AOSP-based ROMs are usually the only way many devices ever see versions of Android beyond their OEM’s wishes. Thankfully, they are also everywhere. The Samsung Galaxy 3 has actually had a port of CyanogenMod 10 for quite some time, but it was definitely one of the rougher first builds out there. However, it has recently received a big update that actually makes it usable.
XDA Senior Member marcellusbe first released CM10 for the Galaxy 3 back in July. However, it had a lot of issues: No data, no phone signal, there were kernel panics, and a host of other issues that made the ROM little more than a proof of concept. However, after some extensive work, the ROM has been updated, and the working list is now much longer than the not working list. The working list now includes:
- Internet connection
- Deepsleep kernel panic
- Bluetooth (big thanks to pmanian!)
- Mobile data
- backported xt_qtaguid and xt_quota2 for data usage stats (need more tests)
This is excellent news for the Galaxy 3 folks because this ROM can actually be used on a daily basis. The only things still wrong are the typical camera issues and some video codecs issues. If you’d like to try it out, check out the original thread.
Not too long ago, we brought you a tutorial on porting JoyOS and LewaOS to any Android device. The process involved using CyanogenMod 7 as a base ROM and then porting the proprietary files, folders and libraries. It wasn’t overly complicated, but it did involve some work. Using that tutorial, XDA Senior Member pratikmore was able to successfully port not only Lewa and Joy OS but also Mokee OS to the Samsung Galaxy 3.
The ROMs are installed as any other ROM. Users simply need to wipe data, cache, and dalvik-cache before flashing the ROM. There are a few quirks that users may need to deal with. As pratikmore explains:
After installation please call from other mobile to your,then you can hear the voice.
Use espier launcher because joy home have blurry and big icons.
Users have reported some calling issues. Occasionally, users aren’t always able to hear the person they are calling and vice versa. This can be a serious problem, but it is not one that everyone is having. Pratikmore is making an effort to find out why this is happening and fix it. The only other bugs flashers will run into will be the inherited bugs of the CyanogenMod 7 base ROM. Despite the issues, it’s new options for compulsive ROM flashers.
For download links for all three ROMs and more, check out the original thread.
April 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Android and XDA have been awash with volume and equalizer modifications since the porting of Beats Audio to all Gingerbread ROMs. Users have been flashing these mods left and right in order to give their music a little extra clarity, some volume, and a lot of extra bass. From Sony XLoud and Beats Audio to DSP Manager, Android has been always had a lot of great options for those to prefer to customize their audio. For the Samsung Galaxy 3 and the Samsung Galaxy SL, there is now an option that brings even more bass—if that’s what you’re into.
XDA Senior Member D3HuM4NiZ3D originally brought the modification to the Samsung Galaxy 3 and, with full credits given, XDA Senior Member bscraze ported it to the Galaxy SL. The result? Super bass awesome for whomever wants it. The mod comes in an easily flashable update.zip file for both devices to flash from their respective recoveries.
The results? A much more bass-driven experience that’s perfect for those into rap, hip-hop, or dubstep. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Android is about options, and the option to make your headphones sound like those large subwoofers in your neighbor’s trunk is always welcome. Those who like their music a little clearer and less like a pimped out mid-90′s Cadillac should probably stay away for the time being.
April 16, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Many consider stock Android’s music management and sound output to be sub par. This manifests in developer efforts to fix the situation such as equalizer applications and the porting of Beats Audio to every Gingerbread ROM. Since Google is presumably not working on making audio more exciting, it is up to the developers to keep the audio enhancements coming. XDA Senior Member D3HuM4NiZ3D has also ported the Dolby Sound Enhancer to the Samsung Galaxy 3.
Installing Dolby Sound Enhancement will, first and foremost, delete anything even remotely related to Beats Audio on your device if you already have it on there. However, many users agree that Beats Audio delivers too much bass, and Dolby delivers better overall sound quality. Opinions aside, this mod has only been tested on CyanogenMod 7, and not on FroYo or ICS builds for the device. D3HuM4NiZ3D invites anyone to give it a try on the different OS builds but assumes no responsibility if something bad happens.
If this sounds like something you’d like on your Galaxy 3, check out the modification thread. Also, don’t forget to make a backup, especially if you plan on trying this on an unsupported version of Android.
April 9, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
For aging devices, having more internal storage is eventually not only a desirable commodity, but often times a required one. For many phones, this is a problem that cannot be fixed, but can be managed a little with techniques such as Apps2SD.
For the Samsung Galaxy 3, and other devices with similar kernels, there is a way to actually increase the available internal storage by moving the /data partition to an EXT4 partition on the SD card thanks to XDA Recognized Developer arunmcops. Don’t believe it? Check the featured image. This is based on previous work done on the Samsung Galaxy Mini by XDA Forum Member Doc_cheilvenerdi.org. It is obligatory at this point to point out that this is really for kernel developers only. Arunmcops gives kernels devs the proper modifications needed to the specific kernel modules in order to make this work. From here, it’s up to the devs to make the kernel itself.
Additionally, it should be pointed out that the new storage is taken right from whatever SD card is in the device. This essentially makes it the hard drive so any kernels made like this would require users to leave their dual partitioned SD cards installed until the stock settings are restored. For some, this could be a deal breaker, but for those who have the same SD card in at all times, it isn’t likely to be a deal breaker.
For additional information and full instructions, check out the modification thread. As usual, don’t forget to make a backup before attempting to create, test, or flash anything.
July 7, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Surely, we have some lower end devices in our forum, but just because they lack the most recent or powerful hardware, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any development on them. Take for instance the Samsung Galaxy 3. This device has been buried among other devices present in our site, yet we have people like XDA Recognized Developer dharamg3 who has decided to take a stance and help owners of said device. In this case, he has started compiling a resource guide of everything you need to know about the SG3, and quite possibly about Android in general. He goes through all the basics including what Android is, roms, rooting, kernels, tips and tricks, and everything you can possibly think of. The guide is far from being finished, but it will become a fantastic resource once it is completed.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy 3 and feel like giving the dev a helping hand, be sure to drop by the thread and leave your comments or input to finish up the guide.
- Android Basics
- Galaxy 3 Features
- ROM Basics
- Kernel Basics
- Complete List of ROMs,Kernels for G3
You can find more information in the guide thread.
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Thanks jazux for the tip!
April 26, 2011 By: mic_888
Some of you might be familiar with the audio quality for playback on the Samsung Galaxy S variants, and it sound like the Samsung Galaxy 3 suffers from the same.
There is a way to fix this and XDA forum member FadeFx (thanks to Supercurio for the SGS version), has posted how to correct the settings in the servicemode app.
You’ll have to go to ServiceMode and select Audio/Headset/TX value/Tx filter and adjust the settings to zero.
The good news is that unlike the SGS, the SG3 settings will persist on reboot, so you’ll only have to make the adjustments once.
For full instructions, head on over to forum thread.
Who would have thought that we would feature a product made exclusively for Barnes & Noble (book store in the US for those in other countries)? It seems that B&N is jumping onto the Android bandwagon as well with the newest version of the Nook reader. This is probably the delayed response to Apple, Sony, and other manufacturers who jumped into what seemed their “niche” market. Well, for those who got their hands on one of these during this Black Friday, we now have a section for it to develop and improve this new Tablet. On top of that, another member of the Galaxy series has joined our family, the Galaxy 3. This is another Android device, which is a bit lower range, but with good specs and promise.
If you are the lucky owner of either (or both) of these devices, you will feel right at home when you visit XDA the next time around.