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Will Verduzco · Apr 16, 2012

Win a Laser-Etched XDA Backplate for Your Galaxy Nexus

Practically everyone here at XDA-Developers has flashed his or her fair share of custom ROMs, kernels, tweaks, and mods. As all of you should know, flashing an update.zip carries some inherent risk. Occasionally, however, things go wrong, and we're stuck with a hard- or soft-brick. We want you to share your scariest and most nerve-racking flashing experiences with us. 20 winners (10 GSM and 10 CDMA/LTE) with the most interesting and unique tales will receive a customized and laser-etched Galaxy...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 9, 2012

Galaxy Nexus ICS 4.0.4 OTA’s Repackaged for use with ODIN.

If you're a Galaxy Nexus owner who hasn't been living under a rock, you are undoubtedly aware that Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich was recently rolled out. Unfortunately, it would seem that some people have had trouble with the OTA update, including XDA Elite Recognised Developer Chainfire, who promptly came up with a solution to the problem. Chainfire has repackaged the full stock images for the international GSM Galaxy Nexus (yakju/maguro) for use with Odin, the flashing tool for Samsung...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This week on XDA TV, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye gives us a basic rundown through some of this week's biggest development stories. In addition to talking about some April Fools news, Shen highlights the release of the HTC One line and how it should not be compared with the OMAP-based Galaxy Nexus. He then talks about CM9 on the Galaxy W, and how CyanogenMod itself has now found itself a new mascot. Next, Shen talks about development work and...

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Former Writer · Mar 29, 2012

Windows Phone 7-Style Multitasking on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S

Earlier we brought you news of some MetroUI goodies for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, this wasn't the only element of Microsoft's mobile OS that has found its way onto Android. While the MetroUI modification was based primarily on Windows 8, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are now getting a little Windows Phone 7 action going with a mod that allows for WP7-style multitasking. XDA Senior Member mohitrocks has posted a method that was developed by XDA Senior Member...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 8, 2012

Extremely Rough Sense 4 Port Appears on Galaxy Nexus

Just a few days ago, we brought you news of an HTC Sense 4.0 port for the Samsung Nexus S based on the leaked HTC Endeavor RUU. At the time, no such porting efforts had been made on Google's latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Luckily the wait wasn't too long, as XDA Forum Member nello92 has now released a work-in-progress port of his own. Rather than basing his port on the Endeavor RUU as we saw previously on the Nexus S,...

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Former Writer · Mar 5, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Kernel Patch Allows Force AC Charge for Faster Charging

Developers are always finding ways to pack more juice in the battery. There are countless battery saving scripts, schedulers and specialized, albeit controversial, charging methods such as Superior Battery Charging. However, sometimes it's just as important to have the battery charge quickly as it is to have the battery lose charge slowly. XDA Senior Member chad0989 has released a patch for developers of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that will allow for Force AC Charging, which will make the phone charge...

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ElCondor · Mar 4, 2012

Improve Screen Performance on the Galaxy Nexus

While display technology is still evolving at an impressive speed, XDA member mumchristmas decided not to wait for the next technology to come available on a new phone. Instead, he investigated the current screen performance of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus using the Voodoo Screen Test application, a x-rite i1 Display 2 Color meter, and HCFR software. The results weren't so good, as mumchristmas points out: Average Gamma value is about 1.9, far from the ISO stand 2.2. So the color is just...

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Former Writer · Mar 4, 2012

Status Bar Makeover for Atrix and Galaxy Nexus on CM9

One of the greatest attributes of cross-platform ROMs such as CyanogenMod is that modifications can be used on most phones that run the release. Things like theme chooser and CyanogenMod Settings change very little, if at all, regardless of target device. The same holds true for many other CyanogenMod modifications as well. XDA Senior Member rickriego has posted a method for CyanogenMod 9 users toting the Motorola Atrix 4G that will not only place the clock in the middle of...

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Former Writer · Feb 19, 2012

NFC Re-Tag Application Allows Users to Re-use Write Only Tags

NFC tagging is a relatively new feature on Android phones. Granted they've been around for awhile, but they're just now finding their niche in the smartphone world. This, of course, means anyone who can modify the feature to make it better is going to at least try, and that can lead to some exciting results. XDA Member ascsa has posted about an application that will allow users to re-use and recycle tags previously purchased NFC tags that were write protected....

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ElCondor · Feb 16, 2012

XDA Review: Google Chrome Beta for Android

It was just a matter of time before Google would come up with their mobile version of Chrome. The desktop version has been a great success, even though it was pretty isolated from any other Google service. With the coming of Chrome Beta for Android (we'll be calling it Chrome Beta in the rest of this article), Google developers hope to create a connection between Android smartphones and desktops. We'll not work with cliffhangers this time and just admit it...

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Former Writer · Feb 14, 2012

Hardware Mod Allows for Pogo Charging for Galaxy Nexus

Not all the cool mods out there are software only. Sure, they can do fun things like help your battery life or allow you to have some features you otherwise wouldn't, but that doesn't mean there aren't other types of mods out there. Hardware mods, for example, can do very much the same kind of things as software mods wherein they allow for features that you wouldn't normally have. XDA Senior Member ellesshoo has devised a hardware modification that will...

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ElCondor · Feb 13, 2012

Determine Your Phone’s USB Host Capabilities With USB Host Diagnostics

The USB host function on recent Android phones and tablets, is perhaps the most unspoken yet incredibly useful innovation in recent mobile device development. I remember, a few years ago some developers struggling with connecting a 3.5" HDD to an HTC Touch Diamond, and see where we landed now: manufacturers are slowly building the USB host function into their phones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus were said to be able to host any USB device as...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 9, 2012

Google Wallet PIN Vulnerability Discovered

Google Wallet is all over the headlines lately, first with its release on the Verizon network with the Galaxy Nexus and then with its release on the AT&T network with the Samsung Galaxy S II. Sprint and T-Mobile users have even been able to sideload the Google Wallet app on their respective variants of the Nexus S. The app itself relies on the devices NFC chip to communicate with non-contact payment stations, like Mastercard's PayPass. Google Wallet stores your credit...

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orb3000 · Feb 6, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Gets ICS 4.0.4 Update

XDA member kangxi let us know about an update of Android to 4.0.4 version for the Samsung Galaxy nexus on the CDMA version only. This new version seems to include new radios, so hopefully reception will improve. It´s also being said that it includes a fix for the Android OS bug that has been keeping the device awake for no reason. While a ROM is still in the works, developer presents this change log for 4.0.4: Noticeably Faster Android OS...

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Former Writer · Feb 1, 2012

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Users Can Try Another New Launcher

By now virtually every Ice Cream Sandwich users has heard of at least Trebuchet Launcher and Nova Launcher. The respective launcher apps have taken advantage of the young, new Android version by quickly becoming among the most popular and used launcher apps by the 4.0+ crowd. There is a new launcher currently in beta testing, however, that could give the rest a run for their money. Enter Apex Launcher. It's a launcher that works exclusively on Android 4.0 and up...

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Former Writer · Jan 25, 2012

Patch Utility Manager Flashes Variety of Patches to Select Samsung Devices

Modifications, patches and scripts are wonderful and are the easiest software to implement to a device without requiring the old full wipe and flash. There are also a very large number of mods, patches and scripts and sometimes it's hard for a user to find and keep track of them all. For those with Samsung devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you now have a tool that will help you with installing patches to...

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liwen · Jan 16, 2012

Galaxy Nexus Toolkit Updated To V4.0, Now Installs Drivers Automatically

If you own a Galaxy Nexus, you should know the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit. Developed by senior moderator mskip, it's the one-stop-shop to get your phone prepared for all the custom ROM goodness that awaits in the forums, as it automatically unlocks the bootloader, roots any Ice Cream Sandwich build, and installs ClockWord Mod Recovery with just one click. The only small issue – if you can say so – in previous versions was that you had to install the drivers...

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liwen · Jan 12, 2012

Android 4.0.2 OTA Update For Galaxy Nexus Rolling Out Again

About a month ago, there were reports in our forums that the 4.0.2 OTA update was rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus. However, it was halted after a week or so, but is now being pushed out again. So, if you were among the ones who didn't get the update last year, you should be receiving an update notification now (I am, for one). If not, go to the settings and check manually for updates. Below is the changelog, provided...

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liwen · Jan 9, 2012

Sprint Announces Two New LTE-Enabled Android Devices

If you've been following the LTE-wars, you know that Sprint has decided to diversify beyond WiMax by building a LTE network. Today, Sprint has announced its first two LTE devices, both of which run Android. The first ought to be familiar: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It'll be the same Galaxy Nexus that we already know (with a 1.2GHz TI OMAP CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p S-AMOLED HD display), except that it'll come pre-loaded with Google Wallet. Then we have the...

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