This week on XDA TV, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye gives us a basic rundown through some of this week’s biggest development stories. In addition to talking about some April Fools news, Shen highlights the release of the HTC One line and how it should not be compared with the OMAP-based Galaxy Nexus. He then talks about CM9 on the Galaxy W, and how CyanogenMod itself has now found itself a new mascot.
Next, Shen talks about development work and ICS updates for the Transformer, Transformer Prime, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G, Xperia Play, and the AT&T Galaxy Note. Finally, Shen discusses the release of Instagram and Swiftkey 3 Beta for Android.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note users might want to have a look at this. With all the interesting stuff going on with NFC (Near Field Communication), from using Google Wallet to make real-life purchases with your phone to contact sharing and even initializing multiplayer games, it’d be a shame to have a NFC chip in your device and not be able to use it. Some of the more notable devices that have the NFC chip include the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid RAZR, and the HTC Amaze 4G.
The Korean version of the Galaxy Note has an activated NFC chip. Now, thanks to XDA Forum Member fox689, AT&T Note users can enable the NFC chip on their own devices. From the original thread:
This flash contains an xml permissions file and the Tag.apk from the Canadian ROMs.
Once you’ve flashed this you will have the option to turn on NFC in Wireless Settings as well as be able to install NFC apps from the Play Market.
If you’d like to give it a shot on your Note, check the original thread for download links and install directions. You will have to flash this mod through recovery, so be sure to make a full backup of your device and read all instructions before you jump in.
March 20, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Even the most simple modifications can make a big difference to some users. While some modifications completely change the look and feel of an Android phone, there are many out there who enjoy the look and feel of stock software. As such, there are mods out there that do more to enhance the stock feel rather than change it.
I’m intending these mods for those of us that like that stock feel to their phones, but want a little something extra.
These mods were all done and tested using an AT&T Galaxy Note SGH-i717 with the stock rom intact, still odexed except for when mentioned below.
The mod is easily flashed over recovery after a quick cache and dalvik wipe, so installation isn’t hard. Following user request, the developer has also released an ICS Blue version of the toggle, and with some help from other users, a blue battery mod and a CRT animation for those who want a little more Gingerbread or ICS in their stock ROMs.
For those interested in the 14 Toggle Quick Pane, you can find all the information and download links you need in the modification thread, along with all the shout-outs and credits to those who helped. Don’t forget to make a backup before flashing, just in case!