The LTE variant of Galaxy Note 3 recently received another stock firmware update based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with build number N9005XXUENC2. The firmware can be downloaded as an OTA update and installed via Samsung Kies server.
Model:Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005)
Version: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Build date: 4 March, 2014
Product code: TSR
N9005OXXENB1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat is a region specific and carrier-branded software update, which means users will get some extra carrier apps with the installation of the firmware. The update is currently live for Galaxy Note 3 users in Serbia.
Those who failed to install the update following either of the official methods for being region specific may follow our step-by-step guide to install the update manually using Odin flashing tool.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Before installing the official firmware, users are advised to verify their devices meet following requirements.
1) Install USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to connect the Android device with the computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings>> About phone. Tap on Build Number several times until a message appears saying 'You are now a Developer.' Now enable USB Debugging Mode by navigating to Settings>> Developer Options.]
3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM or, TWRP installed then backup data using the recovery.
4) If the Android device powers off due to lack of battery while the installation process, it could damage the device. Therefore, the Galaxy Note should have above 80% battery charge.
5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.
6) The phone will lose custom ROM with the installation of official firmware. Additionally, the custom recovery will be replaced by stock version.
7) The device will no longer belong to a rooted version with the installation of official firmware.
8) N9005XXUENC2 Android 4.4 2 KitKat firmware works only with LTE version of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-9005. As flashing this on any other variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Note 3 by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.
How to install N9005XXUENC2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005)
Step-1: Extract the downloaded firmware zip using winrar/7zip/winzip or any extracting tool
Step-2: Extract Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.09.exe
Step-3: Switch off Galaxy Note 3
Step-4: Boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Home buttons together then press the Power button. You should see Samsung logo or, red and yellow text in the screen
Note: Ensure that Galaxy Note 3 USB drivers are installed on the computer.
Step-5: Run Odin on computer as an Administrator
Step-6: Connect the Note 3 to computer using USB cable while it is in Download mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the phone is connected one of the ID: COM boxes in Odin will turn blue with the COM port number
Step-7: Select these files extracted from N9005XXUENC2 folder
a) Click on AP button and select the file with AP in its name
b) Click on CP button and select file with MODEM in its name
c) Click on CSC button and select file with CSC in its name
d) Click the PIT button and select .pit file
Note: Ignore the last three steps (step-b, c and d) if such files do not exist.
Step-8: Verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. Uncheck Re-Partition option and select it only when a .pit file is used
Step-9: Click the Start button in Odin to begin the installation process
Step-10: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart automatically. Unplug the USB cable safely from the phone to disconnect it from the computer
The Galaxy Note 3 should now be updated with N9005XXUENC2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. Navigate to Settings>> About phone to verify the new software version running on the handset.
Interested users who wish to root the phone running any Android 4.4.2 firmware, may follow our step-by-step guide to root Galaxy Note 3 N900/N9005 on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and install CWM recovery.
How to fix bootloop issue
After flashing the firmware, if the Galaxy Note 3 gets stuck at boot animation or bootloop (after step-10), place the device in recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. In recovery mode, perform data wiping task by selecting Wipe data/factory reset then select Wipe Cache Partition. Now, reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now. In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option. Note that performing wiping task will erase the phone's internal memory data.
[Source: Team Android]