U.S. Cellular recently rolled an Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update dubbed as R950VXALL1 for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with model number R950. The update can be pulled down using the device itself over-the-air (OTA) or through a computer using the Samsung KIES. The carrier’s variant of the Note 2 comes with Android 4.1.1 firmware out of the box, so it is safe to assume there is only a few bug fixes and updates that come with this update.
If you are facing some problems updating your Note 2 R950 via OTA or KIES, there is a manual way to do it. This guide will walk you through manual installation of the official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean VXALL1 firmware through the use of an application known to many as “ODIN.”
- Make sure your device has at least 80% battery or better yet, fully-charge it to make sure it won’t power down during the process.
- Enable USB Debugging in your device.
- Check if all necessary drivers are installed in your computer to make sure the device can be detected properly.
- Download these packages: Android 4.1.1 R950VXALL1 and Odin 3.07.
Step 1: Extract Android 4.1.1 R950VXALL1 package into a directory you can easily find and access; the same goes for Odin 3.07. Remember, this entire tutorial revolves around these packages and files within them so make sure you don’t mess them up.
Step 2: Once you have unpacked the packages, run Odin v3.07.exe as Administrator and turn your device off.
Step 3: You may now connect your device to your computer using the original USB data cable; Odin will indicate that a device has been “Added.” Also, one of the ID:COM sections will turn yellow once the device is fully detected by Odin.
Step 4: Looking at the Odin interface under “Option” section, check “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” options.
Step 5: Click on PDA button and browse through the directory where you extracted contents of Android 4.1.1 R950VXALL1 package. Look for “.tar” file with “code” in its filename.
Step 6: Click on Phone button and browse through the same directory and find a file with “modem” in its name.
Step 7: Click on CSC button and look for a file with “csc” in its name.
Step 8: Click on PIT button and find “.pit” file and check option “Re-Partition.”
Step 9: Once everything is selected and that you have double checked every single one of them is correct, you may click the START button to begin flashing.
Step 10: Wait until the flashing is done and “PASS” message is displayed on the left-most box on Odin interface. Odin will automatically reboot the Galaxy Note 2; wait until you can see Samsung logo before you disconnect it from your computer and use it.
Your device should now be running Android 4.1.1 with build VXALL1. To check, head to Settings => About Phone.