September 9, 2012 By: Former Writer
We frequently bring you news about devices receiving unofficial updates to Jelly Bean. It is happy news, as it means the devs here at XDA are hard at work to bring the latest version of Android to the masses. That said, it’s always nice when OEMs release official Android version updates. Even if it has to be distributed by someone other than the OEM.
The latest device to get an official update leak is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Samsung will probably be updating their newest flagship tablet to Jelly Bean very soon as leaks are often a precursor to official updates. It should be mentioned that this update is for the N8000 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 only. Flashing it on any other version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is not recommended. So for those who don’t own a N8000 version of the Note 10.1, you’re likely better off waiting for a developer to make a ROM that is compatible with yours or until Samsung rolls out an OTA for your particular version.
A few weeks ago, we announced the creation of the Galaxy Note 10.1 forums. One day later, we announced ClockworkMod had been unofficially ported to the Note 10.1. We can now also announce that the first custom ROMs for the device have made an appearance. At the time of writing, there are 3 custom ROMs currently available in the forums.
XDA Senior Member zedomax brings us HighOnAndroid “TrainWreck” ROM. Based on European XXALG5 firmware, the intention of the ROM is to maintain a stock look. It keeps TouchWiz intact in order to maintain all stock features, such as S-Pen functionality.
Next up, XDA Senior Member safariking has released CleanRom. This ROM is also based on XXALG5 Firmware, but the devs intention is to remove as much of the Samsung Apps and bloatware as possible, in order to maintain a “clean ROM”.
Finally, XDA Member hani1980 has given us DR.AKRIM_ROM. This ROM is based on Indian N8000DDALH1 firmware. The dev has included full RTL Arabic support and Samsung Arabic keyboard.
All three ROMs contain the standard tweaks such as being Deodexed and Zipaligned, as well as each having their own unique tweaks by the individual devs. If you want some custom ROM goodness on your Glalaxy Note 10.1, head over to one of the threads:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is moving right along. Just a few days ago, we gave the Note 10.1 its own forum space and the newest Samsung tablet has also been rooted. The only thing left was getting a custom recovery so users could start flashing the ROMs and kernels that the devs pump out. Now, they have that too.
XDA Senior Member zedomax, who’s also responsible for releasing the root tutorial, has brought an unofficial ClockworkMod Recovery Touch 188.8.131.52 for people to use until an official version can be brought to ROM manager. For installation, users simply need to flash it via Odin or Heimdall. Zedomax has also been kind enough to include the stock recovery, which users can flash to if they need to or just want to get an OTA update.
So far, reports are that the recovery works just fine. The only issue reported is that the touch is a little off when scrolling. Therefore, it is recommended to use the volume keys for scrolling for the time being to avoid accidental menu selections. Otherwise, it works as it should. Now users can flash whatever they need to and, more importantly, make those ever useful Nandroid backups.
To get it, head over to the original thread.
We first discussed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 not too long ago when kernel source had been released weeks before the release of the device itself. Upon release, we were happy to see that it was promptly rooted by XDA Senior Member zedomax, with the help of Chainfire’s SuperSU. Now, we are happy to announce that the Note 10.1 has its own place in our forums.
Although the original Samsung Galaxy Note held a unique product segment by being neither traditional tablet nor traditional phone, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is clearly a tablet. And while it differs dramatically in form factor, the new device packs some features from its namesake by including S-Pen support. It also features quite a healthy specs sheet, with a quad-core 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 processor that is backed by 2 GB of RAM and up to 64 GB pf storage. It also features a 10.1″ PLS screen with a 1280×800 resolution. All of this is backed by a 7000 mAh batter, and crammed into a slim and lightweight package weighing just 600 grams and measuring a measly 8.9 mm.
Interested in getting started playing with your new Note 10.1? If so, head over to the newly created forum.
It hasn’t even been a full day since the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was officially released and the tablet has already been rooted. If you’ve already gotten your hands on Samsung’s latest flagship Android tablet, we’re sure this news has you feeling glad already.
Credit for rooting the Galaxy Note 10.1 goes to XDA Senior Member zedomax, who has injected the su binary, busybox, and Chainfire’s SuperSU into the official stock firmware for the tablet. While this is not a full custom ROM, rooting in this manner can be optimal for those who would rather not lose any current apps, data, and settings. For those wondering, rooting using this method doesn’t increase your flash counter since you’re still using a stock kernel. Furthermore, you should still also be able to receive OTA updates in the future.
Since the method uses ODIN to flash a firmware package, it applies to all possible variants of the tablet. However, currently zedomax had access only to the International GT-N8000 variant (European, Brazilian, Saudi Arabian, UAE) of the firmware. If your device is another variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1, you should hold off for the time being. However, zedomax has promised to make rooted firmwares available for other variants as they become available.
To summarize, achieving root involves rebooting into download mode, connecting with your PC via USB, launching ODIN, loading the rooted firmware’s tar file into ODIN, and flashing it to your tablet.
August 7, 2012 By: jerdog
In recent months, Samsung has shown a good track record of releasing the kernel source for their devices on the release date. Now it would seem that Samsung really wants to up their game, as they have released the ICS Kernel source for the Galaxy Note 10.1. What makes this even more interesting, is that the device isn’t even set for launch until later this month.
Samsung fan site Samsung-Updates is quick to note in their Twitter post that the source code is only for the Korean models, but the talented developers here at XDA will definitely be able to make use of the source code ahead of the device’s release.
Korean Galaxy Note 10.1 (KT & SKT) source published pre launch http://opensource.samsung.com/reception/receptionSub.do?method=search&searchValue=SHW-M480
Eager to get cracking with kernel development? We can’t wait to see what you cook up.