Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 Upgrade to N8000XXBLK2 Official 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update

The official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is already rolled-out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 in Europe regions. Luckily,  Germany users got it first then followed by UK and Nordic countries, other countries might also follow sooner.  There are lots of major changes happens to the looks and users interface as Samsung just named it as “Premium Suite” that features some stuff.  Well, if you might have been looking forward, how its gonna be look like with new Jelly bean tweaks since this device released with 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, you can try to upgrade now.

Firmware Build N8000XXBLK2 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

United Kingdom
Baseband/Modem: N8000XXBLJ9
Build: 2012-11-08

Nordic Countries
Baseband/Modem: N8000XXBLJ9
Build: 2012-11-08

Baseband/Modem: N8000XXBLJ9
Build: 2012-10-30

This update is made available via Samsung Kies and OTA update. So, just check it out if you have a  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in hand and make your devices fully updated. For those advance users outside of those mentioned areas and can’t wait to get the update, you can grab the stock ROM below.

How to Manually Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to Jelly Bean using stock ROM

– Back-up all important data stored from the device and saved it somewhere on your computer.
– Make sure the battery is fully charge.
– Grab the following needed files below.
– Remember the APN settings of your device.

Disclaimer: Use of this guide is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with extra precautions.

Grab the following needed files:

Odin3_v3.07 Flasher Tool –  Odin3_v3.07
USB Driver – Download

Official Stock ROM:
United Kingdom: BTU_N8000XXBLK2_N8000OXXBLJ2
Nordic Countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland: NEE_N8000XXBLK2_N8000OXXBLJ2
Germany: DBT_N8000XXBLJ9_N8000OXABLJ9
This firmware version have been updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and it’s no longer applicable for the device.

Odin Flashing Procedure:

1. Install the driver
2. Extract or “unzip” the downloaded firmware in a separate folder of your computer.
3. Run and configure Odin. Do not check the “Re-Partition” checkbox. Leave marked checked on “”Auto-Reboot and “F-Reset Time”.
4. Boot the Galaxy Note 10.1 into “Download Mode”
– Turn it Off
– Press and hold (Volume Down, Home and Power) button at the same time.
– Press Volume Up to continue..
5. Connect the Galaxy Note 10.1 to computer, once it display the downloading screen.
6. Load the tar file on Odin’s PDA button.
– click on PDA button then locate and select the extracted ‘N8000XXBLK2_N8000OXXBLJ2_N8000XXBLJ9_HOME.tar.md5’ file.

7. Hit the “Start” button to begin flashing.
8. Wait until it finishes and Odin displays a word “PASS!”.
9. Once the device reboots, unplug it from PC connection.

Fixing Possible Errors and Failures during Flashing
Set up connection failed
All threads completed (success 0/failed 1)

This is cause by a bad USB connection. Try to reconnect or use other USB cable, check everything – PC USB serial ports.

Stuck at welcome screen or logo
This can be easily fix by factory reset.
– press and hold (Volume Up, Home and Power) button
– navigate down and choose “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” using the volume keys.
– Use Power or Home button to enter choice.
– then select “Reboot System Now”.

N8000XXBLK2 Official 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Review:

Well, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between this ROM (there’s only one; the Dutch and UK ROMs are the same) and the German ROM I’ve been using for a while.

Here’s some subtle differences:

– The icons in the notification bar seem to have been updated so their a little cleaner and better spaced apart.
– The S-Pen seems a little less twitchy. Using it in hover on the German ROM seemed like it was set too sensitively.
– Polaris is still the older version and the newer one in Samsung Apps still FC’s after you install it. And PDF annotate still doesn’t work.
– The quick apps on the home screen are back.
– The display seems like its calibrations have been changed. Colors seem a little better balanced and text seems clearer (this could be placebo).
– Auto-brightness seems a little smoother in its transitions (also could be placebo).
– The mobile signal seems to lock faster when you’re turning it off and on (another possible placebo).
– The “check for update” error is gone.

It “feels” the same as the German ROM performance wise but other than the above I haven’t found any other differences.

Thanks and credits to a superb guy BarryH_GEG from XDA-Developer who tried all of those firmware on his U.S Galaxy Note 10.1 variant.

He also added about the keyboard text inputs issues.

I got it back, Here’s what the issue is/was. On the keyboard itself there should be a text input icon. It was missing which means I couldn’t select text input anywhere. I cleared the Samsung Keyboard’s cache and data in settings and that didn’t help. Even though my typing keyboard showed “US English” it somehow disappeared as available as a handwriting recognition choice. I had to scroll down to Available languages and select it (in Settings>Language and input>Samsung keyboard>Handwriting>Input languages). After it downloaded I restarted the Note and handwriting recognition reappeared. It didn’t happen when I loaded the German ROM over ICS. Very strange. It also shows “updates” available for the EU languages so everyone might want to update the specific language their using.

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