November 28, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The last time we brought you news about the Samsung Galaxy S I9001, it was to tell you that CyanogenMod 10 had been ported. Since then, the CM10 efforts for the device have been taken over by XDA Senior Member ivendor. Since then, AOSP development for the Galaxy S I9001 has been a veritable frenzy. With AOSP-built ROMs flying all over the place, and even some fun ROM ports.
The release of CM10 for the device in turn made ports like AOKP and PACman possible. The Galaxy S I9001 now has both. XDA Senior Member camcory has released the increasingly popular PACman ROM, and XDA Senior Member crybert took care of AOKP. Both ROMs work pretty well but users are reporting their quirks.
For AOKP, some users are reporting that the GPS isn’t functioning properly, the internal memory isn’t being recognized properly, and some random rebooting problems. For PACman, users are reporting unusually high RAM usage along with some graphical glitches in areas like landscape multitasking. The ROMs do work for the most part, so don’t let a few bugs scare you away.
The big port that is being worked on is the also increasingly popular FlymeOS. This is thanks to XDA Forum Member sc4les. The ROM seems to have many more major issues. The list of things not working includes:
browser (webview error, seems pretty common for custom roms. will be fixed soon. well it starts already)
network settings (3g works fine, so do calling and sms)
there are some graphical glitches, but only in some places
email (cant view emails due to webview error I think)
the resolution for the launcher doesnt work 100%
So that isn’t daily driver material just yet, but progress is being made. This is a shining example of the kinds of fun things developers can do once a solid AOSP-based ROM appears.
September 4, 2012 By: jerdog
For those who love to receive updates to their mobile devices, the Telus, Bell and Rogers versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III (SGS-I747M) are currently getting a maintenance OTA update from Samsung.
The update purportedly brings improved stability, bug fixes, better battery life, and screen brightness adjustments available via the notification bar. The baseband is I747MVLLH1 with the OS Build being IMM76D.I747MVLALH1 (Android 4.0.4). There is currently no word on if the AT&T version will be receiving an OTA or not.
For those currently running a stock, unrooted ROM you should be receiving an OTA notification, but if not you can always check manually via Settings > About Device > Software Update. If you are running a rooted ROM then you will need to wait for a developer to package the update for you.
Head on over to the discussion thread to chime in or follow for the latest notifications.
Over the last few months, we brought you news of the ASUS Transformer Prime tear down that brought a GPS fix and HTC One X hardware issue that weakens WiFi signal. Both of these hardware problems have hardware fixes, albeit at the risk of seriously damaging a device. No pain, no gain right?
Another device that’s had GPS issues is the Samsung Galaxy S I9000/9001. As it turns out, the fix for that may be hardware related as well. XDA Forum Member LEENO recently tore down the Galaxy S and postulated that the GPS disturbances had something to do with faulty hardware. LEENO explains:
Problem is caused by bad gnd conductivity between mainboard and antenna. It is conduced by conductivity rubber. This kind of rubber was used for old nokia 8210 for connect display to mainboard. It was the mayor fault for nokia 8210.
There are not one, but two ways to fix the problem. Both require some soldering skills, and both will instantly void your warranty. In other words, those giving this a try are doing so at their own risk. LEENO has provided pictures to help walk users bold enough to try this through both methods, and has reported that GPS signal has improved significantly since the mod.
To learn more, head over to the original thread.