If you’re one of those Galaxy Note owners who feel they’re stuck with an antediluvian device post the release of the Note predecessor- Galaxy Note 2, here’s something to cheer about. Though you cannot port the hardware configurations of Note 2 like- 2 GB RAM, Quad-core processor or 3100 mAh battery, but you can blur the apparent difference between Galaxy Note and Note 2 by installing a Custom ROM.
The Custom ROM replaces your stock firmware with the Android 4.1.2 Note 2 ROM. It provides everything which the Galaxy Note 2 provides, ranging from the multi-window feature, Note 2 Gallery, extended settings, Airview, and much more. The ROM has been modified to support the multi-window feature for almost all apps and has pre-installed support for swipe gestures.
Improvements have been made on the default Android 4.1.2 Note 2 ROM as well. For instance, the multi-window feature now supports more apps, and the air-view has been customized to work flawlessly using Galaxy Note S-pen.
That being said, the ROM is just a juvenile attempt to developing multi-window based custom ROMs for Android phones. As the concept evolves, and becomes more popular, we would see more such custom ROMs being ported to Android devices.
Of course, you would need to root your Galaxy Note, prior to installing the ROM. If you’re bewildered by the concept of rooting your phone, here is a complete walkthrough on the “rooting process”. We also recommend performing a ‘clean’ install of the custom ROM. If you’re a complete newbie to the world of custom ROMs, this thread on xdadevelopers is a good place to start.
The ROM looks beautiful, works fast, and is simple to use. Though Galaxy Note does not work as swiftly as Galaxy Note 2, it pretty much makes up for the differences. (It isn’t slower; it just isn’t that snappier)
However, at the end of the day, the ROM saves more than 600$ and provides you an interface which nearly resembles the latest state-of-the-art smartphone by Samsung.