Will Verduzco · May 22, 2014 at 04:00 pm

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.

[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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