April 28, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Running scripts on Android phones is one of those essential experiences that any rooted user should have in his arsenal. With the proper script, users can see improved battery life, less lag, more Play Store compatibility, and a plethora of other tweaks that can make any Android phone run just a little bit nicer. Many users run into the issue of not knowing how to install a script properly. In many cases, there’s a flashable update.zip that does the work for you, but still leaves a lot of questions. One of which is asking if the script is actually running, and if it actually started on boot.
For those rocking the Epic 4G Touch, there is now a freshly written and very informative tutorial that will not only show you which kernels support init.d scripts, but ones that will start them at boot, how to test to see if they’re running at boot, and ways to fix it if you can’t get it to. Written by XDA Senior Member kobridge, the tutorial is pretty much everything an Epic Touch user should know about scripts.
To start with, users will be shown how to test if a script is working. With battery mods and performance tweaks not really being overly visible, it’s sometimes hard to tell if a phone is running a script at all. So kobridge shows users how to write a test script that will create a pop up box upon booting. If it shows up, the scripts are being run on boot, if it does not show up, then the scripts aren’t.
From there, users are instructed on the best apps and kernels to use to ensure properly script running at boot and how to fix it if it does not. Additionally, kobridge has even included some scripts for users to incorporate if they want all the tweaked goodness while sticking to a stock ROM. It really is just a swamp of useful script knowledge and, surprisingly, it’s not very hard to follow along, either.
For more information, check out the original thread. Scripting is a big deal for many Android users, so it’s always fun to learn more.
April 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
When a new iteration of Android starts hitting a device, it rarely just rolls out to the device on OTA day. There are leaks, pre-releases, and all sorts of mayhem that can fall down on a development community depending on how open—or irresponsible, depending on how you look at it—an OEM is. In some cases, there are two or three leaks, followed by the official release. However, for users of the Samsung Epic 4g Touch, they have CyanogenMod9, ICS MIUI, ICS AOKP, and about a dozen Samsung ICS leaks all at the same time!
With that much goodness flying around, it’s easy to make some mistakes. Forget to install a ROM a certain way or forget to flash back to the right kernel and recovery before flashing new stuff, and you could end up in troubleshooting land or worse. This is why XDA Senior Member xST4T1K has written up a guide that will help users safely get from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich and back again, without any problems.
The guide covers all the basics including going from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich and then back to Gingerbread if the user needs to. Additionally, it gives a list of things to avoid, which have reportedly bricked devices—and we’re not talking boot loops, we’re talking actual bricks. Courtesy of the thread, here’s a short list of the kinds of things that may result in calamity on the Epic 4g Touch:
-If you are on ICS with an ICS kernel, DO NOT WIPE! this has the potential to brick your device (until source arrives, just have patience)
-Using a bad USB cable to ODIN back to GB from ICS
-avoid flashing any custom rom in stock ICS recovery
-avoid restoring a GB backup when running an ICS leak
-avoid restoring a ICS backup when running a GB rom
-OTHER ISSUES MAY SURROUND AOSP related roms (AOKP, CM9, etc) SO FLASH AT YOUR OWN RISK, many people have bricked they’re phone completely somehow attempting to flash back to GB from AOSP and get stuck on Data.img in ODIN. Some have been able to fix it by using a different cable or OC’ing back to a Stock rooted ICS rom, Flash at your own discretion and use the correct kernel or you will brick. Don’t blame devs for your stupidity and inability to follow directions. If this occurs to you (download a fresh EL29 OC and try again) bad downloads happen sometimes.
For much more information, visit the original thread.
February 18, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Samsung has a history with Sprint phones and updates to new versions of Android. Just ask the owners of the original Samsung Epic 4g how long it takes to get a new version of Android.
With the sequel, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, Samsung seems to have learned their lesson and appear to be working quite fervently on getting Ice Cream Sandwich to its entire Galaxy S II line up. While nothing official has come through the channels yet, XDA Recognized Developer shabbypenguin, also of the Android Creative Syndicate, has gotten a hold of a leak dubbed FB09. FB09 has a special quality about it as it is the first evidence of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Sprint phone.
Early attempts were rough, as the ROM was not bootable. However, shabbypenguin was able to fix those bugs and now users can check out a rough draft of what’s to come for the Epic Touch. Thus far, it’s been observed that the MMS app seems a little off and the Samsung Keyboard will force close. There are likely to be other bugs, as this is an early build, but at least users can check it out.
For download links, information and a nifty how-to install video from Android Creative Syndicate guru qbking77, you can find all that and more in their thread over at the Android Creative Syndicate forums. As always, perform a backup before attempting to install, just in case something goes wrong.
February 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
When Samsung first announced which phones would be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich, they didn’t mention the U.S. versions of the device whatsoever. While most were confident that their brand new, super power phones would not be left behind, there were some non-believers that thought they were about to be left in the dust.
For owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, you are among those that do not have to worry about it anymore. Thanks to a tip from XDA Senior Member kc_exactly, who produced the links, users can go read about a couple of leaked builds dubbed FB09 and FB10 which, among other things, claims to have Android 4.0.3 and Android 4.0.4 respectively.
There’s some fun information in the RDF file for those who choose to attempt to read it, but there should be some stuff that pops out. Such as a new Radio, named ED29 and CIQ. No one said everything was good news. Yes, there is a mention of CIQ on the RDF and whether it will be included in official releases is, at this point, anyone’s guess. As it is, it is only a matter of time before some leaked builds of ICS land in the forums and users of the Epic 4g Touch get their taste of ICS.
January 18, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Development for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch has been slowly increasing over the last couple of months. Just a couple of days ago we told you about the modification to allow Epic Touch users access to all their 4g settings and there’s word around the rumor mill of CM9 in the works as well.
This very unique port has add ons and features that many Xperia fans are already used to, including:
-Sony Xperia Software
-Sony PSP Live wallpapers
-Sony Bravia Engine
-Custom Sony Xperia GUI by Team-Nocturnal
Along with this are some pretty common tweaks and modifications along with ACS Recovery. For those unfamiliar with the Sony Bravia Engine, you can read up about it here. The ROM is a beta version currently and there’s a working list of things that aren’t working just yet, such as some widgets that don’t work. Team Nocturnal has also been kind enough to post their official “to do” list in terms of things they’re working on to make the ROM better.
Anyone who’s looking to try out the Sony Bravia goodness can check out the full change logs, screen shots, download links and the not yet working list in the original thread. The link to the Sony Bravia wiki may be down as many sites are doing a black out in opposition of SOPA and PIPA. If you travel to Wikipedia, you may get redirected to a site where you can sign a petition against those two bills.
January 17, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
That doesn’t mean the development stops, however. XDA Senior Member autoprime has released a modification that will allow users full access to the Epic Touch’s WiMax settings. As autoprime explains:
As the WiMax enthusiasts already know… we can edit 99% of the same values as the OG Epic already using both ##DATA# > View > WiMAX and ##DEBUG# menus. Possibly the most useful edit is setting the Entry Rx levels from -89 to -110.. allowing those in low signal areas to still jump on 4G. The big edit that was missing on the E4GT was the ability to edit the WiMax MAC address. This is what I’m sharing today.
The modification allows users to change their MAC address, which works in conjunction with other menus to help those in low reception WiMax areas to connect to Sprint’s 4g.
As autoprime says:
This Will Not MAagically Give You 4g Reception If You Are Not In A WiMax Coverage Area.
So don’t get your hopes up that this will bring the 4g goodness where there is no 4g, but for those who live in one and just can’t seem to connect, you can check out the original thread for instructions on installation and how to use it.
January 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Everyone that wants to be involved with development has got to start somewhere, and for users who own an Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, there’s a place for you.
XDA Member shanenielson1234 has written a thorough set of instructions for the aspiring developer who wants to learn how to compile a kernel. This has been attempted before by others, but they include things like a script that does all the work for you which leaves the aspiring developers no room to learn and no room to modify.
This method is more complete and requires the users performing the tutorial to go through each step themselves in order to get a feel for how it is really done. It opens the doors for those who want to improve on that process by writing their own script or allows modification of files within the kernel, which is something a compile script just won’t let you do.
For the complete tutorial, download links to essential kernel compiling files, and discussion with users who have begun or completed this tutorial, you can find everything you need in the original thread. Before you begin, though, be sure you’re running Ubuntu (or some distro of Linux) or at least have it operational in a Virtual Box. Also, as part of the tutorial, you’ll be flashing your kernel to your phone after you make it and flashing kernels is always a little dangerous. So be sure you do the usual flashing preparation, such as creating a Nandroid backup, before you begin.