Galaxy Note (GT-N8013) KitKat Mostly Official…

So I have been extremely hesitant, okay, downright resistant to flash non-official software (ex Cyanogenmod) on my Note. My primary reasoning has been for preservation of Samsung specific features, such as Multi-window and and S-Pen functionality. As such, I have been running rooted and de-bloated stock Samsung software, stuck on Jellybean.

This wouldn’t have bothered me so much if both other variations of my model hadn’t already received an Android 4.4 update with no sign of one in the future for the American wifi model. As such, I finally took the plunge with a converted firmware.

The Rom is Android Revolution HD by mike1986, and It bears some extra unnecessary phone and messaging apps that I haven’t experimented with removing. I simply put my device into airplane mode, and everything is performing the same or better than on 4.2, so I’m more than satisfied. I use it daily both at home and in the office.

Here’s what I had to do:

  1. Install the ROM as usual, boot up, and begin your basic setup.
  2. Head Here to download the latest Boeffla KitKat Kernel for your tablet.
  3. Install your KitKat ONLY kernel from recovery (TWRP or CWM) and boot your tablet once more.
  4. Head Here and download the Wifi fix for N801x.
  5. Install the Wifi Fix from recovery (TWRP or CWM) and reboot your tablet.

And that should be it



Galaxy S III Support

If you’re wondering or have been wondering why I have not updated my Jaguar ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III, there are a few reasons. My 2.5 year old son and his incoming gender undetermined sibling take up a fair amount of my ‘free time’ these days. And with good reason. I enjoy time with my son much more than I do frittering time away on a phone. That’s fair, right?

Now don’t despair! That’s not the main reason I haven’t put out a ROM. I am still a man that expects his devices to do much, and to do it well. In this case, Wanam Xposed and the Xposed Framework are to blame. Simply download a Deodexed KitKat ROM, install the Xposed Framework and Wanam Xposed (found here), and you have nearly every thematic and functional mod at your fingertips that I was going to build in by hand, and more!

And that’s it. That’s how I’m currently getting the best experience I can out of my Galaxy S III.



RandomKing these days…

Hello everybody(if there is still anybody)!
I have not died, nor abandoned the cause. In fact, I have shared everything so far. With a wife, a 2 year old, summer yard management, new job, home car repairs, etc., I haven’t been up to much. I’ve been inactive enough on XDA, that they’ve revoked my Developer Status. The good news, as I see it, is that I haven’t had to be active. Everything I fought to have on my first Android phone and tablet (battery life, features, speed, etc.) is now becoming standard. In fact, I’m curious as to the next revolutionary thing the phone companies will attempt.

That said, I still root every device I own, which is currently an LG G2, Note 10.1, and my Galaxy SIII (relegated to Airplane mode). If you’re a fellow G2 owner, you’ll know that the development is slow, but promising. I’ve just recently updated to Kitkat on my G2 and rooted it once more. My goal now is to package up a custom rom for my Galaxy SIII and update that from 4.3 to 4,4 at last! It’s been feeling a little sluggish… I think it’s time!


GS3 Battery Recommendations

GS3 Battery RecommendationsGS3 Battery Recommendations

Many people continuously ask me how I manage to get the battery life that I do. While some of it is in the modifications I’ve made in my own roms, a fair portion of the savings are in how I use my phone.

Recently, I’ve adopted a new program into my regime. Greenify.

You likely know that Samsung has a “Task Manager” built in that allows you to forcibly close most things. But even then, many services may still be left running. For this reason, I have continued to use Advanced Task Manager. I disable any auto-killing, as that uses up more background battery than it saves. Instead, I place it’s widget on my home page and tap it before locking my phone each time.

Now, there are several services that run in the background that are necessary for Android to run. And there are some that are necessary for certain apps to receive their data and give you notifications. But there are PLENTY of others that don’t need to run.

Now, you have to put some thought in, but basically, the task killer will kill everything, for the moment. Anything that comes back that’s unwanted can be ‘hibernated’ by Greenify. These apps will function perfectly fine when you open them, but Greenify and Advanced Task Manager will ensure that they can’t run in the background continuously.


Adaway Issues!

Gather ’round and I’ll tell you a tale! The tale, of Adaway…

Once upon a time there was a fantastic Android application called Adaway. This program let you forcibly block intrusive data consuming and obnoxious advertisements in both apps and webpages alike! But then, the evil overlord Google kicked it out of the kingdom for interfering with their taxes!

…Anyway! I found that the last released version of the app was no longer connecting quite properly and I tracked down its creators. It turns out that there is a later version on unofficial Android stores, and I got my fingers on it. Unfortunately, it seems that, although it works flawlessly, the newer version DESPISES the older version. Forcibly installed by my rom, you may now find that you have no Adaway at all. Well, you do. You’ll find the app under /data/app using ES File explorer. Copy, DO NOT move it, to your sd card. Then, using ES File Explorers App Manager, uninstall it. NOW you can reinstall it using the copy you just made and it will run fine.