Friday, December 18, 2015

Galaxy Note 5 SM-N9208 Update build N9208XXU2AOK8, Contains Fast Charging and Security Improvements

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 SM-N9208 version has received an update to build N9208XXU2AOK8. This update is still base in Android 5.1.1, but it contains an improvements related to Fast charging feature. Adding to that, it also includes the Android security improvements to which basically an address to the recent Android vulnerabilities. The N9208XXU2AOK8 update has been gradually released in stages in Southeast Asian countries. In fact, it was started rolling out on the 4th of December and are still continuously arrives to the rest of the Galaxy Note 5 SM-N9208 owners, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Philippines.

Below are the technical details of the N9208XXU2AOK8 update:

Features/Improvements of the N9208XXU2AOK8 update

Update version: N9208XXU2AOK8/N9208OLB2AOK8/N9208XXU2AOJ3
  • The performance of the Fast charging has been improved
  • The security of your device has been improved.
  • Overall device performance has been improved.

Build info of the N9208XXU2AOK8 update

To manually check the firmware build details of your device just simply touch on Apps > Settings >  then touch About device under the System tab. Lastly, touch  the Software Info to view the currently installed Android version, Baseband version, Kernel version, Build number, and among other system information.
  • Device name: Galaxy Note 5
  • Model number: SM-N9208
  • Android version: 5.1.1
  • Baseband version: N9208XXU2AOJ3
  • Kernel version: 3.10.61-5943515 dpi@SWHC3514 #1
  • Build number: LMY47X.N9208XXU2AOK8
  • AP N9208XXU2AOK8
  • CP: N9208XXU2AOJ3
  • CSC: N9208OLB2AOK8

The update file size is just around 82 MB, and it is officially released via Over-The-Air OTA and thru Kies or Smart Switch for PC.  So better manually check this update if you haven't received it yet.

How to update the Galaxy Note 5 SM-N9208 to the latest build of Android OS

Prepare the following recommendations before you update your device, to keep it safe as possible. There is a risk involved upon updating, so make sure to follow this steps before you proceed.

Check the remaining  power percentage of the battery, it should be at least 50% or higher before you take the update. If it is lower to the recommended level, the device must be charged first. Insufficient battery power may cause a fatal error if and when the update failed to initiate.

Ensure that your device is connected to a strong Wi-Fi connection. Some firmware update may take long enough to install and it will depend on how small or large the update file size is.

Check the remaining storage space of your device memory if it still enough and can still store the file size of the incoming update. You can easily determine the incoming update’s file size as it prompts you the exact details. The size may vary, some minor updates usually varies from 100MB to 200MB while major updates also usually varied from 300MB up to 500MB.

Ensure to create a backup of your stored data in the device memory. You can easily backup your Galaxy Note 5 data by using Smart Switch. This process is very important and it is highly recommended before taking an update. You should secure you data first beforehand. If ever something might go wrong during the update process, and you might encounter a failure, you will not lose your data. Some fatal errors while performing the software update usually forces you to perform the factory reset in recovery mode. Doing so, will bring the device back to its original factory default settings but it deletes your stored data as it technically wipes and cleans out the device memory cache.

Do not ever touch your phone if the updating process is already initiated. Just let the phone sit on top of your table and make sure it could not be interrupted on any part. You should not press any keys, nor turning the power off  and or removing the battery. Do not disconnect the USB cable if  you’re performing an update using a computer.

Make sure you Galaxy Note 5 has no root in it, and or running on any unofficial firmware. Keep in mind that a rooted and a modified phone will no longer receive any official firmware update from the dealer. Doing so, you will only receive the advisory message that says something like this;
“The operating system on your device has been modified in an unauthorized way. Try downloading software updates using Smart Switch on your computer or visit a customer service center.”

Update your Galaxy Note 5 via Over The Air (OTA Update)

The Over The Air (OTA) update requires you to connect your Galaxy Note 5 to a Wi-Fi network to ease your burden on high data charges.
  • From the device Home screen, simply tap Apps.
  • Tap the Settings (gear icon).
  • Tap the System tab.
  • Tap About device.
  • Tap Software update.
  • Tap Check for updates.
  • Tap the Install button, then OK.
  • Wait until the phone completely reboot before touching it. It may reboot (turn on and off) multiple times as the update might still at its finalization stage.

If the update is available, it will just prompt you the update’s technical details including on how to download and install it. If somehow the update isn’t available yet, it will also tell you that your device software is up to date. However, even if the update is already rolled out and you’ve already knew that it is officially released in your country and or network provider, you should also consider that the released usually take in stages and may also take days before it arrives on some areas. So you may have to wait and keep on checking until you get the update.

Update your Galaxy Note 5 using your PC or Mac computer via Smart Switch

This method is always handy on some part, especially if you have missed the update and you’re left behind to the update’s scheduled dates that usually only took place and runs in weeks. You can still easily update your Galaxy Note 5  using your PC or Mac. All you need is a USB cable and then the Smart Switch firmware update tool. Smart Switch is similar to the before Kies that have been used to older devices. Also, Smart Switch has the capability to back up and restore your data in just a few clicks away.
  1. Download a copy of Samsung Smart Switch and then simply install it in your computer.
    Smart Switch for your PC
    Smart Switch for your Mac
  2. Connect your Galaxy Note 5 on your computer
  3. Run Smart Switch, then wait until it recognizes the connection of the device.
  4. If the update is available it will automatically prompt you to update your device. All you need is to simply click the update button. Some other steps like on how to back up and restore your data is included in the instructions.

Again do not touch the phone like disconnecting the USB cable if the software update has started. You may need to wait much longer while updating via Smart Switch as your firmware is being served by Samsung itself. The Smart Switch firmware file is a much larger to the ones released via Over The Air but were still the same file.

Thank's to [Maryann]