Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in certain regions of the world. If you are tired of constantly checking KIES for any update, and cannot wait for the update, below is a step by step guide on how to manually install the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update on your Galaxy Note (N7000).
Visually, the ICS update for the Note does not bring many changes, but does include a lot of new features and enhancements along with some premium suite of apps.
Before proceeding with the steps below, please make sure you are not running any leaked Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on your Note. Flashing the firmware will also wipe your handset clean from all data, so please make a backup before proceeding. If the update does not wipe your data, I strongly suggest you to manually format the handset once you install the official Ice Cream Sandwich firmware. I will also recommend readers to manually format their phone once before proceeding with the installation steps below, just to be on the safe side.
Here is how you can install manually install the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on your Galaxy Note (N7000) -:
Step 1: Download the official Ice Cream Sandwich firmware (XXLPY) firmware for the Galaxy Note from here, and extract its content inside a new folder on your desktop. Also, download ODIN from here and make sure you have KIES pre-installed as it will make sure all the necessary drivers are installed.
Step 2: Reboot your Galaxy Note in Download mode by switching it off first, and then by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power button simultaneously. At this point the phone will show you a warning, skip it by pressing the Volume Up button.
Step 3: Start ODIN and connect your Galaxy Note to the PC. When ODIN detects your handset, it will show a random COM No. inside a glowing yellow rectangle box.
Step 4: Select the PDA file and select the tar file that you extracted inside a new folder in Step 1. Do not change or touch any other option. Press the ‘Start’ button and wait for ODIN to flash the firmware. The flashing process will not take more than a couple of minutes to finish after which your Galaxy Note should automatically restart. The first boot, however, will take some time (~10mins) so please be patient.
Thanks to SamMobile for the firmware!