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Samsung Galaxy Note: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) alpha – hands-on video

The Samsung Galaxy Note has been confirmed to be getting Android 4.0 this year, though what we won’t see when the update lands is stock ICS. Instead, we can expect a TouchWiz laden UI with some of the under the hood perks of ICS, and if we’re lucky, some Roboto type. That said, should you be in posession of a rooted Samsung Galaxy Note and prefer your Ice Cream Sandwich a bit more Vanilla, head over to XDA-Developers right now to find a near-stock alpha version of Ice Cream Sandwich based on Cyanogenmod V9.

While the word alpha is generally quite intimidating, this is one of the best alpha builds we’ve seen to date. Don’t misunderstand us, there’s plenty that isn’t working such as Bluetooth, Battery Usage, MTP Mode and most notably, the camera. That said, with data, voice and text working a treat not to mention Wi-Fi and GPS, after nearly half a day with ICS on our Note, we’re not about to flash back any time soon.

Naturally, it goes without saying that rooting your phone voids your warranty and if you flash your device, you do it at your own risk, so to save you the trouble, and to give you a better idea as to just how Anroid 4.0 looks on 5.3-inches of Super AMOLED HD display, we’ve recorded a quick hands-on below highlighting our first impressions.

We’ll have the ROM backed up on our Samsung Galaxy Note once we’re done, so if you’ve got any questions, just fire away in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer.