The latest Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update brought the much talked about and well received Multi-Window feature to Samsung’s flagship that was originally a marquee feature for the Galaxy Note II. The leaked and the official Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S2 however, was a different story as the Multi-Window feature was left out. Don’t be disappointed though, as XDA-Developers forum member ‘mythtrandyr’ decided to take matters into his own hands and released a fully working Multi-Window mod for the S2. The official Jelly Bean update coupled with this awesome Multi-Window mod has given the S2 a major boost and appeal to several owners who were considering ditching this phone for something newer. I know I’m not doing that anytime soon now! More on the mod and how you can get it up and running on your SGS II after the break.
If you’re wondering what the Multi-Window fuss is about, think of it as a computer desktop, where you can see the apps open snapped to the screen border as you interact with whichever you choose. The S2 will allow you to interact with the two separate windows simultaneously, making it a split view. Originally not all apps were officially supported to be used in Multi-Window mode by Samsung but with this mod, that choice has been significantly increased.
The mod, further includes:
- The 4 icons shortcut on the lockscreen.
- The ripple effect lock screen.
- Volume rocker song skip.
- Fix for the Home button lag.
Please note that his mod is strictly meant for the stock Android 4.1.2 Samsung XXLSJ firmware based TouchWiz ROMs and will not work with any other firmware.
Images courtesy of the developer
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- A rooted Galaxy S2. See our guide on rooting the Galaxy S2.
- A rooted and deodexed ROM based on Android 4.1.2 XXLSJ installed on your phone.
- A custom recovery like ClockworkMod installed on your device.
- Download Multi-Window mod for the Galaxy S II.
- Download the multi-window mod and copy it to the root if your SD card.
- Boot the phone into recovery mode and make a Nandroid backup from ‘backup and restore’ to make sure you can revert back to it in case anything goes wrong.
- Navigate to ‘install zip from sdcard’ > ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and select the mod to install it.
- Once the installation finishes, reboot the device.
You can now enable the Multi-Window mod from the Display settings in the Settings menu of Android. The rest should be pretty easy to grasp; drag an app from the tab on the left of the screen and voila! A split window!
For updates and queries related to this mod, head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers linked below.