Firmware update N900XXUEBOC4 — an official Android 5.0 Lollipop update on Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 which is released in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and might be also going roll out to the rest of South Asian countries. The N900XXUEBOC4 is the second Lollipop update next to the first rolled out N900XXUEBOB2 in India alone. While the rest of Asian countries; this is the first Lollipop update they ever get. The Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop updates is still gradually released by Samsung and not everyone has received the latter at the same time. To those who may not know, the initial Lollipop update was rolled out in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan dubbed with build version N900XXUEBOA6.
Noting that the Lollipop is still under further improvements just like this N900XXUEBOC4 update that brings some additional improvements. Some adverse effect you may notice on N900XXUEBOC4 is that it returns back the “Silent mode” which allows users to mute the sound in sound toggle options. Other than that some of my friends in India told us as the update had resolved the RAM usage and heating issue. Others told that it also improved the Battery life performance, but the update still fresh so you’ll have to check it on your own.
Here are the technical details of N900XXUEBOC4 5.0 Lollipop update with a build date of March 10. 2015:
Device name: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Model number: SM-N900
Android version: 5.0 (Lollipop OS)
Baseband version: N900DDUEBOC4
Kernel version: 3.4.39-4115321
Build number: LRX21V.N900XXUEBOC4
Build date: March 10, 2015
To those who still runs the official firmware builds on their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900; the Android 5.0 Lollipop update version N900XXUEBOC4 can be downloaded via Over-The-Air OTA update or through Samsung Kies. However, if your device has been modified and you have lost the privilege to get the official software update; then your only resort is to install back the official firmware update manually. Below is the official firmware build N900XXUEBOC4 Android 5.0 Lollipop for advanced users who prepare the manual flashing method.
FAQ’s on Installing Stock Firmware
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 N900XXUEBOC4 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.
- India (INU) – INU-N900XXUEBOC4
- India (INS) – INS-N900XXUEBOC4
- Nepal – NPL-N900XXUEBOC4
- Sri Lanka – SLK-N900XXUEBOC4
- I will just add more countries if and when the update arrives.
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 N900XXUEBOC4 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 have plans 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 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 download mode. The downloads 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” in a log-cat will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. 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 N900XXUEBOC4 Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware file
The stock firmware is pack in a single tarball 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.