While much of the world is salivating over the thought of having Android 4.4 KitKat, a lot of folks would be just as happy with getting bumped up to the latest version of Jelly Bean. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one phone that is still on Android 4.1.2, though Samsung has promised that an upgrade to Android 4.3 would be along shortly.
The latest known version of the firmware upgrade has leaked for the Note 2, which could possibly be a near-final build ahead of an official rollout. We can’t say for certain this build is stable, of course, but that won’t stop some eager folks from getting their hands on it to try it out. And, for what it’s worth, SamMobile says the build is very stable after having tested it for quite a bit of time.
Instructions for downloading and installing the upgrade can be found at the tail-end of this post, though you must have an unlocked GT-N7100 model to go through with it — do not touch this with a 10-foot pole if you don’t. So what will this bring to the masses?
- Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
- Samsung KNOX security suite features
- Samsung Wallet
- New camera features
- Improvements to multi-view
- Improved user interface (most of the same UI changes found in the Galaxy S4 / Note 3)
There is sure to be more hiding under the hood, though you’ll have to go digging for all of that once you’re up and running. SamMobile says it’s possible this build will be pushed out as early as next week if testing goes OK.
Read on for the full flashing instructions, and remember that you — and you alone — are responsible for anything that happens to your device if you do something that is not OEM-approved. With that warning in mind, go ahead and have fun!
- This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
- This test firmware is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.
- Extract (unzip) the firmware file
- Download Odin3 v3.09 (From here or here)
- Extract Odin .ZIP file
- Open Odin3 v3.09
- Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons)
- Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin
- Add AP_N7100XXUEMK4_2099172_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to AP
- Add BL_N7100XXUEMK4_2099172_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to BL
- Add CP_N7100DDEMJ9_REV08_CL1423182.tar.md5 to CP
- Add CSC_ODD_N7100ODDEMK1_2099172_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to CSC
- Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked
- Click start button, sit back and wait a few minutes.
- If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)
- Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)
- Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)
- Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!