Quite a few Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware have leaked online for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Now, the first Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware for the S II’s bigger brother, the Note has made its appearance on a Chinese forum.
The leaked firmware was originally meant for the Chinese variant of the Galaxy Note, but has since then been modified, so that it can be installed on the European variant of the Note (N7000).
Visually, the firmware is similar to the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware for the Galaxy S2. This means that if you were expecting a stock Ice Cream Sandwich look, prepare to be disappointed. Since this is the first ICS leak for the Note, it has some bugs here and there, but is good enough to be used on a daily basis.
P.S – Keep in mind that installing this leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM on your Note, will wipe clean the phone-cum-tablet clean of all data.
Step 1: Download ODIN from here, and the customized Ice Cream Sandwich firmware for the N7000 variant of the Note from here. Make sure you have KIES pre-installed, since it will take care of all the drivers required for flashing.
Step 2: Fire up ODIN, and click on the PDA button and then navigate and select the ICS firmware that you downloaded in the previous step.
Step 3: Switch-off your Note first, and then boot it into Download mode. To boot into Download mode, press the Volume Down + Home + Power button on the handset simultaneously. Skip the Custom OS warning by pressing the Volume up button.
Step 4: Connect the Note to your PC, and once ODIN detects it, a random COM No. will be displayed inside a glowing yellow rectangle. Simply press the Start button, and wait for ODIN to finish flashing the ICS firmware on your Note. Once the flashing process is over, the phone will automatically reboot!
Congrats! You have successfully managed to flash the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on your Galaxy Note. The firmware is pre-rooted as well, so no need to root it again!
Credits to Chainfire for the customized ICS Note firmware, and the Chinese guy for the original leak!