Senior XDA member, vocoderism, has shared a new custom firmware for the first generation Galaxy Note (GT-N70000, named C-ROM, which is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) sources.
The custom build is similar to stock KitKat look and Google's UI. The ROM brings a great deal of customised features. Besides, it is smooth, stable and offers fast performance. Below are the features of C-ROM.
Implement of App Sidebar
C-ROM features v6.6
PEEK: Beautify bridging layers code
Disable Camera shutter sound
C-Tool - Persistence - Add installer persistence
Theme Engine Fixed
Fixed Slim Recent On Dark C-RoM (Moved Slim/Stock Recent Option into Rambar menu on C-Tool)
Added Launcher3 Instead Trebuchet
Lockscreen Rotation Optional
Dismiss IME when floating window is dismissed
Fix updating of the status bar header image
On-The-Go: handle display orientation changes
Peek wake timeout
Add CPU boosting hooks
Return: Custom Carrier Label
Smart Pull-Down - Any Notification
Settings: add "Accept all files" option for incoming files via Bluetooth
Head over to development thread to know more about C-ROM.
Those who wish to update their Galaxy Note to Android 4.4.2 KitKat using C-ROM, may follow our step-by-step guide.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Before following the installation guide, users are advised to verify their devices meet following requirements.
1) Install USB Drivers for Galaxy Note to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigate to Settings>> About phone. Tap on Build Number several times until a message appears saying 'You are now a Developer.' Now enable USB Debugging Mode by navigating to Settings>> Developer Options.]
3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create backup. If the device is having any custom recovery such as ClockworkMod or, TWRP then backup data using the same.
4) If the Android phone powers off due to lack of battery during the process, it could damage the device. Therefore, the Galaxy Note should have charge above 80% battery charge.
5) The phone should be rooted and have latest version of ClockworkMod recovery.
6) Android 4.4.2 KitKat C- ROM works only with Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. As applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy Note by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.
7) After flashing the ROM if the device gets stuck on Booting animation or experience boot loop then perform wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache for a few times before rebooting the device.
8) Once the ROM is installed, users are advised to give 10 minutes to the ROM after the device boots up for the first time for better user experience.
How to install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Note N7000 with C-ROM
Step-1: Connect and mount Galaxy Note USB memory on the computer using USB cable. Now copy the downloaded zip files to the SD card of the phone. Ensure the files are in the SD card root, not in any folder
Step-2: Unplug the USB cable from the phone and switch it off
Step-3: Put the phone into CWM recovery mode. Turn the phone on while pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together
Step-4: In recovery mode, perform a full data wipe by selecting wipe data/ factory reset. Use the Power button to select while in Recovery Mode
Step-5: Perform a cache wipe by selecting wipe cache partition
Step-6: Perform a wipe of dalvik cache. This is optional but users are recommended to do this, so that the device will not get into boot loops or any other errors. From CWM recovery, go to advanced then select wipe dalvik cache
Step-7: Return to the main recovery menu and select install zip from sdcard
Step-8: Select choose zip from sdcard. Using the Volume keys navigate to Android 4.4.2 ROM zip, which was earlier copied to the phone's SD card. Select it using the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen
Step-9: After the ROM is installed, repeat the similar procedure to install Gapps file on the phone
Step-10: When the installation process is completed, go to +++++Go Back +++++ and reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now
Galaxy Note will boot now and it would take about five minutes to boot on the first time
The C-ROM featuring Android 4.4.2 KitKat should now be installed on the Galaxy Note. Head over to Settings>> About phone to verify the new software version running on the device.
[Source: Team Android]