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Update Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 to XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Official Firmware

Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 can now finally be updated to Jelly Bean, XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 official firmware update. N8010 is the WiFi only variant ofthe Galaxy Note 10.1. Just yesterday, N8000 received Android 4.1.2 and now we have the first Jelly Bean firmware out for the WiFi model. N8010XXBLK9 is now available for all the users as this firmware is based on Germany (Europe). This is the official Jelly Bean software update which you can get from Samsung KIES, or from the manual tutorial given below. You do not need to root Galaxy Note 10.1 or install a custom recovery. You can easily install XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 on Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 by following the step-by-step tutorial below — and also root on this firmware!

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through how to backup data, some other important tips and the entire process of how to update Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 to XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 official firmware with all the steps required to do so. We will be using ODIN, the flashing tool by Samsung, to install this firmware. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.

XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Android 4.1.1 XXBLK9 Firmware Details:

Version: 4.1.1
Date: 2012-12-03
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

You may also want to read: How to Root Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 on Official Firmware.

For users in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, there is a different firmware build for you: Read the tutorial for ZSBLL3 Android 4.1.1!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.1.1 USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and update Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010 to XXBLK9 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean official firmware.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.


  • Not sure if I’m missing something but inside the downloaded zip file is a large tar/md5 file and a dll. Inside the tar are 5 img files – none of which have CODE in the name.


    • Ok – instead of “select file with ‘CODE’ in its name” – select the .rar.md5 file inside the zip. Other than that perfect instructions. Even retained all the apps / settings.


  • Successfully updated my UK N8010 using this. As others have noted, the instructions are a bit wrong – no file with CODE in the name, just use the .rar.md5 file (the big one). Also on ‘Step 3’, when trying to enter download mode, there’s a warning screen which you have to press the ‘up volume’ button (I think) to continue before entering download mode proper. This was my first ever Android device and manual upgrade, so every little detail not matching between instructions and real life panicked me a bit. I found two versions of Odin on the net, one with a higher version number than the screenshots here, so I chose to use the v1.85 shown – don’t know if this makes a difference or not?

    My N8010 now runs a helluva lot smoother, the multi-window functionality is great (never mind dual view, having a few little windows makes it feel more like a classic desktop). There’s more apps listed on the ^ bar, stylus works just as well as on ICS, some other nice little changes eg app folders are now animated; not sure if the propeller view existed in ICS but it does now; press n hold home button shows a partial circle with a Google search app with voice, plus customisable “cards” – again dunno if this was here before? Overall it just generally ‘feels’ a *lot* nicer to use.

    Oh, and I expected the upgrade to wipe all my apps and data back to factory state, so was pleasantly surprised to see everything was still there after it was done.

    Many thanks to TA for posting this 😀

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