Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely the most-awaited Android OS. Android users, no matter what Android phone they are using, are hoping for the Ice Cream Sandwich update to finally be released for their devices.

It’s the same thing for Samsung Galaxy Note users. But, ICS still remains out of reach for now. While waiting for official ICS to arrive on the Galaxy Note, another Gingerbread update was released for it–build XXLC1, the latest version of Android 2.3.6 firmware for the Galaxy Note.

It’s not as good as ICS, but it will give you something to tweak and explore for the meantime. Who knows you might even like this update for your Galaxy Note.

If you are ready to try this, take note that this update is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. You can check the model number of your device throughstyle=”font-style: italic;”>Settings > About phone.

Requirements and Reminders

  • A Windows PC
  • This procedure will erase all the data on your phone, so make a back up of all the important data on your phone such as call logs, contacts, SMS, bookmarks, files and Internet settings.
  • Samsung KIES would probably interrupt the installation, so if you have it on your computer, then you have tostyle=”font-weight: bold;”>uninstallit.
  • Temporarily disable any antivirus, firewall, and security suites on your PC.
  • Download the appropriate drivers for Galaxy Note, if you have Samsung Kies installed then it is most likely that you already have the drivers. Only download them if your device is not detected by Odin3. Grab the drivers here: for 32-bit (x86) Windows or 64-bit (x64) Windows
  • XXLC1 firmware package — Get it from here
  • Odin3 1.85– Get it here


Note: Use this guide at your own risk. We will not be held liable for any damage to your device as a result of following this guide.

  1. Extract the contents of the XXLC1 firmware package into a folder on your PC.  You’ll get the following files after extraction:
    1. GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OXALC1.tar.md5
    2. MODEM_N7000XXLB2_REV_05_CL1106002.tar.md5
    3. CODE_N7000XXLC1_CL1003701_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5
  2. Extract the contents of Odin into a folder on your PC.
  3. Switch off your Galaxy Note and make sure that it is NOT connected to your computer.
  4. Put your device into download mode: press Volume Down + Home button + Power style=”font-style: italic;”>buttonat the same time.  You’ll see “Warning!” on the screen and from there, press style=”font-style: italic;”>Volume Up  to enter download mode.
  5. On your computer, go to the folder where you extracted the Odin3 ZIP package.  Launch the Odin3 program on your computer.
  6. In Odin3, select the following files as specified (these are the files that you extracted earlier):
    1. Click on the PDA tab and choose CODE_N7000XXLC1_CL1003701_REV02_user_low_ship.tar.md5.
    2. Click on the MODEM tab and choose the file MODEM_N7000XXLB2_REV_05_CL1106002.tar.md5.
    3. Click on the CSC tab and choose GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OXALC1.tar.md5.
  7. Start the flashing by hitting the Start button in Odin3.
  8. When flashing is complete your phone will reboot automatically and you will see the Samsung, at which point you can unplug the USB cable already. Also take note that a message with green background sayingstyle=”font-weight: bold;”>PASSwill be displayed in upper left of Odin3. But, if you get astyle=”font-weight: bold;”>FAILmessage with a red background, close Odin3, remove and reinsert your phone’s battery, place your phone in download mode again, and start over from step 5.

Congratulations!  You’ve successfully upgraded your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware build XXLC1.