Galaxy Note, with model number GT-N7000, users can now experience the latest version of Jelly Bean software, Android 4.3, which Google rolled out to its Nexus device, not officially but using the CyanogenMod 10.2 (CM10.2) test builds.

Recognised XDA developer, XpLoDWID, has shared the experimental builds of CM10.2, which is based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and brings Android 4.3 update for the first generation Galaxy Note currently running on official Android firmware version 4.1.2.

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Screenshot of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running on Galaxy Note N7000.

Besides, the developer has released an easy instruction guide to install Android 4.3 on Galaxy Note. The developer also notes that there are some minor graphics glitches and no camera fix has been merged in this port. Besides, bugs in apps are likely. Head over to the development thread to learn more about the custom release.

It should be noted that this is an experimental build and users may come across issues such as FC errors, boot loops and other bugs with the installation of the custom ROM. To fix this, users will have to reinstall stock firmware or any other stable version of custom build.

Galaxy Note users, who are looking to update their devices to Android 4.3 using CM10.2 experimental builds, may follow our step-by-step guide (Courtesy of Team Android).

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their handsets meet following requirements.


1) Install USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note to transfer files between the Android device and computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and check the USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial is likely wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as ClockworkMod/TWRP already installed, then backup data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy Note should have above 80% battery charge.

5) The phone should be rooted and have ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery installed. Click here for guide to root Galaxy Note on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and install CWM recovery.

6) The CyanogenMod 10.2 unofficial build works only with Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. As, installing this on any incorrect variant is likely to brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy device 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 five more times before rebooting the device.

8) Users are advised to give about five to 10 minutes to the ROM after the device boots up first time to settle everything for a better using experience.

Steps to install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Galaxy Note GT-N7000 via CyanogenMod 10.2 unofficial build

Step-1: Download CyanogenMod 10.2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note to the computer [Alternative link]

Step-2: Download Google Apps package

Step-3: Connect and mount the Galaxy Note USB memory on the computer using USB cable. Then transfer both the downloaded files to the SD card of the phone. Ensure that the files are in the SD card root not in any folder. Do not extract any file

Step-4: Disconnect the phone from the computer and switch it off

Step-5: Place the Galaxy Note into Recovery Mode by switching on the phone while pressing and holding Volume Up, Power and Home buttons together. The device will soon enter into CWM recovery

Note: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between the options and Power button to select the desired options.

Step-6: It is recommended to perform a Nandroid backup of the existing ROM which can be restored later if the new ROM does not work or in case users wish to go back to the previous ROM. To perform a Nandroid backup, select Backup and Restore then on the next screen select Backup again. Go back to the main recovery menu once the backup process is done

Step-7: It is important to perform data wiping task to eliminate clash between the new ROM and the previous ROM. Select wipe data/factory reset then select Yes on the next screen to confirm the action. Wait for some time until the wiping process is done and return to the CWM recovery menu. Select wipe cache partition to perform a cache wipe.

This is optional but it is recommended to perform a wipe of dalvik cache as the device will not get into boot loops or any other errors. From CWM recovery, go to advanced and then select wipe dalvik cache

Step-8: Go back to main recovery menu and select install zip from sdcard then select choose zip from sdcard. Locate the Android 4.3 zip which was earlier copied to the SD card of the phone. Select it by pressing the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen. The installation should begin now

Step-9: When the ROM is installed, repeat the above step but now choose Gapps zip to install the same

Step-10: After the installation process is completed, go to +++++ Go Back +++++ and reboot the Galaxy Note by selecting reboot system now from the recovery menu. The device will now boot and it might take about five minutes to boot for the first time

Note: To go back to the previous ROM, boot the phone into recovery mode, select Backup and Restore then restore the ROM by selecting it from the list.

CM10.2 unofficial build based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean should be now installed and running on the Galaxy Note. Verify the new software version of the device by navigating to Settings>> About phone.

Click here for guide to unroot Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to stock firmware and reclaim warranty.