Galaxy Note 8.0 users are in for a pleasant surprise, as Samsung is rolling out the highly-anticipated KitKat update to the 8in tablet in its home country, South Korea.
Note 8.0 users in South Korea and Poland should now have access to the new Android 4.4.2 KitKat update via Over-The-Air (OTA) as well as through Samsung KIES.
The new update will push the firmware build number on the tablet to M500WKXUBND9, which brings the latest KitKat features including faster performance, white status bar icons, enhanced battery-life, full-screen album art on lock screen, and support for wireless printing.
As the update is already available in South Korea, it should be accessible to other countries across the globe in the next few days.
Meanwhile, the update is now available via OTA for the international variant of Galaxy Note 8.0 in Poland, and the rest of the world should soon follow.
However, those who missed the OTA update notification and those who cannot wait for the official firmware release in their country, can download and install the same manually, using our step-by-step guide.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Details for International Variant
Model name: GALAXY Note 8.0
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000
Product Code: XEO
Android 4.4.2 KitKat Firmware Details for South Korean Version
Model name: GALAXY Note 8.0 3G
Version: Android 4.4.2
Product Code: ANY
NOTE: IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any device damage during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
- The Android 4.4.2 N5100XXDND8 and M500WKXUBND9 official firmware and instructions provided in this guide are limited to the Galaxy Note 8.0 (GT-N5100) and SHW-N500W respectively. Do not attempt installing this firmware on any other device, as it may permanently damage or brick the device. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the device model number.
- Ensure the correct USB drivers are installed for the phone on computer (download Galaxy Note 8.0 USB drivers)
- Disable Samsung KIES as well as any security software installed on the computer.
- Back up important data and settings on the phone to avoid data loss during firmware installation.
- Ensure the device has at least 80% battery charge before you proceed.
How to Update Galaxy Note 8.0 with Android 4.4.2 KitKat Official Firmware
Step 1: Extract the official firmware zip file via winrar or 7zip or winzip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other files.
Step 2: Extract Odin zip file to get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with a few other files.
Step 3: Turn off the device and boot it into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then tap Volume Up button to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Run Odin on computer as Administrator.
Step 6: Connect the tablet to computer via USB cable while it is still in Download Mode. Wait until Odin recognises the device and when the device connects successfully, the ID: COM box will turn light blue with the corresponding COM port number.
Step 7: Select the following files in Odin from extracted Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware folder:
- Click the PDA button and select the .tar.md5 file.
Step 8: In Odin, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. Also, ensure the Re-Partition checkbox is not selected.
Step 9: Verify that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly. Then hit the Start button to begin firmware installation.
Step 10: After the firmware installation is done, your tablet will reboot and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the very top of Odin. You can now safely unplug the USB cable to disconnect the tablet from the computer.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is now running on the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. Go to Settings > About Tablet to verify the software version installed.
If the Galaxy Note tablet is stuck at boot animation after Step 10 then go to recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together) and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition before choosing reboot system now function. Note: In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select an option. Please note that performing data wipe task will erase the device's internal memory and not external SD card data.