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Galaxy S4 LTE Gets Knox 2 and Kids Mode, T-Mobile S5 Gets a Few New Goodies and Bugfixes
Two popular Samsung devices are receiving OTA updates today, and they are the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE (GT-I9505) and the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 5. While the former brings a new device mode and the latest evolution in KNOX technology to the S4 LTE, the latter provides the T-Mobile S5 with bugfixes and a few new tricks.
First up, we have the Galaxy S 4 LTE (GT-I9505). Today’s 130 MB OTA brings the device to firmware revision XXUGNE5. In addition to boosting overall performance, the update also brings two features from the S5 to the aging S4: kids mode and Knox 2 technology, which is expected to roll out to all other Knox-enabled devices in due time.
Next, we have the T-Mobile Galaxy S 5. This 131 MB update bumps up the T-Mobile S5 from firmware ANCH to ANE5. According to T-Mobile’s support documents, it brings a fix to an issue that caused intermittent incoming SMS / MMS failure. But as pointed out by XDA Recognized Developer BeansTown106, it also brings with it many of the same goodies as we recently saw in an update to the international variant such as fixes to the fingerprint scanner and camera, as well as a rebase to Android 4.4.2_r2.
These two updates should start making their way out to consumer devices in the coming days. However, not every device will be in the initial wave. Luckily, the folks over at Sammobile have mirrored the ODIN-compatible files for the S4 LTE and T-Mobile S5. And if you’re looking for a pre-rooted build, we’ve got you covered as well. XDA Recognized Contributor iB4STiD shared a pre-rooted and slightly tweaked build for the S4 LTE, and XDA Recognized Developer BeansTown106 will soon create a pre-rooted build for the T-Mobile S5.
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