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How to Update AT&T Galaxy Note i717 with AOSP Jelly Bean 4.1 Custom ROM

The AT&T Galaxy Note users can now improve their devices with the latest firmware available, the Jelly Bean based AOSP custom ROM. This update brings features and capabilities from other platforms like CM10, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid, but actually it keeps the stock Android flavor, as the AOSP is not a fully customization software. Therefore, by completing this step by step guide you will update the AT&T Galaxy Note  i717 with the stock Jelly Bean ROM that has minor improvements and some extra features imported from the other popular and powerful custom ROMs.

Anyway, even if the software looks more like a stock ROM than a custom firmware, you still have to manually install the Jelly Bean update on your Samsung Galaxy Note i717. Furthermore, you cannot use the KIES tool or the OTA procedure for applying the AOSP upgrade. So, this guide is all you need for flashing the CM10, AOKP and ParandoidAndroid based platform on your phablet. Of course you will have to prepare your Note first, because after all we are dealing with a custom ROM and not with an official software released by Samsung for your handset. Because of that you must read all the following lines and also be careful as this is being considered a risky operation.

Well, the main aspect that you must take notice of is related to the warranty of your AT&T Galaxy Note. By installing the AOSP update you will void the warranty. Why? Well, you will first have to root the device because the AOSP firmware will require access to some internal files of your phablet. As you know, by rooting you are making changes into the internal system of your device therefore the warranty gets void. It’s true that you can easily restore it by downgrading to the stock ROM or by updating with an official software, but it’s also true that you can brick your handset. So, if you are not comfortable with this aspect, maybe it will be better to stop here.

As mentioned, this is more like a stock ROM that is coming with some features from the CM10, AOKP and Paranoid Android platforms then a classic beta update suitable for your AT&T Galaxy Note  i717. Also, as usual the firmware has been developed by those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for the present tutorial. Now, if you want to learn more about this upgrade, then take a look over the image from below; you have there some of the Jelly Bean based AOSP ROM features.

Galaxy Note AOSP Features

Galaxy Note AOSP Features

Now, after rooting your device, you should consider in backing up its data. As you will see during the proper steps, a full wipe of the system will have to be performed. This means that all of your personal info (like contacts, messages, call logs, EFS, internet settings, market apps and so on) will be erased. The backup is all you need, so take your time and apply the same. If you want backup tips or complex guides, you can search through our how to section as you can find everything you need there.

A custom recovery image will be used for the flashing process. Therefore, before going any further you must download and install the CWM recovery tool. Without completing this you will not be able to update your Galaxy Note to AOSP Jelly Bean software. Take note that a custom recovery image can be installed only after the root access was gained. So, root the Note first and only after that apply this task.

Before starting, make sure that you can use a Windows running computer with internet connection enabled. The phablet and its USB cord should also be near you. On the PC or notebook and on your handset deactivate the security tools first. If an antivirus or even the Firewall protection is enabled you will not be able to complete the update process. Then, on your Note enable the USB debugging option. Furthermore, check the battery status and if there is less than 50% power left charge the battery. Be aware as this guide is being suitable only for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note model, so if you try to install the AOSP update on a similar device you will end up in bricking your handset.

How to Update AT&T Galaxy Note  i717 with CM10, AOKP and Paranoid based AOSP Jelly Bean Custom ROM Firmware

  1. On your computer download the ROM file from here.
  2. Also, download the Google Apps package by using the link from here.
  3. Now, connect the Note with the computer.
  4. Then, copy the downloaded files (don’t extract them) to the internal storage of your phablet.
  5. Unplug the USB cord and we don’t need to the computer any more.
  6. Now, turn off the Galaxy Note, or just reboot in recovery mode.
  7. For recovery mode you will have to press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while pressing on the Power one.
  8. Once the recovery mode menu is being displayed, you must select to apply a full wipe.
  9. For the wipe select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  10. Return by selecting “+++go back+++”.
  11. Then, from the menu select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  12. Pick the update file and install the same.
  13. Then, return and do the same for flashing the Google Apps package too.
  14. The process should take a couple of minutes; just wait until it is done.
  15. In the end, from the recovery menu, select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

That is all for today. You have succeeded with the update operation; now your AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note should be running the CM10, AOKP and Paranoid based AOSP Jelly Bean custom ROM firmware. Test the software and don’t forget to share your impressions with us and with other users too (the comments section is just below). Also, if there were issues while you were trying to apply the update, do tell and we will try to do our best in order to help you out.