Some of you must have heard that Google unveil its new KitKat version (Android 4.4.3), some devices like Google Play Edition (GPE) of HTC One M8/M7, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, several Nexus and Motorola devices already get this OS upgrade. There’s no wonder if those devices get Android updates sooner, since these devices do not have to go through the carrier certification process. To be sure, carrier-branded devices such as the AT&T or T-Mobile Galaxy S4 (SGH-M919) has its own procedures before releasing an update to customers.
Many say that Google release this KitKat update mainly to solve common bugs found on Android 4.4.2 which has the potential to disrupt the user experience. Some of the issues are 3G/LTE the data connection glitches, device randomly reboots by itself, camera focus bug, etc. In case you are still having those troubles, or maybe another issue that is quite irritating, by updating your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-M919) to Android 4.4.3 your issue could be resolved.
If you are an impatient, and desperately want to feel the Android 4.4.3 running on your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4, you can consider to flash a GPE ROM from xda recognized contributor – Danvdh. This ROM is based on GS4 Google Edition firmware, which, modified in such a way to work normally on the SGH-M919. This ROM also supports full HDR support, full HD 1080p video recording, also fix green lines on the secondary camera.
- T-Mobile variant of Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-M919).
- A working custom recovery, a latest version of TWRP recovery is preferred, Philz’s CWM recovery isn’t compatible with this ROM.
- Sufficient battery power, 50% is the safest.
- Grab the GPE ROM for TMo Galaxy S4 directly from Danvdh’s thread on xda.
How to Update T-Mobile Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4.3 (GPE ROM)
As always, make sure you have a working (Nandroid) backup created via recovery, it could save you when this ROM doesn’t work nicely with your smartphone.
- Place Galaxy S4 GPE ROM zip into an SD card.
- Put your phone into TWRP recovery, press this combo key (Vol up + Home + Power) for a few seconds.
- From TWRP main menu, tap into Wipe option, make sure to wipe only Data, Cache, Dalvik and System.
- Once successfully wiped, select an Install option, then find a GPE ROM zip you’ve moved before and swipe to flash.
- Soon after the ROM flashing is completed, tap an option to reboot, and let it boot for the first time. Android 4.4.3 should run on your T-Mobile Galaxy S4 (SGH-M919) at this point.