Samsung recently rolled out its latest Jelly Bean update via Android 4.1.2 XXCMC4 official firmware for Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 users in many countries including Russia. The firmware is presently unavailable for download through Samsung KIES, but an Over-The-Air (OTA) update is possible in supported countries. Nevertheless, N8000 users who failed to receive any OTA update notification for the firmware can now download and install the same manually, using this guide.

Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 Receives Official Android 4.1.2 XXCMC4 Jelly Bean Update [How to Manually Install]
Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 Receives Official Android 4.1.2 XXCMC4 Jelly Bean Update [How to Manually Install]

NOTE: The official firmware requires ODIN flash tool for installation and it does not work with CWM recovery. The instructions provided in this guide are meant for reference purpose only. IBTimes UK will not be liable if the device is damaged or bricked during firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Key Points to Remember

  • XXCMC4 official firmware and the instructions provided in this guide are compatible with the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 model only and will not work with any other device. Verify the device's model number by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.
  • Backup the important data and settings on the tablet to prevent data loss. It is advisable to use one of the recommended custom recovery tools such as CWM or TWRP for data backup, as it creates a complete image of the existing tablet setup.
  • Ensure the device has at least 80 percent battery charge.
  • Verify if correct USB drivers are installed for the tablet on computer (download Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 USB drivers).
  • Make sure USB Debugging mode is enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if device is running Android 4.0 or later) or Settings > Applications > Development (if device is running Android 2.3 or earlier).
  • ODIN is used for installing the official firmware through Windows OS. Linux and Mac users are advised to use CrossOver Utility to run ODIN on their computer.
  • Access to custom ROMs and custom recovery tools will be lost after installing the official firmware, as custom versions will be replaced by their stock counterparts. Also root access to the device will be lost following the firmware installation. So, users have to re-root their device to regain full system access and be able to install third-party root apps, custom ROMs and latest system tweaks.
  • As this is an official firmware, it will not increase the device's binary counter and hence will not void its hardware warranty.
  • If "MD5 hash value is invalid" message appears in Odin message box then you need to re-download the firmware.


How to Manually Install Official Android 4.1.2 XXCMC4 Jelly Bean Update on Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000

1. Extract the official firmware zip file that you downloaded earlier to get a .tar file and some other files.

2. Extract Odin zip file to obtain Odin3 v3.07.exe along with few other files.

3. Switch off the tablet and wait for vibration (about 5 to 6 seconds) to confirm complete device shutdown.

4. Now, boot the tablet into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons together until Samsung Galaxy logo appears on screen. Wait for a few seconds the tablet will enter Download mode. [Just hit Volume Up button to enter into Download mode in green Robot screen]

5. Launch Odin3 v3.07.exe (see Step 2) as an Administrator, as Admin privileges is required to complete the installation process smoothly.

6. Now connect the tablet to the computer with USB cable. A message reading "Added!!" appears in Odin's message box at the bottom left of the screen. If the message fails to appear, then try another USB port (preferably the one at the back of computer). If all else fails then just reinstall the USB drivers for the phone on computer. If the successful "Added!!" message appears in Odin then proceed to the next step. The COM port with a number should also indicate Yellow if you successfully added your device.

7. Choose the required files in Odin from extracted N8000XXCMC4 firmware folder by selecting respective checkboxes, as follows:

  • Click the PDA checkbox, and choose the file with '.tar' or '.md5' in its name
  • Select the Phone checkbox, and click the file named *modem* (ignore it if there is no such file)
  • Choose the CSC checkbox, and select the file named *CSC* (ignore it if such file is missing)
  • Choose the PIT checkbox, and click the .pit file. Use only if it is available while extracting in step 1 above, else ignore it.

8. In Odin, ensure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are enabled. But, the Re-Partition checkbox should be chosen, only if.pit file is used in the previous step.

9. Double check everything in Step 7 and step 8 are done correctly. Then hit the START button to begin the flashing process.

10. After the firmware flashing completes, the tablet will reboot and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the very top of Odin. Now just remove the USB cable to disconnect the device from computer.

Congratulations! Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 is now running Android 4.1.2 XXCMC4 Jelly Bean official firmware. Go to Settings > About Tablet to verify the firmware version installed.

[Source: Android Jinn]