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Former Writer · Nov 4, 2012

All-in-One Reference Thread for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III

As the development for a device evolves, more and more guides, tutorials, and so on are released. As time continues, these threads can get buried in the forums, forcing members to search through various pages to find the threads they're looking for. It can be a hassle, especially when there are many threads with the same general keywords, which makes searching difficult. For T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III users, there is now only one thread to remember. XDA Senior Member...

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Former Writer · Oct 31, 2012

Emoji Support in AOSP MMS App for US Galaxy S III

A while back, we brought you a small XML fix to let your Android device see Emoji characters. Emoji is pretty popular, and many people use them---especially on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Now there is a way to get Emoji support on the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III. XDA Senior Member amiblindyet has released an APK file that gives Sprint Galaxy S III owners Emoji support on the MMS app on AOSP-derived ROMs. This is not the...

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jerdog · Oct 26, 2012

Jelly Bean OTA for the Sprint Galaxy S III Begins

For what could be the first time ever, Samsung is delivering a major OS update for a device on a US carrier that is less than 3 months old. As of yesterday, Samsung and Sprint have begun to deploy the Jelly Bean OTA for the Samsung Galaxy S III SPH-L710, becoming the first US carrier to do so. The roll out is scheduled to take a few weeks. According to Sprint, it is only available via scheduled OTA, so there...

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Former Writer · Oct 23, 2012

Smart Rotation for Jelly Bean ROMs on the Galaxy S III

With the official update to Jelly Bean imminent, most rooted users with the Samsung Galaxy S III are pretty much already running it. Whether it be one of the leaks directly or one of the ROMs based on the leaks is inconsequential, Jelly Bean is Jelly Bean. However, there are a few features that didn't quite make it to the Jelly Bean ROMs---one of which is Samsung's Smart Rotation. Now there is a method to get it back. Thankfully the...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Oct 13, 2012

Port Any US Galaxy S III ROM to Other US Variants

When the Samsung Galaxy S III was first announced for US carriers, the fact that they all had the same specs was a big deal. This meant that, for the most part, ROMs would work on any of the devices with only minor changes that needed to be made. Now, there is a script that will make those changes for you so it's not tedious getting ROMs on all the devices. XDA Forum Member cpu999 released the script in the...

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Former Writer · Oct 10, 2012

Create Your Own U.S. Galaxy S III Keyboard Theme

To quote fellow News Writer and Member Advocate Admin egzthunder1: Theming has been as popular on XDA as ROM cooking and development in general. The ability to customize the appearance of our devices is always an appealing concept for many of our members. Theming can be a lot of fun because it helps personalize a device in ways beyond simply changing a wallpaper. You can theme virtually anything on an Android phone. Now, you can learn how to theme your...

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Former Writer · Oct 6, 2012

Fix Your Soft-Bricked Galaxy S III Samsung’s Way

When it comes to fixing bricks, be they hard or soft bricks, we usually have our own way of doing things. Whether it is creating jigs to force phones into download mode or unbrick mods that bring dead phones back to life, we've always operated in such a way that we haven't really needed OEM support. That isn't to say that we wouldn't like OEM support, but they rarely hand out their repair guides. XDA Senior Member Net.silb has managed...

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Former Writer · Oct 2, 2012

Liquid Smooth RC3 Released for 11 Devices

Who doesn't like it when development teams launch mass releases? As such it's not uncommon for us to report a dozen or so devices getting a ROM at once. Another ROM dev team has released their newest release candidate for a staggering 11 devices. The ROM series is called LiquidSmooth, and the team has quite a few developers. It is a source-built release derived from AOSP, and it borrows from a number of other development teams such as CyanogenMod and...

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Former Writer · Oct 2, 2012

Remove Stuck SIM Cards in the Galaxy S III

Modifications always have the capacity to cause problems. Software mods can cause bugs and hardware mods can cause a new hardware problem. Usually these problems aren't as annoying as the original problems that got fixed, but that doesn't mean that they aren't annoying. There are Samsung Galaxy S III users who are going through something similar to this right now. The issue is that if you use a cut down SIM card in the SIM card try, it sometimes gets...

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Former Writer · Sep 30, 2012

Pre-Rooted Jelly Bean Leak for the Sprint Galaxy S III

The last time the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III saw some Jelly Bean leak love, it came from T-Mobile's leak in the form of a port. Recently a real Jelly Bean leak for the Sprint Galaxy S III was found, and owners can now use a leak meant for their device. XDA Recognized Developer freeza shared the goods. The leak contains Jelly Bean 4.1.1 and it can be flashed like any other ROM. Freeza also took some liberties with the...

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FallenWriter · Sep 30, 2012

What Can We Learn from the Galaxy S III NFC Hack?

NFC technology is poised to become the core of the mobile payment world. Nearly every cutting edge smartphone released in the next year will feature some form of NFC and mobile payments. Every major player from Verizon to Google, from MasterCard to American Express is in some way attempting to enter the market and gain a foothold in the thriving industry. Yet this is not without cost: Near-Field Communication technology is new and relatively untested. By linking it with our...

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Conan Troutman · Sep 24, 2012

Official Jelly Bean Rolls Out to the International Galaxy S3

Owners of Samsung's flagship device have been metaphorically pacing back and forth along the hallways of XDA in anticipation of an official Jellybean release for some time now. Well it seems that as of this morning, the wait is over, and an official update to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S3 began rolling out to users in Poland. It's now online and available from a stock firmware thread maintained by XDA Recognised Developer faryaab. As this release...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 22, 2012

Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S III Contest Results – XDA Developer TV

When Verizon Wireless decided to lock down their version of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S III, XDA responded as usual---"Challenge Accepted." Part of that challenge involved XDA Forum Members donating money to get XDA Elite Recognized Developer, XDA Developer TV Producer, and hardware hacker extraordinaire AdamOutler a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III. After tearing the Galaxy S III apart, inspecting its hardware, and spending countless hours trying different approaches, AdamOutler finally got the bootloader unlocked. Now that the goal has been...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 19, 2012

How to Properly Use Directory Bind on Samsung Galaxy S III

Not too long ago, we featured Directory Bind, a handy Android app that lets you bind directories your phone to directories on other partitions. It is especially useful for using your external SD card to store app data that normally resides in the internal SD card. While it was originally built for the Samsung Galaxy S II, Directory Bind was reported to work on several other devices, including the Galaxy S III. However, several users came across problems with using...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 15, 2012

Easily Disable Annoying WiFi Popup on Verizon Galaxy S III

It's great when our smartphones automatically suggest us things to make our life easier. However, this convenience can turn into an annoyance when they fail to provide us with a way to disable the feature. Many variants of the Galaxy S III have a feature that shows a pop-up message whenever in range of a known WiFi network, prompting you to connect to it. While this can be disabled from the settings of the other variants, Verizon decided against it...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 15, 2012

Leaked JellyBean ROM Available for BELL Galaxy S III

Do you have the BELL variant of Galaxy S III SGH-I747M, and find yourself jealous of owners of all the other variants who have been getting leaked Jelly Bean builds for their SGSIII devices? Your wait is over, as a leaked Jelly Bean build has appeared for the device. The I747MVLALI2c build is based on Android 4.1.1, and is an internal Samsung leak for the BMC Region. It was posted to the forums by Senior Member AdamLange. Being a Samsung-created build, it's...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 14, 2012

Win a Galaxy S3, XDA at the Big Android BBQ, and Jelly Bean Updates and Leaks – XDA Developer TV

This has been another great week for the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep up to date on mobile phone developments. Jordan talks about the news of replacing S-Voice with Google Now on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan mentions Boot to Gecko being available for Verizon and GSM Galaxy Nexuses---or is it Nexii? Jordan mentions XDA Developer TV videos for this week including: XDA Developer TV Producer Azrienoch's...

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Former Writer · Sep 13, 2012

Completely Replace S-Voice with Google Now on Samsung Galaxy S III

When you buy any of Samsung's newer devices, you have a choice to make. If you stick with stock firmware, you can use either  S-Voice or you can go with Google Now. However, when using Google Now, you may still find that S-Voice is still around doing things even when you don't want it to. Now, there's a way to get Google Now running and turn S-Voice off for good. The method was posted by XDA Senior Member Ghstudent. Despite...

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Adam Outler · Sep 13, 2012

Win a Galaxy S3 from XDA

In case you missed the announcement, we're giving away a Verizon Galaxy S3 for writing obfuscated code in the BASH Obsfucation Contest. Official Entry and Rules are located in the forum. Rules: Post Obsfucated BASH code within code tags. Example: #! /system/bin/bash # or #! /bin/bash is acceptable too. your code goes here Post the video above (not ready yet) or your entry to your favorite social media service. edit and link to your public social media share in your entry Anyone may...

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