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jerdog · Aug 7, 2012

Samsung Releases Galaxy Note 10.1 Kernel Source Weeks Ahead of Release

In recent months, Samsung has shown a good track record of releasing the kernel source for their devices on the release date. Now it would seem that Samsung really wants to up their game, as they have released the ICS Kernel source for the Galaxy Note 10.1. What makes this even more interesting, is that the device isn't even set for launch until later this month. Samsung fan site Samsung-Updates is quick to note in their Twitter post that the source code...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 6, 2012

Evo 3D Gets ICS OTA, Online Nandroid Backups, Google Now on ICS with Voice! – XDA Developer TV

When it comes to covering awesome articles from the XDA Portal, one man has the super powers to review the news that you need to know. That man, or is it machine, is Jordan. Today, Jordan talks about online Nandroid backups without rebooting. The story about the Dolphin Browser beta and Dolphin engine is discussed, and how the Droid RAZR received a GSM patch to use CDMA ROMs on GSM devices. In Ice Cream Sandwich news---yes it is still being...

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egzthunder1 · Aug 4, 2012

EVO 3D Finally Gets Official ICS Update – Unimpressed is the Word of the Day

So after months and months of waiting, kicking, and screaming from the user base, Sprint has finally decided to provide their EVO 3D customers with a brand spanking new base to play around with. The new official Sprint ROM (base number 2.89.651.2) has been fitted with ICS 4.0.3, Sense 3.6 (as promised), a new radio, HBOOT 1.58, and some new bits and pieces of firmware. As always, this is loaded (and I do mean loaded) with Sprint's usual bloatware such...

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Former Writer · Aug 2, 2012

Motorola Atrix 2, the Dreaded ICS Leak of 2012, and the Solution

Usually, leaked firmware updates can be a lot of fun and give users insight as to how the next version of Android will run on their devices. Somethings, though, leaks can be dangerous. As we saw on the Galaxy S II as well as the Epic 4G Touch and Galaxy Note, leaks can cause some major damage if not brought under control fast enough. Another situation much like happened with Motorola Atrix 2 users, where updating from a leak caused...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 27, 2012

Flash on Nexus 7, More CyanogenMod 10 Alphas, HTC Abandons Desire HD – XDA Developer TV

Jordan is back today to talk about some exciting and important news from the XDA Portal. A while back, there was an announcement that Adobe Flash would not be supported on Jelly Bean. Jordan covers news on how the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean devices can get flash. Jordan talks about the petition to get Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC Desire HD, after HTC announced this device would not be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich. Jordan mentions XDA Elite Recognized...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 27, 2012

Prevent Apps from Using your Camera and Mic – PDroidAddon

Please note that the following is an addition to the infamous PDroid, developer by XDA Forum Member svyat back in December 2011. As its name clearly suggests, PDroidAddon acts along side (and will interact with) PDroid, which was basically a security suite that allowed you to "cherry pick" which apps get access to your personal information. Today, we have XDA Forum Member CollegeDev bringing us an interesting alternative that handles privacy in a different manner, or at least it targets a different source of...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 26, 2012

Asus Releases Official TF700T Bootloader Unlocker Tool

Not too long ago, we witnessed the launch of Asus most recent entry into the world of tablets with the shinny, slim, and fully loaded Infinity Pad (a.k.a. the Asus Transformer TF700T). As is customary for Asus, the bootloader on the device was locked upon shipping from the factory. However due to the constant demands, petitions, and bashing from the developer community in similar cases with the Prime (TF201) and the TF300T, they have now released an official tool to...

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David Watt · Jul 26, 2012

HTC Release Kernel Source for AT&T One X

The kernel source for the Tegra 3-based International HTC One X was released over two months ago. However, its Snapdragon S4-based sister device, the AT&T One X has left users eagerly awaiting the kernel source release for their device. Well, the wait is finally over! XDA Forum Member shashank_virgo let us know that HTC have released version 1.73 of the kernel source. While this is a relatively old version that has since been updated numerous times, it's still a great starting point for the developers to sink their teeth...

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Former Writer · Jul 24, 2012

KangXperiaProject Brings AOKP to 16 Sony Xperia Devices

It's always exciting when AOKP, CyanogenMod, or any other AOSP-based build is released for a device. It gives users the ability to check out a largely pure Android, no matter what OEM skin the device may natively run. Many people prefer the vanilla Android experience. Various Sony Xperia devices have AOSP and CM builds, but the popular AOKP builds have been conspicuously absent. That isn't true any longer, however, as 16 Sony Xperia devices can now have AOKP. Posted by...

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Conan Troutman · Jul 24, 2012

First Hybrid Rom For The HTC Desire Z / G2

Despite being an older device, the HTC Desire Z/G2 still has a good amount of developer support behind it. The device also has a loyal fanbase of people who are very fond of its hardware keyboard. ICS and Jelly Bean builds are available for the device, which is more than can be said for some newer devices. What it did not have, up until a few days ago that is, was a ROM capable of running in hybrid mode. For...

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Former Writer · Jul 23, 2012

HTC Decides Against ICS for the Desire HD, Petition Started

For shame, HTC! Once promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC Desire HD received an update from HTC alright---just not the one everyone was expecting. On their blog, HTC has announced that they believe Desire HD users are better off without ICS. They state: After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh...

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jerdog · Jul 23, 2012

Disable Capacitive Buttons on the International Galaxy S III Running CM10

With the introduction of Honeycomb, Google removed the need for physical and capacitive navigation buttons, replacing them with nice onscreen buttons that accomplish the same purpose. Galaxy Nexus aside, it would seem as if OEMs failed to receive the memo, as they continue to ship handsets such as the International Galaxy S III that feature physical and/or capacitive buttons. XDA Recognized Developer graffixnyc is not a big fan of TouchWiz UI or physical buttons, so when CM10 Preview was released for the i9300,...

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mustangtim49 · Jul 22, 2012

Nearly Universal Root Methods for Most ICS Phones

Having root access on your device is usually key to enjoying the vast development available here on XDA. Unfortunately, updating stock firmware usually means kissing goodbye to root access. This is not the end of SuperUser permissions, but merely another step in the rooting process. Although new firmware seemingly revokes your right to root, your custom recovery almost always remains intact. For those of you needing to root your latest firmware and still have a functional custom recovery, XDA Senior...

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jerdog · Jul 20, 2012

Official CM9 Getting Closer for Epic 4G Touch

With the title of "Worlds Longest Name for a Smartphone" already in the bag, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SSGS2E4GT) has become known as the SGS2's Red-Headed Stepchild. Back when Samsung released the US variants of the SGS2 i9100, the E4GT was the first to appear. However, it has taken the longest to receive official ICS from Samsung. Coupled with taking longer to receive official CM9 love, and you have a device that seems to have...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 19, 2012

CyanogenMod 9 RC2 Released for Various Devices

While the XDA Portal has seemingly been Jelly Bean, Jelly Bean, JELLY BEAN as of late, there is still much development work to be done on finalizing and perfecting builds based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. After all, many would rather have a bullet-proof daily driver than an admittedly awesome preview build, which could potentially be a bit buggy. As such, the CyanogenMod team has now released CyanogenMod 9 Release Candidate 2. Users can expect RC2 to be quite stable....

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Former Writer · Jul 14, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Launcher Ported to any ICS ROM

Not long ago we brought you news of HTC Sense 4.0 being ported to the Galaxy S II. This is one of the few times that HTC Sense has made its way onto a Samsung device. Porting Samsung's Touchwiz, however, often takes a little less time and effort. As such, it was only a matter of time before users could enjoy the launcher experience of the Galaxy S III on any device. XDA Senior Member rani9990 has released a beta...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 13, 2012

Enjoy Dead Trigger in Full Tegra 3 Glory without a Tegra 3

If you enjoy gaming in this day and age, you have certainly come across a few FPS (first person shooter) games. In recent times, it seems like the idea of a post-apocalyptic zombie future is prime material for the genre. With this in mind, we now introduce to you Dead Trigger, which for all practical purposes is a game that features you trying to survive against the walking dead. This game was introduced as part of the marketing campaign to further...

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Former Writer · Jul 9, 2012

Highly Functional Unofficial CM9 Build for the Galaxy S2 HD LTE

Although there's talk of CM10 around the web, developers aren't quite done yet getting CyanogenMod 9 on as many phones as possible. With the first release candidate for CM9 released, developers have a great code base to bring an AOSP-derived experience to other devices. One such build is for the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. XDA Recognized Developer and Retired Senior Moderator dsixda is responsible for bringing CM9 to the highly underrated device. Despite not being the most popular...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jul 8, 2012

Google Play Music 4.3.605 from Jelly Bean on any ICS Device

So far, neither the Jelly Bean source code nor the JB-clad Nexus 7 have been made public. However, with the announcement of Google's latest OS at I/O 2012 and devices given to attendees, apps from Jelly Bean have already started leaking out here on XDA. After bringing you the Jelly Bean Play Store and Sound Search widget a few days back, we are here with the Play Music app for Jelly Bean, courtesy XDA Recognized Developer Steve0007. This version of Google...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jul 7, 2012

Modified Apktool for Android 4.0.4

Those of you who are into theming or otherwise modifying system and framework APKs surely know how it can be a hassle at times to properly decompile and recompile the APKs for specific platforms---especially when there have been significant changes made to said platform. This has been true for ICS, where many have had issues with doing so because of requiring different versions of Apktool to use for the purpose. Fret no more; XDA Senior Member evol4g has written a guide that explains the...

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