SAMSUNG GALAXY S III Posts on XDA

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...