Following the market roll-out, Samsung has now started rolling out the first software update based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the international variant of Galaxy S5 bearing model number SM-G900F.
The Android KitKat update with build number G900FXXU1ANE2 is currently available for the Galaxy S5 users in the UK.
SamMobile claims to have installed the update and notes that the latest build brings two significant improvements. This includes the update for camera, which is noticeably faster to open, and the gallery app, which is apparently too slow. The update also brings improved accuracy to the fingerprint scanner.
The latest KitKat firmware also integrates overall performance improvement and better RAM management.
The G900FXXU1ANE2 build is now available over Kies server and as Over-The-Air update. Below are the firmware details.
Model name: Galaxy S5
Country: United Kingdom
Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Build date: 8 May
Product Code: BTU
Those who have not received the OTA notification for some reason or unable to access the update over Kies server may follow our step-by-step guide to install the same, manually, using Odin flashing tool.
Note that G900FXXU1ANE2 is an unbranded version of firmware and can be installed on any unlocked SM-G900F unit, regardless of country and region.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any mishap. Before flashing the stock firmware, users are advised to verify their devices meet following requirements.
1) Install USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy S5 to connect the Android device with the computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings>> Developer Options to enable USB Debugging Mode.]
3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP then backup data using the same.
4) If the Android phone powers off due to lack of battery while the installation process, it could damage the device. Therefore, the Galaxy S5 should have charge above 80% battery charge.
5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.
6) The phone will lose custom ROM with the installation of official firmware. Also, the custom recovery will be replaced by the stock version.
7) The device will no longer belong to a rooted version with the installation of official firmware.
8) G900FXXU1ANE2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware works only with Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F. As flashing this on any other variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy S5 by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.
How to install G900FXXU1ANE2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy S5 SM-G900F
Step-1: Extract the downloaded firmware zip using any extracting tool to get a .tar.md5 file with few other files, which are optional
Step-2: Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v.3.09.exe with few other files
Step-3: Switch off Galaxy S5
Step-4: Place the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together
Step-5: Run Odinas Administrator on the computer
Step-6: Connect the Galaxy S5 to computer using USB cable while it is in Download mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the phone is connected successfully, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn light blue with COM port number. This step might take some time
Step-7: Click on AP buttonand select the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension
Step-8: Enable Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes in Odin. Ensure Re-Partition checkbox is not checked
Step-9: Verify everything and click the Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and take a few minutes to complete
Step-10: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart automatically. Once the home screen appears on the phone, disconnect the phone from the computer
G900FXXU1ANE2 Android 4.4.2 stock firmware should now be installed on the Galaxy S5. Navigate to Settings>>About phone to verify the new firmware version running on the device.