Keeping its promise, U.S. carrier T-Mobile has started rolling out the Multi-Window update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Wednesday. The software update that allows the users to run multiple apps simultaneously is around 73.29MB in size. However, the update remains on the same OS version as the phone’s previous software – Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
In addition to the Multi-Window feature, the new software update also brings fixes for a few bugs, including the issue of calendar events not appearing in the Calendar app and the issue of some users being unable to swipe through Gmail messages.
Although the new Multi-Window feature is one of the most unique features to be added to Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, not all apps will be supported. Developers will still have to put in some more codes to provide plug-and-play usability with the multi-tasking method, Phandroid has reported.
The new T889UVALK8 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is currently available for installation via KIES and OTA updates. But if you want to install it manually, below are the steps to follow.
Here are the details of Android 4.1.1 UVALK8 Jelly Bean firmware:
The users must note that while installing T889UVALK8 official firmware update in Galaxy Note 2 T889, a toll called ODIN will be used which will help flashing the stock 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware. However, during the process, the users may lose all the existing installed apps and personal settings. Therefore, having a proper backup is a must.
It should be noted that after installing this official firmware, the users will lose the installed custom ROM such as CM10, Paranoid Android or AOKP as custom ROM will be replaced by official stock ROM.
The users will also lose custom recovery such as ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP Recovery as custom recovery will be replaced by stock recovery.
In addition, once the new firmware is installed, the device will no longer be a rooted one.
Some more prerequisites to keep in mind:
- This tutorial is only for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2, model number T889. Don’t try this on any other Android device.
- Ensure that the device has at least 80 percent battery power.
- USB drive must be installed for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in your PC. [Download]
Step 1: Extract the firmware zip file. You will get a .tar file along with some other files.
Step 2: Extract Odin zip file. You will get Odin3 v3.07.exe along with some other files.
Step 3: Power off your phone and wait for vibration to confirm complete switch off.
Step 4: Put the Galaxy Note 2 T889 phone in Download Mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Down and Home buttons while pressing the Power button. A warning screen will appear; now press Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
Step 5: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator.
Step 6: Connect the Galaxy Note 2 GT-T889 with your PC via USB.
You will get a message under Odin’s message box saying “Added!!” If you don’t get the message, then try another USB port. If it still doesn’t work, then you should reinstall the driver.
If you get the “Added!!” message in Odin, you are ready to try the next step. You will also see COM port with a number in Yellow if your device is successfully added.
Step 7: Select the following files in Odin at relevant tabs from extracted T889UVALK8 firmware folder:
- Click the PDA Button, and select the .tar file here with *code* appearing in its name.
- Click the Phone Button and select file with *modem* in its name (leave if there is no such file)
- Click the CSC Button and select file with *csc* in its name (leave if there is no such file)
- Click the PIT Button and select the .pit file. Use this file only if you get it while extracting in step 1, or else just ignore it.
Step 8: In Odin window, ensure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time checkboxes are selected. In addition, if you are using a .pit file, ensure that Re-Partition checkbox is selected. Otherwise, it should NOT be ticked.
Step 9: Re-check everything that you have done so far and click on the START button to begin the flashing process.
Step 10: After flashing is complete, you will get a PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the top of the Odin. The phone will then automatically reboot and you will see the Samsung logo after sometime. After that, you can unplug the USB cable to disconnect your device from computer.
In case the device gets stuck at booting after Step 10, go to recovery mode by pressing and holding down the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together and perform Wipe data/Factory Reset. After that select reboot system now. Use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the option.
[Source: Android Jinn]
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