Install Official Android 4.4 KitKat update on Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A
Koreans has started to update the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat update now officially. It is currently available in Korea for Galaxy S4 LTE-A SHV-E330S and E330K model. However Samsung is updating the phone eventually and it will be available on other models and regions soon in future. Android 4.4 update this firmware update should enhance the usability of Galaxy S4 a lot with handy features. KitKat bumps up the wireless printer support, improved messaging & calling, camera shortcut on home screen, and more.
You can connect your Galaxy S4 to KIES and grab the Android 4.4 KitKat update officially. You can also download the Android 4.4 update to Galaxy S4 with OTA notification, you can check it from Setting>General>About Device and there check software update menu. But if you cannot perform these actions, get KitKat on Galaxy S4 manually with the help of Odin3.
Read on how to install Android 4.4 KitKat update on Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S and Galaxy S4 SHV-E330K manually. Use a Windows computer having phone USB drivers. Disable all system tools such as Samsung KIES, antivirus, firewall program, please make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use Carbon app to backup apps, and turn the USB Debugging on, to do so just tap Menu> Settings> Application> Development.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or gets damaged following this guide.
Update: Firmware has been changed but still it is KitKat.
Step #1: Download the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update for Galaxy S4 depending on your model:
Galaxy S4 SHV-E300K Android 4.4 Firmware [not available yet]
Step #2: Unzip the downloaded zip file into a folder.
Step #3: Download the Odin3 to your PC.
Step #4: Unzip the downloaded Odin zip into a folder too.
Step #5: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped above file and run Odin3.xx.exe.
Step #6: Turn the device off.
Step #7: Reboot the device into download mode. Reboot device by holding down volume down, home and power buttons, when screen turns on, leave these buttons and press the volume up button to enter into download mode.
Step #8: Click on PA Button and locate .tar.md5 from the folder where you’ve unzipped above files in the step 2. (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #9: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS (Note: If Odin refuse to install the update and show message FAIL, or get stuck, close the Odin and unplug device, then pull out battery from the device for a few seconds. Then put the battery back to the device and reboot into download mode. Then install the firmware again).
Step #10: If your device reboot into normal mode, you’re done, enjoy! But if you device gets stuck at boot screen, you need to perform wipe, to do so, turn off device, then reboot into recovery mode by holding down volume up, home and power buttons, when screen turns on, leave power button but not volume down until you enter in recovery mode. In recovery mode, select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen. Once it done, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”
That’s it, you are running on Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 Kitkat now. If you experience errors, leave comments and let us know.