Galaxy Note Running ICS Beta is Very Usable (Video)
If you’re a proud owner of the phone/tablet hybrid that is the Samsung Galaxy Note, you probably long to experience Android 4.0 on all 5.3″ and 1280×800 pixels of your Note. And while Samsung has promised an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Note in Q1, we’re still several months away from the end of the quarter. Fear not, as you can load a CM9-based ICS build onto your rooted Galaxy Note. The beta is good enough to use as your daily driver, though the camera, battery status, and S-Pen doesn’t work (though you can still use the pen as a capacitive stylus). If you want to see even more of what CyanogenMod has in store for Ice Cream Sandwich, check our Joe’s tour of CM9 beta for the Galaxy Nexus.
If you want to get this software onto your Note, you’ll have to make sure you’re rooted. There is a thread at XDA that explains how to root easily. You’ll also want to go the extra step to install ClockworkMod Recovery. Then, flash the actual ROM by downloading the ZIP from this thread which also contains a download link to get Google Apps into the ROM.