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Will Verduzco · Nov 22, 2013

Leaked Samsung Memo Points to January KitKat Release for Galaxy S 4 and Note 3, S III and Note II by April

When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat 23 days ago, we all knew that it would be quite some time before most users would have the chance to play with the OS on their own devices. Sure, the Google Nexus 5 launched with the OS, but what about those with older phones? Thankfully, the update news has been gradually coming through, with most manufacturers giving timetables as to when the the updates will come. Then there's Motorola, which has gone above...

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Samantha · Oct 28, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Camera Ported to Galaxy S 4

With the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has also introduced their newest camera software addition, Surround Shot. A mode that draws parallels to Photosphere introduced with Android 4.2, it allows users to stitch together multiple individual photos of the surrounding environment into one, spherical image. The downside? It's exclusive to the Note 3. Despite this, XDA Senior Member LastStandingDroid has made sure that users of the Galaxy S 4 will also be able to enjoy such novelty by backporting...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 28, 2013

Like it Loud? Boost the Note 3’s Maximum Volume

Yesterday, we featured a quick recovery-flashable modification for the Sony Xperia Z1 that boosts the device's maximum volume. As it turns out, however, Xperia Z1 users aren't the only ones who like it loud. Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a more than adequate built-in speaker, some still would prefer to boost its maximum volume. And even for those who think the internal speaker is loud enough, they may not be satisfied with the maximum volume on their connected audio devices such...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 23, 2013

Easily Backup the EFS Partition on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Anyone with a Samsung device will undoubtedly know the importance of the EFS partition. This partition controls many important radio functions, and when corrupted, can lead to all sorts of issues such as a possible loss of network connectivity. Because of this, it's important to make a backup of the EFS partition, just in case anything goes wrong with a future flash down the line. In order to make the backup process a little easier, XDA Senior Member A.S._id created a Windows...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 21, 2013

Floating Pen Window on any App with Pen Window Manager

Not too long ago, we featured a method posted by XDA Senior Member soloilmeglio that allows Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users to add Floating Pen Window functionality to any app. While immensely useful, adding applications was unfortunately a rather cumbersome task, requiring the modification of a certain CSC file. Thankfully, XDA Recognized Developer xperiacle has now created an application that does all the work for you, enabling you to add Floating Pen Window functionality to any app with just a few clicks. Aptly titled Pen Window Manager,...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 18, 2013

Official Android 4.3 for Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 3 Apps Ported, ROM Feature Database – XDA Developer TV

The official Android 4.3 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article reporting that some Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apps have been ported to the Galaxy S 4, and the announcement that there is a custom ROM feature comparison database now available. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA...

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TK · Oct 18, 2013

Customize S Pen and Camera Sounds on the Note II and 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note line of devices has given us many reasons to want a stylus on our phones. While you can customize the functions of the S Pen on the Note 3, the sound that the device makes when you take the pen out is not customizable from the system settings. The same goes for the Camera app. XDA Recognized Contributor kevinrocksman brings us an easy way to modify the Note II and Note 3's S Pen and Camera sounds to...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 15, 2013

Great XDA Mods for Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – XDA Developer TV

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is latest and greatest phablet in the Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. It comes from the factory with many neat features. However, here at XDA, we don’t just want a normal device. We want to customize our device to get even more power, functionality, and great features. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents three mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. These mods include Fixing the Titanium...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 13, 2013

KNOX-Friendly Root for Multiple Galaxy Note 3 Variants

The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung's latest phablet and part of their ever expanding Note line. Improving upon its predecessor in practically every way, the device is a true powerhouse and wonderful productivity tool. Rooting the Note 3 has been possible for some time, and our own XDA TV Producer TK even created a video guide on how to do this recently. However, doing so would trigger Samsung's KNOX. Now thanks to some clever work by XDA Recognized Developer designgears, along with some help...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 10, 2013

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – XDA Developer TV

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Odin and a PC.  TK just recently reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and it is the latest in Samsung’s phablet line. Many people say it’s a great device that is the current device to beat and is wonderful out of the box. But at XDA, we must root all the things. TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root...

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TK · Oct 8, 2013

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the successor to the wildly popular Galaxy Note II. The Note II was a giant-sized phone with a 5.5” screen display, and the Note III is even bigger at 5.7”. The Note III was released to the international markets in September 2013. US release dates lagged a bit, depending on carrier. For this review, we will be looking at the T-Mobile variant in particular, which was released on October 2, 2013. The internal hardware of the US market Galaxy Note III...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 7, 2013

Fix for Titanium Backup Issues on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Every new device has its own set of issues, and the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is no exception. First, there was that benchmark scandal. Next, came region locking (which has since been taken care of by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire). Now, many users have also reported difficulties restoring application backups using the popular Titanium Backup. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member vodkinagdan quickly found a temporary fix for the issue that could be executed via terminal. The issue comes from damaged SElinux file...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 5, 2013

Chainfire Removes the Galaxy Note 3 N9005 Region Lock

Another day, another action taken by Samsung seemingly intended to earn the ire of its users. Those looking into the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may already be familiar with the device's region lock situation. While not the very latest scandal surrounding the device, region locking a device means that when you travel to a different region, you will be forced to use your native country's SIM, rather than a cheaper local SIM card. And despite the company's claims otherwise, many angry...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 4, 2013

Floating Pen Window for any App on the Galaxy Note 3

We all love floating apps. From making them to using them for productivity or leisure, they add quite a bit of functionality to the Android experience. When the Galaxy Note 3 launched with its own floating app feature called Pen Window, there was much cause for excitement. After all, what better way is there to make use of the large screen than to have multiple apps loaded and visible at the same time? Unfortunately, the Note 3's Pen Window feature...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2013

CF-Auto-Root for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

We've written about XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root for various devices in the past. For those just now hearing about CF-Auto-Root for the first time, it's essentially the easiest and quickest way to achieve initial root for your Samsung device, while keeping your newly rooted device as close to stock as possible. And due to the ease at which this can be applied, it's essentially "root for rooting beginners," as Chainfire himself puts it. Already supporting over 80 devices and configurations,...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2013

Forums Added for the Kindle Fire HDX and US Carrier Variants of the Galaxy Note 3

Last week, Amazon launched its new Kindle Fire HDX line. The device is available in both 7" and 8.9" sizes. The 7" tablet features a 1080p resolution, and the 8.9" tablet sports a 2560x1600 resolution at 339 ppi. Both variants feature an incredibly powerful quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, complete with four Krait 400 cores and an Adreno 330 GPU running at 450 MHz. The speedy processor is backed by 2 gigs of RAM and 16, 32, or 64...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2013

Galaxy S 4 / Note 3 Lock Screen on Any ICS+ Device

Envy is a very interesting driver for innovation. Ironically, wanting to have something that others enjoy tends to have a somewhat interesting effect on our developers. After all, the will generated by the lack of newer versions of Windows Mobile available on newer devices was the main driving force that pushed XDA to be what it is today. Our "thing" or hobby (whichever way you want to see it) could be easily called envy. But regardless of how envious we...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 10, 2013

Forums Added for the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Gear, and Xperia Z1

Samsung recently unveiled three new and enticing devices aimed at making you simultaneously lighten your wallet a little, as well as pack your pocket, briefcase, and wrist with a little more technology. These are, of course, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), and the Galaxy Gear. Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy Note lineup with the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition).  Both build upon their predecessors by adding more powerful specs,...

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