Monday, November 19, 2012

How to Manually Upgrade Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 to Official Jelly Bean Update L710VPBLJ7

Google already pushing the official Android 4.1.1 Jelly to Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710  owners via an over-the-air update, but if somehow you are impatient and or can't update your device, here's another method if you want to upgrade now.  This was actually already announced and rolled out  since October 25, 2012 but since according from Sprint support team that the update is only a random selection by Google's GOTA servers to reduce network strain and allow for any major issues to be picked up early and the rollout suspended if need be. So,  some users may still wait for a while and some are already had the update.

Samsung Galaxy S III Sprint CDMA SPH-L710 Android 4.1.1 (Jellybean) Software Update - L710VPLJ7

Release keys:

- LTE system selection improvements
- Exchange interaction improvements

Upgrade of the Google OS to Jellybean (Android 4.1.1)
- Accessibility
Focus Feature
Braille Support (via BrailleBack app)
- Calendar
Event Colors supported
Email guests with single tap when viewing event details
Notifications display more event description
Email guests without opening email app
Quick response support ("Be there soon")
User creation of customized quick responses
Snooze event reminder from notification
- Data Usage
Users can dismiss data warning usage warning without changing data threshold
Disable background data usage on certain Wi-Fi SSIDs by designating them as mobile hotspots
- Face Unlock
Improved accuracy via calibration of user face in different conditions (hat, glasses)
Option to require a blink to verify user is not a photo
- Keyboard
Dedicated language selector
- Messaging & Talk
Notifications now display full text of incoming messages
Review full MMS from notification
- Notifications
Notifications from same app are grouped together with first item expanded
Pinch notifications to expand or collapse them
Image preview in notifications after screenshot capture
Share screenshot from notification
- Networking
Wi-Fi protected setup supported with WPS push button and PIN support
New setting allows user to stay on mobile and avoid Wi-Fi networks with poor connections
- People
High-res photos from Google accounts are backed up and synced
Add contacts to home screen from contacts details page
Clear frequently contacted list from favorites tab in People app
- Phone
Notification lets user return call or reply with SMS from missed call
VVMs can be played from notification with single press
One touch hang up during ongoing call via notification
- Settings
Accounts displayed in primary settings view
Google Privacy settings accessible from Settings
- System
Long press Power Off to boot device to safe mode
Reset App Preferences button added
- Text-to-speech
Conversational text-to-speech voice in US English
- Voice Typing
Voice typing without internet connection

Important Notes
- The new software version is: L710VPLJ7
- Updates may be released in stages. When checking for the update, you may receive a message
that no update is available, check back later or wait until the update notification is sent to your device.

Posted on Sprint Community page:

How to update your Galaxy S3 to Android jelly bean?

Please refer Sprint official support page Samsung Galaxy S III Software Updates blog for install instructions.


How to Manually Install Stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean  L710VPBLJ7

For advance users since mostly all of you have a rooted devices and or installed custom ROMs, you will probably will not get this update via OTA, since your Galaxy S3 already modified. The below method might help you on how to install back the Sprint official firmware. Installing or flashing any Jelly bean leaks or a modified or rooted ROM on your devices will no longer receive an update notification from Sprint and that absolutely includes voiding your warranty.

Method 1: Manually Install the L710VPALI3 Stock ROM

If you're device runs from custom ROM, you may first restore back the original Ice Cream Sandwich firmware build L710VPALI3, here's the procedure
from there, you may then able to receive the official Jelly bean update via OTA.

Method 2: Manually Install the L710VPBLJ7 Stock ROM

If you can't update or having issues via OTA, you can use this method. You need to grab the original stock ROM L710VPBLJ7 and manually flash it using Odin. The stock ROM is unmodified, untouched nor rooted or anything it was directly pulled from Samsung Kies firmware server.

Latest firmware: L710VPBLJ7/L710SPRBLJ7/L710VPBLJ7/L710VPBLJ7
Build date: 10-19-2012 10:56:58 AM

If your device is currently rooted you will loss root after flash, but you can still root it again if you want. This will not trip the binary flash counter since this is an official firmware from Google.
Disclaimer: Use of this method is solely at your own risk! Please proceed with precautions, for we will not take any responsibility if anything happens to your device by using this guide.

Step 1: Important Reminders before Flashing Stock ROM

  • Make sure that your Galaxy S3′s battery is fully charge.

  • Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, messages, etc.  before flashing no-matter if it is Full-WIpe or Non-Wipe,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe  if something went wrong during the flashing process.

  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.

  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy S3.

  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.

  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies and Odin are both created by Samsung but Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.

Step 2: Download the needed tools for flashing

SPH-L710 (U.S Sprint)
October 2012 Stock: SPH-L710_SPR_L710VPBLJ7_L710SPRBLJ7
SSPH-L710 Stock Firmware

Step 3: Install the USB Driver and Extract the downloaded stock ROM

Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also  need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip or rar files, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file.

Step 4: Run and Configure Odin

Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only  the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

Step 5: Reboot your Galaxy S3 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy S3 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut off,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and thePower ON/OFF button simultaneously.

You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you  to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

Step 6: Connect your Phone to PC or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode,  simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

Step 7: Load the binary .tar.md5 file

T he stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only.  Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

Step 8: Start Flashing or Installing the stock ROM

Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.

Step 9: Watch out for the word PASS!!

When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully installed the stock firmware

Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my own experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.
Try to use another PC or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy S3 in Normal mode.

That’s it! Any further questions, just drop it on our comment form below.


1 comment:

  1. Good morning, I have the sch-I535 flashed to Boost mobile.
    Technically I'm more interested in jelly bean 4.1.2 but I'm not sure if its available for my phone through this methode as of yet. Would I lose the boost settings if I flashed 1 of these jelly bean firmware updates?