The wait is over now! Samsung at last rolled out official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. The international LTE version Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 already received the same, so its time for you. This firmware rolled out is quite predictable and expected but it at last comes to this October. The latest version which is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes with lot of changes over Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which Galaxy S4 , model number I9500 running now.
So the news is, Samsung pushed the first Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware for Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 in Russia. So, users in Russia surely rejoice now as they are the first who can download and enjoy the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware which is I9500XXUEMJ5 using official ways such as Kies and OTA update. However, other can still flash the firmware as long as their device is not locked with any carrier. Before jumping into, lets check out what changes Android 4.3 Jelly Bean bring to your Galaxy S4 I9500.
The official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware for Galaxy S4 I9500 which is I9500XXUEMJ5 (build number) is a major update which can upgrade existing Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. You may want to know what changes its bringing, so here are few features that you going to enjoy:
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- ANT+ Support
- Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
- Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
- Improved RAM management
- Display looks much sharper than before
- Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
- New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
- New Camera firmware
- Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)
As I said earlier, right now the firmware is only available in Russia but you can flash it on your Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 despite on another country. However, please remember flashing it on carrier locked device isn’t recommended.
United Arab Emirates: I9500XXUEMJ5_I9500OJVEMJ5_XSG.zip
Will update the list as soon as firmware download available for other countries.
How To Flash Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Official Firmware on Galaxy S4 I9500
Just like most other Samsung official firmware flashing all you need to do, download and extract firmware then put your device into download mode and then flash the .tar.md5 file using Odin. You can find a complete installation guide here.