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jerdog · Sep 12, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300 to Get Jelly Bean in October

Samsung told the industry at IFA last month that the Galaxy S III update to Jelly Bean would be coming "soon" but offered no more details. In today's world, where a blink of an eye can see some executive change their mind or another Apple patent lawsuit (read "whine"), the word "soon" is usually synonymous with "whenever we darn well please, thank you very much." With that said, CNET UK is reporting that Samsung has confirmed that they will be...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 12, 2012

Easily Bind Internal SD Card Directories to External SD Card on Most Samsung Devices

Many Galaxy S II and III owners who do a lot of heavy gaming on their phones have run out of space for game data in internal storage. While both of these devices support external SD cards, there is no official method available to use that instead for the storage. Fortunately, there is an easy solution for this problem now with free tool DirectoryBind. Originally built for the SGS II by XDA Forum Member slig, DirectoryBind has been confirmed to work...

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Former Writer · Sep 10, 2012

Team Sonic Modem Flasher for the T-Mobile SGS3

If you were to search the forums for users who had some sort of modem trouble, you'd find quite a few questions. Typically, they come from users who have either flashed their modem incorrectly or simply flashed the wrong one. This can occur quite easily as not all modems are built equally, and there's always someone who tries to flash a Verizon modem on an AT&T device. Now, for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III users, there's a small AROMA script...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 5, 2012

Easily Style Your SGS III ROM Your Way

If you peruse XDA, you've likely installed custom ROMs on your phone. Often we find the perfect ROM when it comes to the features, but would prefer it to have a different look. Many times that can be changed with themes, but those can often vary from ROM to ROM, and not everyone may want to apply all the aspects of a theme. XDA Senior Member rehpyc has come up with a way of customizing the look of your ROM installation right...

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

AffinitySERIES Jelly Bean ROM Lands on Multiple Devices

Around here, many users enjoy various AOSP-derived ROMs. There are quite a few options, including such well known ROMs as CyanogenMod, AOKP, and ParanoidAndroid. There are many more options as well, which is great because the more the merrier. Now, the Android Developer Alliance development team has released the AffinitySERIES ROM to various devices. Their missions statement is pretty simple, as explained by ADA member, and XDA Recognized Developer, blueHarford: One of our biggest things is No Drama, no secrets, BIG on...

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Former Writer · Sep 4, 2012

CPU Temperature Monitoring with Custom Kernels on Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III has been widely touted as one of the best Android devices currently available. As such, we here at the XDA Portal have been reporting on it extensively for quite some time. However, there are still some kinks to be worked out, even on this massively successful device, and one of those kinks just got fixed. Now, users can monitor their CPU temperatures in real time. It seems like such a trivial thing, and no one...

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Former Writer · Sep 1, 2012

T-Mobile Galaxy S III JB Leak Ported to Sprint Variant *Update* and Verizon Variant

A little while back, we brought you news that the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III got a Jelly Bean leak. This is exciting news because everybody wants a little more Jelly Bean in their life---even if it's of the OEM-provided variety. Now, Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III users can share in the benefits, as the leak has been ported. The port was done by XDA Elite Recognized Developer myn, who's known for the popular myn's Warm ROM. It is not...

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Ian Stacy · Aug 30, 2012

Three HTCs and a Samsung Walk into a (CM10) Bar…

The CyanogenMod crew has added four new devices to their officially supported lineup. This is exciting news, considering the popularity of the devices in question. These four flagship-status devices are some of the most widely-used phones on the market today. The list of devices and maintainers is as follows: HTC One XL (evita) maintained by XDA Recognized Developer h8rift HTC One S (ville) maintained by XDA Forums Member intervigil and XDA Senior Member xkonni HTC EVO 4G LTE (jewel) maintained by XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 29, 2012

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Unboxed the XDA Way – XDA Developer TV

In this episode of Unboxing the XDA Way, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler unboxes The Verizon Galaxy S3 The XDA Way. After demonstrating the activation bypass, he goes on to give a close-up of the motherboard, talks about the hardware, and follows up with a JTAG demonstration. Now the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III is famous for having a locked bootloader. However, Adam shows that not even a locked up bootloader can stop him and the knowledgeable...

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Former Writer · Aug 27, 2012

Enable Software Buttons on Any Galaxy S III Running CM10

While they don't offer any additional functionality over capacitive buttons, the software buttons that first appeared in Honeycomb and continued to Jelly Bean have become rather popular. They're not only a modifiable novelty, but with screens as large as they are, giving up a little screen real estate for the software buttons isn't exactly a big deal. Now, the Samsung Galaxy S III and its US variants running CM10 can have their software buttons enabled with a single mod. The...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 27, 2012

Overclocking Galaxy S3, Thunderbolt ICS Leak, Galaxy Note 10.1 Custom ROMs – XDA Developer TV

This has been another great weekend on the XDA Portal. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan covers all the news you need to know to keep you updated. Jordan talks about controlling your appliances with your Android Device and overclocking your Samsung Galaxy S III. Jordan mentions the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 receiving its first custom ROMs. In Ice Cream Sandwich news, Jordan mentions the HTC Thunderbolt leak. And in Jelly Bean news, Jordan mentions the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III's...

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Former Writer · Aug 26, 2012

Comprehensive Guide to Overclocking Your Galaxy S III

Overclocking your CPU can be a lot of fun. When successful, one can experience anything from increased performance to less game lag. Despite the hit to battery life, overclocking is a pretty popular activity among electronics owners. Something that not so many people know, though, is that overclocking a mobile device can involve more than just changing the processor clock. Many kernels also allow one to change the processor voltage and sometimes even overclock the GPU as well. For Samsung...

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jerdog · Aug 24, 2012

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-T999) Gets Jelly Bean OTA Leak

Samsung looks to have quite a few leaks in their product upgrade ship, with the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300 having multiple Jelly Bean OTA leaks in the last week. Now, the T-Mobile SGS 3 (SGH-T999) now gets to profit from them as well. The leak is an incremental OTA update, which means that you will need to be on stock T999UVALH2 before applying the file. The instructions from XDA Senior Member LuffarJoh are: 1. Download and install stock (if you are not already...

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Former Writer · Aug 24, 2012

Easy SIM Unlock for the Samsung Galaxy S III

Having your SIM locked doesn't usually cause a lot of problems. Sure, it means you're stuck on whatever carrier you're currently on, but otherwise it doesn't really hinder things like root, flashing ROMs, etc. That isn't to say that unlocking the SIM isn't useful. Those who travel or simply want to remove carrier restrictions can benefit from SIM unlocking a device. Now, Samsung Galaxy S III owners can have their SIMs unlocked so that they may do as they please....

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Former Writer · Aug 20, 2012

Enable USB Modem/Diag Mode on CDMA Samsung Devices

When flashing an AOSP ROM on a CDMA phone, it's a win-some lose-some affair. You gain the functionality that comes with a pure Android experience. However, you traditionally lose USB Modem and Diagnosis Mode on your device. For those who are unaware, USB Mode and Diagnosis Mode are accessed via codes you enter into the dialer. This is not only required to activate the phone on some networks, but also helpful in alleviating some problems like restoring your IMEI using...

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Former Writer · Aug 20, 2012

How to Recover from Improper System and Data Wipe Bug on the Verizon Galaxy S III

Now that the bootloader has finally been unlocked for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, developers can focus on other things now. Namely, ROMs, kernels, mods, and coming up with fixes for bugs. One such bug that's been plaguing Verizon Galaxy S III users is a wipe bug, which can cause some issues with permissions set improperly. XDA Recognized Developer PureMotive has written up a guide for those unfortunate enough to run into the bug. As PureMotive explains: Sometimes when...

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Former Writer · Aug 19, 2012

Nandroid Restore to the Latest Jelly Bean Leak for the International Galaxy S III

It's been a big week for the Samsung Galaxy S III and its US variants. Not only has the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III had its bootloader unlocked, but the International version got a Jelly Bean leak. This gives credence to the rumor that Samsung is releasing the update soon. However, many don't want to wait that long. Now, there's another way to get the leaked build. XDA Senior Member Jack Barrett has re-released the leak in a useful manner for...

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jerdog · Aug 18, 2012

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies for Select Devices

We recently told you about the CyanogenMod team beginning work on CM10. Now, a significant milestone has been reached: CM10 Nightlies have appeared for select devices. For those who aren't familiar, a nightly build is an automatic build incorporating the latest changes in CM source for a device. Yesterday, CyanogenMod released the list of those devices that would be getting the first round of nightlies: # The US SGS3 variants (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) # The Galaxy Nexus variants # The Nexus S varaints #...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 17, 2012

Verizon Galaxy S3 Unlocked! CM9 Stable, and Nexus 7 Phone Calls – XDA Developer TV

There was a lot of great news published on the XDA Portal this week, and in case you missed it or you prefer your news read to to by a man with a beard, Jordan is here to help you with that. In perhaps the most epic news of this week, Jordan talks about what happened to the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III. What happened to it? Oh, that's right it got an unlocked bootloader! Also covered...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 16, 2012

Disable Severe Weather and Presidential Alerts on Verizon Galaxy S III

Got yourself a Galaxy S III on Verizon and getting annoyed by all those presidential alerts and those about severe weather? No one really wants to wake up at 4 in the morning because of a potential flood 50 miles away. Fortunately, you can now disable all of these. The severe weather alerts can be disabled from the options provided in the stock ROM itself, as pointed out by XDA Forum Member Inous in this forum thread. Just open the stock...

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