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Verizon Galaxy S4 Receiving Update to VRUDMI1, Still Android 4.2.2

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If you plug your Galaxy S4 from Verizon into a computer and happen to have Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant installed, you should be prompted with an update. The update appears to be pretty minor, but does jump the build number up to VRUDMI1 from VRUAME7. It is still Android 4.2.2, however. 

At least one of our readers received the update (screenshot above), and our personal device is showing that an upgrade is available, though we’re receiving an error when trying to install it.

With the update holding the phone to Android 4.2.2, I wouldn’t expect much outside of potential security fixes. So if you are rooted, I’d stay clear until we know more. As soon as Verizon posts the support documents, we’ll be sure to pass them along.

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Cheers patracy91!

  • hafizhamid

    Hi . everybody I updated my Samsung s4 to android 4.3 but now I want to install old version 4.2.2 con you’re help me.

  • fattmerris

    Installed the update this morning and my phone has locked and restarted 6 times today already. Wish I hadn’t updated.

    • fattmerris

      By the end of the day, my S4 had rebooted 12 times. Verizon tech support said to do a factory reset. I did. This morning, the phone was rebooting every couple of minutes. Called tech support back and Verizon is overnighting a new S4 to me. I would not install the update.

  • smbk25

    After the update to VRUDMI1, all apps saved to SD card have missing icons on home screens? Anyone else with this issue? I can replace them from my app draw but when the phone reboots again, they are missing once again. Suggestions?

  • Lino Avila Azevedo

    My GS4 is rooted and I’ve been prompted, on my device, to do an update. Is states that the update will take 13 minutes to install and gives you the following web address to learn more: https://www.verizonwireless.co….
    There’s nothing there!


  • Jerimiah Reece

    This update came to me this morning OTA. Another article I read says it was not OTA. But it was indeed Over The Air. Just updated to build JDQ39.I545VRUDMI1 without connection to the PC. 10/16/2013 11:00am MST

    The first GS4 update was forced to us via PC which was the most annoying thing I’ve ever dealt with on a cell phone update.

    • Lino Avila Azevedo

      My GS4 is rooted and I’ve been prompted, on my device, to do an update. Is states that the update will take 13 minutes to install and gives you the following web address to learn more: https://www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys4software.
      There’s nothing there!


  • moleshire

    Update installed a few minutes ago. No problems.

  • mjmellin

    I wonder if this was added to add support for the LTE AWS band.

  • Ryan Goldsmith

    mine errors out during the download process weather i use kies or verizon update manager… any ideas why that could be?? my phone is brand new..

  • Dr4g0nf1y

    I’m running the stock ROM and I did this update today. Following the update many of my apps started experiencing FC issues. I’ve also had bluetooth sound problems and have rebooted the phone twice. I’ve owned this phone less than 2 months, I hope this isn’t a bad update.

  • Anon

    Is this update activating 4G LTE A / AWS? Can anyone confirm higher data speeds in metro cities with this update?

  • slpbird

    They have said the gs4 would access aws LTE advance with a software update and now just read that Verizon started to turn on this network so maybe this update had something to do with this.

  • Scott Tilney

    Extra features added to the calculator in landscape mode.

  • gunslinger

    looks like the old VRUAME7 root method does not work http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=46494389&postcount=23

    • John


  • s44

    Probably a baseband update for the rollout of AWS LTE.

    But yeah, you shouldn’t be dumb enough to take any OTA after you’re rooted.

  • Chad Baker

    I have a Stock S4 from Verizon that I received new two weeks ago. Just checking my build I have the VRUAME7 build already and I did not do any updates.

    UPDATE: I read it too fast. Still no update to VRUDMI1

  • patt

    I am not getting it in software update does this need the date change trick? I helped my friend with his HTC one on AT&T moving date by 3 days helped.

    Will also try in kies.

    • JoeDirt2217

      If you have a computer handy, connect your S4 via USB and follow pop up instructions on installing Verizon software. It will install update assistant and ask if you want to upgrade your device.

      • patt

        i got it in Kies 🙂 downloads really really slow! samsungs servers seem to be either crap or all located in Korea lol

  • mjmellin

    Looks like it installs a new Optical Reader app also

    • JoeDirt2217

      Was hoping they would add blocking mode too!

  • schoat333

    Really? The top comment is the complaint about the font? This community had become as bad as iOS users.

  • Rob

    A little bit off topic but is the S3 done getting major updates besides security fixes and what not?

    • Aaron Offenberger

      No, the S3 is still going to get Android 4.3 sometime soon and possibly 4.4 but that is speculation as 4.4 hasn’t even been announced yet.

      • Rob

        And since I’m on Verizon it will probably be when I have a new phone when the S3 upgrade to 4.3 is announced.

        • Aaron Offenberger

          Probably. I’ve had Verizon forever and just like my loyalty, it takes forever for them to release updates. I’ve got my S4 and X whenever they finally release my damn camera update! Got my soak invite though… at least that’s a promising sign.

  • Thomas Ruiz

    I have updated and I don’t see any big changes that jump out at me.

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  • Steve B

    Does the update force you to use that terrible font?

    • Milind Shah

      Nope, always been changeable on most Sammys

      • Steve B

        Sarcasm Capt’ Serious.

        • captobvious

          great sarcasm joke capt’ notevenremotelyhumorous

  • Justin Duncan

    anyone know what time the google event starts? and if there will be a live stream?

    • A.Miller

      What Google event?

  • Kiril Vatev

    For crying out loud, Kellen, change that font! No one wants to see that.

    • argeebee99

      It’s not his device, it’s from “one of our readers”.

      • Kiril Vatev

        He’s probably just lying so that we don’t lose faith in him over a font issue. We are onto you, Kellen!

        • michael arazan

          Font you get when you get baby fever, or are a kindergarten teacher

  • Danny

    Gallery’s different with Update. Noticed it yesterday

    • B T

      For the better.. or for the worse?

      • Robert Macri

        until death do you part

      • Drooblz

        Can’t get much worse than it already is. Slow and laggy.

  • ITGuy11

    Its a trap!

  • schoat333

    So glad I went to CM10 over the weekend. Sorry for you guys that don’t have that option.

    • BaconEater

      All S4 users have that option. Whether they have to use safestrap or not is another story.

      • Isaiah Machiz

        not true. Can’t safestrap aosp yet

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Anyone willing to test if this new build is rootable from stock using the same method that worked before on ME7?


    • Gerald Goshko

      I updated to mi1 without even thinking about it and tried to root using the me7 way and it does not work =(

  • Matthew Yourchisin

    Safestrap is all I’ve got on my S4 and I won’t be giving that up anytime soon… No thank you Verizon, but thanks for letting me keep unlimited data during my upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus! :Thumbs Up:

  • Chris

    ugly font.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Just sold mine on Swappa…..

  • Herrderrherr

    Terrible font.

    • Agreed, I’ve never liked this font. On the plus side, at least Android gives you a choice!

      • Chris

        if you don’t mind your phone looking like a myspace profile or the Windows 98 Plus! pack

        • Guest

          I take we have some kids here who have no idea what myspace was, let alone windows 98

          • KleenDroid

            People stood in line to get Windows 95 just like they do to get phones now.

            Then went home to install from all those 3.5 disks.

          • Daistaar

            95 was on a CD-ROM. You needed a state of the art computer with a CD-ROM drive. Chances are it came with a 2.5″ Floppy drive as well. Damn those days LOL.

          • Justin Bontrager

            There was a floppy disk verison, I have it.

          • Adrynalyne

            I had it on floppy disk too :p

          • Daistaar

            You sir were quite a trooper lol. CRTs and CompUSA FTW!

          • rick holloway

            i think i have a copy or win 3,10 here ….. on 5 3.5 in floppies

          • Cliff Boss

            my dos upgrade was on 5 1/4 “REAL Floppy.

      • Brian D.

        Your comment made me realize how old I am… 😉

    • heyfrightnn

      about to post that…. ugly font

    • Paul

      I agree…but I bet my wife would really like it

    • TheDrizzle

      Haha, I think Kellex is trolling us with that one. No way he actually uses that.

    • GJV

      That’s a screenshot from the Pedobear Edition

    • Rob

      At least it has the option to be changed.

    • Hey guys I just upgraded to the new update, and we now have optical reader which was disabled at first, oddly enough for some reason.