Last week, the folks over at RootzWiki managed to get their hands on a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich firmware of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G. Today, they have managed to get their hands on an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware for another handset, the AT&T’s Galaxy Note (I717). The Ice Cream Sandwich firmware for the Note brings with it all the latest enhancements added by Google including Face Unlock and GPU rendering.
However, Samsung has made sure to remove all the visual goodness of Ice Cream Sandwich, and has spoilt it by using TouchWIZ on top of it. While there was a big jump visually from stock Android 2.3 to Android 4.0, the Android 4.0 leak for the Note visually looks the same as it does on any Android 2.3 firmware. Sadly, this stands true for ICS updates for all other Samsung devices as well, including the Galaxy S2.
The firmware is not a final one, since it contains a few bugs. All the TouchWiz apps on the phone will give FCs after the first boost, but will disappear after the phone is rebooted a couple of times. The firmware can be download from here (torrent) or from this thread over at RootzWiki.
The installation steps of the ROM are pretty simple. Simply double click the .exe firmware file, and ODIN will start with all the required settings and files in place. Now, switch off your Galaxy Note and restart it in Download mode by pressing the Volume Down button and the Power button simultaneously. Press the Volume up button to skip the warning screen. Connect your phone to your PC now, and wait for ODIN to detect it. Once detected press the start button and wait for the firmware to be flashed. Once flashed, the phone will automatically reboot.
Keep in mind that you might be greeted to a lot of FCs after the first boot, but restarting your phone a couple of times will fix them.