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For this week’s Note 2 ROM of the week, check out CM11 ROM.
Last week we did see a usable CM11 ROM but with video replay broken and other bugs like data being a bit wonky for Sprint Note 2 users.
Well, we’ve got some great news for you, latest CM11 ROM builds for all AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Canadian, GT-N7105, and GT-N7100 Note 2s are nearly perfect in terms of having everything working out of the box including data/4G LTE, WiFi, camera/camcorder, YouTube, video replay, bluetooth, etc…etc…
The only minor bug on the latest CM11 ROM is bluetooth voice search, which shouldn’t be a problem for most of you unless you use your bluetooth headset to do voice search on a daily basis. (Also for GT-N7100 version only, your proximity sensor might not be working correctly, see here for bandaid fix.)
The good thing is that now you can try CM11 ROM as a full daily drivin’ ROM for your Note 2 and get to really experience Android 4.4 KitKat on a daily basis. It’s very exciting to be in the middle of all of this development on the Note 2. Also note that, Note 2 probably has one of the best custom ROM experiences as it supports older Android 4.1.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, and now 4.4. I find this experience missing in some of the newer devices like the Note 3 where you are stuck with only newer 4.3/4.4 custom ROMs.
Overall, CM11 ROMs seems fast and stable at this point to recommend as a daily driver so if you are not running Android 4.4 KitKat yet, definitely give it a go this week(end) and do let me know what you think!
Download CM11 ROM for Galaxy Note 2 (for all AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-T889, GT-N7105, or Canadian SGH-i337M/T889V)
Download Android 4.4 Gapps (DO NOT USE OLDER 4.3 Gapps you will FC!!!)
BEFORE INSTALLING, UPGRADE your CWM Recovery to v126.96.36.199 or higher using ROM Manager App from the Play Store. Also if using TWRP, use Goo Manager app to update to v188.8.131.52 or higher. Otherwise you will FAIL during install! You can also install CWM Recovery manually here.
To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Advanced Wipe for TWRP or Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)
Note: CM11 does not have root enabled by default but you can easily enable it for adb & apps in Developer options. If you do not know how to do this, see this video.
If you don’t know what’s “new” with Android 4.4 KitKat, definitely check out our Top 10 Android 4.4 KitKat Features video right here:
Download Flash Player APK (if you want flash player use with Dolphin browser)
DownloadAndroid 4.3 PhotoSphere (uninstall existing Gallery app using Titanium Backup app then install this!)
If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.
If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.
If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.