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

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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GALAXY Note
  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(13.50h 3G talk time)

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43 Comments

1. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Ouch.

30. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS STRIKES AGAIN!

39. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

that is one BIG paperweight.

2. dashing123

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

damn, that's sad.

15. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

and its a hard brick, not a soft brick

22. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

difference between the 2 ?

24. Thomas5.3

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 30, 2011

25. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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.

3. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 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

9. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 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

14. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

26. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 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 !!!!!!

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

i updated mine last month

5. Scyllax unregistered

Samsung will surely prioritize this,

6. Reepa

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

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

7. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Please note it

29. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

ohhh i see what you did there :)

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah, Sammy sucks with updates compared to other manufacturers.

23. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 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

28. salehsobhan

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

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

10. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 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?

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 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

20. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

34. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 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 :)

11. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

isn't there a custom rom yet from cyanogenmod?

12. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

yes there is

21. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

16. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

lets see what crap taco says now

17. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 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

31. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

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