December 5, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been bringing you news of mskip’s toolkits making it to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. It’s a popular and well known toolkit with extensive features. There is a second toolkit making its way around to Nexus devices, known as Wug’s Nexus Root Toolkit. We brought you news that it was released for the Nexus 7. Now, it’s available for the Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 10.
XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh has been busy this month. The toolkit has made to five different Nexus devices in just a few weeks. The core features of the toolkit are the same for all releases, and include:
This program will automatically bring together all the files you need to unlock and root your device in a few clicks, or flash it back to stock and re-lock it. You can also use this program to backup/restore all your important data, flash zips, set file permissions, push and pull files, install apps, and much more! With the included file association options, you can perform tasks like flashing zips, installing apps, restoring android backup files, and flashing/booting img files with just a double click! The program includes a full featured interface for automating tasks in TWRP, enhanced restore features, an in-built auto-updater/notification system, ‘any build’ mode, and quick tools utilities. All the latest Android builds and Nexus devices are now officially supported, including the new Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and 3G Nexus 7 (with full 4.2.0 support).
The premise of this toolkit is to make rooting easy and provide a few extra features like installing applications and pushing files. For those looking for a root-bringing toolkit, you should give them a shot.
September 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
When a device is first rooted, it usually doesn’t take very long for a custom recovery to appear as well. In many cases, root and recovery are released simultaneously. Of course, sometimes it takes a little longer than usual to get something working on a device and thus users may have root but no easy way to install things like custom ROMs, custom kernels, or modifications that could make the device even better. For Samsung Galaxy S Advance owners, after a long, long wait, you now have a custom recovery.
XDA Forum Member diego-ch, along with the help of other developers, has released a kernel that also packs the latest TeamWin Recovery Project recovery on it. As with most Samsung devices, the way to install the kernel is through either Odin or Heimdall. A word of warning: Installing the kernel will increase your flash counter. Aside from having a functional custom recovery, the kernel also adds CIFS support. If you’re a Galaxy S Advance owner and you’ve been looking to flash some easily, check out the original thread.
[Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor varun.chitre15 for the tip!]
While rooting a device can sometimes take forever, in most cases root is obtained pretty quickly by our talented developers. Of course, the question then remains how difficult is that root process. Sometimes it’s just flashing a couple of things, other times you might be navigating a labyrinth of ADB commands. In some cases you may even have to become facile with Linux, although in most cases there’s at least Windows and Linux support. For the Samsung Galaxy 4G, you get both.
XDA Senior Member lumin30 has released a root method that works for all Windows machines, but the bigger focus is on the 2nd post of the thread, which teaches users who have Mac and Linux how to run Heimdall so root can be obtained on all three. The guide is more intense than one might imagine as the original Galaxy S 4G came with Android FroYo. This means that the first order of business for users who haven’t yet updated to Gingerbread is, of course, updating to Gingerbread. From there, it’s a relatively simple process.
The guide also runs users through how to backup their EFS, which is very important because it determines your device’s IMEI. Additionally, lumin30 is nice enough to include links to a few of the more popular ROMs, tweaks, and mods so new to the Galaxy S 4G forum can pretty much get to wherever they want to go through the guide.
If you’re new to the device, be sure to head on over to the original thread for more information.
April 3, 2012 By: Adam Outler
Heimdall Suite, an Open-Source Cross-Platform set of tools designed to flash firmware to Samsung devices, has received an incremental update to version 1.3.2. This latest update supports Galaxy S II GT-I9100, Galaxy Player, Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, GT-I9000T, Galaxy Tab (7 and 10.1 inches) and of course the Galaxy S GT-i9000. If your Samsung device is not listed here, testing is required.
Heimdall has always been a favorite among kernel developers and those who frequently flash the latest kernels because no flashable update.zip or Odin packaging is required. A Heimdall user can simply put their device into Download Mode, and click a button to flash a new zImage directly. XDA Recognized Developer Benjamin Dobell‘s latest release improves compatibility with Loke (the flash receiver on the device) and expands comparability to several new devices.
In the words of the developer:
Version 1.3.2 addresses some compatibility issues with several devices i.e. the Galaxy Player 5.0 and Galaxy S II. In particular the “Failed to confirm end of file transfer sequence!” error should no longer occur under regular use. This was fixed by mapping a previously unknown protocol parameter, which I’ve now called “chip identifier”, to information in a device’s PIT file. A big thanks goes out to XDA developers user ambrice, who helped identify the cause of the issue.
February 18, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
While no single modification or tweak can permanently solve all the problems a phone has, there are, in fact, a great number of modifications to tackle the most annoying things. Things such as short battery life, lag and the fact your HTC Evo 4g didn’t build you that promised island and fly you there. For the record, none of the mods to do the latter have ever worked.
However, for those carrying the Samsung Galaxy S 4g, there is something out there to help fix issues like battery life and increasing responsiveness. XDA Recognized Developer dsexton702 has made a tweak package that will do those things and more.
The features are plentiful and include:
What do these tweaks do?
improves battery life
Greatly improve the smoothness of your phone especially with scrolling
increase your phones repsonsiveness
for some it increases FPS and allows better gaming
Improves the HTC’s Evo 3d, 3d quality
improves better I/O performance
speed up start up time
handles multitasking better
improves ext4 partition mounts
improves better cpu performance
least importantly it improves quad score
To install, all a user needs to do is wipe cache/dalvik in recovery, mount system and flash via ClockworkMod recovery. It doesn’t get anymore basic than that.
If you’d like to apply is awesome set of tweaks to your device, head on over to the original thread for download links, instructions and further information. As per the norm, don’t forget to make a backup before flashing, just in case!
August 25, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
How would you like to create your own bootloader? Sounds a bit daunting, no? Aside from the inherent “cool factor,” having this ability could get your device out of some tough spots that would otherwise require the use of JTAG.
Thanks to the work of a team lead by XDA Recognized Developer Rebellos, this is now possible for Samsung S5PC110-based (read: Hummingbird) devices. Since there are quite a few Hummingbird-powered devices roaming about XDA, this can prove quite useful for when ODIN is not enough or if your JTAG pins are nonfunctional.
In the words of the developer:
What is it?
Info how to bypass secure booting mechanism built in S5PC110 CPU’s iROM on lowest level and create code loadable even with totally damaged bootloader, without use of JTAG.
Okay, how useful is it?
I’ve got no clue, it all depends on you. Our main target, which is almost done, is ability to revive any hard-bricked hardware built on S5PC110 without use of JTAG (for eg. when JTAG pads had been damaged)
In order to get started, venture forth to the original thread.
[Thanks AdamOutler for the tip!]
July 14, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
If you think that mobile device modification ends at replacing Android’s modular components, you’re wrong. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Chainfire is at it again, this time with a Charging Screen replacement for certain Samsung devices.
In one of his “sillier” modifications, the developer has replaced the stock charging screen with one packing loads of extra functionality. For starters, this modification displays both the time and numerical battery charge level when active. In addition, NoMoarPowar! also can be set to power on your phone prior to your scheduled alarms so that you don’t miss your morning wake-up buzzer. This way, you won’t be disturbed, but your device will still wake you up when you need it. Sweetening the pot further, you can even set your device to reboot once it has reached either 15% or 100% battery level.
NoMoarPowah! replaces that boring charging animation when your phone is turned off but connected to the charger with a fully functional program!
In the history of silly stuff I have made, this is perhaps the silliest
This app is only for a select number of Samsung devices. It does not work on any other devices. See the list below
This app requires a fully rooted device
NoMoarPowah! can automatically reboot into Android when charging is done. Either when fully charged, or when the battery level reaches 15% and Android has enough juice to run.
But wait, there’s more! NoMoarPowah! can also reboot at a custom time. It will even suggest times based on your currently set alarms, so your phone will be rebooted just before the alarm goes off and you need to wake up! This way you can be sure nobody will bother you while take your well-deserved nap, but still wake up when you need to.
Continue on to the modification thread for more! Also, for owners of other Samsung devices, be sure to give this a shot and leave your feedback in the thread.
If you’ve been waiting for CWM3, wait no longer. XDA forum members Krylon360 and drhonk have posted their public beta for the SGS4G.
Currently, there are issues with /system mounts, although the device does not unmount to be able to format during a restore. What currently works include: Backup, Advanced Restore of Data and Cache, Flashing zips, Error reporting.
You’ll need to use Root Explorer, Android Commander, and Droid Explorer to replace the recovery binary in /system/bin with the one posted in the thread. This will allow you to flash the update.zip from stock recovery. After the file is replaced, you’ll need to reboot the device.
For more information and to download the files, head on over to the forum thread.
If you’ve got your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and are desperate to use try it out on another network, now’s your chance as XDA forum member sanfranx415 has found the unlock code hidden in the depths of the popular device.
You’ll need to have root access, a hex editor and some patience and time.
The file to retrieve from your SGS 4G is the bml3.bak file (similar to the Vibrant), which you’ll then need to search for a hex string. The number of results that will return may range from just 2 to 10 and you’ll need to go through each result to find the 8 digit unlock code, (Network Unlock Control Key), for your specific device.
From then on you’re on a home run- just follow the rest of the instructions and before long you should see the magic words ‘network unlock successful’.
For detailed step by step instructions, head on over to the forum thread and follow them carefully!
February 24, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Our little (not so little) family of device forums keeps getting bigger as time goes by. In the case of today’s additions, we are introducing a new brand in our midst, Kyocera. The Zio M6000 is a mid to entry level Android device, running on an older version of Android (1.6), so you can expect it to be a bit laggy if you have never had a chance to play with one. It would certainly make an interesting project to get this device to run on Froyo. On the other side of the spectrum, we added the new iteration of the Galaxy devices from Samsung, the Galaxy S 4G. As its name suggests, the device is 4G capable. Other than this, the device is rather similar to its predecessor, the Vibrant and as such, going for T-Mobile in the US.
So, do you have any of these? If you do, please share your experiences with the rest of the community. Any and all contributions for the continued improvement of these two would be highly appreciated.
Please visit the Kyocera Zio M6000 Home.
Please visit the Samsung Galaxy S 4G Home.
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