Galaxy Note Update to Jelly Bean

Samsung has released the Jelly Bean Firmware 4.1.2 for the Galaxy Note Update to Jelly Bean. This is a great news for users who are using the official Samsung Firmware.

The Jelly Bean firmware is available through KIES or OTA. The download package is more than 500MB and the whole update process will take you 15 minutes to complete.
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Remember to charge your phone fully before doing the update.

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This update will move you from the Ice-Cream Sandwich to the Jelly Bean.
Take some time to explore the features which has been on S3 and Note 2.

This may also be the last update Samsung will give to Galaxy Note users.

Galaxy Note Screen Flickering

My Samsung Galaxy Note screen starts to flicker whenever it reach 50% or less and then the battery die off. The following is the scenario when it start to happen

Samsung Galaxy Note Screen Flickering

  • The screen starts to flicker
  • Shortly later, the network is lost
  • The phone shuts down

You can restart the phone and u get 1% to 5% of battery. After this you have to start charging, you will see it go to 40% pretty fast and then charge normally

Root Cause
You will see the battery is bulge or swelling in the middle. If u put the battery on a table and u can spin it very fast, then u know the middle has swell up. The battery is no longer flat.

You need to purchase a replacement battery to resolve your problem. Samsung only carries a 6 month warranty on the battery.

Android Secret Codes for Samsung Galaxy Phone

Software developers has allowed secret codes for the android phones. This acts as “BACKDOOR” and allowed users with this knowledge to get into the system. These codes are developed with good intent to help the android users. These android secret codes can be used on Samsung Galaxy Phones or any other android phones.

I will shared with you the code and they are tested to work on my Samsung Galaxy Note.

*#06# – IMEI number

*#0*# – Enter the service menu on newer phones like Galaxy S III

*#*#4636#*#* – Phone information, usage statistics and battery

*#*#34971539#*#* – Detailed camera information

*#*#273282*255*663282*#*#* – Immediate backup of all media files

*#*#197328640#*#* – Enable test mode for service

*#*#232339#*#* – Wireless LAN tests

*#*#0842#*#* – Backlight/vibration test

*#*#2664#*#* – Test the touchscreen

*#*#1111#*#* – FTA software version (1234 in the same code will give PDA and firmware version)

*#12580*369# – Software and hardware info

*#9090# – Diagnostic configuration

*#872564# – USB logging control

*#9900# – System dump mode

*#301279# – HSDPA/HSUPA Control Menu

*#7465625# – View phone lock status

*#*#7780#*#* – Reset the /data partition to factory state

*2767*3855# – Format device to factory state (will delete everything on phone)

##7764726 – Hidden service menu for Motorola Droid

Samsung Galaxy Note ICS 4.0.4 update #02

Software UpdateAfter 1 months of using the ICS 4.0.4 update, Samsung roll out another patch for the 4.0.4 firmware. It was surprising that Samsung was so fast in rolling out another patch.

The patch for this firmware is 26.36MB and it will notified you to download it via the Wifi. But to our surprise this update via Wifi does not really work.

It will allowed you to download the whole file for the 4.0.4 patch update. But once it restart, it will inform you the update of firmware is unsuccessful.
Do not worry, as you can still perform the upgrade through Kies and that is the only method that works for now. So connect your Samsung Galaxy Note to the Kies on your Windows or MAC PC to download the firmware.

It will takes about half an hour to perform the update depending on the speed of the broadband and the server also. Enjoy this patch update for 4.0.4 firmware. Note will only get the Jelly Bean(4.1) update probably in 1st quarter of 2013.


Samsung Galaxy Note ICS 4.0.4 update

Samsung was quietly rolling out the ICS 4.0.4 update. I though only Germany get it but SGN users in Singapore and Malaysia were also able to get the updates OTA.

Hopefully this update will resolve the battery issue on GB and ICS 4.0.3 firmware.

This firmware update(4.0.3 to 4.0.4)is about 100MB in size. I recomment you to use the Wifi to download if you are on a limited mobile data plan.

ICS 4.0.4 Change Log

  • Software Improvement
  • Signature unlock feature
  • Pop up Play
  • Resolve Battery performance(Judge yourself)


No Facebook Pics in Contacts on ICS

You find that the Facebook pictures do not appear in your Contact Page on ICS Android Phone. Some of you will find certain of your Facebook contacts have the picture while the rest of the FB contacts has no pictures at all. There is nothing wrong with your Facebook application but a bug in the firmware.

As you know in this ICS, Google want to be in the forefront of social medial. Therefore you will find that Google+ will be in your Contact page with pics and also have status updates. Importing of Facebook pictures only work for a limited amount of contacts. You can not see the FB status updates also. Furthermore, you also see your pics are not clear as they are not at the min size of 256X256 but smaller. So they look pixelise in the contact page.

But most importantly Facebook is also not addressing the problem with their Android App.

There are a few applications in the Play Store which allowed you to sync the FB contacts with picture and status update. But I will just name 2 which are the most popular with the Samsung Galaxy Note, S2 and S3 users.

Apps to syn picture and status update

  • Contact-sync
  • HaxSync

As you see that my contact page has the FB status updates already. I hope my FB contacts and friends do not mind appearing in my blog.

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