KitKat 4.4.2 "bugfix" updates rolling outGeneral


  1. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    #1.0. There can be no doubt that one area that Samsung excel at is their policy of continual improvement and updates to their firmwares.

    With the initial rollout of the KitKat, Android 4.4.2, coming to an end we are starting to see the release of the first Samsung TouchWiz, KitKat, improvement and enhancement, (sometimes called, "bugfix"), updates.

    #1.1. Over half of Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware releases, 250+, worldwide are for non carrier branded models, e.g. those that do not have any carrier bloatware, and these can be updated by Samsung and released from their servers, at will. Bearing in mind that the Galaxy S4 has now covered 3 Android platforms, Android 4.2.2, 4.3 and 4.4.2, then S4 models released 11 months ago will have had, at least, the initial 4.2.2 release plus the 4.3 and 4.4.2 updates, making a total of 3 firmware releases at least. However, as we have seen, between these releases have been numerous updates for improvements/bugfixes.

    #1.2. Here is an example of non carrier branded firmware for the GT-i9505 for Germany, CSC code OXA and Product code DBT. To-date, this model has received no less than 11 firmware releases, roughly 1 a month. If we discount the original release and the further 2 platform updates, this leaves 8 other improvement/bugfix updates in less than a year by Samsung.

    #1.3. Of course, Samsung pass all these updates on to carriers who can then choose whether to spend the time, effort and money on adding their, "bloatware", to these improvement updates and return them to Samsung for release either OTA or via Kies. (N.B. U.S. carriers, AT&T and Verizon, do not use Samsung servers for firmware releases.)

    Thankfully, because competition is so hot on the worldwide market, these carriers are, by-and-large, usually keen to update their firmware as they do not want to be seen as lagging too far behind the non carrier branded models in case customers opt for these in future. Also, providing that users do not mind potentially voiding their warranty, they can, on the International models, flash via Odin, the latest firmware available worldwide for their model of phone, anyway.

    If we stay with Germany and look at a carrier branded version of the above firmware for the carrier E-Plus, CSC/Product code EPL, they have so far had 9 firmware releases of which, 6 were improvement/bugfix updates that they chose to pass on to their customers.

    Make no mistake, it is not just the large countries and customer bases of the world that Samsung are supporting. Take tiny, little, Luxembourg, population about half a million, who have had 10 releases so far for the non carrier branded GT-i9505 on CSC code OXX, Product code LUX. This means that they have had 7 improvement/bugfix releases since launch to keep them up-to-date and problem free.

    #1.4. These improvement/bugfix releases issued by Samsung are for enhancements to their own TouchWiz firmware and unlike the major platform updates, these releases can usually be integrated very quickly and easily.

    Already, the GT-i9500, octa core models for India has received an improvement/bugfix update, (their 10th so far), for CSC codes YDD and ODD and product codes INS and INU, taking it from the initial KitKat build release of NB3, 13th FEB: 2014, changelist 699287 to the NC1 build, 5th MAR: 2014, on changelist 923538. Quite a sizeable changelist update would indicate a fair few improvements to this firmware and well worth updating to. Unfortunately, Samsung do not publish actual details of their changelists so I cannot say which specific items have been updated.

    #1.5. So, if you are on unbranded firmware for the S4, the chances are that any problems you may experience could be rectified with an update in about 4 weeks or so. For those on carrier branded firmware, depending on your carrier, the update could be around 6-8 weeks.

    #1.6. To see if there is an update for your model/CSC/Product code, check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on your model, CSC and Product codes as well as updating via Odin, see 28 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?


    See, also...

    International i9505 KitKat 4.4.2 releases

    International i9500 KitKat 4.4.2 releases

    International i9506 KitKat 4.4.2 releases

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/847201-kitkat-4-4-2-release-fact-fiction.html

    Update Problems - Dummies Guide

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  2. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    The International, GT-i9505, is receiving a further KitKat, Android 4.4.2, update for the following CSC code...


    YXX = South East Europe from the FEB; NB9, to MAR; NC4, release.


    Judging by the KitKat improvement updates that we have seen so far, it would appear that some of the early JAN: and FEB: KitKat build releases are being replaced.


    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Prouct codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  3. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Further to #1.4 in post #1, the International GT-i9500, octa core, unbranded model for India, Product code INS, has received its third KitKat update...

    YDD = India





    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  4. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9500, octa core, Galaxy S4.

    Hot on the heels of the update for the huge Indian market, (pop: 1.2 billion), there has been one for China, (pop: 1.3 billion).

    CHN = China Updated to ND1. A 31 MAR: 2014 build date.



    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  5. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9505, Galaxy S4.


    EVR = United Kingdom (EE) takes it from firmware release NBH to NC4




    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  6. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9505, Galaxy S4.


    VFG = United Kingdom (Vodafone)

    VFG = Netherlands (Vodafone)


    Both updated from NB8 to NC8






    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  7. jdCaptivate

    jdCaptivate Well-Known Member

    Really?

    I hope they fix the sound issue.

    Two days ago, I stopped receiving ANY audio from my phone. Won't ring, won't alert. No key press, nothing. I've done a cache clear and factory reset.

    First it started with notifications. Then it started with other things. At first, it would notify my of a single call, text... and stop working after that. Now, no matter what I do. Reboot, pull the battery, cards, etc... no sound.

    Thanks a lot Android/AT&T for absolutely @#$%ing up a phone, I was perfectly happy with.
  8. BurtGummer

    BurtGummer Active Member

    I just got a update from AT&T. It's 19.05mb. I'm surprised they pushed this out this fast.
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  9. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    That's interesting BurtGummer. At that size it's a patch rather than a full blown firmware replacement update. Any announcements on what it fixes? Has your Baseband changed?
  10. BurtGummer

    BurtGummer Active Member

    I337Ucufnc1 is the new baseband. I haven't seen anything about what it fixes.
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  11. jdCaptivate

    jdCaptivate Well-Known Member

    After having had AT&T replace my phone (I had 44 days left on warranty)... the patch came thru tonight. After what KitKat did, I'm afraid to install it.

    Though tonight, out of the blue, the phone didn't recognize my SIM card.
  12. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9500, octa core, Galaxy S4.


    OJV = Saudi Arabia (KSA) Changes to CSC code and modem.


    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  13. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9505, Galaxy S4.


    OXX = South East Europe Updated from NB9 to NC4


    There does seem to be a push by Samsung to get the S4 on to their March >, (C), release builds which rectify some of the problems in the early, January, (A), and, February, (B), Samsung KitKat releases.




    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  14. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9505, Galaxy S4.


    VOD = United Kingdom (Vodafone) This is its second KitKat update from NB8 > NC8 > ND7

    Nice carrier support! :thumbup: (see #1.3 in post #1)

    This release, unusually, puts it way ahead of the unbranded UK version, (CSC code BTU), which is still on NB8.




    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?
  15. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9505, Galaxy S4.


    OXA = Germany Takes it from NB8, (FEB build), to NE5, (MAY build).


    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?

    See, also...

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/831667-international-i9505-kitkat-releases.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/830920-international-i9500-kitkat-releases.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/847133-international-i9506-kitkat-releases.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/847201-kitkat-4-4-2-release-fact-fiction.html
  16. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9505, Galaxy S4.

    ZTO = Brazil from NB2 -> NE2 (May build)


    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9500, Galaxy S4.


    ODD = Sri Lanka from NC1 -> NE4 (May build)

    ODD = Nepal from NC1 -> NE4 (May build)

    ODD = Bangladesh from NC1 -> NE4 (May build)


    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?

    See, also...

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/831667-international-i9505-kitkat-releases.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/830920-international-i9500-kitkat-releases.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/847133-international-i9506-kitkat-releases.html

    http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/847201-kitkat-4-4-2-release-fact-fiction.html
  17. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

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  18. Canesfan

    Canesfan Well-Known Member


    Bug fix? Don't do it. Since doing it, the phone is very warm to hot, battery life went from bad to worse, and some apps. don't work. In fact, so far, 2 had to be uninstalled and reinstalled for them to work. I wasn't able to put them over to my sD card. Also, music streaming to my car's sound system and Pandora no longer worked. I had to unpair and re-pair the phone. My WiFi was in a honeymoon phase of working for a change. After the "fix", it took me 3 attempts to get on. Can't wait to see what else will go wrong.


    ironass said: "There can be no doubt that one area that Samsung excel at is their policy of continual improvement and updates to their firmwares."

    Seriously? What a joke....



    All I can say is wtf are they doing? I am looking forward to ditching this Samsung, and doubt I will come back to another.
  19. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Canesfan your phone does not run either...

    Stock Android

    or

    Stock Samsung firmware

    It runs AT&T's version of the above which is modified by AT&T and is not even released through Samsung or updated by Samsung.

    If you read post #1 again you will see that Samsung are indeed supporting the rest of the world's Galaxy S4's.

    Please do not judge Android or Samsung by AT&T's firmware build and update policy.

    From KitKat 4.4.2 release... fact and fiction...

    ;)
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  20. Funderbolt

    Funderbolt Well-Known Member

    Hopefully Verizon won't screw this one up too. :mad:
  21. Canesfan

    Canesfan Well-Known Member

    Please do not judge Android or Samsung by AT&T's firmware build and update policy.

    The way I see it is as follows: as long as "Samsung" puts its name on it and marketing behind it, be it AT&T, Verizon, or what-have-you, I will judge Samsung by it's performance, good or bad. I consider the firmware, etc. to be endorsed by Samsung. If the firmware, updates, etc., are not up to Samsung's standards, they should have enough integrity not to sanction it.
  22. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Irrespective of whom you consider is to blame Canesfan, the fact of the matter is that the AT&T Galaxy S4, SGH-i337, is a minority variant of the worldwide Samsung Galaxy S4. It has different hardware spec's and runs a heavily carrier modified version of the firmware that is not released or updated directly by Samsung. Therefore, it is important to note that this model and firmware is not typical of the vast majority of Samsung Galaxy S4's internationally and that any shortcomings with updates, or the lack of, on this variant may not necessarily be reflected for the majority of users globally as the decision to offer an update or not, is AT&T's.

    Post #1...

  23. Canesfan

    Canesfan Well-Known Member

    ironass said: Irrespective of whom you consider is to blame Canesfan, the fact of the matter is that the AT&T Galaxy S4, SGH-i337, is a minority variant of the worldwide Samsung Galaxy S4. It has different hardware spec's and runs a heavily carrier modified version of the firmware that is not released or updated directly by Samsung. Therefore, it is important to note that this model and firmware is not typical of the vast majority of Samsung Galaxy S4's internationally and that any shortcomings with updates, or the lack of, on this variant may not necessarily be reflected for the majority of users globally as the decision to offer an update or not, is AT&T's.


    I do blame Samsung and am shying away from the brand. It is of no consolation to me if Samsung GS4's in Kuala Lumpur or BFE are stellar when mine is problem-prone.
  24. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    Yours is, "problem-prone", because of AT&T and not Samsung. You would do better to switch carrier's. ;)
  25. ironass

    ironass Well-Known Member

    A further KitKat update has been released for the International GT-i9500, octa core, Galaxy S4.


    OXX = Sri Lanka from NC1 -> NE4

    OXX = Nepal from NC1 -> NE4

    OXX = Bangladesh from NC1 -> NE4




    Check both Kies and OTA, (Over The Air). For more details on firmware, CSC and Product codes, see 23 Galaxy S4 models - know yours?

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