Followed by the Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean update rollout for the Snapdragon 600 quad-core variant of the Galaxy S4, Samsung has released a similar update for the Exynos 5 octa-core variant with model number GT-I9500. The new official build is available for download via Over-The-air (OTA) update as well as through Samsung KIES server.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean update is available for Galaxy S4. Samsung

Firmware details



Modem: I9500DXUBMEA

Version: Android 4.2.2

Built date: 29 may, 2013

Galaxy S4 users who have already installed Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean on their devices may follow our step-by-step guide to root the same. The tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA developer, Chainfire.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users area also advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.


1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy S4 to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as ClockworkMod/TWRP already installed, then backup data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy S4 should have above 80% battery charge.

5) The phone should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The device will lose its manufacturer's warranty once it is rooted. However, users can reclaim the warranty by unrooting the handset later.

7) The CF-Auto-Root file works only on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy device by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

Steps to root Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 on Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean

Step-1: Download CF-Auto-Root file for Samsung Galaxy S4 to the computer

File name:

Step-2: Extract the downloaded CF-Auto-Root zip using Winzip, 7zip, winrar or any other extracting tool to get CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar.md5 file within it

Step-3: Download Odin3_v3.07 which will help to root the Jelly Bean firmware on the phone. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe file

Step-4: Switch off the Galaxy S4. The boot the device into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Home buttons together and then press the Power button until the device turns on. Now press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode

Step-5: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator

Step-6: Connect the Galaxy S4 to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the phone is connected successfully, the ID:COM in Odin will turn yellow with COM port number. Also, the successful connection will be indicated by an Added message in Odin

Note: If the Added message does not appear, then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognise the device then reinstall USB driver.

Step-7: In Odin, click the PDA button and select the CF-Auto-Root-ja3g-ja3gxx-gti9500.tar.md5 file

Step-8: Ensure the Auto-Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. But uncheck the Re-Partition option

Step-9: Double check everything and click the Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and would take few minutes to complete

Step-10: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart automatically. And soon a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the top of Odin window, indicating successful installation. Now unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy S4 running on Android 4.2.2 XXUBMEA Jelly Bean should now be rooted successfully. Users may now install any app that requires root permission.

[Source: Honai of Android]