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Former Writer · Jul 9, 2012

Highly Functional Unofficial CM9 Build for the Galaxy S2 HD LTE

Although there's talk of CM10 around the web, developers aren't quite done yet getting CyanogenMod 9 on as many phones as possible. With the first release candidate for CM9 released, developers have a great code base to bring an AOSP-derived experience to other devices. One such build is for the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. XDA Recognized Developer and Retired Senior Moderator dsixda is responsible for bringing CM9 to the highly underrated device. Despite not being the most popular...

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Former Writer · Jun 30, 2012

T-Mobile SGS2 Script Disables Spare Cores with Screen Off

Improvements in technology always bring new challenges to developers. Of course, improving technology can bring rehashes of previous challenges to solve once again. One such challenge is battery life. With the release of dual core and quad core phones, the additional cores present a double edged sword. Multiple cores improve performance in certain situations dramatically, but most of the time they also require more power to operate. Taming the multi-core processors to provide better battery life has been the challenge...

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Former Writer · Jun 26, 2012

Sense 4.0 Booting on the International Galaxy S II

It has been a long time coming. Many Samsung Galaxy S II owners have been clamoring for an HTC Sense port for a while now, with over 1500 users asking for it. There have been several attempts made with bits and pieces coming in, but the Galaxy S II has never had a bootable HTC Sense port. Now, not only is there a bootable Sense port, but it's Sense 4.0---the latest and greatest version to date. It took a lot of...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2012

Root and Recovery for the Bell Canada Galaxy S II HD LTE

Not that many people have heard of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. This device is quite similar to the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket, but as its name implies, features a Super AMOLED HD display. In fact, other than the display resolution differences, the two devices are nearly identical, down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor. Despite the similarities, root methods and recovery software is incompatible across devices. Luckily, this is where XDA Recognized Developer dsixda, of DSIXDA ROM...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 8, 2012

Samsung Diligently Working Towards HardBrick Fix

By now, you've undoubtedly heard about the Samsung HardBrick bug that has reared its ugly head on various Samsung Exynos 4210-based devices including but not limited to the Galaxy Note GT-N7000, Epic 4G Touch, AT&T Galaxy S II, and the Korean SHW-M250S/K/L. In fact, we recently featured an app made by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire aimed at determining your particular device's risk for hard brick. Samsung is aware of the issue, which was first noted by Elite Recognized Developer Entropy512, and is in the final stages of delivering...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2012

Determine Your Device’s Hard Brick Risk with Got Brickbug

By now, we're all familiar with the hard brick bug that's plagued various Samsung when updating to leaked builds of ICS. The bug has shown up on various Samsung Exynos 4210-based devices including the Galaxy Note GT-N7000, Epic 4G Touch, AT&T Galaxy S II, and the Korean SHW-M250S/K/L. However, as we quickly found out, not all eMMC revisions were equally afflicted. Instead, the 0x19 revision was highlighted as known bad, whereas the 0x25 is thought to be safe. Revisions between 0x19 and 0x25 are...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2012

Official CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies for the Galaxy S II I9100G

The good news just keeps coming for the I9100G variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The OMAP4-based device just received an official dose of TouchWiz-laden Ice Cream Sandwich goodness a few short days ago in the form of the Android 4.0.3-based XXLPQ update. However, no matter how much you may tolerate or perhaps even enjoy a particular OEM skin, there are many out there who have one quest with new Android devices---loading an AOSP-derived ROM. This is now possible on...

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Former Writer · Jun 3, 2012

T-Mobile Galaxy S II Toolkit Brings Puts Everything Under One Roof

Given the convenience of all-in-one tool kits such as what we previously covered for the Galaxy Nexus, it would make sense for multi-purpose tool kits to show up on other devices. And now thanks to the efforts of XDA Forum Member ajster1989, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II has one as well. The tool kit helps users do a variety of tasks including achieving root, adding a custom recovery, installing kernels, side-loading apk files, and much more. The feature list is quite comprehensive and includes:...

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Will Verduzco · May 29, 2012

ICS Official Firmware Release for the SGS3 and SGS2 I9100G

What an exciting ride it has been for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The device was first rooted by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire sight unseen and well before release. Then, as you may recall, we reported on the firmware leak for the device. Subsequently, we saw a plethora of porting efforts that used the newly acquired leaked firmware to bring joy to older devices. Now, Samsung has extended the kindness yet again with an official firmware release for the SGS3. The previously leaked firmware build for the...

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Former Writer · May 23, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Launcher Ported to Galaxy S II

With the Galaxy S III firmware leak, it was expected to see some of it ported to other devices. It began with the porting and removal of S-Voice, only to see its triumphant return. With the trouble that has brought, perhaps its time to check out a less dramatic, but still totally awesome port. Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 owners now have access to the Galaxy S III TouchWiz launcher. XDA Forum Member Smando has brought the SGS3 TouchWiz Launcher port to the Galaxy S II. The launcher looks...

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Former Writer · May 21, 2012

Easy Recovery Switcher Simplifies Choosing Your T-Mo SGS2 Recovery

For many devices, getting a custom recovery installed can be tricky business. Sometimes you have to flash it in the bootloader, other times you have to flash it over ODIN, and other times yet you download a recovery-flashable update.zip. While none of these are inherently difficult, it would be nice to have an easier way. Thankfully T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II owners now have an app to make recovery switching easy. Easy Recovery Switcher by XDA Recognized Developer starskyrob is actually as easy...

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Jimmy McGee · May 21, 2012

This Week in Development Quick Take: Samsung Galaxy S III – XDA TV

In today’s Quick Take of This Week in Development, Jordan covers all the noteworthy articles from the XDA Portal. As Jordan discusses, the most important articles were about the Samsung Galaxy S III. This weekend the Galaxy S III was rooted, official stock firmware was leaked, Samsung S Voice was ripped, and the first custom ROM was released. In related news, the older Samsung Galaxy S II and Note have a serious bug that could brick your device. Jordan then talks...

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Former Writer · May 20, 2012

Samsung S Voice Ripped for the World to Enjoy

It's almost assumed that when the stock firmware is released for a highly anticipated device, developers will jump through hoops to make it work for their devices. As is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S III firmware, which was leaked yesterday. Developers have been getting their hands on it to give the users of their phone some SGS III love. Of course, it is assumed that the first thing to start making its rounds around the forum would be...

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egzthunder1 · May 18, 2012

Hard Brick Bug on Galaxy S II and Note Leaked ICS Kernels

Since the latest leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S2 line up have been hitting us left and right, people have been jumping between ROMs---mainly between buggy, pre-release ICS builds and very stable GB. This is, after all, what we do on XDA as a habit: We see a leak, we flash it, we use it, and we tweak it. If it doesn't fly, we simply roll back. Of course, there is always an inherent risk in flashing stuff that should...

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Former Writer · May 18, 2012

Mount NTFS Drives with NTFS Mounter

While mounting NTFS may not be the first feature users line up for when buying an Android phone, it can certainly be useful at times. For those out there who may be thinking of mounting an NTFS USB key or hard drive to their Android devices, you actually now have an app for that. XDA Forum Member Kwull has release NTFS Mounter that does what it says and automatically mounts NTFS drives when plugged in. Currently, the app is known...

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Former Writer · May 8, 2012

TouchWiz 4.5 APK Repository for the AT&T Galaxy S II Adds ICS Version

As the new versions of Android keep on coming, so do newer versions of OEM software and skins. With HTC's release of Sense 4.0 and Motorola always tinkering with the Motoblur software, it's only natural for Samsung to follow up with a newer iteration of what could be their best yet, TouchWiz 4.5. Most Samsung devices, however, don't come equipped with 4.5 out of the box, and many users would like to experience it on their own devices. For those...

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Former Writer · May 6, 2012

Modified APKTool for Troublesome System APKs on ICS

Users and developers alike are still getting used to Ice Cream Sandwich. And while the adaptation period has taken a little longer than with prior versions of Android, progress is being made in getting used to the new OS and its new tools. Developers and themers alike often have to compile and decompile apk files in order to apply their themes and modifications. However, many have had issues decompiling Samsung ICS system apk files. Luckily, those working on the Samsung Galaxy S II...

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Former Writer · May 1, 2012

MIUI Launcher on Non-MIUI ROMs for Galaxy S II and Possibly Others

While many folks seem to enjoy the MIUI look and feel, not everyone wishes to run the actual ROM itself. Often times, users end up going back to the ROMs designed more specifically for their phones. However, some end up missing the look and feel of MIUI. These problems have been eased by porting the MIUI Music Player and a root-enabled version of its File Explorer, but overall device look and feel is most heavily influenced by the launcher. For users of the Samsung Galaxy...

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Former Writer · Apr 25, 2012

AT&T Skyrocket Fix For Galaxy Note Radio Woes

While many members come to XDA to flash the latest and greatest ROMs and kernels, and perhaps find a cool mod or theme, there are some members who enjoy living on the bleeding edge of development who flash just about anything from experimental leaks to radios from other devices. Of course, keeping up with all this development work means dealing with some unscheduled issues and bugs as well. While no one likes bugs, they're kind of like puberty---eventually, it happens...

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Former Writer · Apr 17, 2012

ExTweaks for Galaxy S II Gives Users Access to More Advanced Kernel Options

Kernels are wondrous and, for many, mysterious pieces of software to install. By just changing the kernel, users can have access to overclocking, battery saving, undervolting, a number of schedulers, and other fun features. If a kernel is messed up, it can affect anything from the battery life and camera functionality, even down to WiFi not being able to connect with incompatible or broken modules. Kernels are very important, but in most cases, unless you're the kernel dev, there aren't...

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