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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 6, 2014

Source-Built Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III Mini

Just yesterday, we talked about some early bird builds of Lollipop for several devices. Those builds all have one thing in common: They were made for devices with working AOSP device trees that have been provided by their manufacturers. This time, we want to showcase one of the first AOSP Lollipop ROMs for quite an old device, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Ironically, the S3 Mini's bigger brother (which uses a different SoC) hasn't received an official version of KitKat...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 1, 2014

Build an Impractical But Awesome Lego Mindstorm Dock

The vast majority of what we cover here on the XDA-Developers News Portal relates to software development. Be it new apps, kernel modifications, ROMs, or Xposed Framework modules, we see a lot of cool software tweaks here at XDA. Unfortunately, we don't quite see so many hardware modifications, probably because many users are unwilling to turn their expensive devices into guinea pig test platforms for potentially hazardous hardware mods. However, not every hardware mod has to be dangerous, and today's...

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Will Verduzco · May 9, 2014

Samsung Confirms No KitKat for the International Galaxy S III and Galaxy S III Mini

Two days ago, we shared leaked documentation showing Samsung's progress in bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their older generation devices. These internal documents unfortunately indicated that the official KitKat update for the International Galaxy S III GT-I9300 had been "canceled for now." For those keeping track, this documentation also stated that the hangup was due to the failure to implement Samsung's proprietary applications (i.e. bloatware) onto the device. Because of this, we were quick to speculate that the most plausible explanation was that the device's...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 12, 2013

KitKat Conquers NovaThor: Early CM11 for the Galaxy SIII Mini

It's less than two weeks since Android 4.4 was released. Many developers successfully brought its sweetness to various unsupported devices. Android is capable of running on many different Systems-on-a-Chip like Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos, and sometimes it's not easy to create a fully working custom ROM without proper drivers and documentation. ST-Ericsson NovaThor iswas one of the more problematic SoCs available in many mid-range devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini or Sony Xperia U or P....

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Former Writer · Dec 11, 2012

Root for the Galaxy S III Mini I8190

Most developers, users, and consumers have thoroughly enjoyed the Samsung Galaxy S III---even Verizon users, despite the carrier's best efforts. However, some find the device a tad large. It's with those people in mind that Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Now, it has been rooted. XDA Forum Member avicohh released a root method for the Galaxy S III Mini, and it isn't very difficult. For the time being, there isn't a custom recovery available for the Mini, so...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 13, 2012

Forums Added for the RAZR i and Galaxy S III Mini

The Motorola RAZR i may not exactly stand out at first glance. Sure, the 4.3" Super AMOLED Advanced edge-to-edge display (PenTile) draws attention to itself thanks to its minuscule bezel. However, the real differences can be found in the internal architecture. The RAZR i is one of the first devices to be based on the Intel Medfield architecture, and it is the first Medfield device to clock in at 2 GHz. Backing up the processor is 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of...

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