Samsung Galaxy Note getting ICS update in India

Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.0 update for Galaxy Note in India. We have got multiple confirmations from Twitter as well one of our readers just tipped us that update is now available OTA as well via Samsung Kies.

The update is 319MB in size and should be downloaded using Wi-Fi otherwise you might incur significant data charges.

The update includes Android 4.0, Touchwiz UI, updated S-Note and S Memo apps. Here is a video explaining the premium suite additions of Galaxy Note in ICS update.

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81 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note getting ICS update in India

    Luv Shorey

    (July 14, 2012 - 8:47 pm)

    Hey nik i went to the nearest Samsung service centre to solve this issue.They updated my is to ics ,but this os is very slow it drains the battery and plus the touch sensitivity has gone bad.Gingerbread is better,Samsung should fix this bug.


    (July 5, 2012 - 11:48 am)

    After updating my galaxy note to ICS ,when it boots only samsung logo is showing at the welcome screen,please help


      (July 6, 2012 - 12:24 am)

      same issue here idea what to do..

      Luv Shorey

      (July 9, 2012 - 6:48 pm)

      Same issue here.After i updated my galaxy note to ics, when it boots samsung logo is showing at the welcome screen.


      (July 12, 2012 - 2:22 pm)

      same here,what u have done to solve this

    Manoj Gupta

    (June 22, 2012 - 5:46 pm)

    Hi, Last Night i upgrade my Note GT N7000, from GB 2.3.6 to ICS 4.0.3 it is very easy to perform first you Install or update your Kies Ver. 2.3.2 12054 then restart your windows or any OS system then connect your phone with proper data cable then opening kies You should see the message that indicates that a new firmware version is available.
    After you hit Start upgrade , it does take around 30 mins to 1hour for the update process to complete depending on your Internet connection. Have some patience and do not use your phone or disconnect the phone from your PC as you might have to start from the beginning.

    the update process is complete you are going to be on Android version 4.0.3 and Baseband version N7000DDLP4. Previously it was running N7000DDLC1. Now you can enjoy the features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy Note. The first thing i did was install the Chrome Beta app from the Play Store ! You can get to the multi-tasking view by holding on the home key.

    If you see 36mb update then you would be update this first because it is an GB 2.3.6 updates and then restart your phone and doing next upgrade of ICS 4.0.3 after 30-60min.

    You will be definitely successful in you ICS operation


    (June 7, 2012 - 3:17 pm)

    update ur kies then go to about and do manual update of ur galaxy note….


    (June 5, 2012 - 8:51 am)

    Yesterday I got an alert for the upgrade. I clicked on the upgrade and during the download process I accidentally clicked on the cancel button.
    Now if the click on the software update on my samsung note, it says no update available and OS version says gignerbeard.

    How can i resolve this problem…..


    (June 4, 2012 - 6:10 pm)

    upgrading mine right now. hope that the download goes through without any glitch.


    (June 2, 2012 - 12:05 pm)

    Hey guys I am now running ICS 4.0.0 on my galaxy note. I don’t see any major difference in terms of battery discharging in gingerbread and ICs. Earlier on gingerbread it used to give a battery backup of 6-7 hours while continual usage.

    I want to ask a question to all of you guys what is the average time of your battery backup mine is 5 hours with very heavy usage with browsing, messengers, vidoes etc, so this much time is normal??



    (May 31, 2012 - 3:58 pm)

    Hi Guys…I upgraded my SGN to ICS thru OTA option after several tries using Kies. After few hours to get 319 MB file downloaded and then the installation, got message it update was NOT successful,but when I checked setttings->Phone, it shows the version 4.0.3 and touch sensitivity is so good. But I could not find S Note app and any change in S Memo. Anybody faced this issues and any solution for the same.


      (May 31, 2012 - 5:30 pm)

      yeah!!! i m facing the same problem…. but hvn’t found any solution..!!


      (June 11, 2012 - 7:49 pm)

      Go to settings and ‘reset’ the phone..on previous update my phone got slower..i hd done works.


    (May 31, 2012 - 12:14 pm)

    Hey the Kies app says I need to backup my note before upgrade.. How do i backup my note when it is not rooted? any idea folks?


    (May 30, 2012 - 7:13 pm)

    i also update my note but after update to ics it is not working proparly tw louncher is not working e mail is not working it is not a english vrgn i am in india in gujrat i got it by update option in my phone please help what is it


    (May 30, 2012 - 1:23 pm)

    whenevr i try to update my galaxy note via. kies it shows time out and my phone is not showing any update when i check for updates.
    kies asks for update and when i do that it takes an hour to update to 10% only…
    there is no prob. with my internet connection.
    plz tell what should i do to update it to ICS…?


      (May 31, 2012 - 8:54 am)

      Even when i give update via Kies its getting stuck at 45%..
      I tried 3-5 times and even after factory reset its getting stuck at 45%..

    sunil bhat

    (May 30, 2012 - 11:35 am)

    I just upgraded my Note to ICS version…Look in better in termsof speed and visuals….Need to explore other options ๐Ÿ˜‰ ….It took me just 20 minutes for complete upgrade process and was smooth without any issues….


      (June 1, 2012 - 1:01 pm)

      can u share the whole process you follwed and all the new findings after update?


      (June 12, 2012 - 7:15 am)

      thanks bro i will also update my samsing galaxy note to 4.0
      should i update via phone or kies
      what about my phone data should i take a backup
      or i else it will delete all my previous data


    (May 28, 2012 - 10:32 pm)

    I have successfully updated my galaxy note to ics. The battery backup is okay. The only problem is that I am not able to access sent items in email. Anyone else facing the same problem?


    (May 27, 2012 - 6:53 pm)

    i got my ics update OTA around 4 pm

    Yahooooooooo but battery backup is bad it drains so soon 4.30 after update 88%
    6.53 now its 55% so soon it drain not been using anythin much


      (May 28, 2012 - 1:30 pm)

      u got via ota? ???
      wer do u stay in india dude?
      M in mumbai n it still says no update..
      I tried via kies n it does not happen. .it shows time out! !


        (May 28, 2012 - 3:59 pm)


        Avoid updating as der are issues with battery backup !! wait for 2nd release !! ๐Ÿ™‚


          (May 29, 2012 - 7:34 pm)

          Okk dude. .. Will go with your advice ๐Ÿ™‚

        kriparth verma

        (June 16, 2012 - 9:53 pm)

        same problem


    (May 27, 2012 - 11:24 am)

    how s the Battery backup in Android 4.0.3?? I updated my Note to ICS 3days back and i feel Battery backup is horrible!! I can hardly use my phone for 8-12hrs. With Gingeebread i would easily get 20-24hrs wothout any problems…… Now im planning to switch back to Gingerbread as battery backup is horrible and noajor difference in this ICS…. How others are getting the Battery backup???


      (May 28, 2012 - 8:14 am)

      Yepp !! It’s draining very fast !! guess We’ll get some patch for it soon…

      Samsung we need a PATCH !! ๐Ÿ™


        (July 1, 2012 - 12:59 pm)

        yes, the battery bakup has reduced..!! ๐Ÿ™
        Any solution..??


      (July 1, 2012 - 10:04 pm)

      For Galaxy Note, the ICS Stunner custom ROM is the best ROM available. I have using it months before Samsung released the official ICS update in India. I easily get 24 hrs battery backup with heavy use and up to 30 hrs with medium use. But u wont get S Note or any other Samsung apps. If you badly need such an app, you can use Sketch Book or any other 3rd party apps from the Play Store, there are many. And ICS Stunner is super fast with both smartphone and tablet mode. Try it once. You might like it.

    Gulamabbas Mithaiwala

    (May 26, 2012 - 10:34 pm)

    Any idea when will Samsung Galaxy S2 users in India get the ICS update???


    (May 26, 2012 - 9:35 pm)

    The 36mb is a must. First update it via OTA(i.e. Through ur phn itself)then connect ur phone to computer via datacable(install latest version of kies) , u should have reliable internet connection active..then it will show u the update availaible. Update then


    (May 26, 2012 - 12:45 am)

    Its of no use…my note indian model is hanged when i put new ics in my phone/./.,its slow and not working properly….dont use it as it get FORCE CLOSED…..SAMSUNG should improve it…it has bugs and not stable in galaxy n ote in india…..


    (May 25, 2012 - 3:24 pm)

    Hello Friends,

    I have been trying to update my Galaxy Note through Kies via PC but often after few minutes showing as โ€ time out โ€ error message, later it’s getting disconnected.
    I would be thankful if you could help or advise me in this regards.


      (May 25, 2012 - 5:48 pm)

      Be patient !! Even I had same issue !! Left my phone on update last night !! and today morning !! It was ICS 4.0.3

      ๐Ÿ˜‰ All the best ๐Ÿ˜€


    (May 25, 2012 - 1:39 pm)

    Guys. I have updated my NOTE with 36mb update. but when i connect to Kies it doesnot give me any popup..and even i cant see any update for ICS. Its still on gingerbread. all my friends have already done the update, except my phone. My phone is not rooted one. Can somebody guide here.

    Rohith Kumar

    (May 25, 2012 - 1:26 pm)

    Yay.. Upgraded to ics no issues..
    ics on galaxy note awesome..

    I wish touch wiz UX with ICS on my note.. ๐Ÿ˜€


      (May 30, 2012 - 1:27 pm)

      kaise kiya yar…?


    (May 25, 2012 - 9:25 am)

    All of u complaining about 36mb update …u guys tried it through phone itself …if u do that u will get 36mb only…
    Try connecting your phone to kies installed in your pc and see what happens
    you will get a notification to update your phone ….which is a ICS update

    If your phone is not connecting to kies …you should do following:
    1.Remove sd card
    2.factory reset your phone
    3.Uninstall kies and phone drivers in controll pannel
    4.install kies again and connect your phone
    trust me it worked for me


    (May 25, 2012 - 12:17 am)

    update done

    no issue now. its network error.



    (May 24, 2012 - 10:36 pm)

    I am also trying . same problem as rizwan have.

    it says ” time out ” error msg.

    any suggestions.

    can it be downloaded by Download accelerator.

    and then be updated to phone offline.

    download link hangs out after 15 % to 30 %.

    then doing restart downloading. lot of time wastage …..

    Please Guide

      tarun m

      (May 25, 2012 - 12:10 am)

      Working very well.. Now its awesum time to enjoy all it features..


      (May 25, 2012 - 9:35 am)

      It’s updated for Me…!! guess server was busy then… It’s 4.0.3 ๐Ÿ˜‰


    (May 24, 2012 - 9:39 pm)

    It’s working guys, I have got ICS for my Note.

      Lord Vader

      (May 25, 2012 - 12:45 am)

      what city are you in ?
      Im in mumbai, says NO UPDATE
      on my phone, still 2.3.6 ๐Ÿ™


        (May 25, 2012 - 2:57 pm)

        hey mate i am in Managalore, i was receiving the 36mb update since two days but i was ignoring this as something different, then i read few of the comments and instantly started updating thru Kies and it worked fine.
        Please update your Kies 1st and then connect the phone, it will alert you for the latest updates, make sure your phone is fully charged.


    (May 24, 2012 - 6:08 pm)

    Just finished updating 36MB OTA upgrade and now proceeding forward for ICS. ICS here i come………


    (May 24, 2012 - 4:26 pm)

    Can any one say when S2 Will get ICS update ? ๐Ÿ™


    (May 24, 2012 - 4:23 pm)

    Can anyone say when S2 will get ICS update ? ๐Ÿ™

    Sougata Ash

    (May 24, 2012 - 3:29 pm)

    Today I got ICS (4.0.3) through Kies…it took 35 min. to download and another 10-12 min. to update in mobile. No loss of old contacts, message, memo etc after upgrade…


    (May 24, 2012 - 3:28 pm)

    Install Kies on your laptop:-
    Then connect your note using data cable
    launch Kies on laptop and once connected you will see the auto prompt for firmware update


    (May 24, 2012 - 1:27 pm)

    Before you can get ICS , via Wi-Fi download a Firmware upgrade ( 36 MB) .

    Post this connect note to Laptop/desktop For ICS you have to connect via Kies.

    Post ICS install all user, homescreen and Music settings are reset.

    User data is untouched.

    kartik nadar

    (May 24, 2012 - 1:19 pm)

    when will S2 get update?


    (May 24, 2012 - 12:28 pm)

    I connected my note to laptop through Kies, but I dont see any message saying upgrade to latest firmware. !!! ๐Ÿ™


    (May 24, 2012 - 12:18 pm)

    After applying the LC1 36mb update, I hooked up my note to kies on my laptop and it showed that the ICS upgrade DDLP8 is available. Took nearly 2 hours to download (which I fail to understand why) and another 20-25 minutes to install with my note restarting 3-4 times. But finally, I got ICS :-). And yeah, I was pretty surprised to see that none of my data or apps were removed. All SMS, Apps, Contacts were there as before ๐Ÿ™‚


    (May 24, 2012 - 5:06 am)

    wht’s there in this 36 mb update?
    I see it too… but i’m at office and can’t do it now…..


    (May 24, 2012 - 1:40 am)

    just update ur note through KIES……..u will get ICS otherwise on phone its showing only 36 mb…..


    (May 23, 2012 - 11:37 pm)

    i got 36mb gingerbread update
    But when i connect with my laptop and using kies i got
    Ics 4.0 o.s. So use kies and update it.
    Really nice.. Specially S Memo features.


    (May 23, 2012 - 10:25 pm)

    I sucessfully update my note to ics via kies

    Kamlesh Joshi

    (May 23, 2012 - 6:47 pm)

    I have seen 36 mb update and downloaded. Can’t see any different and again tried but says no updates available…
    So what to do?

    Kamlesh Joshi

    (May 23, 2012 - 6:46 pm)

    I have seen 36 mb update and downloaded. Can’t see any different and again tried but says no updates available…
    So what to do? And where is the video yaar…


      (May 24, 2012 - 7:47 am)

      Connect your phone through Kies and you will see the auto prompt for ICS update, as of now for unknown reasons the update id only available through Kies


    (May 23, 2012 - 6:38 pm)

    yes. i think ics update is available. i installed 36mb update. then i connected note with kies on laptop. its shows a message upgrade to latest firmware. i started downloading file for firmware upgrade GT-N7000 Ver. Its taking lot of time to download. i am using mts data connection. Progress is on. hope it is ics.


      (May 24, 2012 - 7:49 am)

      The 36 MB update is just another firmware update for Gingerbred. Connect your phone through Kies and you will see the auto prompt for ICS update, as of now for unknown reasons the update id only available through Kies.


    (May 23, 2012 - 6:19 pm)

    Yeah, my Note too is showing a 36 MB update available OTA. Where is the ICS update Samsung?


    (May 23, 2012 - 5:41 pm)

    Where is the video???!!!


      (May 23, 2012 - 5:42 pm)

      Oh!!….Now i got it….network error


    (May 23, 2012 - 5:36 pm)



    (May 23, 2012 - 5:33 pm)

    Tried updating my Note yesterday thru Kies.. wasted time in updating some regular stuff…


    (May 23, 2012 - 5:04 pm)

    Hey please update with Kies… its coming… wowwww………… m happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ๐Ÿ™‚


      (May 23, 2012 - 11:06 pm)

      Yepp !! for me also it’s loading !! waiting for installation !!


        (May 24, 2012 - 8:04 am)

        Timed out !! trying since last night !! :'(

        Any luck for You guys ?


    (May 23, 2012 - 4:52 pm)

    I am updating my note ,,,,, very thrilled —– From

    Aman Wadhwa

    (May 23, 2012 - 4:44 pm)

    Updating via Kies shows that an ICS update is available! ๐Ÿ˜€


    (May 23, 2012 - 4:41 pm)

    Same here….. showing only 36MB update…. ๐Ÿ™

    Aman Wadhwa

    (May 23, 2012 - 4:39 pm)

    Nope! Just updated my phone to DDLC1.. Still on 2.3.6! No further updates! Damn you Samsung!


    (May 23, 2012 - 4:16 pm)

    My note is showing a 36MB update available OTA. Whats that? I dont see any 319MB update ๐Ÿ™

      Aman Wadhwa

      (May 23, 2012 - 4:36 pm)

      Same here! Guess that comes after we have applied this update! Doing that now.. Will post if anything else! Was about to root to install cm9 today and this comes out! ๐Ÿ˜›


      (May 23, 2012 - 8:04 pm)

      yeah me too… I dont see any 319MB update… jsut 36 MB update……


        (May 25, 2012 - 12:25 pm)

        Guys.. Here is the process. You need to install OTA update (36 MB first). Once it is installed you need to connect your Note to PC. Kies will show you prompt regarding firmware update and this is actually ICS. I have done it this morning.
        Hope this helps,


          (May 25, 2012 - 2:05 pm)

          Hi Kshitij,
          I did the same, but when i connect my device to PC and open Kies, its still showing old firmware, no pop up for ICS download… am i missing something here, or is it just that my device is not up for Update in the sequence. What is the logic behind the update sequencing…

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