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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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Will Verduzco · Oct 15, 2013

Galaxy Note 3 Features on the Galaxy Note II

Even with its successor already in the wild, the aging Samsung Galaxy Note II is still a fantastic phone. The powerhouse features a large, high-resolution display, plenty of RAM and internal memory, and a processor that is still quite speedy. That said, the newly released Galaxy Note 3 improves upon the original Note and Note II in practically every way. However, not everyone will notice or appreciate the increase in CPU speed, RAM, and resolution. Rather, many would prefer to simply have...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 21, 2013

Enable Hidden Options on the Galaxy Note II with a CSC Editor

If you have a Samsung device, you've undoubtedly heard of CSC files before. For the uninitiated, CSC editors on various Samsung devices allow users to modify various hidden settings and enable certain hidden features. By modifying these files, you can do things such as disable the camera shutter, enable infinite scroll on the launcher, change the number of contacts that can be merged, make the enter key send a text message, and much, much more. Expanding on previous CSC editors...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 16, 2013

Customize Certain Apps on Your Note II with XBackground

The Xposed Framework is an incredibly easy and versatile way of customizing and increasing the functionality of your device. We've previously brought you news of several useful and innovative modules that can be used with the framework, and I recently stumbled across another that might of interest to Samsung Galaxy Note II owners. XBackground is an Xposed module by XDA Senior Member xperiacle that allows you to customize certain elements of your device's UI quickly and easily. The main purpose of the module is...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 8, 2013

Super Simple “Mods” Give Note 2 More Storage and Battery

With phablets becoming increasingly common, we're slowly getting accustomed to trading in some portability for increases in mobile firepower. And what's one very simple way to add functionality to your device? Give it a bigger battery and some additional storage, of course! To that end, XDA Forum Member 白い熊 used some incredibly basic tools to make his Galaxy Note II just that much more useful. Armed with a high-capacity aftermarket battery, a generic donor case, an SD to micro SD adapter,...

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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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admin · Jul 3, 2013

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're currently testing a system, we call the Development Database (or DevDB for short) on a handful of forums (Galaxy S II, Xperia Z, Galaxy Note...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 2, 2013

Dual Boot Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We don't usually cover individual custom kernels here on the Portal for the simple reason that thanks to the development community, there are so many great options available that we wouldn't have time to cover anything else. However, every once in a while, a kernel developer brings so much awesome to the table that it would be downright rude of us not to sit down and stuff our faces until we are fat and happy. Devil Kernel by XDA Recognized Developer...

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Conan Troutman · May 13, 2013

Dev Community vs Verizon: Another CASUAL Jailbreak Exploit for the Note 2

There has been a bit of a back and forth between the development community and Verizon lately, specifically relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It is perhaps best summed up by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler: "Well, this has been quite the saga thus far...  Us: Suck It Verizon (exploit) them: Suck it XDA-Developers (OTA patch) Us: Back Atcha Verizon (exploit) them: Stop it XDA (OTA Patch) Us: No You! (exploit)" The combination of Adam's CASUAL deployment system and Recognized...

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Former Writer · Jan 26, 2013

New Galaxy Note 2 Bootloader Unlock Achieved, CASUAL Tool Updated

There is nothing better than a good story line. When it comes to good story lines on XDA, few are better than the Verizon locked bootloader debacle. It's always big news when one is unlocked, and it's always tragic when one is re-locked. This happened recently with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II. First, it was unlocked by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler. A few months later, Verizon pulled a slick one and locked it back up. Now, there is...

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jerdog · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup. Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA....

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Former Writer · Jan 19, 2013

Verizon Note II Re-Locked? Don’t Panic, Bring a Towel, and Look Here

Update: Unfortunately, this exploit no longer appears to be working. People are having trouble flashing the appropriate firmware and cannot get back to an unlock state, so this method does not currently work and we don't recommend using it. A new method is in the works.     When XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler released the bootloader unlock for the Verizon Galaxy Note II, most assumed this heralded the end of unlock struggles with the device. However, users have been heading...

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Former Writer · Jan 16, 2013

Switch Internal and External SD on the Galaxy Note II

Swapping the internal and external SD cards has always been a popular option. This type of modification is usually on older devices with limited internal storage, but some newer devices have received similar mods as well. With games getting as large as they are, some users can still use those larger storage devices to capacity just as quickly. There is now an internal to external SD swap method for the international Samsung Galaxy Note II and the US variants as...

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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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Former Writer · Jan 7, 2013

Hidden Menu Enabler for the Verizon Galaxy Note II

Previously, we posted about hidden menus on Samsung Galaxy devices. These menus can provide a number of useful functions and can actually help solve problems or make processes easier. In previous instances, the hidden menus have been used to restore bricks. There is now a tool for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II that helps get to those hidden menus a little easier. XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler repackaged the tool with CASUAL. It originally came from the Galaxy Note 2 IRC...

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Former Writer · Jan 6, 2013

Per-App DPI Adjustment for the Galaxy Note 2

The most defining characteristic of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is its expansive screen. More space means you should be able to do or access more things. However, it sports the same four by four launcher as smaller devices, and many find the fonts too large overall. With the default DPI setting, the amount of information displayed on the larger screen isn't what everyone would want. Furthermore, what works in one app isn't always ideal in another. There is now...

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Former Writer · Jan 5, 2013

Package Odin ROMs with Gzip Compression, Hidden Menu Gets an Update

As devices get newer and more powerful, the software that comes with them gets bigger and more complex. In the old days, ROMs were often smaller than 100MB. Now, on the newest devices, the stock ROM can be over 1 GB in size. There are some potential problems with this. Uploading a ROM can take longer, downloading a ROM can take longer, and storing ROMs on your device can take up a lot of space. Now, there is a tutorial...

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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 30, 2012

External Mics on Galaxy Devices Just One Resistor Away

Android devices support a lot of external devices. From Bluetooth speakers to external hard drives, there really isn't much you can't hook up to an Android device anymore. However, one thing that users may have trouble with is an external microphone. XDA Elite Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos are at it again. This time with a hardware mod that will allow better external mic support on most Samsung Galaxy devices. This includes the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera....

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Former Writer · Dec 22, 2012

Unofficial CM10.1 for the LG P350 and AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II

It's official: Android 4.2 AOSP releases are flying off the shelves like space toys in the 1960s. While it took a little longer than the frenzy of 4.1 AOSP-based ROMs, momentum has finally picked up on the latest version of Android. It likely won't be long before a whole bunch of devices get releases. For now, AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Me P350 owners can have some CM10.1 fun. The stark contrast of new and old truly...

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