Almost all the good and famous Samsung devices seem to have seen a few Jelly Bean Android 4.1 based ROM till now, and now the Galaxy Note has gotten another Jelly Bean ROM about a week after the previous one. Samsung hasn’t yet announced whether an official Jelly Bean update will be coming for the Note though, so these custom ROMs are all we have for now.
A preview version of the official CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) ROM based on Jelly Bean has been available for the Galaxy Note for a while now, developed by XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, and it’s finally stable enough to be tried out. CM10 offers fast performance and customization options, on top of Jelly Bean features like a smooth as butter interface, Google Now aka Google’s intelligent software assistant, a smarter keyboard, and quite a lot more. CM10 for the Galaxy Note is however currently under development and may not be completely suitable for every day use, so consider it to be more of a preview of Jelly Bean, as everything may not work correctly.
Let’s take a look at how CM10 can be installed on the Galaxy Note.
This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with Galaxy Note, model number N7000. It’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About phone.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.
How to Install CM10 on Galaxy Note
- [Important] First, flash the CM9 ROM → here on your Galaxy Note. If you are already on CM9, skip this step. Do not flash CM10 from a stock Samsung based Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.
- [Skip if you already made a backup while installing CM9 in step 1] This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
NOTE: Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from its development page.
- Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
Download Gapps | Filename: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip
- Copy the two zip files downloaded in step 3 and 4 to the internal SD card on the phone (do not extract the files).
- Boot into ClockworkMod recovery. To do so, make sure the phone is off, then press and hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys together until the screen turns on, then let them go. The phone will boot into ClockworkMod recovery in a few seconds.
In recovery, use the Volume buttons to scroll up/down and the power button to select items.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install ______.zip on the next screen.
- After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
- After the Gapps package finishes installing, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone into the ROM. First boot will take up to 5-7 minutes.
NOTE: To go back to a stock Samsung ROM in case you don’t like CM10, flash the XXLC1 firmware by following the guide → here.
CM10, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your Samsung Galaxy Note. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.