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:
November 4, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 techfanatic9 has posted a thread that serves as a table of content of sorts for pretty much all the useful tutorials a user might need. This is helpful in a lot of ways, but none more so than having one space where users can easily reference and find content. One bookmark is better than 12 bookmarks. Some of the stuff linked include:
Rooting on Windows
Rooting on Mac
Resetting the binary counter
How to make Nandroid backups and install custom ROMs
How to unroot without using a computer
How to install ClockworkMod Recovery without using a computer
There are ten links overall, and plenty of stuff to help new users get better acquainted with their devices. If you’re looking for how to do practically anything on your SGS3, this is a thread for you. To learn more, check out the original thread.
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 first time such support has been given. However, now most common issues are fixed. This includes errors with portrait photos, force closes, and other miscellaneous errors. Some of the other features include:
[FIXED] MMS works
Increased MMS picture size
Dark theme with ICS blue to match AOKP, etc.
To install, simply download and flash the zip that amiblindyet has provided in custom recovery. It has been tested on AOKP Jelly Bean and CM10, and should work on any AOSP ROMs based on those. Given that the US variants of the Galaxy S III can share practically everything, expect this to work—or at least get ported—to the other three variants soon enough. In fact, this may even work on other devices running AOSP-derived Jelly Bean ROMs as well.
For additional details, check out the original thread.
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 is no way for a user to kick the process off through the normal process (Menu > Settings > Software Update). However, XDA Senior Member jcwxguy has posted a link for you to download the OTA from Google’s servers. Seeing as it is a stock OTA, you will need to be on stock firmware in order for the update to work. You can however use the Jelly Bean stock ODIN tar file that XDA Recognized Contributor sextape posted here to skip the whole OTA waiting game.
Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:
- Google Now™ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform. Google Now can be launched by pressing and holding the menu key from the home screen.
- Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications shade.
- Android Beam™ now lets you send photos and more.
- Widgets work like magic as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they’re too big, widgets resize on their own.
Samsung also added new capabilities to Galaxy S III, including:
- Camera Enhancements:
- New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity. Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
- Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday, or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.
- Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.
- Pop Up Play Update easily resizes or pauses the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch display.
- Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials.
- Blocking Mode can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
- Improved Usability with access to multiple keyboard options and the addition of the Swype® keyboard.
With the Jelly Bean update, Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessories.
- AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. It even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
- NFC One Touch Pairing Support pairs Galaxy S III with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch.
October 23, 2012 By: Former Writer
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 method isn’t overly difficult. It will require that you know how to decompile APK files, which is easy to learn. Users will need to decompile the SecSettings.apk to get started. Then, users must navigate to smali/com/android/settings/DisplaySettings and make a few code adjustments. After that, it’s a matter of putting everything back together and pushing it back to your Galaxy S III.
The method was written up by XDA Forum Member Препод, and shouldn’t take users very long. Once done, you’ll have the Smart Rotation option in your Display settings. If you’re not up to the challenge of making the necessary changes yourself, there is also a couple of ClockwokMod flashable zips to use. They won’t work on all ROMs, but they should at least work on the stock ones.
For more details, check out the original thread.
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 includes:
Rebased onto AOSP Jelly Bean source code
Rewrote backup, restore, wipe, and mount code in C++ classes for easier maintenance going forward
NOTE: backups from prior versions of TWRP are still compatible with 2.3
ADB sideload functionality from AOSP is included in 2.3, see this link for more info
Re-wrote fix permissions entirely in C++ and runs in a few seconds instead of a few minutes (thanks to bigbiff)
Improvements to zip finding in OpenRecoveryScript (should be a lot fewer GooManager automation issues)
Faster boot times
Added charging indicator while in recovery (only updates once every 60 seconds)
Additionally, XDA Recognized Developer Dees_Troy has reported that there is now support for spaces in backup names. Before, if you added a space to the name of a backup, it would not restore. Now users can use whatever naming convention they want.
One of the biggest changes, though, is all of the TWRP being rewritten in C++ and its move to recovery API 3 instead of API 2. With the code rewrite, it will allow TWRP to update more quickly and with more stability. With the API 3 change, it means that some flashable zip files may stop working because the developer needs to update the update-binary. If you don’t want to wait for the developer, or the developer has ceased working on the project, you can find one to use on TWRP’s official website. To install the latest TWRP, you can use the Goomanager application. Simply open the application, hit menu, and install open recovery.
If you want to check out the latest TWRP recovery for your device, check one of the links below.
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 AT&T Galaxy S III forums. The script files include all the proprietary files so that once you run it, you simply select which Galaxy S III you want and the script will inject the proper files.
How it works is pretty simple. You download the ROM you want to port and a base ROM of the same Android version. Extract both ROMs and place the files in the same folder. Then simply run the script. It’s useful for developers who maintain ROMs on all the US Galaxy S III devices, but it is also easy enough to be used by members who just want a ROM from one of the others. Additionally, cpu999 has mentioned that future updates will simply turn any ROM zip into a universal zip for any US Galaxy S III device. It will require AROMA installer, but having one ROM zip to flash for all the US versions would make everyone’s lives easier.
For more details, check out the original thread.
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 own keyboard if you own one of the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
XDA Senior Member rompnit has released a manual method to theme your own keyboard. Finding a theme for your keyboard can be tricky because there are only a finite number that themers release. Now those who what something truly their own can simply make their own. The process is a little complicated and requires—more or less—the same steps involved in theming any APK.
To get started, you’ll need APKTool as well as your favorite zip program, like 7zip. From there, you tear down the keyboard APK you wish to theme, theme it, recompile it, and get it on your phone. It sounds easier than it is, as the process will take some time and effort. However, rompnit does an excellent job of keeping the explanations as simple as possible so even beginners can get in on the action.
For more info, check out the original thread.