Samsung has just started rolling out the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update with stock firmware build N7100XXUENB1, for the international variant of Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) as part of the regular maintenance and bug-fix update.
The new stock firmware is now available for download as Over-The-Air (OTA) update as well as through Samsung KIES in select countries including Israel.
Those who missed the official OTA update notification or cannot access the update via Samsung KIES for some reason can follow our step-by-step guide to install the same manually, using this guide.
N7100XXUENB1 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmware Details
Model name: GALAXY Note 2
Version: Android 4.3
Build date: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:44:43 +0000
Product Code: ILO
NOTE: As this is an unbranded firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked international variant of Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100), regardless of the country or region.
Some of the noteworthy features ported into the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware include Galaxy S4 like lockscreen, Multi-pages feature on lockscreen, support widget on lockscreen, Tabbed UI in Settings, Daydream feature, Voice control feature for apps like phone, camera, music player and so on, Hands-free Mode, New Notification Panel with 2 pages, ANT+ support, TRIM support, Camera Improvements, Move apps to SD feature, New Samsung keyboard, Changed icons for some Samsung apps, Smoother TouchWiz, Adapt display, Adapt sound, New S-Voice from Galaxy S4 and Full screen mode in Samsung apps.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 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 S4 has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The Android 4.3 N7100XXUENB1 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) only. Do not attempt installing it on incorrect variants as it may brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Note 2 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Steps to Update Galaxy Note 2 with Android 4.3 N7100XXUENB1 Jelly Bean Official Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.3 N7100XXUENB1 firmware zip file via WinRAR/7-Zip or WinZip to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some other optional files.
Step 2: Next Odin zip file should be extracted to get Odin3 v3.09.exe along with few other files.
Step 3: Power off the Galaxy Note 2 and boot the device into Download Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Powerbuttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen. Then keep tapping Volume Upbutton to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 6: Now connect Galaxy Note 2 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 light blue 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(firmware filename: N7100XXDLJ5_N7100ODDDLI7_INU.tar.md5)
Step 8: In Odin, select Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. But, the Re-Partition option must be checked only if you used the .pit file in previous step.
Step 9: After ensuring that Step 7 and Step 8 are done correctly, hit the Startbutton in Odin to begin installing the firmware.
Step 10: After the firmware is installed, a PASS message with green background appears in the left-most box at the top of Odin. Galaxy Note 2 will then reboot to the Home screen. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from computer.
Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is now running N7100XXUENB1 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean stock firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify the firmware installed on the device.
Troubleshooting: If Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 is stuck at boot animation after Step 10, then boot into recovery mode (press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together), and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition task before choosing Reboot System Now option.
Note: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option. Performing data wipe task will erase your device's internal memory and not external SD card data.