Samsung recently released a new stock firmware build, N7100XXUEMKA, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, for the global version of Galaxy Note 2. Users can install the firmware via over-the-air update or through Samsung KIES server.
Version: Android 4.3
Build date: 21 November
Those who failed to update their Note 2 using either of the official methods for being region-specific may follow our step-by-step guide to install the update manually. The N7100XXUEMKA is an unbranded version of firmware; therefore, it can be installed on any unlocked GT-N7100 units regardless of country and region.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify if their handsets meet the following requirements.
1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to connect the Android device with computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings >> Developer Options to enable USB Debugging Mode.]
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/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 Note 2 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. Also, the custom recovery will be replaced by the stock recovery.
7) The device will no longer belong to a rooted version once official firmware is installed.
8) XXUEMKA Android 4.3 Jelly Bean works only with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. As flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Note 2 by navigating to Settings>> About device>> Model number.
How to install N7100XXUEMKA Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Galaxy Note 2 N7100
Step-1: Download N7100XXUEMKA Android 4.3 Jelly Bean [Alternative link] for Galaxy Note 2 to computer. Extract the firmware zip using winrar/7zip/winzip or any other extracting tool to get a .tar.md5 file with some other files
Step-2: Download Odin3 v3.07 and extract it to get Odin v3.07.exe
Step-3: Switch off the Galaxy Note 2. Boot it into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Now press the Volume Up button to enter into Download Mode
Step-4: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as Administrator
Step-5: Connect the phone to computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. The successful connection will be indicated by an Added message in Odin and also the one of the ID: COM box will turn light blue with the COM port number.
Note: If the Added message does not appear, try another USB port located at the back side of the computer. If Odin still fails to recognise the phone then reinstall USB driver.
Step-6: In Odin select the files extracted from N7100XXUEMKA zip
a) Click the PDA button and select the file with .tar.md5 extension
b) Click the Phone button and select file with MODEM in its name
c) Click the CSC button and select file with CSC in its name
d) Click the PIT button and select .pit file
Note: Ignore the last three if such files are not found.
Step-7: Enable Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes in Odin window. But ensure Re-Partition option is unchecked, select it only when .pit file is used
Step-8: Click the Start button in Odin to begin installation
Step-9: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart and soon a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the top of Odin will appear. Unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from computer
N7100XXUEMKA Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build should be installed on the Galaxy Note 2. Navigate to Settings>> About device to verify the new software version running on the handset.
If the Galaxy Note 2 gets stuck at booting animation or Samsung logo (after step-9) then go to recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up and Power buttons together. Perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition. Now reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now from the recovery menu. In recovery mode use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power button to select any particular option. But performing wiping task will erase the device's internal memory.
Those who have updated their devices to the latest stock firmware build may click here for our guide to root Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
[Source: Honai of Android]