If you remember Samsung rolled out a major firmware update to the LTE (GT-I9505) variant of the Galaxy S4 about a week ago. The reasons why that was an important update are many. As we all know the Samsung has been criticized for stuffing more than half of the memory storage of the device with the so called “awesome apps” that we usually refer to as bloatware.
Due to inapt placement of the 8 core chip jut beneath the battery the phone also got overheated. One of my friends reported that his S4 sometimes reached about 70 degree of temperature. I do not know if it is try or not but the overheating issue is there. To address all these complaints and offer a mild solution Samsung has now forwarded the XXUBMEA firmware update to the international Galaxy S4 GT-I9500.
Besides, the new changes mentioned above, you will also notice some other improvements in your device. Here are some of the discovered features brought in by the new firmware update:
- The performance of the device is faster and more stable
- Status bar is now semi-transparent
- More free RAM
- More free space on internal SD card.
- New Apps to SD Card feature that lets you move an app to the SD Card
- Improvement in camera picture quality
- New “Increase legibility” feature that can be found under Settings> My Device> Display
- New Smart Pause toggle in Quick Settings under Notification Panel
- Improvements in the S Planner app
The new firmware with version XXUBMEA is now available for download and you can install it using the same familiar Odin method.
Since most of the official firmwares given below are unbranded, they can be installed on any Galaxy S4 with model number GT-I9500 that is not locked to a carrier, regardless of country or region.
United Arab Emirates: XSG-I9500XXUBMEA-20130605112243.zip
Sri Lanka: SLK-I9500XXUBMEA-20130607104939.zip
Ukraine (Kiyvstar): SEK-I9500XXUBMEA-20130612143856.zip
Saudi Arabia: KSA-I9500XXUBMG9-20130802110426.zip
Hong Kong: TGY-I9500ZSUBMG1-20130705155131.zip
How to Install Official Firmware on S4:
If you have ever used Odin to flash stock ROM on your Galaxy device, you should have no problem with installing this one on your Galaxy S4. But if you are new to such things, it is recommended that you take aid of our detailed tutorial on the topic:
Want to Root the Galaxy S4 on New Firmware?
If you are interested in rooting your Samsung Galaxy S4 on the newly installed XXUBMEA firmware, do not forget to read our step-by-step guide on rooting S4: