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Jelly Bean 4.1

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It’s  time for the owners of Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 to be happy as Samsung has started the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware update roll out. If you remember, the test firmware of the update had leaked a month ago but it was buggy. The new firmware, however, has been reported to work smoothly and is now available for download. The users of the Ace 2 in Portugal (TMN) have already been receiving the OTA update and as usual it will make its way to the rest of the world in phases.

The users of the Galaxy Ace 2 should now start keeping an eye on Kies and keep checking on their device (Settings>About> Software Update) to get the update notification as the countdown has begun. It’s is a long-waited as Samsung had promised to treat the handset with Jelly Bean and it has kept its promise.

With the Android 4.1.2 being leashed out, the Galaxy Ace 2 has become one of the few (the only in my knowledge) lucky phones to be blessed with directly to Jelly Bean from Gingerbread. It’s really a big leap!  The new firmware update has so many new things to offer such as Google Now, Project Butter, new actionable Notification system, Page Buddy, shortcuts on lockscreen, and lots more. All these new goodies are now just a few steps ahead.



Below is the link of the available firmware and we’ll be adding more of them as they come out. So if you are from Portugal and have got your Ace  2 from TMN, you can also upgrade your phone’s software to Android 4.1.2 manually by installing it using Odin. The advanced users can also flash this firmware to taste the Jelly Bean even if they are not from Portugal.

Portugal (TMN):

United Kingdom:

United Kingdom (O2I):


Italy:  [mirror link]

Poland:  [mirror link]

Singapore:  [mirror link]

Finland:  [mirror link]

Russia:  [mirror link]

Indonesia:  [mirror link]

Philippines:  [mirror link]

Greece:  [mirror link]

How to Install

Download the firmware file and follow the steps given in the following tutorial-

Installation Tutorial Here

We strongly recommend that you perform a  factory reset on your phone via stock recovery. You can also do it by dialing the following code: *2767*3855#. Since it will wipe your phone’s internal memory, backup your contacts, apps, call logs, messages, etc using these free backup apps.

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Downgrade  Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 to Gingerbread from Jelly Bean

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Do you own a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100? Here is a good new for you as Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for this device. The first batch of the update for the device was released back in January when the users of Tab 2 P5100 in Chile reported receiving Android 4.1.2 OTA update. But that update was meant for the users of Entel PCS only. But now the first firmware for unbranded Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100 (3G + WiFi) users in Hong Kong is out and ready to be flashed.

If you are from Hong Kong, you should be able to receive the Over-the Air update via Samsung Kies and on device software update feature. Go to tab Settings> About and tap on Software update to force the download. If you have rooted your Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100, you will not be able to receive the OTA update. If this be the case, you should download the full firmware file from our link below and install it using Odin flasher tool. Since this is an unbranded firmware, it can be flashed on all international version of Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100 models, regardless of country or region. To check your device model, open Settings> About. Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update update for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100 (3G + WiFi) brings some new features and improvements.

Download the Firmware:

Here are the currently available firmwares. More ROMs will be added to the list as more countries get the update.

Hong Kong:


Chile (Entel PCS):



Sri Lanka:

Austria (Orange):

Austria (A1):



Singapore (Singtel):







Philippines (Sun):

Philippines (Globe):

Philippines (Smart):

Spain (Orange):

Spain (Vodafone):

Ireland (Vodafone):



Argentina (Personal):

Australia (Vodafone):



How to Install:

Download the preferred firmware file in zip and extract it on your PC. Inside the unzipped folder, you will see a file with .tar.md5 extension. This is the firmware you have to install using Odin. See the full Installation Tutorial Here.


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Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 And Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (All Models)

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It’s a big day for the owners of the Verizon variants of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 as these second generation tablet devices have now been getting some Jelly Bean pinch today. This long-awaited update has arrived rather late because all non-carrier branded variants have seen it long ago. With the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update the users of Tab 2 can now jump to the Jelly Bean from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Many users of Verizon’s Tab 2 has already started to get the update that is rolling out in phases and will reach all devices pretty soon. You can manually check for the availability of the update via Over-the-Air from Settings> About> Software Update on your device.

Having updated your Tab 2 to the new firmware, you will be greeted with a host new features and improvements. Some of these features include Project butter, Google now, new Notification Panel, better multitasking, enhanced widgets, etc. Besides these, the update  will also be bringing the following new things:

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0:

  • All Share
  • Pop up Play
  • Improved status bar
  • Group cast
  • Mini Apps
  • An improved floating keyboard
  • Sync & Connect email updates
  • Movies purchased from the Google Play store can be viewed
  • Backup Assistant & Media has been improved
  • Google Security Patches added
  • Faster and Smoother screen transitions
  • Enhanced Google Maps
  • Offline Google Maps
  • Voice Typing Support
  • Free Style Widget
  • Automatic widget size adjustment

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:

  • Lock screen icons
  • Improved status bar
  • VPN Client has been moved to the Settings Menu
  • Event list frame has been added to Calendar
  • Google Security Patches added for additional security
  • Zooming solution in the user interface has been implemeted
  • Translucent icons can now be non-translucent or opaque
  • Sync and Connect email server has been updated
  • Improvements have been made to Back Up Assistant Plus
  • Music player application has been updated


Download the PDF file from Verizon that details all the features of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update.

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Source: Verizon

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It was a few days ago when I was testing some custom ROMs for my article Best Custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 that I came across an interesting  ROM that was then, and still is, in beta stage. It was smartly names as the XperianZe ROM and it claimed give “the real Xperia Z experience on your Galaxy S III”. I have tried many ROMs and mods with such claims but have always been disappointed with them all. Anyways, I decided to give it a try too and downloaded.

XperianZe ROM for the Galaxy S3 international model GT-I9300 has been developed by XDA member edgarf28 who has taken advantage of various ports of Sony Xperia Z launcher and widgets by different people and beautifully compiled, themed, modified and optimized these resources to cook a delicious ROM. If you do not know. the Xperia Z launcher was ported to a range of Galaxy devices by ThilinaC and I had made a post on that topic too. Edger also makes use of JKay’s settings module to breath a new life in his XperianZe ROM.

I have been using the XperianZe ROM for the past 3 days now and found its claimed to give a near-Xperia Z feel on the Galaxy S3 to be true to a great extent, but instead of ending up this review article with this rough conclusion, I would like to throw  light on some of its other aspects and then see if it really deserves a serious attention.

Download and Install XperianZe ROM:

You can install the latest XperianZe ROM from below. Check out the main  XDA thread  for further developments and updates. Download the ROM and read our great review below till the download finishes. To install the ROM, head over to our tutorial from the link below.

Download Latest XperianZe ROM:

The XperianZe ROM now features Aroma Installer, giveing you full controll over what you want to install on your phone.

Current Version: XperianZe_v.0.9.9 XXEMC3 FULL AROMA

Mirror:  XperianZe_v.0.9.9 XXEMC3 FULL AROMA

Mirror 2: XperianZe_v.0.9.9 XXEMC3 FULL AROMA

How to Install Tutorial: Link



XperianZe ROM’s latest update comes with the Xperia Z original lockscreen. It is very clean with minimal details like time and date and  two unlock shortcuts for camera and music app. While playing music, you can see the music player widget with control buttons. You can unlock the phone by swiping you finger to up or down. Since the ROM is fully compatible with JKay’s Delux Settings app, you can replace the default LS with some other lockscreen them, even with Galaxy S3 ripple lockscreen.

XperianZe ROM-lockscreen

Homescreen and Launcher:

The XperianZe ROM has the latest version of Sony’s new launcher app that was introduced with the the Xperia Z. I have tried the old Xperia launcher and realized that in terms of customization options the older one was better, but that is not to say that the new launcher is not good. Anyways, the new launcher used in this ROM is very fast and responsive. The app drawer opens with lightning speed. You can manage the apps very easily and by tapping on the top left you can rearrange apps in custom order, or choose to have them alphabetically, most used and recently installed order. If you want to arrange the apps in a preferred order, select the “Own Order” layout ans then you will be able to change their order or move them by pressing and holding and then by dragging them to a particular spot or page.

XperianZe ROM-S3-homescreen-app

On the top right corner in the app drawer, there is a search button to access an app quickly in case you have installed a lot of them. To uninstall an app quickly, just tap on the left soft key, choose “Uninstall” and tap on the apps you want to delete.

XperianZe ROM-S3-homescreen-app-2

As for the homescreen, you can have any number of pages and customize it with widgets and apps. Tap and hold any empty spot on the homescreen to enter edit mode where you will the options to add widgets, apps and changing wallpaper. You can add a new page by tapping the add icon and remove it by tapping the cross (delete) icon on the top right corner of a page when the edit mode is on. To set a particular page as your homescreen touch the Home icon on the top left corner. You can also add an app to the homescreen directly from the app drawer by tapping and holding an icon and dragging it to “Add to Homescreen” bar at the top.

Xperia Z Widgets:

The XperianZe ROM for the Galaxy S3 houses almost all widgets from the Xperia Z to give you a complete sense of Xperiaization of your Galaxy S3. Thus you have widgtes like analog and digital clocks, recent calls, quick settings tool, calendar,  messaging, notes, photos and videos, torch, TrackID, and weather. All widgets are beautiful and come of them can even be resized by tapping and holding the widget on the homescreen.

XperianZe ROM-S3-widgets

Xperia Z Apps:

The XperianZe ROM features quite a number of apps and widgets ported from the Xperia Z and this things takes your Galaxy S3 closer to the the feel of Sony’s latest flagship. Here you can find Xperia apps like Walkman, Album, Movies, Calendar, Notes, TrackID, Calculator, and Torch. All these apps work nicely and some of them are better than their counterparts from other manufacturers.

Xperia Z Album App:

The most notable of these  is the Album app and I must confess it was the a very enriching experience using it on my Galaxy S3. Just as you open the app, you can see all the image and video files stored on your phone and the way you can change the layout of the gallery is very is so instinctive and useful. You can experience the magic yourself. Open the Album app, place your two fingers on the screen and spread them apart or closer to change the size of thumbnails to bigger or smaller. Keep spreading the fingers again and again and you will able to view an image to the largest zoomable size. You can also change the image view layout by swiping your fingers from left to right and vice versa.

XperianZe ROM-S3-gallery-app

You can find the image slideshow feature in almost all smartphones but with the Sony’s Album app has this feature with a difference. Here you can enjoy a slideshow in a number of animated styles and with your favorite music playing in the background. You can access this feature as follows: open Album, tap on left soft key on your S3, and select “SenseMe Slideshow” (it did not work for me, however).

XperianZe ROM-S3-gallery-app-2

Another nice thing about the Album app is the ability show online albums from your Facebook and Picasa accounts. If you have enabled geo-location tags in the camera app, you can see the camera images with location on animated globe.

Xperia Z Walkman App:

When it comes to music quality and output on a Sony handset, you all know it is always to the level of par excellence. With XperianZe ROM installed on your Galaxy S3, you will be able to enjoy the Walkman app from Sony. Since I have never has a chance to use an Xperia handset, it was a whole new experience for me. The Walkman app is intelligent that it detects the dominant color in the album cover image and changes the music player background accordingly. See the first screenshot in the image below and you will see the the pink background in music player interface and it is just because the dominance of pink in the album art image.

XperianZe ROM-S3-walkman

You can change the track easily simply by using the control buttons or by swiping the album art image.  To mark a song as favorite and set song shuffle, you will have to press and hold the album art image. You can enjoy a variety of visualizer animations: tap on left soft key, select Visualiser. Tap the left soft key again, select Theme and set your preferred visualization animation.

To enhance sound output and quality you can explore Walkman app from Settings> Sound Enhancements and then by tapping on Equaliser and Settings tabs.

Xperia Z Notes app:

Another nice app that needs a mention here is the beautiful Notes app that lets you take down any note/reminder on the go in various styles. You can type a note, draw it and even record a reminder note in a simple tap. Just open Notes app, create a note and put the note widget on the homescren for quick reminder.

XperianZe ROM-S3-notes

Xperia Z-like Theming:

You cannot claim a ROM to give a complete Sony Xperia Z look and feel just by integrating its apps and widgets in a non-Xperia phone like the Galaxy S3. And Edger, the developer, has taken care of this pretty efficiently. He has wisely integrated the Xperia Z mods for the Galaxy S3 ported and themed by ThilinaC. The theming of such things as the dialer, framework background and elements, highlights, selectors, spinners, pop-up dialog boxes,  notification panel and even the bootanimation make this ROM closer to Xperia Z.

Xperia Z-like Theming

Multi-Window App:

Well, there is nothing new about having the multi-window feature after the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3. Neither it is new to have the MultiWindow Control app to edit and add additional apps to the multi-window tray. Most of the TouchWiz-based custom ROMs now have it. The new change you find in the XperianZe ROM for Galaxy S3 is about its look. It has been themed to suite the Xperia feel.


Xperia Z Keyboards:

Another thing I like about this ROM for is the beautiful keyboard that come with it. The keyboard is very functional and allows you to customize its look and input techniques. When the keyboard is open, select numeric mode and tap on the settings icon to choose from the available themes and configure it in your own way. The word-prediction feature seemed to work better that Samsung’s stock keyboard. Besides, it also supports bilingual input if configured from settings.


Performance and Benchmark:

Having gone through various important details of the XperianZe ROM, we have finally reached to a point where we can focus on some other technical aspects of the XperianZe ROM. The ROM is very light in size, just about 435 MB and therefore it is much faster  compared the stock ROM and even some other custom ROMs like Omega, and crDroid. Here you would not see bloatwares, but only the most commonly used ones. It ran very smooth and fast and the battery-life was very decent. I performed an Antutu and Quadrant benchmark test and here are the results.

XperianZe ROM-S3-Benchmark

DroidViews Verdict:

Finally, before we end up this review, here is our final verdict. The XperianZe ROM for the Galaxy S3 is no doubt a very beautiful ROM and it is successful, to a great extent but not perfectly, in delivering the look and experience of the Xperia Z. Performance-wise too it was faster and smoother that most custom ROMs available out there. The disappearance of Google Search widget and Google Now, however, surprised me. I have never seen a  Jelly Bean based ROM that does not have Google Now feature, one of the hallmarks for Android Jelly Bean. Then there is the presence of the Page Buddy feature under Settings> Display despite the fact you cannot have it enable over a non-TouchWiz launcher.

But given the fact that  XperianZe ROM is still under beta stage (the current version being 0.9.5), we should be a little liberal to this nice ROM from a new developer like  Edger who has just given us his first work. We hope that with time the ROM will get better and even better.

So, this was our review of the XperianZe ROM and hope that it would help you decide whether or not to go for it. If you have not yet tried it on your Galaxy S3, you will be missing a nice XperianZe to be sure, and if you have been using it, do not forget to share with us what you feel about or review!

Cheers to all!

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Best Custom ROMs Galaxy Note 2

At Droidviews, we already have a post on the Best Custom ROMs for the Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 which was written back in October 2012, and though I kept updating it from time to time, I feel now that it would be better to create an all new post rather than updating the old one. It’s 2013 and things have changed a lot  and now we have new ROMs that are better than the “best”.

With the passage of time the Galaxy Note 2 has become on of the most popular devices and this popularity has enticed more and more developer to work on it, resulting in a plethora of custom ROMs and mods. At one hand the availability of large number of ROMs gives you the freedom to choose one for your device, on the other it also hurls into a situation where we find ourselves too overwhelmed to pick a suitable one for us. And that is where this article might be useful for you.

It has just been written to help you choose from some of the best custom ROMs available out there. The parameter for choosing the ROMs has been OS specific variations like AOSP, CM, Stock and Hybrid quality so that you can easily select a custom ROM that suits your preferences. Moreover, all the ROMs listed below have also been put to tests like smoothness, fast performance, capability of customization, battery-life and, of course  features. That’s why, when we talk about best ROMs, our selection is not limited to one. All are the best in their own right and category.


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Things to Do Before and After Installing a Custom ROM



We have not developed any of the ROMs. Our only aim was to bring some of the nice ones at one place for the convenience of our users. Flashing a custom ROM might prove risky for your Note 2 and, in rare cases, might brick it too. We, or the developers, shall not be liable to any damages done to your device.

To be able to install a custom ROM on your Galaxy Note 2 must be rooted and have ClockworkMod or TWRP Recovery installed on it. If you have not done it yet, you can root it using our handy rooting  tutorial on the topic.

Installing a Custom ROM on Note 2:

Most custom ROMS come with a special installation note from the developer. Here is a short installation guide that can be used for flashing any custom ROM on your device.

  1. Download the ROM file from the link below. Do not extract the zip and copy it to your phone’s external or internal SD Card.
  2. If applicable, also download the Google apps file in zip (do not extract)and just copy it  to your device using USB cable (internal or external memory).
  3. Charge your device to 70% level and backup the important data like contacts, messages, apps, etc.  stored on internal storage.
  4. Open phone Settings and enable USB Debugging Mode from Developer Options.
  5. Turn off your Galaxy Note 2 and boot it into CWM Recovery mode: press and hold Volume Up+Home+Power buttons simultaneously till the screen turns up and Samsung logo with Galaxy Note 2 text blinks for two times. Now release the Power key but keep the Volume Up and Power keys pressed till you see a black screen with blue text.
  6. Use the volume keys to scroll the list of options and the Power key to select it.
  7. Important: Scroll down to “backup and restore” and backup your current ROM to external SD card.
  8. Then go back and select “wipe data / factory reset> yes”.
  9. Then “wipe cache partition”.
  10. Finally, go to “advanced” and select “wipe dalvik cache”.
  11. Go back again and choose “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sd card” option and select the ROM file from the path you have copied the ROM.
  12. Select the ROM file and confirm the choice.
  13. If  the ROM comes with separate Google Apps package, you will have to flash it separatily right after flashing the ROM. Install the Gapps using Step 11.
  14. When the installation finishes, select the “reboot system now” 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 ROM.

So, here begins our list of some of the best ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Please note that this is not a countdown and the listing has been made in no particular order.

1. monxDIFIED ROM [Aroma-Blueslate]

Developer: monx® (Donate)


ROM Review

The reason why the monxDIFIED ROM is the first in the list has many reasons. The ROM has been developer by monx® and has been optimized and tweaked to give you good performance. It is themed in blue and black and therefore has a refreshing experience. It takes you away from the stale TouchWiz UI look and still contains all the goodness of it. I have tried many other launchers replacing the stock TouchWiz and always felt nothing is better than it.

The monxDIFIED ROM looks beautiful but not at the cost of performance. The Aroma installer lets you choose what  to install and what not to and thus you have full control on how you want your phone to look and behave. As for speed, the ROM is fast enough and feels lot smoother that the stock. The battery-life too is much better. My Note 2 lasted more than 25 hours on a single charge with a 50 minutes of telephonic  conversation, an hour of web browsing, watching the Bond movie “Skyfall”, sync on and GoogleTalk chat ( battery performance might differ from user to user and depends on configuration).

  • Best AROMA customization wizard UI
  • Unsecured framework lets you add your own own apps without worries about bootloops
  • Modded Toggles with nice slate theme
  • Advanced Power Menu
  • Latest best selected common apps (AdAway, RescanSD, etc)
  • Latest GApps pre-loaded
  • Latest Google Maps and StreetView with Worldwide Navigation activated
  • Latest Google Play supporting true multi-DPI
  • Latest YouTube supporting HD mode
  • Modded frameworks to match Holo theme (blue slate)
  • Themed in blue.
  • Simple boot animation
  • Automatic apk installation from extSdCard
  • Latest pre-loaded & pre-configured apps (Terminal,Total Commander,etc)
  • Minimum recent tasks preview size (for privacy wise)

If you prefer a custom ROM that is near TouchWiz and gives you feel-good experience. Go with the monxDIFIED ROM and you will not be disappointed. Download the ROM from below and install using the steps given at the beginning of the post. If you would like the icons and color to be turned as shown in the image below, also flash the Simplistic framework patch after installing the ROM (using “install zip from sdcard” option).



XXDMC1 v11-rev01


2. LiquidSmooth ROM (JB 4.2.2)

Developer: deadman96385

LiquidSmooth ROM

ROM Review

If you would like to experience the pure AOSP environment on you Galaxy Note 2 the LiquidSmooth ROM might be one good choice for you. Being stripped of almost all bloatwares, it is able to yield a far smoother and faster experience. The ROM is based on the latest Android 4.2.2, the most advanced version of the OS, and features all the new things and improvements associated with it.

Some of the feature of the LiquidSmooth ROM for Note 2 include:

  • Customizable lockscreen buttons and sliders
  • Chronus clock widget
  • Customizable hardware and software keys
  • Transparent navbar and status bar
  • Customizable navbar ring
  • Navigation bar widgets
  • Customizable power menu
  • Notification power widget
  • Customizable quicksettings panel
  • Statusbar mods
  • Theme engine
  • Quiet hours
  • Volume rocker music controls
  • Full Rotation
  • Customizable battery and notification light

As for the battery life, which is always a subject of major concern for the users of a device like Note 2, LiquidSmooth ROM will give you more lasting battery performance than most  ROMs available for the device currently.


LiquidSmooth ROM Note 2: Link

Google Apps:



3. Android Revolution HD ROM Note 2

Developer: mike1986. (Donate)



ROM Review

The Android Revolution HD ROM does not need an introduction you have been flashing your high-end Android phone with custom ROMs. The ROM is also available for a range of phones and tablets for a long time and it has always been known for its tweaks and awesome performance. For a device with the magical S Pen, it is important to use a ROM that gives you a good battery backup, smoother feel and fast response and which, at the same, does not mar or affect any of the functionalities present on your phone with stock ROM.

As for myself, flashing and testing ROMs to be able to write an article like this becomes a part of life,but whatever custom ROM I might use, there is always an undercurrent desire to get back home with the stock firmware. Most people turn to custom ROMs with an aim to get a better battery life, smoothness and a few add-ons. The Android Revolution HD ROM is one such ROM that you would like to stick for a long time.


Android Revolution HD ROM Note 2: Link



4.  PhoeniX ROM Note 2

Developer: tamirda (Donate)

PhoeniX Rom Note 2

ROM Review

Phoenix, the mythical bird that is said to rise from its own ashes, symbolizes regeneration and renewal. The PhoeniX ROM for the Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 has been aptly named because it is really capable of  giving you a refreshed feeling as you keep using it. The ROM turns your phone into a power house with lots of features and options for customization. Fast performance, great stability and nice awesome battery performance are the stuff the PhoeniX ROM is all about.

Tamirda, the ROM developer, has brought together some of the best features from other nice ROMs and the work of different modders to produce an all new product that surpasses most ROMs. Here are just a few features that hall mark this ROM:

  • Fully Deodexed, Latest BusyBox
  • Flash Player support
  • Call Recorder
  • Phone with no increasing ringtone
  • All supported languages enabled
  • All supported languages for Samsung Keyboard enabled
  • Call Delay After call End Reduced to 0 ms
  • Enable sub Symbols on Stock Samsung keyboard
  • Enable call button in contact list
  • Disabled Converting Effect Between SMS MMS
  • Multi-window control
  • New Settings app for advanced configuration
  • OTA update feature

Since the PhoeniX  ROM is installed via Aroma installer, all power comes to your hands. It’s you who decides what features and apps you want on your Galaxy Note 2. In a few words, this ROM is a great choice if you want  a ROM with all TouchWiz features and stunning performance.

The ROM works best with Perseus Kernel. If you want to enjoy very good battery life, install this Kernel (link below) before flashing the ROM using “install zip from sdcard” option in CWM recovery.



PhoeniX ROM: Link



5. Carbon ROM [JB 4.2.2]

Developer: Carbon Team (Donate)


ROM Review:

Carbon ROM is youngest of all ROMs listed above and yet it is surprisingly mature in its performance and the impact it leaves on the user. It’s a simple, low-sized and performance oriented ROM that is capable of surprising anyone with its facets of customization. It’s numerous features and options are more than enough to keep you engaged for a couple of weeks and its stability and battery output might force you to use as a daily driver.

Please note that if you are a hardcore TouchWiz fan, you might not like an AOSP or CM based ROM because they do not allow you to use the S Pen, S Note, Air View, Multi-window and various other typical feature found on stock ROM. But if you do not like the lag delays, and terrible response of the TouchWiz UX and love to taste Jelly Bean it is natural raw flavor, you’ll love Carbon ROM.

For a detailed review of this amazing AOSP 4.2.2 (JB) based ROM, please head over to this article.


The ROM is available as Stable and Nightly builds. For good performance install the stable version found under “release” folder and to get a peek into the latest features choose “nightly builds”.

Download Latest Carbon ROM: Link

Google Apps Zip Package: Link


Droidviews Recommendations:

If you just read our ROM reviews, it should not be any nut cracking business for you to pick a daily driver for your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. However, if you expect from us to be more explicit in our verdict, here it is:

  • If you wish to enjoy the features of stock Samsung ROM further tweaked to deliver good performance and nice battery life, go for Phoenix ROM.
  • If you like a lightning fast ROM with powerful performance and real stock Android feel without any puddings, Carbon ROM is what you need.

As we test new ROMs and find any really deserving one that gives you most out of the Galaxy Note 2, we will be back to the action and add a few more. Enjoy these ROMs and let us know if our selection was apt. Do you have  in mind another ROM that belongs to the class of the best? Do share with us. Cheers!

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The Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 is a mid-level budget phone for those who want to own an Android phone with pretty nice features at an affordable price. The phone was launched back in February 2012 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. The device is proposed to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update quite sooner than we expected. The recent Android 4.1.2  Jelly Bean  leaked firmware is just another confirmation to that big news for the owners of this phone.

The upgrade from Android 2.3.6 to Android 4.1.2 is a huge leap and it will completely revamp the user interface, features and feel of the device for sure. The new update will take your device to another level and will bless with some, if not all because of hardware restrictions, of the features and improvements found in Samsung’s Premium Suite Upgrade for some of its high-end devices. So, better not expect that much but still it is too much.

We have yet tested the firmware but we are sure the update will include features like, Google Now, new Notification Panel with editable toggle settings, Page Buddy, Blocking Mode, lockscreen app shortcuts, some camera improvements, etc.


As you can see the leaked firmware XXMB2 has the Android version 4.1.2 that is the latest version of the OS from Samsung so far. We would still advise you to wait till the official release rolls out. But if do not have patience enough to hold, you can try the leaked firmware by downloading it from below and flashing is using the Odin flasher tool. The firmware can be installed on any unbranded Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160.

Download Android 4.1.2 Leaked Firmware Galaxy Ace 2: (512 MB)

Galaxy Ace 2 Official 4.1.2 JB Firmware is Available Now-

Get it Here

How to Install:

  1. Download the firmware from the link above and unzip it on your desktop.
  2. Download Odin tool and extract the zip:
  3. Make sure Samsung USB Drivers is installed on your computer.
  4. Make sure your phone has a decent level of battery juice left (more than 60%).
  5. Enable USB Debugging mode on you phone from Settings> Applications> Development.
  6. Turn off your Galaxy Ace 2 and boot it into Download Mode: press and hold the Volume Down+Home (center)+Power keys simultaneously for about 3 seconds. You will see a warning screen asking you to press Volume Up key to continue to the Download mode
  7. Now go to the Odin folder and run the program.
  8. Connect your phone to computer using a compatible USB cable and wait till Odin detects your phone and the ID:COM port turns yellow. If it is not so, check USB connection and the presence of correct drivers.
  9. The Odin tools comes with the “Auto Reboot” and “F Reset Time” options pre-checked. Do not mess up with any other options.
  10. Click the PDA button, navigate to the extracted firmware folder and select the file with  .tar extension.
  11. Take a long breath and hit the Start button. The installation will begin and take a few minutes.
  12. When it is finished, you will see a PASS! message at ID:COM port and your phone will reboot automatically.

The first boot after installing the firmware might take up to 2-5 minutes so wait patiently. You will then be asked to set up your Gmail and Samsung accounts. Having filled the necessary details, you will see the new face of your Galaxy Ace with the stripped version of Samsung’s new Nature TouchWiz UX. Enjoy the Jelly bean firmware and do not forget to tell us via comments what new changes you saw.

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Take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with Jelly Bean Firmware

The Jelly Bean firmware update for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 brought a host of new functions, features and improvements to this impressive tablet device. Google Now, New Notification panel, smoother UI, better battery performance, live preview at notification center, Blocking Mode, and lots more. All the Tab 2 7.0 users got the JB upgrade after a long wait so they should have been happy. Right! But a recent study disclosed that the “wish to downgrade firmware” has been dominant among Samsung’s Galaxy range of devices getting Jelly Bean.

I can confirm on the basis of the comments I receive on this blog, and what users say at other forums, that the Jelly Bean update made their device slower, laggy, less battery efficient and so on. I have two Galaxy devices (S3 and Note 10.1) and both are on Android 4.1.2 but I have seen any of these issues on them.

Today, at one of my articles, a user commented that he wished to downgrade his Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.04 simply because he missed the screenshot button at the bottom bar very badly. And when I told him a solution for the issue, he withdrew his decision to downgrade firmware.

It is right that the Android 4.1.1 firmware update took away the screenshot button from the Tab 2 7.0 but the screen capture function is still there, but now it has become a little complex though. Here is how you can take a screenshot on your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 on Android 4.1.1 or 4.1.2 firmware.



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Press the Power + Volume Down keys simultaneously for around 2 seconds and the screen will be captured. All screenshots, by default, are saved to SD Card> Pictures> Screenshots folder on your device. As it might sound to you, it is not as friendly method as it was with the previous ICS ROM but constant practice would make you get used to it.

As an alternative, you can take assistance of a screenshot app from the Google Play Store. Some of these apps do not require root and come free. Here are a few good screenshot apps, my favorite being the Screenshot ER.

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Price: $0.99

If it helped you, do not forget to share this article with you friends! Cheers!

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Samsung started the Jelly Bean update roll out for a host of devices back in September last year. The Galaxy Note 2 was the first device from the manufacturer to be released with Android Jelly Bean firmware out of the box. The OEM later pushed the new version of the OS to the Galaxy S3.  At that time very few of us expected that the update will hit the old best-sellers like the Galaxy S2 and Note. The Facebook page of Samsung Sweden was the first to leak the news that these two phones would be getting the JB update. The news was taken merely as a rumor but it was confirmed later when Samsung released the details of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. was the first to leak the details of the firmware update for the Galaxy Note.

The release date for the new update was postponed several times and the wait seemed to be perpetual. But now all anxiety has finally been put to an end as Samsung has started pushing the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note International version with model number GT-N7000.

The  Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA update has already started rolling out via Kies and on-device-software update feature. The Galaxy Note users in Hong Kong, Germany, and Mexico have reported getting the new update. Galaxy Note-JB-KIES But if you do not belong to the countries mentioned above, you can still update your Galaxy Note  GT-N7000 manually via Odin flasher. Only make sure is phone is not locked to a network provider/carrier.

Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Features:

The Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 contains all the features of Samsung’s Premium Suite Upgrade. Below is a list of all known new features:

OS Upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean:

  • Google Now, Smoother UI (Project Butter), New Notifications Panel

Easy Tasking in One View:

  • Multi Window:  ChatOn, E-Mail, Gallery, Gmail, Internet, Maps, s-Note, Talk, Video-Player, YouTube
  • Popup Note, Popup Video, Popup Browser

S Pen Experience:

  • S Note, Photo Note/Photo Frame, Handwriting on S Planner/Email
  • More S Pen Gestures, Signature Unlock, Easy Clip

Enhanced Multimedia Tools:

  • New Samsung Gallery, Tag Buddy, Paper Artist

Easy MotionWiz:

  • Smart Stay, Direct Call, Shake Panning, Camera Unlock

Rich Content Services:

  • Video Hub, Learning Hub, Cloud Sync, Allshare Play, Group Cast

More Upgrades:

  • News and Face Ticker on Lockscreen, S Note Widgets, TalkBack Setup Wizard, Blocking Mode

Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Screenshots:

Download Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Firmware:

Below are the links of all available currently available and it will be updated as new firmwares arrive. If you want English as your phone language, download the German firmware. In case, you see any German text anywhere, open Settings> Language and Input> Language and select English.

Download the zip and extract on your desktop. Inside the extracted folder you will find two files:

  1. KIES_HOME_N7000XXLSZ_N7000OXALSZ_906407_REV02_user _low_ship.tar.md5
  2. ss_dl.dll

While flashing with Odin tool, click on PDA and select the file with .tar.md5 extension (detailed tutorial below).


Mirrors Link (Germany): Link1,  Link2,  Link3Torrent

Italy:    –     Torrent Download

Trinidad and Tobago:    –    Torrent

Hong Kong: (latest)    –    Torrent (older)

Netherlands:    –    Torrent

India:     -      Mirror Link     -     Torrent   -    Torrent2

Algeria:   -   Torrent

Sri Lanka:    –    Torrent

Nepal:    –    Torrent


United Arab Emirates:    –    Torrent

Taiwan:    –    Torrent

Russia:    –    Torrent

Turkey:    –    Torrent

Australia (Optus):




Chile (Claro):



Czech Republic:







South Africa:



How to Install:

Installing an Official firmware on a Samsung Galaxy device is very easy and if you have ever done it, you can do it easily within a few minutes. If you belong to the countries mentioned above, the installation via Odin should take around three minutes. But if it is not so, it might take about 5 minutes. We’ll recommend a data factory reset via Stock Recovery after the firmware is installed, otherwise you might confront minor issues like connectivity, lagginess, etc. If you phone is rooted, it will be a good idea to backup all your apps using Titanium Backup or Koush’s Carbon app.

Before proceeding to install the firmware, do these things:

  • Charge your GalaxyNote to at least 60% of battery level.
  • Installing the new firmware will not wipe any data stored on your Galaxy Note. We still recommend  that you backup you contacts, messages, call-log, settings, apps, etc. These nice free backup apps will help you do that.
  • Turn on the USB Debugging mode on your phone: Settings> Developer Options> USB Debugging

Having made the preparations instructed above, follow the following steps:

  1. Download the appropriate firmware file from above and extract the zip on your desktop.
  2. Download and install the Samsung USB Drivers on your computer and restart PC when it is installed. If you have already installed Kies on your computer, you can skip this step.
  3. Download and extract it on you desktop.
  4. Put your Galaxy Note  in Download Mode: turn off the phone, press and hold Volume Down+Home buttons and then long press the Power key for a few seconds till the screen turns up and you see a screen asking you to press the Volume Up key to continue. Press
  5. Run the Odin program by double clicking the Odin3_v3.04.exe.
  6. Connect you phone to computer using the USB Cable.
  7. The ID:COM port at Odin turns blue  and you can see “Added!!’ text at the message box below. This show that the connection between phone and Odin has been established.
  8. Make sure that only the “Auto Reboot” and “F Reset Time” options are checked on Odin.
  9. Click on PDA button and select the file with .tar.md5 extension inside the firmware folder.
  10. Finally hit the “Start” button and wait for a few minutes till the installation is finished.odin3-pass-galaxy-note-jb
  11. When it is done, you will see a “PASS!” message at the ID:COM and the device will reboot automatically. You can now disconnect the USB cable and close the Odin window.

The first boot will take a little longer time that usual so you need to be patient till your phone gets ready to b used. In case, your phone id caught into a bootloop and it does not start, do as directed here. If you do not like the new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware and wish to downgrade the firmware, follow this tutorial.

Fix for Slow Performance, Battery Drain & Bootloop:

The Jelly Bean firmware is much bigger in size than the Ice Cream Sandwich ROM. It is possible that after installing the ROM your will experience a little lagginess. You might also feel that you phone is heating up and the battery is draining fast. Battery drain is a natural process whenever you install a new ROM. When the battery completes 3-4 charge and discharge cycles, you should notice improvement in battery performance. To get better battery on your Galaxy Note, read the following articles:

How to Improve Battery Performance on Android Phones

To fix the slow or laggy performance and recover the phone from a bootloop (if your phone does not start after installing the new firmware, follow Method 1 given on the following tutorial:

How to Recover from Bootloop on Android Phones

Do not forget to share with us how the official Jelly tastes! If you have a question related to the topic, drop us a comment! Cheers!

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If you have recently updated your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105 to the official Android 4.1.2 firmware and are looking for a way to root it, we have prepared a simple guide that will help you as you go through this pretty job. Rooting an Android phone has huge advantages over a non-rooted phone. Rooting gives you access to the system files that lay hidden otherwise. If you are still confused whether you should root your phone or not, our handy article on this topic will help you decide.

The Google Play Store has thousands of useful apps that require root permission and you can enrich your phone’s performance and usability by installing those apps. If you want to enjoy these apps, you can root your Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105 using the guide below.If you would like to install themes, mods  and ROMs on you phone, you will also have to flash a custom recovery on your phone. In the present tutorial, we shall also be installing ClocworkMod Recovery on the Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105.

Getting Prepared:

  • Download Odin3 flasher tool and extract it on your desktop:
  • Download and install Samsung USB Drivers on your PC if it is not installed yet.
  • Download the rooting package prepared for Chainfire and extract the zip:
  • Download the ClockworkMod Recovery file: cwm6-recovery-n7105-121014.tar [mirror link]
  • Charge you phone’s battery to at least 60-70% level.
  • Rooting usually does not affect any of the files present on your phone but it is always better to be prepared for any mishap, so backup all essential data. Backup your contacts, call-logs, messages, APNs, bookmarks, calendar, apps & games using these apps.
  • Open your phone’s Settings and enable USB Debugging found under Developer Options.

Rooting Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105:

It is advised that you go through the steps more that two times if you are new to such things.

  1. Turn off your Note 2 GT-N7105 and boot the it into Download Mode. If you do not know how to do it, here is the way: press and the Volume Down + Home (center) buttons together and then hold the Power key for a few seconds. When prompted, press the Volume Up button to continue to the Download Mode.
  2. Now go to the Odin folder and launch Odin by clicking the .exe file there.
  3. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB Cable and let Odin detect your phone. The blue color at the ID:COM and “Added!!” message indicates that the device is connected and ready to be flashed.
  4.  Make sure Repartition option is not checked on Odin.
  5. Click on the PDA button, navigate to the .tar file inside the “CF-Auto-Root-t0lte-gtn7105″ folder.
  6. Now click the Start button and let the Odin do its job. When the rooting package is flashed your phone will reboot automatically.

When the phone boots up, look for an app called “SuperSU” on your device. It indicates that the rooting was successful. Additionally, you can download and install the Root Checker app from the market and ensure that your Note 2 GT-N7105 has been rooted.

Installing CWM Recovery on Note 2 GT-N7105:

The recovery file is in .tar format, so there is no other way to install it other than Odin. You can flash the ClockworkMod Recovery file using the same steps as we did above. The only difference is that this time you have to select the cwm6-recovery-n7105-121014.tar file in Step 5.

Getting Rid of Yellow Triangle on Note 2 GT-N7105:

 Flashing a custom Kernel, rooting package or a stock ROM via Odin increases the flash counter of your phone and as a result you might lose your phone’s warranty. But you can have a rooted phone and still claim the warranty by installing the Triangle Away app from the Google Play Store. Download and install the app, open it, hit “reset flash counter” -hit continue -wait for device to reboot -press “volume up” hardware button on the phone -wait for device to reboot. There you go, the flash counter will be reset to 0.

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 The Jelly Bean update stream from Samsung does not seem to stop. The manufacturer has gradually been pushing out the latest version of Android to all their new and old phones that are capable of handling it. It has been quite a while since the Android 4.1.2 update rolled out to the Galaxy S2 regular model. It was followed by another variant of the handset GT-I9100G, and now it’s time for the Galaxy S2 users in Canada to rejoice and taste Jelly Bean.

Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.1.2 update for the Canadian variant Galaxy S2 GT-I9100M. Many of you might have already received the software update notification. But if you have been able to update your phone so far for some reason, you can download the complete firmware from the link belw and install it manually on your phone. Needless to say the new update brings a bunch of awesome features and improvements that will surely enhance your experience with this old chap.

Download Firmware:

You can download the update via Kies or Over-the-Air by going to Settings> About> Software Update. Please note that if your phone is rooted or you have installed a custom ROM on your phone you will not be able to receive the official update. However, you can install the new Android firmware using Odin.


Canada (SaskTel):

Canada (Bell):

How to Install:

If you are not very much used to flashing a custom ROM on your Galaxy S2 GT-I9100M, you can refer to our detailed and easy tutorial on the topic.