The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was released 4 months ago at the Mobile World Congress as a contender of Apple’s iPad Mini. Launched with Android 4.1.2, this 8-inch tablet has gain much popularity over the past few month. According to Samsung’s OS version update list, the device is eligible to be updated to the upcoming Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. By forwarding the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to the device, Samsung has just move a step ahead in the direction.
In fact, it all began a couple of weeks ago with the leaked version of Android 4.2.2 update for the the WiFi only variant of the Galaxy Note 8.0. The new update for the Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5100 is already on the roll now and is available for a number of countries listed below. The users of the device in these parts of the globe can receive the latest version of Android from Samsung using Kies or the on-device OTA update feature.
If you have not able to get it so far because you have rooted your tablet or due to some other reasons, you can also bump its firmware version and enjoy the new features. Even if you country is not listed below and you wish to update your device, you can install any unbranded firmware manually using Odin. Just make sure not to install a branded firmware on and unbranded device and vice versa.
The new firmware with PDA version XXCMH1 is reported to introduce various new features, performance improvements, and better battery life.
How to Install Firmware on Galaxy Note 8.0:
- Download the firmware file in Zip from above and extract it on your desktop.
- Download Odin and extract the zip: Odin3-v3.07.zip
- Make sure you have installed Kies or Samsung USB Drivers on your PC. If you have not done that yet download and install it now: Click Here
- Enable USB Debugging on your Note 8. Go to Settings>Developer Options and turn on USB Debugging.
- Do not forget to backup your device’s data like apps, contacts, messages, etc. before proceeding. You might take the aid of these apps to do the job for you.
- Now launch Odin v3 3.07.exe program.
- Turn off your device and reboot it into Download Mode: press and hold the Volume Down+Power buttons for about 2-3 seconds. When you see the warning screen, press the Volume Up key to enter Download/Odin Mode.
- Connect your device to the computer using USB cable.
- When Odin detects your device, the ID:COM port on it will turn Blue and you’ll see “Added!” message.
- Make sure that only “Auto Reboot” and “F Reset Time” options are selected on Odin.
- Now click on the PDA button, navigate to the firmware file with .tar.md5 extension and select it.
- Finally, click the Start button and wait till the firmware is flashed to the device.
- When it is done, your Note 8.0 will reboot automatically. You can now disconnect the USB cable.
The first boot after installing the new firmware will take longer that it does normally so wait patiently. If the device is stuck on the Samsung logo screen for more than 5 minutes, reboot it into Recovery mode by holding the Volume Up and Power buttons together and follow the steps given under Method 1 at this page.