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N9006 -Chinese Note 3 working Google Play

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8th October 2013, 08:08 AM   |  #1  
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For those people who have a Chinese version of the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006 it is possible after rooting and installing CWM to flash Google GApps onto the phone giving access to the Google Play store (even though it still localizes showing many Chinese apps by default), Google Accounts, and well everything Google except Google Now. For some reason it still wont function.

Sorry I am not able to give complete credit to who ever came up with the hack because I followed through so many threads last night that I couldn't completely backtrack to the origin. However, I can walk you through my steps to get it on your phone. *****IF you bootloop your phone or brick it I am NOT responsible***** that said following the steps as laid out on the site below has a high probability of successfully rooting your phone.

Step 1. Root the phone: I used the process laid out by galaxynote3root (dot) com making sure to download all the files (I didn't need to download the samsung drivers since I already had them) and then following the root process using ODIN.
Step 2. I flashed SuperUser onto the phone using CWM.

Then I started searching this site, and few others as well as some Chinese sites for how to get the google play store to work, and that's where I lost my footprints into random thread jumping and linking. Finally leading me to site that talked about how to flash Google Play on to the Dual Sim S4 [[[ support.mobicity (dot) com/entries/22148360-How-to-flash-the-Google-Play-Store-on-the-Dual-SIM-Galaxy-S4-GT-i9502 ]]] Guessing that there wouldn't be too much difference between the 4.2.2 version and the 4.3 version of GApps I took a shot in the dark and flashed the GApps file onto my phone using CWM

Step 3. Download the S4 GT-i9502 GApps file from [[[ hotfile (dot) com/dl/232926252/272b320/i9502_FILES.zip.html ]]] The process for flashing this to your phone is the same as flashing SU using CWM.
  1. Put the zip file onto the internal storage of the phone
  2. Turn the power off
  3. Press Volume UP POWER and HOME until the screen flashes and the developer's text appear at the top of the screen release the HOME button continuing to hold UP and POWER
  4. In the CWM screen scroll down to the i9502_Files.zip, press the enter key, and install the only file that says YES.
Once installed reboot the phone and there you go, you now have access to Google Play and all Google Apps except Google Now (still don't know how to fix that)

The only problems that I have encountered is that the Google Search feature seems to crash a lot, which will crash chrome and google voice, google translate, anything that uses Google Search. However, the play store works just fine. Since I don't use Chrome that often because it uses too much data by comparison to UC Browser, I am not entirely concerned with it.

If this works for you, and you Don't experience the Google Search crash please tell me in the comments. I want to know whats different and why mine crashes. If you have already fixed that problem also PLEASE share because I do love google voice search.

***this is my first post so if its not very clear i am sorry***
8th October 2013, 10:14 PM   |  #2  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ShirouX

For those people who have a Chinese version of the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006 it is possible after rooting and installing CWM to flash Google GApps onto the phone giving access to the Google Play store (even though it still localizes showing many Chinese apps by default), Google Accounts, and well everything Google except Google Now. For some reason it still wont function.

Sorry I am not able to give complete credit to who ever came up with the hack because I followed through so many threads last night that I couldn't completely backtrack to the origin. However, I can walk you through my steps to get it on your phone. *****IF you bootloop your phone or brick it I am NOT responsible***** that said following the steps as laid out on the site below has a high probability of successfully rooting your phone.

Step 1. Root the phone: I used the process laid out by galaxynote3root (dot) com making sure to download all the files (I didn't need to download the samsung drivers since I already had them) and then following the root process using ODIN.
Step 2. I flashed SuperUser onto the phone using CWM.

Then I started searching this site, and few others as well as some Chinese sites for how to get the google play store to work, and that's where I lost my footprints into random thread jumping and linking. Finally leading me to site that talked about how to flash Google Play on to the Dual Sim S4 [[[ support.mobicity (dot) com/entries/22148360-How-to-flash-the-Google-Play-Store-on-the-Dual-SIM-Galaxy-S4-GT-i9502 ]]] Guessing that there wouldn't be too much difference between the 4.2.2 version and the 4.3 version of GApps I took a shot in the dark and flashed the GApps file onto my phone using CWM

Step 3. Download the S4 GT-i9502 GApps file from [[[ hotfile (dot) com/dl/232926252/272b320/i9502_FILES.zip.html ]]] The process for flashing this to your phone is the same as flashing SU using CWM.

  1. Put the zip file onto the internal storage of the phone
  2. Turn the power off
  3. Press Volume UP POWER and HOME until the screen flashes and the developer's text appear at the top of the screen release the HOME button continuing to hold UP and POWER
  4. In the CWM screen scroll down to the i9502_Files.zip, press the enter key, and install the only file that says YES.
Once installed reboot the phone and there you go, you now have access to Google Play and all Google Apps except Google Now (still don't know how to fix that)

The only problems that I have encountered is that the Google Search feature seems to crash a lot, which will crash chrome and google voice, google translate, anything that uses Google Search. However, the play store works just fine. Since I don't use Chrome that often because it uses too much data by comparison to UC Browser, I am not entirely concerned with it.

If this works for you, and you Don't experience the Google Search crash please tell me in the comments. I want to know whats different and why mine crashes. If you have already fixed that problem also PLEASE share because I do love google voice search.

***this is my first post so if its not very clear i am sorry***

Thank you so much!! I was stressing out because they didnt wanna swap my phone, and i didnt know when a gapps and custom rom would, if ever, be realeased for these chinese models, but your gapps zip did the trick!

Also, it working perfectly. Hasnt hung one time at all and i used it for many days. Gmail, and everything.

One thing i remember from prvious days of flashing, and that i did this time too; remember to clear all cache, do a factory reset and stuff before you install the GAPPS. Maybe that will help. Not sure if factory reset is needed, but i remember that some of these things were important to clean first for it to be installed correctly. Once i didnt, and i ended up with the programs stopping like you described.

Good luck and many thanks mate
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9th October 2013, 06:08 AM   |  #3  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Toonamy

Thank you so much!! I was stressing out because they didnt wanna swap my phone, and i didnt know when a gapps and custom rom would, if ever, be realeased for these chinese models, but your gapps zip did the trick!

Also, it working perfectly. Hasnt hung one time at all and i used it for many days. Gmail, and everything.

One thing i remember from prvious days of flashing, and that i did this time too; remember to clear all cache, do a factory reset and stuff before you install the GAPPS. Maybe that will help. Not sure if factory reset is needed, but i remember that some of these things were important to clean first for it to be installed correctly. Once i didnt, and i ended up with the programs stopping like you described.

Good luck and many thanks mate

I just didn't want to use the Baidu App store or some other Chinese app shop because I don't know if they have mod'ed the apps to include data mining codes or not. Not that I store anything super secrete in my phone but I wanted official GPlay apps.

As for the my Google Chrome and Google Search crashing on me, I didn't find a way to fix them directly so I deleted the apps and reinstalled them now no problems at all.
9th October 2013, 06:49 AM   |  #4  
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I just didn't want to use the Baidu App store or some other Chinese app shop because I don't know if they have mod'ed the apps to include data mining codes or not. Not that I store anything super secrete in my phone but I wanted official GPlay apps.

As for the my Google Chrome and Google Search crashing on me, I didn't find a way to fix them directly so I deleted the apps and reinstalled them now no problems at all.

Google play is working perfect for me too.

Yeah, I cant live without google apps because i do everything with google. However, i do use sogu pinyin for chinese input so i guess they can still monitor what i do. But thats a problem both in America (NSA) and China (Not sure what you call them here).

Been up all night downloading apps and confugiring the phone so i was late for work today haha
13th October 2013, 10:11 AM   |  #5  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ShirouX

For those people who have a Chinese version of the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006 it is possible after rooting and installing CWM to flash Google GApps onto the phone giving access to the Google Play store (even though it still localizes showing many Chinese apps by default), Google Accounts, and well everything Google except Google Now. For some reason it still wont function.

Sorry I am not able to give complete credit to who ever came up with the hack because I followed through so many threads last night that I couldn't completely backtrack to the origin. However, I can walk you through my steps to get it on your phone. *****IF you bootloop your phone or brick it I am NOT responsible***** that said following the steps as laid out on the site below has a high probability of successfully rooting your phone.

Step 1. Root the phone: I used the process laid out by galaxynote3root (dot) com making sure to download all the files (I didn't need to download the samsung drivers since I already had them) and then following the root process using ODIN.
Step 2. I flashed SuperUser onto the phone using CWM.

Then I started searching this site, and few others as well as some Chinese sites for how to get the google play store to work, and that's where I lost my footprints into random thread jumping and linking. Finally leading me to site that talked about how to flash Google Play on to the Dual Sim S4 [[[ support.mobicity (dot) com/entries/22148360-How-to-flash-the-Google-Play-Store-on-the-Dual-SIM-Galaxy-S4-GT-i9502 ]]] Guessing that there wouldn't be too much difference between the 4.2.2 version and the 4.3 version of GApps I took a shot in the dark and flashed the GApps file onto my phone using CWM

Step 3. Download the S4 GT-i9502 GApps file from [[[ hotfile (dot) com/dl/232926252/272b320/i9502_FILES.zip.html ]]] The process for flashing this to your phone is the same as flashing SU using CWM.

  1. Put the zip file onto the internal storage of the phone
  2. Turn the power off
  3. Press Volume UP POWER and HOME until the screen flashes and the developer's text appear at the top of the screen release the HOME button continuing to hold UP and POWER
  4. In the CWM screen scroll down to the i9502_Files.zip, press the enter key, and install the only file that says YES.
Once installed reboot the phone and there you go, you now have access to Google Play and all Google Apps except Google Now (still don't know how to fix that)

The only problems that I have encountered is that the Google Search feature seems to crash a lot, which will crash chrome and google voice, google translate, anything that uses Google Search. However, the play store works just fine. Since I don't use Chrome that often because it uses too much data by comparison to UC Browser, I am not entirely concerned with it.

If this works for you, and you Don't experience the Google Search crash please tell me in the comments. I want to know whats different and why mine crashes. If you have already fixed that problem also PLEASE share because I do love google voice search.

***this is my first post so if its not very clear i am sorry***

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I recently purchased the SM-N9006 in Shanghai and just rooted the device following the exact same steps as you listed.

However, when I try to install the GApps file you linked it starts and then aborts the installation with the little Android icon fallen over and with a red !. Not sure what's going on but if anyone has run into this problem please let me know. Or if you have another GApps file that works please share.

Thanks again for your help!
13th October 2013, 09:27 PM   |  #6  
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Question N9006 English Replacement ROM
Would it be possible to flash a replacement ROM over the Chinese ROM and fix all of the Chinese issues? I brought the N9006 back from China to the USA and have no need for anything Chinese.

Seems for about the same effort it is a better solution if the hardware is close enough between the two ROMs.
16th October 2013, 02:54 PM   |  #7  
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Play now working but how to get Gmail, Google Music, Google Now, etc.?
Ok got the GApps file successfully installed. Next bit though...

How can I get apps not available in China like Gmail, Google Music, etc? Just seems limited which is a bummer. Thanks for your help!
18th October 2013, 07:03 PM   |  #8  
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Hi Guys,

I'm on the same boat since i have the N9002 version.
I have already managed to get the Gapps working except Google Now (Cannot show Cards).
I fount that Gapps in the link below to perform the best.

In order to get the Cards to show in Google Now, the device language should be set to (English US). which is missing in the CSC for the N9002 and most probably in your N9006's CSC.
So, we do need someone to help on adding other countries to our 9006 and 9002 CSCs

Cheers

www DOT goo DOT im/gapps/gapps-jb-20130813-signed.zip
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Question Just go with a stock ROM?
I am looking at replacing the ROM with a custom ROM. I prefer a stock ROM but can not find out if any English Samsung stock ROMs will work on my N9006.

Any reason not to go with a custom ROM?
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Hi Guys,

I'm on the same boat since i have the N9002 version.
I have already managed to get the Gapps working except Google Now (Cannot show Cards).
I fount that Gapps in the link below to perform the best.

In order to get the Cards to show in Google Now, the device language should be set to (English US). which is missing in the CSC for the N9002 and most probably in your N9006's CSC.
So, we do need someone to help on adding other countries to our 9006 and 9002 CSCs

Cheers

www DOT goo DOT im/gapps/gapps-jb-20130813-signed.zip

18th October 2013, 08:01 PM   |  #10  
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Not sure for 9006 but for 9002 we dont have a choice for costum ROM, at.least for the moment

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