Samsung has just started rolling out its first Android 4.4.2 KitKat update with firmware build number I9200XXUDNE4, for the international variant of Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-I9200) which is in line with earlier rumours suggesting a KitKat release for the handset by June.
The new KitKat update is being rolled out in phases while Galaxy Mega users in Russia have already started receiving this update via Over-The-Air (OTA) as well as through Samsung KIES software.
Those who are anxious to know if the new firmware update is available in their country or region, can check for the same manually by navigating to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates menu on their handset.
The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update brings a handful of new features to Samsung devices including improved battery life, faster performance, full screen album art (while playing music), white status bar icons, camera shortcut on lockscreen, wireless printing support, ability to set default messaging, launcher apps and more.
Those who missed the official OTA update notification and those who cannot access the new KitKat update via KIES for some reason can still install the same manually via Odin, using our step-by-step guide.
Android 4.4.2 I9200XXUDNE4 KitKat Firmware Details
- Model: GT-I9200
- Model name: GALAXY Mega 6.3
- Country: Russia
- Version: Android 4.4.2
- Changelist: 1496181
- Build date: Wed, 21 May 2014 14:36:09 +0000
- Product Code: SER
- PDA: I9200XXUDNE4
- CSC: I9200SERDNE4
- MODEM: I9200XXUDNE4
Note: As this is an unbranded firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked international variant of Galaxy Mega 6.3, regardless of the country or region.
IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) on the computer.
2. USB Debugging Mode should be enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Back up your important data to avoid potential data loss during firmware installation.
4. Ensure the phone is factory unlocked (not locked to any specific carrier).
5. Verify Galaxy S4 LTE has at least 80% battery charge.
6. The Android 4.4.2 I9505XXUGNE5 firmware is compatible with Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) only. Do not attempt installing it on incorrect variants as it may brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy S4 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Steps to Update Galaxy Mega 6.3 with Android 4.4.2 I9200XXUDNE4 KitKat Stock Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.4.2 I9200XXUDNE4 firmware zip file using WinRAR/7-Zip or WinZip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other optional files.
Step 2: Next, extract the Odin zip file to get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with a few other files.
Step 3: Power off the Galaxy Mega and boot the device into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then keep tapping Volume Up button to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 6: Now connect Galaxy Mega to computer with USB cable in Download Mode. When Odin detects the device and a pop-up message reading "Added!" appears on screen, the ID: COM box will turn yellow with the COM port number.
Note: If the Added message fails to appear, then try re-installing USB drivers or changing the port on computer.
Step 7: In Odin, click on AP button and select the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension
Step 8: In Odin, select Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. But, uncheck the Re-partition option.
Step 9: After ensuring that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly, hit the Start button in Odin to begin installing the firmware.
Step 10: After the firmware is installed, a PASS message with a green background appears in the left-most box at the top of Odin. Galaxy S4 will then reboot to the Home screen. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from the computer.
Your Galaxy Mega is now running I9200XXUDNE4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat stock firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify that the firmware is installed on the device.
Troubleshooting: If the Galaxy Mega is stuck at boot animation after Step 10, then boot into recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together), and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before choosing the Reboot System Now option.
Note: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option. Performing data wipe task will erase your device's internal memory and not external SD card data.