December 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 settings you can change in the CSC file to uncover hidden features for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This is meant for the International version, but many of these could work on the US variants as well, given the nearly identical hardware. Here is a brief list of some features that have been uncovered:
Enter Key = New Line in stock sms // Only if not supported already
Enable sub Symbols on Stock Samsung keyboard
Dialer search matches numbers in contacts and call logs along with contacts
No Limits on joining contacts together.
Add exit menu to stock web browser
Add shutter sound on/off menu to stock camera app
Stock browser requests Desktop site by default
None of these are game changers, but a few of them could be pretty useful. The desktop site always requested is especially nice for the Galaxy Note 2, as the screen is big enough to surf most full sites comfortably. There is still a lot of work going on with the CSC file, and kkoolpatz has invited anyone to contribute what they find as well.
For all the details, check out the original thread.
December 18, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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 content with stock features. As proof, we have seen several mods that extent the feature to support almost any app. XDA Recognized Developer LegendK95 has taken it one step further and released MultiWindow Complete Control for the Verizon Galaxy Note 2.
As the name implies, this mod grants you full control over the MultiWindow bar, allowing you to easily add or remove applications, sort them in alphabetical order, and even control Samsung’s predefined applications in the MultiWindow view. Do note that the mod is available for devices running a deodexed ROM based on the VRALJB firmware.
You can find more information, the download link, and installation instructions in the forum thread.
December 17, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 with an Exynos 4412 or 4210 processor. This includes the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S III, Meizu MX, and the Galaxy S II, among many others. Here’s how alephzain explains the root method:
Recently discover a way to obtain root on S3 without ODIN flashing.
The security hole is in kernel, exactly with the device /dev/exynos-mem.
This device is R/W by all users and give access to all physical memory … what’s wrong with Samsung ?
Its like /dev/mem but for all.
Three libraries seems to use /dev/exynos-mem:
Essentially, this exploit can be used to root any device with the aforementioned processors. What’s more, this method wouldn’t require an Odin flash like most current root methods. However, this exploit could be dangerous. Not only could be used to acquire root access, but for malicious applications as well. So developers will have a fun time helping to fix the issues while using the exploit for root.
For more details, check out the original thread. Do keep in mind, though, that this is posted in the new Samsung Galaxy Note II developer-only forum, so don’t post saying thanks or anything as the thread will be used for developers to develop things only.
December 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 a mod that lets users add any app to the Multi Window list. Unlike the most recent mods, which include an app that adds the apps for you, Verizon users are stuck using the old fashioned way for right now. This means de-compiling the apps, making the appropriate changes, re-compiling the app, and re-installing. Once done, the app will show up in the Multi Window bar.
The process isn’t difficult, but it does take some time for those unfamiliar with de-compiling and re-compiling applications. To do it, hairdewx suggests using APK Tool, which is a good idea since it’s well known and tutorials are easy to find. Eventually, a one-click method will show itself like with the other variants.
For more info, check out the original thread.
December 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 is a mod to make data work too.
XDA Forum Member joderme has released a method that gets data working when on a GSM network. XDA Recognized Developers adrynalyne and imnuts also gave a helping hand in the mod. In addition to making data work on GSM networks, the process will also get rid of the annoying error message about the SIM card not being from Verizon.
There are two ways to apply the mod. The manual way is to pull the apns-conf.xml, add the carrier data, put it back, and change permissions. Then you should be able to set it to that carrier and allow you to access data. The simpler way is a flashable zip that adrynalyne released, which allows users to edit these settings without pulling any files. There is also talk by imnuts of making a all-in-one APN file that works for all major networks. That is still a work in progress, but if it works, then users would just need to add that file and be done.
For the full details, check out the original thread.
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.