May 12, 2011 By: Sam Caplat
Having the ability to control your phone in many ways is fun and helpful at times. Changing things and adding that little extra ‘flourish’ makes your phone, yours. But sometimes not everything you need is integrated into one app, and most of the time, apps don’t ‘talk to each other’, which can cause issues sometimes.
Thankfully, XDA member nitr8 has come to your rescue. He’s released an app which allows you to do a bunch of things with your Galaxy S, including changing your display resolution, modifying animation and transition speeds and installing/uninstalling any Samsung or system apps you see fit.
Originally posted by nitr8
[APP] nitrality – Full-featured tool to control your SGS.
Change Display Resolution
Change Popup Animation Speed
Change Transition Animation Speed
Enable / Disable Fancy Input Animations
Enable / Disable Media Scanner
Clean Media Thumbnails
Install ALL apps in a Custom made ZIP File
Install a Theme from a Custom ZIP File
Backup / Restore Insane Zeam config (If on insanity rom)
Backup / Restore efs Folder
Change CSC Code
Easy Access to Secret Codes
Install / Uninstall Various Samsung / System apps
It also includes a flash light, just hit the nitrality logo.
Thanks to nitr8, there is now no limit to what we could do with our Galaxy S devices without needing to switch between apps. If you’d like to download this app for yourself and support its developer, head on over to the original thread!
March 27, 2011 By: Ben Elliott
Yup, despite Sammy’s apparent inability to roll out Froyo updates on time, download links have popped up all over the internet this week, which provide access to a leaked official Gingerbread update to the I9000 model of its Galaxy S family.
This may not be the first Gingerbread update to have been leaked for the device but the release is great news for developers and owners of the device alike, as it means that Android 2.3.3 has been tailored by Samsung specifically for its phones and that the update should roll out to all devices shortly.
Although it seems that the ROM is yet to be rooted, XDA member iammodo has kindly made it available to us by providing a download link in this thread. If you’d like to try it out for yourself, don’t forget that the package also includes bootloaders and has not yet been officially endorsed by Samsung itself.
If you want to get the correct arabic shaping letters in Android, two files require patching – framework.jar and libwebcore.so.
According to XDA forum member madmack, framework.jar takes care of rendering text in all Android menus and input widgets and libwebcore.so takes care of shaping text correctly for the web browser and Gmail.
The XDA dev has made a patch to for this very purpose and has decided to share with the community.
To apply the patch, your Android device will need to be rooted, running Android 2.2 or 2.2.1 and your ROM must be deodexed. If you are not sure, madmack has helpfully pointed out that if you see the framework.odex file in /system/framework on your phone then this patch will NOT work for you. Finally, Java must be installed.
For more information including to download the patch, head on over to the modification thread.
If you’ve been lusting over the Sony Xperia Arc Launcher, you can stop now. XDA forum member Syn Ack has found a version of the Launcher that works on all Galaxy S models.
The XDA member has tweaked the file to remove some ‘unimportant’ items and made the launcher transparent. In short the Launcher is lightweight and simple with a minimal theme.
Additionally in comparison to other stock launchers, the modded Xperia Arc Launcher has an option to use ‘folders’ and does not experience lag.
For more information and to download the tweaked Launcher, head on over to the modification thread.
March 3, 2011 By: ElCondor
Quite obviously, Galaxy S developers didn’t want to wait for Samsung to release a Gingerbread ROM. The forums recently got flooded with Gingerbread after XDA member Lorbas released a complete ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S, version number 2.3.2, coming straight from Samsung itself. It doesn’t work on custom kernels (yet), so that’s a thing to keep in mind when you’re planning to try this out.
Make sure to read the instructions first, you don’t want to end up with a useless brick. Continue on to the Galaxy S forums to find a Gingerbread ROM that fits your taste!
For the ROM devs of the XDA community, forum member bohdans has provided a little bit of help by sharing a useful little script for creating a ROM package for a certain Country/CSC.
The ROM Packager is a batch file that will unTar/Tar Odin compatible files to flash. Additionally, the script selects the relevant files for each type (Phone/PDA/CSC/Full) and will create .md5 files for flashing and can compress to 7zip.
The script will then automatically use the required files to make a CSC, Phone, PDA or Full type flash file and can auto split a single flash package into 3 separate ones.
For more information and to download the file, check out the forum thread.
If you want to keep the LEDs behind your Samsung Galaxy device buttons on whilst the screen is on, try out Keep The Lights On – an Android app developed by XDA forum member Guardian_Bob.
One of the main reasons for this app, is for those of you who have installed i9000 based ROMs on your device. Although the stock ROM turns on the LEDs when you touch the screen, the i9000 based ROMs do not or have a timeout of approx 3 seconds.
Be assured that surface LEDs draw very little power, so no need to worry about battery drain. Additionally, Keep The Lights On 1.3 works with other BLN apps such as Blinky.
Keep The Lights On is a widget based app hence won’t appear in your app list. The app is available free from the Market (although a Pro version is also available with more features).
For more information, head on over to the application thread.
January 19, 2011 By: ElCondor
We, as News Writers, must have somehow missed this thread about an awesome online kitchen by XDA members DocRambone and Stefunel. It gives users the ability to select their own resources to put their own Galaxy S or Captivate ROM together. Figuratively, you can see it as a menu card: you can choose between several flavors and dishes, those that fit your taste. So, for example, you want a Dutch ROM with Supercurio’s kernel, a special boot animation and a good-looking theme; you simply select every option and in the end, the site will offer you a download link to the ROM, generated according to the options you have requested.
Originally posted by DocRambone
This is a on-line rom creator that give you:
- An easy way to generate custom roms
- Create a rom from your mobile browser
- Stable and fast base roms
- Choose the components you like is your rom, without any additional add-ons
We must however note that, if you’re a novice user, you will probably have to investigate in the whole Android development world with all its jargon.
The kitchen can be found over at romkitchen.org. It’s absolutely an innovative and new alternative to the usual ROMs that are being provided by the chefs. So we’re really wondering what will happen with good old ROM chefs and the way we were used to download ROMs and test them – we guess this must be another symptom of ORD, we are almost having a nostalgic feeling about it. We’ll see what the future brings.
For those of you who are beholden to one carrier and locked to your Samsung Galaxy S device, fear not as XDA forum member helroz has written an app to unlock your device for you!
Galaxy S unlock is free and can unlock other variants of the popular line of Samsung Android devices.
In order to run the app, you’ll need to be rooted with BusyBox and have an active internet connection. The dev states that the app has been tested as working for all Galaxy S devices sold with Android 2.1.
To find out where to download the app and for links to full instructions, visit the application thread.
January 12, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Do you own a Galaxy device? If so, you may want to check out what XDA member dowkim10 has in store for you. The dev has created a set of tweaks for system performance that are rolled into a single package with a simple and nice UI to utilize. You can modify several parameters including sound, LCD, and even IO scheduler. All of these should allow you have a more pleasant experience with your device. The best part is that since the changes are not permanent, they can be easily reverted by simply rebooting the device.
The dev states that the app currently works only for the Korean models of the Galaxy, but it should not be impossible to get it to work for other devices as well. Do you think you can help here? If so, please post your feedback for the dev.
This application is made for enhancing or changing some feature for galaxy S
galaxy S (all variant)
Froyo (kernel 18.104.22.168)
3. rooted phone
You can find more information in the application thread.
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December 20, 2010 By: ElCondor
With the Nexus S system being dumped and the AOSP being pushed, Gingerbread development has officially started now. Developers now have enough resources to start developing Gingerbread for other Android phones too. XDA member supercurio immediately reaped the fruits of it and released the first custom Gingerbread ROM – for the Galaxy S.
This might confuse you as we have already written about several Gingerbread ports for various devices. However, as we stated in those articles, those were just SDK ports, and far from stable. This ROM however comes directly from the AOSP site and delivers almost every function you need. In order to keep you updated about other phones to receive the port, we will update this thread very frequently. It would really help us if you could notify us – preferably the author of this article – if a ROM is not included in the list.
Use with caution. Some ROMs will be pretty unstable so that’s something to keep in mind.
Developer: Tom G (MoDaCo)
Last update: 26/12 11:30 AM GMT
November 24, 2010 By: ElCondor
GPS is one of those great innovations in the mobile smartphone market, as well as a nice piece of engineering. Some manufacturers really face the challenge to produce smartphones with great GPS hardware – a feature that has often been under exposed by many people; there aren’t much reviews covering the GPS quality. There is a pretty big difference in GPS quality between different manufacturers though: HTC does a great job at creating high-end hardware and software, but Samsung seems to be concentrating too much on other aspects of the device – the screen perhaps? Anyway, many people are saying that the GPS quality of the Galaxy devices is bad. And I guess they’re right. XDA member dangrayorg decided to write a very nice article which describes not only the basic technical side of GPS and why Samsung fails to deliver proper GPS functions, but he also created a guide with some advanced steps to improve the GPS functions on the Galaxy S.
Originally posted by dangrayorg
I’ve tried very hard to write a definitive post on SGS GPS performance. Below I try to give a balanced view of GPS performance in the SGS and provide definitive explanations of the various functions offered by the Broadcom BCM4751 chipset and their effects on the quality of the GPS fix. There is a lot of noise and conjecture on this subject in the XDA-developers forum; some right, some wrong, some missing the point entirely. Below is some educated guess work and some hard facts about exactly what will and will not help with GPS performance on the Samsung Galaxy S i9000.
Ready to read? Get yourself a cup of coffee and continue on to the thread!
November 21, 2010 By: mic_888
Ever wondered what your mobile phone radiation levels are like? Wonder no more, with this monitoring tool from XDA forum member tawkon.
The app monitors your exposure to mobile phone radiation so that you can ‘talk on’ as usual, whilst receiving smart prompts to avoid radiation just when necessary.
You get real-time alerts, stats and user-generated radiation zone maps as well as a tiny home screen icon that changes from green to yellow to red indicating low-moderate-high levels of radiation exposure at any given time.
Tawkon is in beta, and is available to download for free from the Market. Currently supported are Samsung Galaxy S devices (Vibrant, Captivate and GTI 9000).
For more information, and to provide feedback, visit the application thread.