The Galaxy Note 10.1 hasn’t been in the market for long, but the first custom Jelly Bean Android 4.1 ROM has already come out for the Wi-Fi+3G variant (model number N8000), and it’s none other than the most famous custom ROM – CyanogenMod 10 (CM10).
CM10 brings to you the stock Android 4.1 experience and its features such as a smooth as butter interface (not that the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn’t smooth already), actionable and expandable notifications, Google Now for voice recognition assisted information and search service, smart keyboard, improved browser, and more. CM10 also contains custom customization options and an inbuilt theme engine allowing for extensive tweaking.
Keep in mind that this is not an official Samsung ROM and is based on stock Android sources. As such, it will not have Samsung/TouchWiz based features and apps, and some apps such as the camera app will be different from stock.
Also, since the ROM is under development, there are a few issues in it and the ROM should currently only be considered a preview release. The current list of issues (as of 27-8-2012) is given below as quoted from the developer (the most updated list can be found on the source page):
Camera is unstable, though taking pics should work
Wi-Fi tethering is semi-broken
Some audio issues
Let’s take a look at how CM10 can be installed on the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000.
This guide below is compatible only and only with the Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi+3G variant, model number N8000. It’s not compatible with the Wi-Fi/USA N8010/N8013 variants or any other device. Check your device model 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 ROM on Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000
- 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 note down your network’s APN settings, which are required to make mobile data work. Go into Settings » More » Mobile Networks, click on the APN that is in use, then note down the setting for each field. While APN settings should be automatically restored from network, you can enter them manually if needed to make mobile data work. You can also find your APN details → here.
- Install ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery on the tablet by following the guide → here. Make sure to follow only part I of the guide for ClockworkMod recovery, you don’t need to root the device in order to install the ROM.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from the source 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 | Alternate Link | Filename: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip
- Copy both the ROM and Gapps zip files to the internal storage.
- Turn off the tablet. Then boot into ClockworkMod recovery on the tablet by holding down Power + Volume Up buttons together. When the screen turns on, let go of the power button but keep holding down the volume up button till the device boots into ClockworkMod recovery.
Use volume keys to scroll up and down between options and power key to select an option in recovery.
- Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
- 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’s file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
- After installation of ROM completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
- After installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into CM10 ROM. The first boot can take some time, up to 5 minutes.
NOTE: If you want to go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery (as explained in step 6), select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
CM10, based on Jelly Bean Android 4.1 is now installed and running on your Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000. Visit the development page for updates and more info. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments below.