Branded Galaxy S5 G900F gets new maintenance update to 4.4.2 G900FXXU1ANI3

For those who got branded Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and happens to be from Vodafone network then you have a maintenance software update dubbed with firmware build number G900FXXU1ANI3. The update still based on Android 4.4.2 and the baseband version also stays at G00FXXU1ANG8 which is exactly the same from previous released of 4.4.2 G900FXXU1ANH4. It is only a minor update and there is no clear info of what's new on the update is all about as the changelog only says that it adds up another enhancements to improved performance.

This update is available via either Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) or using Samsung Kies desktop companion software.  The update weighs 121.19 MB in size via OTA update and roughly around 1.4 GB on Samsung Kies.

Technical Details of G900FXXU1ANI3 4.4.2 Update

  • Model: SM-G900F
  • Android version: 4.4.2 (Kitkat OS)
  • Baseband version: G00FXXU1ANG8
  • Build number: KOT49H.G900FXXU1ANI3
  • Kernel version: 3.4.0-2089850
    dpi @ SWDD3917 # 1
    Fri September 12 13:16:08 KST 2014
  • AP: G900FXXU1ANI3
  • CSC: G900FVFG1ANI2
  • CP: G900FXXU1ANG8

The G900FXXU1ANI3 is rolling out on Samsung Galaxy S5 with Vodafone branding in United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain, while other countries might follow as well or already receive with another firmware build.

How to Upgrade the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to the latest 4.4.2 Software Update

Samsung always advises us to prepare the following important notes to consider before performing the software update.  I have also added some useful insights why you should follow this procedures to keep your  phone in safe.

Recharge the phone’s battery – You should make sure your device is fully recharged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called “soft-bricks”. If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.

Backup important data – You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happened and it forces you to perform a factory data reset which basically wipes your phone’s memory.

Galaxy S5 has no root – Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Galaxy S5 SM-G900F may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made. Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies and try again‘ or “Your device has been modified Software update are not available” you should try to avoid that from happening.

Update to  G900FXXU1ANI3 4.4.2 via Over-The-Air (OTA)

 This is usually how the carrier branded or locked Samsung Galaxy S5, performs a software update.  This method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which usually a notification message will directly sent to you from your network provider or Samsung and notifies you that there is a new update available for download.  If you did not receive any notification messages you can manually check fro the update instead.  Doing this you may only tap on your Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Settings>>About Device, tap Software Update.
  • Find “Software update”
  • Slide your finger down the display starting from the top edge of your mobile phone.
  • Tap the settings icon.
  • Tap About device.
  • Tap Software update.

It will automatically tells you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap install now when you want to perform an update or install later.

Update to G900FXXU1ANI3 Through Kies

The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your  local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer. Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy S5 SM-G900F and other Samsung devices running with Android 4.4.2 and up OS .  Once you installed Kies 3, all you need is connect your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F to the computer using the USB cable, then simply run and follow Kies on-screen software update instructions.

If you already received this update, just do shed us some info on how the G900FXXU1ANI3 4.4.2 software update performs on your Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F.