Samsung has launched the a new update for the Galaxy Note N7000 and it comes with a new Launcher, UI, Contacts list etc. Use the instructions listed in this article and you will learn how to install the firmware update on your N7000 device using the Odin application. The update's version is XXLRQ and it is based on Android 4.0.4 ICS.

If you install this update on your Note, you will get S-Cloud backup service which allows you to backup your contacts in the same way you did using the Google Contacts. Also, you will get a brand new launcher and it is similar to the one used on Galaxy S3. Also, the new Gallery brings 3D effects to your phone and it is a very interesting feature. Multiple other features were added and more about them can be found in this article HERE.

This update has been first launched in Germany, but it seems like it works with Galaxy Note device from any country, as long as the phone is an International model. If you want to update your device with XXLRQ Android 4.0.4 firmware, then you should first read the instructions listed in the preparation guide below and only after that you should move to the tutorial. Here's what you need to know in order to correctly configure your Galaxy Note N700 for the XXLRQ 4.0.4 ICS Firmware update:

  • Make sure that your phone is a Galaxy Note N7000 International variant. The device's model number can be found by opening Settings -> About phone. If your device is N7000 then you can continue reading the rest of this article's instructions.
  • If your device is rooted then you should create a backup of your existing ROM. However, note that this update will revoke root access and you will be able to restore a backup only if you re-root the device.
  • Rooted phones can use some apps to backup apps, SMS, Call Logs and the APN Intenet Settings: AppBAK for Android apps backup | SMS backup & restore | Call Logs backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore. Note that some of these applications will not work with unrooted phones, which is why you should root the XXLRQ firmware after you update the phone and only after that you will be able to use these apps and restore the saved data.
  • Alternatively, you can choose to move all important data on your computer so that you won't risk any data corruption. After the installation is complete you can restore the files back on your device.
  • Sync the Phone Contacts with the Gmail account assigned to your Note N7000 phone.
  • Enable the USB Debugging option by opening Settings and then 'Development' menu. Without this option enabled, your phone won't be recognized by ODIN.
  • Also, for your phone to be recognized by your PC, you will need to install the Samsung USB Drivers. If you don't have them installed then you should use the following links: Samsung USB Drivers for Windows (x86) 32-bit | Samsung USB Drivers for Windows (x64) 64-bit.
  • You can install Samsung USB drivers with Samsung KIES, but, you should disabled / uninstall it from your PC before launching ODIN app.
  • Remember to charge the phone's battery so that it won't power OFF while you're applying the firmware update.
  • Disable all Antivirus apps so that no other security application interferes with the installation process.
  • Note that this guide should be applied by advanced Android users. You're installing this firmware update at your own risk and we won't be held responsible in case you damage or brick your N7000 smartphone in the process.
  • Read the entire tutorial and only after that you should start applying the steps listed in it.
  • For any extra questions or in case you cannot complete the update, then you should post a detailed comments at the of this post and we will help you.

I think that these are all the general instructions that you needed in order to be prepared for the installation of the new firmware update.

How to update Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 to the latest Android 4.0.4 ICS XXLRQ Firmware

  1. Download the XXLRQ firmware file HERE or HERE. The filename should look like this:
  2. Next, extract the contents comprised within the zip. You will get a file with the following name: N7000XXLRQ_N7000DBTLRQ_N7000XXLRK_HOME.tar.md5. or with a simple .tar extension. Leave this file as it is and then move to the next step.
  3. Download ODIN 1.85 HERE. Extract its contents on your computer's desktop screen. You can create a new folder.
  4.  Now you have to power OFF your device and make sure that it isn't connected to your computer.
  5. Boot the Galaxy Note N7000 into Download Mode. It can be done if you hold down simultaneously the following buttons: volume down, home and Power. A Warning menu will load and you should release the buttons and after that you need to press 'Volume up' for the Download Mode to load.
  6. Launch ODIN executable on your computer.
  7. After ODIN launches you should click the 'PDA' tab and then you have to browse for the N7000XXLRQ_N7000DBTLRQ_N7000XXLRK_HOME.tar.md5 file on your computer. Load this file and move to the next step.
  8. Don't change any other ODIN settings and now you can connect your N7000 device to your PC via USB cable. Make sure that the 'Re-partition' option is NOT selecting in ODIN.
  9. ODIN will display a confirmation message after you connect the phone to your PC. Now you can click the 'Start' button and ODIN should begin to flash the XXLRQ firmware.
  10. After the update is complete, your phone will reboot and when the Samsung Galaxy Note boot screen loads, unplug the phone from PC. Odin should say that the install was passed and the new ICS XXLRQ home screen will load.
  11. That is it, the update is complete and you should begin to test the new features added by the XXLRQ firmware.

NOTE: If ODIN freezes or it seems like it didn't apply any changes, or in case it shows a FAIL alert, then it means that the update wasn't completed and you should unplug the phone from PC and then Close ODIN. Remove the phone's battery, re-insert it back in its place and then repeat the entire tutorial starting with step 5. The update should be completed successfully.

If ODIN shows the 'PASS' alert, then the update has been installed. However, your phone will restart and it is possible that it will get stuck at the boot logo animation. In case this happens, you will have to use the instructions below and boot into the custom Recovery mode and wipe data and factory reset the device. Note that these steps will delete the contacts, installed apps, SMS etc. Here's what you have to do:

  • Power off your phone. Remove its battery and then re-insert it back in its place.
  • Boot into custom Recovery mode by holding down the following buttons: Volume up, Home and Power. After the display lights up you can release the buttons.
  • When you're in recovery mode you have to select 'wipe data/ factory reset' option. Confirm.
  • Return to the main recovery screen and select 'reboot system now'.
  • Now your Galaxy Note N7000 should reboot normally and XXLRQ ICS 4.0.4 firmware has been successfully applied.

That is it, now your phone has been updated to the latest Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware and you can start testing the Pop-up video, S-Cloud, SGS3 launcher, new Gallery 3D effects, Contacts list and all other features that were added with this new OS update.

If you cannot complete the update then you should ask for help in comments. Also, if you have any tips on how to install this firmware much more easily, then please feel free to tell us.

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