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Former Writer · Jan 4, 2013

PDroid Ported to the Verizon Galaxy S III

It doesn't always make the front pages, but device security is still one of the most important topics for Android users. Whether it's for protection from exploits that can brick a phone or apps that have permissions they really don't need, users and developers are always on the lookout for potentially dangerous applications. One app some use is XDA Forum Member svyat's PDroid, which is now ported to the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III. XDA Recognized Developer TrevE has released the port for...

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Former Writer · Dec 31, 2012

Port US Galaxy S III ROMs to Other Variants

While Samsung may not always update every device with the urgency that we as users all crave, one thing they definitely got right was releasing the same device for multiple carriers with only minimal changes. This makes it very easy for developers and users from different carriers to work together to fix problems, develop ROMs, and have other sorts of fun. For instance, there is now a guide that walks users through the process of porting any ROM from a...

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Former Writer · Dec 27, 2012

Revolutionary SD Card Bootloader Work-in-Progress for Galaxy S III, Galaxy Camera

It is not very often that we throw around the words "game changer." There have been a great deal of impressive developments here at XDA over the years. However, game changers are indeed a rarity. There have been a couple of recent breakthroughs on the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Camera, and other Samsung Exynos-based devices. XDA Elite Recognized Developers adamoutler and Rebellos have figured out how to boot from the SD card. We're not talking chroot style dual...

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Former Writer · Dec 18, 2012

Google Wallet Installer for US Galaxy S III Variants

Carriers in the United States (other than Sprint) generally aren't fans of Google Wallet. According to Verizon, it's because of Google Wallet's "secure element", but just about everyone knows it's really because T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are getting ready to launch their own NFC payment app, called Isis. US Samsung Galaxy S III variants now have an app that installs and enables Google Wallet quickly and painlessly. XDA Senior Member Prl91 released an application that takes the Google Wallet installation process and...

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Former Writer · Dec 18, 2012

Fix WiFi Roaming Issues on the Galaxy S III I9300

One of the first things many developers and users do when obtaining a new device or a new firmware update is figure out what's wrong with it. Fortunately for bug hunters (and unfortunately for everyone else) there is always something wrong, even with the most popular and polished devices. However, there is almost always a fix made available. Now, there is a fix for at least one of the WiFi roaming bugs for the Samsung Galaxy S III. XDA Forum...

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Former Writer · Dec 17, 2012

No-Odin Root Exploit Found for Exynos 4412 and 4210

Root exploits are often quite a good thing. There are many that only work on certain individual devices. However, there are some that work on a whole bunch of devices. An example of the latter is a root exploit by XDA Recognized Developer Bin4ry that works on a variety of devices. And now we have news of a dangerous, new exploit that works on Exynos 4210- and 4412-based devices. XDA Forum Member alephzain released the exploit that affects pretty much any device...

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Former Writer · Dec 13, 2012

T-Mobile and AT&T Galaxy S III Get Unofficial CM10.1 Builds

Now that 4.2 AOSP and CM10.1 ROMs have had more than a few releases, momentum seems to be picking up. Much like the frenzy of AOSP-based ROMs over the summer, it started with just a few and has become more widespread very quickly. Now, two more devices have gotten unofficial CM10.1 ROMs: the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III and the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III. XDA Recognized Themer itsmikeramsay released the ROMs for both devices. This is likely because the...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 12, 2012

Carrier Unlock the Sprint Galaxy S III

The whole subject of whether you should unlock your device from carrier restrictions while under contract is debatable. However, it does have legitimate use case scenarios such as switching to another carrier while travelling in areas where your carrier doesn't provide adequate coverage. After all, who doesn't want to avoid hefty roaming charges when travelling abroad? If you have the Sprint variant of Samsung Galaxy S III and want to switch to another carrier, you're in luck! XDA Forum Member pid1981 shared a method...

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Former Writer · Dec 12, 2012

Unofficial CM10.1 Now Available on the Galaxy S III I9300

CyanogenMod10.1 has been making its way around the forums as of late. Granted, they're mostly unofficial builds, but any step forward is a step in the right direction. Now, CM10.1 has made to another device, the Samsung Galaxy S III I9300. Like the build announced earlier today for the Galaxy Tab 2, XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx took the reigns on this unofficial release as well. It's a pretty early build so there are some issues, including: - UI: Apps...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Dec 5, 2012

Official Android 4.1.2 for the International Galaxy S III Brings Multi-Window and More

We brought you news of the international Samsung Galaxy S3 getting a leaked update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it wasn't long before Samsung began the official Android 4.1.1 roll out to what is undoubtedly among the most successful smartphones of the year. Today, Samsung has released the latest official 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the device. It brings several new features, most notably one which we've already seen on the Galaxy Note II. Sammobile obtained the update, and XDA Recognized Developer...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 4, 2012

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S III – XDA Developer TV

In this episode of XDA Developer TV, we show you how to root your Samsung Galaxy S III. The popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S III and its variants have produced a few rooting methods. There are many features you can gain by rooting your device. We present three step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy S III using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The first process posted by XDA Recognized Contributor mrRobinson works for...

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Former Writer · Dec 3, 2012

PACman ROM for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III and HTC One S

As our readers are no doubt aware, the PACman ROM kang has appeared on a variety of devices. It's a truly unique concept. It represents much of the best that AOSP has to offer currently all in a single package. It's been spreading across XDA, and it seems like it's going to keep going. PACman is now available on the HTC One S and the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III. XDA Recognized Developer klin1344 released the ROMs for both devices. Both ROMs are...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 19, 2012

WiFi Tether on SGS3 TW and EVO3D Sense 4 Jelly Bean Roms

The eternal conundrum of data usage---you buy it on a monthly basis from your carrier and try to use it for any and all needs. If you travel as much as I do, you will know that the luxury of mid to pseudo high speed data on the go on your computer via tethering is a blessing in and of itself. Regardless of how advanced Android is, it still cannot match the utility you can get out of a real...

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Former Writer · Nov 18, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Toolkit Now Supports I9305

Previously, we brought you news of the Samsung Galaxy S III Toolkit by mskip. The toolkit includes various features and makes many otherwise tedious tasks easy. Since then, another version of the Galaxy S III was released, known as the Galaxy S III I9305. It's quite similar to the I9300, except it comes with a LTE-enabled quad core Exynos processor. Now, it has been added to the Galaxy S III toolkit. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip has updated...

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Former Writer · Nov 15, 2012

Android 4.2 Quick Settings Lookalike for the Galaxy S III

A couple weeks ago, we brought you an overview of Android 4.2. The renovated OS includes some pretty exciting features like Photosphere, multiple user profiles, and TV connect. One feature that was mentioned was quick settings. For those who haven't heard yet, quick settings is akin to HTC's quick settings. It's a separate page in the notification pull down that gives you quick access to a myriad of settings and toggles. Now, Samsung Galaxy S III I9300, or any device...

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Former Writer · Nov 13, 2012

One Stop Shop for Sprint Galaxy S III Theming

When it comes to device tinkering, most users are excited by things like root and custom recovery. However, one thing that has become a staple is theming. Back in the good old days, theming took place in ROMs, and users chose ROMs in part because of the themes included. Now, there are various theme engines out there that help make a user's phone truly their own. One team of theamers hopes to accomplish this on the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III. The...

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Former Writer · Nov 12, 2012

Linda Sound Mod Makes the Sprint Galaxy S III Talk

Voice recognition, voice command, and voice interactions technologies have made great strides in the last year or so. We are getting ever closer to having full blown conversations with our devices. The Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III recently received a mod where the digital voice Linda reads practically everything back to you. XDA Senior Member Venal_System has released what is called the Linda Sounds Mod. Venal_System explains exactly what it is: What is Project Linda? It is audio files of...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 10, 2012

Simple Guide to Better Battery Life on Galaxy S III

Smartphones have become incredibly powerful over the past few years. And as we all know, with great power, comes great power consumption! Unfortunately, battery technology hasn't been evolving at the same pace as smartphones. For this reason, battery life has become a major concern for most smartphone users today. On highly powerful devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, some users find it difficult to last an entire day. While you can't really do anything to magically increase your...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 7, 2012

Rooted & Deodexed Jelly Bean Leak for Verizon SGS3

By now, some of you might be aware of the recently leaked I535VRBLI5 Jelly Bean ROM for the Verizon Galaxy S III. While the Sprint and T-Mobile variants of SGSIII received JB leaks earlier, and the latter was even ported to the Verizon SGSIII, this latest one isn't a port. Do note that it is just a leak at the moment, and Verizon hasn't yet started rolling it out to the users. As with pretty much any stock update, you lose root...

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Former Writer · Nov 6, 2012

Team Liquid Releases RC7 ROM for 7 Devices

It's always fun to see AOSP-derived, source-built ROMs released for a variety of devices at once. Whether it's for five devices or for 14 devices, large scale releases mean that if you upgrade, you may be able to run the same ROM you're already familiar with. Team Liquid has recently released RC7 of their AOSP ROM to seven devices. The last time we talked about them, it was their RC3 release. The devices that got the release include both versions...

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