January 5, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Odin and Heimdall were pretty badass gods in the Nordic mythology. But to Samsung device owners, these are important and powerful tools designed to flash stock ROM files, much like Flashtool on Sony phones. In short, they are an essential part of Samsung Android development here at XDA.
Many times in the past, we’ve talked about XDA Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s CASUAL, otherwise known as Cross-platform Android Scripting Unified Auxiliary Loader. The cross-platform Java-based tool allows you to perform many cool tasks like rooting, flashing stock ROMs. and so on.
The project is now on a different level, as Adam has presented JOdin3, a web browser-based and offline flashing tool. With JOdin3, you are able to flash stock Samsung firmware directly from your browser. The project is a collaboration of between Adam and XDA Senior Developers Benjamin Dobell and Ralekdev, and XDA Senior Members Loglud and jrloper.
You need to have Java installed on your PC in order to use JOdin3. Heimdall is also required, but it will be automatically downloaded and installed. As it’s a cross-platform tool, it works flawlessly on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
[Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor benkxda for the tip!]
The release version of Heimdall Suite 1.4.0 is now available after an epic wait. You may remember hearing about this version of the suite way back in October when the release candidate was first announced. That’s quite a slow pace for the last steps toward a stable release, but it sounds like the time was well spent. XDA Recognized Developer Benjamin Dobell cited problems with packaging and squashing outdated content as the main cause of delay. He hopes that the work he put in here will mean shorter development cycles for future versions.
What can you expect from the upgrade? The Heimdall Suite is a tool for flashing firmware to your Android device. Its origins can be traced back to the need for a cross-platform flashing tool. But it’s much more than that now. One of the most notable additions is support for a wider range of Linux distributions, having only targeted Ubuntu in past version. Of course it still retains its ability to run under Windows and Mac systems. Also notable is added support for recent Samsung offerings like the Galaxy S III. There are several new backend features for developers like addressing partitions by name.