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Former Writer · Feb 1, 2012

Tool to Help SGS I9000 Users Revert to Stock SystemUI and Framework in ICS

Typically, going back to a stock ROM after flashing a mod, a theme, a script or a modded ROM can be quite a long process. Sometimes, annoyingly so, especially if you don't have a copy of the stock ROM laying around on your Android device or your computer. In the end, you end up having to format your system, flash the stock ROM and spend the day setting your phone up again. For those carrying the Samsung Galaxy S I9000...

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Former Writer · Jan 22, 2012

Team ICSSGS Brings Pure AOSP ICS To Samsung Galaxy S Lineup

Ice Cream Sandwich might be taking its time rolling out to phones that don't have a Nexus branding, but that hasn't stopped Team ICSSGS from delivering their namesake, ICS for the Samsung Galaxy lineup. They began their work nearly 2 months ago in November with the release of ICS on the Samsung Captivate and has been a solid run of bug fixing and new releases that brings us up to their Samsung Vibrant release just a few days ago, with...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 17, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 Gains USB Host Functionality

Ever since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S in June of 2010, enabling USB Host has been a hot topic. While remaining a hopeful situation for a year and a half, success has remained just one or two steps out of reach.  Luckily, the tribulations of developer life simply cannot stop the developers of this site from overcoming OEM-imposed device limitations. Loosely based on a previously released set of USB host drivers that were later adapted to work with the...

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Former Writer · Jan 11, 2012

DianXin OS; A Unique Android-Based Chinese OS

There is a new ROM that's looking to make that very exclusive "all phones must have it" list. Say hello to DianXin OS, or DX OS as it's being referred to. As XDA Senior Member qtwrk will tell you: i know you guys may think it looks like MIUI , but i asure you it's totally different ROM nor MIUI-based modification. As with MIUI, it's based in Asia, so the ROMs available to try currently still have some translation to...

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liwen · Jan 7, 2012

Value Pack For Galaxy S Leaked, Includes Face Unlock And Other ICS-Features

Samsung has been definitely working on a Value Pack update for its Galaxy S smartphone, as a newly leaked ROM indicates. It includes some features from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, such as Face Unlock and the ability to take pictures while recording a video, but is based on 2.3 Gingerbread. However, it's not clear whether this Value Pack is still being worked on, or has been scraped already. The build date is December 29, one day after a Korean...

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liwen · Jan 4, 2012

Samsung Confirms: No Value Pack, No Ice Cream Sandwich For Galaxy S And Tab

A Samsung spokesperson has told The Next Web that it will not bring any major updates to last year's best-selling Galaxy S smartphone and the original Galaxy Tab, finally putting rumors of a 'Value Pack' update to an end. After leaving out the Galaxy S and Tab when initially revealing its plans for ICS-updates three weeks ago, Samsung took to its Korean blog to explain that TouchWiz and other customizations would not run smoothly on the limited amount of memory...

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mic_888 · Dec 28, 2011

Keep Up Your Firmware Up To Date With Check Fus 2.0

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S and are fed up of having to check for firmware updates on Kies, XDA Senior member LuffarJoh has made a little tool to do this for you. Check FUS 2.0 checks if there is any new firmware on the FUS servers, so you don't have to start Kies in order to find out. The app finds your 'Product Code' and 'HIDSWVER' plus many other features and should work on any Samsung Device running Android. For...

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liwen · Dec 28, 2011

[UPDATE] Galaxy S And Tab Will Probably Get Ice Cream Sandwich “Lite”

Update: reader msgfromside3, who speaks Korean, pointed out that the "Value Pack" is supposed to be ICS-based, but with some features removed. So both Galaxy S and Tab will almost definitely get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, possibly with a "lite"-version of TouchWiz. The article also mentions that Samsung considered porting ICS plus full TouchWiz, without providing end-user support, but decided against it for fear of customer complaints. Big thanks to msgfromside3 for the clarification! Original article below: After first...

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Former Writer · Dec 27, 2011

Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 Receives MIUI Port Based on CM7

In the spirit of the now passed holiday, XDA Senior Member fuss132 has brought the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 a little post-Christmas magic in the form of a MIUI port. The port is working pretty well, with a very short list of things not working so far and it's still, as fuss132 puts it, like 70% CM7 and 30% MIUI. So it's not a pure MIUI release just yet and it is still in the testing stage. If you happen...

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liwen · Dec 27, 2011

Samsung Backtracks, Is Reviewing Ice Cream Sandwich For Galaxy S and Tab After All

After announcing last week that two of its most popular devices of 2010, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, wouldn't get official updates to Android 4.0, Samsung seems to be backtracking and reviewing the viability of these updates, according to MSN Korea (via The Verge). Despite continuing to emphasize the limitations of only 512 MB RAM, Samsung is said to be working on ways to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update out to users, presumably due to negative reactions and...

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liwen · Dec 24, 2011

Galaxy S And Tab Won’t Get ICS Because Of TouchWiz, Samsung Explains

So, you've been wondering why the original Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab aren't getting Ice Cream Sandwich, like Samsung's newer models? Why, of course: because they're too slow. No, not for Android 4.0; the almost identically-specced Nexus S is getting its OTA as we speak. Of course: for TouchWiz, carrier services, video calling, and, in some countries, mobile TV. Not that anyone actually cares for TouchWiz or carrier services. And, we're not sure how an OS update is going to...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 29, 2011

Nexus S and Galaxy S i9000 Get CM9 Alpha

The Cyanogen team need no introduction when it comes to Android ports that work. Ice Cream Sandwich has been designed to run on phones and tablets natively, so its potential to be more successful than CM7 is a given. With this idea in mind, two weeks ago the Cyanogen team pulled a rock across the entrance of their cave and began work on CM9, stating they would be “back in 2 months”. Despite the Honeycomb project (CM8) being discontinued, the team...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 28, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device's development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 18, 2011

Nexus One “Too Old” for ICS? Get Real! AOSP-Based Builds Arrive for Various Devices!

Google's Mobile Product Manager Hugo Barra recently stated that the company had no plans to update the Nexus One to Ice Cream Sandwich, citing that the handset was simply too old to run the newer operating system. Many users felt unnecessarily abandoned, believing that a former flagship device under 2 years old could hardly be considered "too old" for updates. Having used a Nexus One as my primary device for eight months, the news made my heart sink ever so...

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orb3000 · Nov 7, 2011

The i9000 Development Platform AKA UnBrickable Mod and Software Based Resurrection

For those of you who attended to the Big Android BBQ 2011, surely you remember the great presentation from XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and connexion2005 who showed their high-level hardware mod called UnBrickable Mod, explained JTAG, and gave fascinating presentations on open source development boards. Well, the project has reached another level since the team has successfully implemented this mod on a bricked Galaxy S I9000 and resurrected it! Be aware that this procedure is delicate, so proceed carefully. And please let us know...

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Sam Caplat · Oct 29, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Ported to the Samsung Galaxy S

Ice Cream Sandwich is taking the limelight in development. Recently ported to the Nexus S, many are curious and excited to know which device is next. ASUS said their “aim is to bring the latest Android update to the Eee Pad Series.”  Motorola’s Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and XOOM are definitely getting the update, and they will announce more “devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.” If you’re looking to get a new device...

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azrienoch · Aug 28, 2011

The UnBrickable Mod and Beyond

A bricked phone.  No JTAG.  Modify hardware, upload a bootloader, and the phone lives.  Pure development. That's what I think of the work of AdamOutler and Rebellos to breathe life into dead devices.  A couple days ago, WillVerduzco wrote an article on Rebellos' method of unbricking Hummingbird devices by uploading your very own custom bootloader to your device.  A couple weeks ago, AdamOutler asked for help getting the official Samsung bootloader for Galaxy devices.  Since then, the two teamed up to...

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orb3000 · Aug 25, 2011

Talk2 Now Fully Working On Samsung Galaxy S1

Today we have exciting news for Samsung Galaxy S1 owners. XDA member $omator told us about the latest achievement of XDA member theos0o -the one who made all Skype latest mods- he started working on Talk2 apk from Samsung Galaxy S2 and made it fully working on SGS1. Now lucky owners can have audio and video talk working both ways from and to the SGS1, this has been fully tested it between SGS to SGS and results were positive. Developer warns that the...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 25, 2011

Unbrick Your Hummingbird-Powered Device by Creating Your Own Bootloader

How would you like to create your own bootloader? Sounds a bit daunting, no? Aside from the inherent "cool factor," having this ability could get your device out of some tough spots that would otherwise require the use of JTAG. Thanks to the work of a team lead by XDA Recognized Developer Rebellos, this is now possible for Samsung S5PC110-based (read: Hummingbird) devices. Since there are quite a few Hummingbird-powered devices roaming about XDA, this can prove quite useful for when ODIN...

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mic_888 · Aug 8, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S Chlorine Utility (Bloat Remover)

With so many Gingerbread ROMs coming out lately, XDA Recognized Developer sargorn couldn't wait for the relevant ROM developer to update to the next ROM. So, for the last month of so the XDA developer has been using customised stock ROMs. One of the first things to do after flashing a new ROM and kernel is to cut down on some of the bloat in /system/. The dev has put together an utility which more or less removes everything that can...

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