Update AT&T Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS with BeanStalk Firmware

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Android 4.4 KitKat can now be installed on the AT&T version of Galaxy Note 2 and even though we are not talking about the official release of the Android firmware you can still enjoy the latest features and apps available by using a stable custom ROM. As you know the OTA Android 4.4 release for AT&T Galaxy Note 2 is expected next year somewhere during February or March, so until then you will be stuck on Jelly Bean software. This of course if you choose not to complete this step by step guide.

But, if you want to apply the guidelines from below, then you will be able to flash the KitKat system on your phablet right away, without waiting for the official roll lout. How is it possible? Well, today I will show you how to install the new BeanStalk custom ROM on your AT&T Note 2. BeanStalk is based on official Android 4.4 and brings stock and extra features, capabilities and apps to your device. The KitKat OS will be installed but you will be enjoying a custom version of the firmware as BeanStalk is only a ported and modified version of the same.

BeanStalk is just another free aftermarket distribution of Android 4.4, which has been developed and offered by those of xda-developers – we have to thanks them for the present tutorial. So, this is a custom ROM that comes with custom looks and performances. The best is that by using the extra features and settings of the ROM you can improve the performances of your Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Furthermore, you can use the Android 4.4 based BeanStalk firmware for enjoying an improved web browsing experience, for bumping the speeds or for upgrading the battery life.

As already mentioned, the BeanStalk ROM is stable though there might be some minor bugs included on the Android 4.4 KitKat system. Those who have tested the software on the AT&T Galaxy Note 2 had declared that everything is working without problems or lags, so you can safely apply the steps from below since BeanStalk is smoothly running on your phablet. But before doing so, take a look over the pre requisites list from below.

  • Root your phablet because without rooting the Note 2 internal system you will not be able to update to Android 4.4 by using the BeanStalk custom ROM.
  • After gaining root access, install a custom recovery image on your smartphone; by using the custom recovery features you will flash the ROM file on your handset.
  • Use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery as the firmware has been tested only by using the mentioned tools; if using another custom ROM, maybe the steps from below will not work for you.
  • This and also the up mentioned operations are unofficial ones. Because of that and due to the fact that the binary flash counter of your AT&T SGN 2 will be increased, you will void the warranty of your device.
  • If you will want the warranty back, you will have to reset the flash counter and revoke the root access. This can be achieved by downgrading your Note 2 to stock Jelly Bean OS or by updating with the upcoming official Android 4.4 software.
  • Take note that on rooted handsets the OTA releases can’t be spotted; that’s why you will have to flash the official KitKat OS manually.
  • Clearing the cache and wiping the data from your handset is not an option for you if you want to install the Android 4.4 BeanStalk custom ROM; so because of that you need to backup the AT&T Note 2 data before going any further.
  • Don’t forget to backup EFS folder and also remember to make a Nandroid backup on your way. In this way you can easily restore the stock OS if the new software is too buggy or if you don’t like it at all.
  • In order to complete this tutorial a computer, your phablet and its USB cable will be required.
  • On both computer and device you shouldn’t have security tools installed; if different first of all temporarily deactivate the antivirus, antimalware and Firewall protection.
  • On your GN2 enable USB debugging option; you can do that by accessing “menu -> settings -> developer options”.
  • Charge your smartphone as you don’t want to brick your Note 2 – that might happen if your device gets turned off in the middle of the update operation; so charge the battery if the power is less than 50%.
  • Install BeanStalk Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROM only if you own the AT&T version of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 because this step by step guide is compatible only with the mentioned phablet; else you can end up in bricking your Android based device.

How to Update AT&T Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4 KitKat OS with BeanStalk custom ROM Firmware

  1. Download the Android 4.4 update file from here.
  2. Google apps are not included on the system so you will have to flash the same separately.
  3. So, download Google Apps from here.
  4. Save these files on desktop without unzipping.
  5. Then, take the USB cable and plug it in for connecting your Galaxy Note 2 with your computer.
  6. Place all the downloaded files from your computer on your phablet’s SD card.
  7. Disconnect the devices by removing the USB cable.
  8. Turn off your Note 2 and enter the handset in recovery mode.
  9. You can learn how to enter recovery mode by using our dedicated tutorial.
  10. The first thing to do is clearing the cache and wiping the data.
  11. For wiping the data select “wipe data factory reset”.
  12. For clearing cache select “wipe cache partition”; then choose “advance” and select “wipe dalvick cache”.
  13. Return to the main menu of recovery.
  14. Select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  15. Pick the BeanStalk firmware from your Note 2 and flash the ROM file.
  16. Then, repeat this process and install the Google Apps package.
  17. When the installation procedure ends, from recovery you need to select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now”.
  18. Enjoy.

So, that was the whole deal. Now you know how to update your AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4 KitKat firmware. Actually the BeanStalk custom ROM is running on your phablet so the best will be to test the same in order to see if there are bugs, issues or things that aren’t working properly. Share the problems and your results during the comments are from below. If there are problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

  • BMoney

    Great tutorial, easy to follow, and thorough. I only ran into one issue. The link you posted for gapps leads to a dead end.