At a time when Nexus 5 users have been enjoying the new exclusive flavor of KitKat and other Nexus users are counting down the very hour when Android KitKat would reach their device, there is still a larger community of Android users who can only keep their fingers crossed in a hope that KitKat might come to them some day. Most of non-Nexus users have not received even the lower versions of the OS like Android 4.2 and 4.3. Yesterday, we published a news that Samsung has pulled back the already out Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 and postponed the OTA for Note 2 to fix some serious issues.
The users of both the Galaxy devices have been forced to remain with Android 4.1.2 and keeping in view Samsung’s software update policy for its older devices, it appears that it would take forever for Android 4.4 KitKat to come to these models. Thanks to the open source nature of Android that does not let some die of eating and others die of hunger. Yes, this is pretty true for those who have a rooted device with a custom recovery installed on it. I see it as an irony that we have lazy and careless OEMs whose only goal is to dump the market with new models, and then we have hard-working developers who keep trying to give us the latest and best of Android.
Anyway, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and are frustrated with the jumbo delays in firmware update from Samsung and your carrier, it’s time to kick them to side and move on. You need not be jealous of Nexus users as the Android 4.4 KitKat based custom ROMs are now available for almost all the variants of Galaxy Note 2.
In the present article we’ll see some new ROMs that will let you enjoy the latest version of Android on your phablet device. Before proceeding, make sure you have one of the following variants of Note 2:
You can check your phone’s model by going to Settings> About.
Please note that the procedure described below and considered risky and despite that fact that is has been tested successfully, you can get into trouble if you do not follow the steps to the word. We or the developers of the included ROMs shall not, in any case, be responsible for any mishap. Do not proceed unless you understand what you are going to do. Remember, you’ve been warned!
Please note that all the ROMs that are listed below are still in experimental stage. Therefore, do not expect bugless performance from them. I have tested the Omni ROM and the only issue I discovered was the camera FC bug. We hope that with new versions of the ROMs, all such bugs will be fixed.
After installing the Android 4.4 based ROM in case you discover that your app is not working, please download any of the photosphere camera apps from below and install it manually.
The first boot will take a few minutes, so do not panic. Set up your data connection, Gmail, Google Wallet, etc. and enjoy the newly installed Android 4.4 based custom ROM. Enjoy and allow me to go on a KitKat Break too! Cheers!