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Will Verduzco · Nov 15, 2013

OmniROM 4.4 Test Builds Appear for the Galaxy S III I9300

As the flood of Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs continues to flow through, more and more devices are seeing the fruits of Google's latest and greatest version of Android. Most of these devices that are now getting aftermarket 4.4 builds will not see an official KitKat release for quite some time---that is, if they even receive the update at all. That said, most of the devices receiving highly functional ports are high-end (former) flagship-level devices. One of the relatively high-end devices...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 10, 2013

Unofficial CM11 Appears for the Galaxy S III I747 and T999

Ever since Android 4.4 KitKat was released to AOSP, we knew that a deluge of source-built ROMs was incoming. We've since seen various devices get the goods---most of which will not receive official updates to KitKat for quite some time, if at all. Now, a build has appeared for the I747 (AT&T) and T999 (T-Mobile) variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The build comes from XDA Senior Member jermaine151. The initial build released two days ago was fairly rough. It lacked sound...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 4, 2013

KNOX-Free Android 4.3 Leak Now Official for the Galaxy S III

Two days ago, we posted about the leaked Android 4.3 (XXUGMJ9) firmware for the International version of the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300). At the time, we noted that the leak brought many of the new features previously seen on the latest Galaxy S 4 and  Galaxy Note 3 official firmwares, as well as what we saw on the leaked build for the Galaxy Note II. This includes cool features such as Galaxy Gear support, a refreshed interface, and more. One thing curiously absent at the time,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 2, 2013

Leaked Android 4.3 (XXUGMJ9) for the Samsung Galaxy S III

With the KitKat Kraze (sorry, I had to) in full effect, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that other versions of Android do indeed exist---namely Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a version that some OEMs are seemingly going to skip, in favor of direct updates to Android 4.4. However, this doesn't stop firmware leaks from appearing, and who are we to complain! XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has posted the leak to our forums, courtesy of Sammobile, along with simple instructions on how to get it up...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 28, 2013

Leaked Android 4.3 (UCUEMJ2) Update for Galaxy S III I747

Firmware updates and leaks seem to be popping up left and right these days. We recently saw a leaked update to Android 4.3 (XXUEMJ5) for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, corresponding to the XXUEMJ5 update that was officially released to the Galaxy S 4 a week earlier. Now, there is a similar update for the I747 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III, albeit with a different build display ID. XDA Recognized Developer designgears shared the leak in our forums in Heimdall-flashable form. As...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 27, 2013

Link SMS Notification and Ringer Volumes

One strange behavior in Android that you've likely never noticed on Android relates to incoming text messaging sounds. In order to adjust your incoming text message notification volume, you normally need to adjust your notification volume rather than your incoming call volume. However, a text message is more related to your device's "phone" functionality than, let's say, an incoming Hangouts notification. Therefore, it makes sense to have your ringer volume adjust your incoming text message sound instead. The reason for...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 26, 2013

AOSP Lock Screen on Certain TouchWiz Devices with Xposed

It's no secret that Samsung has seen incredible success with its Galaxy line of Android phones. In fact, the company's profitability makes up such a large slice of the Android pie, that the Android ecosystem is quickly turning into the Samsung ecosystem. While much of Samsung's success is due to their heavy marketing presence, the rest is down to the various innovations found in their products and how they cater well towards their users. That said, not everything is perfect for...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 4, 2013

Multiple Widgets and Camera on Secure Lock Screen for TouchWiz 4.2 Devices

The lock screen widgets functionality that was introduced with Android 4.2 is incredibly useful. Lock screen widgets deliver at-a-glance information quickly and easily---without the need to fumble across home screens, apps, and menus. Their utility is then compounded when used in conjunction with lock screen security, since you can access this information without having to first unlock your device. For some reason, however, Samsung decided that this functionality wasn't important enough, as they have removed the possibility to add widgets...

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Samantha · Jul 6, 2013

A Collection of Hundreds of Battery Mods for Your Samsung Device

One subtle, yet simple modification to your device  is a different battery indicator. Probably one of the most looked at icons on your device, a different battery indicator can bring out pleasant changes to the overall look of your device. And although finding the right indicator and manually changing it is quite a simple process, it'll still be great if they were all in one place. Well, good news for users of Samsung devices, as you can now pick and...

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Samantha · Jun 12, 2013

How to Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S3 with NFC

Having a password, PIN, or combination lock on your device can be quite an inconvenience every time you want to unlock your phone, especially when you have one for the sake of guarding against snooping eyes. If this is the actual case for any of you Samsung Galaxy S3 users out there, you may be pleased to know that you can bypass this problem while maintaining the security with the help of NFC tags. XDA Forum Member Monteillard has come up with...

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Will Verduzco · May 31, 2013

USB Mass Storage App for Recent Samsung Devices

Not many feature omissions have drawn as much ire in recent memory as the lack of USB Mass Storage. While Media Transfer Protocol has numerous advantages such as safer removal and simultaneous access from both your computer and mobile device, it's just not quite the same as directly mounting your device as standard USB storage. This is on top of the hoops that non-Windows users have to go through to access the storage in the first place. Thankfully, there's no...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 21, 2013

Root Your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III with Ease using CASUAL

XDA Elite Recognised Developer AdamOutler is at it again. Following up on his Verizon Note II root method, he continues to roll out safe and easy-to-deploy root exploits via CASUAL, the Cross-platform ADB Scripting, Universal Android Loader.This time, the device in question is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III. One of the major benefits of CASUAL is that it is cross platform. Adam has been spending a great deal of time in bringing support for many different platforms to a consistent level....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 28, 2013

HTC Sense-Style Task Manager for the Galaxy S III I9300

While most Android enthusiasts (including many members of our smartphone community here at XDA) frown upon the idea of custom UI overlays by device manufacturers, they include certain visual or feature enhancements at times that add to the overall user experience for many. Over the course of the past few versions, HTC Sense has been making a transition towards minimalism. This has been done by getting closer to the stock Android experience, while still offering its signature fresh and bright...

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Former Writer · Jan 28, 2013

Highly Customizable Theming for the Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S III

Given that we focus our energies on development rather than theme creation, we don't talk about themes very often. However, once in a while, something to aid the process or those looking for something extra appears, which is worth mentioning. With so many themes shared on the site, it's often hard to find a specific theme that meets every single aesthetic requirement you may have. T-Mobile and Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III users can now customize their own themes thanks to...

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jerdog · Jan 19, 2013

Make Your Voice Heard – Vote on the Next XDA Cases

At the end of last year, we started selling XDA cases with our friends at CruzerLite, and we've seen some phenomenal interest. Our current lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Google Nexus 4---but we want to add more. So we have decided to hold a poll and let the users choose which device(s) to add to our current lineup. Below you will find some of the top devices at XDA....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 16, 2013

Customize Your Galaxy S III Statusbar Clock with Settings Mod

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the best selling smartphones to date. As expected, it gets a lot of attention here at XDA due to high interest by both users and developers alike. For those of us who want to fully customize our devices, there are countless custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, AOKP, and Paranoid Android, each with advanced settings built-in that allow us to tweak many aspects of the UI. Though if you want to stick with the default TouchWiz-laden...

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Former Writer · Jan 15, 2013

Find UART on the Qualcomm Galaxy S III devices

If you haven't heard, and we're not sure how you haven't, there has been active development towards an open source bootloader for Samsung devices. In a nutshell, it involves loading the open source bootloader to an SD card, and using some hardware hacking skills to boot from it. All of this had to start somewhere, and among the first things required is finding the UART. It is now possible to identify it on the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 13, 2013

Clean Bloatware, Nexus 4 UI Elements, Some Andriod 4.2 Apps on the i9300 with PalaTool

Many Android device manufacturers ship devices with their custom skins such as Samsung TouchWiz, Motorola MotoBLUR, and HTC Sense, among others. In addition, several carriers also bundle certain apps along with their devices that are by no means necessary, and are not a part of Android. While there are several ways of removing all of this bloat, most of these methods involve manually deleting files using a root-level file browser. If you don't wish to bother with the manual method...

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Former Writer · Jan 11, 2013

Long Press Volume to Switch Tracks Done Right on US Galaxy S III Variants

If there is a way to make an existing button to do something different, developers will figure out a way to do it. Sometimes the volume rockers can function as skip buttons for the music player. The issue isn't getting it to work, but getting it to work right. For the US variants of the Galaxy S III, the volume rocker as a skip button mod has been done correctly. XDA Recognized Developer loserskater has released the proper way to...

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Former Writer · Jan 5, 2013

Package Odin ROMs with Gzip Compression, Hidden Menu Gets an Update

As devices get newer and more powerful, the software that comes with them gets bigger and more complex. In the old days, ROMs were often smaller than 100MB. Now, on the newest devices, the stock ROM can be over 1 GB in size. There are some potential problems with this. Uploading a ROM can take longer, downloading a ROM can take longer, and storing ROMs on your device can take up a lot of space. Now, there is a tutorial...

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