Galaxy S2 I9100 and Note N7000 Finally Taste Android 5.0 Lollipop via XDA’s Custom ROMs
Galaxy S2 I9100 and Note N7000 Finally Taste Android 5.0 Lollipop via XDA’s Custom ROMsAndroid Soul

Galaxy S2 I9100 and Note N7000 users are in for a big surprise, as the industrious Android custom ROM developers have stepped up to the occasion with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs for these devices.

Galaxy S2 I9100

The LollipopS2 team has unleashed the CodeRom Lollipop update, which is currently in its beta stage as developers are working hard to create a fully functional Lollipop custom ROM for the ageing Galaxy S2 I9100.

The CodeRom is currently capable of running the boot animation for Android 5.0 Lolliop, but no further than that.

CodeRom has been reportedly ported via AT&T AOSP ROM, which is also in beta development stage, and hence the LollipopS2 team has invited the Android community to help them in compiling the ROM and getting it to the final working state with all apps and UI in place.

Currently, there seems to be some issue with the ROM's stock CM11 kernel that requires debugging and hence those who wish to contribute their resources and knowledge towards further development of this fascinating Lollipop ROM can post their feedback as well as upload files using the XDA forum thread here.

Download Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM for Galaxy S2 I9100

Those who are eager to get a glimpse of Lollipop update on their Galaxy S2 I9100 can download the same from here.

Galaxy Note N7000

In related news, Galaxy Note N7000 users can now enjoy the first ever Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM on their device, with due credit to retired XDA recognised developer, bauner, who has released the pre-alpha version of CyanogenMod 12 (CM12) Android 5.0 ROM for the N7000.

It has been ascertained that several bugs exist in the current ROM, while some features such as mobile network, wireless LAN and Bluetooth are still non-functional.

Besides, the ROM does not include any built-in recovery tool for installation which could further complicate the process of reverting back to older ROMs in case of issues with the new ROM.

The only saving grace is that you can still return to your original ROM by flashing the kernel/recovery or a full ROM via Odin or Heimdall.

In its current state, the CM12 based Lollipop ROM for N7000 has drawn critical acclamation from Android's loyal fans, given its amazing speed and visually appealing interface.

As the ROM appears to be a stripped down version of the OS, it is still unclear what features will be incorporated in the final finished product.

Working Features

  • boot
  • display
  • touchscreen
  • most of stock apps
  • shutdown
  • sound

Features Not Working

  • mobile network
  • wlan
  • bluetooth
  • home button
  • sdcards
  • sometimes fc's/reboots

Download CM12 Android 5.0 ROM and Gapps for Note N7000

Nevertheless, those who wish to experience the glorifying beauty of Lollipop ROM on their device can grab the CM12 Android 5.0 ROM from here and then download Google Apps from here.

Those who wish to contribute for further development of this ROM can post their feedback and suggestions at the XDA Developer forum thread here.

Steps to Install CyanogenMod 12 Android 5.0 ROM on Galaxy Note N7000

Step 1 - Download CyanogenMod 12 Android 5.0 custom ROM for Galaxy Note on the computer.

Step 2 - Connect and mount the phone's USB mass storage on computer with USB cable.

Step 3 - Now, copy the downloaded CM12 ROM zip file to the root folder on the phone's SD card.

Step 4 - Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.

Step 5 - Now boot the device into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together.

Step 6 - Once the phone enters into CWM Recovery, perform a full data wipe task by clicking Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volumekeys to navigate between options and Power button to select an option in the Recovery Mode.

Step 7 - Then, perform Wipe Cache Partition and wait until the process completes.

Step 8 - Now perform Wipe Dalvik Cache as well. To do this, go to 'advanced'option and then click Wipe Dalvik Cache. This will help in preventing boot loop issues or any boot ROM related errors during firmware installation.

Step 9 - Then return to the main recovery menu and choose Install Zip from SD card.

Step 10 - Now click Choose Zip from SD card. Use volume keys to navigate to the CM12 ROM zip file that you copied earlier to your phone's SD card and choose it by tapping the Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and the installation process will begin.

Note: Repeat Step 9 and Step 10 to install Google Apps (Gapps) as well.

Step 11 - Once the ROM and Gapps installation completes, go to "+++++Go Back+++++" and select Reboot System Now in the Recovery menu.

The phone will now reboot and the first boot may take about five minutes to complete. So, please be patient.

Your Galaxy Note N7000 is now running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop via CM12 custom ROM. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.