If you’re one of the many smartphone users out there for whom Samsung’s unusually-sized Galaxy Note stands out as a fabulous compromise between small tablets and more petite smartphones, we’ve got some good news that could very well make the phone even more appealing: official experimental releases of CyanogenMod 9 for the Note have just started started coming out, and while there’s still plenty left to do, some major usability improvements have already been made.
The very first release, out yesterday, had some serious handicaps keeping it from being much more than a curiosity. Chief among them, while you could make calls and hear people just fine, the phone’s microphone wasn’t working, preventing you from being heard. Luckily, a new build is already available, fixing that microphone issue as well as a problem with the S-pen while using the Note in landscape mode.
There are still some issues related to that microphone problem that remain, like a buggy speakerphone, that will hopefully be addressed in future releases. The list of extant issues currently includes broken MHL support, keeping you from hooking the Note up to a TV, a non-functioning FM radio, an inability to connect to other devices using USB On-The-Go, and glitches with the DSP Manager.
This release is only for the N7000, the original international HSPA+ version of the Note. If you’ve got one and you’re itching to check out how CM9 runs on it, hit-up the source link below for downloads and installation instructions.