Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6210 users can finally enjoy their first Jelly Bean update, as Samsung has rolled out its official Jelly Bean firmware with build number P6210XXMD3 for UK and Ireland users. The unbranded firmware is meant for Galaxy Tab Plus (Wi-Fi only model). The Galaxy Tab users, who were eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of Jelly Bean experience on their device, can simply install the stock P6210 MD3 firmware and then upgrade it to the Jelly Bean firmware.
NOTE: As this is an official firmware, no rooting is essential. It can be installed on any unbranded and unlocked Galaxy Tab Plus device.
Android 4.1.2 XXMD3 Firmware Details
Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus
Country: United Kingdom and Ireland
Carrier: unbranded, unlocked, generic, SIM Free
Build date: 2013 April
Android 4.1.2 XXMD3 Official Firmware Features
Galaxy Tab GT-P6210 users can reportedly enjoy a more fluid interface experience with better scrolling effect, faster response and smoother transition effect than Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), thanks to the release of first Jelly Bean firmware from Samsung. In addition, the menus have been re-designed for better looks and user experience.
Some of the noteworthy features ported into this firmware include: Google Now, media file-sharing via DLNA, Blocking mode and Smart Stay.
Key Points to Note
- Android 4.1.2 XXMD3 official firmware and the instructions provided in this guide are applicable to the Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 GT-P6210 model only. It will not work on any other device. Verify the device model number by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.
- Back up important data and settings on the tablet including contacts, SMS, MMS, call log and APN settings. It is recommended that you back up data manually using one of the popular custom recovery tools such as ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP.
- Ensure the tablet has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) during the official firmware installation.
- Make sure USB Debugging mode is enabled on the tablet by navigating toSettings > Developer Options (if tablet is running Android 4.0 or later) or go to Settings > Applications > Development (if running Android 2.3 or earlier). NOTE: If this option is disabled, the file transfer process via USB cable will fail.
- Verify that both the device's carrier and bootloader are unlocked before proceeding. Attempting to install the firmware on a locked device may completely damage or brick the device.
- Double check to see that the correct USB drivers are installed for the tablet on computer (download Galaxy Tab 7.0 GT-P6210 USB drivers).
- This tutorial uses ODIN flash tool for installing the firmware via Windows OS. However, Linux (Ubuntu) and Mac OS users should use CrossOver Utility to run ODIN on their system.
- Remember to run ODIN as Administrator in Windows OS (except Windows XP or lower don't require this). To do so, right-click on odin.exe first and then choose Run as Administrator in context menu.
How to Install Official Android 4.1.2 XXDM3 Jelly Bean Firmware on Galaxy Tab 7.0 GT-P6210
Step 1: Download Android 4.1.2 XXDME1 Jelly Bean official firmware for Galaxy Tab 7.0 GT-P6210 and Odin v3.07 on your computer.
Step 2: Extract both the downloaded zip files to the desired location on your desktop. The extracted files should contain a .tar.md5 file, an Odin3 v3.07.exe file and some other files (optional).
Step 3: Power off the tablet and wait for the vibration (about 5 to 6 seconds) to confirm complete device shutdown. Then boot the tablet into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons together, until a construction Android robot icon with a triangle appears on the screen.
Step 4: Launch Odin3 v3.07.exe that you obtained in Step 2 as an Administrator, as Admin privileges are required to complete the firmware installation process smoothly.
Step 5: Connect the tablet to computer via USB cable. If the device connects successfully, 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 the computer). However, if all else fails, just reinstall USB drivers for your phone on the computer. When the successful "Added!!" message appears in Odin, proceed to the next step. At this point, the ID: COM box will indicate yellow with the corresponding COM port number if your device is connected successfully.
Step 6: Choose the following files from P6210XXMD3 folder that you obtained while extracting in Step 2, using respective checkboxes:
- Choose the PDA checkbox, and select the '.tar.md5' file.
- Select the Phone checkbox, and choose the file named 'Modem' (ignore if the file is not found)
- Click the CSC checkbox, and select the file named 'CSC' (ignore if there is no such file)
- Choose the PIT checkbox, and click the '.pit' ile. (ignore if such file is absent)
Step 8: In Odin, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options by selecting their checkboxes. But, the Re-Partition checkbox must be selected, only if a .pit file was chosen in the previous step.
Step 9: Make sure everything suggested in Step 7 and Step 8 is done correctly. Then hit the START button to begin flashing the firmware.
Step 10: Once the firmware installation is done, your tablet will reboot automatically and soon a PASS message with green background appears in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin. You can now safely remove the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
Your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is now running on official Android 4.1.2 XXDME1 Jelly Bean firmware. Go to Settings > About tablet to verify this firmware version installed.
If your tablet is stuck at boot animation or Samsung logo after Step 10, then boot the device into recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons together, then release Power after a couple of second; but continue to hold Volume Up). Now perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition before choosing reboot system now. NOTE: Use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select an option in recovery.
[Source: Android ROM Update]