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:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE GT-N7105
- AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317
- T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 SGH-T889
- Sprint Galaxy Note 2 SPH-L900
- Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605
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!
- A rooted Galaxy Note 2
- Latest version of CWM (v126.96.36.199 or above) or TWRP (vv188.8.131.52 or above) Recovery installed on the device. If you do not have the latest version of these recoveries, you’ll receive “Failed!” message while installing the ROM. The older versions do not have support for Android 4.4 KitKat. To update your recovery software, you can use the ROM Manager app (for CWM) or Goo Manager (for TWRP).
About the ROMs:
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.
Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on Galaxy Note 2:
- Galaxy Note 2 International GT-N7100:
- Galaxy Note 2 LTE GT-N7105 : cm-11-20140209-NIGHTLY-t0lte.zip
- AT&T Galaxy Note 2 : cm-10.2-20140209-NIGHTLY-t0lteatt.zip
- T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2: cm-10.2-20140209-NIGHTLY-t0ltetmo.zip
- Sprint Galaxy Note 2 SPH-L900: cm-11-20140209-NIGHTLY-l900.zip
- Verizon Note 2 SCH-I605 (CM 11): cm-11-20140209-NIGHTLY-i605.zip
Download Google Apps Package (for all):
Download the Latest SuperSU:
Download Camera App:
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.
How to Install a Custom ROM on Note 2:
- Do not forget to backup your phone’s EFS data or IMEI before involving in any such activity. Read this article for detailed tutorial.
- Make sure you device is charged up to 70%.
- Copy the downloaded Android 4.4 ROM file in zip (do not extract) to your Note 2.
- Then copy the Gapps file to the device.
- Now copy the “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.69.zip” file to the device too.
- Boot your Galaxy Note 2 into CWM/TWRP Recovery mode. To do this, hold down the Volume Up+Home+Power buttons together for 4-6 seconds till the screen turns up and you see the recovery screen. If you are not able to get into recovery using the key combo, use any of these apps.
- If you are using CWM, use the volume keys to scroll up/down and the power button to select files and options. TWRP users can simply touch the corresponding buttons to get a job done.
- Important: Before doing anything, do not forget to backup your current ROM using “backup and restore” option (in CWM) oe “Backup” option (in TWRP) and check all items to backup.
- CWM Users: Go back to main menu in recovery and select “wipe data / factory reset> yes”. Then go to “mounts and storage” and wipe data and system.
- TWRP Users: Just tap on “Wipe” button and select Data, System and Cache.
- Now go back again and choose “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sd card” option, select the ROM file in zip and choose “yes” when asked. If you have TWRP, use “Install” button, select the ROM and swipe the slider to confirm installation.
- When the ROM is installed, install the Gapps zip package just like you flashed the ROM in Step 11.
- Then install the “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.69.zip” file the same way.
- Finally, select the reboot system option.
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!