Android 4.4.2 KitKat test firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 leaked, brings KitKat style white status bar icons and more

Eagerly waiting to see how KitKat looks on Galaxy S4, SamMobile has something exclusive for you all. SamMobile has got their hands on to a brand new Android 4.4.2 KitKat test firmware for the Galaxy S4. The update is for GT-I9505, the European version of the handset (Snapdragon 600 one). The firmware is pretty stable enough to be used as a daily driver, but still has minor bugs, as it's still a test build.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2

According to SamMobile, Samsung will start rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 in February or March. 

Changes-wise, the most notable change among all is the white status bar icons being changed from Gingerbread style green to all new KitKat style white.

The update also brings a camera shortcut button on the lockscreen (right bottom), a little bump in performance and an improved Samsung's keyboard in landscape orientation.


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Details of the firmware:
  • Model - GT-I9505
  • Country - Open Europe
  • Version - Android 4.4.2
  • Changelist - 276328
  • Build date - Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000
  • Product Code - OXA
  • PDA - I9505XXUFNA1
  • CSC - I9505OXAFNA1
  • MODEM - I9505XXUFNA1

NOTE before flashing:
  • You are doing this at your OWN risk and we are not responsible if you brick your phone.
  • Flashing this build will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
  • This test firmware is a pre-release build and not official from Samsung.
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Flashing Instructions:
  • Download "I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_OXA.zip" and extract (unzip) it.
  • Download Odin3 v3.09 (From here).
  • Extract it and open it.
  • Switch off and then restart the phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons).
  • Connect the phone with PC and open the Odin software.
  • Now wait until you get a blue sign in Odin. If success, then Add I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_HOME.tar.md5 to AP.
  • Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked.
  • Click start button and wait a few minutes.
  • If you face any issues with the firmware, boot into recovery mode (Home+power+volume up) and choose wipe/factory reset.
  • Then choose reboot and you are now good to go.
Source - SamMobile
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