Galaxy Note 2 users looking forward to getting some of those new Galaxy Note 3 features on their one-year old supersized smartphone should be happy to hear that Air Command and a bunch of other Samsung tricks can be ported to the older model.
Naturally, we expect a future Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy Note 2 to also pack some of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 software features, but until that happens – word on the street is that Samsung will update the Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.3 by the end of the year – there’s an unofficial solution in the wild.
xda-developers senior member titooo7 has managed to bring Air Command (Pen Window, Screen Writer, Scrapbook, Action Memo) and other software features to the Galaxy Note 2 including Gallery, Launcher, Safety Assistance, S Note, Sketchbook, and S Planner.
However, not everything works just yet: Air View “appears twice in settings,” and One Hand Operation “works for the keyboard, calendar and dialer, but not for ‘all screens.’”
That said, we’ll remind you that we don’t encourage you to install custom ROM versions on your smartphones and tablets, and that it’s entirely up to you to decide firmware to run on your devices. In case you want to try out Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 features on your Galaxy Note 2, make sure you follow the instructions in the xda-developers thread (see Source links below).
Since we are talking about Galaxy Note 3 features here, we’ll remind you to check out our Feature Focus videos for Air Command (and other S Pen actions) and One Hand Operation, to get a taste of what the new Note model has to offer.
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