With the Galaxy Note 2 phablet, Samsung reached out to a large section of users seeking a powerful device to bridge the gap between phone and computer. Released originally in late 2012, the Galaxy Note 2 sold in record numbers.
The default OS available in it was Android Jelly Bean. Later, Samsung released Kitkat update for it. After months of uncertainty, the device has been listed by Samsung for Lollipop update.
However, it is not certain exactly when the phablet will receive the OTA update for Google’s latest mobile OS. However, as a Note 2 user, you can get access to Lollipop using other methods.
Using custom firmware to Upgrade Galaxy Note 2 to Lollipop
To give your Galaxy Note 2 a taste of Google’s latest mobile OS, you need to use custom ROM, made by third party developers. The custom firmware, namely AOSP Rom is based on v5.0.2 Lollipop. It will include all official features of Lollipop and you will also get access to UI tweaks, device performance boost tricks and much more.
Preparations before updating the Note 2 to Lollipop using Custom ROM
- Ensure the phablet is rooted before proceeding with custom ROM installation. The third party ROM is compatible only with rooted Note 2 models.
- Back up the data in your device using TWRP or Clockwork Mod Recovery.
- Ensure the computer you will be using has apt Samsung USB drivers installed.
- The Note 2 should be at 80 percent battery level.
Way to update Galaxy Note 2 to Lollipop with Custom ROM
- At first, you will need to download Google Apps and TeamUB Android v5.0.2 custom ROM. Save both of the files on the desktop.
- Now, use the USB cable to connect the device to your PC.
- Then copy the downloaded zip files to the device’s SD card root.
- Next, switch off the phablet and disconnect it from the computer.
- Get the device into Recovery mode. This is done by pressing and holding ‘Power’, ‘Home’ and ‘Volume (up)’ buttons at the same time.
- As the device enters Recovery mode, select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
- Next, clear the device’s cache memory with ‘wipe cache partition’ option.
- After that, select ‘advanced’ and opt for ‘wipe dalvik cache’ to get into ClockworkMod recovery.
- Revert to the main recovery screen and select ‘install zip from SD card’ and follow it with ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Choose the ROM .zip file and repeat the same process for Google Apps.
- After installation is over, go to ‘+++++Go Back+++++’ and select ‘reboot system now’. This will kick start the reboot.
- After booting is done, which may need some time- the device will be running Lollipop 5.0.2.
Summing it up
The update process is neither time consuming nor hard. It lets you experience enhancements in Android Lollipop on your Note 2 phablet. However, it is a custom ROM which means you will not be getting support from Google post its installation.