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Samsung Galaxy S4 android 4.3 update comes with Samsung knox, reading mode and more features

The international edition of the Samsung (KRX:005935) Galaxy S4, with the model number GT-I9500 has initiated receiving the most recent Android 4.3 Jelly Bean official firmware update.

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It was set up in the Snapdragon 600-powered Galaxy S4 model just last week and today it is the Exynos 5 Octa units to receive the same treatment. The new firmware is currently available through Samsung Kies while users can also ascent their respective devices through the current updates. Yet, users are experiencing issues while installing the new microcode through the official channels can also upgrade their phones by executing a manual installation. The starting countries to get the update are India and Indonesia, but we may anticipate lots of more regions to succeed briefly.

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Here are the significant meliorations and characteristics that are included in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update

  • GALAXY GEAR Support
  • Open GL 3.0 Support
  • TRIM Support (Makes the device much quicker)
  • ANT+ Support
  • Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and consecrated application)
  • Samsung Wallet comes in pre-loaded
  • Mended RAM management
  • Mended Display color reproduction (Display looks much crisper than before)
  • Mended 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 (Optimizes display for reading, utilized by only a few particular applications)
  • New Camera firmware
  • Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)

Vital Points to Note:

– Make a point to have a good backup for data.

– Assure that your Samsung Galaxy S4 has leastwise 80 percent battery power.

– You must have the USB drivers for your device set up on your computer.

– Enable USB Debugging.

– After whipping the firmware, you will suffer a loss of custom ROMs such as CM10, Paranoid Android or AOKP installed in your device.

– You will also lose custom recovery such as ClockWorkMod Recovery or TWRP Recovery if you possess any of them.

– After installing it on your Galaxy S4, you will lose the root if you have any as the I9500XXUEMJ5 is an prescribed firmware.

– The process is intended only for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT- I9500).

We observed in early September that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3 smart-phones were leant to receive the update to Android 4.3 this month. Samsung has now officially commenced to straighten the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. There are no hear says about the update for the Galaxy S3 at the current time. The new operating system update comes in with it numerous betterment and more than a few repairs for several matters. Android 4.3 makes for the Galaxy S4 support for OpenGL 3.0 and support for the Galaxy Gear smart watch.

The OS update also comes with TRIM support reportedly thereby establishing the device perform much faster. Other features included in the update for the S4 also are support for ANT+. One potential negative aspect is that the 4.3 update also comes with a Samsung KNOX implementation, which reportedly forbids the flash counter from being readjusting nullifying your warrant if you root the device.

Android 4.3 also brings meliorated RAM management and preloaded Samsung Wallet. Other tweaks and improvements include improved display color reproduction, and improved TouchWiz launcher, a new Samsung keyboard, enemy Samsung browser. The update also adds a reading mode able to optimize the display for reading and a fresh camera microcode. A number of other minor user interface plucks hanger-on for the ride. This update still needs to be sanctioned by carriers so it may be a while yet before you can download the update for your device if it’s carrier brand marked.

Countries experiencing the Andriod 4.3 Update

The software update is being introduced in stages, so it might not yet be usable in your country at the present moment but don’t vex, it would come very soon. If your device is carrier brandmarked, then it might take a while as the update has to get amended by the carrier first and only then Samsung will make it available for your device. To know of the countries and carriers getting the new Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500), check out our live feed below:

Country/Carrier Status Kies / OTA / Firmware page
China – CHN Pending Pending
Russia – SER 18 Oct 09:22:19 Available
Afghanistan – AFG Pending Pending
United Arab Emirates – LYS Pending Pending
Thailand – THL Pending Pending
Turkey – TUR Pending Pending
Malaysia – XME Pending Pending
South Africa – XFA Pending Pending
Vietnam – XXV 21 Oct 09:10:28 Available
Guatemala (Tigo) – CGU Pending Pending
Israel – ILO Pending Pending
Nigeria – ECT Pending Pending
Chile – CRC Pending Pending
Chile – CHO Pending Pending
Israel (Cellcom) – CEL Pending Pending
India – INU 21 Oct 04:37:50 Available
Egypt – EGY Pending Pending
Saudi Arabia – KSA Pending Pending
Guatemala – PGU Pending Pending
Kenya – AFR Pending Pending
Taiwan – BRI Pending Pending
Germany – MBC Pending Pending
Morocco (MWD) – MWD Pending Pending
Morocco (MED) – MED Pending Pending
Morocco (MAT) – MAT Pending Pending
Pakistan (PAK) – PAK Pending Pending
Israel (Pelephone) – PCL Pending Pending
Israel (Orange/Partner) – PTR Pending Pending
Papua New Guinea – PNG Pending Pending
Peru – PET Pending Pending
Iraq – MID Pending Pending
Iran – THR Pending Pending

Samsung Knox

The first time we found out about Samsung’s security measure known as Knox was way back in April of this year. That security solution was primitively boasted majorly for business users and Samsung declared that it designed to include Knox on few of its devices. Samsung has now declared that Knox is now available for world-wide consumers to use. Knox is an end to end security answer that Samsung claims will render security indurating from the hardware via the application layer. Knox utilizes what Samsung claims as a container that is a classified security execution environment permitting tested applications to run and stack away data.

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Along with Knox, applications that execute outside that security container will only have bounded access to data hived away inside the container. Within that container, security is imposed by a system-level connection system. What that entails is all user data stacked away inside the security container is secured from malware and other villainous attacks as well as hacking endeavors carried out on the physical device.

That signifies Knox secures your data inside the secure container even if your phone is lost or stolen. When Knox was proclaimed, it was for enterprise users only and was aimed to provide IT departments the security and controlling demanded in the corporate world. The security characteristics of the software have been elaborated to allow consumers to trigger the container without necessitating IT department to enforce the strategy. Knox-enabled devices are sanctioned by the US Department of Defense for usage in DoD networks. The software will be usable on the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 with other devices to be declared later.

“Samsung KNOX exhibits Samsung’s firm commitment towards transforming its devices BYOD-ready with the essential security and feature betterments,” said Dr.InjongRhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group, Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to see Samsung KNOX furnish boosted data and secrecy protection for both enterprises and general consumers. The availability of Samsung KNOX to consumers will speed up the acceptance of Samsung devices for BYOD as consumers can now promptly go through Samsung KNOX with relief for free.”


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