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Want to downgrade Android? Sure thing, but first ...

In this segment of Ask AC, we tackle what you need to know before you decide to downgrade Android on your phone Most of us here are update junkies. When a new version of Android (or anything, for that matter) is announced, we start bouncing off the walls and worrying about when we get a chance...
T-Mobile Galaxy S4 KitKat

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat today!

OK, all you fine folks rocking a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4. Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now ready. You can snag it over the air (which we recommend) or via the Samsung Kies desktop app (if you're a glutton for punishment. You'll need to be on software version M919UVUEMK2 (Android 4.3)...
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KitKat for AT&T's Galaxy S4 available today

OTA rolling out over the coming days, or you can manually check AT&T's Galaxy S4 has a KitKat update ready and waiting, and AT&T says it should be available starting February 26 — which is today! The update will push to you automagically over the next few days if you like, or if you're...
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KitKat hits Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in the UK

Over-the-air updates now pushing out Samsung's KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code "BTU"), along with certain carrier variants. The...
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Tri-band variant of Sprint Galaxy S4 receiving update to enable Wifi Calling

No word on update for original Galaxy S4 on the carrier The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected...
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Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update landing today with Gear support, Band IV LTE

As we speculated earlier today, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 will indeed be the first U.S. model to be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which brings with it Samsung's "premium suite" software. Samsung has updated its support page indicating that the new software version I545VRUEMJ7 should begin...
Sprint GS4 KitKat update

Internal doc says Sprint's Galaxy S4 will see KitKat update starting Feb. 13

Update to Android 4.4 also enables support for Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile Not a lot of details here, but this tip says the one detail everyone with a Sprint Galaxy S4 has been waiting for — a date for the KitKat OTA. Per this internal document, the update should be available starting February 13...
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Sprint Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.3 update

Galaxy Gear support and Samsung KNOX in latest update for Sprint's GS4 As predicted by a recently-leaked update timetable, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 is today getting its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Sprint's GS4 is the second U.S. model to get the upgrade, following Verizon's rollout on...
Galaxy S4 Black Edition

Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition available in the UK with eyewatering price

Faux leather must be expensive with the Black Edition costing £500 Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition first emerged, we've been light on details as to where it would be available. It's successor, the Galaxy S5, is just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped Samsung bringing the Black...
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Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly getting KitKat OTA in parts of Europe and Asia

Wider rollout for Android 4.4.2 on Samsung's 2013 flagship At Mobile World Congress last week we were somewhat surprised to see a bunch of European Galaxy S4s on the show floor running new Android 4.4-based firmware — and now it appears Samsung has deemed the update ready for the masses. This...

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Third-party charger issue purportedly fixed

A small follow-up update to the original jump to Android 4.3 back in October is hitting Verizon Galaxy S4's today with a few small fixes and improvements. According to the Verizon support document for the update, email connectivity has been improved, as has data roaming across Canada and Mexico. Further, data speeds when using enterprise proxy servers have improved, and a notable issue of third-party chargers not charging the phone should be resolved as well.

The new software version after the update will be I545VRUEMK2 — if you've received the update and are noticing any big changes, be sure to hit the forums and let other members know how it's going.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Jeremy!

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New version fully supports Sprint Spark

As part of their national Sprint Spark rollout, Sprint will be releasing a new version of the Galaxy S4 in the coming weeks. Support for LTE bands 25, 26 and 41 will be included, and the new version will be compatible with the new LTE network in the locations that currently have it available, as well as any and all expansion sites.

Today, Sprint Spark is limited to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa, but Sprint says it will expand to 100 markets over the next year.

The new version of the Galaxy S4 will cost $199 with a new agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate, or just $25 monthly with Sprint's One Up financing.

Existing Galaxy S4 phones will not be compatible with Sprint Spark. See the full press release after the break.

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On the third day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy S4

The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for 12 days.

We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.

  • Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win today's prize. Only one comment. 
  • We'll close the comments after 24 hours and pick a winner at random. 
  • Make sure the contact details you have entered when you signed up at AC are good, because that is how I will get in touch with you. 

Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. It's the best selling Android phone in the world, and a favorite with modders, tinkerers, and users alike. Be sure to try to win one of your own!

The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.

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MK2 update said to resolve 'sleep mode' issues

Sprint has announced on its community message boards that its Samsung Galaxy S4 has been updated with a minor bug-fixing patch. The update to firmware version "MK2" is said to resolve issues with sleep mode on the phone, but that's the only change pointed out in the carrier's official changelog. It comes a month after Sprint's GS4 got its Android 4.3 update.

Sprint's post flags this update as having been pushed out on Nov. 30, and according to reports from the Android Central forums, the update has been arriving on handsets over the weekend. So if you've not already got it, now's the time to start hitting that "Check for updates" button.

Source: Sprint, Android Central forums

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Two updates are pushing to get everyone on build MK2

AT&T and Samsung have reissued the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4, and according to AT&T it should start pushing out to devices today. The update seems identical to the last round, which was pulled for unknown reasons by Samsung shortly after things got started. We imagine there are important changes under the hood, though. 

Anyhoo, if you're not yet on Android 4.3 your update will be a wifi-only 727MB download, and when all is said and done your device will be current as far as things stand now. If you had previously installed the 4.3 OTA, your update will be a small 28MB update. In either case, you'll be running version I337UCUEMK2.

Got that? Don't fret if you're not up on all these numbers and versions. Just wander into the forums, where you can get all the help you need from people just like yourself. OTA days make the forums especially love-filled, so don't miss all the good feelings and karma.

And enjoy your update and your turkey.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, Michael!

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780MB update brings Android 4.3, Knox, and Galaxy Gear support

If you're using a Galaxy S4 on T-Mobile, you've had your patience tested the past few months. The same phone on other carriers (without Wifi calling, which everyone expects is the reason for the delays) has seen updates come and go to improve the laggy behavior of the S4, while we had to sit back and wonder when it would be our turn.

Our turn is today. The Android 4.3 update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 is pushing out right now. I fired up mine and mashed a few buttons and see it for myself. It seems like a very slow download, but I can wait another hour for the 780MB file.

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The other shoe drops

Following up on confirmed reports that the Google Play edition HTC One was receiving its update to Android 4.4, the GPe Galaxy S4 has its own update. With a quick mention on the official Android Google+ page, we now know that both Google Play editions have their update just a matter of days after Nexus devices.

This follows the release of open-source files for both devices by the manufacturers early this morning, which is usually a good tip that the full-blown updates will hit soon thereafter. Seeing the update yet? Let members know in the forums how the process went.

Update: Here's the direct download link from Google's servers for those of you wanting to manually sideload the update.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition Forums

Source: +Android

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Google Play edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One Android 4.4 updates shouldn't be far behind

Samsung and HTC have just published the Android 4.4 kernel source code and framework support files for their Google Play edition devices. While the code released today, a requirement of the GPL, won't be of any use to regular users, it does mean the rollout of KitKat to both Google Play edition phones is likely a matter of days away, if that. (The previous Android 4.3 OTA followed within a day of the open-source bits being released.)

HTC has previously stated that its code has been ready for some time, and that the public release timing was to be determined by Google.

So if you've got a Google Play edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One, now might be a good time to start checking for updates. We'll let you know as soon as the new KitKat-based firmware start rolling out.

Source: HTCDev, Samsung Open Source Release Center

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Three big Canadian carriers are pushing updates

Just when you thought that every version of the Galaxy S4 had received its Android 4.3 update, now Canadian carriers are having their turn. Users with Galaxy S4 and S4 Minis on Rogers, TELUS and Bell are all reporting that the big 'ol 790MB update to Android 4.3 is hitting their phone today.

You'll be seeing much the same as every other Galaxy S4 owner that has received the update, including slight visual refreshes to some icons and menus and support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. If you haven't received the update on your Canadian carrier-branded S4 or S4 Mini, now's the time to start checking.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums

Source: MobileSyrup

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Galaxy Gear support, new features land in 719MB update

Right on the heels of its cousin on U.S. Cellular, the Galaxy S4 on AT&T is receiving its Android 4.3 update. Coming in at a whopping 719MB with build number JSS15J.1337UCUEMJ9, the update brings support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a new KNOX enterprise security suite and of course the latest features from the new version of Android. It is also landing on the very day that leaked documents showed it would, be that a coincidence or not.

Several members in our forums are starting to pull down the update, so it seems to be heading out in at least some capacity. Seeing it on your own Galaxy S4 yet? Head to the forums and let others know how it's going.

More: AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums

Thanks, Casey!

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Following Sprint and Verizon's Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 updates last week, today it's the turn of the US Cellular model to get the updated version of the OS. The update to firmware version R970VXUAMJA is rolling out to USC-branded devices starting today, bringing Galaxy Gear smartwatch support and Samsung's KNOX enterprise security suite alongside the newer OS version. Samsung's changelog also lists updates to various bundled apps too, including Mobile TV, Slacker Radio and Amazon Shopping.

If the recently-leaked update timetable continues to prove accurate, we're looking at 4.3 updates for AT&T and T-Mobile's Galaxy S4s following around Nov. 13 and 18 respectively.

Source: Samsung; Thanks, Luke!

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Best Buy this morning announced that it'll carry a "Blue Arctic" (no, not Arctic Blue) Samsung Galaxy S4 starting Nov. 18. Preorders begin Nov. 10. You'll be able to get one for use on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.

Here's how pricing breaks down:

  • Verizon: $249.99 with a two-year contract.
  • AT&T and Sprint: $199.99 with a two-year contract.
  • Outright: $749.99

The phone will be available online or in stores.

Source: Best Buy

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Galaxy Gear support and Samsung KNOX in latest update for Sprint's GS4

As predicted by a recently-leaked update timetable, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 is today getting its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Sprint's GS4 is the second U.S. model to get the upgrade, following Verizon's rollout on Monday. In addition to bringing the GS4 up to what is, for the moment, the latest version of Android, the update also adds support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, while implementing Samsung's KNOX enterprise security layer.

If the leaked timetable is to be believed, updates for AT&T and T-Mobile's Galaxy S4s should follow on Nov. 13 and 18 respectively.

Sprint subscribers, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new firmware.

via Android Central forums

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As we speculated earlier today, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 will indeed be the first U.S. model to be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which brings with it Samsung's "premium suite" software. Samsung has updated its support page indicating that the new software version I545VRUEMJ7 should begin rolling out today.

Alongside the new version of Android, today's update includes support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's KNOX enterprise security layer to Galaxy S4 owners on Verizon. There's also a new version of the Group Play media sharing app and support for Band IV LTE, allowing VZW GS4 owners to take advantage of their carrier's recent 4G LTE deployment on those frequencies.

If you're updating your Verizon Galaxy S4 today, hit the comment and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Samsung; via: Droid-Life

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Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 getting 4.3 + Gear support 'in the coming weeks;' Gear update for Galaxy S4 Active, S4 Mini and Mega 'in the coming months'

Following the emergence of a leaked update timetable on Friday, Samsung has confirmed that the "premium suite" update pack for the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 will be arriving on U.S. devices "in the coming weeks." The update includes Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's new KNOX enterprise security layer. According to today's press release some devices will start receiving the update today — and although no specific devices or carriers are mentioned, the leaked timetable points to today being the day for the Verizon Galaxy S4.

Elsewhere, international Galaxy S4s started receiving their Android 4.3 updates a couple of weeks back, and these also included Galaxy Gear and KNOX support.

Samsung also tells us the U.S. Galaxy S4 Active, S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega will receive similar updates "in the months ahead."

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Several months after its launch, the Galaxy S4 is​ still selling like hotcakes

Samsung CEO JK Shin has stated that his company has sold a whopping 40 million Galaxy S4's since the device's launch earlier this year. Following up on the report of 20 million sales in just two months since launch, hitting the 40 million mark is nothing to sneeze at in just three more months.

Its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, sold 30 million units in its launch year of 2012, which in itself was an extreme feat compared to a single smart phone from any manufacturer. Naturally Samsung is going to outdo itself, and at this rate the Galaxy S4 will be poised to pass the 50 million mark by the end of the year — especially considering the holiday shopping season ahead.

Source: iNews 24 (Translated); Via: SamMobile

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Faster LTE speeds and a more advanced CPU for Samsung's upgraded GS4

We managed to track down Samsung's LTE-Advanced-capable, Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-i9506) last month at IFA 2013, but until now there's been little in the way of official info from Samsung on the device. Today press releases have been issued by Samsung Sweden, and the handset has popped up on the company's German site, dubbed simply "Galaxy S4 with LTE+."

Based on our experienced with the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 at IFA, the overall user experience is much the same as what we know on the Snapdragon 600 model. The new device is advertised with Samsung KNOX support, however, so it Samsung's latest enterprise software package should be included. Besides that, the faster chip should bring the GS4 in line with the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of raw computational horsepower and 4G LTE data speeds, with download speeds of up to 150Mbps supported on the new model. According to the Swedish press release, the new S4 ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy S4 with LTE+ is due to arrive in Sweden this November, priced at 6,000 Krona (around $940). There's no word on availability or pricing for any other countries, however a similar device has been available in Samsung's native South Korea for the past several months.

More: Hands-on with the Snadragon 800-powered Galaxy S4

Source: PhoneArena, Press Release (Swedish), Samsung (German)

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See what you've been missing with this 60x microscope lens for the Galaxy S4

The best part about having a really popular phone is all the crazy third-party accessories that get built for it. I did a little shopping at Amazon last week, and one of the things I picked up was this Vktech 60x microscope attachment for the Galaxy S4.

It's a simple concept. You have a plastic case back, and over the camera cut-out there's a threaded ring. A tubular lens body and LED light attachment screws into it, giving you 60x optical zoom and illumination so you can take some wild close-up shots of anything that fits under the lens. The lens tube and LED assembly comes with a tiny pleather carrying pouch to keep it from getting grungy in your pocket or bag.

The lens tube is easy to screw on and off, the case is easy to snap on and off, but neither will fly apart during normal use. It's a little tricky to get focused, but I've found a solution that seems to work. Zoom your camera app the whole way in to 4x, and extend the focusing tube the whole way. Place the end of the tube on whatever it is you're taking a picture of, and slowly slide the tube back into the body until you get a clear picture. The area of crisp focus is small, but there's enough detail that you can crop out the center and still have an interesting picture.

Needless to say, I've been having a ball with it taking all sorts of pictures of everything I can get my hands on. Hit the break to see some of the shots. You can pick up your own Vktech 60x microscope kit from Amazon for $16.79.

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Unlocked German and Russian devices getting new version of Android, as Euro Note 3 receives 'stability' updates

The international LTE and HSPA+ versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505 and GT-i9500) have started receiving their Android 4.3 updates, marking the first major OS upgrade for Samsung's flagship.

Among all the standard under-the-hood changes brought in Android 4.3, the update reportedly includes Samsung KNOX for improved enterprise security, along with Samsung Wallet, some color tweaks for the device's display, and a smoother home screen experience. Other changes include new versions of the Samsung keyboard and browser and a reading mode, which tweaks the display in certain apps for easier reading. The new 4.3 firmware also adds support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

According to SamMobile the Galaxy S4 LTE update is pushing out through Kies and over-the-air in Germany, while HSPA+ devices in Russia are also getting the update. As always, the new version will take a while to reach all devices, so hit the comments and let us know if you've gotten it already.

Meanwhile the European Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) has received a string of "stability" updates over the past week, eventually landing it at build XXUBMJ3. We're not seeing any noticeable changes on our device, but an early OTA to deal with any niggling stability issues is certainly welcome.

Source: SamMobile

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150MB update for Verizon's GS4 now rolling out

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S4 has a new update pushing out for it right now, bringing a couple of new features, tweaks and bug fixes. The 150MB update to software version VRUDMI1 is rolling out over the air and through Samsung's Kies software, though as always it may take a little time before it filters through to everyone.

The main new addition for Verizon GS4 owners is Samsung's Optical Reader app, which can create contacts from business cards using the rear camera and optical character recognition, in addition to translating printed text between languages. Other major changes and tweaks include improved Wifi connectivity, S Memo bug fixes, support for three-way calling when roaming on the Bluegrass network, and roaming support for TELUS in Canada.

If you're upgrading your Verizon Galaxy S4 to the new firmware today, hit the comments and tell us how you're getting on.

Source: Verizon (PDF), via: Android Central forums

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