Few days ago Samsung Galaxy S 3 received Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Now its time for Galaxy Note 2. We have already posted about the leaked firmware for Note 2. But this one is official firmware (Indian) recently released by Samsung. As expected most of the features of this firmware are inspired from Galaxy Note 3 and galaxy S4. And the most notable one is that it supports Samsung’s smart watch Galaxy Gear. Lets have a look at some of the features of this firmware.
- GALAXY GEAR Support
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- Samsung KNOX
- Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
- Better RAM management
- Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Actionable notifications
- Move-to-SD-card feature
- New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- New Additions in Notification Centre
- Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
- New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music, S-Voice
- Full screen Samsung apps
Well after going through the list of some mouth-watering features, you must be tempted to install it on your mobile. Although this update is available only in India, users from other countries can also install it manually. So go through article to install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean via XXUEMK4 firmware.
Flashing an official firmware is a little bit risky process and may lead to permanent damage if not properly followed. Though it is very unlikely that your mobile gets damaged, newbies in this Android world should think before inculcating this article. Read procedure carefully before going for its execution. We, AndroidLegend.com, are not responsible for any damage or misbehavior of your mobile after inculcating these instructions.
This official firmware released by Samsung is compatible only for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 international variant N7100. Don’t try to flash it onN7105 or any other US variant. Doing this may damage your device permanently.
Once you upgrade your mobile with this firmware, you cannot degrade it to previous version even by flashing firmware through Odin. So think before upgrading it to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Of course it is an official firmware so no need to worry about warranty.
- First check that your mobile is charged at least up to 75% to avoid any interruption during flashing the firmware.
- As data on the phone may get corrupt or erased during installation, it is good to take a backup of all the important stuff like SMS, MMS, APN, contacts etc. to the external memory card. You may refer following articles for assistance.
- How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
- How to backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
- Install Samsung USB drivers for mobile phones on PC. You can get this from here.
- It is recommended to turn off all the security software for a while.
- First download Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
- Click here to download.
- For flashing this firmware you will need Odin multi downloader tool. Download and install Odin v3.09 on your computer.
- Click here to download.
- Now switch off your mobile and boot it into downloading mode (also called as Odin mode). For that press & hold volume down + power button + home button simultaneously until you see downloading message on the screen.
- Connect mobile to computer through USB cable. Ensure that you have installed USB drivers on PC.
- By that time launch Odin software on which you have installed earlier. After proper connection of mobile to computer, you will see that one of the ID: COM box turns turned blue. At the same time Added!! message will appear in Odin’s message box. If you don’t get such a message make sure that you have installed mobile drivers.
- Then click AP button and select .tar.md5 file. Ensure that Auto-Reboot and F.Resest Time is checked.
- Don’t click anywhere else in the Odin.
- After doing everything properly, press Start button to flash the firmware in mobile. It will take around 5-10 minutes for flashing the firmware on mobile. During this course don’t remove USB cable from the phone. And finally your phone will get rebooted automatically showing pass message in message box.
- However if you mobile get stuck or you get a fail message then exit the Odin, disconnect mobile from computer, remove battery and re-insert it and follow the above procedure again.
- Wait the procedure is not over. Switch off your mobile either by power button or removing the battery. Boot into recovery mode by pressing volume up + home button + power button simultaneously.
- You will land into recovery mode. (Note: Touch doesn’t work in the recovery mode. Use volume buttons for navigation.)
- Select wipe data/factory reset and then select wipe cache partitions. (Caution! This will wipe all the data from the internal memory.)
- Finally select reboot system now. Remember first boot will take more time than usual.
Well done! You have successfully flashed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Share your experience about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. If you have any doubts about procedure or any other related stuff, you can ask through the comments. We will try our level best to solve them.
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