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    Default First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Hi,

    I've never owned a smartphone other than BlackBerry's - so this is new to me. I have a Samsung Galaxy S2
    Currently running Android Version 4.1.2
    I'd like to do a fresh install of KitKat

    Is there some step by step guide to do this?
    Did some searching, someone mentioned rooting the device.
    Is there a place where I can follow step by step how to do that (if that is what is needed)
    And then proceed to install KitKat?

    Thank you so much.
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    If you really need it( I mean man thats an old phone) Use Cyanogen Mod. CyanogenMod | Android Community Operating System
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Thanks Chex313 - I don't know if I need it, I just figured it would be best to start with the latest OS? I'll give your link a shot
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Quote Originally Posted by Doggerz View Post
    Thanks Chex313 - I don't know if I need it, I just figured it would be best to start with the latest OS? I'll give your link a shot
    Welcome to the forums.
    Basic steps would be: Root, flash custom recovery, flash custom ROM like Cyanogen.

    Be advised: Always follow rooting instructions and ROMs for your EXACT model number.
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Welcome to AC

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Welcome to the community! Do what Golfdriver said.
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Welcome to the forums! Let us know if you have any questions!

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Welcome to the forums!
    I agree with Golfdriver.
    Good luck and let us know how it goes.

    Sent From Inside The TARDIS in a Galaxy S4 Away!
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Welcome to the best forum around!

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Welcome to Android Central! What version of the S2 do you have?

    -Wizzrah, Android Central Ambassador | Sent from my AT&T HTC One X running CodefireX 4.4.2
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    Welcome to the forums.
    Basic steps would be: Root, flash custom recovery, flash custom ROM like Cyanogen.

    Be advised: Always follow rooting instructions and ROMs for your EXACT model number.
    Good instructions, and welcome to Android Central!

    dpham00, Android Central Moderator
    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk Pro
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    Welcome to Android Central! What version of the S2 do you have?

    -Wizzrah, Android Central Ambassador | Sent from my AT&T HTC One X running CodefireX 4.4.2
    Hi -

    It's SGH-T989
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Thanks Everyone for the warm welcome, It's a little scary making a transition to a new platform. You guys are great.
    Took me a long time to be knowledgeable about BB10 and how to load things not available from the carrier and all the little tricks and stuff - so its like starting all over from the very bottom again, so I really appreciate the kindness of everyone who took the time to say hi.

    I'm going to try finding my exact model number and doing what Golfdriver said to do. I'll reply back when I've successfully made it to KitKat
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    Welcome to Android Central!
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Quote Originally Posted by Doggerz View Post
    Thanks Everyone for the warm welcome, It's a little scary making a transition to a new platform. You guys are great.
    Took me a long time to be knowledgeable about BB10 and how to load things not available from the carrier and all the little tricks and stuff - so its like starting all over from the very bottom again, so I really appreciate the kindness of everyone who took the time to say hi.

    I'm going to try finding my exact model number and doing what Golfdriver said to do. I'll reply back when I've successfully made it to KitKat
    Before you flash a KK ROM in your custom recovery, make a nandroid backup. That way you have something to restore if anything goes wrong

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Ok wanted you guys to know I rooted my device and installed a KitKat Rom. Two actually. The first was called Hell Kat and it was just a little too bright for me. I wanted something to star with that might look as close to what Samsung might release. So I tried CM11. I think I'm ok with that.

    So many possibilities to do with this phone. And I know it's an old model.

    I am enjoying playing games with my BlackBerry Z30 which has a 5 inch screen. I am really considering a Galaxy Note 3 - but thought I'd ask you guys if there are any 5 inch android phones to also consider. The Note is quite a bit bigger which might be nice but just was wondering if another company other than Samsung might have a model worth considering.?

    Thanks again for helping a total newbie root and installed a new Rom on day 1.

    Posted via Android Central App
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    Default Re: First TIme Android User - Need Help Upgrading to KitKat

    Quote Originally Posted by Doggerz View Post
    Ok wanted you guys to know I rooted my device and installed a KitKat Rom. Two actually. The first was called Hell Kat and it was just a little too bright for me. I wanted something to star with that might look as close to what Samsung might release. So I tried CM11. I think I'm ok with that.

    So many possibilities to do with this phone. And I know it's an old model.

    I am enjoying playing games with my BlackBerry Z30 which has a 5 inch screen. I am really considering a Galaxy Note 3 - but thought I'd ask you guys if there are any 5 inch android phones to also consider. The Note is quite a bit bigger which might be nice but just was wondering if another company other than Samsung might have a model worth considering.?

    Thanks again for helping a total newbie root and installed a new Rom on day 1.

    Posted via Android Central App
    5 inch seems to be the spot that many OEMs shot for. There is the HTC One M7 and M8, Galaxy S5, Nexus 5, LG G2 and the 3 is probably going to be about that big, the Sony Xperia Z2...and I think we are barely scratching the surface.

    From a Liquid Nexus 5
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