The Galaxy Note 2 is one of the most popular Android smartphones on the planet, but unfortunately for its users, the phone hasn't been updated to the latest and greatest version of Google's operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Thanks to the massive pool of developers working tirelessly on the operating system's open-source project, the Galaxy Note 2 can finally be updated to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean using a custom ROM.

The Galaxy Note 2 can be updated to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean using the custom ROM developed by the Android Open Kang Project developers. Although the AOKP ROM developers have been releasing fewer updates, every time they finally release an update, it's a huge one. This time, the third official Jelly Bean 4.2 release from the developers include the support for the Acer Iconia Tab A510, the international version of the Galaxy Note 2 LTE, and T-Mobile's Galaxy S2.

The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version of AOKP adds several features and functions to the latest iteration of Android. One of the most coveted features is the inclusion of "tablet mode." The mode allows users to add the navigation and status bar introduced in Android Honeycomb 3.0 that was eventually killed off by Google. Although users are able to activate the navigation bar, it doesn't always work properly and can occasionally interview with the usability of other apps.

There's also a feature that allows the navigation bar to be hidden automatically. "When the setting is enabled, the default navigation bar will be hidden, allowing apps to take up nearly the entire screen. When you need it, swipe up in the activation area (the little white tab in the screenshot above) to bring it up for a few seconds," reports Android Police.

Here's a full list of the updates:

§ New devices (scroll down to see the full list!)

§ a510 - Acer Iconia Tab A510

§ hercules - Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile)

§ i9100 - Galaxy S2 (International / Exynos)

§ i9100g - Galaxy S2 (International / OMAP)

§ t0lte - Galaxy Note 2 LTE

§ New features

§ General UI

§ UI mode selector - Phone / Phablet / Tablet

§ Transparency control for all the things!

§ Dual panel at any DPI

§ Car Home is back

§ Lockscreen

§ Allow timeout / instant lock for Slide

§ Quick unlock (PIN/password can unlock without pressing enter)

§ Navigation Bar

§ Hiding NavBar - if you enable this, NavBar won't be visible all the time, you can slide up from the bottom of your screen and it comes back!

§ Recents - GB style

§ Custom icon tint

§ Menu UI overflow

§ Statusbar

§ LastApp Toggle

Please Note: The iDigital Times cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong during the updating process. This method requires flashing your smartphone. Please proceed at your own risk. Flashing your device can void the warranty. This tutorial is meant to be used a reference only. Please proceed with caution.

Here's how to install Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Note 2 using AOKP custom ROM:

Step One: Prepare your device for the ROM installation. Make sure that your device is rooted with ClockworkMod Recovery installed on it. Download the AOKP 4.2 ROM and Google Apps Package. Connect the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to the PC via USB.

Step Two: Copy the AOKP Zip file and Google Apps Zip file onto the SD card of the phone. Don't extract either of the files. Disconnect yoru phone from the USB drive of your computer and turn off yoru phone.

Step Three: Boot the phone into ClockworkMod recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. The Samsung logo will appear on the screen. Release all three buttons for a quick moment (about half a second) and start holding them all again. You will see the ClockworkMod recovery screen. Use the volume keys to browse between options in recovery mode. Use the power key to select an option.

Step Four: Use Nandroid to backup your existing ROM. Select "Backup and Restore," then on the next screen, select "Backup." Go back to the main recovery menu after the backup is completed. After backing up your data, perform a data wipe. To do so, select "wipe data/ factory reset," then select "Yes" on the next screen to confirm the action. Wait until the data wipe is completed.

Step Five: Select "install zip from sdcard" and then select "choose zip from sdcard." After that, locate the AOKP custom ROM Zip file that you moved over to the SD card. Select it by pressing the power button on the phone. Confirm the installation by selecting "Yes - Install" on the screen. The ROM will begin installing.

Step Six: After the custom ROM is successfully installed, repeat Step Five, but this time, choose the Google Apps Zip file. After the installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu. Select "reboot system now" to reboot the smartphone. The Galaxy Note 2 should boot into a customized version of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. The first boot may take some time, so please be patient.

Step Seven: Enjoy!