I finally got around this weekend to rooting my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and installing CyanogenMod on it. There were, however, a couple of heart-stopping moments along the way, moments when I thought, “uh, oh, that’s it, my phone is dead.”
Fortunately this wasn’t the result of the my weekend, thanks to a pretty good guide on TechnoBuffalo which provided the basics, and then dozens of Android forums which seemingly have an answer to just about any amateur’s question.
In retrospect quite a few of the missteps along the way were the result of my ignorance and I hope that the next time I do this it will be a lot easier.
I’m pretty pleased with the result. I now not only have a phone running Android 4.3.1 but I also have a phone free of all the, mostly unused, applications that cellphone makers love to pile on top of Android.
For the curious I jumped right into the breech and installed one of the most CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightly builds. After all, who needs stability when you can have bleeding edge? So far I’m pretty pleased with this choice. It’s clean and fast and I love the more Nexus-like interface.
All things considered, some weekend hours well spent.