Recently one of my friend send his Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to me to update its firmware. Instead of updating it to official firmware, I updated it to custom firmware and my friend really loving it. But why I didn’t updated it to official firmware? The main reasons are, the Android version and the slowness of official firmware.
Galaxy Note N7000 is the first phablet phone of Galaxy Note lineup. It introduced in 2011 with impressive hardware. This 5.3 inch smartphone feature dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Mali-400 GPU and 1GB RAM. Its comes with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread out of the box which later updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The Android version that Samsung offering for this smartphone is pretty old, After that Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean we saw Android 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.3.1 Jelly Bean and now the latest Android 4.4.2 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. So, why should I sacrifice Android 4.4.4 KitKat just because Samsung not offering it!
The hardware of Galaxy Note N7000 is capable enough to run Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Since no official Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware for GT-N7000 is available, I should go with custom firmware. Before doing anything I first downloaded N7000DDLSC Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware to avoid any softbrick, in case the custom ROM flashing goes wrong. You can visit Sammobile.Com firmware section and search N7000 to download official firmware.
To flash custom ROM, you must have custom recovery installed. There are two well known custom recovery is there – CWM recovery and TWRP recovery. Since, TWRP recovery isn’t available for N7000, I have to go with CWM recovery or CWM recovery advance edition (Philz recovery). For KitKat custom ROM, you must have CWM recovery 18.104.22.168 or higher installed. I tried to search latest recovery on Google but non of the result work. Then I rooted N7000 and installed ROM Manager, though ROM Manager installed latest ClockworkMod recovery (CWM recovery 22.214.171.124) but for some reason its not opening. So, I have to flash a working recovery. Here is what I have done.
How To Install CWM Recovery Andvance on Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
1. Make sure your device have good amount of battery power left. I have completed this process with 31% battery.
2. Download Odin 3.09 and CWM Recover Advance 6. The download page contain various CWM 6 that related to your device CSC. Go to Settings –> About Phone –> Build Number. The last five character of build number should be present on your downloaded file. Download file with .tar.md5 extension.
3. Extract Odin 3.09 Zip file to receive desired files.
4. Now turn off your device and put it to download mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power button together. Soon you will see a warning message, press Volume Up to enter into download mode.
5. Open Odin3 v3.09.exe file located within extracted folder. Now, connect your phone with computer, wait few minute and soon you will see the Added message at Odin massage box. Leave all other setting and check boxes intact. Click on AP button and locate CWM recovery advance 6 tar.md5 file. Wait few seconds, once added hit start button.
6. Once done your phone will restart and soon you will see a pass message on Odin.
This CWM recovery advance 6 is based on CWM recovery 126.96.36.199, So we can’t flash Android KitKat ROM. However, there is a workaround to achieve our goal. We will flash Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based CM10.1 stable build for Galaxy Note N7000 because this build comes with CWM recovery 188.8.131.52 non-touch which is capable to flash KitKat ROM.
Before proceeding next step, please make sure your device have at least 50% battery power, otherwise you may brick your phone.
How To Flash CM10.1 Stable Build On Galaxy Note N7000
2. Now boot into recovery mode. To do so, first turn off your device then press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button together. When Samsung logo flash twice, leave Power button but hold other two and soon you will see touch supported Philz custom recovery aka CWM recovery Advance user interface.
3. Now perform Wiping Task. To do so, tap on Wipe Data/Factory Reset and then tap on Clean to Install a New ROM.
4. Go back to main menu and then tap on Install Zip and then Choose zip from /sdcard. Locate cm-10.1.3-n7000.zip that you copied earlier. Now flash it by tapping on Yes when asked.
5. Wait few minute and when done, tap on Reboot System Now to reboot your phone.
6. The boot will take time so don’t be afraid. Once booted, turn your device off and boot it into recovery mode again. You will see CWM recovery 184.108.40.206 screen with fewer option than earlier recovery. You can browse this recovery with Volume Up and Volume Down button. To select an option, you must press Power button.
7. First we need to perform Wiping task. Perform following task wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition and advance–>wipe dalvik cache one by one.
8. Now flash cm-11-20141011-NIGHTLY-n7000.zip (always download latest nightly). To do so, select Install update from zip file and then select choose zip from /storage/sdcard1. Select Yes when asked and then wait few minutes.
9. Once done, go back to main menu and select Reboot system now. Your device will reboot into Android 4.4.4 KitKat powered CM11 ROM. Follow onscreen guide on first boot to help CM11 setup the user interface.
That’s it. My Galaxy Note N7000 is now powered with latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The custom ROM is way faster than official firmware and there is also no bloatware here. However, you won’t get any Google app here. To get Play Store and other Google app, search CyanogenMod Gapps on Google and download CM11 related Google App zip. Then flash it via recovery using same method that we discussed above.
You can achieve the purpose by flashing other KitKat based ROM. Here is a list of ROM that you can try out:
If you follow above guide to update your Galaxy Note N7000 but stuck on bootloop or stuck on ROM logo more than 10 minutes then perform wiping task 5 more time before rebooting it. Please note, though everything is tested by me but I’m not responsible if anything happen to your device while you follow the above process. Try it at your own risk.