The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may yet not be available over-the-air, but users can already test out Android 4.4 KitKat on their 2012 device courtesy of OmniROM.
OmniROM is notably one of the newer ROM customization teams out currently, but it is quickly gaining popularity. The team especially wowed customization with its implementation of its Multi-Window UI, which is notably not supported by other ROM customization teams.
Since the Oct. 31 release of Android 4.4 KitKat, which is still exclusive to the Nexus 5 smartphone, the OmniROM team has developed experimental custom KitKat ROMs for a host of devices inducing the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, LG Optimus G, Galaxy S2, Oppo Find 5, Xperia T. The team hopes to soon provide Omni 4.4 nightly builds for the aforementioned devices, in addition to support for many more devices.
Most recently, OmniROM has tackled the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which has been particularly unlucky in the realm of official system updates. The Galaxy Note 2 has been running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean since its release in September 2012; only models manufactured months after its release happen to run Android 4.1.2 instead of 4.1.1. The Galaxy Note 2 is currently scheduled to update to Android 4.3 Jelly, possibly as early as next Wednesday; however, this is not confirmed. For now, tech savvy Galaxy Note 2 owners may just have to make due with running a custom Android 4.4 ROM on their handsets.
Interested users can head over to the XDA Developers Forum for more information on how to get the OmniROM Android 4.4 KitKat update.
OmniROM has also recently detailed some of the features it has planned for its custom Android 4.4 ROM, including an open source Omni Installer, a fully open and secure, OTA system, and OmniROM original security features among many others. The team also promises “more customization than what you ever could think of.” Further device builds and features are expected to rollout within weeks.
Other ROMs Currently Out
OmniROM isn’t the only team hard at work developing custom ROMs for Android 4.4. Many teams are still in the process of developing their Android 4.4 ROMs; however, many others have initial release ROMs already available for public download. Check them out below.
Rootzwiki AOSP KitKat ROM for 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7.
Rootzwiki AOSP KitKat ROM for HTC One (AT&T).
Rootzwiki Shiny ROM for Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon).
SlimKat ROM for Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GSM).
SlimKat ROM for Nexus 10.
AOSP KitKat ROM for Sony Xperia Z.
CyanogenMod 11 based ROM for Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300).
CyanogenMod 11 based ROM for Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T).
CyanogenMod 11 based ROM for HTC Incredible S.
AOSP RevolutionROM for Sony Xperia Z1.
Android 4.4 ROM for Motorola Moto X (T-Mobile).
AOSP KitKat ROM for HTC One X+.
Keep in mind that installing custom ROMs may void device warranties. Users should proceed with caution and back up their devices before installing the software.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.