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Easily Bind Internal SD Card Directories to External SD Card on Most Samsung Devices

Many Galaxy S II and III owners who do a lot of heavy gaming on their phones have run out of space for game data in internal storage. While both of these devices support external SD cards, there is no official method available to use that instead for the storage. Fortunately, there is an easy solution for this problem now with free tool DirectoryBind.

Originally built for the SGS II by XDA Forum Member slig, DirectoryBind has been confirmed to work on SGS III and Galaxy Tab 2 by many, and may work for more devices too, as long . . . READ ON »

NxtLockScreen with Music Toggles on the Xperia Play

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NxtLockScreen with Music Toggles on the Xperia Play

Getting the next best thing isn’t always about getting entire ROMs ported to your device. Sometimes it can come through in pieces, one application at a time. In these cases, users get to experience the latest and greatest without having to flash a half working port. This has especially been true for the Sony Xperia line up, which really has set the gold standard in sharing development. Even Google wants to share with Sony Xperia. Now, Sony Xperia Play users are getting some more Xperia shared love in the form of a new lock screen.

Called NxtLockScreen, the . . . READ ON »

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Voice Calling on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Voice Calling on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Not too long ago, we brought you news on how to turn your Nexus 7 into a functional phone. While using a tablet as a phone isn’t the most ergonomic solution for phone calls, some may value having another nearby device capable of making calls. Now, the same has been accomplished on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

There are several installation methods to choose from, each one based on a different ROM. This will work on any Galaxy Tab 10.1 running the newest stock ICS ROM and derivatives, CyanogenMod9, or CyanogenMod 10. From there, it’s a . . . READ ON »

Jelly Bean Emoji Font on Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean Emoji Font on Ice Cream Sandwich

We’ve all come across some weird looking characters on our phones while browsing Twitter, reading emails, or checking Facebook. They often appear as square shapes or blank spaces. Most of the time, these “glitches” are due to Emoji characters.

Emoji characters are an extensive set of icons or smilies, more commonly used by our dear friends, the iPhone users. The reason you don’t see them correctly on your Android device is because up until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google had not implemented Emoji support in it’s mobile operating system.

For those running Ice Cream Sandwich, XDA Forum Moderator iridaki has . . . READ ON »

Boot to Gecko Now Available for the Verizon and GSM Galaxy Nexus

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Boot to Gecko Now Available for the Verizon and GSM Galaxy Nexus

When we brought you news of the Motorola Defy running Boot to Gecko, it was brought to our attention that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was already doing so. Upon closer inspection, it was found that not only was the GSM Galaxy Nexus indeed had a Boot To Gecko port running, but that the Verizon variant very recently got its own B2G working as well.

XDA Senior Member Axel2033 is working on the build for the GSM model, and XDA Forum Member jellybellys is working on the Verizon port. The Verizon B2G has a lot of things working, but also a lot . . . READ ON »

Sprint Nexus Devices Finally Getting Jelly Bean Via OTA

Sprint Nexus Devices Finally Getting Jelly Bean Via OTA

As we’ve discussed before, the allure of the Google Nexus devices are their timely updates to the latest and greatest versions of Android. However, that has hardly been the case for the CDMA Nexus devices. With the Verizon Galaxy Nexus receiving test builds of Jelly Bean, Sprint users have been wondering when their official Jelly Bean update would be coming for the Samsung Nexus S 4G and the Galaxy Nexus. After the OTA update was put on hold last week, Sprint is now officially rewarding their customer’s patience.

According to Sprint, the Galaxy Nexus update brings:

Nexus Software

. . . READ ON »

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Line Business Strategy – Good or Bad? – XDA Developer TV

Recently, Amazon announced new products in the Kindle Fire product line. In fact, we even gave the Fire HD 7 a place here in our forums. We have long heard that Amazon sells their Kindle tablets at a loss. They sell them for less than it costs them to make it.  While this helps keep the price point low, is it a wise investment for Amazon?  What is the point of this strategy?

XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch is here to give his opinion on Amazon’s Kindle Fire line business strategy.  Is it a wise thing for Amazon to . . . READ ON »

Run QBasic on Android

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Run QBasic on Android

Are you learning how to code in QBasic and want to be able to practice on the go on your Android phone or tablet? Rather, do you just want to write some code in the popular 80s language for nostalgia’s sake? You can now do that easily on any Android device with aDosBox.

XDA Senior Member fotak-x has written a guide on how to use the free DOS emulator aDosBox to get QBasic up and running on your Android phone or tablet. For those of you unfamiliar with QBasic, it’s an IDE and interpreter for the popular BASIC programming language. The guide walks . . . READ ON »

Root any HTC Device with HTC Quick Root

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Root any HTC Device with HTC Quick Root

A little while back, we brought you news of a universal method that could root almost any ICS device. It was a great guide, and many users still use it, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only universal root method out there right now. Very recently another multi-device root method was released, but this time for any HTC device.

The tool was created by XDA Recognized Developer lyriquidperfection, and does more than just rooting. It gives options based on whether your phone is S-On or S-Off. For S-On devices, it provides a known universal exploit to get the phone . . . READ ON »

Learn How to Theme Jelly Bean SystemUI

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Learn How to Theme Jelly Bean SystemUI

Jelly Bean’s release, and subsequent porting to a plethora of devices, has firmly ingrained the newest version of Android into our community. With the exception of some of the bugs that still need to be fixed on certain ports, the hardest part is done. The community can now shift from getting Jelly Bean onto their devices to learning more about Jelly Bean, how it works, how to theme it, and all kinds of other fun things.

XDA Senior Member powerpoint45 has done just that with a tutorial that walks users through the ins and outs of theming the systemUI.apk of . . . READ ON »

Fixing the GPS Problem on Epic 4G Touch Once and for All

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Fixing the GPS Problem on Epic 4G Touch Once and for All

In most cases, a nagging issue or consistent problem is eventually fixed by our talented developers and members here at XDA. We’ve seen ends to a plethora of issues, including signal problems, slow data, redraw, and all sorts of other things. However, not all issues can be solved so quickly. Samsung Epic 4G Touch owners know this first hand, as GPS functionality has been somewhat problematic since day one. Now, members and devs are doing something about it.

The thread was started by XDA Senior Member Gamingphreek, but there have been contributions made by a number of members . . . READ ON »

XDA Will Be at the Big Android BBQ–Will You?

XDA Will Be at the Big Android BBQ–Will You?

You have a chance to rub elbows with some of the more prominent members of the Android community. The Big Android BBQ is the place. At the Big Android BBQ, you can expect to see Recognized Developers, Forum Members, and XDA-Developer TV Producers who you’ve grown to know and love for their personalities and knowledge. XDA-Developers, being the largest Android development community in the world, will be contributing to the festivities in several ways:

  1. Conferences: XDA-Developers will be hosting a few select conferences covering what we do best here at XDA.
    1. Android Development Discussion: Elite Recognized Developers Supercurio (Project
  2. . . . READ ON »

Atrix HD Launcher and Circle Widget Ported to Atrix 2

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Atrix HD Launcher and Circle Widget Ported to Atrix 2

We often see proprietary launchers from one device make their way to other devices. This can be cool for a myriad of reasons, but the most common is to see how another device’s software runs on your hardware. This can be especially interesting when you’re using the competition’s launcher or even if you’re using the launcher of the next device up from yours. This is the case with the Motorola Atrix 2 which can now run the launcher from the Motorola Atrix HD.

The launcher is pretty easy to install. Users simply boot into BOOTMENU, wipe dalvik-cache, and flash . . . READ ON »

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