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Former Writer · Sep 22, 2012

Motoblur Nav Bar and Launcher for the Galaxy Nexus

Not many people are a fan of Motoblur. There are various reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to the excessive bloatware. However, there is a lot to like about the newest versions of Motoblur. Now, Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners can check out Motoblur without having to buy a Motorola phone. XDA Senior Member aooga has prepared a nice package to get Motorola's UI running on your Toro or Toroplus Galaxy Nexus, including the cool circle widget....

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jerdog · Sep 21, 2012

Verizon Finally Rolls Out Jelly Bean JRO03O to Galaxy Nexus

Not too long ago we talked about a test build of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus appearing on Google's servers, and now it would seem Verizon has finally decided to roll this out to the masses. The update is available via OTA push, which can be initiated manually via Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates. If you prefer to wait for the automatic push, you should begin to receive a notification on your device shortly. You can find the...

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Former Writer · Sep 17, 2012

Disable the Jelly Bean SMS Warning on the Galaxy Nexus

Most consider Jelly Bean to be the greatest version of Android released thus far. It's fast, smooth, it has Google Now, and all sorts of other features that not many people have complained about. There are a few things here and there, however, that may annoy certain users. One example is a text limit that will give you the pictured warning if you send too many texts in a short time. While the rate limit there to prevent malicious apps...

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Former Writer · Sep 14, 2012

How to Access LTE Coverage on Sprint Galaxy Nexus

It's pretty bad that Sprint is slated to be the last of the four major US carriers to give their customers nationwide 4G. (Though some may call into question the "4G" aspirations of certain carriers.) It doesn't make it any better that their 3G, which the majority of customers are still using, needs a dramatic makeover. Is there anything that could make it worse? How about if your device was set to only use the most stable signal, thus preventing...

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Former Writer · Sep 11, 2012

Boot to Gecko Now Available for the Verizon and GSM Galaxy Nexus

When we brought you news of the Motorola Defy running Boot to Gecko, it was brought to our attention that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was already doing so. Upon closer inspection, it was found that not only was the GSM Galaxy Nexus indeed had a Boot To Gecko port running, but that the Verizon variant very recently got its own B2G working as well. XDA Senior Member Axel2033 is working on the build for the GSM model, and XDA Forum Member jellybellys...

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jerdog · Sep 11, 2012

Sprint Nexus Devices Finally Getting Jelly Bean Via OTA

As we've discussed before, the allure of the Google Nexus devices are their timely updates to the latest and greatest versions of Android. However, that has hardly been the case for the CDMA Nexus devices. With the Verizon Galaxy Nexus receiving test builds of Jelly Bean, Sprint users have been wondering when their official Jelly Bean update would be coming for the Samsung Nexus S 4G and the Galaxy Nexus. After the OTA update was put on hold last week,...

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

AffinitySERIES Jelly Bean ROM Lands on Multiple Devices

Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier. Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford: One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on...

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Former Writer · Sep 1, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Torn Down in Quest to Fix Power Button

When most users tear down their devices, it's to fix something. That is, unless you're XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, who just does it for fun. When tearing down a device, users usually need a guide of some sort and, of course, the replacement parts necessary to make the fix. Now, Samsung Galaxy Nexus users have a tear down and fix tutorial that'll help them get into the device, fix what they need to fix, and back out without damaging anything. The...

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jerdog · Aug 29, 2012

Jelly Bean Test Build for Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus Available

Since the unveiling of the original Nexus device, Google has made it a point to state that owning a Nexus device means you'll be on the fast track to new OS updates. However, this has not been the case for owners of the CDMA variants of the Galaxy Nexus. At Google I/O 2012, the GSM Galaxy Nexus received Jelly Bean. Around that time, the bookies and odds makers in Vegas began taking bets on when the CDMA versions would be as...

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Former Writer · Aug 20, 2012

Enable USB Modem/Diag Mode on CDMA Samsung Devices

When flashing an AOSP ROM on a CDMA phone, it's a win-some lose-some affair. You gain the functionality that comes with a pure Android experience. However, you traditionally lose USB Modem and Diagnosis Mode on your device. For those who are unaware, USB Mode and Diagnosis Mode are accessed via codes you enter into the dialer. This is not only required to activate the phone on some networks, but also helpful in alleviating some problems like restoring your IMEI using...

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jerdog · Aug 18, 2012

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies for Select Devices

We recently told you about the CyanogenMod team beginning work on CM10. Now, a significant milestone has been reached: CM10 Nightlies have appeared for select devices. For those who aren't familiar, a nightly build is an automatic build incorporating the latest changes in CM source for a device. Yesterday, CyanogenMod released the list of those devices that would be getting the first round of nightlies: # The US SGS3 variants (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) # The Galaxy Nexus variants # The Nexus S varaints #...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 11, 2012

Slim Bean Jelly Bean ROMs Available for Several Devices

With the release of the Jelly Bean source code to AOSP last month, we are seeing more and more of Jelly Bean ROMs ported to various Android devices. Slim Bean is the Jelly Bean variant of the popular Slim ICS ROM, and it is now available for several devices including the Samsung Vibrant, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus (Verizon, sprint, and GSM variants), Samsung Captivate, and Samsung Galaxy S I9000. Slim Bean's predecessor Slim ICS has been quite popular as a...

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Former Writer · Aug 6, 2012

Repair and Reprogramming Guide for VIA CBP7x Chipset

We have guides for just about anything here on XDA. If you need to fix a soft brick, reflash stock firmware, root your device, unlock your bootloader, or use a custom recovery, there's tutorials all over the site for it. So, what about radio chip set repairs and reprogramming? Those are a little harder to find, as they are a bit more complicated than flashing stock firmware. Such guides do exist though, including one that was written for the VIA...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 25, 2012

Adobe Flash on the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean Devices

As those of us lucky enough to be running Jelly Bean have found out, Adobe Flash isn’t officially supported. While many no longer care about the dying technology, quite a few of us still have use for it. XDA Recognized Contributor stempox has found that by simply side-loading the APK, users are able to view media content as always through the native Android browser app. From there, users simply have to enable plugins in the browser settings, as was done in previous...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 23, 2012

Galaxy Nexus GPS Issues Over the Weekend?

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and have attempted to use your GPS in the last few days, you more than likely noticed one thing: It simply could not obtain a GPS fix. Unlike previous GPS issues tied to Samsung devices, however, this is not due to any fault in the hardware. Prior to Friday, GPS generally worked perfectly for most users, obtaining a full GPS fix in as brief of a time as expected on any modern phone....

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Former Writer · Jul 16, 2012

ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0.0.0 Alpha For Galaxy R and Galaxy Nexus

With the release of a new version of Android, it's only fitting that fresh new versions of custom recoveries are released as well. Custom recoveries are among the most frequently used post-root modifications, as they serve as the primary flashing interface for nearly everything. With TWRP' receiving an update to 2.2, it is only fitting that ClockworkMod Recovery also be updated. So far, the alphas can be tested on at least the Samsung Galaxy R i9103 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus,...

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Ian Stacy · Jul 16, 2012

Stand-Alone Root, Unlock, and Restore Boot Disc for the Galaxy Nexus

Google's current flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, has seen a lot of love from a wide-spread community of developers since its release in November of last year. By now, many Galaxy Nexus users have already unlocked their bootloaders, gained root access, and flashed more than a few ROMs. That doesn't mean that development for the device has slowed down. On the contrary, new developments, mods, and tools show up on a near-daily basis, both in our forums and across...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Ian Stacy · Jul 12, 2012

Modify Carrier Name on Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean ROMs

The newest iteration of Android has been all over the news lately, with the release of source and as ports of the OS show up on all kinds of devices. While developers cook up better and more complete custom ROMs, those looking to change things on the standard 4.1 builds will surely see many tweaks and mods show up in the coming weeks. One such modification has already hit the Galaxy Nexus forums, thanks to XDA Senior Member spunks3. Using a...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 10, 2012

Android 4.1.1 Rolling out to the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

Those lucky enough to already have their hands on the Google Nexus 7 are in for a little bit of a treat today. A 12.6 MB over-the-air update has been pushed out, updating Google's own tablet to Android 4.1.1, build JRO03C. While there is no official changelog for the Nexus 7 update and the release notes are quite sparse, users upgrading to the latest build will immediately notice the appearance of Google Wallet on their devices. One can only wonder about the...

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