Samsung recently rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official software update with base firmware XXCMB3 for the 3G + Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 with model number N8000. The update is currently available for Note 10.1 users from France but can be installed in supported regions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Android 4.1.2 XXCMB3 Jelly Bean firmware is released for Galaxy Note 10.1.

Firmware details



Version: Android 4.1.2

Built date: March, 2013

Galaxy Note 10.1 users can get the latest firmware using Samsung Kies. Those who failed to update their devices to Android 4.1.2 XXCMB3 Jelly Bean using the official method, may follow our step-by-step guide below.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any mishap. Before following the tutorial, users are advised to ensure that their devices meet the below-mentioned requirements below.


1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on the computer.

2) Ensure that USB Debugging Mode is enabled to connect the phone with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure that the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) Create backup of all data of the tablet.

4) The Note 10.1 should be factory unlocked and should not be locked to a particular carrier.

5) The device should have at least 80 per cent of charge.

6) The tablet will lose custom ROM with the installation of official firmware. Additionally, it will lose custom recovery which will be replaced by stock recovery.

7) The tablet will no longer belong to rooted device once the official update is installed.

8) The Android 4.1.2 XXCMB3 Jelly Bean firmware is compatible only with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000, flashing this on incorrect variant is likely to brick the device. Head over to Settings>> About tablet to verify the model number of the device.

Steps to install Android 4.1.2 XXCMB3 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000

1) Download Android 4.1.2 N8000XXCMB3 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to the computer. Extract the firmware zip to get a .tar file along with some other files

2) Download Odin v3.07 and extract the zip to get Odin Odin3 v3.07.exe along with a few other files

3) Power off the Galaxy Note and put the device in Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down and Power button until the Samsung logo appears on the screen of the tablet. Wait for a few seconds and the tablet will be in Download Mode soon

[Note: Users may need to press the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode in green Robot screen.]

4) Run the Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator

5) Connect the Note to the computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. A message saying 'Added' will arrive under Odin's message box. If the message does not come, then try another USB port (try the USB port located at the back side of the computer). If that does not work, then reinstall USB driver. When the device is successfully connected, the COM port with a number in Yellow should also appear

6) Select the files extracted from the N8000XXCMB3 folder in the mentioned order to install on the tablet

a) Click the 'PDA' button and select the .tar file with 'CODE' appearing in its name

b) Click the 'Phone' button and select the file with 'MODEM' in its name

c) Click the 'CSC' button and select the file with 'CSC' in its name

d) Click the 'PIT' button and select the .pit file

[Note: Ignore the last three steps in case such files are not found.]

7) In Odin window, ensure that 'Auto Reboot' and 'F.Reset Time' options are selected. As for 'Re-partition,' select the option if a .pit file is being used

8) Double check everything and then click the 'Start' button in Odin. The installation process should now begin

9) Once the installation process is completed, the tablet will restart automatically and soon a 'PASS' message will appear with green background in the extreme left box at the top of the Odin. Now safely unplug the USB cable from the tablet to disconnect it from the computer

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 should be now running on Android 4.1.2 XXCMB3 Jelly Bean official firmware. Navigate to Settings>> About tablet to verify the software version of the device.

Troubleshooting issue

If the Galaxy Note 10.1 gets stuck at booting animation after step-9 then boot the device into recovery Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up and Power buttons together. In recovery mode, perform 'wipe data/factory reset' and 'wipe cache partition' task then select 'reboot system now' to reboot the device. Performing data wiping task will erase the internal memory data of the device not the external SD card data.

[Source: Android Jinn]