The original Galaxy Note was an unexpected success for Samsung, selling over 10 million units despite its large size. (Photo : Samsung)
Android updates are rolling out across Samsung devices as the South Korean company attempts to keep its lineup up to date against Apple's iPhones and iPads. While newer flagship devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 are at the forefront, Samsung isn't forgetting about older devices either. Samsung is working on an Android 4.1.2 update for the original Galaxy Note, but if you can't wait, here's the latest firmware you can download.
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The firmware comes to us SamMobile, which obtained the firmware from an insider who reportedly downloaded the files directly from Samsung's server. The firmware, N7000XXLSA, was leaked earlier, but was an incomplete build from someone's device. The new SamMobile N7000XXLSA is a complete build straight from Samsung.
While the build is unofficial, SamMobile claims that it has extensively tested it, and states that the firmware works as good as any official firmware, although there may be minor bugs.
As with all firmwares, exercise caution and be sure to back up your files when flashing your device. If you're still willing to risk it, you can download the November 20 build of the Android 4.1.2 firmware N7000XXLSA at SamMobile, which also step-by-step instructions listed.
The Android 4.1.2 update introduces a number of new features to the Galaxy Note. Project Butter and Google Now are a part of the build, and there are even some features from the Galaxy Note 2 such as Multi-View that are included.
Samsung still needs to polish up the final build, and the official Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note is expected to release by early 2013.