VZW OTA 4.4.4 Just pushed.

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fhblake04

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Anyone else just get this pushed? Noticed a few cosmetic differences. Foxfi seems to still work, but I will test that fully when I get home. I am not rooted.
 

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jerkules

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I have an update, not sure if it is 4.4.4 but it says it fixes bluetooth media failure or something like that.
 
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@muniz_ri and @open1your1eyes0 I have the ota downloaded here if you want to take a look.... It's pretty big 346 mb. I haven't installed it yet. To anyone else, I would refrain from installing this if you value root. Wait until it's checked out to see if it's safe.

KitKat4.4.4 OTA

MD5: 1ad228f1c2871ddb8b881e4f576216b1

EDIT: This is confirmed safe.
 
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open1your1eyes0

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Anyone who has taken the OTA already

Please try this method for now: http://forum.xda-developers.com/verizon-galaxy-s5/general/how-to-root-g900vvru1ane9-t2836201

We will get NHA kernel and flash that later (building it for you guys now).

UPDATE (built): From step 6 from above method use this file instead: G900V_NHA_Stock_Kernel

Anyone who is rooted on NE9 build with Safestrap (and willing to help us out with a test)

Please try flashing this version of SuperSU.zip in Safestrap recovery and enabling "Survival Mode" on your current build, then taking the OTA and seeing if root survived.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/supersu/2014-09-02-supersu-v2-05-t2868133
 
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muniz_ri

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@muniz_ri and @open1your1eyes0 I have the ota downloaded here if you want to take a look.... It's pretty big 346 mb. I haven't installed it yet. To anyone else, I would refrain from installing this if you value root. Wait until it's checked out to see if it's safe.

KitKat4.4.4 OTA

MD5: 1ad228f1c2871ddb8b881e4f576216b1

Thanks for the file, I will check it out. Also, I may need help with testing a solution to keep root so pm me if interested.
 

tformed

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I got the same Bluetooth update, earlier today and noticed that it was Android 4.4.4 too. Phone appears to run snappier too. Haven't really noticed any cosmetic changes.

I'm also getting this annoying "Voice Mail Update: Your Voice Mail service has been updated. Tap here to set up your service." in the notification tray. Haven't found a way to get rid of it completely.

I would use it, but I have Google Voice setup for voicemail.
 
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open1your1eyes0

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I got the same Bluetooth update, earlier today and noticed that it was Android 4.4.4 too. Phone appears to run snappier too. Haven't really noticed any cosmetic changes.

I'm also getting this annoying "Voice Mail Update: Your Voice Mail service has been updated. Tap here to set up your service." in the notification tray. Haven't found a way to get rid of it completely.

I would use it, but I have Google Voice setup for voicemail.

Any chance you can help us test this? http://forum.xda-developers.com/verizon-galaxy-s5/general/how-to-root-g900vvru1ane9-t2836201

For step 6 use this file instead however: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23622183712469066
 
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GuestK00143

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Did you take the OTA and were able to get it rooted before flashing NHA kernel back (step 6)? At which step of that method did it pass/fail?
I didn't take the OTA. I Odined back to stock NE9, then to NCG to root and then to NHA. Odin didn't fail but rebooting did. After Odin flashed NHA it rebooted but got stuck at the boot screen. It just sat at the Samsung boot screen, even after another reboot. Than I Odined back to NE9 and all is good again.
 

open1your1eyes0

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I didn't take the OTA. I Odined back to stock NE9, then to NCG to root and then to NHA. Odin didn't fail but rebooting did. After Odin flashed NHA it rebooted but got stuck at the boot screen. It just sat at the Samsung boot screen, even after another reboot. Than I Odined back to NE9 and all is good again.

As per the steps on that method you should take the OTA first (the full NHA OTA on stock unrooted), then flash the NCG kernel just your can reroot and flash the NHA kernel kernel back after you have root.

I'm not sure you can run NHA kernel on NE9 build, that may be why you're getting stuck.
 
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As per the steps on that method you should take the OTA first (the full NHA OTA on stock unrooted), then flash the NCG kernel just your can reroot and flash the NHA kernel kernel back after you have root.

I'm not sure you can run NHA kernel on NE9 build, that may be why you're getting stuck.
Ok, seeing that I already flashed the NHA kernel and flashed back to NE9 should mean that NHA isn't incremented?
 

open1your1eyes0

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Ok, seeing that I already flashed the NHA kernel and flashed back to NE9 should mean that NHA isn't incremented?

If you're referring to the bootloader update that's included in the OTA, unfortunately without testing we have no way to tell at the moment. Someone needs to just be brave enough to take the OTA for us and see if they can flash back to NE9 after.
 

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Okay folks, you all are super lucky today as I decided to be impatient and personally test this out for you guys. Confirming the below method fully works for me.
  1. Make sure you are on stock unrooted NE9 build (if not flash this NE9 firmware in ODIN)
    NOTE: If you are on a newer firmware just flash the stock firmware for the version you are running instead - if needed
  2. Take the NHA (Android 4.4.4) OTA and confirm all is working
    NOTE: If you are on a newer firmware just take the OTA for whichever is next version instead until you get to the latest
  3. Flash the NCG kernel in ODIN: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23578570567722142
    WARNING: After flashing this kernel you may get lots of crashes and hanging but try to push through to next step below little-by-little.
  4. Root using Towelroot: https://towelroot.com/
  5. Install/Open SuperSU and let it update the binary normally
  6. Flash the NHA kernel (I provided earlier) in ODIN: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23622183712469066
    NOTE: If you are on a newer firmware just flash the kernel for whichever version you are on
  7. Reboot and you should be all set
Video guide courtesy of DroidModderX:

 
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muniz_ri

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Okay folks, you all are super lucky today as I decided to be impatient and personally test this out for you guys. Confirming the below method fully works for me.
  1. Make sure you are on stock unrooted NE9 build (if not flash this NE9 firmware in ODIN)
  2. Take the NHA (Android 4.4.4) OTA and confirm all is working
  3. Flash the NCG kernel in ODIN: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23578570567722142
  4. Root using Towelroot: https://towelroot.com/
  5. Install/Open SuperSU and let it update the binary normally
  6. Flash the NHA kernel (I provided earlier) in ODIN: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23622183712469066
  7. Reboot and you should be all set

Cool. I'm surprised vz didn't blackball the ncg kernel to run on the new firnware but good for us!
 

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    Okay folks, you all are super lucky today as I decided to be impatient and personally test this out for you guys. Confirming the below method fully works for me.
    1. Make sure you are on stock unrooted NE9 build (if not flash this NE9 firmware in ODIN)
      NOTE: If you are on a newer firmware just flash the stock firmware for the version you are running instead - if needed
    2. Take the NHA (Android 4.4.4) OTA and confirm all is working
      NOTE: If you are on a newer firmware just take the OTA for whichever is next version instead until you get to the latest
    3. Flash the NCG kernel in ODIN: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23578570567722142
      WARNING: After flashing this kernel you may get lots of crashes and hanging but try to push through to next step below little-by-little.
    4. Root using Towelroot: https://towelroot.com/
    5. Install/Open SuperSU and let it update the binary normally
    6. Flash the NHA kernel (I provided earlier) in ODIN: https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23622183712469066
      NOTE: If you are on a newer firmware just flash the kernel for whichever version you are on
    7. Reboot and you should be all set
    Video guide courtesy of DroidModderX:

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    Mine has that two. But I don't mind it, It is rooted. I've got the new NHA update and am rooted. I tried using safestrap to restore my extreme Syndicate rom. And it booted fine but in about phone it is just on 4.4.2. So I restored my NHA backup.

    First post here, I just randomly decided to root my phone yesterday, researched and did it. It's all pretty easy it seems. Anyway nice site here, good place to start for beginners.

    extreme syndicate will be updated to v2 when the tar is released! it will include some fixes/changes and maybe more debloat :) it will be lighter for sure!

    Sent from my SM-G900V using XDA Free mobile app
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    Anyone who has taken the OTA already

    Please try this method for now: http://forum.xda-developers.com/verizon-galaxy-s5/general/how-to-root-g900vvru1ane9-t2836201

    We will get NHA kernel and flash that later (building it for you guys now).

    UPDATE (built): From step 6 from above method use this file instead: G900V_NHA_Stock_Kernel

    Anyone who is rooted on NE9 build with Safestrap (and willing to help us out with a test)

    Please try flashing this version of SuperSU.zip in Safestrap recovery and enabling "Survival Mode" on your current build, then taking the OTA and seeing if root survived.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/supersu/2014-09-02-supersu-v2-05-t2868133
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    extreme syndicate will be updated to v2 when the tar is released! it will include some fixes/changes and maybe more debloat :) it will be lighter for sure!

    Sent from my SM-G900V using XDA Free mobile app

    As will SlymHyde, and possibly a name change. I know someone earlier mentioned providing system dumps, but I'll wait for the official tar. I'm not too keen on firmware packages based from dumps.. too many things can go wrong (I've learned the hard way on past devices).
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    Worked perfectly. Donate link?

    No donation required, but there's a button under my image on the left there if you prefer. :good: