Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXBMA3 now available [Manual Installation Guide]

Posted on Jan 25 2013 - 1:14pm by Harold Hisona

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE in Australia have recently received an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. Samsung made the update available over-the-air and via the Samsung KIES. It is most recommended that updates should be pulled down using either of these two methods. However, for owners who might not be able to update their device via OTA or KIES, there is a manual way to do it.

With the use of Odin, a popular flashing tool used by many developers, the official firmware can be installed into the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE manually. There are risks involved in the process so it is required owners who use this method have basic knowledge in flashing firmware into devices. Otherwise, they are advised to employ services of a technician or an expert in this field.

Firmware Details

PDA: N8020XXBMA3

CSC: N8020XSABMA2

Version: Android 4.1.2

Region supported: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and UK

Requirements

  1. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE must have at least 75% battery left. It is more than enough to complete the process but this is to make sure there’s no interruption during the process as it may lead to the bricking of the device.
  2. You should backup all your important data prior to updating your tablet. One of the risks manual flashing brings is the corruption of data. You don’t have control over it that’s why you need to backup you data for later retrieval just in case.
  3. Enable USB Debugging and install all necessary drivers in your computer to make sure there is a good communication between your computer and your tablet. It is necessary because you will be connecting your device the entire time.
  4. This firmware is intended for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE with model number N8020. Never attempt to flash it into a different model as it will brick the device.
  5. Since it is an official firmware, all custom ROMs and mods including AOSP and CyanogenMod will be replaced by the stock firmware after installation.

Instructions

Step 1: Download Android 4.1.2 XXBMA3 to your computer and extract its contents into a directory you can easily access and find. The desktop is the perfect place for it. Also, try to check if there are files that contain csc, modem and pit in their names. If you can’t find them, it means they’re not required for this installation.

Step 2: Download Odin 3.07 and extract its content. There should only be one executable file in the folder and that’s all you need to flash the firmware into your device.

Step 3: Right-click on Odin application and choose “Run as Administrator.”

Step 4: Turn your Galaxy Note and boot it up into Download Mode. Just press and hold VOLUME DOWN and POWER buttons until Samsung logo appears on the screen.

Step 5: You may now connect your tablet to you computer using the original USB data cable. If the connection is good between your device and your machine, one of ID:COM boxes will turn yellow.

Step 6: Under Option section on Odin UI, check options Auto Reboot, F. Time Reset. If you’ve found a .pit file a while back, you also need to check Re-Partition, otherwise, leave it unchecked.

Step 7: Now load necessary files:

  • Click PIT button and load .pit file.
  • PDA button for .tar.md5 file
  • PHONE for modem
  • CSC for csc file

Step 8: You may now click on the START button to begin flashing. It is imperative you don’t interrupt the process, so wait until your device is automatically rebooted before you disconnect it from your computer.

To check whether the installation was successful, go to Settings => About tablet. It should display there that your device is now running Android 4.1.2.

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Harold is a tech blogger and reviewer. He's been with The Droid Guy for more than 3 years writing news, updates, tutorials, how tos and troubleshooting articles. He is passionate about mobile phones and his passion pushed him to launch a small blog,Droidista.com, that also seeks to help Android users. Feel free to email him at [email protected], follow him on Twitter or join the community he created to help smartphone owners.