Easily Backup the EFS Partition on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Anyone with a Samsung device will undoubtedly know the importance of the EFS partition. This partition controls many important radio functions, and when corrupted, can lead to all sorts of issues such as a possible loss of network connectivity. Because of this, it’s important to make a backup of the EFS partition, just in case anything goes wrong with a future flash down the line.

In order to make the backup process a little easier, XDA Senior Member A.S._id created a Windows batch file that gives users the option to backup the EFS partition, as well as options to run an Odin, DD, and Tar.GZ restore. Along for the ride with the batch are all the binaries needed by the script, including Odin3, adb, tar, and . . . READ ON »

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XenoAmp Updated to Support ViPER Audio’s New External API

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A little over a year ago, we briefly talked about the then-new replacement media player XenoAmp by XDA Senior Member ssuukk. In fact, we liked XenoAmp so much that we even put in on our Holiday Guide 2012 apps list. The player has amassed a loyal following, thanks in part to its fantastic and unique UI, which is seemingly unlike any other player available.

But it’s not all about the visuals. Rather, XenoAmp can be considered somewhat of an audiophile-grade music player, or at least as close as one can come when listening to compressed media through a mobile device. One way in which this is apparent is how XenoAmp forgoes the standard preset equalizer settings found on other players. Instead, it feat. . . READ ON »

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Samsung Posts Android 4.3 Kernel Source for the Galaxy S 4

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Ever since the Android 4.3 (XXUEMJ5) update was released for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we knew it wouldn’t be long for the kernel source would follow. Now, one week later, Samsung has uploaded the GPL-mandated kernel source files for the XXUEMJ5 update for the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 models.

Naturally, this means little to end users. But if you’re a GT-I9500/I9505 developer looking to build a custom Android 4.3-based ROM or kernel, this could make things substantially easier.

The kernel source files are available in Samsung’s Open Source Release Center. After you’re done grabbing them, head over to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 forum.

[Many thanks to Andrew for the tip!]. . . READ ON »

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Event Recap: What Happened at Big Android BBQ 2013? – XDA Developer TV

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If you’ve been watching over the past couple weeks, you know that a lot of fun and excitement happened at this year’s big Android BBQ in Texas. To start, the OmniROM project was announced. Our friend XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan was there talking to people and capturing the events. So if you missed it, check out this video.

We’ve already released videos of Jordan’s interview with XDA Elite Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, XpLoDWilD’s presentation from the event, Jordan’s interview with Elite Recognized Developer Dees_Troy, Dees_Troy’s presentation from the event, and Jordan’s interview with cultural phenomenon ThaPHLASH. So if you haven’t already seen those videos, be sure to c. . . READ ON »

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Bootloops on Your Galaxy S 4 After Manually Flashing 4.3?

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A little under a week ago, we talked about how Android 4.3 (I9505XXUEMJ5) was starting to roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Thankfully for those averse to waiting, XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab mirrored the update and gave users instructions on how to use Odin to flash the ROM image. Unfortunately though, some users updating from Android 4.2.2-based custom ROMs have had their share of issues ranging such as bootloops.

To help users who are currently experiencing problems, XDA Senior Members Degrated Shadow put together a list of three device scenarios, each with steps on how to proceed. These include: unrooted 4.2.2 and official status with old bootloader, pre-rooted stock firmwar. . . READ ON »

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Preparing for CASUAL Development

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Not too long ago, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Adam Outler launched the CASUAL-Dev website. The site’s goal was to help other developers make use of CASUAL, or Cross-platform Android Scripting Unified Auxiliary Loader, as a launching platform for future development work.

At launch, Adam’s site mainly described how to use the CASCADE IDE to create a CASPAC (CASUAL Package Action Container). From there, the site showed users how to turn a CASPAC into a full CASUAL package with CASPACkager. However, the site didn’t do much in the way of helping users get started the basics such as setting up the source that will be built.

In a new guide published on the CASUAL-dev site, Adam now descr. . . READ ON »

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Easily Replace the Default Holo UI Background Images

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Starting with Holo UI’s debut in Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Motorola Xoom, Google has made great strides in bringing top-notch UI design to the platform. Better typography, flat design, and a chromeless (but still pretty) look are all now relatively commonplace thanks largely in part to Matias Duarte’s handiwork.

One aspect that hasn’t changed much over the years is the generic color gradient used in Holo Light and Holo Dark. While the gradients are generally unobtrusive and do a good job of adding a bit of flair without being over the top, some users would prefer to be able to modify the stock look in favor of something a bit… different. This is where XDA Recognized Developer . . . READ ON »

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WSM Tools Brings Impressive Customization to MIUI V5

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Not too long ago, XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework (thread) was updated to add support for several new platforms. Among those to benefit were MIUI users. With version 2.3, anyone running a MIUI ROM based on Android 4.0 or later could access the almost endless tweaks housed within the hundreds of Xposed modules currently available. Naturally, however, not every available module works perfectly on dramatically different ROMs such as ones based on MIUI.

In order to better meet the needs of MIUI users, XDA Senior Members BalcanGSM and BurgerZ created WSM Tools based on rovo89’s open source Xposed Framework. The project, just like Xposed, allows you to modify . . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Better App Switching with Switchr – XDA Developer TV

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Many of us have been using computers longer than we can remember. The dominant operating system for the longest time was Windows, and one thing Windows gave us was quick program switching with Alt+Tab. Wouldn’t it be nice to quickly swap apps on your Android phone with a live preview of the app you are flipping through?

XDA Senior Member Mohammad_Adib offers and app switching application that offers many great features your normal app switcher doesn’t have. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Switchr. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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