Galaxy Note II users, rejoice! You can now have all the Note 4's features (including UPSM)

Galaxy Note II users, rejoice! You can now have all the Note 4's features (including UPSM)
If your trusty Samsung Galaxy Note II is starting to feel a bit old and comparatively useless, then this ought to bring a smile to your face – a team of Android developers has created a custom ROM (based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat) that basically turns your Note II into a Note 4 – Ditto Note 4, or DN4.

That's right, the so-called Electron Team have ported a very impressive number of Note 4-exclusive features, alongside ones that simply never trickled down to its predecessor two generations back. Those include the likes of Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM), the new Air Commands GUI (with Smart Select included), the Flipboard-exclusive leftmost screen, and a ton of others. Everything else, including the UI and stock Samsung apps like the Clock, Dialer, Messaging, and others, all have the new Note 4 overlay and look exactly like they do on it.

"Sign me up!", you say, but let's make it perfectly clear that this is a pretty serious intervention and only enthusiasts need apply – otherwise you risk messing up your device. A quick glance through the installation instructions reveals as much – you'll need to first root your device, flash a different bootloader, and backup before you even begin the flashing procedure, which is carried out through a custom recovery (TWRP recommended). If any of this sounds only vaguely familiar or altogether alien, you should probably think twice before trying to flash this ROM – better get a friend who knows what he's doing and save yourself the potential trouble.

For the full list of features and installation steps, visit the source link below.

Cheers for the tip, Parth!

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(16h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'm pretty sure that it would lag like hell on the Note II's outdated hardware...

2. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Judging by the video walkthrough – not at all.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Man, you just love making ignorant comments without facts to back them up, don't you? You're pitiful.

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not just that, but calling the Note 2 hardware outdated is shortsighted as well. The Exynos 4 is more potent than the Snap 400 we keep seeing in all the mid-rangers nowadays. If the Snap 400 can handle these elements just fine on a 720 screen, so can the Exynos 4412.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet you just looked at the video and saw none. Its amazing how you have trained your brain to assume lag. This isn't an iPhone. Yes an iPhone can't handle a a newer OS on a 2 year old phone, but many Android devices are even older and handle newer firmwares just fine if done correctly. I didn't see any lag whatsoever. You're just ignorant. Just because you continuously repeat something, doesn't make it a fact.

27. juanca530

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

I installed the DN4 rom, and has almost no lag, but the only lag visible is on the lock screen, but overall its perfect!

3. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Kudos do the developers. No question this wil lag but still they did a good job.

4. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Wow amazing work. Now I am wishing I didnt get rid of my note 2. Tho the 720p screen I was thinking is outdated but nope Apple iPhone 6 is 720p lol sigh

7. techaholic

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

But the iPhone 6 never lags like Note 2! :P

11. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Don't write nonsense.

15. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Something tell me you don't have i6 or never use one get hand on one. Safari and message app, icloud sign in get hang/stuck like crazy, anyway get your hand on one before nonsense comment.

28. jeffblond

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2015


5. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Great! :)

6. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Nice, but what about note 3?

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Nice! Hopefully Samsung will at least give some of these features to the Note 2 via a software update? Can't wait to see what Samsung does with the updates for the Note 2 and 3 as well!

9. manuel1992

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

I have it and it is AWESOME!! It's only 1 gb and it's very smooth. I recommend it. Yes there are some FC but the e-team will fix them in a couple of weeks.

12. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

After seeing the title at this site's home page, I actually wished and expected an official update from Samsung and not sort of rooting. oh well, I failed

13. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

This just goes to prove manufacturers just rip the consumer off with new processor names and a tiny bit of improvement just to keep selling phones,how can G-Note 2 old processor runs so smooth and fast?yet samsung has released Note 3 and now Note 4,by which if consumer hang on to their old phones sooner or later it'll start to lag just to force them to go out and spend on another phone,compare this new smart phone craze how much they cost and last to a window Pc.This got to stop!! from a Note 3 user

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Smoothness is not the only thing we need out of a phone. The GPU/CPU are much weaker and could not handle things like 1080p60 or 2160p30. The screen/camera/design/everything has improved.

19. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

It's not just smoothness that chipset manufacturers had to concern. The market demands 4K video recording, slomo videos, higher resolution screen, higher framerates in lots of other things. My good ol Nexus 4, which has an S4 Pro couldn't even play a 4K video smoothly. But I do believe that manufacturers shouldn't left out older devices from updates if they can still benefit with new OSes like Kitkat.. and probably Lollipop.

20. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I was hoping for the Android Silver program to come out this year. I'd love a new Nexus phone, but I have an intense disdain for phones I can't easily swap batteries with. UPSM is pretty sexy to me and I could see myself leaving the phone in that mode for... 90% of the time.

14. Tolooei

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

samsung Only Note 4

21. jamil20

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I downloaded the dn4 rom and install it in my note 2(shv-e250l) but nothing happen, the interferance & every thing is same.. what can i do to install the dn4 rom on shv-e250l??

22. ghostryder

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Been using dn4 rom for awhile.....lite and smooth with note 4 features

23. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

No point updating OS when hardware is obsolete?

25. carloscaetano

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 09, 2014

Installed a ROM ROM [4.4.4] DN4 (Ditto Note 4) but the camera is giving error. I installed "UPDATE 2 DATE: DN4 (11/04/2014)" and the camera is still giving ERROR.... Help, help, help...

26. manuel1992

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

flash update 1 to fix camera

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