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Official Samsung-made ICS update... bricks the Galaxy Note in France

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Official Samsung-made ICS update... bricks the Galaxy Note in France
The Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the most amazing success stories in smartphones recently - first met with a cold shower from many people, but the hate soon turned into love as people got used to the advantages of that big 5.3-inch screen. Well, it still might not be for everyone, but 7 million sold units definitely speak for themselves. 

But while the handset is selling like hotcakes, it still runs on Gingerbread and that’s a huge disappointment. One of the first users to taste how the G Note runs on Ice Cream Sandwich were French users. In France, Samsung launched the official ICS update recently, but sadly the whole updating process turned into a nightmare of huge proportions.

A bug in the firmware file actually had people who did a factory reset on their phone and updated with a bricked device. That is, a completely unusable piece of technology in their hands, all caused from the official Samsung update. There is a huge outrage right now in France, and we definitely understand how all the frustration has infuriated people.

So while we can’t really help, this would serve as a great example to proceed with extra caution when updating and triplechecking how secure is the update, even if it comes straight from the manufacturer. Samsung has since then pulled the update and is now working to fix what it can.

source: Gizmodo France

Thanks, Fray!

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posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:41 8

1. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Ouch.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:04

30. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


CAPTAIN OBVIOUS STRIKES AGAIN!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 16:47 1

39. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


that is one BIG paperweight.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:44 3

2. dashing123 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


damn, that's sad.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:21 3

15. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


and its a hard brick, not a soft brick

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:03 1

22. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


difference between the 2 ?

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:55 1

24. Thomas5.3 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


http://bit.ly/N7paD0

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 12:07 2

25. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Soft bricks you can recover from. Be it a fix via Odin, a back up or factory reset, it can be fixed. Hard bricks are permanent and have no fix. Just left with a very expensive paper weight.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:44 2

3. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


well its a bit old news for me ...and btw its not only the galaxy note ...the SII has the same brick bug in \specific units with older chips " that makes most of them "

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1644364

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:53

9. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


and :/ as far as i know ...all stock ICS kernel have this bug ... the only safe kernels as in XDA site is CM kernels .not sure if there any thing new about this as i haven't checked for a while now ...and btw that applies to flashing packages using CWM too

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:20 1

14. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


i thought newer leaked ics versions didn't have that bug
it was the older versions

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 12:38

26. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Not yet....samsung promised newer kernel versions to fix this but nothing so far .....ive been waiting forthem or the final CM mod .... Whatever comes first ill use it till then im afraid to flash any thing on my phone...i wont risk getting a brick.....
Another thing ...why the hell do i get thumbed down when i'm stating a fact !!!!!!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:44 2

4. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i updated mine last month

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:45 2

5. Scyllax (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Samsung will surely prioritize this,

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:46 1

6. Reepa (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Damn!!!! well that sux!!! Well for now g-Note users should jus stick to the evil that they know and thats "GINGERBREAD"

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:48 1

7. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Please note it

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:04

29. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


ohhh i see what you did there :)

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 09:50 8

8. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yeah, Sammy sucks with updates compared to other manufacturers.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:04

23. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


HTC is better than Samsung because older devices like desire HD , Incredible S , Desire S got ICS with sense 3.6 while original galaxy s is still stuck on Gingerbread with touchwiz 3.0

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 13:59

28. salehsobhan (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I own a Desire HD, my one hasnt been updated yet.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:08

10. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


My Galaxy Note still runs on Gingerbread and I can't decide what custom rom to put on it. I keep looking on XDA but I can't find anything good enough. Any help?

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:19 3

13. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


put a custom rom on it.
everything is better than touchwiz.

don't flash a "leaked" build on it though. first they have touchwiz, next, they might brick your device

go to xda, try a rom, if you don't like it you can always go back to your old gb
try it I promise you will like it

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:01 2

20. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


CM9 rom the best
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8YPBP21QU8

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:10

34. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


what do you define "good enough" for my phone ics is good enough already lol. and jelly bean is on its way to mine :)

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:16

11. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


isn't there a custom rom yet from cyanogenmod?

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:18

12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


yes there is

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:02

21. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8YPBP21QU8

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:21

16. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


lets see what crap taco says now

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:41 1

17. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


lucky me in sweden,i got mine 2weeks ago OTA update and it work's fantastically,it's a shame to my french folk

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:05

31. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


try to do a factory reset and you will see the problem
your galaxy note will brick

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:51

18. k1ng617 (Posts: 234; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Yea this bug materialized initially on leaked ICS builds a couple of months ago and was experienced soon there after by some really unfortunate folks on XDA who installed the leaks. I was lucky enough to not have been affected, but it effectively stopped me in my tracks from installing custom ROMs for quite a while.

For anyone interested here's a link that details the issue.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1633938

My basic understanding is that there is a workaround for the bug that removes some code that activates an erase command in the firmware. Therefore, CM9 is supposedly free from the bug and I have been running CM for about a month and have wiped system/data etc multiple times safely and my phone is still running like a top.

Cheers and happy 4th of July to my America counterparts!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 10:53

19. bbdol (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Seriously Samsung? XDA member Chainfire reported this issue to Samsung and I believe they responded with a statement that they're working on it. This is why I trust my phone with respected developers at XDA more than the manufacturers.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:06

32. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


the thought it was just for the galaxy s II

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 12:40

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this may be an inconvenience but this is actually pretty lucky for them because Samsung will surely pull out the stops to appease them for this huge slip. "pick out whatever you want pal! Galaxy S III? you got it! we've kept you waiting long enough for ICS. oh you had a $40 case for your Note that's useless to you now? here's a $40 credit."

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:16 1

35. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


if this happened to apple, they would just deny it and pretend it didn't happen lol

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:37

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


nah, they're actually pretty good when it comes to that kind of thing. people had chances to get 2 cases for antenna gate and they did that 1st gen iPod Nano Replacement Program which i actually participated in and got a free 6th Gen Nano. i sold that thing. xD

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:09

33. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


why isn't taco criticizing us? is he banned, his he sick, where is galitoking either.
taco criticizes android for things that make no sense, but now for something that is actually worth criticizing, he keeps quiet lol

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 15:17

37. BattleBrat (Posts: 888; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


He had (limited) written near his username in his latest posts, I think he is either banned or on a very short leash...

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 17:29

40. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


lol yay

well i liked watching his stupidity though it seemed very amusing :(

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 15:59

38. chris_t610 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


they just rolled out the ICS for my Galaxy Tab 7.7, but I am sticking it out with Honeycomb for a while until I am confident that no such issues like this ever happen.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 17:30

41. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


it won't happen

only happens for devices with touchwiz 4 firmware (ie galaxy s II, galaxy R, note, advanced etc) because they use similar firmware

7.7 uses firmware similar to what was found on the galaxy tab 2

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:24

42. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


If they rooted before updating they wouldn't have any problems right now....

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 00:57

43. BattleBrat (Posts: 888; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Archos updated the Archos G9 101 tablet with ICS and it was buggy as heck, but then it updated again, and has been pretty awesome ever since.

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