Though maybe some of you might too excited about the Android 4.4.4 update on Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-I9505 but yet another firmware build number I9505XXUGNJ8 and still base in Android 4.4.2 came around. The I9505XXUGNJ8 now only seen arriving on all unbranded Galaxy S5 I9505 users in Baltic States, for some reasons that only Samsung knows about. The I9505XXUGNJ8 got a newer kernel changes value that will bumps-up the kernel build version to 3.4.0-3162654, which much higher compared to the most recent 4.4.2 updates that posses the stock kernel build version of 3.4.0-2309103 such as the 4.4.2 I9505XXUGNH7, I9505XXUGNH6, I9505XXUGNG8 and so on.
Once took the update you might not see anything new when it comes to the UI settings and layout and designs. All incoming Samsung Galaxy S5 4.4.2 software updates lately usually targets the Android system to improved stability, including some other enhancements like the compatibility to all apps. Added to that is the security enhancement that always present once in every update. These changes are technical and are not visible to end-users eyes, might if you can read the string of commands inside the firmware package, you should know about it. Perhaps it is noticeable by speed and performance, let say if you have experienced some apps crashes, lag-issues, data connectivity issues before, but then once took the update and it’s already gone then that could be a changes we are talking about.
Download Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 (Snapdragon) I9505XXUGNJ8 4.4.2 Stock or Official Firmware
Device name: Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE
Model number: GT-I9505
Android version: 4.4.2
Baseband version: I9505XXUGNJ8
Kernel version: 3.4.0-3162654
Build number: KOT49H.I9505XXUGNJ8
Baltic Countries – I9505XXUGNJ8_I9505OXXGNK1 (link)
Again, the I9505XXUGNJ8 can be downloaded through Samsung Kies. Below are the official firmware build I9505XXUGNJ8 4.4.2 KitKat for advanced users that wants to update right now, without waiting before it appears on Kies.
Important Reminders before you install the I9505XXUGNJ8 4.4.2 Stock Firmware
Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
Nup, this is an official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.
My Galaxy S4 is rooted, will I lose root?
If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.
- Make sure that your Galaxy S4 is fully charge.
Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc. before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe, just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in safe if something went wrong during the flashing process.
- Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port. Odin will not work on MAC OS.
Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S4.
- Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – while if you are now on 4.4.2 just hit Settings>>About Phone>> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appear.
- Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.
- The Android 4.4.2 KitKat now comes with a new protected bootloader that will result into unwanted issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. This also applies if you are planning into rooting and installs any custom recovery and any unsigned firmware once you are on 4.4.2 KitKat, so please be aware with that.
Install the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 USB driver
Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. You may also need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.
Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘Phone Bootloader Update’ (only if your device runs on 4.3) , ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked.
Reboot your Galaxy S4 I9505 into Download Mode
To reboot the Galaxy S4 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Load the stock I9505XXUGNJ9 4.4.2 Android KitKat firmware file
The stock firmware is pack in a single .tar.md5 file only. Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
Start Flashing or Installing the stock firmware
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM. Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.
Wait ’till it PASS!!
When the Stock Firmware installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.
Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware
Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.
Troubleshooting ‘Complete (Write) operation failed Odin error.
Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock firmware on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.
Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” or “All threads completed. Complete(Write) operation failed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)’.
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and or try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, it isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs. Also try to use another computer or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: This eventually happens if your device came from custom firmware but you can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S4 in Normal mode.
That’s it! If you found some interesting features, including bugs and other issues to this I9505XXUGNGJ8 4.4.2 KitKat update, just drop it on our comment form below.