One-Handed Operation for All Screens (Select Carriers Only)Although people some people received the One-Handed Operation for All Screens feature in the Android 4.3 update, it was assumed people who didn't get the update would eventually get it on Android 4.4. It has turned out that many carriers did not have the option to push out the feature or decided against pushing out one a very useful feature we first saw on the Galaxy Note 3. To verify if you received or didn't receive the feature, go to Settings -> My device -> One-handed operation -> and see if you have the checkbox for "Use for all screens."
If you did or didn’t get it in your Android 4.4 update, we would appreciate it if you let us know in the comments. If you didn’t get it, there are some alternatives to enabling this feature using a custom rom after you root the device. One of the most popular roms for the Note 3 is the GN3 rom that gives you many of the Note 3 features on the Note 3. However, we must stress that the hurdles and pitfalls of rooting have increased since Android 4.3 and KNOX, so only attempt it if you have rooted before.
How to Screen Record (Non-Rooted Users)Screen recording is a way to record a high quality video captures of what’s on your screen currently. Maybe you want to make a video of some gameplay for YouTube. Or you want to create a video tutorial for the app you’ve written. Screen recording is probably the best way to get the highest quality results.
However, to enable screen recording it is a bit of a hassle.
First you have to make sure you have the official Samsung drivers installed on your computer. An easy way to install the official drivers for your Note 2 is to install Samsung Kies. Next you need an executable file called adb.exe. It is probably best if you just Google it f them on the web. Third enable debugging on your Note 2. Once you got all that set up, run this command:
adb shell screenrecord --bit-rate 8000000 --time-limit 30 /sdcard/filename.mp4You can lower the bitrate to something lower if your device is running sluggish, but you will be lowering the quality of the video as well. And the time limit is limited to 3 minutes, which is up to 180 seconds. For a much more comprehensive video on how to do screen recording, even with sound, please check out a video we did earlier for Screen Recording for the Note 3.
How to Screen Record (Rooted Users)If you have rooted your device, this is where rooting comes in handy. There are some paid apps that let you start a recording without having to connect it to your PC first, and there is no time limit. Check out the app Rec (Google Play Store).
Apps Can Still Write to the SD Cards (with Limitations)Next let’s look at a new limitation you may encounter with Android 4.4. You will see that your apps are no longer able to write freely to any location in the SD card. If you attempt moving a file in your storage to any location on the SD card and you’ll notice that it’ll fail. It is because Google has locked down where apps can write to, for the purposes of security and keeping the SD card clean from stray files. This limitation has caught a lot of developers off guard, and many think it’s a bug or a mistake that Google will eventually reverse. We at The Daily Note think it’s going to be enforced for the foreseeable future so here are some workarounds for it.
First, while it’s true any apps you install can’t write to the SD card, system apps still can write to anywhere on the SD card. For example, if you want to clear up storage, you can use the app My Files (built-in Samsung app) on your Galaxy Note 2 to move files from your internal storage to anywhere on the SD card.
Second, the apps that you install can still write to an external SD card if the app has requested permission to do so. But the catch is, the only location it can write to is (as shown in the video):
/storage/extSdCard/Android/data/app.pkg.name/files/Third, Samsung or your carrier can, if they want to, release an update that will lift this restriction. It’s a simple setting in a system configuration file. Samsung has changed it for the Note 3, and as you can see in the video, the Note 3 running Android 4.4 has no problems writing to any location on a SD card. So hopefully Samsung or your carrier will release this small patch when they get around to it.
Stay tuned for the Part 6 of What's New in Android 4.4 for the Galaxy Note 2! We'll discuss all the little changes that you may have noticed in the update for the keen observer.