Even though the third generation of Galaxy Note has been released, the first version of the phablet is still quite popular among worldwide Android users. And since Android 4.4 KitKat firmware has been made available for a while now, you might be wondering when will Samsung release the official OTA for your Galaxy Note N7000. Well, the answer to your question will not be on your taste as apparently the Android 4.4 OS will embrace the Note only next year (the exact date isn’t yet known for sure). If you want to test the software ahead of official release, then you can use this guide as I will show you how to install CM 11 custom ROM on your phablet.
As you can already tell, the only way in which you can install Android 4.4 on your Galaxy Note is by using a custom ROM firmware. There are several systems available for your phablet, but which one to use? Usually, the custom ROMs are buggy so you have to be careful when choosing a new custom firmware. That’s why, I am recommending you the latest version of CyanogenMod, which may be the best custom ROM that can be currently flashed on the SG Note.
As you know, CyanogenMod is one of the most used custom Android platforms, the ROM coming with great features that can be used on almost all the handsets out there – basically it doesn’t matter if you have a high end phone, mid-range device or even a low range smartphone or tablet. Now, CyanogenMod is working on an Android 4.4 KitKay platform, dubbed as CM 11. Well, during this tutorial I will show you how to flash an unofficial port of CM11 on your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000.
Even though this isn’t the official release of CM 11, according to those who have installed the firmware on the Galaxy Note, there are only few bugs and issues and the platform can be safely applied for a daily use. Of course, all the bugs will soon be resolved by the devs (those of xda-developers – we have to thanks them for the present guide) and you will be updated with a new version of CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
As usually, CyanogenMod is coming with great features, apps and capabilities that can now be installed on the Galaxy Note. Furthermore, CM11 is based on Android 4.4 which means that you can test and enjoy the new Android experience on your own phablet – for now only Nexus devices and Moto X received the official touch of KitKat system. In a few words, with CM 11 you will be able to improve the performances of your Galaxy Note because the speeds will be bumped out, the battery life upgraded, the web browsing experience updated and the user interface customized (CM11 is coming with its own version of Android 4.4 so you will not get the default or pure KitKat OS).
If you want to complete this tutorial, then start with the pre requisites from below. Do note that without preparing your smartphone you will not be able to update to Android 4.4.
- Root your Samsung Galaxy Note2.
- Install a custom recovery image on your phablet; choose only the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery as the CM 11 firmware have been tested only by using the mentioned apps.
- Backup the data which is saved on the internal storage of your Note; a wipe will be required and you might lose everything that’s important for you – use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play.
- Make a Nandroid backup as maybe you won’t like the CM11 platform; in that case you will be able to restore the stock OS without using a manual update or downgrade operation.
- Use a computer where you have temporarily deactivated the security protection.
- Make sure that you can use your Note N7000 and its official USB cable.
- On your device enable USB debugging option from path “menu -> settings -> developer options”.
- Check the battery status of your Note: in case there is less than 60% power left, plug in the charger before starting the update operation.
- Complete this step by step guide only if you own the N7000 version of the Galaxy Note. This variant of CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM is compatible only with the mentioned phablet. Applying the firmware by using the next steps on a different Android device will probably brick your phone / tablet.
Sine this is an unofficial operation, by completing the same the warranty of your smartphone will get void. This is happening because you need to root your handset – the binary flash counter will be increased. Don’t worry though as you can then restore the warranty by downgrading to stock Android Jelly Bean OS or by updating with an official release of Android system (the root access will then be revoked and the default version of Android will be reinstalled); of course keep in mind that on rooted phones the official updates can be only manually installed.
How to Update Galaxy Note N7000 with CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM Firmware
- From this page download the CM 11 Android 4.4 update file.
- Also, from here download Google apps package.
- Save these files on your computer – on desktop for example – and don’t unzip the same.
- Then connect your Galaxy Note N7000 with your computer.
- Plug in the USB cord for establishing the connection.
- Up next, place the downloaded files from your computer on your phablet’s SD card.
- After transferring the files, unplug the USB cable as the computer is no longer useful.
- Turn off your Note because the recovery mode must be entered.
- Learn how to reboot in recovery mode.
- Then from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”.
- Also pick “wipe cache partition”.
- Go back, select “advance” and then choose “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Once more return to recovery and this time select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the CM11 firmware file and install the Android 4.4 update on your Galaxy Note N7000.
- Repeat the same process and install the Google Apps package.
- In the end you just have to select “reboot system now” and you are done.
Well, basically, that was all. Now do note that the first boot will take longer to complete then usual; then if your Note will be stuck in a boot loop you will have to enter recovery for selecting “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. Also, if you don’t like the new ROM, use the recovery mode menu for selecting “backup / restore” (only if a Nandroid backup have been previously applied). For resolving any other Android related problems use this tutorial.
Congratulation, you have installed CM 11 Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Note. The tutorial has been successfully completed so your work is done. Do use the below section (the comments one) if you want to talk with us or for sharing your experience with us and with other users who might need a second opinion related to the step by step guide from above.