While the latest version of Android - Android version 4.4 KitKat - has been rolled out by Google already, with Samsung also choosing to push out the update for a number of its devices, it seems like the original Samsung Galaxy Note with model number GT-N7000 - still a fan favorite among a number of Indian customers - missed out on the update that offers a host of new improvements when updated to.
As of now, the Android KitKat update is noted for bringing a host of different upgrades and improvements to the device running on it. These improvements include beautiful full-screen album and movie art in locked mode, upgraded multitasking, wireless printing and more.
Nonetheless, even though Samsung didn't include Galaxy Note GT-N7000 first generation among the list selected devices to get Android 4.4 KitKat in 2014, there are a number of third party developers who have managed to create a firmware running the KitKat version for the phablet.
But before we begin, it's important to know the firmware that we are dealing with here - OmniROM 4.4.
OmniROM 4.4 is a custom-based firmware running Android 4.4 KitKat that's based on the Android Open Source Project. Also, it's free from Samsung-based bloatware apps, although it has gained enhancement support that's provided by OmniROM developers.
Before starting the update process, it is important to note that OmniROM 4.4 will require manual installation which could damage your handset. Gizbot and OmniROM developers are not responsible for any errors which may occur on your phablet upon updating it with the firmware.
Follow the instructions provided below carefully to prevent any damage to your device. However, all the steps are to followed at your own risk.
Points of Advice
This firmware is only meant for Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 and is not to be used on any other device. Before starting, you will need to root the device and install a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod recovery. Install the essential USB drivers for the device on your computer.
Also, create a manual backup of all your personal information, settings and data. Make sure the device's battery level is at least 50 per cent to prevent any power interruption.
You will have to enable the USB debugging mode your device before beginning. To do that, go to Settings - Applications - Development - USB debugging mode or Settings - Developer options - USB debugging.
Download the OmniROM 4.4 for your handset and the Google Apps package to the computer.
Step 1: Connect your Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 to the computer using a USB cable.
Step 2: Copy the OmniROM 4.4 and the Google Apps package to the SD card of your device, but do not extract the zip files.
Step 3: Disconnect the Galaxy Note from the computer and switch it off.
Step 4: Now reboot device into Recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume Up, Home and Power keys at the same time until the Samsung logo appears.
Step 5: Once inside the Recovery mode, perform a Nandroid backup of the current ROM. To do this, select backup and restores - backup. The saved ROM will now be stored inside the microSD card of the device.
Step 6: Now perform a full wipe on the device. Select 'wipe data/factory reset' and 'wipe cache partition.' Now select 'advanced - wipe Dalvik cache.'
Step 7: Go back to the main menu and then install the OmniROM 4.4. Just select 'install zip from SD card - choose zip from SD - search the ROM you copied earlier - confirm installation.' Now apply the same procedure with the Google Apps.
Step 8: Once done with the installation, go back and then select 'reboot system now.'
Step 9: Your Galaxy Note will now reboot and may take up to 5 minutes before it reaches the home screen. So be patient.
If you have followed the above mentioned steps properly, your device should now be running Android 4.4 KitKat OS using OmniROM 4.4.