Firmware build N900XXUEBOA6 — first Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 official Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The N900XXUEBOA6 is recently available in Russia and is now live via Samsung Kies. This is a surprising update on all Galaxy Note 3 users around the world whatsoever. Why does it happen to be that the ‘Exynos’ type got the first update? Instead of the others Note 3 variants such as the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 ‘Snapdragon’, including the US Galaxy Note 3 versions. It did not surprise me as it is only rolled out in Russia at this time being. I have a feeling that this might just be a soaked test update. This is exactly the same method we have seen on Samsung Galaxy S5 which received the two initial (first, second) Android 5.0 Lollipop update in Poland before the much stable build released throughout in Europe.
In addition, to those with Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 in hand, including US versions AT&T SM-N900A, T-Mobile SM-N900T, Verizon SM-N900V and Sprint SM-N900P and among the rest such as the SM-N900W8 in Canada might anyhow as well get either the Android 5.0 or Android 5.0.1 to 5.0.2 Lollipop update these coming months.
So for those Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 users and happens to be not from Russia but wants to give a try now, including those who installed the leaked firmware. You can manually upgrade to official Android 5.0 Lollipop using the N900XXUEBOA6 stock firmware below. But then again mostly all initial update is not that much stable yet so expect some minor glitches on some apps. But some apps such as “facebook” seemingly working perfectly on this update.
Technical Details of N900XXUEBOA6
Device: Samsung Galaxy Note SM-N900
Android version 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
Baseband version N900XXUEBNL6
Kernel version 3.4.39-3779962
Wed Jan 14 01:09:34 KST 2015
Build number LRX21V.N900XXUEBOA6
SE for Android status Enforcing
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 Android 5.0 Lollipop N900XXUEBOA6 update can be downloaded through Samsung Kies if you are from Russia. Below is the official firmware build N900XXUEBOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop for advanced users who prepare the manual flashing method.
A reminder before you install the N900XXUEBOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop stock ROM
Will this trip KNOX warranty void flag counter to 0×1?
No, this is official and signed firmware from Samsung, so flashing official firmware will not trip KNOX.
My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rooted, will I lose root?
If your device is currently rooted you will lose root after flash, but the N900XXUEBOA6 can be rooted so you can still root it again if you want.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.
- Make sure that your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is fully recharge. Stock Firmware packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it does not delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a backup all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc. before flashing no-matter if it is Full-Wipe or Non-Wipe, just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in safe if something went wrong during the flashing process.
- Once you have made a backup perform Full Wipe Data/Factory Reset. (see guide below)
Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port. Odin will not work on MAC OS.
- Use the supplied USB cable for your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900.
- Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings – Settings>>About Phone>> then scroll down to the build number and tap that number for around 7-times ’til the Developer option appears in Settings.
- TURN OFF the Reactivation Lock – Go to Settings>>Security>>Reactivation Lock and then uncheck the Turn Reactivation lock on. This is only needed if you already turned-it-ON, from which you cannot modify the system when it’s turned-ON.
Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung, but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.
Russia – N900XXUEBOA6_N900SEREBOA6_N900XXUEBNL6 SER
Russia Megafon –N900XXUEBOA6_N900SEREBOA1
Kazakhstan –N900XXUEBOA6_N900OXEEBOA7 SKZ
Ukraine Kyiv star –N900XXUEBOA6_N900OXEEBOA7 SEK
Important Note: Only use on Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 (Exynos). DO NOT USE on any Galaxy Note 3 model variants such SM-N9005, SM-N900A, SM-N900T, SM-N900V, SM-N900P, SM-N900P, SM-N900W8 and so on. The N900XXUEBOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop update comes with a protected bootloader it is clearly emphasized that the “SE for Android Status – Enforcing” that might cause issues when you try to downgrade to the old software updates. This also applies if you are planning into rooting and installs any custom recovery and any unsigned firmware once you are on Android 5.0 Lollipop, so please be aware with that.
Install the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SM-N900 USB driver
Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. You may also need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.
Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.09 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘Phone Bootloader Update’ (only if your device runs on 4.3), ‘AUTO-REBOOT’ and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes must be checked. Only the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked.
Reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 into Download Mode
To reboot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 into download mode, you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut off, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into downloadmode. he download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop
Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a message says “Added” on a logcat box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.
Load the stock N900XXUEBOA6 Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware file
The stock firmware is pack in a single .tar.md5 file only. Now, you need to just simply click on the AP button, then browse to the folder where the file you have previously extracted and then select and load it.
Start Flashing the stock firmware
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.
Wait until you see the PASS!! message
When the Stock Firmware installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s about time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.
How to get rid of lag issues and achieved a more stable Android 5.0 on your Galaxy Note 3?
Some folks might miss this part, then there goes this lag problem here and there. This will also affects the battery life performance. So it is much better to perform a full wipe and factory reset once before and after flashing a stock firmware. This will not just avoid getting into any issues, but you can can also achieved a cleaner and fresher firmware installation. Just do make sure you all important data has a back-up copy and already saved in safe place before doing this.
Performing Full Wipe Data/Factory Reset on Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 in Normal mode.