Samsung is rolling out the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update with stock firmware build N7100XXUENB2, for the international variant of Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100), starting with Thailand.
Galaxy Note 2 users in Thailand can now download the new Android 4.3 firmware via Over-The-Air (OTA) update or install it manually through Samsung KIES. As the firmware is being rolled out in phases, it may take some time before it is made available in other countries or regions.
Android 4.3 N7100XXUENB2 Jelly Bean Firmware Details
Model name: Galaxy Note 2
Version: Android 4.3
Build date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:27:14 +0000
Product Code: THL
Nevertheless, those who missed the firmware OTA update notification, and those who cannot wait for its official release in their country can follow our step-by-step guide to install the same manually.
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 salient features ported into the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update 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 two 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, Full screen mode in Samsung apps and more.
Interested users who wish to enjoy the latest Jelly Bean features can go ahead and install the new update with build number N7100XXUENB2 on their Galaxy Note 2.
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 Note 2 has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The Android 4.3 N7100XXUENB2 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) model 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 N7100XXUENB2 Jelly Bean Stock Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.3 N7100XXUENB2 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: Turn off the Galaxy Note 2 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 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: 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 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 is now running N7100XXUENB2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean official firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify the firmware installed on the device.