Galaxy Note II users, rejoice! You can now have all the Note 4's features (including UPSM)
posted by Chris P. / Nov 03, 2014, 1:59 AM
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!
- 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)
- 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)
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I'm pretty sure that it would lag like hell on the Note II's outdated hardware...
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 2:15 AM 0
Not just that, but calling the Note 2 hardware outdated is shortsighted as well.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.
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 9:13 AM 1
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.
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 10:08 AM 2
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
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 2:26 AM 6
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But the iPhone 6 never lags like Note 2! :P
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 3:42 AM 0
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
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 5:48 AM 2
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.
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 11:14 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 03, 2014, 11:47 AM 0
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...
posted on Nov 09, 2014, 9:34 PM 0
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