also See:

How to Root Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 on Android 4.4.2 XXUFNA Firmware

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tmobile-galaxy-s4-root

Since the past couple of weeks Samsung has been busy sending the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to a range of its devices. Amidst the news that the Galaxy S4 is scheduled to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of January next year, the Korean manufacturer is now almost done with the 4.3 update for the device. If you own an S4 from the US carrier T-Mobile and have already received the Android 4.3 update through OTA, it is very likely that you might want to root it and continue enjoying the apps that you used to do earlier.

Yesterday, we came up with rooting tutorials for AT&T and Verizon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on VRUEMK2  firmware. Today, we’ll learn how we can root the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 (SGH-M919) on the same firmware version. You can now obtain superuser privileges on your Galaxy S4 easily using the same old CF-Auto-Root method devised by Chainfire.

Disclaimer:

The rooting procedure for T-Mobile Galaxy S4 is considered a little risky and if you make a mistake, it might lead into a soft-bricked device that can only be recovered by installing the official firmware back. Moreover, by rooting your phone, you’ll be voiding its warranty. Remember, you have been warned! Proceed at your own risk.

Making Preparations:

Before you actually root your Galaxy S4, there are a few things that need to be done for a pleasant result. Make sure you do not miss any of them.

 

Rooting Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 on VRUEMK2:

Having been done with the prerequisites mentioned above, let’s now head over to the rooting procedure. Just follow the steps described above:

  1. Turn off your Galaxy S4 and boot it into the Download Mode by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons together for 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, press the Volume Up key to enter Download mode.
  2. Now launch Odin by runing it as administrator.
  3. Connect your phone to the computer with USB cable and wait till it is detected by Odin. A successful connection is shown by blue signal on the ID:COM port at Odin and “Added!!” message below.
  4. Now click on the PDA button and select the “CF-Auto-Root-jfltetmo-jfltetmo-sghm919.,tar,md5″ file.
  5. Do not forget to check that only the F. Reset Time and Auto Reboot options are selected on Odin.
  6. Finally, click the Start button.
  7. This will initialize the installation and at the completion of the procedure, you will see PASS!! message on Odin.pass-on-odin
  8. You device will reboot automatically then.

Wait till your T-Mobile Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 boots up, open the app drawer and look for the SuperSU app there. If it’s present, your phone should be rooted. Launch this app and updated the binary if prompted to do so. To verify the root, install a root test app from the Play store and run it.t-mobile-galaxy-s4-root

There is a dedicated app for checking root access on Android devices. You can download it by clicking the following link:

 

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The Verizon Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 received the first Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update with build number VRUEMJ7 back in November. To fix some bugs found in that firmware and address stability issues, Verizon rolled the VRUEMK2  OTA update earlier this month. The new update is definitely a welcome thing in that it comes with various improvements and enhancements such as better email connectivity, improved roaming in Canada and Mexico, non-Samsung charger compatibility, better data connections through proxy servers and so on.

However, if you had a rooted Galaxy S4 and you accepted the MK2 OTA on your device, you must have lost your root access. Well, you need not worry since another root exploit for the Verizon S4 on the MK2 build is now available. In many cases, Android phone users shirk from rooting their device because they are afraid of losing the manufacturer’s warranty. The Saferoot script by k1mu from XDA is does not trip the custom binary or KNOX warranty counter of your Verizon Galaxy S4 at all.

Compatible Devices:

Kimu’s root exploit for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is based on another exploit by Cubeuncube and can be used to root most American and Canadian variants of the device. The method is safe to use as its very name implies and works great on builds VRUEMJ7, VRUEMK2 and UCUEMK2 (AT&T).

Disclaimer:

Though Saferoot method described below works fine on the Verizon S4 SCH-I545 and AT&T S4 SGH-I337, we cannot warrant that it is 100% safe. Follow the guide at your own risk.

Prerequisites:

  • Download the Saferoot.zip file: Download Link 1,   Link 2,  Link 3
  • Download and install Samsung USB Driver or Kies installed on your computer. If you have Kies, make sure it is not open while you use the root exploit.
  • Go to your phone’s Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging. in case you do not find the developer options, follow this guide.

Rooting AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile & Verizon S4 Using Saferoot:

  1. Extract the Saferoot.zip file.
  2. Connect your Galaxy S4 to computer via USB cable.
  3. Now double-click the install.bat file to run it.
  4. A command prompt window will launch. It will try to look for your device and when it is detected, the Saferoot script will run automatically and attempt to root your Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S4 on VRUEMJ7 or VRUEMK2 or UCUEMK2 firmware.root-galaxy-s4-on-mk2-firmware
  5. When the SuperUser is installed to your phone, it will reboot automatically.

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When your device boots up, you should see a new app called SuperSU in the app drawer. To verify root access, install  the Root Checker app from the market and run it.

 

Want a Custom Recovery?

AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S4 users can try SafeStrap Recovery from Here

Users of Sprint, T-Mobile and Canadian Galaxy S4 can install their favorite custom recovery (CWM/TWRP) using the following apps.

 

Unable to Get Root Access While Being Rooted?

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