Samsung has just recently pushed another Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005). The new OTA update build comes with build number N9005XXUGBOL3 and was also bumped up the baseband version to N9005XXUGBOJ2. This update is solely rolled out on various network locked Galaxy Note 3, including Vodafone, Swisscom and Si.Mobil in Europe and South Africa. The update has nothing any new noticeable changes at all but it is said to bring another security patch update and unmentioned bug fixes. The build details of N9005XXUGBOL3 is dated back to last December 11, but only set foot its deployment this week.
Technical Details of N9005XXUGBOL3 5.0 Lollipop Update
Device Name: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Model number: SM-N9005
Android version: 5.0
Baseband version: N9005XXUGBOJ2
Kernel version: 3.4.0–4540543
Build number: LRX21V.N9005XXUGBOL3
Features: Security patch for the Stagefright vulnerability.
In addition, this update is now the 3rd Android 5.0 Lollipop that had rolled out on almost all carrier branded Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 in Europe alone. According to some of Galaxy Note 3 users we’ve talked, they were expecting to have an Android 5.1.1 KitKat update instead of another 5.1.1 update. Their expectations started right after hearing out that the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5 are about to get the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update anytime soon.
Important Note Before Performing Software Update
According to Samsung you should prepare the following things before performing the software update. I will also add some useful insights why you should follow this procedures.
- You should make sure your battery is fully charged before performing the software update. Do not also remove the battery during the software update is in progress. A power failures may cause damaged to your device that might results as we so-called “soft-bricks”. If this happens your device may just stuck on Samsung logo or welcome screen and can’t reboot normally.
- You should back-up your important files, including contacts, emails, messages, photos, videos, apps and other stuff. Like I said while during software update process is interrupted there is a possibility that your data stored from your device internal SD card may lose or deleted when a sudden unexpected failure happens and it forces you to perform a factory.
- Your device should not be modified or rooted, there is a certain circumstances that a modified and rooted Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may not accept any official software update anymore or it can accept an update but it might harm your device once the update has made. Learn about the new Samsung KNOX security suite. Most known error that says ‘firmware upgrade encountered an issue, please select recovery mode in kies and try again‘ you should try to avoid that from happening.
Update to 5.0 Lollipop via Over-The-Air (OTA)
There are two types you can update your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the first method is Firmware Update through over the air or called as OTA update, which usually a notification message will directly sent to you and saying that there is a new update available for download. You can also tap on your Galaxy Note 3 Settings > General tab, scroll to and tap System Update. It will automatically tells you that a new update is available or your software is up to date when there is none yet. You can simply tap the “Start” button when you want to perform an update or “Postpone” if you want to install later.
Update to 5.0 Lollipop via Kies
The second method is a firmware update through Samsung Kies. You may head-over to your local Samsung support page from where you can download Samsung Kies from there, and install it in your Windows or Mac computer.
Choose the new Kies 3 which supports the Galaxy Note 3 and other Samsung devices running with 4.4.2 and 5.0 Lollipop updates. Once you installed Kies 3, simply connect your Galaxy Note 3 into your computer using the USB data cable. Lastly, run Kies and follow the on-screen Kies software update instructions to install the update.