It’s been quite awhile since the last time we looked at HyperDrive ROM. I didn’t expect much to change since then but wow, HyperDrive ROM has to be the best TouchWiz custom ROM “right now” for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V. First thing I noticed with HyperDrive ROM is its blazing speed (even with all of my apps loaded as Verizon Note 3 is my daily driver) along with its abundance of endless features it provides
For those of you who want to install SM-N9005 KitKat custom ROM on your T-Mobile SM-N900T or Canadian Note 3 SM-N900W8, Android 4.3 patch does not work. But the good news is that I tweaked the patch to make it work along with any T-Mobile KitKat kernel such as Compulsion or Saber kernel. Before you try this, you must have the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat bootloader. If you’ve never upgraded to the official KitKat ROM for
For those of you who are still waiting for Samsung/AT&T’s update on Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware for the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900A, your long wait is over as there is a “ported” version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM you can install right now. KnoxRaid, developed by XDA user Drakeymcmb, is such a custom ROM that brings you all the goodness of KitKat to AT&T Galaxy Note 3 owners (probably many months earlier). Besides having a full KitKat ROM, you will also benefit from having ZERO AT&T bloatware. The KnoxRaid ROM comes nearly stock-
For this week’s Verizon Note 3 SM-N900V ROM of the week, check out Eclipse ROM with Android 4.3 and complete overhaul of TouchWiz UI to AOSP. As many of you well know, due to Verizon’s idiocy policy on locked bootloaders, Verizon Note 3 users have not been able to install AOSP ROMs such as CyanogenMod, AOKP, etc…etc… Well, there’s a custom ROM to solve that, the Eclipse ROM by renowned XDA developer Nitroglycerine33. I have been using Nitroglycerine33′s Eclipse ROMs since my days with the Verizon Note 2, and I can tell you all of his
For this week’s T-Mobile Note 3 ROM of the week, check out Jedi Elite KK ROM! Based on latest T-Mobile Android 4.4.2 firmware, Jedi Elite KK ROM is probably the best way to enhance your stock firmware with an AROMA graphical installer (that lets YOU choose which apps to install), enhance your overall speed/performance/battery life of the phone, and plethora of options including Viper4Android, LMT Pie, Floating Notifications, Wanam Xposed, Pen Window Manager, and lots more. Since this is the first version of Jedi Elite for KitKat, there will be a lot of room for m
For this week’s ROM of the week, check out Anthem IOAP ROM for Galaxy Note 3, available for any LTE-based Note 3 with unlocked bootloader such as T-Mobile SM-N900T, Sprint SM-N900P, Canadian SM-N900W8, SM-N9005, etc…etc… (If you have unlocked bootloader with AT&T or Verizon Note 3, you can also install it. E.g. you bought the developer edition. But does NOT work with Safestrap.) I have been guilty of using TouchWiz a bit too much lately but upon trying Anthem IOAP ROM, I am convinced it’s much better way to go. You won’t see any lag th
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V ROM of the week, check out HyperDrive ROM by XDA user Sbreen94. UPDATE: Please see latest version of HyperDrive ROM here instead!!! Based on latest Verizon firmware Android 4.3 MJ7, HyperDrive ROM brings you stock-like Samsung experience with much better performance, battery life, and LOTS of great features.
For those of you traveling abroad outside the U.S. with your Verizon Galaxy Note 3, did you know that your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 is a “world phone”? The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 comes “unlocked”, meaning you can use any GSM SIM card and use it as a world phone. And yes, this method will allow you to use your Verizon Note 3 on networks like AT&T or T-Mobile. However, you will not be able to get 4G LTE on AT&T or T-Mobile, you may be able to get 4G LTE in other countries though (if 4G LTE is compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE frequencies). HSPA+ w
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900 ROM of the week, check out VN ROM. Based on latest Android 4.3 N900XXUCMJ6 Samsung firmware, VN ROM brings you lots of goodies while weeding out annoying features like Knox. For starters, VN ROM comes with a choice of stock or transparent theme. I highly recommend the transparent theme as it’s a major part of the ROM and gives you some nice visual upgrades to your Note 3.
For this week’s Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V ROM of the week and also our first Verizon Note 3 ROM featured on our site, check out Jelly Beans ROM! Jelly Beans ROM is built by XDA user BeansTown106, who has been making some excellent custom ROMs for many other Samsung smartphone like the Note 2, S4, S3, and much more. Jelly Beans ROM has always been my “go to” custom ROMs simply because it’s built on Verizon stock firmware with lots of new features. I find it just as stable as stock except Jelly Beans ROM is much faster than stock with unneces
For those of you who want to install custom ROM on your Galaxy Note 3 with a locked bootloader, now you can use SafeStrap recovery by XDA user HashCode to do so. This is a custom recovery that works around the locked bootloader so you can install custom ROMs, very similar to TWRP but slightly different. Currently, only Verizon Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900V is supported but AT&T Note 3 SM-N900A should be supported in the upcoming weeks (my guess is around next week) but the instructions should be same for both. THIS IS ONLY FOR VERIZON OR AT&T NOTE 3, DO NOT FOLLOW UNLE
If you are a T-Mobile or Canadian Note 3 user with either SM-N900T or SM-N900W8, we have some great news for you. You can now install any SM-N9005 custom ROM on your T-Mobile or Canadian Note 3 with everything working out of the box. This is for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROMs ONLY, for Android 4.4.2 KitKat, go here instead. Previously, you could install SM-N9005 custom ROM on T-Mobile or Canadian Note 3 but the problem was that Wifi, Bl
There’s already a working CWM recovery which means you may be able to easily root your brand, new Galaxy Note 3 easily. Here’s an outline of steps you must do to root your Galaxy Note 3. This guide works for all Jelly Bean Android 4.3 and KitKat Android 4.4.2. For KitKat, make sure you use the updated CWM recovery instead. Currently this root guide is for Windows only (or use VMWare for Linux/Mac) but I will have an updated Mac/Linux guide
For this week’s Sprint Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900P ROM of the week, check out the latest Sacs KitKat ROM. Based on the latest Sprint Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, Sacs KitKat ROM aims to bring more functionality/speed to Note 3 users without all the bloatware. The moment I upgraded my Sprint Galaxy Note 3 to the latest official Sprint KitKat was one of the worst moments in my life having to deal with Sprint bloatware that I did not want and slowed my phone down to a crawl.
For this week’s Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 ROM of the week, check out X Note ROM v5.1. You can also install this on T-Mobile SM-N900T or Canadian SM-N900W8 by installing additional files. Based on latest MJ7 Samsung firmware Android 4.3, X-Note ROM brings you lots of features and none of that bloatware to give you blazing speeds along with great battery life. First off, latest X-Note ROM now ships with Android