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How To Update the Samsung Galaxy Note by Using the ICS Android 4.0.3 XXLP1 Firmware

The Galaxy Note, also known as GT-N7000, or I9220, is maybe one of the most powerful devices released by Samsung. As you know, its capabilities are placing it somewhere in the middle of the phones and tablets areas, being designed to satisfy all types of customers.

The specs are high end, but there is one major disappointment when it comes to its operating system; unfortunately, the Note is running the Android 2.3 version and not the Ice Cream Sandwich one. The ICS is the latest variant available of the Android platform, being suitable for both tablets and smartphones in the same way.

Anyway, I have good news for the Samsung Galaxy Note users, because they can start making the up-mentioned OS update by using the ICS Android 4.0.3 XXLP1firmware. Furthermore, during this tutorial you will be able to learn how to complete this operation, all being explained and detailed so can everybody understand it. Make sure you read all the lines in order to avoid the unpleasant situations.

The update, named XXLP1 will install the Android 4.0 on your Galaxy Note along with other features and improvements. The firmware is still on the beta stage, but don’t worry, because it was tested and it worked perfectly. Some of the enhancements found in the XXLP1firmware for Galaxy Note N7000 are listed in the image:

The release of this upgrade isn’t provided by Samsung and there are no words about the possible date of its official launch. Therefore, if you can’t wait follow this guide and get the ICS OS by yourselves. It’s easy, safe and it will only take a couple of minutes before completing the installation procedure.

Now, before we begin detailing the proper steps there are some things you have to do, as a preparation process.

  • First of all, the data stored on the Note might be erased. So, if you have something important saved on the phone, than you should probably consider in backing up its data, contacts, messages, calendar info, apps and so on. As a recommendation, you can use the android cloud for saving the contacts or calendar info, the Astro File Manager tool for all the apps stored on your phone’s memory and the SD card / PC for any other data stored on your device. Also, you can follow our step by step guide in order to download the SMS backup and restore apps for Android. Just check our latest tutorials.
  • Then check the battery status. For making through the whole procedure, there should be more than 60% power left; if not charge the Note.
  • Uninstall, or disable the security programs from the PC and from the phone because these tools are usual interrupting the installation of the update; and you don’t want that to happen.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your smartphone. For completing this, just go to “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. You can enable the USB debugging only when the handset isn’t connected to the PC.

That being said, we can now start the how to guide. Read carefully and do all as explained; in the end, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note.

  1. In the first step, you have to download the XXLP1 Firmware Package from here, to the computer. Then, do the same for the Q1_20110914_16GB.pit file (download it from here).
  2. Extract the files. You should obtain the following files: PIT, PDA, MODEM and CSC.
  3. Recheck if the USB debugging is enabled; if not do as explained above.
  4. Disconnect the phone from the computer and turn it off.
  5. On the PC open Odin (from the files you downloaded).
  6. Reboot the smartphone and enter in download mode. If you don’t know how to do that, follow: hold down simultaneously the “Volume Down” key and the “Ok” button while powering up the device.
  7. After this, connect the Note with the computer by using its USB cord. During this, Odin must be opened on the PC.
  8. After a minute, or two, you should see that the “ID : COM” section (from Odin) will turn yellow, meaning that all the drivers have been installed.
  9. Now, select (from the same Odin) the PIT, PDA, MODEM and CSC options and then select the files from the extracted folder.
  10. Click “Start” to proceed.
  11. After a few minutes the phone will reboot on its own. That means that the procedure is over.
  12. When the usual home screen from your device will appear, disconnect the phone from the computer and turn it off.
  13. Reboot it in recovery mode (by holding down simultaneously the “Volume Down” key and the “Ok” button while powering up the device).
  14. In the recovery mode menu select “Wipe data/factory reset” followed by “Wipe Cache partition”.
  15. Then select “reboot system now”. In this section the cache files will get deleted.
  16. That’s all. In order to see if the update was installed as it should go to “Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version”; the XXLP1 Android 4.0.3 firmware should be there.

There you have it, the easiest way in which you can start enjoying the Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung galaxy Note smartphone. If somehow, something went wrong, or if you can’t understand one of my explanations, share the issues with us (in the comments are) so we can help you through.

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  • Ronel Medina

    upgrading my galaxy note to ICS 4.0.3 as instructed. but its taking too long in uploading the hidden.img. is this normal?

    • Ronel Medina

      i don’t know if its still uploading or not. ca. Is it safe to cancel?

      • Alex Dumitru

        You shouldn’t cancel it, you better wait. Otherwise try again.

        Please let us know if it worked. Also how does the ROM works on your device if you managed to update it ?

  • Ronel Medina

    Finally got it running. But i think it mess up something in the mic during call. I can clearly hear the other side of the line but that side can only hear hisses on my side. tried using the voice recorder and the mic works just fine. I dont know how to fix this. I wanted to revert back to Gingerbread but i dont know how to do it also. Pls help. thanks.

    • Alex Dumitru

      I am currently testing another custom ICS 4.0.3 ROM on my Galaxy Note and I’m going to write a guide for flashing it in just a few hours. Please stay put because until now it worked flawlessly and it’s way faster than the gingerbread rom.

      You will be stunned by it

  • Dimand

    I have successfully update, but I got yellow caution sign on startup screen, what is wrong? hot to get out of it? thanks

  • Juan Bobed

    Hi Alex, has Ronel Medina finally fixed his Note?
    Has anybody else tried this ICS 4.0.3 ROM that apparently doesn’t need Root?
    I would like to install ICS in my phone but am concerned that something might go wrong.

  • Nilo

    When i updated my samsung galaxy note to android 4.0.3, the call option and contacts gone. Anyone can help me?