December 22, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
It’s official: Android 4.2 AOSP releases are flying off the shelves like space toys in the 1960s. While it took a little longer than the frenzy of 4.1 AOSP-based ROMs, momentum has finally picked up on the latest version of Android. It likely won’t be long before a whole bunch of devices get releases. For now, AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Me P350 owners can have some CM10.1 fun.
The stark contrast of new and old truly shows the versatility of developers here on XDA. The AT&T Galaxy Note II CM10.1 release was posted by XDA Senior Member madmack, and the Optimus P350 CM10.1 build was ported by XDA Senior Member PecanCM. In terms of stability, they aren’t half bad, and are more stable than some releases we’ve talked about. The not working list for the P350 includes:
and other all things that not added in working list
and the AT&T Note II not working list:
-In call audio.
While neither may be fully daily driver material just yet, the ROMs are not far off. Additionally, as most of the Galaxy Note II variants are pretty similar, users not on AT&T may see CM10.1 for their devices sooner than later.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II blurs the line between phone and tablet. As such, user opinions on things like the grid size are quite varied. For some, the good old fashioned four-by-four grid is just fine. Others, however, would rather use that extra screen size to increase the grid to five-by-five or even six-by-six. Now, there is a tutorial to help users change it to whatever they want.
XDA Recognized Developer garyd9 has released a tutorial that lets users change the grid size of the stock TouchWiz Launcher. It’s based on a similar tutorial for the Galaxy S III by XDA Senior Member Toss3. The tutorial was modified to work with the Galaxy Note II and re-released for everyone. As garyd9 explains:
Now, I found I didn’t like these directions as-is. First, I thought the icon labels got too truncated when using this with 5 columns. Second, I really didn’t like how this mod moved the little “page” indicator dots below the docked icons. (The photo’s on this thread don’t show that, but if you follow the directions, they are moved.)
There’s only one thing better than downloading a custom firmware for your phone: Customizing that firmware yourself.
Following that is a laundry list of notes and code examples to help users get the desired effect themselves. If you’re up for modding the TouchWiz Launcher, check out the original thread.
December 4, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The Galaxy Note II wasn’t released long ago, but it has enjoyed a controversial existence so far. While the phone is quite an impressive device, Samsung has had some issues with documentation that has frustrated many developers working on all Exynos-based devices. That didn’t stop the AOSP goodness from flowing in, though, and now the AT&T Galaxy Note II variant has a CM10 port.
The port was released by XDA Senior Member madmack. It is an initial release, so it’s a little rough around the edges. As madmack notes:
Radio, audio, wifi, bluetooth and GPS should work. I haven’t had time to test this thing thoroughly so feedback is welcome!
The stylus doesn’t work. Need to investigate.
Dev talk: The device tree was forked from N7100. Most of the board share the same peripherals so it was a matter of getting the correct defconfig and the correct initramfs.
That should be encouraging for AT&T Note II owners, as many of the issues should be fixed relatively soon. Of course, as with most ports, there are likely to be a couple lingering issues. However, the majority of the issues should be fixed soon. This is also good news for the other US variants of the Galaxy Note II. Because they share largely the same hardware, getting this ported to the other versions should be a relatively simple task.
For the full details, check out the original thread.
November 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
There are a number of files in Android devices that control a large number of parameters. Perhaps the most well known of which is the build.prop. Inside the build.prop, you can find a number of variables that directly impact device functionality. From there, you can tweak all kinds of things, and even change what the software thinks is the model number of your device. For many TouchWiz devices, there is a similar file called CSC.
XDA Senior Member garyd9 has begun going through the file to figure out what it does, as well as what it controls on the AT&T Galaxy Note II. As each file has a lot of carrier-specific info, much of it may not be compatible with the other variants.
So far there aren’t very many useful discoveries. It was found that if CscFeature_Email_UseFixedBgColorAsWhite is changed to false, the Email app will appear inverted. It was also found that deleting some lines will cause things to break. For the most part, many of the lines can be altered or deleted without much of a consequence. However, given how many build.prop tweaks there are, AT&T Galaxy Note II users may be finding some CSC tweaks in the near future.
To learn more or to help contribute, check out the original thread.