Update AT&T Galaxy NOTE with BeanStalk Android 4.4 Custom Firmware

Even though the Galaxy Note line has met its third release, those who own the first Note can still receive the latest features and capabilities that have been released by Google on the new Android system. Now despite the fact that the official Android 4.4 KitKat OTA firmware will embrace the AT&T version of the Galaxy Note somewhere during February or March next year, everything it’s just perfect. Anyway, leaving the joke aside, you can now update your phablet to Android 4.4 without waiting for the official OTA roll out as you can anytime try the custom ROM which is described on this tutorial.

Therefore, during the present guide I will present the BeanStalk custom ROM which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS and which has been made available for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note I717. So far this is the only way that can be used by those who want to test the new Android software on their own handsets as since now only Nexus branded devices are capable of running the official release of the mentioned KitKat firmware. If I have aroused your attention, then don’t hesitate and read the following lines and also guidelines.

First of all it should be clear for you that the BeanStalk system is only an unofficial port of the stock Android 4.4 ROM. Then, you should know that this firmware has been optimized in order to work on the AT&T Galaxy Note and that you should use this guide only for updating the mentioned phablet. The BeanStalk is already available for other handsets too, but in that case make sure to follow a suitable tutorial that is compatible with your Android based phone or tablet as else you can end up in bricking your beloved gadget.

So, BeanStalk is a free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4 KitKat OS that has nothing to do with Samsung or with AT&T. Because of that this operation isn’t official and for completing the same you will have to prepare your Galaxy Note – we will talk about the pre requisites a little bit later. Now, if you are wondering, BeanStalk for AT&T Galaxy Note brings a custom version of Android 4.4 that is including both stock and extra features. Unfortunately this is only the alpha build of the ROM which means that there are several bugs present in the system.

Anyway, don’t worry as these problems are being resolved as we speak by the devs who have created the ROM – those of xda-developers, we have them to thanks for this step by step guide. Moreover, the main features of the firmware are working perfectly so you can test BeanStalk for daily use.

As I have mentioned before, this operation isn’t official. Keeping that in mind when reading the followings:

  • The warranty of your AT&T Galaxy Note will get void while you will apply a part of the pre requisites from below.
  • He warranty will get void because the binary flash counter of your handset will be increased.
  • So, afterwards, for restoring the warranty you will have to reset the binary flash counter.
  • You can do that by restoring your Note to its initial state: downgrade your phablet to stock Jelly Bean OS, or wait for the official Android 4.4 firmware to be released and flash the same – manually as on an unlocked device the OTA software can be only manually installed.

Good; those were the negative aspects that are related to the present tutorial. Now, if you have decided to complete these lines for updating your AT&T Galaxy Note to Android 4.4 OS, then first prepare your device for the installation procedure that will shortly follow. Do begin with a root operation, only if your handset isn’t currently rooted. Why you need to gain root access? Well, that’s easy: once you root the system of your Note gets unchained and since a custom ROM like BeanStalk need to access the internal files from your device, root is not an option for you. Be careful as you can brick your Note while trying to root its system especially if you are using an inappropriate guide, so try not to mess things up.

BeanStalk has been installed and tested on the Galaxy Note only by using the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. That’s why I recommend you to use these apps when trying to flash the Android 4.4 firmware. CWM and TWRP recovery are custom recovery images that are usually used on custom operations like the present one. A custom recovery offers a user interface between you and the internal system of your device. That’s why a custom recovery can be installed only on a rooted handset and that’s why you can’t go any further without ensuring the same.

On the other hand, thinking that your Note is quite similar with your computer and you can store on the same important info and data, before heading to the proper tutorial I recommend you to backup the AT&T Galaxy Note data. A wipe will be required and you can lose almost everything that’s saved on the internal storage memory of your phablet. Also, you should make a Nandroid backup for saving your current software (you will be able to easily restore the same if BeanStalk isn’t on your taste) and you should backup the EFS folder on your way.

Finally, since this is a manual operation a computer is being required. Also, your smartphone and its USB cable must be near you as you will have to connect the devices. On your computer the best will be to disable the security protection by temporarily deactivating the antivirus and antimalware programs. On your Note you should enable USB debugging by going to “menu -> settings -> developer options” and you should plug in the charger if the battery status is displaying less than 60% power left. Also you shouldn’t forget that this tutorial is compatible only with the AT&T variant of the Galaxy Note model number I717 – install Android 4.4 KitKat BeanStalk OS only if you own the mentioned Android based handset.

How to Update AT&T Galaxy NOTE I717 with BeanStalk Android 4.4 Custom ROM Firmware

  1. Download the Android 4.4 update file on your computer by going on this page, or here.
  2. Then download Google apps package from here.
  3. Save all these files on desktop and don’t unzip the same.
  4. Now, take your handset and its USB cable and by using both connect your AT&T Galaxy Note with your computer.
  5. Once the connection is established, you need to copy-paste or drag and drop the files downloaded before from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
  6. Once the transfer is completed you can unplug the USB cord as the computer is no longer useful.
  7. Turn off your phablet and reboot it in recovery mode.
  8. If you don’t know how to access recovery mode, use our dedicated step by step guide.
  9. From recovery first of all clear the cache and wipe the system.
  10. You can wipe the system by selecting “wipe data factory reset”.
  11. And then you can clear the cache by choosing “wipe cache partition” followed by “wipe dalvick cache”.
  12. From the same recovery mode menu now you need to select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  13. Up next pick the Android 4.4 firmware file and also flash the update on your SGN.
  14. Do the same thing if you want to apply the Google apps package on your phablet.
  15. As soon as the update operation is over, from recovery you need to select “reboot system now”.

Troubleshooting

In some cases after applying the Android 4.4 update on your AT&T Galaxy Note you might experience some issues. One problem might be a boot loop. So, if your handset is stuck in a boot loop you have to enter recovery mode once more. From there you need to select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. In the end pick “reboot system now” and you are done.

Do note that if instead of a boot loop, the first boot will take longer to complete than usual, there is nothing wrong with your device; you only have to be more patience.

Now, if you don’t like the BeanStalk software, or if this Android 4.4 OS is too buggy, then if you have made a Nandroid backup as recommended, you can choose to restore the stock Android Jelly Bean OS. For doing so you have to boot into recovery mode. Then, from recovery you need to select “backup / restore”; just follow the prompts for restoring the saved ROM.

If you are experiencing any other problem and you don’t know how to resolve the same, you can anytime use our dedicated step by step guide for learning how to resolve the most common Android issues.

Congratulations, you have finally completed our tutorial, which means that now you know how to update your AT&T Galaxy NOTE I717 with BeanStalk Android 4.4 Custom ROM Firmware. Test the new software, see how it performs on your device and then return here for sharing your experience with us and with other users who might want to apply this guide. So, if you have something to share with us, don’t hesitate and use the comments area from below.