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Former Writer · Sep 18, 2012

Low Light Focus Workaround for Galaxy S II SCEF02 Camera Module

Let's face it, there really isn't a camera on a smartphone that can handle low light as well as most of us would like. Some times the images are too dark, other times they're too low grainy. And in some cases, there's even focus stuttering. This unfortunately plagues some Samsung Galaxy S II units. Thankfully, not all cameras are affected---just devices with the CDEF02 camera module. Now, there's a way to mostly fix it. XDA Forum Member KINGTATu noticed that when lowering...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 18, 2012

S-Planner App from Galaxy S III Ported to Galaxy S II

Have you tried out the Galaxy S III and love the exclusive bundled apps? Do you want those apps, but find yourself satisfied with last year's Galaxy S II and don't want to shell out your hard-earned cash just to get those apps? You don't have to, thanks to your beloved developer community here at XDA. In May, we shared with you the new TouchWiz Launcher from the Galaxy S III ported to the Galaxy S II, and just a few...

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Former Writer · Sep 13, 2012

Fix the Battery Life Issues on the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket

One would think that after so many years, things like wakelock would be done and over with. It isn't, however, and developers and users alike are still dealing with such problems to this day. However, as new wakelocks continue to appear, now workarounds and methods to fix them continue to are developed. The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is no exception, as there is now a way around practically every known wakelock. The guide was written up by XDA...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 13, 2012

Galaxy Note Video Player Ported to Galaxy S II

Do you love the resizable pop-up video player from Samsung Galaxy Note and wish it were available on your Galaxy S II? While Samsung isn't officially providing it for the SGS II, that doesn't mean our members here at XDA aren't doing anything about it. XDA Forum Member mythtrandyr has successfully ported this player from the Galaxy Note to SGS II, making it available for all of us to install on our devices. The player works on all stock and custom Android 4.0.4 ROMS...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 12, 2012

Easily Bind Internal SD Card Directories to External SD Card on Most Samsung Devices

Many Galaxy S II and III owners who do a lot of heavy gaming on their phones have run out of space for game data in internal storage. While both of these devices support external SD cards, there is no official method available to use that instead for the storage. Fortunately, there is an easy solution for this problem now with free tool DirectoryBind. Originally built for the SGS II by XDA Forum Member slig, DirectoryBind has been confirmed to work...

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

AffinitySERIES Jelly Bean ROM Lands on Multiple Devices

Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier. Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford: One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on...

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

Custom Recovery on the T-Mobile SGS2 without Using Odin

Many Samsung Android users rely pretty heavily on Odin or its Linux / OSX counterpart Heimdall. This isn't an overly big deal as both applications are stable for the most part and do the job. However, if you're going to be rooting and hacking your device, you should probably get used to things like Terminal commands anyway. Aside from the obvious fact that learning such commands are useful, learning to use them can mean not having to increase your flash...

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jerdog · Aug 18, 2012

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies for Select Devices

We recently told you about the CyanogenMod team beginning work on CM10. Now, a significant milestone has been reached: CM10 Nightlies have appeared for select devices. For those who aren't familiar, a nightly build is an automatic build incorporating the latest changes in CM source for a device. Yesterday, CyanogenMod released the list of those devices that would be getting the first round of nightlies: # The US SGS3 variants (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) # The Galaxy Nexus variants # The Nexus S varaints #...

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Former Writer · Aug 17, 2012

Better and Faster GPS Fixes on SGS2 I9100G

Devices having issues with getting a good GPS fix is a topic that we've covered in the past. In some cases, this can be fixed through software. In others, hardware mods are also required. No matter the method, getting a quicker and more stable GPS fix is always something developers are exploring. Now there's a GPS fix for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100G that helps make GPS lock on faster. The mod is based on the well known AGPS Patch by...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 11, 2012

Enable NFC on Samsung Galaxy S II Variants Running Jelly Bean

If you have one of the Samsung Galaxy S II variants that shipped with NFC and are currently running a custom Jelly Bean ROM, you might have noticed the lack of functional NFC capabilities on your phone. Fortunately, you needn't wait any longer. Thanks to XDA Senior Member jthatch12, you can now enable NFC on any custom Jelly Bean ROM on your Galaxy S II. The hack is quite straight-forward, and all it requires is an SGS II variant that comes with...

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Former Writer · Aug 10, 2012

Another Way to Detect the Infamous Brick Bug

We've been bringing ongoing coverage of the Samsung hard brick bug that's affecting a large number of users. For those unfamiliar, the hard brick bug causes complete and irreparable damage to the eMMC storage device. It came about when the first leaks to ICS on a variety of Samsung devices were released, and they've been a problem ever since. One way users have been keeping track of if they've got the brick bug is Chainfire's Got Brickbug application, which determines...

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mustangtim49 · Jul 30, 2012

Ultimate Guide To Rooting/Unrooting the AT&T Skyrocket

Among other things, XDA is famous for its ability to help users obtain root with unprecedented efficiency. Usually, when a person makes the decision to root, the forums are both their first and last stop. Now, thanks to XDA Senior Member vincom, obtaining and removing root on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket just got a whole lot easier. The guide is aimed at users with almost no experience with Android modification. The thread is very well laid out, with...

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Former Writer · Jul 29, 2012

EVO 4G, AT&T Galaxy Note, AT&T SGS2 Skyrocket Receive Unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean

Not long ago, CyanogenMod 10 was announced. Not too long later, there were preview and unofficial builds released for so many devices that XDA TV's Jordan has spent the last two weeks talking about it. Well, following in those footsteps, unofficial AOKP Jelly Bean has been announced and released to a few Nexus devices, and has begun expanding into the non-Nexus area. Among the first non-Nexus devices to pick up AOKP Jelly bean are the HTC EVO 4G, AT&T Samsung Galaxy...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 25, 2012

CyanogenMod 10 Preview for the International Galaxy S II

It's here! Are you an international Galaxy S II owner watching in slight jealousy as your peers are given official preview builds into the next version of CyanogenMod? If so, that's understandable, as Jelly Bean certainly lives up to all of its buttery hype. For those with short attention spans, the international Galaxy S II has already seen some Jelly Bean action, but that experimental release lacked much functionality, and many users simply prefer running builds based on CyanogenMod. Luckily,...

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FallenWriter · Jul 20, 2012

SGSII i9100 Joins i9100G, Gets Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is seemingly spreading like the plague---no matter what you do, someone finds a way to give it to your device. However, unlike the plague, we actually look forward to Jelly Bean spreading. We told you a few days ago how the Galaxy SII i9100G (OMAP) had received Jelly Bean. Now thanks to XDA Forum Member kalgecin, the original, Exynos-bearing variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II is now welcome at the Jelly Bean party. So far the ROM...

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FallenWriter · Jul 17, 2012

The Galaxy S II i9100G Doesn’t Like Being Left Out of the Party

For many of you, the Jelly Bean-flavored tsunami sweeping over the forums has already consumed your device. However, there are still many devices out there that have yet to be shown the tasty goodness that is Android 4.1. The users of the Samsung Galaxy SII, GT-i9100G have been saved thanks to the fantastic work of XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx. For those of you who are not aware, codeworkx is a member of Team Hacksung, an active development team producing...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Former Writer · Jul 11, 2012

Workaround for SGS2 Owners with Soft Bricks after LQ5

As of late, the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 has been running into some problems. Not only is there a hard brick bug from a leaked kernel that no one should ever flash, but the bug affects many users differently. Some may be hard bricked, while others may only be soft bricked. There are many users who've already flashed the kernel and don't know how to get rid of it. All in all, the LQ5 leak is quite dangerous. The...

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Former Writer · Jul 10, 2012

More AOSP Customization for Galaxy S II Skyrocket Users

One of the biggest perks of having an Android phone is the customization. Any given Android user can make any given Android phone look and behave how they want. Even without root, there are replacements for virtually any application that comes on whatever Android device you can think of. With root, the customization gets even more ridiculous. There are custom ROMs, kernels, mods, tweaks, scripts, themes, and even fixes to issues that were on the phone since launch. Where is...

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Former Writer · Jul 10, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S II and EVO 3D, Meet Jelly Bean

The march of Jelly Bean across XDA has reached a fevered pitch since it was first announced at Google I/O 2012. With a number of devices receiving a port of the new version of Android on the rise and more expected in the future now that Jelly Bean source was released, Jelly Bean has certainly hit with a splash. For Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 and HTC EVO 3D users, there isn't an AOSP version of Jelly Bean yet. However,...

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