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: status bar 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)



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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