October 16, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
When the Samsung Galaxy Note arrived on AT&T, the extra-large capacitive screen and S Pen were its biggest selling points. For many users, the S Pen and its button are integral to the functionality and productivity of the Note. Those who were unwilling to give up that functionality have been forced to stick with stock ROMs. All that has changed with the newest version of ParanoidAndroid for the Samsung Galaxy Note i717, brought to us by XDA Senior Member JamieD81.
The ROM is based on Android 4.1.2, and features full support for the S Pen and the gestures that can be done with it. This is exciting news for the i717 community, to say the least. ParanoidAndroid 2.21 has a host of other features as well, including Google Now compatibility and a layout switcher that allows users to select between phone, tablet, and phablet UI modes. You can even set different UI modes on a per-app basis (tablet-mode Youtube, anyone?). If you want to give it a shot on your Galaxy Note i717, be sure to make a full backup of your device, and then head on over to the release thread.
Update: Please be aware that the S Pen features are still under review by the CyanogenMod team. It appears that the code may allow for an exploit of the screenshot function. The S Pen functions are still under review and have not been committed to the CM source code. JamieD81 (who based his work on Paranoid Android, which features code based on CM10) has decided to include these features early. If you understand the risk and still wish to continue then by all means, do so. When the CM team commits the S Pen code, you can be sure to read about it.
September 25, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
When it comes to source-built releases, there always seems to be that one glaring issue that lingers around long after the others are fixed. For instance, last year the EVO 4G developers had some trouble with getting WiMAX on CyanogenMod 7. Usually it is something minor like the camera or Bluetooth. Two devices that have struggled with this are the ASUS Transformer Prime and the AT&T Galaxy Note.
The original mod for the Transformer Prime was created by XDA Forum Member eSbek and was later tested and confirmed working on the AT&T Note by XDA Forum Member linkkoriri. Given the large number of differences between the ASUS tablet and the Samsung phablet, the method is likely compatible with other devices as well.
It only works CM10 and ROMs based on CM10, so if you’re running a different build, you may be out of luck. To use, download the mod and replace the audio_policy.conf file with the one you downloaded. After that, reboot and you’re done! For the Galaxy Note owners, it has also been confirmed that using the audio_policy.conf from the Galaxy Note 2 dump.
September 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is right around the corner, users are still making sure that the development stays active for the first one. Now, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note has a UI patch that’ll give the Note full fledged tablet UI. Given that it’s half tablet, half phone already; having a full tablet UI could be very functional for some.
The patch may seem familiar to some, as it’s the same patch that Nexus 7 owners used to give their tablets a traditional tablet UI. It was ported to the AT&T Note by XDA Forum Member NYConex, and it’s pretty easy to apply.
Users must first edit their build.prop and set the DPI to 213. Then, it’s a matter of downloading the UI patch and flashing it in recovery. Users have reported that it works pretty well, but there are still a few bugs that need worked out. There’s nothing wrong that can be considered major, but some applications—such as Contacts—are a little rough around the edges and some applications need re-sizing. Additionally, this patch is only compatible with CyanogenMod 10 for right now, although attempts are being made to make it work with AOKP as well.
If you’d like to know more, check out the original thread.
August 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
This isn’t the first time we’ve brought you news of floating window applications. They have been slowly gaining momentum as Android devices become more powerful and equipped with better hardware to run them more efficiently. Even so, the world could always use more floating window applications. For AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note users, you now have a few more to try out—one of which is also compatible with S-Pen.
There are a total of three applications that AT&T Note users can take advantage of. Developed by XDA Senior Member pingpongboss with thread maintenance by XDA Senior Member raghavafitt, the three applications are very simple to use. One is a floating folder application where you can stash your favorite applications. Another is the multi-purpose Stand Out App. The last is called Floating Note, and it allows Note users to scribble some notes.
While the first two are pretty basic applications, the Floating Note application actually has quite a bit of features. They include:
It’s written for the galaxy note stylus so pressure increases pen stroke width and the side button gives you the eraser.
Select ink colour by swiping your stylus along the rainbow thing on the titlebar (the little circle shows the selected colour).
Click the sidebutton when touching the rainbow to return to black.
It autosaves your note and autoloads it when the app opens again.
Resize the window with the triangle in the bottom left corner.
While there are quite a few S-Pen apps out there, this is actually the first to use a floating window interface. This can have a lot of uses, and any S-Pen development is welcome development for Note owners.
For more information on all three applications, check out the original thread.
July 29, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Not long ago, CyanogenMod 10 was announced. Not too long later, there were preview and unofficial builds released for so many devices that XDA TV’s Jordan has spent the last two weeks talking about it. Well, following in those footsteps, unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean has been announced and released to a few Nexus devices, and has begun expanding into the non-Nexus area. Among the first non-Nexus devices to pick up AOKP Jelly bean are the HTC EVO 4G, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note.
As should be expected by now, all three ROMs have their issues. Very few Jelly Bean ports are fully functional, but the AOKP builds have about as much working as the CM10 builds at this point. So while they may not be daily driver for most, they are definitely something to try out and have fun with. XDA Recognized Contributor Mazda, along with the rest of Team DIRT, are responsible for bringing the unofficial AOKP to the EVO 4G. They are also the ones who brought unofficial CM10 to the EVO 4G. The AT&T Skyrocket build comes from XDA Senior Member armyveterangunner29 with some help, and the AT&T Galaxy Note build comes from XDA Senior Member JamieD81.
In the list of things not working, all three ROMs cite that they have similar issues to CM10 builds on the same devices. This includes some hiccups in Google Now functionality, camera issues, some video codec issues, and other bugs. These bugs are expected to go away in later releases, so if you’re looking for something more solid, all you need to do is wait.
For additional information, check out the thread links below.
June 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Not long ago, we brought you news of the Carbon Tweaks Installer for the International Galaxy Note. It brought a number of nice modifications and tweaks to the device in a simple, easy to use interface. Unfortunately at the time, it wasn’t compatible with the AT&T Galaxy Note, so not all Note users could enjoy the tweaks it provided. That is no longer the case.
XDA Senior Member carbonassassin has brought the Carbon Tweaks Installer to the AT&T Note. Users familiar with the original can expect a very similar experience as the Installer provides the same tweaks and modifications it offered before. For those who are unfamiliar with the application, a few of the features include:
Ability to Backup and Restore the init.d folder
Easy install of:
All Galaxy Note Modems (18 in total) there may be different ones for you AT&T folk or they may work who knows xd
Dolby Sound Library
Carbon Booster with easy install of patched services.jar
Other General Tweaks that AlignZips on boot (Only does this on unaligned zips) and boosts 3G speeds.
Using this application, users can customize a number of things on their Note, but the main features of the application focus on audio libraries to help bring a better music experience. As with the original, all the mods are one-click installations. This makes it not only functional, but very easy to use for those who are less than tech savvy.
For more information, head over to the original thread.
May 17, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Going from Android phone to Android phone can sometimes be a bit of a challenge when you’re not used to how things are done on the new device. For example, with many HTC phones, you restore your phone by flashing a RUU over the bootloader. For Samsung phones, you flash a factory image over Odin. Essentially these are completely different experiences for completely different devices. It’s an even bigger jump if you’re going to an Android phone for the first time coming from a competing mobile operating system.
Luckily, for people jumping ship over to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note, you don’t have to go very far to learn what you need to know. That, at least, is the goal for XDA Recognized Contributor appdroid, who has posted a fantastic guide for first time AT&T Note owners and, to an extent, a nice guide for Android users in general.
The guide starts out with a nice glossary that outlines the lingo for the Android world. Acronyms like ADB and terms like Logcat and BusyBox are properly explained for newer users. It’s really something that any new Android user could benefit from. In the next few posts, appdroid gives users the tutorial for rooting the device, adding a custom recovery, backing up ROMs, flashing ROMs and kernels, and how to unroot and return to stock. Most guides stop at just one of these, but this really is the all-in-one guide for owning and rooting an AT&T Note.
For all guides, glossary and more, hit up the original thread.