Quite a few Jelly Bean custom ROMs for the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 or the Galaxy S3 have already come out, and now its the turn of the 5.3-incher phablet aka the Galaxy Note to get a taste of Android 4.1, which brings a smoother interface, improved and actionable notifications, offline voice typing, advanced voice recognition, and more to Android, making it the best Android version to date.
XDA Senior Member toxicthunder has released Half Illusion, a Jelly Bean custom ROM based on CM10 with CyanogenMod’s fast underlying performance and sprinkled with AOKP ROM’s famous customization options. Keep in mind that this is not the official Samsung Android 4.1 update, so bugs and issues are to be expected in the ROM and Samsung-specific features may not work.
Let’s take a look at how Half Illusion ROM 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 Half Illusion Jelly Bean ROM on Galaxy Note
- [Important] First, flash the CM9 ROM → here on your Galaxy Note. If you are already on CM9, skip this step.
- [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 sdcard 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, flash the XXLC1 firmware by following the guide → here.
Removing Onscreen Navigation Buttons
The ROM features onscreen virtual navigation buttons as found on the Galaxy Nexus. However, in case you want to remove them in order to use the screen fully, follow the steps below to do so.
- Download the navigation bar buttons removal package.
Download Link | Filename: nav_bar_mod.zip
- Copy the nav_bar_mod.zip file to the internal SD card.
- Turn off the phone and boot into ClockworkMod recovery.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the nav_bar_mod.zip file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install nav_bar_mod.zip on the next screen.
- After the installation is complete, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone into the ROM, which will no longer have the onscreen buttons.
Half Illusion ROM, 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.