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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 12, 2014

MultiROM Available for the Samsung Galaxy Note II

With so many ROMs available on XDA, it's incredibly difficult to find the one that suits us most. We must choose between modified stock firmwares, AOSP-derived ROMs, or alternate OSes like Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS. There are solutions to make the choice a bit easier, and one of them is multiboot. XDA Recognized Developer Tassadar's MultiROM is the ideal perfect solution for all you folks that can't decide which ROM should be used as a daily driver. In the last...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 11, 2014

Verizon Galaxy Note II Finally Receives KitKat OTA Update

Samsung's former flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note II, has faced a rather long and arduous journey towards Android 4.4 KitKat. Back in April, the international variant of the device received an official OTA update, which was promptly captured and rooted. And about a month later, the Sprint variant of the device received its official update. However, most carrier variants are still left in the cold. Now, Verizon has finally released KitKat to its version of the device. Today's update for the Verizon Galaxy Note II comes in the...

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Will Verduzco · May 29, 2014

Sprint Galaxy Note II Finally Updated to KitKat, Open Source Files Available

Just one week before KitKat's unveiling in late November of last year, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II received an OTA update that brought the former flagship phablet to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It's now six months later, and up until now, the still relatively high-end device had not yet received its official update to KitKat. But thanks to leaked documentation made available last week, we knew an update was on the horizon. Now, that update is finally here. Launched earlier this morning, today's update brings...

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Will Verduzco · May 26, 2014

Android 4.4.3 for the Galaxy S5 and S4 LTE-A in Active Development; 4.4.2 Heading out to Many Other Devices Next Month

You may recall that back in November of last year, we shared a leaked Samsung internal memo detailing the OEM's tentative plans for updating its Galaxy line up to Android 4.4 KitKat. And with the exception of the canceled update for the International S3, this schedule has mostly held true, as we've seen KitKat roll out to many of the Korean company's newer high end devices. Now, more internal documentation has appeared, giving us a clearer picture of what Samsung's working...

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Tomek Kondrat · May 13, 2014

[Test Build Available] Samsung Galaxy S III Can’t Run Official KitKat? Not on XDA!

Not too long ago, we learned that Samsung canceled its plans to release KitKat for their former flagship device from the first quarter of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III. This is due to their failure "to load system apps" because of the limited amount of device RAM---or at least that's what we're told in an official statement. But of course, this is XDA, and our devs immediately undertook the task of getting TouchWiz-laden KitKat onto the device. From the same article linked above,...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 28, 2014

KitKat Released for International Note 2, Verizon Galaxy S4, Leaked for Xperia Z! – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat has begun rolling out to the Verizon Galaxy S 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement that KitKat for the Xeria Z has been leaked and that the Galaxy Note II international variant has gotten Android KitKat! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan also talked about understanding cross compiling and Android. So pull up...

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Samantha · Feb 25, 2014

Regain NFC with the Zero Lemon Battery for Your Samsung Galaxy Note II

Lackluster battery life is probably one of the biggest downfalls in the modern day smartphone, despite the slow gains being made by OEMs with each passing generation. Putting aside battery saving apps and devices with non-removable batteries, one way of getting more screen time from your device is to simply use a battery with higher mAh rating. This generally means a battery with larger physical dimensions that will not only add more bulk to your device and ruin its beautiful, carefully...

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Samantha · Feb 23, 2014

Configure and Customize Your Samsung Galaxy Note II with Powerbox

The abundance of mods, themes, and tools are, more often than not, scattered throughout the XDA forums in just as many threads. Those looking for a couple of mods and themes to play around with on a whim may end up getting lost between various browser tabs. But if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note II, you may want to check out Powerbox. Developed by XDA Senior Member mannyvinny, Powerbox is an AROMA-based tool that helps set up and customize...

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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 · Feb 3, 2014

Create Your Own Packages with Android Flashable Zip Creator

Imagine that you're flashing the latest nightly of your favorite ROM. If you are performing a fresh install by wiping all of your data, this also means that you have to flash all of your modified system apps, user apps, modules, and so on. And if you're doing this on a regular basis, all the wasted time really starts to add up. So what do you do? Do you manually install these apps again, or do you add them to...

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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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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

Android 4.3 Rollout Begins for AT&T Galaxy Note II

We first saw official Android 4.3 appear on the international Galaxy Note II LTE N7105 back in the middle of November. Ever since then, it's gradually been making its way over to other variants of the device such as the Sprint, T-Mobile, and finally the Verizon units. Now, the update has begun rolling out to the AT&T variant of the Galaxy Note II, and it's about time. The update in the form of a 696 MB OTA update to  I317UCUBMK6 from the previous I317UCAMH3 build. It...

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wildstang83 · Dec 12, 2013

Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Note ll Gets Android 4.3

We have seen a few modern Samsung devices receive firmware updates recently. Looking back to November, we brought news that the Samsung Galaxy Note II N7105 was in the process of receiving the Android 4.3 update. The Samsung Galaxy Note ll (i605) from Verizon Wireless is certain not to be left out in this recent batch of Android 4.3 updates. The update for the Samsung Galaxy Note ll i605 brings the device up from the previous version (Android 4.1.2 - VRAMC3) to...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

T-Mobile Galaxy Note II Receives Android 4.3, Grab it Now!

To a certain extent, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II has been living in the shadows of its peers. After all, the first time we saw Android 4.3 appear for the international model was nearly two months ago in the form of a leaked firmware update. Then about a month later, we saw the international model receive its official Android 4.3 update. That was also right around the same time that the Sprint variant received its update. And let's not forget that...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2013

Android 4.3 Pushed to Sprint Galaxy Note II, Update Captured

A few days ago, we covered the release of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the international Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE N7105. We immediately began to wonder when 4.3 update would make its way to some of the more popular carrier-branded variants. Now, it appears as if that time is here, as Sprint has begun the Android 4.3 rollout for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II. As this appears to be a staged rollout, not everyone will see the update when checking manually....

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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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Will Verduzco · Nov 19, 2013

Galaxy Note II N7105 Receives Official Android 4.3, Update Pulled for S III and AT&T S 4

Samsung has had a relatively good track record as of late for providing (relatively) timely Android firmware updates. Most relatively recent flagship-level Samsung devices have already received official updates to the final version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.3), and this is no small feat considering the level of customization in their TouchWiz UI. New to the 4.3 party, the the iconic Galaxy Note II LTE N7105  now has an official Android 4.3 update of its own. And for those keeping...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 29, 2013

Galaxy Note II MultiTool Brings Plethora of Tweaking Options

If you've ever longed for a multipurpose toolkit that does it all on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a new offering from XDA Recognized Contributor dr.ketan may be exactly what you're after. OK, so the toolkit won't do everything, but it should be enough to get most new users started and well on their journey towards device customization. The toolkit comes in the form of an AROMA installer package. As you would expect, you run the toolkit by "flashing" it from your custom...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 27, 2013

Android 4.3 (XXUEMJ5) Firmware Leaks for the Galaxy Note II

We recently brought you news that the Android 4.3 (XXUEMJ5) update was rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. We knew that it wouldn't be long before the update love was spread to Samsung's older devices. While it's not yet here in official capacity, it is available in leaked form for the Galaxy Note II. XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has posted the leak to our forums, courtesy of Sammobile, along with simple instructions on how to get it up and running on your...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 26, 2013

AOSP Lock Screen on Certain TouchWiz Devices with Xposed

It's no secret that Samsung has seen incredible success with its Galaxy line of Android phones. In fact, the company's profitability makes up such a large slice of the Android pie, that the Android ecosystem is quickly turning into the Samsung ecosystem. While much of Samsung's success is due to their heavy marketing presence, the rest is down to the various innovations found in their products and how they cater well towards their users. That said, not everything is perfect for...

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