July 23, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan is back today to talk more about Jelly Bean news from the XDA Portal. Jordan covers CyanogenMod 10 for the Kindle Fire and Original Galaxy Tab. The HTC HD2 also gets an unofficial CM10 alpha release. Jordan talks about universal root for Ice Cream Sandwich phones.
In Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the Jelly Bean OTA for the Nexus S. Also mentioned are Jelly Bean ports for the Galaxy S II i9100, HTC Evo 4G, Nexus One, MyTouch 4G Slide, Desire HD and the Motorola Defy. Jordan wraps up the video with a mention of the Linux on Android Project. This is a video you cannot miss!
Samsung jigs have existed for quite some time, and have a number of uses. The most popular of which is the Download Mode jig, which is configured in such a way that, when plugged into a Samsung phone, it forces the phone into Download Mode. This is a popular way to fix certain types of bricked devices, when other methods fail to power them on.
However, this is not all a jig is capable of doing. In fact, if a jig is made the proper way, it is capable of a very large number of things. There are no jigs that are commercially available that users can reproduce at home—not yet, anyway. XDA Recognized Developer E:V:A has begun a project to create a modified version of the Samsung Anyway Jig. What might that entail? Says E:V:A:
One particular such device, provided by Samsung, has been used for years to program, customize, repair, debug and unbrick essentially all available Samsung phones. This blue box is called the “Samsung Anyway Jig”, and somehow Samsung has managed to hide it from public scrutiny and analysis, which have elevated this device to an almost mythical status. At least for the common person wishing to repair or modify his phone.
In most cases, talking about a piece of hardware like this is much like the perfect phone, wherein such a magnificent device doesn’t actuallyexist. In contrast, the Samsung Anyway Jig does actually exist. It’s hard to find any documentation about it, but E:V:A dug up and shared pretty much all there is to know with one thing in mind: reproduction. If such a device can be modernized and reproduced, it could spell the end for a large number of bricks, along with pretty much any other hardware issue that anyone might have with any Samsung device. There has been development like this before, such as the hackdock demonstrated in this video by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler.
To learn more, head to the original thread. It is also encouraged that anyone with knowledge of the Samsung Anyway Jig share what they know to help the development.
Not many things in the world that can make me giddy with excitement, but a few come to mind right now: the births of my kid, seeing my wife, the next Batman movie, and Apple being told to publicly apologize. It is no secret that Apple has been on a crusade to publicly paint Samsung as a slavish copier of its iPad design with their Galaxy Tab line of tablets, with court cases in the UK, the US, and elsewhere in the world. Now a UK judge has ruled that Apple must make a public apology, both on its UK company website and in numerous newspapers and magazines, for the next 6 months. The apology must state that Samsung didn’t copy Apple’s iPad designs.
Apple is of course not too pleased, and in fact one of their lawyers said that the order means that Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung and is prejudicial to the company. He told the court, “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”
Well, then Apple maybe you shouldn’t keep trying to recover from your losses in the market share by means of litigation. This of course brings to mind the famous scene from A Fish Called Wanda, when Kevin Kline (Otto) is holding John Cleese (Archie) out the window and making him apologize for insulting Otto:
[Otto dangling Archie out of a window]
Archie: All right, all right, I apologize.
Otto: You’re really sorry?
Archie: I’m really really sorry. I apologize unreservedly.
Otto: You take it back?
Archie: I do. I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future.
And if you need that in a visual, see the video below. And for the full details on the UK judge’s ruling see the Bloomberg article.
For today’s episode of This Week in Development, Jordan talks about a varied assortment of news from the XDA-Developers Portal. Jordan begins by talking about the range of items you can use with the Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan then talks about a very cool Nook Touch to Desktop conversion and the Interview with CyanogenMod Developer Ricardo Cerqueira.
Jordan finishes up by talking about the developments on the HTC One X and XDA’s relationship with the GPL. Lastly, Jordan reminds you to check out part four of our ongoing How to Build an Android App series.
June 11, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Returning for another Quick Take of This Week in Development, Jordan gives a run down on several stories of interest from the XDA Portal. Jordan talks about Samsung working towards their hard brick fix. And in some unfortunate news, Jordan talks about the HTC One X hardware issues.
In other news Jordan talks about AntiSpy Mobile, and how floating apps should be easier to create because StandOut released their libraries to developers. Jordan also mentions our most recent Pro Tip video on XDA TV.
Join us as our friend Jordan returns for another episode of This Week in Development. Jordan begins by covering all the tutorials available on XDA, from Beginning Android ROM Development to porting LewaOS and JoyOS to your phone.
Jordan then talks about the AT&T HTC One X bootloader unlock, S Voice fix, and Samsung Note international source code release. Jordan covers XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s Windows Mobile 6 market hack and XDA Portal Administrator Will Verduzco’s how to root the how to root the Meizu MX video. Finally, Jordan strongly discusses his views on all the copyright and patent wars in the mobile world. Check it out!
In today’s Quick Take of This Week in Development, Jordan covers all the noteworthy articles from the XDA Portal. As Jordan discusses, the most important articles were about the Samsung Galaxy S III. This weekend the Galaxy S III was rooted, official stock firmware was leaked, Samsung S Voice was ripped, and the first custom ROM was released. In related news, the older Samsung Galaxy S II and Note have a serious bug that could brick your device.
May 18, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Jordan mentions the Apple versus HTC patent wars and court battles. In more big, rich companies versus other rich companies news, Jordan updates us on the Oracle versus Google trial. In more Google news, the limit on device deauthorization on Google Music is discussed. The lamentable actions by Motorola and the locking down of their devices is mentioned. Finally, Jordan urges you to go check out XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler’s Galaxy Nexus tear down and unboxing.
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Here at XDA-Developers, development isn’t just something we do, its what we do. Samsung recognizes this, and would like for us to draw your attention to the Smart App Developer Challenge 2012, which will be helping sponsor XDA TV for the next couple of months.
The challenge is looking for app developers to create new and innovative applications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Note and upload them to Samsung Apps. Samsung will then award 80 lucky winners with a combined $4.08 million. The contest is split up into two categories Super Apps and S Pen Apps, with 60 and 20 winners respectively. The S Pen category is looking for apps that are built using the S Pen SDK, and the Super Apps category is further split into game and non-game apps, each with 30 winners. In other words, the top 20 S Pen Apps, top 30 Games, and top 30 Non-Game Apps will be selected as winners.
The contest is accepting application entries from now until September 30, and winners will be selected based on sheer download numbers during that time period. It is thus in your best interest to enter as soon as possible in order to rack up as many downloads as you can. Winners will be announced on October 31, and will be broken down as follows:
Head over to the the official site to get started.
In this episode of This Week in Development, Jordan the highlights from this week’s XDA Portal articles. Jordan spends a lot of time talking about the new Samsung Galaxy S III, from the Samsung Unpacked 2012 announcement, to XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s Hacker’s Overview of the Galaxy S III processor and the new Galaxy S III forum being added. Also, Jordan covers the CM9 release for the Galaxy Note, and the HD2 getting Ice Cream Sandwich Hardware Acceleration. Jordan mentioned the article detailing the ability to remove Facebook Messenger and Facebook Camera from the App Drawer. Finally, Jordan mentioned XDA TV’s AdamOutler’s Part 2 of How to Build an Android App and his article on Android Programming.
April 27, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
In This Week in Development, our friend Jordan is back to give you a quick run down of all the stories you need to know from this week’s XDA Portal articles. Jordan covers many different device freedom stories from, most HTC devices getting S-Off, as well as most HTC bootloaders being unlockable.
HTC is not the only OEM being freed for development; Jordan talks about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus getting a permanent SIM unlock. Also covered are the Phone Mods Section of The Galaxy Nexus toolkit being released and app editing software Virtuous Ten Studio going into public beta. Finally, Jordan covers the “Perfect” phone article by XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, and SuperCID for the Amaze 4G and Rezound.
Check out the video below.
April 19, 2012 By: Former Writer
Rooting is the lifeblood of XDA. As such, obtaining root on a device is usually a prime candidate for recognition. This is with good reason, as root access allows users to flash ROMs, kernels, mods, and so on. What then do you say about a root method that has over two dozen supported devices? One word: Awesome. XDA Forum Member StoneBoyTony originally created a root method for the Samsung Galaxy Mini running Gingerbread, but the root method is also compatible with a very large number of other Samsung devices.
Rooting using this method is simple. Download the update.zip file, place it on the root of your SD card, boot into stock Android recovery, and install the update.zip. Really easy. There’s no ADB or script usage required from your computer. What is especially nice about this root method is that StoneBoyTony has put up how to do it for most of the phones on the list. Additionally, StoneBoyTony also provides an unroot update.zip that’s installed the exact same way as the update.zip.
Need more? Okay! The root method is compatible with these phones from Gingerbread version 2.3.3 to 2.3.7, so if you get an OTA for a newer version of Gingerbread, simply flash the unroot update.zip, install the OTA, and then simply re-install the rooted update.zip. No more worrying if the new OTA will break root. Unless it’s ICS, that is; but for many of these phones, that is a pipe dream.
Update: The developer has requested to have his work taken off of the forums. We apologize for any inconvenience.