Not many feature omissions have drawn as much ire in recent memory as the lack of USB Mass Storage. While Media Transfer Protocol has numerous advantages such as safer removal and simultaneous access from both your computer and mobile device, it’s just not quite the same as directly mounting your device as standard USB storage. This is on top of the hoops that non-Windows users have to go through to access the storage in the first place.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of tweaks and mods to get the beloved USB Mass Storage functionality back. The newest solution comes from XDA Senior Member MohammadAG, and it is for quite a few Samsung devices including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and the Galaxy Note 2. And even if you have a Samsung device that isn’t one of the above, it’s quite possible that it may still work for you.
As described by the developer:
- Allows you to use your microSD card as a USB Mass Storage device.
- Shortcuts on your homescreen to easily enable/disable USB Mass Storage mode.
- Warns the user if they try to disable Mass Storage mode without unmounting/ejecting on the PC side.
Tested working on:
Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100)
Samsung Galaxy SIII (GT-I9300)
Samsung Grand Duos (GT-I9082) – Thanks to wan Mohd in Play Store reviews.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) – Thanks to taiseer999 in the replies below.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) – Thanks to Solomon Chow in Play Store reviews.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337) – Thanks to Delyan Georgiev in Play Store reviews.
Eager to get USB Mass Storage on your device? If so, head over to the original thread to get started.
[Thanks to The Waswas for the tip!]
January 2, 2013 By: Pulser_G2
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 the hassle of manually changing keyboard.
Enter XDA Recognized Developer LegendK95, with his app SPenBoard Switcher. If your device is capable of detecting when the pen is removed, it should be possible to use this app to change your default keyboard between two of your choice. While it is likely that most users will want to use this application to change from a third party keyboard to the Samsung keyboard when the pen is removed (and back when it is re-inserted), it is possible to select any keyboard for either state.
This app is a good example of the benefits of Samsung’s S-Pen SDK, which is available from the Samsung Developer website. Through the APIs provided by Samsung, it is possible for apps to take advantage of features of the operating system pertaining to the S-Pen, such as identifying if the pen has been removed from the device, the pressure being applied to the pen, or the state of the side button on the pen.
While the app has been mainly tested on variants of the Galaxy Note II, it should work on any recent S-Pen enabled device that is capable of notifying you when the S-Pen has been removed from the holder. If you want to give the app a try, check it out over in the apps sub-forum, bearing in mind that it requires root access to install to the system partition. This is required in order to change the current keyboard input method without prompting you each time.
Apps like this offer users more choice in how they use their devices, beyond what Samsung chose to offer on their stock ROM. There are definitely many more opportunities for anyone willing to dive into the S-Pen SDK. What would you like to see as the next S-Pen utility app?
December 19, 2012 By: Former Writer
Android 4.2 AOSP ROM development is in full swing here at XDA with a plethora of devices receiving the 4.2 goods. Thankfully, there are no signs of it slowing down, as 4.2 AOSP ROMs are popping up everywhere. The latest devices to get CM10.1 are the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 and the much older original Samsung Galaxy S I9000.
XDA Recognized Contributor chasmodo released an unofficial port of CM10.1 for the Galaxy Note. This isn’t the first CM10.1 to be released, but XDA Elite Recognized Developer Entropy512 will be away for awhile and has passed the nightlies builds on to chasmodo. The ROM is in development, meaning there are things wrong with it. The list includes:
- UI: Apps like NHK are broken
- Audio: bugs, missing features
- Camera: Recording partially broken
- FM Radio: unsupported
- TV Out: unsupported, not likely to ever work (there is small hope now but not much)
- Lots of missing and yet unimplemented features
- and a lot more
It’ll likely be some time before this is fully stable. However, development is in progress and multiple devs are working on it.
XDA Recognized Developer pawitp released what is actually an official CM10.1 build for the Galaxy S. In terms of stability, the list of known issues says there are no outstanding bugs, so this actually could be a daily driver. Granted, there may be smaller issues, but the big stuff should be all taken care of. Not bad for a device that is pretty old by Android’s standards.
Update: As Elite Recognized Developer Entropy512 points out, there have actually been official nightlies for the N7000 for the past few days, with the thread update coming soon! You can find the nightlies in the usual place!
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: Former Writer
Smartphones and tablets haven’t replaced computers yet, but they’re well on their way. We can already do a myriad of tasks on smartphones that we used to do on computers, but there is still a lot of functionality computers have that smartphones and tablets don’t. One such feature is the ability to have multiple windows open at the same time. Now, at least the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 can do that too.
XDA Forum Member xperiacle has released a mod called Floating Multiwindows. As the name suggests, it combines the concept of floating apps with the concept of multi window. If you’re unfamiliar, floating apps are apps that appear on the home screen of an Android device in a window that is re-sizable and movable. Multi Window is a Galaxy Note II feature where you can have two apps visibly running at the same time. Thus, Floating Multiwindows is multiple apps running simultaneously in windows you can move and shape.
Installation is easy enough. Users will have to edit their build.prop to prepare for the mod, then flash the mod itself. Aside from install instructions, xperiacle has also included a number of tips and tricks on how to use it.
To see more, go to the original thread.
November 14, 2012 By: Former Writer
Floating apps have been steadily gaining popularity. They open a window over your current screen, much like how it’s done on desktop interfaces. The windows can be re-sized and moved. They allow users to use applications without taking up an entire screen. One such app is called Popup Browser on the Galaxy Note. It opens up a floating window browser when some links are clicked. Now there is a way to open it at all times on the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000.
The mod is called Popup Browser Invoker, and it does essentially what it says. It allows users to open the Popup Browser without going into the regular browser and finding a link to click. It was released by XDA Senior Member vijai2011 for use on Jelly Bean ROMs.
Installation is pretty simple. Users can download the app and either install it like a normal APK or move it to /system/app and change the permissions to rw-r-r. Once installed, you can open the floating browser whenever you want. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with Jelly Bean ROMs with TouchWiz. AOSP offerings aren’t available a this time, as AOSP doesn’t include the Popup Browser. If you’re a fan of the Popup Browser, this is definitely an app to try out.
For more details, check out original thread.
[Writer's Note: This is my 1000th XDA article! Thanks for reading everyone!]
[Editor-in-Chief's Note: Congrats on the 1000th article. It's great to have you on the team! -Will]
Who doesn’t like it when development teams launch mass releases? As such it’s not uncommon for us to report a dozen or so devices getting a ROM at once. Another ROM dev team has released their newest release candidate for a staggering 11 devices.
The ROM series is called LiquidSmooth, and the team has quite a few developers. It is a source-built release derived from AOSP, and it borrows from a number of other development teams such as CyanogenMod and Team EOS. The device list includes:
Galaxy Nexus (maguro)
Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
Galaxy Nexus (toro)
Samsung Galaxy S III I9300
Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III
Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III
Google Nexus 7
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
It’s quite a hefty list. A few of the features included are:
Lockscreen text color, layouts etc, 5-8 Options
Color & Alignment (Clock)
Custom Navbar Targets (Up to 7)
Custom Navbar Ring Targets (Up to 5)
Customizable Colors throughout the Rom
Liquid Launcher (Custom with extra options)
Liquid Splasher (New Liquid Settings)
Framework optimizations to enhance performance
Ultra Slim Size: Deodexed, Debloated, Zip-Aligned and Opti-png
Startup script control (sysctl, cron, zipalign etc)
Forced Tablet Mode with DPI Changer
Status Bar Mods – Battery, Clock, Provider Name Changer and more…
Toggles (Both AOKP/CM style)
So, in short, there are a lot of devices and a lot of features. There isn’t a running list of issues with these ROMs, so you’ll have to check out your device’s ROM thread to see if anyone is reporting any issues. Given that they are stable releases, there shouldn’t be many. For more details, check out any one of the number of device links above.
September 20, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 owners, we’ve got some great news for you. Jelly Bean-based Paranoid Android is now available for the Galaxy Note. Whether you are simply looking for a custom Jelly Bean ROM, or want a ROM that lets you get the most out of that large screen, Paranoid Android is definitely worth a shot.
In case you haven’t came across it already, Paranoid Android is a unique CyanogenMod-based custom ROM available for several Android devices that allows you to change the DPI and layout of your device on a per-app basis. This allows you to run apps in tablet, phone or a unique hybrid mode on any device, be it a tablet, a phone or a phablet like the Note. This can come especially handy on devices with large screens like the Note, as it helps you utilize the extra screen real estate to the fullest, giving you the flexibility of choice for the various display modes available.
This source-built port for the Galaxy Note is brought to us by XDA Senior Member Utacka, and it incorporates no ROM-level changes. It uses Project LARD, which is an implementation of Jelly Bean drivers for Samsung devices for bringing smooth, Project Butter-like performance to them.
More information can be found in the original thread.
September 18, 2012 By: Former Writer
There’s a subtle difference between opening up a phone to see what’s inside and getting all the documentation on a device explaining what’s inside. Just opening the device can reveal a lot of things and give you a first hand look at the architecture of a device. Having all the documentation, however, means you know exactly what each piece does. When you know what each piece does, it makes the device significantly easier to hack.
XDA Recognized Developer E:V:A has stumbled upon the service manual and schematics for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000. Even thought the schematics aren’t complete, E:V:A was able to pull enough information out of them to deem them still useful. Here’s a few things E:V:A has to say about them:
We are interested in better understanding the hardware in this phone, so that we could (a) develop unbrickable-mod, (b) communicate with phone modem via a virtual serial interface over USB and/or from a local shell and (c) get proper and early debug output for development purposes. But there are many more good reasons…
In addition it is worth noting that:
a) I have good reasons to believe that some component labels are screwed up, including the block diagram, as usual…
b) The similarities to the GT-I9100 are more limited that thought.
There’s a lot of information for you hardware hackers out there. E:V:A has also posted a few things from the schematics and service manual, like the boot pins/modes for the processor and the baseband. With the proper equipment, someone could have a lot of fun with the information. If you do attempt anything, remember to be careful. This is hardware stuff, and messing it up can mean permanent damage to the Note.
If would you like to know more, head to the original thread.
[Photo credit: ifixit]
September 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
Unless you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, chances are you probably use your phone camera for most of your photography needs. While that may have been absurd 10 years ago, cameras on mobile devices have undergone a significant improvement in recent years. Now they’re good enough for the majority of simple snapshots. In response to increased camera quality, developers have released a few camera mods to make cameras on Android devices better. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 has a camera mod of its own.
The mod not only helps to improve the Galaxy Note camera experience by adding new features, but also helps by removing some features. Posted by XDA Forum Member jobnik, the mod features include:
1. “Unable to start camera while in a call” Alert Disabled
2. Camera “Low Battery” Alert Disabled
3. Camera Volume Up/Down as a shutter
4. Camera “Can’t use flash on low battery” Alert Disabled
5. Camera focus sound Disabled
6. Camcorder “Can’t use flash on low battery” Alert Disabled
7. Camcorder “Low Battery” Alert Disabled
8. Camcorder Better audio quality/video bitrate
9. Camera Power button as a shutter (The Power menu will popup as well, but it will take a picture, just wait until it vibrates.)
10. Camera Self-shot Volume buttons as a shutter
11. Camera “Action shot” shooting mode Volume buttons as a shutter
12. Camera “Panorama” shooting mode Volume buttons as a shutter
13. Camera icon taken from VK 5.1.2
There are some good things put it and a lot of annoying things—like all those alerts—taken out. This should yield a much better experience for Note users. Additionally, jobnik has posted the code changes that were made along with the mod so developers can see exactly what was done. If you do flash it and don’t like it, jobnik has also included a revert zip to change it back to the original camera.
For more details, check out the original thread.
September 9, 2012 By: David Watt
The Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 has received significant attention in the ROM development department. CyanogenMod, AOKP, AOSP, ParanoidAndroid and of course TouchWiz-based ROMs have all made an appearance. The trouble with all these ROM variants on the N7000 is that TouchWiz-based kernels cannot be used on CyanogenMod ROMs and vice-versa. Naturally, this limits the choice of kernel depending on your choice of ROM.
XDA Recognized Contributor g.lewarne has broken through this barrier and developed a custom kernel that is compatible with both Touchwiz and CyanogenMod based ROMs. HydraCore Universal kernel comes in both a stock frequency/voltage version, and an overclocked / undervolted version for those who prefer to tinker a little more. It also contains all the usual kernel tweaks such as additional governors, I/O and scheduler tweaks, memory optimizations, and much more.
If you’re sick of swapping kernels between TouchWiz and CyanogenMod based ROMs, or just want to try out another tweaked kernel, head on over to the HydraCore thread.
September 5, 2012 By: Former Writer
Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier.
Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford:
One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on communication which i think alot of other teams lack. We are not the best we will not boast ourselves or ever use the word kang. We feel like one of the first teams to start AOSP project to where it truley is part of the open source community. Were not out for recognition were out to make good products.
Fast, Responsive, Intuitive & Professional UI
GLaDOS v2.1 Power Kernel Built In
First of its kind Customized Toggle Icons
Custom Awesome Popup SMS Features
Facebook Contacts Support
Custom Power Widget
4 Way Reboot Menu
Exclusive ADA Wallpapers
5 Way Lock Screen Targets
Beautiful Weather Lock Screen
Voice & Data (SVDO)
Customized Navbar Settings
Modified Navigation Bar Options
Clock Modifications – Left, Center, and Right Clock AM/PM Weekday Abbreviation
Battery Options 6 Styles to Choose
Many, many more…!
Users are reporting that the ROM works well and has very few issues. Most are reporting no issues at all, which is great for a Jelly Bean ROM. Now that the initial release is out of the way, the team is looking forward to the host of other devices they plan on supporting in their second round of releeases. The official list includes:
Asus Transformer TF101
Asus Transformer Infinity TF700
Samsung Galaxy Tab2
Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (toroplus)
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII