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 A new Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based firmware SimplRom has been made available to Samsung's 2014 flagship phablet Galaxy Note 4.

Team Android claims that the SimplRom is based on official Samsung firmware, but it is rid of all bloatwares, which un-necessarily cram up storage space and RAM.

Other notable features of SimplROM:

  • Exclusive SimplTool
  • Knox app has been removed
  • Zipaligned
  • ROM has been Deodexed to enhance the performance of the device
  • MultiDPI apps and numerous other value added features have been added to improve user-experiene on Galaxy Note 4.

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM):

  • The new SimplRom Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) international LTE models only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [to check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Make sure that USB driver is installed in the PC, or else your phablet(Galaxy Note 4) will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is chance of the smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.
  • Though installing custom ROM improve the device's performance and UI experiences, it renders the company warranty void; the company will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step procedure for installing SimplRom Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware on Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

Step 1: Download SimplRom Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) on to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

Step 3: Place Android 5.1 Lollipop zip file and Google Apps .zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder]

[Note: Before installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have been rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery tool]

Step 4: Turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (up)', 'Home' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset' option.

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 7: Clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'

Step 8: Navigate back to ClockworkMod recovery and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Return to the main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'.

Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.1.1 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure to install Google Apps [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now your device (Samsung Galaxy Note 4) will take at a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users can then head to Settings >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of SimplRom Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware.

[Credits: Team Android]

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