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Samantha · Sep 21, 2014

Change Your Samsung Galaxy S2’s Dialer Background in Real Time

As with anything, if you’ve looked at something long enough, things can get pretty boring. This is the reason why we have a plethora of custom themes, mods, and tutorials that teach you how to customize and personalize almost every aspect of your Android device. One of these elements include the phone dialer, which up until recently, could not be easily changed through the native device settings on your Samsung Galaxy S 2. If however, you feel like it’s about time to have...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 2, 2014

Phoenix Rises from the Ashes: Samsung Galaxy S II Receives Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies

In the last few months, we've talked about various Android 4.4 ports for various well known devices. Some of them were quite surprising like the port for the HTC HD2, which was never intended to run Android in the first place. Other were expected, as they were fairly new devices with a strong development backing. Now, another legendary device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has received official CM11 nightlies. SGS2 owners out there may have used a homebrew version prepared by XDA Recognized Developer...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 1, 2013

Repartition Your Galaxy S II for More App or Media Storage

Say what you will about the inherent inconveniences in /data/media devices, but they also have their advantages. While USB Mass Storage mode is generally considered to be more power user friendly with direct disk operations and more reliable for large data transfers, MTP devices allow for a single /data partition to handle both media and application storage. Having media and application storage both housed within one partition means that you can never run out of application storage space while having...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 15, 2013

Experimental OmniROM 4.4 Build for the Galaxy S II I9100G

The Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100G is the somewhat lesser known sibling device to the more common international variant of the Galaxy S II, the GT-I9100. The I9100G differs from the I9100 in a few areas, not the least of which is Samsung's choice of SoC. Rather than using the in-house Exynos processor, the G model uses TI's OMAP4 processor. The I9100G was released in late 2011, back in a simpler time, when Gingerbread was the bees knees. Since then, the device...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 26, 2013

AOSP Lock Screen on Certain TouchWiz Devices with Xposed

It's no secret that Samsung has seen incredible success with its Galaxy line of Android phones. In fact, the company's profitability makes up such a large slice of the Android pie, that the Android ecosystem is quickly turning into the Samsung ecosystem. While much of Samsung's success is due to their heavy marketing presence, the rest is down to the various innovations found in their products and how they cater well towards their users. That said, not everything is perfect for...

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Samantha · Aug 11, 2013

Activate NFC at Any Time

One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place. There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device's...

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admin · Jul 3, 2013

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're currently testing a system, we call the Development Database (or DevDB for short) on a handful of forums (Galaxy S II, Xperia Z, Galaxy Note...

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Former Writer · Jan 25, 2013

Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Update for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100

It's no secret that Samsung has dropped the ball in some areas such as the Exynos brick bug and the lack of proper documentation. However, they managed to keep true to their word that the Samsung Galaxy S II would officially see Jelly Bean. This will put the device on software that is as up to date as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update is official, which means you can get it via Kies or...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 9, 2013

Unofficial CM10 and 10.1 Ports for the Galaxy Player 5 and Straight Talk Galaxy S II

Lately, several devices have been getting Jelly Bean in form of CM 10 and CM 10.1 ports. Recently, we brought you unofficial CM10.1 ports for the Nook HD+ and Samsung Galaxy Fit. Now, the Galaxy Player 5 and Strait Talk Galaxy S2 have joined the club, thanks to unofficial ports by XDA Forum Members Mevordel and mr-cook, respectively. The Straight Talk SGS2 port is based on Android 4.2.1, and should work fine as a daily driver. The developer also provides several other useful goodies in the...

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Former Writer · Dec 17, 2012

No-Odin Root Exploit Found for Exynos 4412 and 4210

Root exploits are often quite a good thing. There are many that only work on certain individual devices. However, there are some that work on a whole bunch of devices. An example of the latter is a root exploit by XDA Recognized Developer Bin4ry that works on a variety of devices. And now we have news of a dangerous, new exploit that works on Exynos 4210- and 4412-based devices. XDA Forum Member alephzain released the exploit that affects pretty much any device...

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Former Writer · Dec 7, 2012

Galaxy Note II Multi-Window Mod Ported to Galaxy S II

Since it was released, the Galaxy Note II multi-window mod has been ported to pretty much every Galaxy Note II. However, a feature that awesome shouldn't be restricted to just the Note II. The multi-window mod is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S II. XDA Senior Member mythtrandyr has ported the multi-window functionality to the Galaxy S II. Users can get a hold of the mod in two ways. As per the norm, there is the clean way and the...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 25, 2012

Experimental CyanogenMod 10.1 for the Samsung Galaxy SII i9100G

Android 4.2 may have only been released a short time ago, but already this latest version is finding it's way onto numerous devices thanks to the development community and its plain unwillingness to wait for official OEM updates. The latest device to be graced with a build of 4.2 is the Samsung Galaxy SII i9100G, and it comes in the form of an official version of Cyanogenmod 10.1. XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx wasted no time in getting an experimental build of...

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Former Writer · Nov 24, 2012

Compile Android 4.2 for the At&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket

As many may have noticed, we here at XDA have spent quite a bit of time over the last couple of weeks talking about Android 4.2. It's everywhere now, including the SDK and its release to the AOSP. So now comes the time when ROMs should start appearing. For AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket users, you could have one sooner than most. XDA Senior Member sk8erwitskil released a tutorial that helps users compile the newly released revision of Jelly Bean. However,...

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Former Writer · Nov 15, 2012

Pacman ROM Released for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II

The PACMan ROM is catching on here on XDA and we couldn't be happier about it. For those who still don't know, PACMan ROM is an AOSP-based ROM that includes bits and pieces from CyanogenMod 10, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. So you get all the perks of all three ROMs, including ParanoidAndroid's unique tablet mode. Now, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II can get in on the action. XDA Senior Member gs2usr has released the mash up ROM for the T-Mobile...

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Former Writer · Nov 3, 2012

Meizu MX’s Flyme OS Ported to the AT&T Galaxy S II

When the Meizu MX was first released, many talked about its unique FlymeOS. It's an OEM skin similar to Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense. It has several fun features and a very nice looking interface. Unfortunately, it was only available on the Meizu MX. It has now been ported to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II. XDA Senior Member estabien has begun porting Flyme OS to the AT&T Galaxy S II. It's a slow process, as it usually is when...

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David Watt · Nov 3, 2012

PACman ROM on Samsung GT-I9100 & GT-I9100G

We've recently reported on a number of devices receiving a port of the increasingly popular PACman ROM. The most recent recipients being the HTC Desire S and Desired HD. The ROM, originally developed by XDA Senior Member szl.kiev for the Sony Xperia Ray, is a concoction of the best bits taken from Paranoid Android, AOKP, and CyanogenMod, all thrown together into one awesomely featured ROM. We can now report that the Samsung Galaxy S II has also received a PACman port, courtesy of XDA Senior Member bluefa1con. The ROM is...

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Former Writer · Oct 24, 2012

Bandaid Fix for Power Button Reboot Issue on T-Mobile Galaxy S II

It is one thing when there is a software fault with a device. Software faults can usually be fixed either by the OEMs or, well, by us here at XDA. Hardware faults, though, are a whole lot more difficult to deal with. In some instances, like with the HTC One X hardware issue, it forces many people to return their devices. Another device with an annoying hardware fault is the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II. An issue that seems to...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Oct 12, 2012

SGS3 and LG Optimus UI 3 Launchers for the Galaxy S II

We bring you news quite frequently about launchers ported to various devices. It's always a good time and gives users a chance to check out what other devices are running. The Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 can now not only run the Samsung Galaxy S III TouchWiz launcher with the Galaxy Note grid, but LG UI 3.0 as well. XDA Forum Member endrit9 posted the TouchWiz UX launcher for all to use. Using it is pretty easy, as it requires...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2012

Treat Your SD Card as Real External Storage with SwapSD

Quick, simple, and dirty. Some of the best hacks around on XDA require very little to get them to work, and make your life easier in the process. Also, these "simple tricks" tend to fix major snafus from some manufacturers when it comes to so-called features that make you ask "What in the world were they thinking?" So is the case for many Samsung Galaxy devices. One common complaint is how external storage on Galaxy devices is "weird" (for lack...

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