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bungadudu

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Merry Christmas :D:beer:


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Android 4.4.2 KitKat quick video:





Official changelog for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat on smartphones:
http://www.sammobile.com/wp-content...y_Note3_Customer_Consultant_Guide_Ver1.0.pptx




Commonly Asked Questions

Will this trigger Knox?
This firmwares, being official, will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.

How to install this?
If you didn't received the update OTA you can use Odin with the official firmwares posted below.
If you don't know how, look at this tutorial - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41072377&postcount=1

Will this update erase my internal memory by default?
No.
But because of upgrading to a newer base it is recommended to wipe data and cache before and after flashing the firmware.
If any problems occur post-install or you want to avoid any from the start, do a factory reset before installing the update. (carefull as it will delete everything on your internal memory!)


Can I install a custom recovery?
Yes.
You can flash your preferred recovery with Odin.
!!! This will trip the KNOX counter !!!


Can I root this firmware?
Yes.
!!! This will trip the KNOX counter!!!


Any changes for the interface?
- updated status bar with white icons;
- when playing music, the music album art is displayed as full-screen background for the lock screen;
- camera shortcut is displayed on the lockscreen (dependent on csc);
-stock keyboard's layout has been improved in landscape orientation;
- more and upgraded emojis for the stock keyboard;
- a new location menu;
- a new default applications menu;
- a new wireless printing menu;
For the complete and detailed changelog refer to the official changelog posted above.

How is the performance?
Pretty much the same.
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Any Note III goodies?
The new multiwindow.
Sadly not anything else..

Any bugs?
- Can't connect to GLONASS satellites.
- Note that on the tw based 4.4 firmwares there's no option to switch from dalvik to the art runtime (this is not a bug, Samsung just wanted to avoid any problems (as art is just in an experimental phase) so it removed this option).
- Also in KitKat, applications will no longer be able create, modify, or remove files and folders on your external SD card. As a for-instance, you can no longer use a file manager to copy files from your computer to the SD card over a network. This ability, which has existed since the beginning of Android, has been taken away by Google.
If you have this problems and have root you can try this fix - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2607215

How does it feel? Is it good for a daily driver?
Seems faster when scrolling, UI still lags but less. Smoother transitions.
The smearing seems to be back again.
Definitely good enough for a daily!





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Downloads:


For more mirrored official firmwares, or any sw problems you guys can check out @samersh72 great thread [GUIDE] Unroot/Unbrick, Flash official stock firmware on Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 & I9505
 
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zoomee

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About time samsung finally pulled its finger out with 4.4

Thought they were going to force us to buy S5's to get kitkat!
 

obsydian

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May 15, 2007
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Even the bloody Moto G has beaten everyone rolling out kit kat in the UK today !!!

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bungadudu

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Feb 8, 2012
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Even the bloody Moto G has beaten everyone rolling out kit kat in the UK today !!!

Sent from my GT-I9505 using xda app-developers app

Hat down to Moto!

But do you think it's so easy to integrate all s4's functions into the new base?

Moto g's software it's 300mb, s4's is >2gb and it has many more sensors and much more functions.
There's no comparison really.
 
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LastStandingDroid

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pretty sad when they got a picture to show us they don't have the firmware :silly:
 

rosmarcelino

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Jan 9, 2011
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Hat down to Moto!

But do you think it's so easy to integrate all s4's functions into the new base?

Moto g's software it's 300mb, s4's is >2gb and it has many more sensors and much more functions.
There's no comparison really.

And then we realize that all the functions Samsung create is useless and disable everything! :p

Enviado de meu GT-I9505G usando Tapatalk
 

Xv1nX

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Jan 5, 2014
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anyone has problem with the battery time in comparison with jelly bean?
with jelly bean my battery went about 60% only for display, so my S4 can hold the whole day.
now with KK it is 39% for display and more then 10% only for idle state. So i have to charge it on my work. :(
 

Shug69

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Jun 18, 2012
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Not too impressed with the benchmark though. Just tested and I get 100 points more on 4.3.
 

chickentuna

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Feb 13, 2012
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Not too impressed with the benchmark though. Just tested and I get 100 points more on 4.3.

It's off by just 100 points and you're not impressed already? Mate you do realize that every time you perform benchmarks the score is different at some point with the previous result right? And moreover it was done on a test firmware.

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gsmyth

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Dec 16, 2010
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It's off by just 100 points and you're not impressed already? Mate you do realize that every time you perform benchmarks the score is different at some point with the previous result right? And moreover it was done on a test firmware.

Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk

Give them a chance, Samsung must just not have optimised their benchmark spoofing software yet! ;):laugh:
 

Shocky2

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Sep 30, 2010
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To be honest I don't care much about the design, I just want them to make it as smooth as AOSP.

If they can't do that i'm not interested. :mad: :silly:
 
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    Oh what do we have here! We post few screenshots and you guys make a thread about it. You guys are simply awesome! :)

    Today is the big leak day, read that again, I said "today" is the big leak day and I'm not giving an exact time. ;)
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    Merry Christmas :D:beer:


    Curtesy of SamMobile! Thanks!



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    Android 4.4.2 KitKat quick video:





    Official changelog for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat on smartphones:
    http://www.sammobile.com/wp-content...y_Note3_Customer_Consultant_Guide_Ver1.0.pptx




    Commonly Asked Questions

    Will this trigger Knox?
    This firmwares, being official, will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.

    How to install this?
    If you didn't received the update OTA you can use Odin with the official firmwares posted below.
    If you don't know how, look at this tutorial - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41072377&postcount=1

    Will this update erase my internal memory by default?
    No.
    But because of upgrading to a newer base it is recommended to wipe data and cache before and after flashing the firmware.
    If any problems occur post-install or you want to avoid any from the start, do a factory reset before installing the update. (carefull as it will delete everything on your internal memory!)


    Can I install a custom recovery?
    Yes.
    You can flash your preferred recovery with Odin.
    !!! This will trip the KNOX counter !!!


    Can I root this firmware?
    Yes.
    !!! This will trip the KNOX counter!!!


    Any changes for the interface?
    - updated status bar with white icons;
    - when playing music, the music album art is displayed as full-screen background for the lock screen;
    - camera shortcut is displayed on the lockscreen (dependent on csc);
    -stock keyboard's layout has been improved in landscape orientation;
    - more and upgraded emojis for the stock keyboard;
    - a new location menu;
    - a new default applications menu;
    - a new wireless printing menu;
    For the complete and detailed changelog refer to the official changelog posted above.

    How is the performance?
    Pretty much the same.
    BdXcDDbIgAA4CQx.jpg



    Any Note III goodies?
    The new multiwindow.
    Sadly not anything else..

    Any bugs?
    - Can't connect to GLONASS satellites.
    - Note that on the tw based 4.4 firmwares there's no option to switch from dalvik to the art runtime (this is not a bug, Samsung just wanted to avoid any problems (as art is just in an experimental phase) so it removed this option).
    - Also in KitKat, applications will no longer be able create, modify, or remove files and folders on your external SD card. As a for-instance, you can no longer use a file manager to copy files from your computer to the SD card over a network. This ability, which has existed since the beginning of Android, has been taken away by Google.
    If you have this problems and have root you can try this fix - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2607215

    How does it feel? Is it good for a daily driver?
    Seems faster when scrolling, UI still lags but less. Smoother transitions.
    The smearing seems to be back again.
    Definitely good enough for a daily!





    --------------------------------

    Downloads:


    For more mirrored official firmwares, or any sw problems you guys can check out @samersh72 great thread [GUIDE] Unroot/Unbrick, Flash official stock firmware on Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 & I9505
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    Kyay nathi avyu haji update bhai...:laugh:

    Bhai bhai ahiya tahiya jya juo tahiya Gujarati.........;)

    ઇંગલિશ કરો

    Sent from my LG-V500 using xda premium

    Sabar Karo, bhaiyo.

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    Nathi thato shu karu yaar....bhai

    Sent from my GT-I9500 using XDA Premium 4 mobile app

    Ching chang chong..... Talk English please...

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    Mirror Mirror on the wall, show me the fastest of all.....:):)

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