October 13, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 from Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire and an “anonymous source” that provided “some hook ups,” Knox-friendly root has been achieved.
Root de la Vega, named after AT&T Mobility’s CEO Ralph de la Vega, was originally meant for the AT&T variant of the device. Now, however, this supports the SM-N900W8, the SM-N9000Q, and SM-N9005, with the N900W8 and N9005 both being confirmed as working and the N9000Q not yet working.
With this package, you can achieve root on the stock firmware and revert to an older firmware without tripping the KNOX flags. Root will survive a factory reset, and as of the recently released version 2.3, you can now use the Xposed Framework on this device.
It is very important to note that while rooting and downgrading the stock firmware in this manner does not trigger KNOX, flashing a custom recovery will trigger it. Furthermore, rooting will make the system report as custom and display an unlocked lock on your initial lock screen. However, this can be removed by installing Xposed Framework and the Wanam Xposed module, and enabling Security Hacks -> Fake System Status.
Head over to the release thread to get started.
Update: Senior Member kal87 has reported that this also works with the N900V (Verizon variant).
[Many, many thanks to RavenY2K3 for the tip!]
October 10, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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 access on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is works for a majority of the variants. You will just need to follow the below links to XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire’s thread and find the specific files for your variant. So take a moment and check this video out.
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 is based on the Snapdragon 800 SoC, whereas the international model features the Exynos Octa 5420. Aside from carrier radio modifications and a few other minor branding details, the Note 3 is a powerhouse.
October 7, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 markers in /data/data, which are broken after running a data restore using Titanium Backup. The fix, which is described in this thread by Senior Member danieljamie works by acquiring root access and then executing the following command in terminal: restorecon -R -v /data/data. Unfortunately, however, this has to be done after every set of application restores.
To make life easier for everyone, XDA Recognized Developer -viperboy- created a quick app that gains root access and runs the command listed above. This can potentially be a huge time saver for those restoring a large number of apps frequently, since the command has to be executed after every data restore using Titanium.
We can only hope and assume the developers of Titanium Backup will fix the issue quickly. Until then, make your way over to the original thread for the temporary fix.
October 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 customers testify to this indeed being the case.
However, this is XDA, where the impossible becomes possible. Accordingly, there’s an
app XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire for that. Ok, there’s an app too, but it’s by Chainfire.
The device’s region lock is actually a network blacklist, which includes both carriers and entire countries. Chainfire’s RegionLock Away does exactly what its title suggests: It removes the region lock from the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (at least running MI7 firmware), and it is able to do this by clearing the blacklist.
It is important to keep in mind that this is not the same as obtaining a SIM unlock for your device. Further, it seems that purchasing a SIM unlock code not only unlocks the device’s SIM, but also its region. In other words, if you are already planning on SIM unlocking your device, you don’t need RegionLock Away. But if you have in intention of obtaining a region unlock and you are rooted, Chainfire just made your life much easier.
Make your way over to the original thread to get your fix. We hope that this Region Lock is not retroactively applied to other Samsung devices. But if it is, we’ll know who to turn to.
[Thanks to Moderator Committee Member wacky.banana and Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire for the tip!]
October 4, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 only works with certain whitelisted applications such as the stock calculator, YouTube, and Hangouts. Luckily, XDA Senior Member soloilmeglio discovered the CSC value responsible for this whitelist. In other words, you can now unlock the feature for any application of your choosing.
Naturally, you need to be rooted and know the package name of the application you will be adding to the whitelist. Also, you must keep in mind that not all applications will play nicely with Pen Window. Other than that, it’s pretty straightforward.
Head over to the original thread to get started.
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, a version of CF-Auto-Root has now been created for several versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This includes the SM-N900 (International Exynos), SM-N9005 (International Qualcomm), SM-N900T (T-Mobile US), and several others which are currently untested.
To get started, head over to the original thread to download the appropriate package for your specific Note 3. From there, set your phone to download mode, and flash the appropriate file with Odin. Make sure to read the instructions carefully before getting started, and be sure to flash the appropriate file for your particular device.
October 2, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 2560×1600 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 gigs of internal storage. The devices run Amazon’s proprietary “Fire OS 3.0,” which is overlaid atop a customized version of Android Jelly Bean.
Not too long ago, we created a forum for the international version of the Galaxy Note 3. Now, it’s time for the device’s carrier variants. Largely similar to the international device, the US carrier variants feature the same 5.7″ 1080p Super AMOLED display with S Pen functionality. They also share 3 gigs of RAM and 16, 32, and 64 gigs of storage. Differing from the international version, however, the LTE-enabled variants feature the quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor.
Do the new Kindle models catch your eye? How do you think they compare to the Nexus 7 (2013)? Will the Galaxy Note 3 be your next phablet? Let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below to get in on the discussion:
October 1, 2013 By: egzthunder1
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 may seem, having the opportunity to do what others do on top of what we do is, after all, what we do best. In this case, XDA Forum Member -Aatif- brings us a little something for all (who do not own a recent Samsung device) to enjoy.
S4/Note3 Lockscreen is a copy (not an APK taken out of the TouchWiz build) of the infamous lock screen app included with the aforementioned devices. In case you are not familiar with it, the newest Galaxy devices come equipped with a rather beautiful lock screen capable of giving you a wide array of customizable effects for unlocking the device. The S III family of devices introduced the “ripple effect” (making water ripples on the screen as the finger slides to unlock it) as well as the ink effect (add-on to the ripple effect in which an ink blob dissolves in the water ripple when the screen is touched); and the S 4 introduced the newer effects such as circles of light, lens flare, and more. All that, plus the ability to change fonts, along with everything else is included in this small package.
The app also has a few options in place to make your screen more you, such as giving you the option to hide the notification bar and even adding your own text to your home screen (not simply carrier text). It also has a few safeguards built in to avoid getting multiple lock screens jumping in at the same time. All in all, while it is a work in progress, it is difficult to argue that this lock screen is very complete and smooth. Please leave some feedback for the dev so that more options can be added down the road.
Exellent copy of Samsung Galaxy SIV, Galaxy NoteIII Lockscreen
Now NO need to “ROOT” now
* Light Effect
* Ripple Effect
* Ink Effect (New)
You can find more information in the original thread.
September 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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, while retaining the critically acclaimed S Pen functionality. The Galaxy Note 3 ups the ante on its predecessor by raising the screen resolution to 1080p, upping the RAM to 3 GB, and packing in a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Similarly the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) increases its screen resolution to 2560×1600, brings the RAM to 3 GB, and packs that same quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor as its little brother. Samsung also introduced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The device, which connects to various Samsung mobile devices, features an 800 MHz processor, a 320×320 resolution display, and half a gig of RAM.
In today’s additions, we also have the Sony Xperia Z1. Codenamed Honami, the Z1 is a high-end device with a 5″ 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and a slim 8.5mm profile. More info and specs can be found on Sony’s official product page.
Are you thinking of adding any of these to your mobile arsenal? Let us know in the comments below, and of course, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums to get in on the discussion!