Update Galaxy Core I8260 to Android 4.1.2 JB with Latest XXAMH4 Firmware

I know that Galaxy Core is not one of the most appreciated Samsung smartphone though the device can be a perfect choice for those looking in buying a decent Android based phone, with a large display and with budget friendly hardware performances. The specs are decent but not high end, while for the OS we have Android with Jelly Bean pre-installed. If you own the Galaxy Core then you should know that Samsung released a new OTA update for your smartphone. The latest firmware is dubbed as XXAMH4 and brings a new version of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS to your Core.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Core is still stuck on Android 4.1.2; we were expecting Android 4.2 or higher considering that the handset was released in May this year, but maybe during the following weeks a suitable Android 4.3 OTA release will be made available. But, until then the present Android 4.1.2 JB XXAMH4 software should do the trick. This is the latest official OTA update rolled out by Samsung for the Galaxy Core I8260, the firmware being pushed out for the first time in France. As you can already tell, the update will be rolled out in phases, which means that not all the Core users will receive the notification at the same time.

Furthermore, since we are talking about a stock Android update, the same will not be suitable with rooted device. Well, don’t get me wrong as the OS can be safely applied, but not by using the OTA method – the OTA release will not be spotted by rooted galaxy Core. Therefore, if your smartphone is rooted and installed with a custom ROM, you will have to use a manual update procedure for being able to flash the Android 4.1.2 XXAMH4 firmware.

The mentioned ROM represents only a minor improvement that isn’t coming with new features or apps; the XXAMH4 Android 4.1.2 JB firmware is coming with bug fixes and stability improvements so you will be able to update your Galaxy Core with a stable official Android system that will work without any kinds of problems. In case you need a more powerful OS, or if you are tired of the classic Android platform you can try to flash a custom ROM software instead.

By completing this tutorial the warranty of your Core will not be voided. You will install the official Android 4.1.2 OS on your device so the binary flash counter will not be increased. Considering the up mentioned info you should know that by using this step by step guide you can restore the lost warranty for your Galaxy Core (usually the warranty gets voided when rooting or performing any other unofficial operation); also the guidelines from below are compatible with both rooted and unrooted smartphones.

In order to make a proper idea about this guide here is what you need to know: first this is not a custom ROM; Android 4.1.2 XXAMH4 firmware has been OTA released and this is the manual method that can teach you how to flash the same on the Samsung Galaxy Core. Then, this tutorial is compatible with locked and unlocked phones. Also, for applying the software Odin will be used, Odin being an official tool developed and offered by Samsung and used especially for these types of operations. So, in order to conclude, even though you will manually apply the OTA release, this guide is still an official update operation, so you can safely perform the same.

I recommend you to backup the Samsung Galaxy Core data. It’s unlikely to lose the data by using Odin, but I know that your personal info and accounts are extremely important for you, so avoid the unpleasant situations by completing a backup operation. Don’t worry, because the warranty can be easily performed; all you have to do is to use free distributed apps from Google Play.

On the other hand, you do have to ensure the followings: a windows running computer is being required; on the computer deactivate all the security programs, or the security protection; on your phone go to “settings -> applications -> development” and check the option dubbed as USB debugging; charge the battery of your handset only if the battery power is lower than 60%. Good; now just remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Core model number I8260 because the Android 4.1.2 XXAMH4 firmware has been OTA released only for the mentioned smartphone; you are good to go.

How to Update Galaxy Core I8260 to Android 4.1.2 JB with Latest XXAMH4 Firmware

  1. From here you need to download the update file on your computer.
  2. Unzip the firmware package and save the resulted file on desktop.
  3. Download Odin and extract the program on your computer.
  4. Then, go ahead and install Odin.
  5. The Galaxy Core drivers must be flashed on the PC.
  6. If you don’t have the drivers get them via Samsung KIES.
  7. Run Odin on your computer.
  8. Turn off your smartphone.
  9. Reboot your device; do that by pressing on power, volume down and home buttons together.
  10. Now, your handset should be running on download mode.
  11. Good; take the USB cable and plug it in for connecting the Core with the computer.
  12. Once you do that, on Odin you should notice: the ID:COM section is yellow or blue and the “added” message is displayed.
  13. If that’s not happening, you need to unplug the USB cable, close Odin and reinstall the drivers on the PC. Then you can resume the rest of the steps from below.
  14. On Odin you have an option dubbed as “PDA”.
  15. Click on the same.
  16. Pick the Android 4.1.2 XXAMH4 update.
  17. Click on “start” without changing anything else on Odin.
  18. The process will be completed when on Odin you will see the “pass” message displayed and the ID:COM section turned green.

Common issues: Odin might get stuck and your phone might get stuck in a boot loop. You can resolve the first issue by closing Odin, removing the USB cable, force restarting the Galaxy Core, reinstalling the phone’s drivers on the PC and by repeating the update operation from above. The second problem can be resolved by following: reboot the Core in recovery mode; use the recovery mode menu for selecting “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”; return to main menu of recovery; select “reboot system now”.

Perfect, you are done. So, that means you now know how to manually update the Samsung Galaxy Core I8260 to stock and official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXAMH4 firmware. Stay close as we are expecting more updates for your phone and new guides will be developed as soon as a new software will be rolled out.