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Will Verduzco · Feb 18, 2014

Samsung Details Which Devices will Receive Official KitKat Lovin’

Before today, Samsung has been very cautious in tempering expectations regarding official Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its recent devices. While certain phones have already received the 4.4.2 goods, much of the rest of the company's lineup is still in Jelly Bean limbo. We've seen leaks fly around left and right for the Galaxy S 4, but official word regarding KitKat for the device has been lacking. And since this is just for their latest and greatest, the future didn't...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 14, 2014

Backup Your EFS Partition with Easy to Use App

If you own a Samsung device, you have undoubtedly heard of the EFS partition. If you haven't, let me explain. EFS is a partition where quite a bit of important radio data is stored. Without this data, you won't be able to use your phone correctly. It's extremely important to keep a local copy of your EFS partition, and we've already presented a Windows utility and application to backup the EFS partition on Samsung devices. The two aforementioned utilities are not...

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Samantha · Jul 6, 2013

A Collection of Hundreds of Battery Mods for Your Samsung Device

One subtle, yet simple modification to your device  is a different battery indicator. Probably one of the most looked at icons on your device, a different battery indicator can bring out pleasant changes to the overall look of your device. And although finding the right indicator and manually changing it is quite a simple process, it'll still be great if they were all in one place. Well, good news for users of Samsung devices, as you can now pick and...

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Jimmy McGee · May 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler is known for his wizardry opening up Samsung phones. However, this also extends to other manufacturers' devices, such has how he recently dismembered the Oppo Find 5. And he's not limited to phone devices, as he Poked at the JynxBox Network Streaming Android Device. However, it is often good to get back to your roots. That is why AdamOutler is taking on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. After tearing down and giving the Note 10.1 an Unboxing...

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Mike Szczys · May 4, 2013

Unlock the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1

Owners of the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will no longer feel left out, thanks to the unlock package that XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler posted late Friday night. Although he takes issue with the word 'unlock,' preferring to call it a 'jailbreak' because that term is exempted by the DMCA. The process couldn't be easier thanks to Adam's CASUAL software. I'm sure you've heard of it before since it's been features on XDA TV and several Portal posts....

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 5, 2013

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Everyone has a secret place. Perhaps it is a restaurant tucked away on a side street that makes the best pulled pork. Perhaps it is a picnic table at the far corner of the park where you can sit and enjoy the serenity of the nearby babbling creek. Maybe it is not actually a place, rather a secret band or website that you and few select other know about. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, it almost seems...

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jerdog · Jan 29, 2013

Galaxy Note 10.1 Receives Official CM10.1 Nightlies

Anyone who has spent time on XDA, or in the Android community at large, knows that when a device receives inclusion in CyanogenMod's device tree, it is a beautiful day. This is because CM support ensures that the device will have a longer-than-manufacturer-intended lifespan. This of course depends on the manufacturer providing the tools and documentation necessary for development to occur. In many cases, OEMs do a pretty good job at publishing the documentation for instances in which they deviate...

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Former Writer · Jan 14, 2013

Tegrak Updated for All Galaxy Note II and 10.1 devices

Overclocking and underclocking your device's processor can be very useful in certain circumstances. Overclocking can help aging hardware keep up with newer software, and underclocking (as well as undervolting) can help squeeze more time out of a battery charge. One of the more popular CPU management applications, Tegrak, received an update recently to make it compatible with Galaxy Note 10.1 and all variants of the Galaxy Note 2. Here are the official change log for the app: [v1.9.10] *supports all...

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Pulser_G2 · Jan 2, 2013

Change Keyboard Based on S-Pen state with SPenBoard Switcher

One of the major features of many recent Samsung phones (or should we say "phablets?") or tablets with the S-Pen is a suite of TouchWiz additions, such as a keyboard featuring handwriting recognition and gesture typing. While other keyboards might offer handwriting functionality, and some may call this is a gimmick; XDA forum members were clear in their requests that, while they might choose to use other keyboards, they want to retain these features offered by the stock Samsung keyboard---without...

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Former Writer · Dec 31, 2012

Enable Multi Window For Apps on Galaxy Note 10.1 With CSC

Previously, we brought you news about the CSC file on the Galaxy Note. In a way, it is similar to the build.prop in that it can be used to enable and disable certain features and settings. As it turns out, there may be a way to enable the popular multi window feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. XDA Forum Member xperiacle began a thread with an idea that altering a certain part of the CSC file can allow multi window support for...

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Former Writer · Dec 15, 2012

New S-Pen Optimized Image Editor Open Beta

The S-Pen is a pretty unique piece of hardware, especially on the latest generation of Note devices such as the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, the software for S-Pen is a little lacking. There are a number of fun drawing applications and other fun apps. However, there aren't many killer S-Pen apps. Now, there is an image editing app optimized specifically for S-Pen. XDA Forum Member lschiedel released a beta for an image editing application designed specifically...

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Former Writer · Dec 8, 2012

Add Multi-Window to Almost Any App on Galaxy Note 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 multi-window feature started off lacking much functionality, but has since gotten rather useful. If you don't know, multi-window allows Note II owners to use two applications simultaneously. The first app populates the top half of the screen, while the second populates the bottom half. Now, Galaxy Note 10.1 users can add multi-window functionality to any app. XDA Forum Member Leppin released a tool for Windows that automatically adds everything needed. This is actually different from...

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Former Writer · Sep 24, 2012

Super Apps2SD Puts New Spin on Old Script

As XDA Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1 once said: Quite possibly, one of the greatest advancements in the Android development world was the ability to run apps on external memory. Of course, he was speaking about App2SD, which was released a really long time ago. It was only a matter of time before the now-famous script got itself an upgrade and now the next iteration of one of the greatest advancements in the Android development world has arrived. Developed by XDA...

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Former Writer · Sep 9, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Gets Leaked Official Jelly Bean Update

We frequently bring you news about devices receiving unofficial updates to Jelly Bean. It is happy news, as it means the devs here at XDA are hard at work to bring the latest version of Android to the masses. That said, it's always nice when OEMs release official Android version updates. Even if it has to be distributed by someone other than the OEM. The latest device to get an official update leak is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Samsung...

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David Watt · Aug 26, 2012

Galaxy Note 10.1 Receives First Custom ROMs

A few weeks ago, we announced the creation of the Galaxy Note 10.1 forums. One day later, we announced ClockworkMod had been unofficially ported to the Note 10.1. We can now also announce that the first custom ROMs for the device have made an appearance. At the time of writing, there are 3 custom ROMs currently available in the forums. XDA Senior Member zedomax brings us HighOnAndroid "TrainWreck" ROM. Based on European XXALG5 firmware, the intention of the ROM is to maintain a stock look. It keeps TouchWiz intact in...

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Former Writer · Aug 16, 2012

ClockworkMod Released for Galaxy Note 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is moving right along. Just a few days ago, we gave the Note 10.1 its own forum space and the newest Samsung tablet has also been rooted. The only thing left was getting a custom recovery so users could start flashing the ROMs and kernels that the devs pump out. Now, they have that too. XDA Senior Member zedomax, who's also responsible for releasing the root tutorial, has brought an unofficial ClockworkMod Recovery Touch 6.0.1.1...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 15, 2012

Forum Created for the Galaxy Note 10.1

We first discussed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 not too long ago when kernel source had been released weeks before the release of the device itself. Upon release, we were happy to see that it was promptly rooted by XDA Senior Member zedomax, with the help of Chainfire’s SuperSU. Now, we are happy to announce that the Note 10.1 has its own place in our forums. Although the original Samsung Galaxy Note held a unique product segment by being neither traditional tablet nor traditional...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 9, 2012

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

It hasn't even been a full day since the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was officially released and the tablet has already been rooted. If you've already gotten your hands on Samsung's latest flagship Android tablet, we're sure this news has you feeling glad already. Credit for rooting the Galaxy Note 10.1 goes to XDA Senior Member zedomax, who has injected the su binary, busybox, and Chainfire's SuperSU into the official stock firmware for the tablet. While this is not a full custom ROM, rooting...

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jerdog · Aug 7, 2012

Samsung Releases Galaxy Note 10.1 Kernel Source Weeks Ahead of Release

In recent months, Samsung has shown a good track record of releasing the kernel source for their devices on the release date. Now it would seem that Samsung really wants to up their game, as they have released the ICS Kernel source for the Galaxy Note 10.1. What makes this even more interesting, is that the device isn't even set for launch until later this month. Samsung fan site Samsung-Updates is quick to note in their Twitter post that the source code...

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