Galaxy Note 2 N7105 is among the lucky few Jelly Bean devices to receive a highly-stable release of custom Android 4.2.2 firmware via Vanilla RootBox v3.9.1 ROM. The other popular devices that are privileged to enjoy a pure Android experience with the latest RootBox ROM include Galaxy S2 I9100G, Galaxy S2 I9100, Galaxy S3 I9300, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus I9250.
Vanilla RootBox v3.9.1 brings the best custom features hand-picked from Android Open Kang Project (AOKP), CyanogenMod (CM10.1) and Paranoid Android ROMs. In other words, it offers a bloatware free, fast user experience in a lightweight package to deliver the best Android experience ever.
The latest Jelly Bean based RootBox custom ROM brings a host of intriguing features such as multi-user support, gesture typing, new quick settings option, lock-screen widget, new camera app, photo sphere, improved Google Now, new daydream feature and miracast display.
Key Features of Vanilla RootBox v3.9.1 ROM
- Per App DPI
- Per App Tablet UI
- Per App Language
- OTA Updates - Goo Manager
- Camera: Save to external memory
- Phone: Advance Phone Settings (Vibrate on Answer, Every 45 Seconds, On Hangup and On Call Waiting)
- Phone: Noise Suppression
- MMS: Message rate alerts (Modify SMS message limit for alert)
- MMS: Fully Customizable MMS Theme
- MMS: Soft Keyboard Type (Emoji, Enter to Send, Enter for a New Line)
- MMS: Emoji Support
- MMS: Read, Delete, Reply and Call options in StatusBar for messages
- Home button call answer (Accessibility Option)
- Variable size pattern lockscreen
- Clock: Increasing Alarm
- Clock: Flip/Shake - Snooze or Dismiss
- Clock: Disable Alarm Icon on Statusbar
NOTE: IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable if the device is damaged or bricked while installing the custom firmware. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
Key Points to Note
- Vanilla RootBox v3.9.1 ROM and the instructions given in this guide are applicable for the Galaxy Note 2 N7105 model only. Do not attempt this procedure on any other device, as it may hard brick or permanently damage the device. Verify the device's model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
- Back up important data and settings on the phone using one of the recommended custom recovery tools such as ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup.
- Verify that the correct USB drivers are installed for Galaxy Note 2 N7105 on computer (download USB drivers).
- Ensure that USB Debugging mode is enabled on the phone navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if the device is running on Android 4.0 or later) or Settings > Applications > Development (if the phone is running on Android 2.3 or earlier). Otherwise, if the device is running Android 4.2, then perform the following steps:
- Go to Settings > About Phone
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select Build Number
- Tap the phone's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings. Then select the checkbox to enable USB Debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
- Make sure that the phone has at least 80 per cent battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) during firmware installation, as this may inadvertently brick or damage the device.
- Double check to see that the device is factory unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with CWM recovery installed on it.
- If the device is stuck at booting or facing intermittent boot loop issues after installing the firmware, then perform Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache for four to five more times before rebooting.
- Allow the newly installed ROM to stabilize for five to ten minutes after first boot before working on it.
- If Status 7 error appears on screen, then it could mean that an incompatible device is being flashed with the firmware or a related kernel needs to be installed (for instance, before installing a Jelly Bean ROM, it is necessary to install a Jelly Bean kernel first).
How to Update Galaxy Note 2 N7105 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with RootBox v3.9.1
Step 1: Connect and Mount the Galaxy Note 2 N7105 storage on computer via USB cable.
Step 2: Without extracting, copy the downloaded ROM and Google Apps Zip files to the root folder on the phone's SD card.
Step 3: After the file transfer process completes, disconnect the phone's USB cable from computer and then Power off the phone.
Step 4: Boot the phone into recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power button together. Wait until the screen flashes and then release all three buttons. (Note: Use Volume buttons to navigate between options and Power button to select an option in recovery).
Step 5: Take a Nandroid Backup of the existing ROM, so that it can be restored later if the new ROM fails to work or if you want to go back to previous/original ROM. To do a backup, choose Backup and Restore and then click Backup again on next screen. Return to main recovery menu once backup is done.
Step 6: Perform Wipe Data/Factory Reset and then choose Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait for a few minutes until the data wipe process completes. Then, return to CWM recovery main menu.
Step 7: Do Wipe Cache Partition and after the process completes, choose Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option. Once this process is also completed, proceed to the next step.
Step 8: Choose Install Zip from SD card and then click Choose Zip from SD card. Now, navigate to the RootBox v3.9.1 ROM zip file that you copied earlier in step 3 and choose it by tapping Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and the installation process will begin.
Step 9: After the ROM installation is complete, repeat step 8 but choose the GApps file instead of ROM zip to install Google Apps package.
Step 10: Go back to the main recovery menu and hit Reboot System Now. The phone will now reboot into the newly installed ROM. However, the first boot may be time-consuming and take about five minutes to complete. So, leave it alone.
Restoring Previous/Original ROM: To go back to the previous ROM, boot into recovery, choose Backup and Restore and then restore the previous ROM by choosing it from the list.
Galaxy Note 2 N7105 is now running on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based Vanilla RootBox v3.9.1 custom ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to confirm the firmware version installed.
[Source: Droid Noobs]