Thursday, 22 August 2013

How To Update Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE I9305 to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXBME3 firmware

Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305 devices, a new official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update named XXBME3 has been rolled out  for their device.

This new update is based on Android 4.1.2 and has been pushed out in some countries as France and Poland.

The new release has been rolled out by OTA and users can download and install the official update using Samsung KIES tool or via OTA automatically notification, if you didn’t receive this automatically notification, the you can verify the software from Settings>> About phone>> Software Update in your S3 LTE device.

As you know not all the S3 LTE users receive this latest update, and if they don’t want to wait until this firmware will be available for their countries then can learn how manually update the new XXBME3 firmware following this present step by step guide from below.

The new Android 4.1.2 XXBME3 Jelly Bean firmware is unbranded and not mobile carrier-branded, that’s means it can be flashed on any unlocked version of Samsung Galaxy S3 I9305 devices.
Before to move at the step by step instructional guide you need to understand and follow some prerequisites that are necessary to be applied first.

First, download and install the appropriate USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE model, this driver helps you to connect the device with PC.

All the information and instructional listed here are provided only for educational, so knowing that we cannot be responsible or held liable for any data lost or if you’ll brick or damage your device applying this guide. Apply this step by step guide only on your own risk.

From Menu> Settings> Applications>Development option menu enable USB Debugging Mode by checking.

Backup all you important data stored into device’s internal memory, as the step by step guide is likely to wipe out your data stored on the phone. If the S3 LTE device is having installed on it any custom recovery tools such as CWM or TWRP then you can get a full NANDROID backup for your actual installed ROM.
Charge the device to have more than 80 % power left in its battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE device should be factory unlocked (not locked to any particular mobile carrier).

Once the official firmware is installed on the phone will lose custom ROM, custom recovery toll, and the root rights.

The new Android 4.1.2 XXBME3 Jelly Bean update works only on Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9305 devices, so knowing that do not use the same for any other incorrect device, you can easily brick it.
To be sure of the device model verify it by navigating to the next path: Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

 How to flash Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on Galaxy S3 GT-I9305 LTE device.

First download the official XXBME3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean file from here: XXBME3 Android 4.1.2 for France, XXBME3 for Poland PLUS, XXBME3 for Luxembourg.

Now, extract the downloaded zip file to obtain a .tar.md5 file and some additionally files.

Download ODIN 3.07, save it and extract the same to obtain ODIN3 V3.07.exe file plus some additionally files. 

Turn off the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE device completely.

 Boot it into Download Mode (press and keep holding the Volume Down button, Home and Power buttons simultaneous until a construction Android logo appears on the Smartphone display then press the Volume Up button to enter into Download Mode menu.

Open and run ODIN3 v3.07.exe file as an Administrator from your PC.

Now, connect the S3 device to PC via USB cable while the device is in Download Mode.

 After some time,  ODIN app will detect the smartphone and will display an Added message, also in the ODIN will be colored the ID:COM box with blue color.

Note: If in ODIN doesn’t appear ADDED message, then change the USB port of the PC, and reinstall USB drivers.

Next, select the following files from I9305XXBME3 folder in order to flash them on the S3 LTE device:
From ODIN click PDA button and select .tar.md5 file. 

From ODIN click Phone button and select the file that contain MODEM in its name, ignore this step if there isn’t a file like this. 

From ODIN click CSC button and select the file that contain CSC in its name, ignore this step if there isn’t a file like this.

From ODIN click the PIT button and select the .pit file. Ignore this step if such file does not exist.
Important: In ODIN app, verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected. Uncheck the Re-Partition option (* select this option only when a .pit file is being used and selected from above).
Verify again if all the steps are correctly completed.

Press the START button in ODIN app. Now the flashing process should start, and you need to wait until the installation process will be completed. 

When the flashing process is completed, the S3 LTE device will get an automatically reboot and the ODIN app will display an PASS message with a green background in its interface in the extreme left at very top area.

Now, disconnect the device from PC by removing the USB cable.

Congratulation, now the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE have been updated with the latest official XXBME3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware.

Verify the version of new firmware from: Settings>> About phone>> Android & Baseband Version
If the Samsung Galaxy S3 device gets stuck when is booting at the Samsung Logo you have to do:
  • Boot it in recovery mode once again (press and keep holding the Home, Power and Volume UP buttons simultaneous).
  • Now, from the Recovery Mode select wipe data/factory reset and then select Wipe Cache Partition option, and confirm this wipe task with the Power button.
  • Once the wipe task is done, reboot the smartphone by selecting reboot system now.
 Note: When a wipe task is performed all the data from the smartphone’s internal memory will be erased.



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