The international LTE variant of Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) has just received its latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update with base firmware build number N9005XXUEND6 from Samsung. This is a regular bug-fix update and a follow-up release to N9005XXUEND5 stock firmware that was released just a few days ago.
The new update is now available for download via Over-The-Air (OTA) as well as through Samsung KIES in several countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.
Those who missed the OTA update notification and those who cannot access the update over KIES for some reason, can follow our step-by-step guide to install the same manually via Odin flash tool.
Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUEND6 Firmware Details
Version: Android 4.4.2
Build date: April 24, 2014
Regions: Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore
Note: As this is an unbranded firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked international variant of Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005), regardless of the country or region.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) on the computer.
2. USB Debugging Mode should be enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.
3. Back up your important data to avoid potential data loss during firmware installation.
4. Ensure the phone is factory unlocked (not locked to any specific carrier).
5. Verify Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUEND6 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) models alone. Do not attempt installing it on incorrect variants as it may brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Note 3 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Steps to Update Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) with Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUEND6 KitKat Official Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUEND6 firmware zip file via WinRAR, 7-Zip or WinZip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other optional files.
Step 2: Next extract Odin zip file to get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with a few other files.
Step 3: Turn off the Galaxy Note 3 and boot the device into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then keep tapping the Power button to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 6: Now connect Galaxy Note 3 LTE to computer with USB cable in Download Mode. When Odin detects the device and a pop-up message reading 'Added!' appears on screen, the ID: COM box will turn yellow with the COM port number.
Note: If the 'Added' message fails to appear, then try re-installing USB drivers or changing the port on computer.
Step 7: In Odin, click on AP button and select the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension.
Step 8: Now choose Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes in Odin. Leave the Re-Partition option unchecked.
Step 9: After ensuring that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly, hit the Start button in Odin to begin installing the firmware.
Step 10: After the firmware is installed, a PASS message with a green background appears in the left-most box at the top of Odin. Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) will then reboot to the Home screen. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from the computer.
Galaxy Note 3 LTE is now running N9005XXUEND6 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify the firmware installed on the device.
If Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) is stuck at boot animation after Step 10 then go to recovery mode (press and hold Volume Up and Power buttons together) and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before choosing reboot system now function. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and the Power key to select the desired option. Please note that performing wiping task will erase your device's internal memory and not external SD card data.
Those who have already updated their Galaxy Note 3 LTE to the latest Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUEND6 KitKat firmware can follow our step-by-step guide to root the same here.
[Source: Honai of Android]