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Former Writer · Dec 22, 2012

Enable Secret Features Using the Galaxy Note II CSC File

A while back, we brought you news that users and developers were taking a more serious look at the CSC file on the Galaxy Note 2. In case you've forgotten, the CSC file is a lot like a build.prop. It contains a number of values and lines that can be altered with varying results. Before, it was experimenting to see what could be done with it. Now, some practical tweaks have been found. XDA Senior Member kkoolpatz released a list of...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 18, 2012

Multi-Window Complete Control v2 for Verizon Galaxy Note II

One of the flagship features of Samsung's Galaxy Note line is Multi-Window, which offers true on-screen multitasking by allowing you to simultaneously open two apps on the screen. Due to its popularity, it has even made its way officially to the Galaxy S III in the latest firmware updates, and unofficially ported to the good ole' Galaxy S II right here at XDA. While the feature is quite useful as it comes, our developer community isn't exactly known for being...

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Former Writer · Dec 17, 2012

No-Odin Root Exploit Found for Exynos 4412 and 4210

Root exploits are often quite a good thing. There are many that only work on certain individual devices. However, there are some that work on a whole bunch of devices. An example of the latter is a root exploit by XDA Recognized Developer Bin4ry that works on a variety of devices. And now we have news of a dangerous, new exploit that works on Exynos 4210- and 4412-based devices. XDA Forum Member alephzain released the exploit that affects pretty much any device...

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Former Writer · Dec 15, 2012

Allow More Multi Window Apps on the Verizon Galaxy Note II

One of the coolest features of the new Galaxy Note II is the Multi Window feature. Most Galaxy Note II devices didn't ship with the mod initially, and received updates from their various carriers. Then came a mod that allowed users to add any app they wanted to the Multi Window list, which makes it much more awesome. Now, the mod has been ported to the last variant to hit stores, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II. XDA Senior Member hairdewx posted...

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Former Writer · Dec 15, 2012

Remove Non-Verizon SIM Message and Get APN Data on VZW Galaxy Note II

Not long ago, great news came to Verizon Galaxy Note II owners that the Verizon Note II has had its bootloader unlocked. Now that developers can transfer some of the really cool stuff brought over to the Note II, they are doing just that. However, even before unlock, the Verizon Note II was a world phone capable of running on GSM and CDMA networks. The only issue? When on a GSM network, only phone calls and texts work. Now, there...

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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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Jimmy McGee · Dec 12, 2012

Unlock the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II Bootloader – XDA Developer TV

Recently, resident hardware hacker, XDA Elite Recognized Developer, and XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler got his hands on a Verizon variant of the new Samsung Galaxy Note II. He assembled a team of experts including Recognized Developer Ralekdev and fellow Elite Recognized Developer Rebellos. With a group this talented, they had the bootloader unlocked in no time. Why does Verizon even try? This exploit involves installing Revision ROM as an Odin package, running CASUAL to exploit, and flashing the custom...

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Former Writer · Dec 6, 2012

Google Wallet on US Galaxy Note II Variants

Getting Google Wallet to work on some devices is harder than one might think. On many devices, Google Wallet is simply not supported. Usually, carriers are to blame, as they would rather use mobile payment apps that they can better control. Luckily, there is usually a workaround. The Galaxy Note II just got its own thanks to XDA Senior Member WarlockLord There are two ways to install it. If you have an AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint versions of the Galaxy Note II,...

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Former Writer · Dec 6, 2012

Modify Grid Dimensions on Stock Note II Launcher

The Samsung Galaxy Note II blurs the line between phone and tablet. As such, user opinions on things like the grid size are quite varied. For some, the good old fashioned four-by-four grid is just fine. Others, however, would rather use that extra screen size to increase the grid to five-by-five or even six-by-six. Now, there is a tutorial to help users change it to whatever they want. XDA Recognized Developer garyd9 has released a tutorial that lets users change...

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Former Writer · Dec 4, 2012

Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 on the AT&T Galaxy Note II

The Galaxy Note II wasn't released long ago, but it has enjoyed a controversial existence so far. While the phone is quite an impressive device, Samsung has had some issues with documentation that has frustrated many developers working on all Exynos-based devices. That didn't stop the AOSP goodness from flowing in, though, and now the AT&T Galaxy Note II variant has a CM10 port. The port was released by XDA Senior Member madmack. It is an initial release, so it's a little...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 4, 2012

Root the Verizon Galaxy Note II with Odin

The Samsung Galaxy Note II has been extremely successful, cashing in on the success of the original Galaxy Note and selling millions of units within weeks of its launch. If you got your hands on the Verizon variant of this 5.5", quad-core powerhouse and can't wait to root it, you're in luck! The device has been rooted, and the method shared with us by XDA Senior Member droidstyle, with credits to XDA Recognized Contributors mrRobinson and Beanstown101. What's even better is that the method doesn't require any...

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Former Writer · Dec 3, 2012

Port International Note II ROMs to Some of the US Variants

Now that all four US carriers have released the Samsung Galaxy Note II, developers have started having some fun with it. Even our XDA TV crew has been having some fun. As the international version and the US versions have virtually the same hardware, it was only a matter of time before development spilled across all of the variants. Now, there is a way to port international Note II ROMs to at least a couple of the US variants. XDA...

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admin · Nov 29, 2012

New on XDA: Developer Discussion for the Note II

We're trying an experiment in the Samsung Galaxy Note II forum that, if successful, will be rolled out to many more forums across XDA. We've added a Developer Discussion forum, intended only for high-level discussion between developers. The aim of this new forum is to give developers a place to "talk shop" and help each other with device-specific development challenges and issues. XDA Recognized Developer garyd9 recently presented the idea for this forum to the administrative team. And because we see it...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 27, 2012

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

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Note II with Odin and a PC.  Recently TK reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note II and its unique S-Pen.  Within a week, TK had his device rooted. There are many features you can gain by rooting your device. TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note II using tools from the XDA forums....

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Former Writer · Nov 19, 2012

Editing the CSC File on the Samsung Galaxy Note II

There are a number of files in Android devices that control a large number of parameters. Perhaps the most well known of which is the build.prop. Inside the build.prop, you can find a number of variables that directly impact device functionality. From there, you can tweak all kinds of things, and even change what the software thinks is the model number of your device. For many TouchWiz devices, there is a similar file called CSC. XDA Senior Member garyd9 has begun...

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Former Writer · Nov 18, 2012

Galaxy Note II Wireless Charging Gets a No Solder Method

Late last month, we brought you news of a wireless charging mod for the Galaxy Note 2. Even though it was labeled as an easy mod, it did require some soldering. While soldering isn't terribly difficult, there are many who aren't comfortable with it. Now, there is a method that doesn't require soldering. XDA Senior Member nm8 wrote up a tutorial that isn't vastly different from the original by XDA Senior Member Ryan_G. The biggest difference, as explained by nm8: It very simple,...

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Former Writer · Nov 17, 2012

Sprint Galaxy Note II Gets Multi Window Mod, Adds All Apps

One of the more unique features of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the Multi Window feature. If you haven't heard of it yet, it's a built in part of TouchWiz where users can run two apps at once. The first takes up the top half of the screen, and the second is the bottom. It was a nifty feature, except for one issue: The number of compatible apps was severely limited. This was solved for the international Note II....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 16, 2012

Wireless Charging Mod for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II

Although Palm (later HP) devices were the first major smartphones to introduce wireless charging, it has recently become quite the rage---especially since Nokia decided to bring it to their latest Windows Phone 8 handsets.  Our developers here at XDA have been busy with it as well, bringing it to the Samsung Galaxy S III and Sony Xperia Arc. Just few days back, we featured a wireless charging mod for the international Galaxy Note II GT-N7100. Now, the T-Mobile variant of the Note II joins the list....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 16, 2012

Easily Root Sprint & T-Mobile Note II without Increasing Flash Counter

The Galaxy Note line has been one of Samsung's most successful. If you're a proud owner of this powerhouse behemoth and want to easily root it without tripping its flash counter or switching to another ROM, you're in luck, provided you're using the T-Mobile or Sprint variant of the device. XDA Recognized Contributor mrRobinson has taken the latest stock Odin-flashable factory images for the devices, and injected them with the su binary and SuperSU app, leaving everything else as is. The result...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 15, 2012

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II S-Pen Overview – XDA Developer TV

The story of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is an interesting one. When the first Samsung Galaxy Note came out, many people panned it, saying it was too large to be a usable phone and too small to be a usable tablet. The sales must have been good enough because Samsung has released the Galaxy Note II, and it's bigger than before. So we got our hands on one, and we took it for a test drive. This is the...

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