Sunday, February 17, 2013

Install I9300XXEMA2 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware Galaxy S3 GT-I9300

Here's the advance users comprehensive guide for Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (international version)  that wants to upgrade to I9300XXEMA2 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. This useful if you can't get or missed this update from Kies or OTA (over the air). The I9300XXEMA2 4.1.2 is the most latest update as of February 2013. It has a bunch of goodies like enhancement and improvements that you'd never seen on earlier releases 4.0.4 or 4.1.1. This is also useful if you need to return or restore back your devices from any modification like - from root to unroot and from unofficial ROM to official stock ROM or firmware.

Androidromupdate 4.1.2 Jelly bean update

There are some factors that you can't update your devices on this I9300XXEMA2 version. The most known issue  is when you bought your Galaxy S3's from online stores or other countries. Since Samsung mostly releases firmware upgrade thru Kies in phases - from region to region basis.  Actually, Kies will read your device default system firmware, if that firmware build of your device did not match prior to the update, Kies will then prompt you an error pertaining about your device status.  If users don't know this one their devices may outdated in due time. Installing the original firmware according to your country of origin may otherwise fix your device to get any future update from Samsung Kies and or OTA updates of your carrier provider.

Some countries may also have the I9300XXELLA which is the same baseband build of I9300XXEMA2 but still the MA3 has the latest chagelog. First rolled out in Singapore for both unbranded and carrier locked, then followed by neighboring Asian countries. Then it goes into Europe, Africa and Middle East countries.

You should always check your device firmware info. Go to Settings>>About>> Software version.
If your device hasn't receive to this firmware build version, you can still manually upgrade using the official stock I9300XXEMA2 Firmware. Just continue reading on the next page and check if your country is also included on the available list.

How to Manually Install I9300XXEMA2 4.1.2 Stock Firmware

Thus who now runs with rooted or custom firmware and custom recoveries can’t get this update officially from Kies or OTA, since the device is already modified,  Kies or OTA updates will just fails your devices from updating.
This is the procedure on how to manually upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S3 to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly bean I9300XXELLA. This firmware is compatible with all Samsung Galaxy S3 with model number GT-I9300 only  (International version) and cannot be used on U.S and Canada Galaxy S3 variants like SGH I747/M, SCH-I535, SGH-T999/V and  SPH-L710 and so on.

Disclaimer: This method is for advance users only, if this is your first time heard about this method please make a careful research first before you may proceed. We shall not be held responsible if anything happens to your devices.

Download I9300XXEMA2 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Stock Firmware

Grab the one of the below firmware package here: Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 Stock Firmware

Singapore MM1,STH,SIN and XSP
Chinese Firmware builds

China CHN_I9300ZCEMA2_I9300CHNMA2
China CHU_I9300ZNEMA2_I9300CHUEMA2
CSC: I9300OPSEMA1 01.2013 OPS 4.1.2 836582 Link

Australia Optus - OPS_I9300XXEMA2

Kenya KEN_I9300XXEMA2
Kenya AFR_I9300XXEMA2
CSC: varies to default country and network provider Consumer Specification Code (CSC).

Austria ATO_I9300XXEMA2_I9300ATOELL1
Austriaa QTO_I9300XXEMA2_I9300QTOELL1
France NRJ_I9300XXEMA2_I9300NRJMA1
France XEF_I9300XXEMA2_I9300XEFELL1

France Vodafone VGF_I9300XXEMA2_I9300VGFLL2
Hungary VodafoneVDH_I9300XXEMA2_I9300VDHEMA1
Italy ITV_I9300XXEMA2_I9300AITVMA1
Nordic Countries NEE_I9300XXEMA2_I9300NEEMA1
Norway TEN_I9300XXEMA2_I9300TENELL1
Spain PHE_I9300XXEMA2_I9300PHEELL3
Sweden VDS_I9300XXEMA2_I9300VDSEMA1
Middle East:

United Arab Emirates XSG_I9300XXEMA2
Afghanistan AFG_I9300XXEMA2
Egypt EGY_I9300XXEMA2
Pakistan PAK_I9300XXEMA2
Turkey TUR_I9300XXEMA2
Iran  THR_I9300XXEMA2

(I will add more countries if the updates are also available)

Odin Flashing Guide on Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300

Grab Odin flasher tool and USB Driver: 
Odin3_v3.07 link
GT-I9300 USB Driver

Before you proceed prepare the necessary things as follows:
- Create a sync and backup all your personal data, like: Contacts, Messages, Applications, Pictures and Videos, so that you will not lose it just in-case something might went wrong after the update.
- Make sure that the phone’s battery is fully charge to ensure stability and avoid power failure issues while updating.
-Close all softwares, such as KIES suite, Antivirus, firewalls, to prevent the possible conflicts.
-Prepare a personal computer or laptop with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or later OS, and you must deactivate the antivirus from your computer and you must have an administrator access, to be able to download and install the drivers.

1) Extract or unzip the downloaded I9300XXEMA2 firmware or stock ROM so that you’ll get the Odin flashable tar.

Example for France stock which I used on this guide.
SS_DL.dll (this cannot be used but do not delete, it’s the Kies firmware extensiondriver file)

2) Run Odin Downloader v3.07 flasher program.

3) Load the binary file.  Click on the PDA button then browse to the folder where you extracted the stock ROM.
ex. France –I9300XXEMA2_I9300XEFELL1_I9300XXELKB.tar.md5
4. Do Not check the Re-Partition checkbox. Mark check these checkboxes Auto Reboot and F-Reset Time.
5. Reboot the phone in download mode: To reboot the Galaxy S3 into  download mode , you need to turn the power off.  After it completely shut down,  just  press and hold the Volume Down key,  Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Download Mode buttons Volume Down,HOME,Power keys
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!!”
6. Connect the phone to PC when it’s in the Download Mode screen.
7. Hit the “START’ button.
10. Wait until a word “PASS’ appears.
11. Remove the phone from PC once completely reboots.

You may then confirm the newly installed Jelly Bean from your device:
About>Settings> Firmware info or type *#1234# and see if it’s already I9300XXEMA2 4.1.2 Jelly Bean build.


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1 comment:

  1. Again Poland is not menshioned.I have unbranded S3 and there is no XXELLA update for me and this new update also.