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 that lets you change the SPC code on the to 000000, allowing you to use your Sprint Galaxy S3 with other CDMA carriers that support the device.
You can find the complete method in the forum thread. Although it isn’t exactly aimed at newbies, it should be simple enough to follow if you don’t mind doing a radio downgrade, some hex editing, and a radio upgrade.
December 12, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 like NHK are broken
- Camera: Recording effects broken
- Camera: Touch 2 focus issues with enabled flashlight
- Bluetooth: audio streaming sometimes becomes laggy or stops at a distance > 1m
- FM Radio: unsupported
- TV Out: unsupported, will never work (proprietary, undocumented)
- Lots of missing and yet unimplemented features
- and a lot more
So if you’re looking for AOSP Jelly Bean 4.2 and you want it to be stable, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. That’s expected, though, as 4.2 is still pretty new. In a change from the norm, codeworkx requests that no one who flashes this submit any bug reports because the legendary Team Hacksung knows them all already. So simply relax, sit back, try it out, and watch the developers develop.
If you’d like to try it out, go to the original thread.
[Thanks goes out to XDA Forum Member UrbanDrawer for the tip!]
December 5, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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 Faryaab shared the news with us. Faryaab also updated his stock firmware thread with a download link for the latest release.
You can download the ROM in Odin-flashable format from the stock firmwares thread. Flashing is done through Odin as usual. If you’re not familiar with the program, don’t worry. The thread has a quick guide for that process as well.
December 4, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
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 the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint US variants. This method typically does not trip the flash counter, but can take some time. The second method is by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. This works for the three aforementioned US variants and the International version. This method is quick, but it does trip the flash counter. Finally, we cover the use of XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip’s toolkit. You can find versions for the four previously mentioned variants of the toolkit. This is a semi-automatic method and does trip the flash counter. So take a moment and check this video out.
December 3, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 surprisingly stable. Outside of some initial problems here and there, users have reported that both ROMs are fairly stable and users can flash them as daily drivers. Of course, users are reporting some issues, but most of them so far have been from inexperience with various settings menus. As klin1344 explains:
Attention! Because this is a mashup of CM10, AOKP, and PA, there are some settings that might conflict with others because they are duplicate. Please keep that in mind before you begin to wonder if there is a bug in this ROM. Thanks.
November 19, 2012 By: egzthunder1
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 computer, whose only on-the-go limitation is the inability to connect to the Web when away from a hotspot. Because of this, WiFi Tether was created way back when.
Limitations in the firmware on most newer devices either disable or create a “wall” to prevent people from tethering (courtesy of the carriers who want to sell such services for a substantial monthly fee). Thankfully, we have very skilled people on XDA, who can get around things like this. One such individual is XDA Recognized Developer TrevE, who you may remember from a little saga he had against HTC and, most notably, CIQ around this time last year. Using the available source for WiFi Tether (which is GPL licensed) as well as some binaries coming from the CM team, TrevE has been able to “force” WiFi Tether to work on the most recent Jelly Bean TouchWiz (stock) ROMs. And as an added bonus, this also works on the HTC EVO 3D when loaded with a Sense 4.x ROM.
Please take it for a spin, and make sure you look at TrevE’s notes in the OP, as the app has the ability to cause some strange behavior if you do not use it correctly. Some of the issues include killing your WiFi altogether, whcih can be fixed with a simple reboot. As always, please leave some feedback for the developer.
Carriers hate tethering, you all know that. Use at your own risk/with common sense & dont blame me for anything that goes wrong
GS3 Specific- Make a system backup, it modifies sys files so theres a chance it will break something
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[Thanks Virus for the tip!]
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 the regular Galaxy S III toolkit to include support for the I9305. It has all of the features of the regular version, including:
Install drivers automatically
Backup/Restore a single package or all apps, user data and Internal Storage
Backup your /data/media (virtual SD Card) to your PC for a Full Safe backup of data
Perform a FULL NANDROID Backup of your system via adb and save in Custom Recovery format on your PC
Pull /data and /system folders, compress to a .tar file and save to your PC
Auto Update ToolKit to latest push version on startup (donator feature)
Backup/Restore your /efs partition
Dump selected Phone Partitions, compress to a .zip file with md5 and save to your PC
Install BusyBox binary on phone
Root any public build INCLUDING JELLY BEAN (different options available)
[B]Root with Superuser (ChainsDD) or SuperSU (Chainfire) via CWM (works on ANY build)
Flash Stock Recovery
Flash CWM Touch Recovery (thanks to TeamEpic) or CF-CWM Recovery (thanks to Chainfire)
Rename Recovery Restore files if present
Flash Insecure Boot Image for adb mode
Flash Stock Boot Image back to your phone
Create tar file to flash via Odin with 1-click process
Download, Extract and Flash Stock Rom (full DETAILED steps) ESSENTIAL FOR WARRANTY RETURNS
SIM Unlock phone to any Network (thanks to Adam Lange)
Rip cache.img to zip file in CWM format for editing and flashing (thanks to Adam Lange)
Install a single apk or multiple apk’s to your phone
Push Files from your PC to your phone
Pull Files from your phone to your PC
Set Files Permissions on your phone
Dump selected LogCat buffers to your PC
Dump BugReport to your PC (if installed)
Help, Information Screen for various tasks
Mods Section to Modify your phone
Reboot Phone options in adb mode
Change background, text colour in ToolKit
Activate Donator features from within the ToolKit
That’s a very, very long list of features. If you have an I9305 and you’ve been looking for some help on how to the above, this is a toolkit for you.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 running Android 2.2 and up, can have something similar.
XDA Forum Member joelpg has released an application that works very much like the Android 4.2 quick settings. It looks the same and it acts the same. The upside to it being an application is that users don’t need to be running a specific ROM to use it. Anyone with Android 2.2 and up can use it. Here’s the app description from the Google Play Store:
Quick access the ringtone, volume and bright adjustments selector.
Quick access the personalization options using the quick settings that works like to the new Android 4.2 feature.
Users have reported that the application works pretty well, without any issues thus far. The only downside is that the app does have advertisements.For more details, check out the original thread.
Fixed the original thread link and tags. Sorry about that!
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.
The mods are very diverse. There are some battery mods, SystemUI, notification pull downs themes, notification toggles, clocks, icons, labels, framework mods, and full blown theme packs. It is really a nice set of mods to help users customize their devices. More is planned, as the themers plan on making many more releases. The mods are made for LJ7 Jelly Bean ROMs, but do keep in mind that these could overwrite features in custom ROMs. Because of this, the mods are best suited if you’re running a stock ROM.
For more details, check out the original thread.
November 12, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 a female robotic voice announcing various actions on your S3. I used it on my Vibrant a couple of years ago and thought others might enjoy it. It is also in a Rom I put together, Gigajoule.
Once you install the mod, Linda will read back various information from a number of applications, including:
Included Linda Voice files: Calendar, Email, Instant Message, Messages, Voicemail, Weather, Xda, Ringtone, Charger Connected, Lock, Power off, TW Error, TW Low Battery, TW Unlock, Unlock.
This is useful for those who enjoy having information from their phone read to them. So far, users have reported that it works pretty well. To give it a try, check out the original thread.
November 10, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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 battery life to several days, there are certain steps that can allow you to get the most possible. XDA Forum Moderator Woodrube has written a simple, easy to follow guide to help yield 20+ hours of battery life on a single charge on your Galaxy S III. This multi-post guide covers basic tips and tricks, ROM/kernel related suggestions, memory management tips, and apps to help you get the most juice out of your battery.
While the guide has been written with the Galaxy S III in mind, many of these steps should apply to other smartphones as well. Visit the forum thread for more details and the complete guide.
November 7, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
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 if you install the leaked ROM directly. If you haven’t installed it for that reason and would rather keep your root access, you needn’t wait any longer as long. XDA Forum Member alexcolodner has taken the leaked JB ROM, rooted and deodexed it, and uploaded it for everyone to enjoy. It is the fully stock TouchWiz ROM, bringing all the goodies from Jelly Bean to your device including Google Now, Project Butter, and notification tweaks—but now, with root.
More information and the download link can be found at the forum thread, so head over there and get your Verizon SGSIII a taste of Jelly Bean.
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 of the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7, and all versions of the Galaxy S III except for Verizon’s.
The ROM has undergone a variety of changes. Here are a few of the highlights along with the Team Liquid members responsible for each:
◘ Added Navbar widgets/Resizable Navar Widgets – Zaphod-Beeblebrox
◘ Custom navbar targets for tablets/Tabui – Stevespear426
◘ Addded group mms threading – viekvanasani
◘ UI overhaul including Lockscreen Shortcut Bugfixed and power widget fixes – Danesh
◘ Added special Paranoid Android Sauce – Credit Paranoid Android
◘ Added USB Mass torage support for tablet mode – DAGr8
◘ SystemUI-Fix menu button in landscape – Zaphod-Beeblebrox
◘ Fix H+ and add new navbar widget icon – kwes1020
◘ “Death by subtlety” aka updated holo pngs – ToxicThunder
◘ SystemUI: Recents Ram Bar – Stevespear426
◘ Security hole fix (prevent logging of lock pattern) – CM
◘ Added home button unlock option – invisibleK
◘ Bugfix for samsung usb dock events – StevenHarperUK
◘ Make toggles hidable – Stevespear426
◘ Add setting to allow haptic feedback on toggle press -gdanko
◘ COMPLETE SETTINGS LAYOUT/ICON OVERHAUL – ToxicThunder
◘ Added support for wired headset detection – Sudhir Sharma
◘ Fix for UI LockUP with headset insert/removal – Ravi Kumar Alamanda
◘ Show more info during boot dialog (i.e. “package _ of _ is being optimized”) – JbirdVegas
◘ Fix NFC Toggle not working if it was not on @ boot – sethyx
◘ Huge Liquid Splasher overhaul including strings/summaries, layouts – Liquid0624
◘ KT747 10/28 kernel and Ktweaker for D2xxx U.S. builds – Ktoonsez
◘ Leankernel 4.5.0 for toro, maguro – Imoseyon
◘ Leankernel 0.3 for grouper – Imoseyon
Check out the release threads by XDA Recognized Developer toxicthunder below: