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ElCondor · Mar 2, 2012

Editorial: Development of Dual-Boot Technology Unfortunately at a Standstill

Perhaps you remember the days of the very first Android ports to Windows Mobile phones such as the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC HD2. Beside the fact that this groundbreaking development was one of the factors that ultimately led to the end of Windows Mobile development on XDA, it did bring some innovative features to the table. Dual boot for example. It was revolutionary to be able to choose between Android and Windows Mobile. After a few months, when people...

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Former Writer · Feb 29, 2012

AT&T Galaxy S2 Owners Can Now Identify What’s Eating Their Battery

Battery life can be a tricky thing with Android phones, as the list of things that can ravage your battery is huge. Anything from wake locks to apps that use constant data, to more fundamental settings such as screen brightness and CPU clock speed can tank your battery life. For many Android devices, there's no definitive reason why it happens, either. Well, for those carrying the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II, you have a much better idea than most on...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 27, 2012

Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko Running on a Samsung Galaxy SII

You could be forgiven for not having heard of Mozilla's new project called Boot to Gecko. Truth be told, I knew very little about it until XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer pulser_g2 revealed that he had it running on a Samsung Galaxy SII. So what is Boot to Gecko? It's a completely open source project from the nice people behind Firefox and the aim is “to pursue the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web”. Check...

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Former Writer · Feb 24, 2012

Sim Unlocker for Select SGS2 and SGS Brings Easy Unlock

Getting SIM unlock can be a pain and usually requires some wacky progress using hex editors, or paying a carrier or third party to give you the code. Since paying money for something you can get free is never preferable, and a lot of people don't even know how to properly wield a hex editor, there will always be a use for tools that do it for you. XDA Senior Member Grooby has put together a nifty Windows application that...

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Former Writer · Feb 20, 2012

Using a Telus Modem Could Improve Data Speeds on AT&T SGS2

Data speeds are a touchy subject on pretty much every carrier worldwide. Sometimes the speeds are awesome, sometimes the speeds suck. Some are worse than others, some are better than others, but invariably there are customers of all of them who wish their speeds could be a little better. Well, for those carrying the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket SGH-I727, your data woes may be a little closer to ending. XDA Senior Member kr3w1337 has posted that using a...

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Former Writer · Feb 18, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwich Leak for Epic 4g Touch Officially Booting

Samsung has a history with Sprint phones and updates to new versions of Android. Just ask the owners of the original Samsung Epic 4g how long it takes to get a new version of Android. With the sequel, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, Samsung seems to have learned their lesson and appear to be working quite fervently on getting Ice Cream Sandwich to its entire Galaxy S II line up. While nothing official has come through the...

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Former Writer · Feb 17, 2012

Soft Screen Tuner Allows for Permanent RGB, Sharpness and Contract Tweaks

Too often you'll see a review that says that a screen looks a little washed or that the whites look a little blue or even that the blacks look a little green. Following that thought, there aren't many ways of fixing such a problem when it does occur. XDA Member wql seeks to end that problem with an app called Soft Screen Tuner. The application requires root and has been tested and is confirmed working on the Samsung Galaxy S2...

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Former Writer · Feb 16, 2012

Guide on How to Make Basic Theming Changes to ROMs

Custom ROMs are hard work. Developers spend days, weeks and even months ironing out bugs, getting the theme just right and otherwise perfecting their work. However, not everyone likes the same things or like the work but wish they could change just one thing about it. For most users, these little changes can be easily overlooked and they can enjoy their experience with any ROM. For some, though, they like their tweaks and themes exactly how they want. It is...

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Former Writer · Feb 14, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch Ice Cream Sandwich Information Spotted in the Wild

When Samsung first announced which phones would be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich, they didn't mention the U.S. versions of the device whatsoever. While most were confident that their brand new, super power phones would not be left behind, there were some non-believers that thought they were about to be left in the dust. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, you are among those that do not have to worry about it anymore. Thanks to...

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ElCondor · Feb 13, 2012

Determine Your Phone’s USB Host Capabilities With USB Host Diagnostics

The USB host function on recent Android phones and tablets, is perhaps the most unspoken yet incredibly useful innovation in recent mobile device development. I remember, a few years ago some developers struggling with connecting a 3.5" HDD to an HTC Touch Diamond, and see where we landed now: manufacturers are slowly building the USB host function into their phones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Nexus were said to be able to host any USB device as...

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Former Writer · Feb 10, 2012

Get Rid of Those OTA Update Notifications on the Samsung Galaxy S II

Developers are always so busy making ROMs the best they possibly can be. However, sometimes things happen that they can't get to right away. An example of this are OTA updates. Even having the most recent version of a ROM flashed can mean getting notifications for an OTA that's ready to be installed. Of course, you should never accept an OTA while on a custom ROM because it could break thing. So, what are people to do about it? XDA...

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orb3000 · Feb 10, 2012

KitchenPro For Galaxy SII & Note

Flashing ROMs is one thing, but how many of you feel like you're ready to go deeper into the world of customization? XDA Recognized Developers LeoMar75 and GadgetCheck present KitchenPro which will give you the ability to modify/customize your device on the go. It will show you how to use the application to its maximum potential with some features like: -Added Download & Install Packages tab for faster Install of Packs -Added the Ability in Browse/Install the ability to flash...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 9, 2012

Google Wallet PIN Vulnerability Discovered

Google Wallet is all over the headlines lately, first with its release on the Verizon network with the Galaxy Nexus and then with its release on the AT&T network with the Samsung Galaxy S II. Sprint and T-Mobile users have even been able to sideload the Google Wallet app on their respective variants of the Nexus S. The app itself relies on the devices NFC chip to communicate with non-contact payment stations, like Mastercard's PayPass. Google Wallet stores your credit...

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Former Writer · Feb 8, 2012

AT&T Galaxy S2 Tool Helps Flashers Add Scripts and Mods to ROM

For those who frequent XDA, the term flashaholic is likely well known. A flashaholic is an individual who exhibits a noticeable addition to flashing ROMs. They will flash every ROM, stable or not, just to see what it is, how it works and whether or not it's better than their favorite ROM. So, what happens when they find a ROM they like? They add tweaks and mods to it to make it even better. Sadly, as soon as they flash...

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Former Writer · Feb 8, 2012

Modern Combat 3 Free for Samsung Galaxy S II Users

For those carrying the Samsung Galaxy S II, boy are you in for a treat. For the time being, in the official Samsung App, you can download the popular first person shooter free of charge. It is unspecified as to how long Modern Combat 3 will be available for free, so for anyone who wants the game and is carrying a Galaxy S II should take advantage asap. There have been attempts at getting it to install on other devices...

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Former Writer · Feb 7, 2012

Omega Files Kitchen Brings New Kitchen Experience to Samsung Galaxy S II

Some kitchens function like a developer's toolkit and bring things like deodexing files and zipaligning apks. Some kitchens are like a themer toolkit and bring things like battery mods, icons, notification drop down enhancements, etc. Some kitchens, like XDA Recognized Developer ::indie::'s kitchen, called Omega Files Kitchen, come off as a user toolkit to modify their ROM and make it truly their own. The kitchen, installed as an application on a rooted device, is only available for the Samsung Galaxy...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 3, 2012

AT&T Users Get Access to Google Wallet in the Marketplace, Some Success for T-Mobile Users

XDA forum members have noted that the AT&T Android Marketplace does, in fact, have the Google Wallet app available for download. Previously available only to Verizon users with NFC capable phones, the app is already in high demand. Now AT&T users with NFC capable phones (looking at the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Galaxy Nexus) can start using Google Wallet to make purchases. An APK version of the Google Wallet app modified for any NFC capable phone is already...

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Former Writer · Jan 31, 2012

Init.d Script Collection Now Available for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

Scripts are always fun to add to a phone. The versatility of a script can be staggering and can do anything from increasing performance to increasing battery life and sometimes even both. There isn't much about a phone that can't be changed with a script. XDA Developers Senior Member stevehkim has release about half a dozen scripts for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II that range from performance tweaks to battery life and a couple of other fun tweaks. The...

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Former Writer · Jan 25, 2012

Patch Utility Manager Flashes Variety of Patches to Select Samsung Devices

Modifications, patches and scripts are wonderful and are the easiest software to implement to a device without requiring the old full wipe and flash. There are also a very large number of mods, patches and scripts and sometimes it's hard for a user to find and keep track of them all. For those with Samsung devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you now have a tool that will help you with installing patches to...

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Former Writer · Jan 18, 2012

Epic 4g Touch Receives Sony Xperia Bravia Engine Port

Development for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch has been slowly increasing over the last couple of months. Just a couple of days ago we told you about the modification to allow Epic Touch users access to all their 4g settings and there's word around the rumor mill of CM9 in the works as well. Today, the Epic Touch got another very unique ROM to add to their growing ranks. Team Nocturnal of XDA has churned out a...

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