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jerdog · Apr 17, 2012

Official ICS for Unlocked SGS2 GT-i9100 Rolling Out

The Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-i9100 was one of the most celebrated phones of 2011 and is still very highly regarded today, with over 10 million units sold. While many of the owners of this device have been happy, they've been eagerly awaiting the official update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung has been gradually rolling out these updates, but previously this has only gone to carrier-branded phones. Now Samsung UK lets us know that they have been working extremely...

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Former Writer · Apr 16, 2012

Learn to Build Kernels and Roms for the Galaxy S II

Android development can be a tough hobby to jump into sometimes. While some Android devices have a number of guides telling users how to do everything from theming to ROM building to kernel development, there are other devices that just don't have that kind of support for aspiring new developers. Thankfully, the gaps are being filled by those who have the patience to teach. Now, aspiring developers for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 can get in on the fun as well...

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Former Writer · Apr 15, 2012

Modified Google Play Store Removes Country Restrictions

One of the most irritating things about the Google Play Store, is trying to install an application, only to be thrown back by things like country restrictions. Granted, some apps wouldn't work in some countries anyway, but there's quite a few out there that have nothing to do with your geological location, which would work perfectly fine if downloaded. This is a problem that XDA Senior Member Deeco7 is looking to solve with a modified Google Play Store .APK which,...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 13, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This Week in Development, new comer Jordan covers all the exciting stories you need to know from the XDA-Developers forum. In addition to Android's possibly inadvertent fail, he covers ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note and HTC One X, and HTC One V ROMs being ported to the Desire S and Desire HD. Jordan mentions the addition of a forum for the HTC One V. Additionally, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler's CASUAL and Shelr articles are discussed. The strangely addictive Crazy Birds game and an Android VNC are...

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Former Writer · Apr 12, 2012

T-Mobile Galaxy S II ICS Accelerometer Fix Released

There is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that one of your creations is universally appreciated and instantly popular. These are feats that pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber can't even manage to accomplish, as they are disliked worldwide by everyone over 25 and even many of the younger generation. However here on XDA, there are those releases that are universally loved and highly anticipated. And surprisingly, they're not always a hit ROM or a root process....

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Former Writer · Apr 12, 2012

SiRF GPS File for Samsung Galaxy S II Found and Modified

There's comes a point in the development of every device that users and devs alike will start rooting through their device---pun intended---and find and modify previously unknown files. Often times, these uncovered files don't do much at all, but occasionally a diamond in the rough is found and brings some real benefits. This is the case for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100. XDA Senior Member Crescendo Xenomorph has stumbled across sirfgps.config within the system files that seems to have some...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

D4 ROM for the SGS2 Brings Modular Goodness

We all like customizing our Android devices. In fact, for many of our 4.4 million members, that is the main reason we chose Android in the first place, rather than going with some unnamed fruit company. It is in this customization that we make our mobile devices truly our own. Many prefer to do the customization with themes and other mods, but sometimes it can go even deeper. We've covered methods of customizing ROM installations in the past using the...

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Former Writer · Apr 5, 2012

ROM Factory Makes Its Way to the Atrix 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II

The ever popular Fruitcake Maker also known as ROM Factory has been quietly making its rounds around XDA over the last several months, and as it's been gaining momentum as a fun and useful tool for devs and users alike. However, it was only a matter of time before this tool starting hitting bigger and better phones. XDA Senior Member samcripp, creator of ROM Factory, has been bringing the application to new devices,the popular Motorola Atrix 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II...

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Adam Outler · Apr 3, 2012

Heimdall Suite Brings Linux and Mac Support to Over 50 Million Handsets

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...

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Ian Stacy · Apr 2, 2012

Unlock NFC on AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note Stock ROM

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note users might want to have a look at this. With all the interesting stuff going on with NFC (Near Field Communication), from using Google Wallet to make real-life purchases with your phone to contact sharing and even initializing multiplayer games, it'd be a shame to have a NFC chip in your device and not be able to use it. Some of the more notable devices that have the NFC chip include the Samsung Galaxy S II,...

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Former Writer · Mar 31, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4g Gets Rooted, T-Mo Galaxy S II Gets New Modem

It's always exciting when the development of one devices causes positive change in the development of a different device. Sometimes rooting a device means getting new software to older phones, as is the case with the Sony Xperia Line Up, and it'll happen with even more phones in the future. This is now happening for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II. XDA Forum Member johnrbell has just announced that the Galaxy Blaze has been rooted. While the Blaze isn't the most popular...

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Former Writer · Mar 29, 2012

Get Your Galaxy S II Skyrocket to Run T-Mobile HSPA+

Getting the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket to work on T-Mobile isn't a very challenging task. Current methods for unlocking the device and flashing the T-Mobile radio are stable, safe, and effective, making it easy for those who crave Skyrocket goodness. In fact, it's not all that different from the method for getting the Galaxy Note to work on T-Mobile. The issue that comes up, however, is getting HSPA+ to work on the AT&T Skyrocket when connected to T-Mobile's...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 26, 2012

Collection of Status Bar Tweaks for T-Mobile Galaxy SII

We all love to tweak our devices and make them truly our own. In my case, the status bar usually receives a particular amount of attention when I'm touching up the aesthetics of whichever ROM I'm currently using. Unfortunately for those of us who aren't code savvy, figuring out how to manipulate certain aspects of the UI can be a daunting process. Luckily for us, there are helpful community members like XDA Senior Member Master&Slave who are happy to make...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 26, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket Gets ICS Leak and Gets Rooted!

Last week, we found out that Samsung and several carriers around the world are beginning to push out ICS for the Galaxy SII line of the device. Needless to say, the first one to get hit with the update was the original, international version of the SGSII. At the same time, we also know that there have been a few devices with leaked ICS for quite some time (including the Epic 4G Touch, which seems to be getting several doses...

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Former Writer · Mar 26, 2012

kTool for Galaxy S II Dumps Kernel and Helps Backup EFS

Most tools help users and developer add things to their Andorid devices---be it themes, mods, or even GUI interfaces that flash kernels and ROMs. However, there's another genre of tool that is just as essential to the Android experience: applications that backup essential system files that can easily be broken when flashing development work. XDA Senior Member HellcatDroid created one such tool for Samsung Galaxy S II, allowing users to perform numerous tasks including backing up and restoring EFS, dumping the kernel, flashing...

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Former Writer · Mar 26, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Driving Mode Widget

Cell phone usage while driving is understandably a hot topic. Many users want to remain connected, or simply access their device's GPS navigation, but dealing with cumbersome buttons while driving is more than a little risky. With this in mind that Android, major OEMs often bundle driving-optimized layouts and voice control capabilities. For those who don't know, Driving Mode is a safety feature that makes most of the functions on your phone much more car-friendly. However, Driving Mode isn't always...

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jerdog · Mar 19, 2012

Samsung Releases ICS Kernel Source–Let the Games Begin!

Kernel source is always a much sought-after commodity in the Android custom development world, and the source for Android 4.0 has been in high demand and rightfully so. The kernel source provides developers with the files and libraries needed to tweak and improve the OS for a device so as to improve things like battery life, processor overclocking and undervolting, and much more. There are few manufacturers who fully adhere to GPL standards for releasing the kernel source for their...

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Former Writer · Mar 18, 2012

Remove Deleted MMS and SMS from Logs for Added Security on the AT&T SGS II

There is no such thing as too much security when it comes to mobile devices. There are ways around pretty much every security method out there---from using fingerprints to figure out pattern locks to programmers creating malware that doesn't fit into anti-virus definitions. With that said, how many people knew that SMS and MMS messages were stored in logs and could be viewed, even after they're deleted, by anyone who picks up their phone? It'd be safe to bet not many....

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Will Verduzco · Mar 13, 2012

ICS Officially Released for SGS2, Root Acquired

Now is the time for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In the last few weeks, we've seen dozens of devices receiving ICS, RUU leaks, and so on. And when we first heard news that Samsung was starting to roll out ICS for its immensely popular Galaxy S II line, we knew that it was only a matter of time before the OTA would be captured and instructions on how to root the tasty treat were released to the wild. Now...

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Former Writer · Mar 8, 2012

Recover IMEI on the Galaxy S II and Other Samsung Devices in Nine Steps

Sometimes bad things happen and you don't even know it. Flashing modules can wreck your WiFi, kernels can bork your camera and, and flashing some ROMs can mess with your EFS folder---and thus your IMEI---on Samsung devices including the popular Galaxy S II I9100. XDA Forum Member vaskodogamagmail has posted about a method that may help users restore their IMEI if the all-important EFS folder is modified by accident. In a nut shell, restoring your backed up IMEI involves deleting the corrupted EFS folder,...

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