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Former Writer · Jan 11, 2013

Resizable Browser for the Galaxy Tab 2

One of the more interesting developments over the last year has been floating apps. They are essentially apps that run in a re-sizable window like a desktop operating system. Some OEMs have used the idea to some extent, like Samsung's multi window feature and Sony Small Apps. Not all devices have access to floating apps. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 can use the re-sizable web browser commonly found on the Galaxy Note 2 thanks to XDA Senior Member pidio1. Once installed, users...

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David Watt · Nov 7, 2012

Unofficial ClockworkMod Recovery Ported to Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7″

A few weeks ago, we reported on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7"  receiving an unlocked bootloader, as posted by XDA Senior Member MrHyde03. As a logical continuation from this, MrHyde03 has now also ported ClockworkMod Recovery to the Galaxy Tab 2 7". Ported from the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, it has been fully tested by the dev and everything appears to work as it should. NOTE: This CWM was ported from VZW SGS3 I have successfully ported CWM to our device. It is NOT an...

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David Watt · Oct 20, 2012

Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7″ Bootloader Unlocked

We all know that Verizon seems to have some kind of fear of unlocked bootloaders, as is evident on their Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2. We also know that XDA's developers and device owners alike have a hatred of locked bootloaders, so there has to be some give at one point or another. And on this occasion, it's a win for the developers and in turn, device owners. XDA Forum Member id_ram managed to get his hands on a...

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Former Writer · Sep 30, 2012

Loading HDPI-Only Themes on the Galaxy Tab 2

Fans of the popular Theme Chooser have no doubt noticed that many themes have restrictions. In most cases, it's an error that says the theme doesn't have all the elements required for a device. Usually, these cases can even be ignored and the theme applied anyway. In worst case, you have to apply the system theme, reboot, then apply the new theme. However, some restrictions don't have easy workarounds. For instance, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 users couldn't flash HDPI themes...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 12, 2012

Easily Bind Internal SD Card Directories to External SD Card on Most Samsung Devices

Many Galaxy S II and III owners who do a lot of heavy gaming on their phones have run out of space for game data in internal storage. While both of these devices support external SD cards, there is no official method available to use that instead for the storage. Fortunately, there is an easy solution for this problem now with free tool DirectoryBind. Originally built for the SGS II by XDA Forum Member slig, DirectoryBind has been confirmed to work...

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Former Writer · Sep 9, 2012

Jelly Bean Leak for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

'Tis the season for Jelly Bean. While we've reported mostly on custom ROMs and unofficial ports, OEMs seem to finally be catching up to XDA and releasing Jelly Bean for their devices. It's a good sign that official Jelly Bean is starting to slip through the cracks, and it'll be interesting to see which devices get it and which don't. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 owners probably don't have to worry. Why? Because Jelly Bean 4.1.1 has leaked for the device. By...

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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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jerdog · Aug 16, 2012

Triangle Away Updated to Support New Devices

That last thing you want to hear when submitting your device for a warranty repair is, "You rooted your device and broke the warranty so I can't help you. Enjoy your bricked device!" The tech in the store or at the repair center rarely knows exactly what was done, but they tend to pay attention to the status of your bootloader and if you have a rooted device and/or custom firmware. In the case of newer Samsung devices, after flashing...

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Former Writer · May 18, 2012

Mount NTFS Drives with NTFS Mounter

While mounting NTFS may not be the first feature users line up for when buying an Android phone, it can certainly be useful at times. For those out there who may be thinking of mounting an NTFS USB key or hard drive to their Android devices, you actually now have an app for that. XDA Forum Member Kwull has release NTFS Mounter that does what it says and automatically mounts NTFS drives when plugged in. Currently, the app is known...

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