Users of the 8in Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 residing in the US can now experience Google's more recent Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) OS update on their devices, by manually downloading and installing the firmware with build number T330NUUEU1BOG1.

The Android 5.1.1 firmware is currently seeding to Galaxy Tab 4 users in a phased manner. And those who have not received the newer OS update can manually flash the same, via Odin, as explained below:

Points to remember before flashing Android 5.1.1 on Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 using Odin

  • The latest firmware, T330NUUEU1BOG1, is applicable only to Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 units bearing model number SM-T330NU and flashing it on other devices could result in the same being bricked.
  • Galaxy Tab 4 cannot be rooted on Android 5.1.1. For root access, users can stay on the older Android 5.0 (Lollipop) firmware.
  • Install USB drivers for your Galaxy Tab 4 on the PC.
  • Ensure the tablet has at least 80% battery charge.
  • Enable USB debugging on your tablet.
  • Backup all stored files, as installation via Odin clears device's storage completely.

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How to flash Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 via Odin

IBTimes UK reminds readers it will not be held responsible for any damage to device during or after installation of Android 5.1.1, using Odin. Readers are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Step 1: Download the Odin software and Android 5.1.1 firmware, from the downloads section above.

Step 2: Extract Android 5.1.1 firmware file.

Step 3: Extract Odin file.

Step 4: Switch off your Galaxy Tab 4 from PC, boot it into download mode. To achieve this, wait for six to seven seconds after screen goes off, and long press Volume Down + Power + Home buttons until warning screen is displayed. Then press, Volume Up to proceed to download mode.

Step 5: Interface your tablet to PC using USB cable. In Odin you should see an "Added" message appearing in the Log box at the bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also change its background colour to Blue.

Step 6: Load firmware into Odin. To achieve this, Click on the AP button on Odin and the select the .tar.md5 extracted file as explained in Step 3.

Step 7: Within Odin, check to ensure that Re-partition checkbox is deselected,

Step 8: Within Odin, select Start Button to start flashing the firmware on your tablet.

Step 9: After completion of installation, your Galaxy Tab 4 will reboot automatically. You'll get a "Pass" message upon successful installation from Odin.

Step 10: Disconnect your tablet from the computer. Navigate to Settings > About Device to verify installation of new firmware.

[Source: The Android Soul].