While it is not confirmed whether Samsung will release the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for its Galaxy Note 3, users of the device with the model number SM-N9005 can experience the new firmware on their handsets thanks to a new Sonic Open Kang Project (SOKP) custom ROM. The firmware, which includes several customized features, is based on the stock factory image of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The new SOKP custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is not an official firmware release by the South Korean firm. It will require users to root their handsets, and have custom recovery such as ClockworkMod installed on the device, before flashing the custom ROM.

Here are some key aspects to remember before installing the SOKP ROM on the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005):

  • Users must ensure proper backup of personal data on the phone
  • The handset should have at least 80 percent battery power
  • USB drivers for the Galaxy Note 3 must be installed on the computer
  • USB debugging must be enabled on the phone
  • Make sure that the device is a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the model number SM-N9005

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

Step 1: Download SOKP Android 5.1.1 ROM for Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Step 2: Download Google Apps on to the computer.

Step 3: Connect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the computer using USB cable, and transfer the SOKP ROM file and Gapps package file to the device’s SD Card. It should be noted that the files are saved in the SD Card root, and not in any other folder.

Step 4: Switch off the handset and enter recovery mode by pressing and holding volume up, home and power buttons simultaneously.

Step 5: Once the handset is in recovery mode, perform a factory reset by selecting “wipe data/factory reset.” Now select “wipe cache partition.” 

Step 6: Now return to the recovery menu and select “install zip from SD card.”

Step 7: Select “choose zip from sdcard.” Use the volume keys to navigate to the SOKP ROM’s zip file and select it using the Power button.

Step 8: Repeat the previous step for the Google Apps and install it on the handset.

Step 9: After the installation is complete, go back to recovery’s Main menu and select “reboot system now.”

[Source: Sonic Developers, Team Android]