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 around S-Pen functionality. As lschiedel explains:
Anyway, the app is a Photo Editor with paint tools, filter tools, and multiple floating layers including Image Layers, Text Layers, and Vector Layers.
The SPen support includes hover emulating moving the virtual mouse (a float brush icon that is see through when trimming layers) and uses the button on the pen to emulate left button/right button by click, letting you change from fore-ground color to back-ground color, as well as toggle between trimming layers by brush and untrimming layers by brush.
It supports large heap (meaning huge multi-mega-pixel images).
It has an image surface on the left, a toolbar on the top right, and a scroll pad/mouse pad on the bottom right.
It only needs some more icons and a little more debugging.
So for those who enjoy photography, image editing, and activities like these, this could be an extremely useful application. This is, of course, an open beta, so users will likely see some bugs here and there. Reporting them is generally helpful, so please report all you find.
December 12, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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 bootloader and TWRP recovery. It then ends by booting back into the ROM. Remember to boot back into the ROM. This is important because you wont get LTE back until CASUAL completes and tells you that you are unlocked. So grab a chair and check out this video.
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, there is a zip file you can flash in recovery. If you have Verizon’s variant, you currently don’t have recovery because Verizon (once again) locked the bootloader. Because of this, you’ll have to do it manually. Sprint users may have to do it manually as well, as the /data partition is slightly different from the other three variants.
Initially, it was released for just the Verizon variant of the Note II. However, members with other variants have confirmed that it works for them as well. So if you’ve been looking for a way to get Google Wallet on your US Note II, this method seems to be your best bet. Some users are reporting minor issues. However, they seem to be alleviated by deleting something or reinstalling properly. It has also been reported that the S-Pen home screen will no longer pop up, or it’ll be empty if it does. Users may also have to visit this thread by XDA Recognized Developer ogdobber for further installation instructions.
For more details, check out the original thread.
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 the grid size of the stock TouchWiz Launcher. It’s based on a similar tutorial for the Galaxy S III by XDA Senior Member Toss3. The tutorial was modified to work with the Galaxy Note II and re-released for everyone. As garyd9 explains:
Now, I found I didn’t like these directions as-is. First, I thought the icon labels got too truncated when using this with 5 columns. Second, I really didn’t like how this mod moved the little “page” indicator dots below the docked icons. (The photo’s on this thread don’t show that, but if you follow the directions, they are moved.)
There’s only one thing better than downloading a custom firmware for your phone: Customizing that firmware yourself.
Following that is a laundry list of notes and code examples to help users get the desired effect themselves. If you’re up for modding the TouchWiz Launcher, check out the original thread.
December 4, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 rough around the edges. As madmack notes:
Radio, audio, wifi, bluetooth and GPS should work. I haven’t had time to test this thing thoroughly so feedback is welcome!
The stylus doesn’t work. Need to investigate.
Dev talk: The device tree was forked from N7100. Most of the board share the same peripherals so it was a matter of getting the correct defconfig and the correct initramfs.
That should be encouraging for AT&T Note II owners, as many of the issues should be fixed relatively soon. Of course, as with most ports, there are likely to be a couple lingering issues. However, the majority of the issues should be fixed soon. This is also good news for the other US variants of the Galaxy Note II. Because they share largely the same hardware, getting this ported to the other versions should be a relatively simple task.
For the full details, check out the original thread.
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 exploits or commands. As with rooting most Samsung devices, it involves downloading the stock rooted Odin-flashable image for the carrier-branded Note 2 and flashing it to the device in download mode. Once flashed, you’ll have a rooted Note 2.
You can find the complete method and the relevant download links in the forum thread.
December 3, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 Senior Member madmack has written up a tutorial to help users port N7100 ROMs to the N7105 and the I317. While it isn’t impossible to do, users should definitely read up before attempting. As madmack explains:
Please do not experiment with this stuff if you’re not familiar with partitions and the way things work. You do run the risk of bricking your device permanently if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’ll write this so that developers can start porting their ROMs to the LTE variants.
The two devices are identical except for the modem (and rild files) and the GPS initialization at bootup.
This is essentially some file replacement. First, there are a variety of files within the ROM that need replaced. For example, you’ll have to take /system/bin from an I317 and place it in the N7100 ROM. Wash, rinse, and repeat for several dozen directories. Then, users will have to grab a I317 or a N7105 kernel and place it in the ROM. Once everything is set up properly, the ROM should be flashable. If this is something you plan on trying, be sure to read all the instructions before attempting.
For more details, check out the original thread.
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 as a new way to keep development strong on XDA, we are eager to try it out. While the forum is public, and thus viewable for the benefit of everyone hoping to learn, please do not post in this new forum unless you’re a developer. Failure to heed this warning will result in the deletion of your post and possibly other actions upon repeated offense.
November 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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. The process may be similar for other variants. You just need to search for the specific files for your variant on XDA-Developers.com. So take a moment and check this video out.
November 19, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 going through the file to figure out what it does, as well as what it controls on the AT&T Galaxy Note II. As each file has a lot of carrier-specific info, much of it may not be compatible with the other variants.
So far there aren’t very many useful discoveries. It was found that if CscFeature_Email_UseFixedBgColorAsWhite is changed to false, the Email app will appear inverted. It was also found that deleting some lines will cause things to break. For the most part, many of the lines can be altered or deleted without much of a consequence. However, given how many build.prop tweaks there are, AT&T Galaxy Note II users may be finding some CSC tweaks in the near future.
To learn more or to help contribute, check out the original thread.
November 18, 2012 By: Former Writer
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.
It very simple, cheap, clean, and easy to do. No soldering required… so I will call it Origami Wireless Charging
The mod requires pretty much the same pieces. You’ll still need the Palm stuff, along with the other materials. The key difference is that users will use etching instead of soldering. The new set of materials you’ll need are:
1. copper clad laminate (pyralux) – flexible PCB
2. Copper tape
3. ferric chloride solution – for etching
4. Alcohol or acetone – to clean up pcb after etching
5. Water proof/permanent marker pen, tweezer, nipper/scissor, mobile phone pry tools, soldering iron, bla blah
November 17, 2012 By: Former Writer
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. Now the Sprint Galaxy Note II has a solution too.
XDA Recognized Developer -viperboy- has released a similar mod on the Galaxy Note II on Sprint. Unlike the prior mod, this mod automatically adds all of your applications to the Multi Window feature automatically. No picking and choosing, it all goes in there.
Sprint has released an update to add the Multi Window function natively, but this mod actually isn’t for that. Users will need to be running a deodexed version of the VPALJC stock ROM along with the Multi Window mod. Just flash it in recovery, and you’re good to go. Users can likely expect this mod to be ported to the new update eventually.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 16, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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.
XDA Senior Member vinas1 has built upon the work done by Senior Member Ryan_G on the international Note II mod, and successful made the modifications necessary for making it work on the T-Mo version. It isn’t too practical at present because one of the wires used in the mod hangs out of the USB port. However, it’s a work in progress, and vinas1 is working on a solution for this soon.
To learn how to apply this hardware mod to your device and to follow up on the developments, head over to the forum thread.