Samsung has just rolled out a new Android 4.4.2 bug-fix update with build number N9005XXUENB4 for Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005). This is a follow-up release to N9005XXUENB3 KitKat build that was released just a few days ago.
Though the new firmware build N9005XXUENB4 is currently available as Over-The-Air (OTA) update only in Germany, it can be downloaded and installed manually in other countries, using this guide.
As this is an unbranded firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked international variant of Galaxy Note 3 (LTE), regardless of the country or region.
Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 Firmware Details
Date: 2014 February
Android 4.4.2 KitKat introduces a host of new features over Android 4.3 Jelly Bean including camera shortcut on lockscreen, white icons in status bar, performance improvements, transparent status bar, Improved keyboard layout in landscape orientation, select between the stock messaging app or hangouts for SMS and MMS, select between TouchWiz or other launchers through settings, wireless printing, updated Google apps and more.
IBTimes UKreminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
1. Install necessary USB Drivers for Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) 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 3 (LTE) has at least 80 percent battery charge.
6. The Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 firmware is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) model only. Do not attempt installing it on incorrect variants as it may brick the device. Verify the model number of the Galaxy Note 3 by navigating to Settings >> About Phone.
Steps to Update Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) with Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 KitKat Official Firmware
Step 1: Extract Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 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 3 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 Power button to progress into Download Mode.
Step 5: Launch Odin on computer as an Administrator.
Step 6: Now connect Galaxy Note 3 LTE 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 yellow 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: N9005XXDLJ5_N9005ODDDLI7_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 3 (LTE) will then reboot to the Home screen. It is now safe to disconnect the USB cable and remove the phone from computer.
Galaxy Note 3 LTE is now running N9005XXUENB4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat official firmware. Head over to Settings >> About Phone to verify the firmware installed on the device.
Those who have already updated their Galaxy Note 3 LTE to the latest Android 4.4.2 N9005XXUENB4 KitKat firmware can follow our step-by-step guide to root the same here.