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Heimdall and USB Logging Tutorial – XDA Developer TV

Today on XDA Developer TV, XDA Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV first timer Benjamin Dobell gives us a tutorial on USB logging. Dobell is responsbile for Heimdall. Heimdall is an open source cross platform flashing utility much like Odin, but better. Heimdall lets you flash ROMs on Samsung devices, only Heimdall runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X.

In today’s video, Dobell introduces himself and his Heimdall suite. He then he shows you how to log the USB connection of a flash download on your Galaxy device. Dobell explains that if you log a USB connection during a . . . READ ON »

Toolkits Released for Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus S, and Nexus S 4G

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Toolkits Released for Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus S, and Nexus S 4G

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been bringing you news of mskip’s toolkits making it to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. It’s a popular and well known toolkit with extensive features. There is a second toolkit making its way around to Nexus devices, known as Wug’s Nexus Root Toolkit. We brought you news that it was released for the Nexus 7. Now, it’s available for the Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 10.

XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh has been busy this month. The toolkit has . . . READ ON »

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New Nexus Devices Receive CF-Auto-Root Treatment

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New Nexus Devices Receive CF-Auto-Root Treatment

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that Google has released a few new devices (Nexus 4 and Nexus 10), as well as a refresh to the Nexus 7. What makes this different from previous Nexus releases is that there are two new manufacturers added to the mix with Asus (Nexus 7) and LG (Nexus 4) joining Samsung (Nexus 10 as well as Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) and HTC (Nexus One).

We recently told you about XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire’s new project to automatically root devices and keep them . . . READ ON »

Disable Fast Dormancy on the AT&T Optimus G

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Disable Fast Dormancy on the AT&T Optimus G

Fast Dormancy is a topic we’ve visited before. If you can’t remember what Fast Dormancy is all about, check out XDA TV Producer Erica’s video on the topic, along with the discussion thread. There, you can find a lot of great info about Fast Dormancy, along with XDA Elite Recognized Developer supercurio’s Voodoo RRC tool. Now, the AT&T LG Optimus G has a pretty easy method to disable Fast Dormancy.

XDA Senior Member jonasl has posted a tutorial to get that Fast Dormancy turned off. With it turned on, users may see an unusual amount of wake ups. . . . READ ON »

Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 on the AT&T Galaxy Note II

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Unofficial CyanogenMod 10 on the AT&T Galaxy Note II

The Galaxy Note II wasn’t released long ago, but it has enjoyed a controversial existence so far. While the phone is quite an impressive device, Samsung has had some issues with documentation that has frustrated many developers working on all Exynos-based devices. That didn’t stop the AOSP goodness from flowing in, though, and now the AT&T Galaxy Note II variant has a CM10 port.

The port was released by XDA Senior Member madmack. It is an initial release, so it’s a little rough around the edges. As madmack notes:

Radio, audio, wifi, bluetooth and GPS should work. I

. . . READ ON »

Root Transmission Roots Other Devices Using Your Phone

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Root Transmission Roots Other Devices Using Your Phone

There are often numerous methods to root any given device. Some do it manually using ADB or terminal, some use one-click toolkits or custom root scripts. The trouble is, more often than not, these methods require the use of a computer.

XDA Forum Member wchill developed another useful method that doesn’t rely on having a computer. Root Transmission is an app that allows you to root a phone using only your own device. The app requires a rooted host device with USB OTG support. All you then need is a USB OTG cable and a one-click root script for the device you wish . . . READ ON »

Check Out our Holiday Gift Guide for 2012!

Check Out our Holiday Gift Guide for 2012!

We’re nearing the end of 2012, and you know what that means: The Holiday Season is right around the corner! While you may find yourself with a few unfashionable sweaters, a tie you’ll never wear, and some unwanted fruit cake at the end of the season, we know what you’re really after—mobile technology. Don’t worry, though. We’re here to help you pick out something nice for yourself and your technologically-inclined loved ones.

In order to help you pick between some of the fantastic options, we’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide with what we consider to be some of the . . . READ ON »

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S III – XDA Developer TV

In this episode of XDA Developer TV, we show you how to root your Samsung Galaxy S III. The popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S III and its variants have produced a few rooting methods. There are many features you can gain by rooting your device. We present three step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy S III using tools from the XDA Developers Forums.

The first process posted by XDA Recognized Contributor mrRobinson works for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint US variants. This method typically does not trip the flash counter, but can . . . READ ON »

Swap the Internal and External SD Cards on the RAZR i

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Swap the Internal and External SD Cards on the RAZR i

Switching the internal storage and external storage is a topic we’ve discussed before. The practice is actually quite well known, as older devices had very little internal storage. Even though phones have much more abundant internal storage, the method remains. Now, Motorola RAZR i users can swap their external and internal cards.

The mod was posted by XDA Senior Member rickwyatt, and it’s actually a pretty simple process. This swaps the internal and external SD cards. So if you have a 64 GB SD card, you could essentially have 64 GB of internal storage. Additionally, this isn’t just for . . . READ ON »

Kindle HD 8.9 ROM Ported to the Nexus S

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Kindle HD 8.9 ROM Ported to the Nexus S

Ports are quite popular around these parts. Aside from offering an often times vastly different experience, users can experience all new features not available on their stock firmware. The more unique the port, the better. Now, the Samsung Nexus S has a Kindle Fire 8.9 port.

The port was released by XDA Senior Member GalaxyUser. As can be expected with an early port of something so different as the Kindle Fire HD ROM, there are quite a few things still wrong. They include:

Camera (there is no camera app and camera from CM does not work
Bluetooth (not

. . . READ ON »

Root the Verizon Galaxy Note II with Odin

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Root the Verizon Galaxy Note II with Odin

The Samsung Galaxy Note II has been extremely successful, cashing in on the success of the original Galaxy Note and selling millions of units within weeks of its launch. If you got your hands on the Verizon variant of this 5.5″, quad-core powerhouse and can’t wait to root it, you’re in luck! The device has been rooted, and the method shared with us by XDA Senior Member droidstyle, with credits to XDA Recognized Contributors mrRobinson and Beanstown101.

What’s even better is that the method doesn’t require any exploits or commands. As with rooting most Samsung devices, it involves downloading the stock rooted . . . READ ON »

New HTC Droid DNA Exploit Helps Unlock a Different Way

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New HTC Droid DNA Exploit Helps Unlock a Different Way

In case you haven’t heard, the HTC Droid DNA was unlocked despite Verizon’s best efforts. The method involved re-writing the CID to fool HTCDev into thinking it was a different phone. While effective, the developers involved thought they could do better. And so they did. Now there is a new way to get the HTC Droid DNA unlocked.

XDA Elite Recognized Developer jcase, who released the first exploit, also created the second. This one is different in a variety of ways, although the execution is very similar. Instead of writing a new CID for the device, jcase’s newest . . . READ ON »

Port International Note II ROMs to Some of the US Variants

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Port International Note II ROMs to Some of the US Variants

Now that all four US carriers have released the Samsung Galaxy Note II, developers have started having some fun with it. Even our XDA TV crew has been having some fun. As the international version and the US versions have virtually the same hardware, it was only a matter of time before development spilled across all of the variants. Now, there is a way to port international Note II ROMs to at least a couple of the US variants.

XDA Senior Member madmack has written up a tutorial to help users port N7100 ROMs to the N7105 and . . . READ ON »

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