How to update Samsung Galaxy Note to Jelly Bean (Both Official and Unofficial)

Just a while back, we talked about how we can root Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 without much hassles. In that post, we touched the topic of upgrading your smartphone to the latest official firmware upgrade available. In this article, we shall tell you how you can update your Samsung Galaxy Note to the latest possible firmware upgrade. An official firmware update to your Galaxy Note can take you to Android 4.1.2 with next to no efforts from your side. On the other hand, if you plan to make your device a bit more functional and want the Android version to bump to the latest Android 4.2, then you should seriously consider installing a custom rom. We shall covering both the topics in detail in this guide itself.

Note: We ended up writing a 3 part series to modify your Samsung Galaxy Note to something you would have neve imagined:

  • How to Root Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2)
  • How to install clockworkmod recovery on Sasmung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
  • How to update your Galaxy Note to the latest possible firmware (you are currently here)

We shall first discuss about the latest official firmware update provided by Samsung itself.

Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note to Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean:

The official Jelly Bean update brings the following changes to your Samsung Galaxy Note:

The changelog

  • Jelly Bean brings extra smoothness and stability to your phone. This is ensured by the Project Butter that was added by Google to enhance the smoothness of Android OS in Jelly Bean 4.1.2
  • Google Now: Google Now was the show stopper in Jelly Bean 4.1.2. it is a smart assistant kinda extension of the Google Search app that automatically shows card relevant to you based on the Calendar, weather and location info. Google Now has been praised by a lot of people, with many of them preferring it over Siri, the personal assistant that comes in iPhone 5 and in other devices running iOS 6.
  • This update also brings the multi-view feature that was one of the most sought after feature once it was launched in Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Gaaxy Note II. This feature lets you do two jobs at the same time with one app taking half othe screen, with the other app fitting itself in the other half of the screen. The only limitation of this feature is that it is supported only by a few number of apps, this can be resolved through various solutions posted over xda forums. A quick google search will get you to what I am discussing right now.
  • Expendable Notifications let you reply to emails or snooze your alarm or do some other small tasks from the notification bar itself, without the need to open the app itself. This is a really time saving thing which requires some geting used to though.
  • The long list of toggles that appear in your notification bar, thanks to touchwiz, can now be customised. That means you can add your own favorite toggles in any oder you want to have.
  • Other Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features like direct call (which allows you to put your phone to the ear and the number on the screen gets called), smart stay (which keeps the screen awake till you are looking towards it and shuts it down once you start staring elsewhere) and Smart Rotation (rotates the screen according to your head’s orientation)
  • The boring TouchWiz interface is replaced by the Nature inspired interface, similar to the one found in Galaxy S III
  • Keyboard in Android 4.1.2 for Galaxy Note brings continuous typing. The idea behind continuous typing is the same as that in Swype, Swiftkey Flow or the stock keyboard found in Android 4.2 i.e. you can type full words without having to lift your fingers. So, the name continuous typing does make some sense.

Before you proceed:

  1. Make sure you have a good data connection on your phone ( WiFi is recommended)
  2. Charge your phone to about 50-60%
  3. Backup your contacts and other sensitive data. Though official upgrades don’t wipe anything, it is better to be safe, right?

If you are really excited to update your device to get avail off all the goodies mentioned above, just follow the quick steps mentioned below:

  • Tap the application drawer icon on your phone.
  • From the list of applications, find the settings icon and tap it.
  • Go to the end of the settings list to find the About Phone option. Select it.
  • Tap the uppermost option named something like software update and finally select the update option. Make sure you are connected to the internet.
  • The downloading of the latest firmware will start and the installation will continue once the download gets completed.

Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Note to Android 4.2.2 (Unofficial):

This guide will help you install the latest version of Paranoid ROM, a popular custom rom, based on the latest Android version i.e. 4.2.2. Although there are a lot of custom roms out there based on the same android version, Paranoid rom is our personal favorite. Paranoid ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The latest version of paranoid rom has many noticeable improvements including modified User Interface, PhotoSphere camera (it was one of the most sought after features in Android 4.2 update. Lucky you, even Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t have it). Other features include the acclaimed pie controls which lets you control the device without using any of the soft physical buttons present at the bottom of the device, thanks to the circular buttons that appear when you swipe from the edge of the screen. Another one of our favorite things about paranoid rom is the hybrid engine which allows you to set custom dpis for any app you want, any number of combinations will work fine. This means you can have your settings appear in Tablet mode while everything else works normally. We can visualise you drooling over these features, lol.

Here is a complete list of all the exciting features you will get in the rom. A video of the ROM in action can be found here.

Before you proceed:

  1. Make sure your phone is charged enough.
  2. Take a backup of everything that is important to you.

Downloads Section:

  • Paranoid 3.15 for Galaxy Note
  • Gapps package for Android 4.2.2


  1. Make sure your phone is rooted.
  2. If on gingerbread, go to Settings > Applications > Development and enable USB Debugging.
    If on ICS or above, go to Settings > Development and enable USB Debugging from there.
  3. Transfer both the files you downloaded from the downlaods section to your phone’s sd card.
  4. Install clockworkmod recovery on your Galaxy Note using this guide.
  5. Power off your phone. Once the phone is hut down completely, press the Volume Up + Menu + Power button key together. Keep holding this key combination till you boot into clockworkmod recovery.
  6. Once you get to the recovery, you can scroll up and down using Volume Up and Down keys and confirm the selection using Power button. So, scroll down (using volume down key, you remembered that, right?) to the option Wipe Data/Factory Reset. (You have backed up everything, no?)
  7. Get to the Install zip from sd card, when you select the install zip from sd card  option, it will ask you the location of the file you want to flash. Locate the Paranoid ROM file first. Let the flashing complete.
  8. Once paranoid rom is flashed, select the Install zip from sd card  option again, and this time flash the Gapps package.
  9. While still in the recovery, go to Advanced and wipe your dalvik cache.
  10. Reboot your phone.
  11. Go to settings and then to About phone to check your android version. You will noticee the difference by the user interface itself, though.

Task completed successfully. Believe you me, you are a genius at these things. If you aren’t, that is, if you couldn’t flash the rom successfully, got stuck at any of the steps mentioned above, just refer to that step and drop us a comment. If you could install the rom successfully, then do share your experience about the rom. Once you get this custom rom thing done, you will agree that your phone wasn’t that great before. Or was it?

If you want to report something to the rom developer instead, beerbong has set this thread up to discuss about the Paranoid rom for Galaxy Note N7000.

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