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Jimmy McGee · May 18, 2012

This Week in Development: Apple, HTC, Google, Oracle, Motorola and Samsung – XDA TV

This week on the XDA Portal, we saw many important stories. To give a run down of these stories, XDA TV Producer Jordan returns with another episode of This Week in Development. 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...

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Will Verduzco · May 10, 2012

Samsung Smart App Challenge 2012

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...

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Jimmy McGee · May 4, 2012

This Week in Development: Samsung Galaxy S III and More – XDA TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 27, 2012

This Week in Development: HTC S-Off and the “Perfect” Phone – XDA TV

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...

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Former Writer · Apr 19, 2012

Root a Boatload of Gingerbread-Running Samsung Devices

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...

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Adam Outler · Apr 3, 2012

Heimdall Suite Brings Linux and Mac Support to Over 50 Million Handsets

Heimdall Suite, an Open-Source Cross-Platform set of tools designed to flash firmware to Samsung devices, has received an incremental update to version 1.3.2. This latest update supports Galaxy S II GT-I9100, Galaxy Player,  Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, GT-I9000T, Galaxy Tab (7 and 10.1 inches) and of course the Galaxy S GT-i9000.  If your Samsung device is not listed here, testing is required. Heimdall has always been a favorite among kernel developers and those who frequently flash the latest kernels because no flashable update.zip...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 28, 2012

Samsung Users Bewildered By Random Russian E-Mail Application

A few days ago some users of certain Samsung Galaxy devices began to notice that within the pending updates in the Play Store (that name still feels wrong), was a strange app that they had not installed and the description of which was entirely in Russian. The application was entitled МТС Мобильная Почта, and has since been removed. What's more, users were unable to actually find this app on their device to uninstall it. Understandably those affected were somewhat concerned about...

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Former Writer · Mar 20, 2012

Hardware Mod Boosts Generic Adapter Charging Speed on Samsung Devices

Hardware mods can be tricky business. Modifying software is one thing, because if it messes up you can always restore that back up that all our rooted readers should have by now. Then it's back to normal to try something different another day. With hardware mods, though, there's a much bigger risk because if you mess up it is the end of the line for whatever you're hardware modding. So, with that in mind, be careful when doing hardware mods...

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Ian Stacy · Mar 16, 2012

Stock Rooted FC14 Update for the Epic 4G Touch Available

Samsung Epic 4G Touch owners, begin celebrating! XDA Senior Member Calkulin has posted the leaked FC14 4.0.3 firmware, stock and rooted with busybox installed, along with a de-odexed version and the FC14 modem. The developer warns that users installing the update must flash both the firmware file and the FC14 modem in the same ClockworkMod recovery session because after installation and rebooting you will no longer have CWM recovery. The developer also notes that a factory reset and data wipe is...

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Former Writer · Mar 8, 2012

Recover IMEI on the Galaxy S II and Other Samsung Devices in Nine Steps

Sometimes bad things happen and you don't even know it. Flashing modules can wreck your WiFi, kernels can bork your camera and, and flashing some ROMs can mess with your EFS folder---and thus your IMEI---on Samsung devices including the popular Galaxy S II I9100. XDA Forum Member vaskodogamagmail has posted about a method that may help users restore their IMEI if the all-important EFS folder is modified by accident. In a nut shell, restoring your backed up IMEI involves deleting the corrupted EFS folder,...

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Pulser_G2 · Mar 5, 2012

XDA Users Petition Samsung to Share More with Developers

After shipping 300 million handsets in 2011, Samsung is arguably the biggest and most important handset manufacturer at present. HTC seeks to challenge this with devices in its new One series, and Samsung is still seen by many to fall behind HTC when it comes to third party development. While we at XDA don't tend to cover petitions on the portal, it was felt that this one could potentially result in some major benefits for device users if it gains...

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orb3000 · Feb 19, 2012

Interview With Recognized Developer AdamOutler Pt. 3 Final

Finally we got to the third and final part of this interesting interview: If you missed previous parts, you can find them in here for Pt. 1, and here for Pt. 2 orb3000: What would you recommend to anyone interested in entering the high-level hardware mod world? AdamOutler: I would recommend getting a hold of some tools and hardware, get on google and do it! I'd choose the standard $60 Radio Shack temperature controlled soldering iron, some breadboards, leds, 1kohm...

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orb3000 · Feb 18, 2012

Interview With Recognized Developer AdamOutler Pt. 2 Of 3

Welcome to the second part of the interview with Recognized Developer AdamOutler: Here you can find the first part in case you missed it. orb3000: We know you have the longest bash script ever written, what is made for exactly? AdamOutler: Mythical Librarian was a project I created over the course of 6 months. At the time, my daughter was 3, could not read and liked TV Shows like Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street and others. I found a way...

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orb3000 · Feb 17, 2012

Interview With Recognized Developer AdamOutler Pt. 1 Of 3

Finally we are back on the XDA Interview series! For those of you too new to XDA, you may find the previous ones in this links: Interview With XDA Developer pof, Interview with User Experience Admin svetius, Interview with XDA forum Admin mikechannon, etc. This time we will talk with XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler. It´s hard to find where to start when you have the pleasure to interview such a versatile Developer with so many active projects. orb3000: Hi Adam,...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 7, 2012

First Custom ROMs Appear for the Samsung Focus 1.3, Focus 1.4, and Omnia 7

It's no secret that ROM development is considerably more cumbersome on Microsoft's closed source Windows Phone 7 operating system than on its open source competition. Despite the difficulties, developers on our site such as -=Barin=- have made outstanding progress with releases such as a fully functioning kitchen for HTC devices. Unfortunately, however, this is little consolation for Samsung device owners. The sad reality is that in the fourteen months since the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 were released, not a single custom ROM...

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Former Writer · Feb 4, 2012

Remotely Track Your Galaxy Note Online Free From Samsung

Thanks to a tip from XDA Senior Member dr.ketan, users of the Samsung Galaxy Note, and presumably other Samsung devices as well, can use a free service from Samsung to remotely track and control their devices from a web browser. The directions are very simple and present no danger to your device whatsoever. Says dr.ketan: First Go here http://samsungdive.com and register your account(free) - Now on mobile go to setting-Location n security - Find My mobile 1.check SIM card change...

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liwen · Jan 12, 2012

Leaked Photos of Samsung R920 LTE for MetroPCS

This is the MetroPCS Samsung SCH-R920, an LTE Android smartphone that has yet to be released on the carrier.  We don't know much about the R920 except that it will act as the successor to the Galaxy Indulge, which is also known as the Samsung SCH-R910. The R920 is likely to come with Android 2.3, a WVGA screen (around 3.7-4.0"), and a 1GHz single-core CPU with 512MB of RAM. (Thanks jzelaya)

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Will Verduzco · Jan 11, 2012

ICS for the Samsung Galaxy 5 Appears—Older Devices Weep Tears of Joy

It's hardly a secret that here on XDA, we really love it when developers accomplish the impossible. Throughout the forums, this takes the shape of custom kernels that push the boundaries of performance and clocks, apps that accomplish previously unheard of tasks, and---perhaps most importantly---ROM updates for the devices of yesteryear. Enter the Samsung Galaxy 5---a phone that even upon release, was never destined to be considered a flagship device. And now that this device is approaching two years of...

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Former Writer · Jan 3, 2012

Sixaxis Controller Configuration Tutorial for GTA III

One of the biggest pains of playing video games on a non-console platform is configuring your controller to work properly. Making sure everything works in every environment, testing and re-testing until everything seems right. Well, if you're a Sixaxis controller user and you play GTA III, then this is a pain you won't need pills to fix. XDA Senior Member Jameslepable has taken the trouble to figure out the most optimal button configuration and has created a tutorial to help...

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Former Writer · Dec 27, 2011

Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 Receives MIUI Port Based on CM7

In the spirit of the now passed holiday, XDA Senior Member fuss132 has brought the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 a little post-Christmas magic in the form of a MIUI port. The port is working pretty well, with a very short list of things not working so far and it's still, as fuss132 puts it, like 70% CM7 and 30% MIUI. So it's not a pure MIUI release just yet and it is still in the testing stage. If you happen...

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