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liwen · Jan 10, 2012

Samsung Captivate Gets Official Gingerbread Update

If you're a ROM flashing addict (and, truth to be told, you should be if you're visiting this site), you probably don't even know that the Samsung Captivate, AT&T's version of the Galaxy S, didn't get its official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update up until a couple of hours ago. But for everyone else running the stock ROM, you can now look at Samsung's instructions for applying the update, which sadly requires the dreaded Kies software. But better than nothing, eh?...

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liwen · Dec 30, 2011

CyanogenMod 7 For Samsung Epic 4G Becomes Official

There are many CyanogenMod-based ROMs available, but not all are officially supported, that is, listed on their website. In particular, you'll notice that the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint's version of the bestselling Galaxy S isn't there yet. But that's only a matter of time now, since Decad3nce, the developer of the CM7 port, announced a few days ago that the "Samsung Epic gets officially forked into Cyanogenmod". And, sure enough, UberPinguin has now opened a forum thread for the new ROM,...

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liwen · Dec 25, 2011

Dell Streak 5 Gets Official Gingerbread

Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version of Android, but who cares? For owners of the Streak 5, which has been discontinued and since left neglected with Froyo, Gingerbread is better than nothing. Luckily, forum member neocoritol has found an update lying on Dell's servers. Head over to the forum thread to download the PKG, and follow the instructions to get your Streak updated to Android 2.3 (finally!).

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Will Verduzco · Dec 16, 2011

MIUI for the HP Touchpad

With the recent announcement of webOS's impending transition to an open source license, some of us may have temporarily forgotten about our favorite little green robot. Rest assured, however, that some does not necessarily mean all. Thanks to hard work by XDA Senior Member scott951, adventurous TouchPad owners can now experience a taste of MIUI-flavored Gingerbread on their tablets. Unlike previous Android ports to the tablet, which have mainly centered around CyanogenMod and its derivatives, this MIUI infusion results in quite...

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orb3000 · Dec 1, 2011

CyanogenMod 7 Hacked Onto Kindle Fire

Many announcements have been occurring with the new work of Cyanogen team, even some versions of CM9 starting to pop out for the Nexus S and Galaxy S. But now we want to let you know about the latest CyanogenMod ROM 7 for the Kindle Fire; XDA member JackpotClavin posted a couple of images showing the Gingerbread-based ROM booted up on his 7-inch Kindle tablet, he is not giving the code for download yet because there are still a lot...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 22, 2011

HTC Posts Kernel Source Code for Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S

I wrote an article two days ago slating HTCdev and their tardiness in GPL compliance. I was harsh and unforgiving, and quite right too. We’re not here to play devil's advocate or apologise on their behalf. The article listed phones the kernel source code hadn’t been published for. Some devices remain unpublished, but a small collection have been published today, including the Rezound, Amaze, Explorer, and Desire S. Well done, HTC, hopefully we'll see full GPL compliance soon. Please visit...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 22, 2011

How To Use SVN – A Comprehensive Guide

Flashing, upgrading, and more flashing. This is what most people at xda do to try and keep up with the times. This is almost a full time job/hobby for some people and sometimes, not even the devs can put out roms fast enough. Because of this, there are ways to provide junkies or ORD addicts with a faster fix. SVN, which really stands for subversion is a command that allows updates of software giving you the opportunity to easily roll...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 16, 2011

Kindle Fire Cracked Wide Open–Let the Development Begin!

Given Amazon's lax attitude towards device modification, we all knew this would happen sooner or later. However, many of us were reluctant to plunk down our hard earned cash on only the prospect of root access. Now, you may pick up the $199 dual core beast without reservation. Thanks to a little bit of .ini and .inf wizardry by XDA forum member death2all110, our fears have been allayed. Root is achieved through the highly regarded SuperOneClick method. While the minor modifications make its...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 14, 2011

Skyrocket Forums Added

A tad late but always worth pointing out if you are not the kind of people who scroll all the way to the end of the forum's list. Late last week, we decided that the AT&T SGS 2 variant known as the Skyrocket was different enough from the original AT&T SGS2 that rather than having it as a separate sub-section, it would have its own forum. The differences go all the way down to the core of the device as...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 10, 2011

Mount Points Available For HTC Rezound

This one is more directed to devs and cooks out there than anyone else. It seems that XDA member xboxexpert has been able to fully identify the mount points in the memory map for the HTC Rezound. Basically, what this does is to let a kitchen or a rom builder know where everything is located and how much space is available to flash something. Every piece of memory inside of the device has a specific location and knowing which location this is...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 9, 2011

Recovery Image For HTC Rezound – AmonRa Style

It looks like full steam ahead was given the moment the HTC Rezound got a home here on xda. Things could not be more active at this point. Several devs have already gotten down and dirty working on getting this device ready for the masses by the time they get it. For instance, XDA member drellisdee just released a Recovery Image for this device that is completely based upon the immensely successful AmonRa recovery, which was available for devices such as the...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 9, 2011

HTC Vivid, Rezound, And Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Fora Added

As we said last time, we are getting closer to the all mighty holiday (shopping) season and because of that we will likely see a flurry of new devices coming at us from all different directions. Several manufacturers started this game a tad early, HTC and Samsung to be more precise. However, there are a few odd manufacturers who will release new devices in order to stay competitive, even if you don't expect them to. Barnes & Noble is one...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 7, 2011

Chainfire Releases CF-Root for the Samsung Galaxy Note!

It seems as if XDA Senior Moderator, Recognized Developer Chainfire is at it yet again by gracing another device with his iconic CF-Root. This time, he sprinkles his voodoo magic on Samsung's latest tablet/phone, the Galaxy Note. CF-Root isn't a complete ROM, nor does it pretend to be. Rather, it is aruguably the simplest entry point to su status on your mobile device. Geared towards those wanting to remain as close to stock as possible, flashing CF-Root replaces your original Samsung kernel with a...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 6, 2011

Fast Becomes Faster–1.8 GHz Overclocked Kernel Released for the Galaxy S II SGH-T989

If you ask any Android fan about the fastest devices currently available, the Samsung Galaxy S II is sure to be near the top of the list. And while the SGH-T989 "Hercules" variant may not be graced with the giant-slaying Exynos SoC, it still more than holds its own in today's market. However, sometimes simply being "fast" is just not fast enough. In order to give the Hercules even more pep in its step, XDA Recognized Developer Romanbb has created a 1.8...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 27, 2011

Security Vulnerability #2 On HTC Devices (PoC #2) – WiMax Leaks

I know that it has been a few weeks already, but we finally have green light to keep on going with our exclusive series of security holes on HTC's latest devices. In case you just tuned in on the whole issue, we will be talking about vulnerabilities found on HTC handsets across the globe, particularly on the EVO family of devices as well as some of the newer ones like the HTC Sensation and Kingdom. XDA Recognized Developer TrevE has been doing...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 27, 2011

Wind-Up Knight For Android

If you are a fan of adventure side scrolling games on Android devices, then you should not miss out on this wonderfully done game by XDA member TheOneBD. Wind-up Knight somewhat reminds us of Cordy, which is another Android game. In this one, you must guide your character through long levels where he will need to jump, dash, and do everything he can to rescue the princess from the Black Knight. You do all this in a beautifully designed 3D environment that will leave you asking for...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 26, 2011

BRAVIA Engine Ported For The HD2

The HTC HD2 truly is a remarkable device. Over the last two years, we have seen it take on various challenges that have prolonged its life expectancy far longer than anyone would have guessed. Well, there seems to be room for improvement because the BRAVIA Engine for the Sony Experia family has been successfully ported over to the Leo. If you are not certain about what the Bravia Engine actually is or does, you can find a quick video demonstration here. However, the basic premise...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 26, 2011

Get Your Charge Display To Work The Way It Was Meant To

Have you ever had a look at your Droid Charge and thought to yourself "wow! this is a great screen! I mean, look at these colors", but always thought that the best could actually get better? It looks like XDA Recognized Developer supercurio had this curiosity and decided to start digging into the settings for the screen on his Infuse 4G, which carries a similar (but larger) screen. After much looking, he figured out that the overall way the screen is programmed...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 26, 2011

Sprint Rolls Out Updates For The EVO Family – HTC, You Can Do Better And I Will Tell You How!

Earlier today, we saw that Sprint decided to hit the EVO family of devices with a much needed update for the security updates depicted in what we like to call PoC#1 (proof of concept #1), which was presented by XDA Recognized Developer TrevE. This security vulnerability basically allowed open access to sensitive device information thanks to a service built into the device of an apk called htclogger. As of the latest patch rolled out by HTC, this issue has finally...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 25, 2011

Backup And Restore Your EFS Folder On Samsung Devices

The wonderful world of NV, EFS, and all the inherent dangers that come from messing with this. For those of you who have no clue as to what I am talking about, there is a dark, really deep and well protected section of your device that is virtually immune to any kind of flashing and manipulation (unless of course you know how to access it). This part of the device contains information such as IMEI (or MEID and ESN in...

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