The international LTE variant of Samsung Electronics Co.’s (KRX:005935) Galaxy Note 3, with the model number SM-N9005, can now be updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat by installing the new Omega custom ROM, which is based on the official XXUENA6 Android 4.4.2 firmware released for the device.

The Omega ROM, which brings many new features to the smartphone, is not an official release by Samsung, so users need to root their device before flashing the firmware. The device is also required to have a custom recovery such as ClockworkMod to flash the ROM zip.

Here are a set of aspects that users should be aware of before flashing the ROM:

- Ensure proper back-up for personal data on the phone

- The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power

- The computer to be used in the installation process must have USB drivers for the Galaxy Note 3 installed

- Ensure USB Debugging is enabled on the phone

- The tutorial is only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005)

If the device freezes on booting during the installation, users can perform wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik before rebooting the phone.

Note: International Business Times cannot be held responsible if anything goes wrong. Users should proceed at their own risk.


Step 1: Download Omega custom ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3 to your computer.

Step 2: Connect the Galaxy Note 3 to PC via USB and copy the ROM to the root folder of your handset’s SD card without extracting them.

Step 3: Disconnect USB and switch off the phone.

Step 4: Get into the Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.

Step 5: In the ClockworkMod Recovery Mode, perform a factory reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Use the Power button to select options. Now, perform a cache wipe by selecting “wipe cache partition.”

Step 6: From CWM recovery, go to “Advanced” menu and then select “wipe dalvik cache.”

Step 7: Go back to the main recovery screen and select “install zip from sdcard” and then select “choose zip from sdcard.”

Step 8: Use the Volume keys to go to the Android 4.4.2 ROM zip file copied to the SD card and select it using the Power button.

Step 9: After the installation is complete, press the “+++Go back+++” button to go back to the main recovery menu and select “reboot system now.”

After the installation is complete, the Galaxy Note 3 will reboot, which should take about five minutes.

[Source: Team Android]