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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2014

Samsung Note PRO 12.2, Tab PROs and Galaxy Camera 2 Hands On at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

Samsung was at this year's CES in a BIG way! They have advertisements on just about any of the many shuttle buses circling the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had ads all over the Convention Center itself, and that got the location into trouble, as the ads announced their releases before the actual press event. At the press event, Samsung announced a new Samsung Note Pro 12.2, three new Galaxy Tab Pros---coming in the sizes of 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2013

USB Mass Storage App for Recent Samsung Devices

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...

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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 19, 2012

Unofficial CM10.1 for the Galaxy Note, Official CM10.1 for the Galaxy S

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...

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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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Former Writer · Dec 12, 2012

Multiple Window Mod for Most Apps on International Galaxy Note

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...

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Former Writer · Nov 14, 2012

Popup Browser Invoker Opens the Pop Up Browser Without Clicking Links on the Galaxy Note

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....

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Oct 2, 2012

Liquid Smooth RC3 Released for 11 Devices

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...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 20, 2012

Jelly Bean Paranoid Android Now Available for Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 18, 2012

Partial Schematics and Service Manual for the International Galaxy Note

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 10, 2012

Int’l Galaxy Note Camera Mod Brings New Features and Removes Annoying Ones

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...

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David Watt · Sep 9, 2012

First Universal Kernel for the International Galaxy Note

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

AffinitySERIES Jelly Bean ROM Lands on Multiple Devices

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...

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David Watt · Aug 8, 2012

AOKP Jelly Bean Unofficially Ported to Galaxy Note N7000

A few weeks ago, we brought you news that the CyanogenMod 10 Official Preview was released on the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000. We can now also report that AOKP Jelly Bean has unofficially made it's way to the Galaxy Note, thanks to XDA Senior Member toxicthunder. The ROM, known as Half-Illusion, is built from the aforementioned CM10 preview build and AOKP nightlie merges. Of course, as with most early Jelly Bean ports, there are still remaining bugs and other issues, but great progress...

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Former Writer · Aug 7, 2012

Temporary CWM.zip on Galaxy Note Found as a Cause of Hard Bricks

We've brought you regular updates on the hard brick situation on the Samsung Galaxy Note, including what Samsung is doing to fix it. In short, the issue has been a bug in certain ICS kernels that causes hardware failure. XDA Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1 said it best in his great article about it: It turns out that there is a major bug in the leaked ICS kernel that affects the /data partition in the eMMC chip, which apparently gets corrupted...

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Former Writer · Jul 31, 2012

Kernel Source Master List for the International Galaxy Note

Whenever a new kernel is released, it is subject to the GPL. This means that full kernel source code for all publicly released kernels and firmware based on the Linux kernel must be made publicly available. This is usually no big deal, as most OEMs and kernel developers provide the legally required GPL-compliant kernel source shortly after releasing a new update or device. However, the difficulty is often in finding all source code links that you would need conveniently. While...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 26, 2012

Official CyanogenMod 10 Preview for the Galaxy Note N7000

Just yesterday, we brought you news that the  international Galaxy S II was given an official preview to CyanogenMod 10 by XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx of Team Hacksung. Now, the lucky day has come to everyone favorite phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note. Today's release comes from XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, who is also a member of Team Hacksung. As with the release on its sister device, users must take into consideration that this is a preview build. Thus, quite a bit is currently not working....

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Former Writer · Jul 11, 2012

Dual Boot on the International Galaxy Note

Dual booting has always been a mixed bag. On some devices it's deceptively easy to get a second ROM booting. In some cases, it's even possible to boot more than two. On others, it's a process that can take hours and can be wrought with problems if the process is not handled properly. In any case, dual booting is a fun experience and can even be practical. Now, users can dual boot on the International Samsung Galaxy Note. The method was...

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