As I have promised you when the root procedure for the Galaxy Note 2 was first leaked, I will show you how to manually update your new phablet with the first released custom ROM firmware. Of course, this update has been developed especially for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2, so the Jelly Bean Omega software will work perfectly on your device. I know that the handset isn’t yet available through all the important markets, but as soon as you manage to buy the tablet, you will also be able to upgrade its system.
The Omega update was developed and is being offered by those of xda-developers therefore we have them to thanks for the present step by step guide. Now, the following method can be applied on the Note 2, model number N7100 and will use CWM recovery, or any other custom recovery image, for the flash process. That means you will have to prepare your device for the installation operation as you have to ensure that root access is gained, the mentioned recovery is flashed and of course the data is backed up; but we will discuss about these aspects a little bit later.
Until then, you should know that this is the first version of the Omega ROM available for the Note 2, so further ones will be released in the future. You shouldn’t worry though, because everything is working perfectly on this variant of the firmware. For being sure that I am being serious, you can check the source page from where you can also see some screenshots with the software and the full features list of the same. The Omega ROM is being based on the XXALIE Android 4.1.1 firmware so it will bring many of its capabilities. For making a proper idea about this, I have displayed the main features of the OS; check it out:
As mentioned, for being able to apply this tutorial, your Galaxy Note 2 must be rooted. For that I have recently brought you a suitable guide; don’t hesitate and use it (you will have to use Odin for gaining root access, so the procedure is not hard to complete). As you will see there, by rooting the warranty will get void. In case you will need to restore the lost warranty, all you need to do is to choose whether to downgrade to the stock ROM, or to update to an official software released by Samsung and suitable with your Note 2 N7100. Also, remember that a custom recovery image is being required or else you will not be able to install the Jelly Bean Omega ROM into your phablet system.
When you use CWM recovery for the flashing process, a full wipe of the internal storage memory must be performed. Therefore, for avoiding from losing your personal saves and info, you should backup the data. You can save the messages, the contacts, the call logs, market apps, the EFS folder and even the current ROM; all you have to do is to get suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play. If you don’t know which apps to download, or if you want to read backup guides, then you can easily search for the same through our how to section.
As soon as the up mentioned operations are being completed, you need to:
- Make sure that you can use a Windows running computer with Internet connection enabled.
- Deactivate the security programs that runs on your Note 2 and on your computer; these tools are usually interrupting the installation process.
- Enable the USB debugging option from your handset.
- Install the proper drivers on your computer.
- Charge the device; if there is more than 60% power left you can skip this.
- Ensure that you are not performing this method on a similar Android powered device with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, model number N7100, because you can end up in bricking it.
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 with Jelly Bean Omega Custom ROM
- Download the Omega v1.1 update file from here.
- You don’t have to download the Google Apps package as it is included in the update.
- Save the file on your computer first.
- Then, copy-paste it on your Note 2.
- For this connect the phablet with the computer by using its USB cable.
- Up next, unplug the cable and reboot the handset in recovery mode.
- The recovery mode menu can be reached by pressing and holding the Volume Up button and the Home key button while powering up the Note.
- Once in recovery, choose the following options: “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to the main menu from recovery (“+++go back+++”).
- Select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the downloaded file and install the same.
- Don’t make any other changes.
- In the end, select “+++go back++” to return to recovery and “reboot system now” to end the update operation.
Well, with that we are done. Your Galaxy Note 2 should now be running the Jelly Bean based Omega custom ROM firmware. Do tell us if the how to procedure explained above was enough for you, or if there were issues, or if you cannot apply the update and we will do our best in order to help you out. Furthermore, we will bring more updates for your Note 2, so you might want to subscribe to us in order to receive the same.