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FastADB – Fastboot, ADB and Bootloader Unlocking GUI for HTC Devices

Are you looking to easily unlock the bootloader of your HTC device, but intimidated at the idea of using the command line for the job? Do you find yourself frequently flashing partitions to your HTC devices using fastboot? With FastADB, you can do all of this in a much simpler way.

Aimed at the beginners, FastADB is a batch script converted into an executable file that you can just run on your Windows PC to easily do all the above through its menu-driven interface.

To unlock the bootloader, all you have to do is select the option and follow the onscreen instructions . . . READ ON »

Lumia 800 Spotted Running Leaked Windows Phone 7.8 ROM

Nokia Lumia 800 owners disappointed at being ineligible for the Windows Phone 8 update, we’ve got some good news for you. A Nokia Lumia 800 has been spotted running what appears to be a leaked version of Windows Phone 7.8.

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8, they also mentioned that the current Windows Phone devices will not get upgraded to the latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system. This came as a disappointment to many, but Microsoft was there for the consolation by offering Windows Phone 7.8 for existing WP devices, bringing the new updated home screen with smaller tile . . . READ ON »

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Guide to IMEI Numbers and Preserving Them on Android

Are you curious about what IMEI stands for? Do you want to learn how to interpret the parts of IMEI numbers to learn more about a device? XDA Senior Member xsenman has written a guide to IMEI numbers that aims to explain all this, along with details on how to preserve them on your phone during ROM flashes.

IMEI stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity,” and is a 15 digit number that uniquely identifies each mobile phone. Because they are unique, they can be used to track a stolen phone, or block carrier access to any device. It is illegal . . . READ ON »

How to Access LTE Coverage on Sprint Galaxy Nexus

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How to Access LTE Coverage on Sprint Galaxy Nexus

It’s pretty bad that Sprint is slated to be the last of the four major US carriers to give their customers nationwide 4G. (Though some may call into question the “4G” aspirations of certain carriers.) It doesn’t make it any better that their 3G, which the majority of customers are still using, needs a dramatic makeover. Is there anything that could make it worse? How about if your device was set to only use the most stable signal, thus preventing it from receiving 4G data signals. Turns out, that’s actually happening. Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners on Sprint who are . . . READ ON »

First AOSP ICS for Thunderbolt With Working Data Released

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First AOSP ICS for Thunderbolt With Working Data Released

Getting AOSP working on a device is always a big deal. In fact, we we mention AOSP-based ROMs quite frequently on the Portal. It’s vanilla Android at its finest and many users prefer it to Android that’s been flavored by OEMs. Now, the HTC Thunderbolt has some AOSP ICS goodness, and this time you can even use data!

For Thunderbolt owners, data has been the big struggle with AOSP ports and, it is finally over. XDA Senior Member [SP]JESTER, along with some others, have released an Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM with data, call signal, and MMS all . . . READ ON »

Completely Replace S-Voice with Google Now on Samsung Galaxy S III

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Completely Replace S-Voice with Google Now on Samsung Galaxy S III

When you buy any of Samsung’s newer devices, you have a choice to make. If you stick with stock firmware, you can use either  S-Voice or you can go with Google Now. However, when using Google Now, you may still find that S-Voice is still around doing things even when you don’t want it to. Now, there’s a way to get Google Now running and turn S-Voice off for good.

The method was posted by XDA Senior Member Ghstudent. Despite being released for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III, it should be compatible with all Galaxy . . . READ ON »

Win a Galaxy S3 from XDA

In case you missed the announcement, we’re giving away a Verizon Galaxy S3 for writing obfuscated code in the BASH Obsfucation Contest. Official Entry and Rules are located in the forum.

Rules:

  1. Post Obsfucated BASH code within code tags. Example:
    #! /system/bin/bash
    # or #! /bin/bash is acceptable too.
    your code goes here
  2. Post the video above (not ready yet) or your entry to your favorite social media service.
  3. edit and link to your public social media share in your entry

Anyone may enter.  You don’t need to be in the USA to enter.  You don’t need to have Verizon service. . . . READ ON »

App Review: Remotely Control your Android Device with TeamViewer – XDA Developer TV

Recently we covered how to use TeamViewer to remotely control and access Samsung Gingerbread devices. As noted in the article, you could previously control a PC with TeamViewer using your Android device, but the reverse function is now possible.

While this only works on stock Samsung devices, we hope that this feature can be brought to other devices. In this video, TK reviews TeamViewer. TK shows off the application, demonstrates its functionality, and gives his thoughts. Go ahead and check out this app review.

 . . . READ ON »

S-On Kernel Installation Now Possible For EVO LTE

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S-On Kernel Installation Now Possible For EVO LTE

When it was first rooted, the HTC EVO 4G LTE had a lot going for it. If you chose to unlock using HTC Dev, kernel flashing was actually possible. While S-Off is like the holy grail of unlocking on any HTC phone, the fact that people could flash whatever they wanted really made it unnecessary for the average ROM flasher. Unfortunately, with the latest set of updates, HTC updated the HBoot and locked it down. Now, EVO LTE users don’t have the freedom to flash whatever they want.

Thankfully, there’s already a fix for that. XDA Forum Moderator and . . . READ ON »

Fix the Battery Life Issues on the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket

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Fix the Battery Life Issues on the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket

One would think that after so many years, things like wakelock would be done and over with. It isn’t, however, and developers and users alike are still dealing with such problems to this day. However, as new wakelocks continue to appear, now workarounds and methods to fix them continue to are developed. The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is no exception, as there is now a way around practically every known wakelock.

The guide was written up by XDA Senior Member Jrockttu, and includes quite a bit of information. It begins by having users check their chargers, as certain . . . READ ON »

Galaxy Note Video Player Ported to Galaxy S II

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Galaxy Note Video Player Ported to Galaxy S II

Do you love the resizable pop-up video player from Samsung Galaxy Note and wish it were available on your Galaxy S II? While Samsung isn’t officially providing it for the SGS II, that doesn’t mean our members here at XDA aren’t doing anything about it. XDA Forum Member mythtrandyr has successfully ported this player from the Galaxy Note to SGS II, making it available for all of us to install on our devices.

The player works on all stock and custom Android 4.0.4 ROMS based on Samsung’s TouchWiz firmware including XWLQ5/LPM/LPO/LPT/LPU/LPX. It will not work on non-TouchWiz ROMs or any ROMs . . . READ ON »

Asphalt 7 Patch Delivers Better Graphics on Newer Devices

Downloading a game from Google Play doesn’t always guarantee that it will have the best graphics possible. Much like console games, Android game visual settings are usually locked in place to ensure smooth game play. While this is great for those who want to play games on older devices, users with newer devices could always have a little better.

Now, there’s a patch for Asphalt 7 to improve the visuals for those with faster devices. The patch was released by XDA Senior Member nfsmw_gr and includes a number of features. They include:

Now the game has:
1)anti aliasing enabled
2)the car

. . . READ ON »

Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300 to Get Jelly Bean in October

Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300 to Get Jelly Bean in October

Samsung told the industry at IFA last month that the Galaxy S III update to Jelly Bean would be coming “soon” but offered no more details. In today’s world, where a blink of an eye can see some executive change their mind or another Apple patent lawsuit (read “whine”), the word “soon” is usually synonymous with “whenever we darn well please, thank you very much.”

With that said, CNET UK is reporting that Samsung has confirmed that they will be releasing the Galaxy S III GT-i9300 Jelly Bean update in October, which is just a few weeks away. The exact . . . READ ON »

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