On every popular device to come out on Android is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This handset has also been a favourite with developers. While it will get an update to Jelly Bean 4.2, there is no release date, but you can go ahead and install it with the help of a custom ROM.
Care has to be taken when updating your handset this way and you take responsibility for the handset, not the developer.
Before going ahead and installing the ROM you do have to check for certain things.
Check that you are holding the right version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, this should be AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. The handset should have been rooted too.
It needs to have around 70% battery and this is important as you don’t want the battery to run out during the installation, if it does, it may damage the device.
You will also need to back up your device; you can then restore the data.
Turn off security programs on the computer and the device.
Head to Settings – Application Development and make sure that USB Debugging is enabled on your handset.
You should have ClockworkMod or something similar installed.
Download the ROM and read any instructions carefully.
Follow the steps outlined below to put Jelly Ban 4.2.2 on your handset.
1. Install the Samsung USB drivers on your computer.
2. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to the computer then copy the appropriate custom ROM and the Google Apps package on the SD card of your device.
3. Switch off the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and reboot it into Recovery mode. To do this, press and hold the Volume up + Volume down + Power keys after the device turned off.
4. Create a nAndroid backup for your current ROM which you can restore later if something goes wrong. Select “backup and restore > backup.” You can select “restore” if you decided to revert back to your current ROM.
5. In the main menu, select “wipe data/factory reset” and “wipe cache partition.” After that, go back and select “advanced > wipe Dalvik cache.”
6. Go back to the main menu and select “install zip from SD card > choose zip from SD card.” Choose the custom ROM zip file you have copied on your Galaxy Note and confirm installation. Do the same with the Google Apps package.
7. Once the installation is complete, go back to the main menu and select “reboot system now.”
8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will reboot and may take up to 5 minutes to complete the first run of the latest ROM.
You will now have Jelly Bean 4.2.2 on your handset and be enjoying all the customisations that comes from Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod and AOKP. This should keep you entertained until the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is released!