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post Mar 27 2013, 01:52 AM, updated 5y ago

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Welcome to V20 of official LYN thread for the Galaxy Note II


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LINK:LYN Forum Rules:
"The official language of Lowyat.NET is the English language. All threads and posts must be in English, with the exception of specific, designated threads in the Kopitiam, and limited use to convey a specific expression or interjection."

NO NEED FOR "Congrats" posts. Such posts are counted as spam by the Mods and will be warned.

icon_rolleyes.gifI will correct your grammar and semantics icon_rolleyes.gif

icon_idea.gifLINK:Want To Be Taken Seriously? Become a Better Writer - 2013-02-21 - David Kerpen, LinkedIn author

icon_rolleyes.gifLINK:My little post about non-verbal communication

With the kind permission of XeactorZ, the TS of S3 thread, I reproduce some content which is relevant for us as well since both the Note 2 and S3 share a lot of similarities.

1. Strictly no discussions on warez/cracks or pirated apps. Please keep the thread CLEAN from such illegal stuff
2. Do NOT ask for links to such apps or links to get free apps which need to be paid for
3. Do NOT post links or references to such sites that promote downloads of pirated, cracked, warez apps
4. Any requests or demands for apps specified under points 1 to 3 will be outright ignored and will attract warning and suspensions from the mods. The community will help in the policing.
5. Please be civil and polite in your posts. Saying "Please" goes a long way.
6. Posts / assistance given in this thread are on a voluntary basis by the members and please respect that.
7. Readers are advised to try out any suggestions at their own risk.
8. Learn to use "Search Topic" at bottom left of each page before asking. Do not blame others if you don't know how to form a search term.

9. Read the first page if you have a question. Then read for 10 pages, AND the last 10 pages of a thread BEFORE YOU ASK ANYTHING.
10. READ UP THE BASICS BEFORE YOU START ASKING HERE!! BASIC QUESTIONS WILL BE POLITELY DIRECTED TO PAGE 1, or not so politely directed elsewhere...

*However, if, after reading Page 1, the first and last 10 pages, or simply lurking, has helped you solve your problem, it will be appreciated if you can post a "Thank you" in the forum since we do not have a "Like" button or "Thanks" button*

LINK:Suggested punishment for those asking basic questions tongue.gif

Examples of UNACCEPTABLE POSTS
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Mini Directory
Post 01: This post - Announcements, Rules, How to get Help, Mini Directory
Post 02: CHANGELOG for page 1 - easier to track what's been updated. *CHECK HERE* first !!
Post 03: General overview, Key features, Reviews
Post 04: Owners' lists (SME/AP/LTE), Review/Testimonies by Owners, Confessions, SCAM Alerts
Post 05: Note 2 Basic Operations and Common Issues
Post 06: Introduction to Rooting - Part 1 - Basic Theory
Post 07: Introduction to Rooting - Part 2 - Rooting tools and some intermediate level operations
Post 08: Resources for Advanced topics (ROMS, Mods, TriangleAway etc)
Post 09: Resident Experts
Post 10: Most Popular Lists (ROMs, Kernels etc)
Post 11: Records (Battery, Stable OC, etc) + Hall of Fame
Post 12: Useful Applications
Post 13: Peripheral stuff (Accessories, Cases, Homescreens, Themes etc)
Post 14: Miscellaneous Tips and Tricks
Post 15: Previous Thread Versions (with statistics)
Post 16: Archived Content

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This is a VERY QUICK GUIDE if you need to ask for help. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:
If you need to see a doctor, you will describe your symptoms to aid diagnosis. Likewise please provide us with information to help you.

Please provide the following minimum information:
  1. Rooted or non-rooted (optionally odexed or deodexed)
  2. Stock or custom ROM + version
  3. Stock or custom kernel + version
  4. Stock or custom recovery + version
  5. Baseband (or Radio) version (if required)
  6. Any mods or frameworks added
Where can you get these values?
Go to Settings > Scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN and click "About device". You will get a screen like from the link below.
Device Details Screen

Android Version shows the major Android version. Current latest version for Note 2 is 4.1.2 (Feb 2013)
Baseband version is your "Radio" version. It controls settings related to mobile network connection. (item 5 above)
Kernel version is for the kernel (item 3 above)
Build number is your ROM version (item 2 above)

If you are having problems with connection (voice/data), please provide the following minimum information:
  1. Telco/ISP
  2. Your current location where you are facing this problem
  3. How long have you experienced this problem
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post Mar 27 2013, 01:52 AM

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CHANGELOGI will attempt to log changes here as an indication of new material that I've added. I won't log cosmetic changes. Some posts will also be excluded from the changelog (eg Accessories) unless noteworthy.

The changelog will begin from 1 in each new topic version. Changelog link for prior topic versions posted at the bottom.

No.DateDescription of ChangePostSubsection
562013-04-
552013-04-
542013-04-20Added post by bmwcaddy about his positive experience as a new Note 2 owner 4 Testimonies
532013-04-19Added link to XDA post in reply to someone whining about aluminium vs plastic 4 below Testimonies
522013-04-19Added link to article on why you don't need task killers 7 after 4.Getting ROMs
512013-04-18Added link to article on Backup apps from Ars Technica, 2013-04-13 12 Backup
502013-04-16Added link to Note II Sudden Death Syndrome thread on XDA 5 Reported Issues
492013-04-16Updated Post 3 Latest ROM version for Malaysia 3 General
482013-04-16Added Roundr, a screen rounding app, by antt00 12 Launchers
472013-04-16Added video on Battery Saving Tips, by benny888 12 Tutorials
462013-04-16Added small writeup on the terms "AP" and "Ori" 4 Scams
452013-04-15Added link to BatteryUniversity table on Battery usage, by benny888 5 Operations
442013-04-14Added link to XDA Mod Crossbreeder for reduced system lag, by nehalem176 8 Kernel
432013-04-14Added link to post by benny888 on solving extensive Wakelocks 5 Reported Issues
422013-04-13Added link to GL to SD for moving apps to SDcard 7 Swap SDcard
412013-04-13Added link to article about Facebook and Narcissism 14 Articles
402013-04-13Added link to app and article for Universal Unroot 7 new:Unroot
392013-04-13Some new applications added to Useful Applications 12
382013-04-13Added link to an excellent XDA article on Mobile Device Ruggedness 14 Articles
372013-04-13Added post by Dan Rosenberg, uber Motorola Root guru, on bootloaders 6 Bootloaders
362013-04-12Added Otterbox Defender Droptest video 11 Hall of Fame
352013-04-12Added links to Reddit's App megaposts 12
342013-04-12Added link to Reddit's Android forum about Bootloader Security 6 Bootloaders
332013-04-11ROM Usage Survey Form is now available for BETA testing 10 ROM
322013-04-10Kernel Usage Survey Form is now LIVE 10 Kernel
312013-04-10Added category "Launcher" to Useful Apps and added Buzz Launcher 12 new:Launcher
302013-04-10Added post by Uncle Benny responding to criticism of TouchWiz slowness of Samsung phones 4 Reviews and Testimonies
292013-04-10Added article on Alan Kay (computing pioneer) remarking that Ipad is too dumbed down 4 below Confessions
282013-04-10Added link to migrating contacts from iphone to Android 5 Migrating
272013-04-10Added The 4 Best Android Phones Available Right Now (Note 2 among them !!!) - 2013-04-09 4 Reviews
262013-04-10Added article from Linux Journal - Free and Open—and Their Opposites - 2013-04-02 14 Articles
252013-04-10Added topic by Norameen on Cerberus, and several apps added to Useful apps 12 Tutorials
242013-04-07Added series of posts detailing EdwinCodec's Wifi connection problems 5 Issues/Wifi
232013-04-07Added some Backup Apps to Useful Apps and their corresponding Tutorials 12 Useful Apps and Tutorials
222013-04-07Added link to topic by mtxx about recovering your photos even after your phone is stolen 14
212013-04-07Added Article contributed by brotan regarding Cheap, High Capacity powerbanks 4 Scams
202013-04-07Added Play Store PIN security to avoid accidental purchases 5 Operations
192013-04-07Added Kernel Usage Survey to Most Popular Lists 10 new:Kernel
182013-04-07Slightly revamped Rooting Pt 2 for better structure 7
172013-04-07Added subsection Framework Mods to Advanced Topics 8 new:Framework Mods
162013-04-07Added FolderMount and SuperBeam to Apps 12 File Utils
152013-04-07Added review by DPReview of the Note 2's camera 4 Reviews, and Camera
142013-04-07Added update to Dr. Ketan's rooting method by benny888 7 Methods
132013-04-06Added subsection "Chargers" to Accessories post and 1 recommended charger 13new:Chargers
122013-04-06Added testimony by aspire2oo6 on Note 2/Android use 4 Reviews
112013-04-06Added new posts on Kernel and Wakelocks 8 Kernel and Wakelocks
102013-04-06Added Google Account problem to Basic Operations 5 Operations
92013-04-06Added Tasker related info to Tutorials 12 Tutorials
82013-04-06Added new section to Useful Applications for Tutorials 12 new:Tutorials
72013-04-06Amended to bring Changelog to Post 2 2
62013-04-06Added link to AndroidNZ review with connectivity demo (dated Oct 2012, but still useful) 3 General Info, Reviews
52013-03-29Added new category "ADB" to Advanced Topics 8 new:ADB
42013-03-29Added new category "Automation" to Useful Applications containing Tasker and Secure Settings contributed by antt00 12 new:Automation
32013-03-29Added links to Migrating from iPhone 5 Operations
22013-03-29Added link to fruitie's post about how to manage multiple Google accounts on 1 device 5 Operations
12013-03-29New structure for v20, 16 posts to reflect new information and easier navigation


Prior Changelogs:
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post Mar 27 2013, 01:53 AM

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General Overview, Key Features
Launched in Malaysia 11th October, 2012. In stores from 19th October,2012 thumbup.gif

Malaysia has the N7100 model by Samsung Malaysia. The N7105 LTE model may be obtained from other importers but LTE coverage is very limited as of now (Q1 2013). There is also a dual-sim model (N7102) available in selected markets.

Latest firmware for Malaysia: N7100XXDMC3_N7100OLBDMD1_XME Android 4.1.2, Week 2, Apr 2013.

You may also get an "Access to the software update service..." message like in the pic link below. This just means that the Samsung update server is full. Try again at another time. Patience is virtue.
Access to the software update service screenshot

Samsung does not provide any meaningful changelogs. SO NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAS CHANGED COMPARED TO THE LAST VERSION(s).

For those who already know how to flash: Download official firmware from http://www.sammobile.com/firmware/ - login first.
You will download a zip file. Unzip it for the tar file to be used for flashing

Specifications
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General Info,Reviews
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LINK:Test performed by Positron showing the power of Quad Core Exynos 4412

LINK:When someone asks you to compare the Note 2 to <somephone>, how do you respond?
LINK:There is simply no comparison - response by our Esteemed Gadget Freak and Guru
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YOUTUBE: The Daily Note II Channel - Tips & Tricks and App Reviews
LINK:Daily Note II Channel with Latest Episodes first

An Episode is shown here. You may view other episodes when this one ends.



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Please beware of FAKES !!! See Post #4

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First steps when getting your New Toy
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LINK:XDA - Things to check for when buying a Second Hand Note 2

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Key HARDWARE Features of the Note 2

LINK:Difference between LTE and Non-LTE versions of the Note 2
Due to some technical differences between N7100 and N7105, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU FLASH ROMS !!!
Most roms/kernels on XDA are meant for the N7100. Please ensure that your rom/kernel can be used on the N7105 before you flash.

Video Reviews of ALL Features of the Note 2 (this includes hardware and software)
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A FULL TEARDOWN of all components with good descriptions
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3G Signal Related Questions and Helpful Answers
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Allshare
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The Battery
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Camera
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The CPU (Exynos 4 Quad 4412)
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Gorilla Glass
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The MicroSD card slot
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NFC Related stuff:
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Notification LED
placeholder - contributors requested

S-Pen (usage and settings)
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Wi-Fi Direct™
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Wireless Charging
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Owners' ListSelf Service Form Here!!!
You can now input your details in the self service form !!!

Please input your LYN username, SME/AP, Model, Capacity and Color, and any optional information you wish, and hit "Submit" on the form.

> CLICK HERE for Owners' SUBMISSION FORM < - started on 2013-03-23

> Owners' List spreadsheet < - full list of owners here. Previous owners prior to 2013-03-22 have also been imported.

One of the world's most recognised people is also a proud Note 2 owner:
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Contributor Recognised by Samsung and sent on an ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP to Samsung SEA Forum
tot31's post showing the invitation and confirmation for Samsung SEA Forum (26-28 Feb, 2013)

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Reviews and Testimonies by Users (LYN and around the 'Net)
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LINK:For people who b*tch about polycarbonate

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Confessions of fervent iPhone users having switched to Galaxy Note 2 or other Android devices
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Computer pioneer Alan Kay says the iPad has “been dumbed down so far it’s distressing” (2013-03-29)
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Did that company with the fruit logo ever invent anything?
I'm posting this here to dispel the myths that the company with the fruit logo invented every smartphone technology. NO THEY DID NOT. All they did was to combine existing technologies into a sleek package. Credit to Noobi3




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> BEWARE OF SCAMS/CONS/FAKES <
[MUST READ] Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) – Clone vs Original Ultimate Comparison - 2013-03-09 - JennyBeh
Full IMEI List of 1407 Note 2 stolen in October 2012 - Click *here* to check against this list
Modus Operandi of a Scammer - notified by benny888

A word about the terms "AP" and "Ori" (not the best choice of terms, but this is Bolehland blush.gif )
A real Samsung (or any manufacturer's) device is Original whether it's SME or AP. We get our terminology confused due to the use of the term "AP" here whereas the correct term is "Parallel Import" or "Grey Market". And again due to the proliferation of counterfeit goods in this part of the world, the term "original" is also misappropriated to denote "Genuine".

SME vs AP is simply a matter of distribution channel for a Genuine product. You can also get "original" counterfeits since it comes directly from the manufacturer of said counterfeit.

From Merriam-Webster:
Definition of COUNTERFEIT
1: made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive => LYN's historical topic on the subject - AP, Ori, Water

Not directly Note 2 related, but useful to know nonetheless:
Beware of Cheap, High Capacity Powerbanks - 2013-03-29 - brotan

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Note 2 Basic Operations and Common Issues
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XDA site for Galaxy Note II (N7100 and N7105)
Samsung Galaxy Note II - N7100 and N7105
XDA has 2 threads for Development (ie ROMs, kernels etc) discussions.
The one called Android Development deals with ROMs/kernels/tweaks etc that are "cooked" ie modified from STOCK.
The one called Android Original Development deals with ROMS/kernels/tweaks etc that are built from scratch (AOSP/AOKP) or are entirely original in their approach.
Note that AOSP/AOKP does not fully support all Exynos features as Samsung has sadly not released the full details of the Exynos processor to the dev community.

XDA sites for other variants of the Galaxy Note II (not N7100 or N7105) - applicable for sets from US Telcos
AT&T
Sprint
T-Mobile
Verizon

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Operations

Battery Characteristics and Care - Summary Table of Battery Types - benny888

Can I simply unplug the USB cable after a file transfer? - antt00

How do I turn off 3G ? I want to use 2G only. - kevintth

Securing your Play Store to avoid unnecessary In-App-Purchases or accidental purchases - asked by Blackthorn and answered by antt00

Incoming calls only show phone number but no names even though I have saved the name & tel nos
Solution - Delete Google account and add it back again - by antt00
Confirmation of solution, just sign out and sign in Google account

How do I turn off syncing when I have more than 1 Google account on my phone? - question by fruitie
Solution by syNzoR to enable checkboxes within Contacts

After Updating a ROM, no details are shown in the Battery Summary readout - solved by sklchan

If you found the .face folder and you're wondering what it is? - credits Andrewtst from S3 thread - andrewtst

Teach your stock Samsung keyboard in GNote II to remember new words - MRSamurai

Migrating from iPhone to Note 2 (or general Android) ? Some tools:
Jumping Ship: A Guide to Switching from iOS to Android - 3 part series - just click "Next Post" to see all parts
How to Transfer/Export Messages from iPhone using Samsung Kies
Sync iTunes music with your Android !!! Easy Phone Tunes
Transfer Music and Data to Your Samsung Galaxy - Easy Phone Sync
CopyTrans Contacts to export idevice Contacts to PC
You've already been suckered by DRM - just 1 LAST investment to remove it forever!!
Article on how to export your iphone contact to Android. The comments are also informative.
LINK:Software for Macs to connect to Androids - Android File Transfer

Galaxy Charging Current (GCC)
LINK:The original XDA thread describing what it does (from S3 thread)
LINK:The other XDA thread describing it in the Note 2 thread
Get it from here: LINK:GalaxyChargingCurrent APK

This is the best way of detecting incoming charge current for your Galaxy Note 2 (also works on the S3). It does not seem to work on other devices. It reads a file here /sys/class/power_supply/battery/current_avg
This provides an objective method to compare charging variances, and will help to narrow down slow charging issues. Very often it is the cable, or a combination of a lousy charger with the cable. The Note needs a charger that outputs at least 1.5A (with GCC readings of 1400 and above) for good charging speeds.

After extensive testing by forumers, and most notably brotan, good chargers output 1500 and above. brotan has a supply of DUAL USB, DUAL 2A output chargers that have been tested working by several forumers. He also has original cables that can carry 2A current properly.

Read brotan's extensive writeup on batteries and charging - brotan


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Reported Issues/Problems encountered with the Note 2

Note II Sudden Death Syndrome thread on XDA

Galaxy Note 2 problems: What users complain about - 2012/12/13

Hissing sound from your charger - you may claim warranty but note that accessory warranty is only 6 months

Problem with LED Flash (beside the Camera) blinking when notifications arrive - reported by kurtkantoi
Solution working by disasternero, as a setting under Accessibility

Playstore keeps shutting down or force closes (FC) reported by claxtonchm - Solution working by neo0915 - claxtonchm , neo0915

Proximity Sensor problem reported by syNzoR (check ADC value >9 via *#0*#) - syNzoR

S-Note background does not change - first reported by aspire2oo6 and answered by kevintth *

XDA - For those who are NOT ROOTED yet your device status is "Modified"

Common problems with sdcards
The most common 64Gb uSD card is currently the Sandisk Ultra Class 10. However there seem to be a high frequency of failure among this brand of cards. The cause is not known at this time but many forumers have reported their card failures here - see article links below
Currently (as of Mar 2013) only Kingston and Sandisk have 64gb uSD cards.
SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s - 2013-03-18
SanDisk says it produced some bad 32GB and 64GB microSD cards - 2013-03-18
Android Central forums - SD Cards failing in Galaxy S3: Samsung's insane response - started on 2013-01-09

Problem with Digitizer?
Problem solved by REMOVING the casing with MAGNET - DO NOT USE MAGNETS !! - reported by kira_88

Stock Browser related
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Wakelocks (applicable for rooted and unrooted phones)
Response by benny888 to question on MediaServer Wakelocks after an update
XDA Solution Link to scan your SDcard for bad MP3s
CNet Download Link for the MP3Checker software

Wifi
Wifi fails to connect often - Dial *#0011# - Positron

Series of posts detailing question and answer response to EdwinCodec's wifi connection problem (2013-04-07):
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Introduction to Rooting - Part 1 - TheoryMuch of this post is compiled and written up by me based on reviews of various sources around the net and other sections of LYN. Sources and Contributors are duly acknowledged. If you wish to reproduce this writeup please PM me that you are doing so and acknowledge me as well. Thanks.

A bit of evangelism before we begin:
10 reasons why Android is still better than iOS - AndroidAuthority - 2013-01-17
Read the comments for a feel of what people think after having read the article.

Since we're actually going to discuss rooting, here is an article for you to understand why your phone is not supplied rooted out of the box:
Why Doesn’t Android Come Rooted? - 2013-03-12

So now let us begin.

A very very brief description of phone architecture: portions of writeup credits to antt00 for clarification

The table shows components of the architecture from bottom to top. At the lowest level you have the physical hardware, then upwards you have the firmware and the rest. The userland is where the User (you) interact with the hardware using the programs/apps you installed.

I'm writing this because you are holding a portable COMPUTER that has phone capabilities. So you should treat your device like a COMPUTER first, and a phone and/or camera second. See this:LINK:Smartphones are the PCs of the future

A "ROM" typically contains a kernel, a radio (some have several you can choose from) and the userland. Some ROMs do not contain a kernel or you can elect not to install its default kernel and use the one you currently have.
I provide a link further down this writeup to the Cyanogenmod wiki for a further explanation.

The Baseband or Radio contains settings to connect to the transmission towers, while the CSC contains settings specific to your mobile operator in the APN list (eg Maxis 3G, Maxis Streaming, Celcom 3G/2G etc)

Component Changeable?Description
Rest of ROM (userland)
Y
eg monx, Alliance, Phoenix (usually "ROMS" include the kernel and radio as well)
Kernel
Y
The Kernel is a low level component that handles management of the hardware. It exists in all Operating Systems like Linux, Windows, OSX etc. Android is based on Linux, and Google has been cooperating with the Linux community to merge kernel development effort. eg Abyss, Perseus, Redpill
CSC (Carrier/Country Specific Code
Y
CSC settings include the APN (Access Point Names) list for your region's telco settings. It provides some parameters for your specific telco (eg Maxis 3G, Celcom 3G, Maxis Streaming etc). Some ROMs contain multiple CSCs for more region support. You typically do not mess with this otherwise you will not be able to access the data network.
Baseband (also known as Radio)
Y
The radio handles your phone's hardware communications with the telco network. It simply allows your device to fulfill its phone function. eg DLK5, DLK7. Some apps allow you to change the network parameters used. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS unless you REALLY KNOW what you are doing!
Recovery
Y
The Recovery allows you to perform some functions like flashing mods and ROMs. It is the lowest level component that the user can interact with. eg CWM, Philztouch, TWRP
Firmware begins:Bootloader
Y
This starts the phone booting process when you press the power button. It is also the location of flash counter. Triangle Away changes values here. The bootloader is UNLOCKED. However, there are no custom bootloaders yet for the Note 2.
Hardware (components)
N
Screen, Battery, the stuff you can touch

Of course someone like AdamOutler (on XDA) can mod the HARDWARE. That guy is a real guru.

You CAN mix and match components marked "Y" from different countries, kernel, ROMs etc. It's fine, although some Radio versions may give you reduced signal performance.

A note about CPU, RAM, ROM and "Storage"
Think about you sitting at a desk with drawers. You are the CPU. The RAM is like your desk space. The larger your RAM or desk space, the more stuff you can work on at a time. But then of course, the more you work on, the more "you" is needed ie multi-core CPUs. Storage is like your drawers. The larger your drawers (storage) the more stuff you can store (your mp3s, mp4s, pdfs etc).

ROM, in this case, is technically "Read Only Memory". It is like the master plate used in printing, or perhaps a DVD. You can deface, tear or crumple your printout but you can always get a fresh printout by stamping from the master plate. So the ROM is actually a master plate or clean slate you can revert to if you have problems with FCs (forced closes) or random problems with your phone. You get the clean slate by performing a Factory Reset.

In your phone, the ROM resides on an area of Storage that is accessible by the Recovery. In the early days, a ROM was a physical chip that you replaced or re-flashed with special hardware. Nowadays everything is highly integrated.

Some additional clarification from Cyanogenmod if you're still not satisfied with the writeup here.

Now you can begin.

Rooting for Beginners - some general explanations and understanding

The simple, non-sexy, non-flashy, techie answer: root gives you administrator (ie God) access to your device.
Root DOES NOT change your phone in any other way. No speed-ups, no slowdowns, no other changes or magic. But it OPENS THE DOOR to magic icon_rolleyes.gif

Other answers using different metaphors:
Easiest Explanation EVER To Explain Root Vs Jailbreak
Think of it like the Matrix: Jailbreaking is comparable to what Morpheus could do. He could bend the rules of the system to overcome certain restrictions, but was still bound to its rules. Rooting is what Neo could do. Not only could he bend the rules, he could completely break them


LINK:Difference between ios Jailbreaking and Android Rooting
an excerpt:
Now while IOS users might consider jailbreaking their iPhone the same thing as Android users rooting their Android phones, there is a HUGE difference. In fact, you can't even compare jailbreaking to rooting, and here's why.
Android out of the box allows users to install 3rd party apps (also known as sideloading), already allows you to install themes, and even allows you to install applications directly from your SD card or internal memory of your device. Everything that IOS users hope to accomplish with jailbreaking their device is already included as basic functionality within Android.

LINK:Another article explaining Rooting from Android Authority

Does Rooting Void warranty?
For Samsung phones, it's a yes and no answer. From the terms and conditions, rooting/flashing will void your warranty, but Samsung Malaysia is not strict about this. So far there have not been cases of Samsung rejecting rooted phones, but please be prudent and perform a Triangle Away counter reset and flash stock firmware before turning in your phone for warranty.

If you live in the USA, rooting (of phones only) is legal as proclaimed by the Librarian of Congress, so you shouldn't have any issues with warranty. The US legal system has not clearly defined what a "tablet" is, so you can't root tablets. We don't know the case for "phablets" laugh.gif

Can rooting damage your phone?
It is a one in a million chance. If you are afraid of this slim chance, don't root.
This usually happens due to PEBKAC issues. Therefore, if you are prone to PEBKAC, do not proceed. Please google PEBKAC for your OWN UNDERSTANDING AND PROTECTION.
If you do not suffer from PEBKAC, then please ensure 1 very important thing: your download is NOT corrupt. For Windows, use this tool: HashTab by implbits
Make sure that your file MD5 matches the one from the host site. If the MD5 matches, your download is clean, and you may proceed.

There may be cases where you will not have the MD5 from the host site. If that is the case, use this tool: http://www.7-zip.org/
Install it. Select default options, and then run "Test archive" from the right click menu. Passing the test will give you a good indication your download is not corrupt.

What is the Flash Counter and Triangle Away?
There is a counter in the phone that checks for flashing of custom ROMs. If you have flashed a custom kernel or ROM, the counter will increase. When you get into Download mode, it will show that the counter has increased. This tells Samsung that you have modified with your phone.
You can reset this counter by using Triangle Away.

What is this about "locked bootloaders" ?
As you have seen from the writeup above, the bootloader starts your device. In Samsung, it also contains some checking code to determine whether you have a modified recovery and/or kernel. However, Samsung did not lock down the bootloader. A locked down bootloader means you can't root, can't change recovery, kernel or ROM. We all fervently hope Samsung continues in this fine tradition.

Now, other manufacturers practice bootloader locking as a so-called "security measure" to protect, ostensibly, the user. See link above about why your phone is not rooted out of the box. Here is a link to a post by an XDA forumer about bootloaders for Samsung, HTC and Sony.

Also see this post (2013-03-08) by DooMLoRD, a recognized XDA developer, on his steps for unlocking the Sony bootloader. Warnings quoted from his post :
QUOTE
Quote:
For Xperia™ devices released 2013 or later (for example Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL), the SD card of your device will be formatted and you will lose all content (for example photos, music, videos) when you unlock the boot loader.
DRM keys WILL be lost forever

Quote:
Originally Posted by schaggo View Post
I'd add what losing DRM keys means, e.g. no more Music ID/Gracenote within the Walkman app plus probably most importantly, as asked all the time and all over the place in the T/mint forums: loss of Bravia Engine.
So we should thank Samsung for being more mod-friendly than the other manufacturers.

Additional information about bootloaders from Reddit's Android subforum.

Post by uber Motorola rooting guru Dan Rosenberg on why he is giving up on unlocking the Motorola bootloader - 2013-04-09

NOTE: If you feel there are any errors or omissions in this post, please let me know and I will be happy to correct them.

See Part 2.

Tags:Rooting, Smartphone architecture, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 2, Samsung, Kernel, ROM, Bootloader.

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Introduction to Rooting - Part 2 - Procedures and Tools
BEFORE YOU PROCEED: ONE OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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So why do you want to flash a Custom ROM?
LINK:Custom ROMs for Android explained - Here is why you want them - 2012-08-20, added 2013-03-20

**WARNING** All the below information are provided for your education. All actions are performed completely at your own risk.

Rooting requires that you get your phone into Download Mode:

Getting into Download Mode
Download mode is how Samsung's official flashing software, Odin (Windows pc-based), talks to your phone.

Press Power + VOL Down + Home buttons simultaneously while the phone is off.

How does "Official" (ie unrooted stock ROM) Status look like in Download mode - tot31


After you're done rooting and flashed an appropriate Recovery, you can get into Recovery Mode for :
1. Flashing ROMs (rooted stock, custom ROMs, mods)
2. Performing system wipes
3. Performing "Nandroid" backups

Stock Recovery only allows you to perform system wipes.

Getting into Recovery Mode
Press Power + VOL Up + Home buttons simultaneously while the phone is off.


1. Methods of Rooting

XDA - Dr. Ketan's Description (click on the "Show' button)

benny888's update on Dr. Ketan's method 1 above - 2013-04-07

More options to come


2. IMPORTANT STEP IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU ROOT: BACK UP YOUR EFS FOLDER SECURELY

Tools to root and backup your EFS folder:
Galaxy Note 2 All-in-One Toolkit (includes EFS backup/restore)
Heimdall Flasher for Linux users - EFS backup/restore option - nehalem176
SGS3 EFS Backup method - only way that works for N7105 LTE Model - nehalem176
N7100 EFS Backup / Restore


3. Tools and Resources for Rooting and Flashing
XDA - [N7100 All in 1]Stock ROM +Root+Reset counter+MobileOdin+Xposed repository

XDA - Dr. Ketan's Compilation of Tools you will need


4. Getting your ROMS
XDA - Stock Rooted and Deodexed ROMs

XDA - Link to all TouchWiz based Custom ROMs

XDA - Link to all AOSP based Custom ROMs

XDA - Link to Custom Kernels

Grant Barker's blog - a REALLY GOOD portal to many Note 2 resources - tot31
*2013-03-11: Grant has kindly linked our topic on his portal under "Community"


How to install official ROM using Odin, and how to root/install Clockworkmod recovery - benny888
Lee MN's (benny888) blog

LINK:Why you don't need task killers in Android - LordDenning, S3 thread

How to swap external SDcard as internal memory
Lee MN's (benny888) blog

GL to SD (root) - to move your large apps to SD Card
Get huge games to external SD and work fine.
So you can easily move the game data files to external SD card and solve the problems that internal SD space is too small or slow.It also applies to other games data to external SD,


Paragon exFAT, NTFS & HFS+ - for mounting exFAT, NTFS and HFS+ >1Tb HDDs sai86
LINK:Play Store for Paragon exFAT
sai86's post and description about this app

Some advice on flashing ROMs from different frameworks
This section contains posts from forumers providing advice and solutions on flashing. Due to the nature of threaded conversations and link posting, I provide links in reverse chronological order (newest first).
2013-03-01 11:10
2013-03-01 11:06
2013-03-01 11:01
2013-03-01 10:48

If you want to UNROOT your device
Universal Unroot Offers One-Click Unrooting For Any Android Device - 2013-04-12
LINK:Article about Universal Unroot and how to use - 2013-04-12

Google Bans Ad-blocking Apps - 2013-03-13
Google removes all ad-blocking apps from the Play Store - XeactorZ
Ad-away Dev's post on how to overcome Google's restriction

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Resources for Advanced topics (ROMS, Mods, TriangleAway etc)
If you are reading this, you should already know about rooting and flashing. This section is a compilation of various resources for advanced users.

XDA - [TIP/GUIDE] Root + Custom Kernel + Custom Recovery = Device Status Normal + OTA - 2013-02-25
*Retaining ROM Status of "Normal" after rooting* Pt1 - tot31
*Retaining ROM Status of "Normal" after rooting* Pt2
*Retaining ROM Status of "Normal" after rooting* - addendum

*Retaining ROM Status of "Normal" after rooting - XDA Dr. Ketan's method - syNzoR

Getting Custom ROMS and instructions
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ADB (Android Debug Bridge)
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Battery Saver Type apps
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Charger and Charging Related
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CSC
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Framework Mods
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Kernel Related Information (features, tweak settings etc)
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Mobile Odin Pro (MOP)
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Modems
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Nandroids and Titanium Backup
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Recovery related (CWM, TWRP etc)
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Wakelocks and How to Deal with Them
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Removing Unwanted Apps from your ROM
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Device Disassembly and Re-assembly - the best part !!! icon_rolleyes.gif
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Resident ExpertsThis post will not be reflected in the Changelog unless the change is noteworthy

This post section lists forumers who are known for specific expertise in some area(s) or who have made significant contributions

General Android Usage
antt00 - can advise most aspects of Android usage, including OS, apps, features
syNzoR

Battery Life
nehalem176 - loves to analyse BetterBatteryStats dumps
tot31 RECORD - 4d1h28m total, with 4h SOT !!!

Big Sista
fruitie - our highly involved and very active LYN staffer and Trade Enforcer

Esteemed Gadget Freak and Guru
benny888 - Guru and Uncle No. 1 for all of us => *sold off his Note 2, then bought one again 2 months later (2013-04-05) due to its practicality over his current phone !!*

Photography
aspire2oo6 - tripods for hands, amazing shots

ROMs, Rooting, Flashing
alexng2208 - Überflashoholic
antt00 - can advise most aspects of Android usage, including OS, apps, features
fruitie - flashoholic
Noobi3 - flashoholic
sacremento - flashoholic
tot31 - general rooting, flashing and battery life tweaks
*definition of flashoholic and ORD

Special Mention
sklchan - our *world famous* modding guru from the Nokia N8 community

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Most Popular ListsThis post will contain results of polls and surveys on ROM usage, Kernel usage etc.

Polls here will show Top 3 items monthly in the Summary Tables.

Most Popular Kernel and ROM Surveys are now available for the Note 2.

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Most Popular Kernel Usage Survey
The Kernel Usage Survey is posted first because there are less than 10 kernels. It lists the available kernels, and version number is selectable as a dropdown. There is also a section for Most Liked Features of the respective kernel.

Please inform both me and antt00 (co-maintainer) if there are any new kernels or versions to be included.

You may submit multiple entries for all the different kernels you have tried.

>> Kernel Usage Submission Form <<

>> Kernel Usage Statistics Charts <<


Summary Table of Kernels Top 3 Ranking

2013AprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.Perseus
2.Redpill
3.


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Most Popular ROM Usage Survey

** THIS SECTION IS IN BETA TESTING** (2013-04-12)

You may submit as many entries as you wish. Data will be cleared prior to the form going Live.

You may submit multiple entries for all the different ROMs you have tried.

>> ROM Usage Survey Form <<


Due to the large selection list, it makes the default statistic pie chart difficult to read. I made an easier to read bar chart here:
>> Simplified Most Popular ROM bar chart <<
This will only show non-zero entries.

The same bar chart on XDA:
>> XDA post for the Live Feed of the bar chart <<

The original Statistic Pie Chart:
>> ROM Usage Statistics Charts <<


Summary Table of ROMs Top 3 Ranking

2013AprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.Phoenix
2.monx
3.


Tags: Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 2, Most Popular ROM, Most Popular Kernel, Best ROM, Best Kernel, Samsung, Survey, Best Note 2 ROMs, Best Custom ROMs, Note 2, Note II

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Records
Battery Life

For Battery Life records, please provide details as per the spoiler.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
If less than 2d Summary, then at least 4.5h SOT
If more than 2d Summary, then at least 3d Summary AND at least 3.5h SOT
IF you are using an EXTENDED BATTERY, YOU MUST SPECIFY THIS and specify the brand and rating

The tables will be separated by the qualifications above.

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Postings will be of format in the table below
The link is in column 1 (the Record date column)

Table 1: Less than 48h Summary, then at least 4.5h SOT
Record date (YYYY-MM-DD) Battery Summary (d/hh/mm/ss)SOT (h/mm/ss) User
2013-03-20 0d13h02m33s 7h00m58s Positron
2013-03-20 1d11h14m10s 7h00m14s craxors
2013-03-20 0d16h57m56s 6h05m02s Joker87
2013-03-17 0d14h46m31s 6h18m50s jakgelap
2013-03-17 0d20h00m21s 11h01m22s syNzoR
2013-03-17 0d17h21m32s 5h10m44s eddmecha
2013-03-17 0d16h00m16s 6h00m43s spitrix
2013-03-16 0d22h33m25s 7h42m03s nanomugen
2013-03-16 0d22h18m52s 7h52m42s syNzoR
2013-03-14 0d21h37m12s 10h02m01s waveweaver
2013-03-14 1d20h16m57s 6h06m15s Lineage
2013-03-14 1d06h14m02s 4h47m43s Positron
2013-03-14 1d16h00m18s 5h14m06s andrewtho
2013-03-14 0d21h15m57s 6h23m31s ktgohdt125
2013-03-13 0d12h32m39s 6h27m52s xcxa23
2013-03-12 0d16h18m07s 6h56m36s syNzoR
2013-03-12 0d11h59m19s 5h49m56s xcxa23
2013-03-11 0d13h06m15s 4h58m10s aspire2oo6
2012-10-19 0d10h52m07s 7h07m14s aspire2oo6 (post 1)
2012-10-19 0d10h52m07s 7h07m14s aspire2oo6 (post 2)
2012-10-03 0d22h03m23s 10h01m14s DanielW81 (from XDA)*

*I posted a battery life link from XDA for the sake of comparison smile.gif
Here is the link to the XDA Note 2 Battery Life Forum: XDA:Note 2-Post Your Battery Stats

Table 2: More than 72h Summary, then at least 3.5h SOT
Record date (YYYY-MM-DD) Battery Summary (d/hh/mm/ss)SOT (h/mm/ss) User
2013-02-28 4d02h19m28s 3h56m41s dallas316
2013-02-25 4d01h28m15s 4h00m09s tot31

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Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame will showcase pics or events that are of note for the Note 2.

Phone Droppers Hall of Fame
This section highlights some damaged phones, and hopefully imparts some wisdom to owners who should protect their RM2000+/- device.
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Useful Applications and TutorialsOne piece of advice. PLEASE CHECK APP PERMISSIONS BEFORE INSTALLING. An app should not have permissions beyond what its stated functionality should be. For example, a Wallpaper app should have NO PERMISSIONS. A Launcher will naturally have access to permissions for Calling and SMS and Phone Hardware (vibrate settings etc).

If you install MyHotSexyGirlLiveWallpaper with access to Calls, Network Status and SMS, then .... whistling.gif

For lots of Android Apps, please camp here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=524

LINK:Here is another link - Makeuseof Best Android Apps

Reddit has 2 megaposts listing apps created by devs on Reddit. You may sort by "New" for a better view:
Reddit's Apps Repository Part 1
Reddit's Apps Repository Part 2

You may share your findings of new toys in the thread. I will add worthwhile app links here.
The apps below can usually be found on Google Play store. Some have separate versions on XDA or other places where the dev either provides a free version or free with ads version. These are listed with clickable links.

Useful Applications

Automation
Secure Settings by INTANGIBLEOBJECT + its "Helper" within the app - antt00
Tasker

Backup
An article from Ars Technica on backing up with some apps reviewed as well - 2013-04-13

For unrooted phones
Carbon Backup - can be used for unrooted devices but you need a companion program for your Win/Mac/Linux.
Carbon Backup Desktop (Win/Mac/Linux) client for use on unrooted devices
MyBackup 90 day trial (includes Pro features) - can be used on unrooted and rooted phones
MyPhoneExplorer - EXTREMELY POWERFUL phone administration software !!! - APK
MyPhoneExplorer - EXTREMELY POWERFUL phone administration software !!! - Desktop Client
Super Backup

For rooted phones
Carbon Backup - can be used for rooted devices without the desktop client.
MyBackup 90 day trial (includes Pro features) - can be used on unrooted and rooted phones
Online Android Backup (or Onandroid) tongue.gif
Orange Backup

Battery Related
Android Tuner - sklchan
BetterBatteryStats (BBS)
BetterBatteryStats (BBS) (XDA edition)
Deep Sleep Battery Saver
Greenify (XDA) - Beta
Greenify (Play Store) - stable version
Gsam battery monitor (If BBS is too complicated)
Llama - sklchan

Communications (Chat/IM/VoIP)
Line
Skype
Skype (XDA Modded)
Viber
Wechat
Whatsapp

File Utilities
Airdroid
DiskUsage - checks space used
ES File Explorer - copying files to/from PC wirelessly - kevintth
XDA-FolderMount - Link folders from internal SD to external to free space (Root required)
SDMaid (XDA)-cleans left over files/directories - neo0915
XDA-SuperBeam - Easy & fast file sharing using WiFi Direct (NFC/QR pairing) - Android 4+

Fonts
Flipfonts Font Collection on XDA - confuzan

Games
Unlock your Brain - good exercise

GPS
Papago - current license locks it down to 1 device only
Sygic
Waze

Launchers
Buzz Launcher (Beta) - as of 2013-04-10 - antt00
RoundR (XDA) - serves a simple purpose; To round the corners of your screen - antt00
RoundR (Play) - serves a simple purpose; To round the corners of your screen

Multimedia Players
MXplayer
Poweramp

Note Taking (non-S-Pen related)
Got-IT! Your notes everywhere, everytime you need (XDA)

Ringtones
Disable Increasing Ring - to disable the increasing ringtone on Samsung phones

ROM Tweaking
Pimp my ROM - XeactorZ

S-Pen Apps
Handy Note Pro.. - I highly recommend this app to maintain independence from TouchWiz framework
S Pen Toolbox - screen off on S Pen attach (XDA) - antt00
SPen-Helper ***v1.0*** - Page Buddy for Non TW launchers - by antt00 as well

Screen Dimmers (to go below lowest brightness settings for night reading)
Screen Adjuster
Screen Filter.

Security
Avast
AVG
Cerberus

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Tutorials
This section will contain links to tutorials or post links to discussions in this thread for various applications above.

Battery Saving Tips
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BetterBatteryStats
How to create and view the BBS dumpfile - syNzoR
A perspective by mydragoon on Battery Life Obsession


Carbon Backup
How to Use Carbon Backup - Android Authority - 2013-04-06


Cerberus Anti Theft
This is link to topic by Norameen about how Cerberus saved his stolen phone - Norameen
This is not exactly a tutorial but his writeup on what worked and what didn't. Interesting read.

Orange Backup
Writeup with screenshots for Orange Backup - Addictive Tips - 2013-01-23


Tasker
Question by botakbin and response by antt00 on Tasker use
LINK:XDA Tasker Basic Operations
LINK:XDA Tasker Intermediate Operations
LINK:XDA Tasker Advanced Operations

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Peripheral stuff (Accessories, Cases, Homescreens, Themes etc)This post will not be reflected in the Changelog unless the change is noteworthy

Cases
This section will contain links to forumers' posts of cases and case reviews
Flygrip adhesive gripping accessory (not a case) - by Oldskolboyz
Pics of a selection of cute cases taken while I was in Korea
Review of UAG casing, bought both Navigator and Scout - by Kheez
iFace lookalike case pics by alcali
Incipio LGND case review - by Blackthorn
Cruzerlite Cases from FuuuuuuD - This is NOT an endorsement but just a link to his topic as he has pics
Dicapac Waterproof case by maliiik
Gelaskin sample by kira_88
Otterbox Defender, Aluminium Bumper and Kucipa Slim - by jakgelap
Otterbox Defender Case review - by aztoiozalan
Contribution from syNzoR, case bought from Taobao - by syNzoR
Case-Mate Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Pop Case w Stand pt 2 - 2013-02-21 - by mydragoon
Case-Mate Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Pop Case w Stand pt 1 - 2013-02-18 - by mydragoon
Urban Armor Gear(UAG) - by Lego Warfare
More UAG - by PrinceCaspien
UAG and Qmadix - by PrinceCaspien
Cute cases - by one81

Chargers
Recommended Charger that consistently outputs 1800mAh per GCC

Headsets
In depth research posted by noobandroid in the S3 thread on which ones have working controls - 2013-03-24 (S3 V28 / #703)


Homescreens
A homescreen by antt00 - 2013-04-11 (V20 / #1153)
A homescreen by PrinzeBrian - 2013-03-26 (V19 / #2055)
A homescreen by fruitie - 2013-03-26 (V19 / #2032)
A homescreen by Noobi3 - 2013-03-23 (V19 / #1811)
A homescreen and lockscreen by spitrix - 2013-03-21 (V19 / #1554)
A homescreen by craxors - 2013-03-21 (V19 / #1531)
A homescreen by fruitie - 2013-03-21 (V19 / #1508)
My Color Screen - a popular site for homescreen pics

Screen Protectors
Glas-M tempered glass SP review by syNzoR (V19/#1474)

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Miscellaneous Tips and TricksThis section is for anything that doesn't really fit into the categorisation of the first 13 posts. It can include stuff for LYN, favourite mamak place etc whistling.gif

LYN Forum related items
To flag someone's attention ("tagging")
CODE
[@username]
This tag will cause your post to show up on the tagged person's "Replies to Me (BETA)" at the top right corner of the forum.
NOTE: You can only tag a maximum of 5 people per post

Setting to increase posts viewable per page to 40. The default is 20.
Go My Controls > Board Settings (on lower left frame) > the Number of Posts to show for each topic page set to 40.

Forum maximum file size upload - 2 megabytes (2,048kb)

LYN Forum - How to include a Youtube link properly

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Other General Usage Tips/Android Usage

Checking your data usage for Malaysian Telcos
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Privacy concerns? iOS is worse than Android - 2013-02-28 - alexng2208

Removing unwanted web pictures from your Gallery (Picasa, FB etc)
How to remove Picasa web albums from Gallery - honamd77

How to remove Picasa web albums from Gallery - Superman7 - addendum

How to watch TVB's latest dramas using Android PPS影音? - fruitie

Reclaim your pics even after your phone is stolen, free simple backup method - topic by mtxx

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Articles, Posts and other interesting stuff not directly related to Note 2 but worth a good read (or laugh)
The articles are provided in no particular categorisation, but I try to post it in reverse chronological order based on my discovery of the article.

Facebook Page for Stop the Narcissism
Facebook's 'dark side': study finds link to socially aggressive narcissism - 2012-03-17
EXCELLENT ARTICLE:Understanding the Ruggedness of Mobile Devices - 2013-04-12
Linux Journal - Free and Open—and Their Opposites - 2013-04-02
ARM 64bits - Facebook, ARM, x86, and the future of the data center - 2013-01-28, added 2013-03-19
DRM - Why SimCity’s DRM is a necessary evil - 2013-03-07, added 2013-03-19
An Inside Look at the Murky World of Android Developers - 2013-03-15 - from mtxx in the S2 thread
An article about the extreme perspective of Chinese users and computing platforms - 2013-03-01
Worth repeating - Why you need good writing skills
Post by benny888 on the dismal level of English
MAXIM Magazine and its Tech Section featuring some nice views
Someone on XDA is pissed enough to write an LMGTFY app
An article about Tizen, the upcoming OS that Samsung might be using in their devices
For the neatniks
Samsung's marketing effects in 2013
Google Chrome's auto grammar checker wannabe. Please read the comments after the article
New research from IDG Connect looks at perceptions of women in IT

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Previous thread versionsThis post will not be reflected in the Changelog unless the change is noteworthy

I have a thing for statistics, so I've made this table for my own viewing pleasure. Others may also find it useful, educational or entertaining.

Legend:
Version is self explanatory.
Started is the Start date of the thread, and Ended is the day the thread was closed. All formats are YYYY-MM-DD.
Total Days counts the total number of days between the start and end days of a thread.
Total Posts is self explanatory.
Total Views is an incremental number tracked by LYN whenever someone views a thread, so even though the thread is closed, if someone views it, the number will still increment.
Hence the Statistic Last Updated column shows when the Total Views number was logged.

Credits to booooster as TS for versions 1 to 16.

VersionStartedEndedTotal DaysTotal PostsTotal ViewsStatistic Last Updated
V012012-08-312012-10-07372532158,1752013-03-12
V022012-10-072012-10-1472598183,1772013-03-12
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QUOTE(Noobi3 @ Mar 29 2013, 09:43 PM)
Ah ok ....... I find the newer Assassin Rom buggy or could it be the theme I used , B&B 1.7 since dev removed it . For example , i can never go to vibration mode using volume key all the way down . It will work again after a reset then back again to this annoying " kumbang "
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That's annoying. Was contemplating about Assassin rom, but nah. I'll skip this time tongue.gif

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QUOTE(andrewtho @ Mar 29 2013, 09:52 PM)
That's annoying. Was contemplating about Assassin rom, but nah. I'll skip this time  tongue.gif

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Ya , v1 was perfect but lack of a few apps like my Files . The release after that , 1 after another , buggy .
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I must thank TS Joytest for really swell 1st page. Keep up the excellent work. biggrin.gif
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many useful information added, will learn from here and hopefully get myself note 2 or s3

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