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  1. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    #1.1. There are currently 29 models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone.

    Most of which are covered in this General Galaxy S4 forum.

    Some of these models have already had as many as 12 different stock Samsung Android firmware releases since launch.

    So, you can see that when you take into account the different locations worldwide and those locations unbranded and carrier branded firmwares, there is no such thing as one Samsung Galaxy S4 and one Jelly Bean or KitKat firmware but rather, 29 different phones with, currently, over 2,000 different variations of firmware for Android 4.2.2, Android 4.3, Android 4.4.2, Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4.


    #1.2. Your VERSION

    To locate your model version, go to...

    Settings > More > About device > Model number

    This will give you the model of Samsung Galaxy S4 that you have.

    You can now refer to the Wikipedia table here to see more information about your phone model.

    You will see, the two main Samsung Galaxy S4 models are the global International, GT-i9505, quad core and the International, GT-i9500, octa core, models with the other minority variants based on these. These variants all have different versions of the stock Samsung firmware that the International models run on and may have features removed, added or amended as well as carrier add-on's, sometimes referred to as "carrier bloatware".

    #1.2.1 Other Galaxy S4 forums on Android Forums are:-

    i9505G Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition

    i9295 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

    i9190 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

    SM-C1010, SM-C101 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom


    #1.3. Your FIRMWARE

    To locate your current firmware version, (not baseband/modem), go to the dial pad and type in...

    *#1234#

    This will give you your, "Version", details in full, usually 3 lines of information which are all relevant. The important one to note in this case is the first, "AP:", (a.k.a PDA), detail. This is important because, as previously mentioned, some models have had a number of updates and improvements to their original firmware.***

    *** If code *#1234# has been disabled on your firmware, you can download and install, free from the Play Store, Phone Info and it will give you, under Firmware Info... PDA, Baseband, CSC, versions. It also has the added advantage of showing your Product code.

    For instance, someone with a Samsung Galaxy S4, SCH-R970 on firmware R970VXUAMDL will be running a very different firmware and hardware to a Samsung Galaxy S4, GT-i9500 on firmware i9500UBUFNB3. The former is a quad core phone on the US Cellular, CDMA, network on an early, MDL, April 2013, Jelly Bean release and the latter is an octa core phone for Trinidad and Tobago on the, currently, latest, NB3, March 2014, KitKat firmware with no 4G/LTE.

    Also, the CSC, (Customer Software Customisation), code, which dictates the customisations for your location/region/carrier. The 3 letter code comes directly after the model version shown in #1.2 above. For instance... CSC: I9505ZTOFNB3 for the International I9505 non carrier branded model for Brazil or CSC: R970USCFNAE for the US Cellular model SCH-R970.

    Therefore, it is always useful to ascertain the model of phone and firmware as some problems may only occur with certain models or versions of firmware and may not apply across the board to all Samsung Galaxy S4 models and firmwares. Also, a firmware update may have been released that corrects a problem.

    Tip: It is a good idea to make a note of your full firmware details in case you ever need to manually re-install your firmware without voiding your warranty.

    #1.3.1. Samsung releases are categorised as follows:-

    M = year = 2013 (13th letter of alphabet)

    E = Month of year (May in this case, 5th letter of the alphabet)

    A = Build of that month (10th for, "A", as they start 1-9 first, before letters)

    Therefore, MEA is pre MGG, (2013, July, 16th release), and is before Knox. Only stock Samsung firmwares MGG onwards, (with the exception of MH1), have Knox Security.


    #1.3.2.

    See also...

    Rooting Galaxy S4 - Dummies Guide (International)

    Update Problems - Dummies Guide

    Bloatware removal - Dummies Guide

    GPS Fix - Dummies Guide

    Warranty period for your S4?

    No Gorilla Glass 3 on all Galaxy S4's!!!


    #1.4. Your device's current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via kies

    This indicates a mismatch with your CSC, (Consumer Software Customisation) code, see #1.3 to obtain this. This can happen for a number of reasons.

    You will not be able to receive an update via Kies, the Samsung PC Suite, if you are rooted, on a custom ROM or have flashed a stock Samsung firmware with a different CSC code not originally intended for your phone, and may receive the message,"YOUR DEVICE'S CURRENT FIRMWARE VERSION IS NOT SUPPORTED TO UPDATE FIRMWARE VIA KIES" or "YOUR DEVICE DOES NOT SUPPORT SOFTWARE UPGRADING VIA KIES", depending on your version of Kies .

    It has also emerged that sometimes vendors have been flashing phones with a different stock Samsung firmware prior to sale in an attempt to sell to a wider market and therefore upgrades via Kies are not possible. There are also reports that people who have had their phones repaired at a Service Point and re-flashed with different firmware are unable to receive updates via Kies.

    Provided that your phone has never been rooted, unlocked, flashed or altered by you in any way, then the best advice is to take it to a Samsung Service Point and ask them to update the firmware for you.

    #1.5. Alternatively, if available for your phone model number, you can download a stock Samsung firmware of your choice and flash this via a PC suite called Odin.
    If your current firmware is Knox enabled, Android 4.3 onwards, you cannot downgrade to 4.2.2 or from 4.4.2 to 4.3.
    This is for competent users and could void your warranty by flashing any firmware other than that intended for your original CSC code, see #1.3 above, as well as preventing future updates through Kies or Over The Air, (OTA).

    .

    #1.6. TIP

    If you are a poster it is a good idea to mention your model number and firmware version in case this has a bearing on your problem.

    Better still, you can go to the green bar at the top of this forum and click on, "User CP", which will take you to your User Control Panel and then select, "Edit your details", under the heading, "Your profile", on the left hand side. Here you can fill in your model and firmware under, "Current devices", in, "Additional Information". This ensures that your device details are shown under your user name on the left, in every post you make. You can update this as often as you like and will help other users immediately identify your phone and firmware.

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    great info here. i'll stick this up, but at some point we might need to clean up the sticky threads.
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  3. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Amended post #1 to 14 models to reflect the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, GT-i9506.


    UPDATE

    A further 4 models added.
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  4. freshprinze

    freshprinze Member

    Hi

    This is my first post as a noob.

    I just obtained my Galaxy S4 and trying to understand the firmware version installed on the phone.

    Following are the various details I could obtain using *#1234# code.

    AP: I9505XXUEMJ5
    CP: I9505XXUEMJ5
    CSC: I9505OJVEMJ5

    I was looking around to map the various parts of the above codes to country/region/revision etc. But I am unable to map it due to the 'E' in the CSC.

    As I found out:

    OJV = Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
    MJ = 2013, October
    5 = Version 5

    Please help me figure out the various parts of the scheme. Is this a new numbering scheme introduced by Samsung?

    Thank You.
  5. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums freshprinze! :)

    The, "E", is a matter of conjecture and speculation but appears to refer to the original Google Android build release that the firmware is based on, thus...

    Android 4.2.2... A, B, C, D

    Android 4.3... E

    Android 4.4.2... F

    That is correct.

    This does differ somewhat from earlier numbering plans used by Samsung for, say, the Galaxy S2.
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  6. freshprinze

    freshprinze Member

    Hi ironass

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    I think you saved me many more days of searching through the net :) I was really hoping to give up and then you came in to the rescue!

    Thanks once again! Please keep up the good work! :)
  7. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    I have updated post #1 to reflect the release of 5... yes... 5, more Galaxy S4 variants. Thus bringing the total to 23 different models! :confused:

    My favourite poster is the one with a specific model or firmware related question and does not include any of the information in post #1 and requires a Q&A session before their query can be addressed. Therefore, to save time and trouble, I now have a stock reply for this, as follows in the next post. Feel free to copy and paste or refer to it, if needed...
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  8. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your post.

    There are currently 29 different models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and over 2,000 different stock Samsung firmware versions, worldwide, covering 5 different Android platforms, Android 4.2.2, Android 4.3, Android 4.4.2, Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4. Not all issues will affect all models or firmware releases and your answers to the following questions will help in the forum's answers to your specific query.

    #1 Could you post your Model number and Android version...

    To locate these, go to...

    Settings > More > About device > Model number and Android version

    This will give you the model of Samsung Galaxy S4 that you have and which Android version you are on.


    #2. Your current Firmware, (not just Baseband), version .

    To locate your current firmware version, go to the stock, Samsung, dial pad and type in...

    *#1234#

    This will give you your, "Version", details in full, usually 3 lines of information, AP: CP: CSC:, which may all be relevant.

    *** If code *#1234# has been disabled on your firmware, you can download and install, free from the Play Store, Phone Info and it will give you, under Firmware Info... PDA, Baseband, CSC, versions.


    #3. Also helpful would be your carrier, (service provider), location, (UK, India, Russia, USA, etc: ), and if your phone is rooted or not and running a custom ROM, (give details).


    Thanks. The above helps us to help you and hopefully someone will be able to reply to you shortly. :)


    For more information, see, 29 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?

    (Tip: You can go to the green bar at the top of this forum and click on, "User CP", which will take you to your User Control Panel and then select, "Edit your details", under the heading, "Your profile", on the left hand side. Here you can fill in your model and firmware under, "Current devices", in, "Additional Information". This ensures that your device details are shown under your user name on the left, in every post you make. You can update this as often as you like and will help other users immediately identify your current phone and firmware details.)
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  9. OttoZro

    OttoZro Member

    Sorry,
    I tried the *#1234#
    and got the following message

    "Undable to process request"

    any reason why?:(
  10. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    That's unusual but it could have been disabled in your carrier's firmware version. That code is the stock Samsung one for checking firmware version. Which model of S4 phone are you on?

    (If you are with T-Mobile, U.S.A. you're probably on the M919 variant)

    Are you able to use, say, the IMEI code... *#06#
  11. jshaw42

    jshaw42 Well-Known Member

    My service provider is U. S. Cellular. My version of Android is 4.3. Before the upgrade, I was able to access the codes using *#????#* but those codes no longer work. Is this something done by US Cell?
  12. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Yes.

    Updated in post #1... alternative method of locating firmware details for 2 or 3 minority, carrier branded, variants that have the *#1234# method removed.
  13. kb0sdq

    kb0sdq Well-Known Member

    Very good guide. Although I think your link for the firmware download is a scam. I went there today and the "free" download was to take 12+ hours but if you want to pay lol what a scam shame on you for that
  14. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    I am showing under 2 hours on my PC for the 1.5GB stock firmware I am now downloading. I have posted another, hopefully faster, SamMobile link in post #1. Samsung Updates Live and SamMobile are stock links for the free download of Samsung firmware and are used all over this forum and the web in general!
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  15. Hawker

    Hawker Well-Known Member

    Ironass is unquestionably the most helpful and selfless member on this forum, without whom this place would be a duller, way less informed place. Many members on here, myself included, have benefited immensely from his wise and educated input to these forums.

    To insinuate he is posting links for possible personal gain is utterly ludicrous and quite frankly insulting.

    It wouldn't be a bad idea if you were to retract that mis-judged comment.
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  16. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    How about we cool it down here and just enjoy the fact that we have access to these stock images. Big files take a long time to download, and there's a lot of factors that can determine your speed.
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  17. kb0sdq

    kb0sdq Well-Known Member

    I di d not mean anything bad to the op If it sounded like that I apologize I do think the site that the link goes to is a scam only because they make you click a bunch of buttons and try every time to get you to pay money.
    I am sorry if you were offended by my post and apologize to you also.
    And to the OP thanks for addressing this issue.
    Again no harm was directed at anyone except the website the link went to.
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  18. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Your apology is accepted. ;)
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  19. mjkijoa6

    mjkijoa6 New Member

    Hi

    I am new to forums in general so please forgive me. I been using a Samsung galaxy S4 for a year now with the following details
    AP: 19500XXUAMDK
    CP: 19500XXUAMDK
    CSC: 19500OJVAMDk
    Android version: 4.2.2
    Device status: Official

    I bought the phone in Oman and I have done software update once in Egypt. However when I try to upgrade my firmware kies writes "your device's current firmware is not supported to update firmware via Kies". What do you recommend. Thank you for your time
  20. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums mjkijoa6! :)

    That is the old Android 4.2.2 firmware. There has been an update to 4.3 but no KitKat update yet.

    See #1.4 in post #1, entitled... "Your device's current firmware version is not supported to update firmware via kies"

    Your options are shown in #1.4 and #1.5 of post #1.
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  21. mjkijoa6

    mjkijoa6 New Member

    Hi Ironass,
    Thanks alot for your help. If I get you right, I can install a firmware intended for any region using ODIN as long as the firmware is meant for GT-I9500?.

    AP: 19500XXUAMDK
    CP: 19500XXUAMDK
    CSC: 19500OJVAMDk
    Android version: 4.2.2
    Device status: Official

    Secondly after installing phone info, I saw that the
    firmware CSC code: THR
    Active CSC code: THR
    CSC Country: UAE
    CSC Country ISO: AE

    What does this mean. Does it indicate a mismatch?

    Thank you once again for your time
  22. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Yes.... as per the warning in #1.5 of post #1.


    Yes... THR = Iran. UAE = United Arab Emirates.
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  23. mjkijoa6

    mjkijoa6 New Member

    Thanks a lot
  24. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Thread title and post #1 updated to, "24 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?" to add the release of the GALAXY S4 TD-LTE model, GT-i9507, for Hong Kong and mainland China's networks.
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  25. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Have amended the thread title and post #1 yet again as there are in fact 28 different models that go under the banner of the Galaxy S4.

    At this rate there will be a separate Galaxy S4 model for the Pomerainian Underwater Yak Strangling Team! :banghead:

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