Galaxy Note 10.1 WiFi Edition received its own update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with the XXBLK9 Firmware version. This is an official firmware for the N8010 variant of Galaxy Note 10.1 and you can how to manually install it on your device using this guide.
The new firmware update comes with the Premium Suite of applications, better browsing experience, expandable notifications, Google Now and multiple other new features. It has been released for Germany, UK, Austria and France but you can still install it on your device if you’re owning an International variant of Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. For more guidelines and tips on how to make sure that you correctly flash this new update on your device, read the preparation guide below:
- This is a tutorial that will work only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi edition with the model number N8010. Do not attempt to flash the XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 firmware update on any other Android device.
- Your computer should have the Samsung USB drivers installed, as otherwise the tablet device won’t be recognized. You can choose to install these with Samsung KIES or by downloading them from these links: Download Samsung USB Drivers for Windows 32-bit ( X86) | Download Samsung USB Drivers for Windows 64-bit (x64).
- Make sure that Samsung KIES is disabled when running ODIN. (That’s the application you’re gonna use to flash the XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 firmware).
- Enable USB Debugging option from the Android Development options menu.
- Disable all running antivirus applications from your computer. Such apps will interfere with the firmware updating process and you don’t want that to happen.
- Make sure to read all the tutorial steps and don’t skip any actions listed below.
- This is a tutorial for advanced Android users. Note that data wipe might be required after installing the update and that is why you should create backups of your most important files.
- We cannot be blamed in case your device gets bricked or you lose any files in the process. Use the comments field and ask for extra help in case you stumble upon any roadblocks.
These were all the guidelines you had to go over before getting to the tutorial. Make sure that you won’t skip any steps listed below.
How to update the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi N8010 to Android 4.1.1 XXBLK9 Jelly Bean Official Firmware:
- Download the XXBLK9 ROM zip from HERE. Save the file on your PC.
- Next, extract the zip contents and place the folder on your PC desktop screen. You should get a file with the following name: KIES_HOME_N8010XXBLK9_N8010OXABLK9_541027_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5. Don’t unzip this file any further.
- Now you have to get the Odin3 v3.04 from HERE. This is the tool you’ll use to flash the firmware update. When the download is complete you have to unzip the contents and place them all in a single folder.
- Power off your tablet device.
- Boot your Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 into download mode. It can be done by pressing Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. When the tablet screen powers ON you should view a “Warning!!” alert and now you simply need to press Volume UP to load Android Download Mode.
- Launch ODIN executable.
- Connect your device to your PC using the USB data cable. Odin should display an ‘Added’ alert and then you can get to the next step. NOTE: If that message doesn’t show up then you can change the USB port or your can re-install the Samsung USB drivers.
- In ODIN, click the button called PDA. Next, browse for the XXBLK9.tar.md5 firmware update file. Load this file into ODIN and then you need to make sure that ‘Re-Partition’ check box is not enabled. Don’t change any other default options.
- Click the START button whenever you are ready to flash the new Android 4.1.1 firmware. The updating process will take several minutes and when it is complete you will see that your tablet has restarted and ODIN says ‘PASS’.
- Unplug the USB cable when you see the Samsung boot logo animation.
- The tablet will boot into normal mode and now you only have to test the new Jelly Bean 4.1.1 firmware.
NOTE: In case ODIN gets blocked or it displays the FAIL message, then you will have to power off the tablet completely. After that you can boot again into Download Mode and then you need to repeat the entire tutorial starting with step 5. Eventually you should manage to flash the XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 firmware on your Galaxy Note 10.1 Wifi device.
NOTE2: If Odin says ‘PASS’ but the tablet gets blocked at the Samsung boot animation logo, then you will be forced to use the Recovery mode and ‘factory reset’ your Galaxy Note 10.1 Wifi. This should force your device to boot with the new firmware but you should know that it will delete the installed applications, SMS and all other data stored on the /system partition.
Here’s how to factory reset your device in order to force it to boot into Android 4.1.1 XXBLK9 Jelly Bean Firmware:
- Power off your device and then press ‘Volume Up’ and ‘Power’ at the same time.
- When the Stock Recovery mode menu appears you should select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
- Confirm that you want to factory reset your device.
- When the data wiping process is complete you need to return to the main Stock Recovery menu.
- Select ‘reboot system now’.
- The tablet should now reboot and it will boot into normal mode, which means that you should be able to test the new Android 4.1.1 operating system.
These were all the steps that you had to take. I hope that you did manage to flash the firmware update file successfully. If you still have problems with this new OS, then you should leave a detailed comment at the end of this post and we will try to find a solution to your problems.
Root access has been disabled after the installation of XXBLK9 has been completed. This means that users with rooted tablets might need to return in a few days, as the Android community will provide a tool that will help owners of rooted Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi re-root their tablets successfully.