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 have access to a floating, re-sizable browser on the Galaxy Tab 2 to use instead of the stock browser. With the large screen real estate on the Tab 2, the feature is surely useful to those who want to browse while performing other tasks.
So far, users have confirmed that it works on at least stock ROMs. It was tried on one unnamed custom ROM and it didn’t work. So if you’re running a custom ROM, it’s worth at least trying out, but don’t get your hopes up too much. If you want to uninstall it, simpley remove the PopupBrowser.apk from /system/app.
For more info, check out the original thread.
November 7, 2012 By: David Watt
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 official release, nor is it built from source.. I’m still working on that one. BUT, for now, we have this. This has been tested on my device. I’ve successfully made a backup, wip
The current version available is 18.104.22.168, which is only a few increments from the latest version available from ClockworkMod. Installation is a simple process, performed using either adb of terminal.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ and want to get a custom ROM onto your device, head on over to the development thread.
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 ‘prototype’ Verizon Galaxy Tab 2, which turned out to have an insecure bootloader. XDA Senior Member MrHyde03 then worked with id_ram to pull the required image files from the device and carried out further testing on his own device. If successful, he would have an unlocked Galaxy Tab 2. If unsuccessful, he would have a dead Galaxy Tab 2. Luckily for him, the former scenario played out, and the result of this can be found in the bootloader unlocking thread.
In order to unlock your bootloader, all you need to do is root your device, flash the insecure bootloader image, and enter a few simple commands using adb or a terminal window.
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 on their MDPI-xlarge device. The operative word there is couldn’t.
XDA Recognized Contributor X8invisible has written up a simple guide to help Galaxy Tab 2 owners flash HDPI themes anyway. There are actually a couple of ways to achieve this and both of them are pretty easy. Of course root is required.
The first way is using an application called LCD Density Modder. Download and open the app and change lcd_density to 150. Then, flash the HDPI theme, reboot, and finally revert to 160. You’ll end up with your usual density and the HDPI theme. The second way involves using a root explorer application and manually editing the build.prop parameter for lcd_density to 160. It’s pretty much the same process, except one uses an app and the other requires manual changes.
If you’re looking to flash some HDPI themes and need to know more, go to the original thread.
September 12, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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 on SGS III and Galaxy Tab 2 by many, and may work for more devices too, as long as they are rooted and have a similar partition structure. As the name suggests, DirectoryBind binds a directory in one location on your device to another. While the concept behind it is similar to symlinking, it uses the bind command instead that makes it work across file systems. This is particularly important, as the file system used on the external SD Card is usually FAT or FAT32, and the internal one is Ext 3/4, making symlinking impossible.
The app has a decent GUI that makes it easy to create new directory pairs, manage the existing ones, mount or unmount them manually, choose to automatically mount them at system startup, and even set them to automatically unmount when USB storage mode is activated and remount when it is deactivated.
You can download the app and learn more in the application thread.
‘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 that we mean that SamMobile grabbed the OTA leak from Samsung’s servers and posted it for everyone to download. There are a few quirks to the update. First, you’ll have to be on the stock P3100DDBLH3 firmware, as the OTA checks before it allows for a flash. The leak was first posted to the site by XDA Senior Member LuffarJoh.
Installation is pretty easy. Users simply need to flash back to the stock firmware mentioned above, place the OTA on their external SD card, and flash via stock Android recovery. If you’d like to remain rooted, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. For download links, installation instructions and more, check out the original thread.
September 5, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
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
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 a custom kernel, the screen displays a nice yellow triangle on boot signifying you’ve done something that the manufacturer didn’t want you to.
XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire recently created an app called Triangle Away, which clears the system flag on select Samsung devices so that the annoying triangle goes away. Today, he updated the app to version 1.80, which adds support for the US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III, along with the entire Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 series. Recently added devices:
Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100 **
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 **
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-I9220 **
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 **
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300T **
Samsung Galaxy S3 AT&T
Samsung Galaxy S3 Sprint
Samsung Galaxy S3 T-Mobile
Samsung Galaxy S3 Verizon
Samsung Galaxy S3 Canadia
Samsung Galaxy S3 US Cellular
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P310x 7″ 3G
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P311x 7″ Wi-Fi
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P510x 10″ 3G
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P511x 10″ Wi-Fi
** Various related models are supported depending on firmware, but only the exact model numbers listed are supported regardless of firmware version.
Head on over to the original thread to get more information and to download the application.
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 to support the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and the International Galaxy Note. However, to work on these devices, the user must be running a rooted ICS ROM with a kernel that has the fuse driver. For people who don’t feel like looking, you can use the CF-Root Kernel by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire on the Galaxy S II. Says Kwull:
2. The app installs ntfs-3g if it does not exist in the system
3. App receives MEDIA_NOFS event and tries to mount all unmounted /dev/sdXXX devices as NTFS volumes
4. Does not mount NTFS formated SD card, yet
One of the most interesting planned features is to one day allow users to format their external SD cards using NTFS. This will eliminate the low file size limit in FAT32, and may even help performance in certain cases.
To get started, visit the original thread.