October 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The last time we brought you news on the Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G, it was getting root and recovery. Since then, developers have been working to make it a more fun to device for flashers. After a few months, the Blaze 4G not only received CM9 but also CM10. On the same day, no less.
XDA Senior Member erikmm ported CyanogenMod9 to the Blaze 4G. Despite it being a first release, it is perfectly stable with the only known issue is that rotation is a bit laggy. Anyone looking for AOSP-based ICS on the Blaze 4G now has a good ROM to try out.
For unofficial CyanogenMod10, XDA Senior Member dr4stic did the heavy lifting. Unlike its CM9 sibling, CM10 does have quite a few issues. This includes some random rebooting, CM Updater freezes, and a reboot bug that is triggered by notifications due to a non-CM driver being used for the Blaze 4G buttons. Most of these issues are slated to be fixed in future updates, but for now this probably isn’t daily driver material due to the reboots.
Consequently, the CM10 port to the Blaze 4G also works on the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate. Also developed by dr4stic, the ROM just needed a couple of kernel tweaks. Presumably, the same number of things are wrong since it is essentially the same ROM for both devices. XDA Forum Member ktempleton is maintaining a thread specifically for the Exhilarate folks here.
August 7, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Every now and then, some devices need a swift kick in the pants to get back to the way they should be. In most cases, this comes in the form of a script or modification that tweaks various settings. Improvements can range from increased signal and GPS to increased performance and battery life. For Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G owners, there is now a script that accomplishes most of these things.
The so-called Lightning Zap tweak pack offers a number of tweaks and improvements, combining various tweaks that had been used independently in the past. While the feature list may not bring anything overly unique to the table, Galaxy Blaze 4G users are also reporting that this includes fixes for small bugs they had been experiencing. The tweak pack was developed by XDA Senior Member Thomas.raines and has quite a bit of features. They include:
Battery tweaks for awesome battery life
Governor tweaks for amazing speed and performance without sacrificing battery life
Memory and Ram tweaks
Internet speed tweaks
As one can imagine, this helps fix the lag experienced by some owners after the devices is woken up from sleep. Other improvements include a shorter boot time and overall speedier performance. Unfortunately, the tweak pack is currently only available for Gingerbread ROMs and kernels that support init.d, so if you are running an ICS ROM, this isn’t for you.
For more details, check out the original thread.
April 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Just a few days ago, we brought you news that the Samsung Galaxy Blaze was rooted, leading to the T-Mobile SGS II acquiring a new modem. Unfortunately, the root method wasn’t released at the time, and many Blaze owners were wondering just when and if those potentially dangerous root method were ever going to be released. The answer, of course, is yes. Not only did the Galaxy Blaze acquire root, but it also gained ClockworkMod recovery. All it needs now is a batch of flashable ROMs.
XDA Recognized Developer k0nane released the root method, which is similar to what’s used for other Samsung Galaxy S phones. Simply load ODIN 1.85, the rooted kernel and PIT file, and flash away. After that, you’re rooted. There’s a bit more to it than that, but the developer gives users some very detailed instructions to make everything work properly.
As if that weren’t enough, literally 5 minutes later XDA Recognized Developer shabbypenguin released a .tar that adds ClockworkMod recovery to the device. The instructions are pretty much the same, load the .tar up in ODIN and flash accordingly. While there aren’t any custom ROMs yet for the Blaze, users can at least get in, make a Nandroid backup, and prepare for any ROMs that do come their way.
You can find additional information, download links, and instructions in k0nane’s root thread. Next, head over to shabbypenguin’s recovery thread for a double dose of rooted/custom recovery awesomeness.