Galaxy Note N7000 users can enjoy the most stable and fastest KitKat experience with due release of Dirty Unicorns (DU) ROM. This ROM is an off-shoot of OmniROM which is originally based on the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP).
The DU ROM brings a vital mix of stability and customisation capabilities to original Note users. With a host of intuitive features ranging from softkeys customisation to DSP Equaliser, the new ROM offers a new lease of life to older devices like the N7000.
Interested Galaxy Note N7000 users can go ahead and install the Dirty Unicorns ROM on their phones by following our step-by-step guide provided below.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
- The Dirty Unicorns ROM and the instructions given in this guide are meant for the Galaxy Note N7000 model only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
- Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup. In Recovery, choose Backup and Restore and tap Backup.
- Verify correct USB drivers for the phone are installed on the computer (download Galaxy Note N7000 USB drivers).
- Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (NOTE: Tap the phone's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings.) Then select the checkbox to enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
- Make sure the phone has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.
- Ensure the device is unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery (v126.96.36.199 or above) installed. If you are installing the CWM recovery for the first time, check out the video tutorial below, courtesy of The Android Soul:
- If the device is stuck at booting or experiencing boot loop issues, perform Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache a few more times before rebooting.
- Allow newly installed ROM to stabilise for five minutes before you start working on it.
- Android 4.4.2 Dirty Unicorns ROM
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat compatible Google Apps
- Philz Touch Recovery v6.07.9 (CWM Recovery 188.8.131.52 -> flash the .tar file via Odin v3.09)
How to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Galaxy Note N7000 via Dirty Unicorns ROM
Step 1 - Download Android 4.4.2 Dirty Unicorns ROM for Galaxy Note on the computer.
Step 2 - Connect and mount the phone's USB mass storage on computer with USB cable.
Step 3 - Now, copy the downloaded Vanilla RootBox ROM zip file to the root folder on the phone's SD card.
Step 4 - Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.
Step 5 - Now boot the device into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.
Step 6 - Once the phone enters into CWM Recovery, perform a full data wipe task by clicking Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volumekeys to navigate between options and Power button to select an option in the Recovery Mode.
Step 7 - Then, perform Wipe Cache Partition and wait until the process completes.
Step 8 - Now perform Wipe Dalvik Cache as well. To do this, go to'advanced'option and then click Wipe Dalvik Cache. This will help in preventing boot loop issues or any boot ROM related errors during firmware installation.
Step 9 - Then return to the main recovery menu and choose Install Zip from SD card.
Step 10 - Now click Choose Zip from SD card. Use volume keys to navigate to the Dirty Unicorns ROM zip file that you copied earlier to your phone's SD card and choose it by tapping the Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and the installation process will begin.
Step 11 - Once the ROM installation completes, go to "+++++Go Back+++++" and select Reboot System Now in the Recovery menu.
The phone will now reboot and the first boot may take about five minutes to complete. So, please be patient.
Your Galaxy Note N7000 is now running the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat via Dirty Unicorns ROM. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.