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mustangtim49 · Jul 4, 2012

Pre-Rooted and Deodexed Jelly Bean for the GSM Galaxy Nexus

Previously, we reported on Jellybean being ripped for the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Naturally, the firmware was promptly given root access. Next, XDA Senior Member bigxie released JRN84D in pre-rooted and deodexed form for the world to enjoy. The system apps and framework are deodexed for easy modding and theming, and the updated superuser app comes from ChainsDD. As one would also expect, the ROM comes packaged with Busybox for increased root-enabled functionality. Those looking to get their hands on this should head over to the...

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Former Writer · Jun 29, 2012

Jelly Bean Ported to the CDMA Galaxy Nexus

With Android Jelly Bean being announced just a couple of days ago, developers wasted no time bringing Jelly Bean goodies to various devices. This includes the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Now, another device has been added to the Jelly Bean frenzy. As with its GSM sibling, the CDMA Galaxy Nexus can now enjoy the newest version of Android. Both the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus have Jelly Bean ports. XDA Recognized Developer shabbypenguin has a port in progress for the Sprint edition,...

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FallenWriter · Jun 28, 2012

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the GSM Galaxy Nexus Ripped

Google I/O is an exciting time for members of the Android development community. For those who don't know, we're here in San Francisco, bringing you the most relevant and interesting highlights from the event! New Android firmware releases, product unveilings, and cool gadgets are just some of the many things that are let loose at the infamous conference. Now we have another cool thing to add to the list of items from Google I/O: the first Jelly Bean release for...

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Former Writer · Jun 26, 2012

Slide2Wake Brought to the Galaxy Nexus

We previously brought you news about Slide2Wake awhile ago when it was released for the EVO 3D. For anyone who doesn't know, Slide2Wake is a simple application that allows users to slide their finger across the screen in order to wake it up. This is perfect for flashaholics who've somewhat damaged their power button, and can't figure out a way to unlock their phone. It's also just convenient, as it requires no button presses. Simply remove from the pocket, swipe...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 16, 2012

Reduce Audio Latency on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S

Audio latency has always been an issue for Android, not a massive deal breaker of an issue for the average user, but an issue none the less---especially for those of us who use applications such as VoIP clients or emulated instruments. For those unaware of the problem, audio latency is the delay between an audio event being triggered and the sound emerging from the speaker. For example, if you press a key on a piano application and notice a delay...

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Former Writer · Jun 15, 2012

Trickster Mod for Galaxy Nexus Adds Number of Kernel Features

Most modifications that we see deal with a device's ROM. Using popular build.prop tweaks and other methods, developers can coerce better performance out of a phone by changing a few parameters here and there. Now, Samsung Galaxy Nexus have a collection of kernel modifications. Created by XDA Senior Member bigeyes0x0, the Trickster Mod utilizes a number of scripts and binaries to add a lot of under the hood tweaks that set it apart from traditional modifications. The full list of features...

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Former Writer · Jun 14, 2012

Use NFC with Screen Off or in Lock Screen on Galaxy Nexus

While it hasn't hit the mainstream yet, Near Field Communication is on the rise. With a number of flagship Android devices shipping with a NFC chip installed, users have been finding more and more uses for NFC. Is the experience perfect? Far from it, but improvements are being made all the time to make NFC a bigger part of the Android experience. There are many tools out there to help NFC users make full use of NFC, and now there's...

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Former Writer · Jun 12, 2012

Smart Screen On Gives Screen Control via Proximity Sensor

Proximity sensors have been around for so long that they have become more of an expected trait than an actual feature. However, it was only a matter of time before developers found some alternative ways to use the proximity sensor. This was started awhile ago, as an application called Smart Screen Off gave users the ability to turn their screens off using the proximity sensor instead of the power button. Building on the functionality of the first app, XDA Forum...

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Former Writer · Jun 5, 2012

Swordrune10 Kitchen Brings Easy Source-Built ROM Creation and Modification to Galaxy Nexus

Most kitchens help aspiring ROM developers get started with creating ROMs. They typically do things such as automatically deodexing ROMs, zipaligning them, adding root and BusyBox, and a plethora of other basic tools that users really only need until they figure out how to do it on their own. Kitchens usually serve as a stepping stone for every day users to get into firmware modification, and many great developers first wet their feet using popular kitchens such as XDA Recognized...

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Former Writer · May 28, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Add-on Pack Brings Many Galaxy S III Delights

With all the development going on with the Samsung Galaxy S III, it's hard to believe that the phone hasn't actually been released yet. Thus far, the device has been rooted, its launcher was ported to the Galaxy S II, and it even brought some controversy over the extraction and modification of S Voice. However, if you think the Galaxy S III stuff is over, you are gravely mistaken, as the porting fun has just begun. Now, the Galaxy S III...

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Former Writer · May 25, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Toolkit Ported to Sprint Variant

Those out there who have been following the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have no doubt noticed that Sprint has added a new member to the Galaxy Nexus family, and with that comes a lot of work for developers. Popular ROMs, kernels, tools, and mods from the older Galaxy Nexus devices will slowly make their way over to the Sprint variant. Thankfully for Sprint GNex users, one of the best tool kits out there is already working. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip...

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Former Writer · May 22, 2012

All-in-One Guide for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus

Pretty much anyone who spends enough time on XDA will eventually run into one of XDA Recognized Contributor qbking77's videos. A member of the Android Creative Syndicate, qbking77 has become sort of an unofficial the YouTube guru for XDA, posting videos on a variety of topics for a number of devices. Subjects vary from ROM reviews, guides on flashing various ROMs, root methods, and the list goes on. Qbking77, who has over 600 videos to date, now brings Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners some...

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Jimmy McGee · May 16, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA TV

Many people call the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone the ideal phone. When XDA management had an extra Galaxy Nexus phone laying around, they couldn't think of anything better to do with it than send it to our resident mobile deconstructionist. In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes his new Galaxy Nexus all the way down to the circuit board. He shows off his favorite tool of destruction and discusses the hardware's points of interest....

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Will Verduzco · May 7, 2012

CASUAL Root and Recovery Method for the Galaxy Nexus

You may remember previous work we've discussed on the XDA Portal regarding XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's root method CASUAL. For those who don't, we previously covered how the aptly named Cross-platform ADB Scripting Universal Android Loader helped users root their Motorola Droid RAZR without much hassle or user intervention. As before, the Java-based CASUAL  is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. It performs all the difficult steps for you, allowing you to simply specify what you want done---ranging from installing busybox to rooting and...

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Former Writer · Apr 26, 2012

Phone Mods Section of Galaxy Nexus Toolkit Released Independently

Most users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have heard of the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit. With a variety of features like auto-installation of Samsung drivers, and backing up and restoring data down to even dumping logs to your desktop, the Toolkit brings a lot of functionality and help to users. With the Toolkit at version 6.0 now, the Toolkit has donned many additional features thanks to the work of XDA Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator mskip. With the update, mskip has...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 25, 2012

Laser-Etched Galaxy Nexus Backplate Winners

Last week, we began a contest for some custom, laser-etched backplate for the Galaxy Nexus made by the fine folks at  GRUVER concepts. As you may remember, we said that winners would be chosen based on originality, humor, and ingenuity. It is now one week later, and the contest is now over. While we didn't quite have "over 9000" entries, we had well over 100, many of which were indeed quite frightening. As you can imagine, we really enjoyed hearing your most chilling tales of...

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Former Writer · Apr 21, 2012

Permanent SIM Unlock for Galaxy Nexus Nearly Stable

While there are ways to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it is a bit harder to keep it unlocked when you change ROMs or perform a factory reset. There's terminal emulator stuff you'd have to do and applications to install every time. While the workaround is perfectly acceptable for most, for others it's permanent SIM unlock or nothing. XDA Forum Member jup007 has been working on a method to accomplish this with limited success. It is nowhere close to stable yet,...

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Former Writer · Apr 20, 2012

ICS Gradient Fix for Many Galaxy Nexus ROMs

It would be both a great thing and a terrible thing if software were perfect out of the box. It would be great because people would stop complaining. However, it would be terrible because people would stop creating. This is the case for Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners who have been suffering a horizontal gradient banding in their settings for quite some time. For anyone that's had enough of this bug, XDA Senior Member arzbhatia has a fix for you. The fix comes...

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Former Writer · Apr 19, 2012

Time Warner App Now Available for Rooted Users

The fact that Time Warner Cable released an iOS application and not an Android application miffed quite a few of their customers. In this day and age, it's not all about the iPhone anymore, and companies that don't release applications for both Android and iOS are doing nothing more but showing how behind the times they really are. That said, Time Warner Cable is attempting to make amends with their Android clients by creating an Android app for them. Of...

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Former Writer · Apr 17, 2012

Xperia Arc S ROM Ported to the Galaxy Nexus

The reason why most users buy certain Android phones is because they like their feel. Vanilla Android lovers buy Nexus devices, HTC Sense fans buy HTC Sense phones, and so on. That does not mean that is the only type of Android they'll ever get to experience, however, as there is this wonderful thing in Android development called ports. These ports give users a chance to check out a variety of UIs they would otherwise not be able to use...

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