Upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N700 to Ice Cream Sandwich via Codename Android ROM

March 31, 2012
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    Codename Android was recently ported to the Samsung Galaxy S and it seems that it is also coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Known for its lightning-fast performance, heavy customizations, and fully open source nature, Codename Android is reaching more and more devices each day.

    With the Codename Android ROM being ported to the Galaxy Note, owners who desperately want to try ICS will finally get what they’re craving for.  They won’t have to wait for Samsung’s official rollout of ICS for the Galaxy Note during the second quarter.

    The Codename Android ROM for the Galaxy Note is still in its early development, with bugs and issues that still require some ironing out. But, rest assured that developers will be addressing these issues as development goes on.  At this point in time, the ROM is still in its beta stages and may not work as you might expect.

    The Codename Android ROM for the Galaxy Note includes the following bugs and issues:

    • All bugs and issues inherited from AOSP
    • graphic glitch during incoming calls (though, the call can still be answered or declined)
    • USB to PC
    • systemui crashes when notifications are disabled from the tray in tablet mode

    Warning

    • These instructions are intended for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 only. These may not be compatible with variants of the GT-N700. You can check your device’s model number by heading to “Settings > About Phone”.
    • Use this guide at your own risk.  Whatever happens to your phone is your own responsibility.

    Requirements

    Instructions

    1. Flash the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich firmware to your Samsung Galaxy Note.  Follow this guide.
    2. Download the latest version of imilka’s AOSP ICS (currently version 06) from here (aospgn06.zip, sha1sum: de98399ef827ed5eed729ada807bec5d49da308a).  Save the file to your computer.
    3. Download the latest version of the Codename Android ROM for the Galaxy Note (currently beta 3.1) from here (CNA-1.5.5-Gnote-Port-Beta-3.1-JD81.zip, 172 MB) and save the file to your PC.
    4. Connect your Samsung Galaxy Note on your PC via USB cable.
    5. Copy the two ZIP files to your phone’s internal SD card (i.e., /sdcard, not external microSD).
    6. Disconnect your phone from your PC.
    7. Switch off your phone completely.
    8. Boot into recovery mode by holding down the Volume Up, Home/OK, and Power buttons simultaneously until you see the Galaxy Note splash screen.
    9. Once inside recovery, perform a wipe:
      • Select “Wipe data/ factory reset”, then select “Yes” on the screen that follows to confirm the data wipe.
      • Select “Wipe cache partition” then select “Yes” on the screen that follows to confirm wiping your phone’s cache partition.
    10. After the cleaning process is through, select “install zip from sdcard”.
    11. Select “choose zip from sdcard” then browse for the AOSP ROM ZIP file named aospgn06.zip and select it. Confirm the installation by selecting “Yes” on the screen that follows.
    12. After the installation is complete, select “go back” then select “reboot system now” to reboot your phone.
    13. Let the AOSP ROM boot up on your first run (might take some time). After which, switch off your phone and boot into recovery again (as in step 8).
    14. Once inside recovery, select “install zip from sdcard,” then “choose zip from sdcard”. Browse for the Codename Android ROM ZIP file and select it. Confirm the installation by selecting “Yes” on the screen that follows.
    15. After the installation is complete, select “go back” then select “reboot system now” to reboot your phone.

    Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Codename Android ROM based on AOSP Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000.

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