Samsung Galaxy Note II on Display
Samsung Galaxy Note II on DisplayReuters

Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 was last updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in April 2014, but after the update, there has been no word from the company on when the 2012 flagship phablet would taste the sweet candy flavoured Lollipop.

Resurrection Remix, the after-market custom ROM developer community, has some good news to share for owners of Galaxy Note 2 who are impatient to wait for the new OS.

It has released a new firmware based on the latest AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 5.1.1 Lollipop.

It brings performance tweaks and tons of personalisation options such as:

  • Theme chooser (includes -Resurrection Remix exclusive Pitch black theme, animations, toast animations, system animations and more)
  • Anywhere gesture features
  • Clock widget (with clock & alarm customisation, weather panel, calendar events)
  • Lockscreen (lockscreen short-cuts, 100 plus icons shortcut options)
  • Navigation bar (includes enable/disable option, ring switch option, navbar button customization and dimension with portrait and land scape option)
  • Status bar (brightness slider, carrier label, quick pull down switch, time & date, battery, network traffic indicator and many more options)
  • There numerous features to enhance user-experience on Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • This new Resurrection Remix Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 (Exynos chipset) 3G model 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 you have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100) will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of the smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.
  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and it 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 installation guide of Resurrection Remix Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100:

Step 1: Download Resurrection Remix Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) in to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy Note 2 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 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM 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 users' begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP 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'

[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: Go 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: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 5.1 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure again to install the 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.

Your device (Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100) will now take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users can then head to Settings >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of Resurrection Remix Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM.

[Credits: Team Android]