While everyone might be going nuts over Ice Cream Sandwich, there’s nothing quite as comforting for Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 users like Gingerbread. Users can get their new dose of Gingerbread from the new official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware build XXLA6. Though the firmware hasn’t been officially launched yet internationally, Android users in Europe have reported the firmware update to be stable. The said update reportedly carries fixes for some camera issues and some issues with S Note.
Applying this update is fast and easy. Even the most novice of Android users can do it. Applying this update will not root your device in any manner, thus it will not revoke your warranty. If you have already rooted their Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 though, the update will cause you to lose your root access and your warranty will be restored.
If you’re getting excited to apply this update, you’ll need to quell your excitement because you’ll need a few things before you can proceed to the update process:
- Make sure to create a backup of the data on your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. Applying this update may corrupt or erase important information.
- Make sure that your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000’s battery is fully charged. This will prevent the device from shutting off in the middle of the update process.
- Check if USB Debugging has been enabled on your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. You can do this through “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.”
- Make sure that all the appropriate Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 drivers have been updated and installed on your computer. This is very important.
- Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware XXLA6. (The package also includes Odin3 v1.81.)
Here’s how to update your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to Android 2.3.6 firmware XXLA6:
- Download the XXLA6 firmware package from the link provided above. Save the file to your computer.
- Extract the contents of the package into a folder on your computer. Make sure that you see “N7000XXLA6_N7000OXXLA1_N7000XXLA4_HOME.tar.md5” among the extracted files.
- Turn off your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000.
- On your computer, double click and launch Odin3. It’s inside the folder where you extracted the ZIP package to.
- Boot your Samsung GT-N7000 into download mode. You can do this by pressing the Volume Down and the OK buttons while pressing the Power button.
- Once the device is in Download Mode, connect your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to your computer.
- If all the appropriate device drivers had been installed earlier, the ID:COM section of Odin3 should light up in bright yellow.
- If the ID:COM section does not light up, disconnect the phone and go through “Settings > Wireless and Networks > USB Settings > Samsung KIES option”. Try connecting the phone again to your computer.
- Click on the PDA button in Odin3. In the browse dialog, select the “N7000XXLA6_N7000OXXLA1_N7000XXLA4_HOME.tar.md5” file.
- In the Option section in Odin3, make sure only “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” are checked. Leave the other options not checked.
- Click Start in the Odin3 window.
- Your firmware will start installing and in a few minutes, it should have successfully finished. The device will also automatically reboot. Disconnect the Galaxy Note from the computer when the homescreen loads after rebooting.
- Turn off your Galaxy Note again.
- Reboot the Galaxy Note to recovery mode by holding down the Volume Up and OK buttons as you press the Power button.
- From the recovery menu, select “Wipe data/factory reset” and confirm the operation on the next screen.
- Select “Wipe cache partition” from the options and confirm the operation on the next screen.
- Return to the recovery’s main menu.
- Select “Reboot system now.”
Your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 should reboot automatically and once you see the homescreen again, you’ll now be running on Android 2.3.6 firmware build XXLA6. Congratulations and enjoy!