Until now we knew about two methods used to update our Android smartphone. One by using the Official KIES tool and second by using the Odin flash tool for all Samsung phones. Odin is used to apply all the beta and unofficial updates to Samsung devices while you can push all the official updates using KIES tool. Now to everyone’s surprise, Chain fire has come up with a tool called “Mobile Odin” that empowers you to flash or apply updates right from your phone.
Using Mobile Odin is really easy. All you need to do is load the firmware files to your phone and you can apply update straight from your phone. The tool is limited to set of phones for now but hopefully we will get to see such tools for other phones as well as time rolls on. The list of devices that Mobile Odin supports is given below:
- Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-19100
- Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
- Samsung Galaxy S GT-19000
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 GT-P1000
This application will only work for devices having root access. Non-rooted phones still need to make use of desktop version of Odin to update firmwares.
This application comes in two versions first is Mobile Odin Lite that is the free version and the other Pro version is the paid app. You can download it from the link given below. You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup can help you replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.
Steps to Flash Firmware directly using Mobile Odin App:
Step-1: From the desktop Odin, you had selected the options such as “PDA”, “PHONE” and “CSC” buttons all of which have been replaced by “Open file….” Button. This will open a file that you had selected from SD Card and you will also find partitions that can flash inside that file. In case you select the .tar file consisting of Kernel and Modem then partitions will be setup for .tar file to flash.
Step-2: If you are running on the pro version then after selecting the files, configure the ever Root option as it allows you to root the firmware as it is being flashed. You can avoid the hassles of rooting the firmware separately again.
Step-3: After the configuration of Ever Root, select the option of “Flash Firmware” so that Mobile Odin will compile all the information needed and perform the flashing process. Before starting, Mobile Odin will confirm if the device has a minimum battery level of 50% and also verify the MD5 checksum of files that you have selected so that no more issues arise after applying the update.
Step-4: When everything is processed and firmware is updated successfully, the phone will restart in the recovery mode and flash the selected firmware.
The biggest advantage that this tool offers is that even after applying the firmware update the root access will remain intact. Thus you can use this tool to update and install latest firmwares in your phone easily.