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HOW TO FREE UP MORE SPACE ON YOUR PHONE’S INTERNAL STORAGE December 16, 2013

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Many Android users are frustrated by this problem of having very little memory/storage space left on their device’s internal storage (sdcard 0). The result is extremely annoying because in that situation one may face with issues of unable to further download apps, unable to take videos/photos (due to limited storage available) as well as can’t move apps & data to sdcard. Device performance will also be affected.
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Above: can’t move apps to sdcard…

If your device is rooted, then the above problems can be solved effectively.
What you need,
~ download DiskUsage (Play Store)
~ download Link2SD (Play Store)
~ download ES Explorer File Manager (Play Store)

Method of clearing caches and unwanted data resided on the cloaked up internal storage:
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Open DiskUsage and go into various “hidden” caches & data to delete them.
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Make sure you do not delete system data and files. You can free up lots of storage space for internal storage (sdcard 0).

You will be surprised that just how much unwanted caches & data in there where Clean Muster app couldn’t clean them.

Before that, my devices was left with less than 50MB of internal storage!  After the big clean up, this is what i got, (below)
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With that, i could again move non~system apps to the sdcard 0 storage using Link2SD. That leaves more space for device storage to allow more apps downloading. (below)

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In addtion, you may also move heavy volume image data such as videos and photos onto the external (micro) sdcard using ES File Explorer/Manager from the internal storage.

Plus, you may want to download camera software/app that allows you to set (ext) sdcard as default photo/video shoots storage. Hence, all your video and photo shoots will go straight to extsdcard. That will also free up your internal storage from these heavy bulk of data.
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Hope this piece of information may help many Android users out there.
Merry Christmas!

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How’s Slimrom 4.3.1 Build 2.2 (Official) On Galaxy Note GT-N7000? MUST READ December 8, 2013

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I read from the custom rom community forum that quite a few people who downloaded the Slimrom 4.3.1 build 2 or build 2.2 and having reboot problem or video playback,  FCs, Wi-Fi not working etc. Issues.

So I installed the 4.3.1 build 2.2 (Official) rom from Slimbean.net to try  it out on my GNote n7000.

Here’s my first impression, 
–  the first reboot system from CWM Recovery was perfect without any apps not booted properly. Homepage app layout was kept in tag.  (This is a good sign)
–  All previous data from 4.3 Slimrom were maintained.
–  Video and YouTube stream very smoothly.
–  Games run smoothly. (No apparent lag)
–  Wi-Fi is fast. Really. (Web browsing is pleasant experience)
–  No random reboot (yet)
–  BTW, this is a very slim rom. (Less than 100MB)
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Above:  Antutu benchmark score. Very decent for a dual-core device.

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Above: Quadrant benchmark score, that’s on par with HTC One X!

What else to say for build 2.2 (those who encounter lots of issues)? So I suspect it could be the inaccurate process of flashing Roms and wiping cache that causes some issues. Or maybe the Nova Launcher? (I remain on stock launcher)

I  switched off my phone after above tests and hopefully tomorrow morning it can be booted up…. though this time around I am more confident about that. My previous experience with Slim’s 4.3.1 build 2 was not so pleasant. The build 2.2 seems to have made the necessary adjustment.

Afternote:

The next morning i turned on the power and booted up my phone successfully… so far so good.

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After which: Running on Slimrom 4.3.1 build 2.2 for the past few days without problem. So this custom rom version is suitable for Galaxy Note n7000 upgraders.

New Android 4.4.1 KitKat Custom Rom Release December 7, 2013

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8th Dec 2013

With Google source code under the AOSP, custom rom community has just released the updated Android version 4.4.1 KitKat for its fans… the Asylum_Omni team has done it again.

Just a moment ago I have flashed the new OS version onto my Galaxy Note N7000. Since I was already on Asylum_Omni 4.4 version, the updating was quite easy.

I just need to,

–  Download the 4.4.1 zip file > PC > phone

–  Flash the new version rom using TWRP

–  Flash the latest SuperSU again

–  Wipe cache & Davik (No full wipe required)

–  Reboot and is done

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Checked on major phone functionalities the device runs in fluid manner. Those who are troubled by video play  should know that this new version supports media very well, especially YouTube.

Afternote:

Within the same day i updated to Asylum_Omni_4.4.1 20131207

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Follow Up Updated:

Today another update was done for my phone, with the Asylum_Omni_4.4.1 20131208.

Asylum_Omni 4.4.KitKat (2013.12.05) Update plus PA-Gapps 20131126 version December 7, 2013

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Some readers of custom rom might be aware that the Asylum_Omni_4.4 – N7000 (2013.12.05 build) is ready two days ago. This is probably the 6th – 7th update for KitKat (Asylum_Omni). But for those who yet to know that you can also grab the latest PA-Gapps (v.20131126) to go with it here’s the information.

By:  Tech Observer

If your phone/device has already been rooted and  installed with TWRP Recovery then the whole installation is rather quick from the moment you transfer the Asylum_Omni and PA-Gapps zip files from your PC to phone’s extsdCard.

The usual custom rom installation process applies. Back up your data and DO A FULL WIPE INCLUDING ADVANCE (cache and Dalvik) before start installing the zip files from extsdCard. It takes about a few minutes and is done. Reboot system and enjoy it.

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Above:  where to grab the latest PA-Gapps.

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Above:  download the selected Asylum_Omni 4.4 and PA-Gapps zip files to PC, then save them onto your phone’s scCard for flashing.
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Asylum_Omni_4.4 (Kitkat) build #2 Update For Galaxy Note N7000 December 5, 2013

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The new build (in December, actual build version is indicated as 4.4_20131202~Asylum~N7000) by Team Asylum is out for update and new flash by Galaxy Note owners with rooted phone.

Go to the above website and look for the Index to download the rom zip file and flash it to your phone.

Newbies should read up on how to install custom roms from Internet sources before attempting this installation. Nobody is responsible for any BRICK or problems.

Be sure to to a Full Wife (Wipe, terminology of Asylum Team) even if you are from the previous Asylum rom. Dirty flash will cause some instability to Google Now & Google Experience Launcher.

After full Wife and installation of updated version 4.4_20131202, PA Gapps, remember to reflash the SuperSU again. This is needed for Galaxy Note. Then reboot system.

If after reboot system the Google Launcher isn’t deployed properly, just reboot system one more time and it should be OK. WITH THAT, is all done.
Main differences compared to the previous version are, now the preinstalled apps can be uninstalled, and the swipe left or right for the power bar in Notification. The rom is lighter and takes up less internal memory. Overall feel remains fluid.

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Above: follow the zip file download instrution.

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Above: the Asylum initial homepage will appear on your device after installation and reboot system

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Above:  goto Setting & About Phone the new Asylum build 4.4_20131202~Asylum~N7000 will be indicated
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Above:  icon group
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Galaxy Note N7000 Received KitKat 4.4 Custom Rom December 1, 2013

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Installation of Asylum-Omni KitKat 4.4 For Galaxy Note N7000

Those who are still waiting with your long-neck for OTA kitKat from manufacturers or whatever custom Roms (Alpha or unofficial) that take too long to reach your Galaxy Note (or it may not happen at all); may resort to the above solution – Asylum-Omni KitKat 4.4 full OS to be flashed onto your Galaxy Note N7000.

Goto the above website and follow the download and installation steps closely and you will have the first taste of KitKat 4.4 in full swing, including an integrated Google launcher comes with ‘OK Google’ voice command and Google Now.

My preliminary experience of the Rom has been very good. Tested the camera, video play, YouTube, Google Services, messaging, web browsing etc. and there’s no issue so far.
Will try out more functionalities, music and games etc. including how the battery life the next one week.

The following are some screen shots of KitKat and Asylum look & feel.
Two things are rather obvious:  Notification Bar is transparent now and the default KitKat icon size is big!
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Above: Asylum_Omni Rom lockscreen

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Above: Asylum_Omni 4.4 KitKat rom (homepage)

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Above: Homepage…

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Above: Hitting the Android version (Setting > About phone) will get to this sign – big K

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Above: Followed by the KitKat logo…
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Icon size is big!
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Setting > About Phone :  Successful in flashing Android version 4.4
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Look at the icon size on PlayStore

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Above: KitKat clock …

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For KitKat onto Galaxy Note, you also need to flash the latest version of SuperSU in  order to allow/enable Root status.

Afternote:

After 2 days trial on the Asylum_Omni_4.4, my Galaxy Note performs smoothly especially on the following important fronts,
~ camera
~ video shooting no issue & fluid in upload & viewing Youtube programs
~ web browsing
~ Temple Run 2 and Ninjump (significantly fluid)
~ Ram usage (much less, this is key to the OS)
~ Google Now ( & OK Google)
~ Bluetooth
~ Wifi
~ Battery life (yet to be fully tested)

Need to continue monitoring the Rom (OS) for at least 2 weeks for the system to fully run in.

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Above: Antutu benchmark test score

Take Note Of DPI Change

Day 3, I changed the device screen dpi to 250 from original 320. Here’s the resulting icon size. Dock now could accommodate 7 app icons instead of 5. App content layouts are afected too. Basically it gives a larger page layout look with text size adjustment.
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