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Will Verduzco · Jun 4, 2012

Unofficial ClockworkMod Port Appears on the SGS3

Samsung Galaxy S III this, SGS3 that---it seems like everywhere you look, the mobile tech industry is aflutter with news on Samsung's latest flagship. Fittingly, there has also been a plethora of development surrounding the device---everything from achieving root access and the release of GPL-compliant kernel source to its launcher and proprietary apps ported to other devices. We now have a custom recovery thanks to XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, who coincidentally was the first to root the device sight-unseen, well before official release. The...

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egzthunder1 · May 23, 2012

Pwning a Giant–How Chainfire Hacked Windows Marketplace

Yesterday was a sad day we all knew would eventually come---the Windows Marketplace for Windows Mobile applications finally ceased to exist, as Microsoft officially killed Windows Mobile and mostly everything related to it sometime last year.  The market brought the capability to do what Apple's Appstore was doing at the time, which was to try and centralize all the available free and paid applications so that people could easily find their favorite apps in one, single place. The introduction of...

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Will Verduzco · May 18, 2012

Root Achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S III

Not too long ago, we went hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S III. In fact, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, who was later kind enough to go on camera for a fun interview and unboxing, even made a brief cameo in the video as we tested USB Host functionality on the SGS3 using his popular DSLR Controller app. Needless to say, much of the Android community is eagerly anticipating the launch of Samsung's new flagship. However, many people won't bother with devices that...

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Will Verduzco · May 10, 2012

Interview: Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire – XDA TV

You may remember that we were on-site for the Samsung Galaxy S III unveiling at Unpacked 2012 in London last week. We then went hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S III and showed you its cool gestures, blazing fast performance, and USB host capabilities. Not content with simply calling it a night, what then are two self-proclaimed Android nerds to do at 3 AM after the event? Interviews, of course! Join us in today's episode of XDA Developer TV, where...

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Will Verduzco · May 8, 2012

Hands-On with the Galaxy S III at Unpacked 2012: UI, Gestures, and USB Host – XDA TV

You may have already read through our live-blog of the Samsung Unpacked 2012 launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S III. However, a picture is worth a thousand words, and therefore a little hands-on video must surely be worth even more. In this episode of XDA Developer TV, we get a little hands-on time with Samsung's latest flagship, and our own Portal Administrator Will Verduzco (that's me!) puts the SGS3 to the test. We begin by taking a look at browser...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 9, 2012

Galaxy Nexus ICS 4.0.4 OTA’s Repackaged for use with ODIN.

If you're a Galaxy Nexus owner who hasn't been living under a rock, you are undoubtedly aware that Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich was recently rolled out. Unfortunately, it would seem that some people have had trouble with the OTA update, including XDA Elite Recognised Developer Chainfire, who promptly came up with a solution to the problem. Chainfire has repackaged the full stock images for the international GSM Galaxy Nexus (yakju/maguro) for use with Odin, the flashing tool for Samsung...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 13, 2012

ICS Officially Released for SGS2, Root Acquired

Now is the time for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In the last few weeks, we've seen dozens of devices receiving ICS, RUU leaks, and so on. And when we first heard news that Samsung was starting to roll out ICS for its immensely popular Galaxy S II line, we knew that it was only a matter of time before the OTA would be captured and instructions on how to root the tasty treat were released to the wild. Now...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 9, 2012

Just When you Thought SU Was Great, Something Better Comes Along – SuperSU

Superuser, the final frontier for those seeking for root on their devices. These are the voyages of a small tool that surfaced a few years ago based on the idea that some apps required more from our devices to work properly. Superuser has become a standard on xda-developers, much like theming and roms, and definitely a must-have if you want to run things like SetCPU and Titanium Backup. However, as with everything in life, there is always room for improvement...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 6, 2012

Mobile ODIN Updated to 2.0, Supports Many More Devices

Back in November, we took a peek at Mobile ODIN by XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Chainfire. For those who don't remember, the app acts as an on-device ODIN utility by allowing you to fully flash your firmware straight from the device itself---practically removing the need to connect your device to a host computer. Due to safety reasons, however, the EFS and bootloader partitions are not flashed. Mobile ODIN has now undergone a major update to version 2.0---adding compatibility for several...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 22, 2011

Automatically Mount and Dismount USB Sticks on the Galaxy Nexus with StickMount

If you're ever tried to use a USB stick or external hard drive with your brand new Galaxy Nexus, you've no doubt faced difficulties. Despite supporting USB On-The-Go, Google has disabled automatic mounting of mass storage devices for some unknown reason. Similar to the growing pains in previous versions of the OS, it is safe to assume that a first-party fix will eventually be coded into Android itself. In fact, Romain Guy has indicated that this functionality will be added in...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 15, 2011

Stripped ICL53F Update for Galaxy Nexus GSM and LTE

One of the most amazing aspects of the Google Nexus experience is always being first in line for Android updates. However, some of us Nexus loyalists still decide to take the software experience into our own hands by installing custom firmwares. What does a Galaxy Nexus owner with an aftermarket recovery partition do when a shiny new update comes out? While you could restore to the factory images completely, wipe your /data and /recovery partitions, XDA Recognized Developer Chainfire has made it much easier...

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azrienoch · Nov 30, 2011

Mobile ODIN Lets You Flash Firmware from Device

Chainfire's abilities know no bounds.  The XDA Moderator and Recognized Developer now presents Mobile ODIN, allowing you to flash firmware from your device, itself.  That's right, you no longer need to connect your device to your computer. All right, that's not perfectly true--Mobile ODIN currently cannot flash PIT, bootloader, or EFS partitions.  You still need your computer for those.  For now.  But if you want to flash a new kernel, system, DBData, data, cache, parameter, or modem partition, Mobile ODIN...

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