As we draw closer to the release of the Android L software, we are still finding plenty of tablets and smartphones away from the later stages of KitKat. That is the case yet again here with Android 4.4.2 staying with the Samsung Galaxy tab 3 10.1. The good news is that there isn’t much happening with the final two stages and the latest XXUBNG2 firmware update brings in some cool new TouchWiz features we haven’t seen before.
The fresh update is rolling out to tablets over the air as we speak. Nonetheless, we will provide the steps for you to follow to install the same file manually and skip the waiting queue. In addition, those using custom recovery images and running custom firmware or ROMs will not have the luxury of witnessing the OTA software coming in as a notification as unchaining the OS stops this operation from working. The great news is that you can get it all back again by flashing this stock software over the top of what you had and then the following release will come OTA to your device.
- The most important prerequisite to make is backing up all data stored on the tablet before starting. Most people don’t carry as many files on their tablets as they do smartphones so making copies of phone contacts and data like that isn’t as important. However, market applications and gaming products that you don’t want to spend our downloading again are a must. Use apps available from the Google Play Store such as Helium to help. Those with root access will prefer the Titanium option.
- We flash all official firmware from Samsung with a tool named Odin. The app is developed by the real Sammy development team and works a treat for everyone who owns a Windows-based PC. It will also work for notebooks and laptops. We must connect the tablet to one of these options and run the tool that way. We cannot use Odin direct from the tablet or on any other operating system such as Mac OS X or Linux. Find a friend running Windows XP through to Windows 8 if you need assistance. If there is no way of finding a Microsoft machine, try searching the XDA Developer forums for alternative methods on flashing.
- Furthermore, to save you the trouble next time we recommend buying Microsoft Windows computers in the future if you plan on sticking with Android. The reason is because Android developers always tend to favor the Windows OS. It isn’t since they have a deal together or anything of that nature, but rather Windows is more popular and they chose not to cater for all people.
- Moreover, we want to stop all security programs from running on the OS on both devices. Visit the system tray in Windows and temporarily disable the spyware, malware and virus protection programs. In addition, stop over at the app section on the Tab 3 tablets and stop the security programs from there for this session. Do not completely uninstall the programs or they won’t come back on next time you boot up the machine.
- Correspondingly, make sure you have the Samsung USB Drivers. Once up to date, stop over at the Settings menu and tap the Developer Options menu. Enable USB Debugging from the list of options inside.
- You should understand that we are not responsible for any data loss or damage caused by following the steps here. We do our superlative to provide in-depth information so you can know the topic inside and out. Likewise, we double-check all our work and make sure the files we give are the correct files for the job. That said, if something doesn’t work or something goes wrong, you are accountable for your own actions.
How to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXUBNG2 firmware on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 p5200
1. Turn the PC on and download the P5200XXUBNG2 file here to the desktop or C: Drive.
– you make the choice based on what is better for you.
2. Download the latest Odin v3.09 here.
– follow the same guidelines with where to save the file.
3. Turn the tab 3 on and start it up in Download Mode.
– press Volume Down + Power + Home at the same time.
4. Bring the USB cable to the desk where you are working.
5. Plug the cable in and wait for Odin to pick up the connection.
6. You will notice the ID: COM port changing to blue or yellow and the messaged ‘added’ showing on the screen.
7. Press the AP button and upload the P5200XXUBNG2.tar.md5 file.
8. Leave the default settings of the application the way they already are. They include:
– Auto reboot on.
– F reset time on.
– Re-partition off.
9. Double check the options are the way we want them.
10. Click the ‘Start’ button for the flashing to commence.
11. Wait for it to finish up by itself. Do not touch any buttons or keys on either device until it completes.
12. Observe the ID: COM port changing color again and a new message showing up saying ‘pass.’ that means it worked and the new software is running.
13. The tablet will reboot since we had this option checked in the settings.
14. After it boots up you can disconnect it from the computer. However, before you do, make sure you stop the USB Mass Storage Device properly first from the Windows system tray.