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[Tutorial] Add additional apps to Multi Window without needing root [Verizon]

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hairdewx

Senior Member
Feb 28, 2009
675
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Even though we have a way to root, we lose MultiView. For those that want to keep that feature, it doesn't mean we can't still have some fun!

Credit goes to the folks over in the Galaxy Note 10.1 forums.

ianbbaa
JustFlesh
Leppin


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=33900420&postcount=18
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1985240
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=34268053#post34268053

While it was designed to work for the tablet, it also works very nicely with our Verizon Note 2.

Word of caution:
It is not known if this will work for every app. System apps will require root, so for now that's out. If an app is updated the conversion will most likely have to be manually done again. However, there are reports that modded apps are having trouble updating from the play store...

This is also not a long term solution. The best way would be to urge app devs to include the changes in their apps, so spread the word!

This requires de-compiling an apk and recompiling it as a signed apk, so the preferred tool to use is apk-multi-tool.
http://apkmultitool.com/



JustFlesh's instructions were done pretty well, so most of this come's directly from his post:

How to modify Apps by yourself:
  1. Decompile the app with apk-multi-tools
  2. Open Androidmanifest.xml with Editor, Notepad++ or something else
  3. Search for this
    Code:
    <intent-filter>
                    <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                    <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
    </intent-filter>
  4. Add this line
    Code:
    <intent-filter>
                    <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                    <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
    		<category android:name="android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER" />
    </intent-filter>
  5. Search for this line

    Code:
    </application>
  6. Add these lines so that it looks like this

    Code:
    <uses-library required="false" name="com.sec.android.app.multiwindow" />
            <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.support.multiwindow" android:value="true" />
            <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.DEFAULT_SIZE_W" android:value="632.0dip" />
            <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.DEFAULT_SIZE_H" android:value="598.0dip" />
            <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.MINIMUM_SIZE_W" android:value="632.0dip" />
            <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.MINIMUM_SIZE_H" android:value="598.0dip" />
    </application>
  7. Recompile app.
  8. uninstall then reinstall app


    For errors during re-compiling, put this 1.apk into your C:\Users\{username}\apktool\framework\ folder and replace the old 1.apk inside it.

    1.apk - http://goo.gl/QhWFq

    It's the framework for the Note 2 that the tool needs. I just pulled it from my own phone.

Sample Screenshots
Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-08-36.png


Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-09-10.png


Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-25-03.png


Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-28-35.png


Other Notes
- Some apk's require additional modifying to allow both portrait and landscape orientations, for example netflix and nba game time had to be modified to allow portrait movie playing.

- The video player for Netflix will pause if it loses focus.


Uploaded APK's - Free apps

- might as well upload free ones that are already converted to avoid people having to do duplicate work. Once I have a place to upload I'll add links.
- remember to uninstall and re-install for this to work

250+ Solitaire Collection 1.7.5 - http://goo.gl/5uq3d
AndChat IRC 1.4.1 - http://goo.gl/E9sGO
Chrome Build 18.0.1025469 - http://goo.gl/WZ2P2
NBA Game Time 3.1 - http://goo.gl/uHPQH
Netflix 2.1.0 build 725 - http://goo.gl/cx8IS
Skype 3.0.0.6181 - http://goo.gl/hMHJv
Terminal Emulator 1.0.49 - http://goo.gl/Dwyeb
Twitter 3.5.0 - http://goo.gl/BaIQn
WhatsApp 2.8.7326 - http://goo.gl/G5fXP
WoW Armory 5.1.0 - http://goo.gl/NY7S4
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IvanNCase

Senior Member
Mar 20, 2009
164
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That's why I noticed it. I was already planning on either finding our making an edited netflix once we (hopefully) get a multi window with unlimited app support but I had no idea that this was coming.

Edit: Do you know if they know about this in the forums for the other note 2's? Cause this would be great for them too. I know they can already root of course but this would be nice for those who are afraid to our just don't want to root.
 
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KgTheraad1

Senior Member
Oct 18, 2012
62
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That's why I noticed it. I was already planning on either finding our making an edited netflix once we (hopefully) get a multi window with unlimited app support but I had no idea that this was coming.

Edit: Do you know if they know about this in the forums for the other note 2's? Cause this would be great for them too. I know they can already root of course but this would be nice for those who are afraid to our just don't want to root.

Hey is it possible you can upload your modded NBA game time apk ? Thanks
 

nosit1

Senior Member
May 19, 2010
905
108
Arizona
I'm having trouble getting my packages running. I compile them, attempt to install, and I get an error of application not installed or problem parsing package.
How are the rest of you recompiling?

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
 

hairdewx

Senior Member
Feb 28, 2009
675
276
I'm having trouble getting my packages running. I compile them, attempt to install, and I get an error of application not installed or problem parsing package.
How are the rest of you recompiling?

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2

1) For errors during re-compiling, put this 1.apk into your C:\Users\{username}\apktool\framework\ folder and replace the old 1.apk inside it.

1.apk - http://goo.gl/QhWFq

It's the framework for the Note 2 that the tool needs. I just pulled it from my own phone.


2) For installation errors, uninstall the app from your phone before installing your modified version
 
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nosit1

Senior Member
May 19, 2010
905
108
Arizona
Anyone have issues with the multiview toolbox recognizing multiviewable apps? I can multiview the apps with the ones I have, but it's limited to the few stock and modified I have.
 

kxkid

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Feb 28, 2011
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can someone do this for 3 apps. I will send the apk. I have tried and keep getting a error when recompiling and have put that 1.apk in the folder like it says above and still have a problem. I have never done anything like this and am lost. Thanks for your time.
 

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    Even though we have a way to root, we lose MultiView. For those that want to keep that feature, it doesn't mean we can't still have some fun!

    Credit goes to the folks over in the Galaxy Note 10.1 forums.

    ianbbaa
    JustFlesh
    Leppin


    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=33900420&postcount=18
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1985240
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=34268053#post34268053

    While it was designed to work for the tablet, it also works very nicely with our Verizon Note 2.

    Word of caution:
    It is not known if this will work for every app. System apps will require root, so for now that's out. If an app is updated the conversion will most likely have to be manually done again. However, there are reports that modded apps are having trouble updating from the play store...

    This is also not a long term solution. The best way would be to urge app devs to include the changes in their apps, so spread the word!

    This requires de-compiling an apk and recompiling it as a signed apk, so the preferred tool to use is apk-multi-tool.
    http://apkmultitool.com/



    JustFlesh's instructions were done pretty well, so most of this come's directly from his post:

    How to modify Apps by yourself:
    1. Decompile the app with apk-multi-tools
    2. Open Androidmanifest.xml with Editor, Notepad++ or something else
    3. Search for this
      Code:
      <intent-filter>
                      <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                      <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
      </intent-filter>
    4. Add this line
      Code:
      <intent-filter>
                      <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                      <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
      		<category android:name="android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER" />
      </intent-filter>
    5. Search for this line

      Code:
      </application>
    6. Add these lines so that it looks like this

      Code:
      <uses-library required="false" name="com.sec.android.app.multiwindow" />
              <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.support.multiwindow" android:value="true" />
              <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.DEFAULT_SIZE_W" android:value="632.0dip" />
              <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.DEFAULT_SIZE_H" android:value="598.0dip" />
              <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.MINIMUM_SIZE_W" android:value="632.0dip" />
              <meta-data android:name="com.sec.android.multiwindow.MINIMUM_SIZE_H" android:value="598.0dip" />
      </application>
    7. Recompile app.
    8. uninstall then reinstall app


      For errors during re-compiling, put this 1.apk into your C:\Users\{username}\apktool\framework\ folder and replace the old 1.apk inside it.

      1.apk - http://goo.gl/QhWFq

      It's the framework for the Note 2 that the tool needs. I just pulled it from my own phone.

    Sample Screenshots
    Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-08-36.png


    Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-09-10.png


    Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-25-03.png


    Screenshot_2012-12-01-12-28-35.png


    Other Notes
    - Some apk's require additional modifying to allow both portrait and landscape orientations, for example netflix and nba game time had to be modified to allow portrait movie playing.

    - The video player for Netflix will pause if it loses focus.


    Uploaded APK's - Free apps

    - might as well upload free ones that are already converted to avoid people having to do duplicate work. Once I have a place to upload I'll add links.
    - remember to uninstall and re-install for this to work

    250+ Solitaire Collection 1.7.5 - http://goo.gl/5uq3d
    AndChat IRC 1.4.1 - http://goo.gl/E9sGO
    Chrome Build 18.0.1025469 - http://goo.gl/WZ2P2
    NBA Game Time 3.1 - http://goo.gl/uHPQH
    Netflix 2.1.0 build 725 - http://goo.gl/cx8IS
    Skype 3.0.0.6181 - http://goo.gl/hMHJv
    Terminal Emulator 1.0.49 - http://goo.gl/Dwyeb
    Twitter 3.5.0 - http://goo.gl/BaIQn
    WhatsApp 2.8.7326 - http://goo.gl/G5fXP
    WoW Armory 5.1.0 - http://goo.gl/NY7S4
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    I wouldn't worry about it. On the other pages it says that basically Maps doesn't work, nor YouTube.


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    ---------- Post added at 03:29 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:07 PM ----------

    YouTube http://db.tt/vGYIYxZZ

    Maps http://db.tt/8YJ2P88L

    You will have to remove their corresponding apks in BOTH /system/app and /data/app before it'll let you install either. (And maybe uninstall it in the applications settings menu)

    Sent from my SCH-I605
    3
    N00b question - any way to get whatsapp to multi window without root?


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    Sent from my Nokia 3310

    You only need root access if the app is a system app. AFAIK WhatsApp Messenger is not a system app and can be modified. Check out the video link I posted on the last page for how to do this. It is easy and as proof, attached is the modified working WhatsApp apk files (Since it is free I will gladly post it); just remember to uninstall the old one 1st!

    tempFileForShare_(1).jpg
    2
    May I post this on a popular web blog with full credit to you?


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    Sent from my Nokia 3310


    Sure, that sounds cool.
    1
    Is this possibe to do with youtube since the app is pre installed on the phone. If so where would you get the apk from.

    We can't edit it since it's a system app, we'd need root...