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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 20, 2015

Dual Boot on Android: A Power User’s Holy Grail?

Many of you probably dual-boot your personal computers, be it to run Linux alongside Windows or because you have a Mac and hate OS X. On a computer platform, the process can be a life-saver for a variety of reasons, particularly software compatibility/integration. It’s not rare to see computer programmers with Linux partitions or Mac gamers that use bootcamp for their videogames. On computers, the process has gotten relatively simpler over time, with Microsoft and Apple typically supporting the notion....

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Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2013

Multiboot Now Available for the Nexus 4 and 7 (2012 and 2013)

A little under a year ago, we talked about a rather unique multiboot solution available for the Google Nexus 7 (2012). The tool, which was developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar, differed from most other multiboot solutions available on other devices because it streamlined the process and requires no modification of your device's bootloader or existing /system partition. It did, however, require modification to the /data partition, but things were still more civilized than most other multiboot solutions due to the integrated installer app. Now, Tasssadar's...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 9, 2013

Dual Boot on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S Plus GT-I9001 is the lesser known cousin of the original Galaxy S GT-I9000 smartphone.While virtually indistinguishable from the I9000 from the outside, the devices are vastly different on the inside: For starters, the I9001 swaps out the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor for a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon S2. While the hardware received somewhat of an upgrade compared to the original Galaxy S, there is a bit less aftermarket development available for the S Plus. Now, however, a major gap has been...

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Samantha · Aug 28, 2013

Dual Boot Achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Dual booting on a device, be it a phone or tablet, brings forth some pretty substantial benefits. In addition to simultaneously and effortlessly switching between two ROMs, you also no longer have to wipe everything in order to try a new one. This, in and of itself, allows for more fun and experimentation to be had. After seeing dual boot on the Note 2, it was only a matter of time before something similar would pop up on the Galaxy...

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Samantha · Aug 24, 2013

Dual Boot On the HTC Pico

Now that we're in the latter half of 2013, it seems that the majority of the tech world has left older devices in the dust. With a plethora of new devices from various manufacturers, more devices are coming our way before the year's close. Along with this, previous devices are being pushed further and further back into the archives. So it's wonderful to see that this is certainly not the case for a few aged devices, as we have seen previously...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 4, 2012

How To Dual Boot Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Got yourself a Galaxy Tab 2 7" P31xx and not satisfied with running just one build of Android on it? Want to dabble into custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 10, but don't want to lose the stock ROM at the same time? XDA Member Macadamia Daze has found a way to dual-boot two Android builds on this tablet. This dual boot method runs one Android build from the internal memory and the other from the SD card.  Before you begin, you must have...

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ElCondor · Mar 2, 2012

Editorial: Development of Dual-Boot Technology Unfortunately at a Standstill

Perhaps you remember the days of the very first Android ports to Windows Mobile phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC HD2. Beside the fact that this groundbreaking development was one of the factors that ultimately led to the end of Windows Mobile development on XDA, it did bring some innovative features to the table. Dual boot for example. It was revolutionary to be able to choose between Android and Windows Mobile. After a few months, when people...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 7, 2012

Create a Gingerbread/Ice Cream Sandwich Dual Boot SD Card for the Nook Color

Every time we publish a story about the mods and developments on the Nook Color, it makes me seriously wonder if the Barnes and Noble people knew what was possible with the little ebook reader they were selling. XDA Senior Member racks11479 has updated his multi-boot images for the Barnes and Noble Nook Color to include an SD image with both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich. Since the ICS build is semi-unstable and he still needed access to Gingerbread, racks11479 created...

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