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egzthunder1 · Aug 25, 2011

Make Your Galaxy Tab More Versatile Thanks to USB Host Functionality

We all want one thing with our devices, and that is that they become an ultimate electronic Swiss Army knife. One feature that only certain devices are privy to is the ability to use their USB ports as hosts in order to accept external devices such as input hardware like keyboards and mice, as well as memory devices like thumb drives and others. Thanks to the efforts of XDA member punkgeek, the owners of the original Galaxy Tab can now enjoy...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 14, 2011

Replace Your Samsung Device’s Charging Screen with NoMoarPowah!

If you think that mobile device modification ends at replacing Android's modular components, you're wrong. XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer Chainfire is at it again, this time with a Charging Screen replacement for certain Samsung devices. In one of his "sillier" modifications, the developer has replaced the stock charging screen with one packing loads of extra functionality. For starters, this modification displays both the time and numerical battery charge level when active. In addition, NoMoarPowar! also can be set to power on...

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Sam Caplat · May 14, 2011

TouchWiz 4 for the Galaxy Tab

There have been some interesting developments in the Samsung Galaxy S II universe over the past few days, most notably XDA member coolbho3000's guide to overclocking the device to a stable 1.5Ghz and an insane 2.0Ghz. But XDA member mssmison has come along and ported something from the Galaxy S II over for all of you Galaxy Tab users. TouchWiz4, the launcher on the Galaxy S II, has been ported for use on the Galaxy Tab on any deodexed Gingerbread ROM's. The...

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Will Verduzco · May 12, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Receives Rooted JQ1 Gingerbread Love

Are you a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 user tired of waiting for the Gingerbread update that has only just begun rolling out in certain regions? Luckily for you, XDA moderator Chainfire has done it again by releasing a rooted update to Android 2.3.3 that you can install yourself through ODIN. For those squeamish about flashing a bootloader, the developer has created two versions--one with a bootloader, and one without. Here it is, JQ1, Gingerbread for the Galaxy Tab ! Here are versions both with and...

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egzthunder1 · May 7, 2011

New Keyboard for Tablets Project

If you have a tablet, regardless of the make or size, you probably think that there must be, somewhere, a better keyboard. This, in fact, has been a reality for virtually all devices since the invention of the touch keyboard. Due to the size and resolution of some of the newer tabs out there, most keyboards out there will either not work or look very (and I do mean very) distorted. Thanks to XDA member mssmison, there may be hope ahead...

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Sam Caplat · May 5, 2011

Turn Your Galaxy Tab Into A Honeycomb Tablet… Cosmetically.

Theming. modifying. changing. It's what we all love to do, and when we find a way of making the unconventional and improbable a reality, that's when we all get the most excited. The unconventional and improbable in this case is the ability to make Android 2.3 really look like an imitation of Honeycomb, rather than implimenting just the colours and icons. XDA member jjhiza has made this possible by posting a rather straight forward, easy to follow, yet indepth guide to...

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Ben Elliott · May 1, 2011

HTC Flyer ROM on Galaxy Tab – Can We Do It?

Despite not being based on tablet-optimised Honeycomb, the ROM for the upcoming HTC Flyer tablet has attracted considerable attention due to the integration of a refreshed version of the HTC Sense interface, along with many other useful features. Over on the Samsung Galaxy Tab forums, several users have come together with the intention of garnering enough developmental attention for a port of the Flyer's Gingerbread-based ROM to the older device. Although they don't expect it to be an easy task,...

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orb3000 · Mar 18, 2011

Zinio & PressDisplay Extracted From Galaxy Tab

Heres another article from some months ago that we found interesting to make public based on the increasnig popularity of tablets and large display Android devices. XDA member hhspiny told us that the global eReading service leaders: Kobo, PressDisplay, and Zinio, had been successfully extracted and re-packed it as an apk for other devices. Samsung Readers Hub consolidates e-reading applications such as eBooks, magazines, and newspapers, so users can enjoy reading with an unified and intuitive user experience. Members have confirmed this to...

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ElCondor · Feb 4, 2011

CyanogenMod 7 with Gingerbread Now Available for Galaxy Tab

If you own a Galaxy Tab, you can now enjoy Android Gingerbread in form of CyanogenMod 7: XDA developer Technomancer is working on getting a completely stable build with Google's latest Android version, 2.3.2. Most basic functions work, but we warn you that this build might not fit your needs as there are still some things that are quite buggy. The developer is still working on it though and has already made some good progress - and seeing he's updating everything...

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ElCondor · Jan 31, 2011

How-To: Convert Films for your Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab is a very good device for watching films: the 7" high-resolution display makes it a real pleasure to watch films when you're on the move. But, what is the best way to convert these films so there is a right balance between file-size and quality? XDA member TheGrammarFreak came up with this great guide that'll help you with this. Originally posted by TheGrammarFreak given that I normally watch films on a television, watching them on the Tab is...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 25, 2011

Update for Spanish Galaxy Tab Users

Yesterday, we published an article that talked about a major milestone for all Galaxy Tab owners... well, almost every Galaxy Tab owner. As it turns out, there are two more variants of the GSM models, the P1000L and the P1000N, which are made for Spanish speakers. Apparently, according to XDA moderator Chainfire, there were some differences between the tabs and thus the patch needed some extra work. However, within 24 hours of releasing the first version, he has graced the remaining...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 24, 2011

Galaxy Tab Patch for Locked Bootloaders Released

It is truly amazing to see the speed with which developments can happen here on XDA. You may recall that XDA moderator Chainfire was working on a patch to try and "break" the protected bootloaders in the Galaxy Tablets' stock roms. Well, today he announced the release of the patch that will ensure that you don't get locked out of your favorite pastime... flashing your device. A bit of background on this, the official updates from most manufacturers will prevent you...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 19, 2011

Save Time and Skip the Sprint Activation Message for the Galaxy Tablet

A lot of people seem to be rather annoyed at the fact that there is an activation message every time their Galaxy Tablet is turned on. There are various methods for skipping this on other versions of the device, but the Sprint one seems to have adverse effects or doesn't work at all with them. XDA member mmathai77 has posted a method to bypass this with a few simple steps. Needless to say, if you are new to Android, you...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 15, 2011

Fix Found For Protected Bootloader for Galaxy Tab

You may remember that last month, we published an article regarding several new firmwares of Samsung Galaxy Tablets. These contained a new bootloader that was not allowing custom roms to be flashed onto the devices. Well, XDA moderator Chainfire just updated his thread with rather good news for owners of this device. In essence, there is a file and a bunch of commands that will unlock this bootloader. However, Chainfire will hold off on releasing this as there is a...

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Captainkrtek · Dec 27, 2010

Warning: Leaked Galaxy Tab Firmware comes with Protected Bootloader

A note to those that are owners of Samsung Tab devices. The latest leaked firmwares come with a protected boot loader that disables custom ROM flashing abilities. From XDA Moderator Chainfire's Post: Some of these ROMs include new bootloaders. These bootloaders check checksums/signatures in various parts of the firmwares. The "normal" Samsung ROMs, nor custom ROMs and kernels, have these checksums. The result is that once flashed, you cannot revert to older/official/custom Samsung ROMs, and you are pretty much stuck using one of these...

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mic_888 · Nov 19, 2010

US TMobile Galaxy Tab Flashed To Make Phone Calls

So if you're an owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab, the latest news is that some clever people at XDA have managed to work out how to flash the tablet in order to make phone calls! XDA forum member Jyveafk originally posted a thread on trying to install phone.apk to his Tab but failed to make it work. Several pages on, and new thread started, the XDA member has successfully flashed the Tab to make and receive phone calls. You...

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mic_888 · Nov 19, 2010

Ubuntu Running On Galaxy Tab

If you fancy trying to run another OS on your Galaxy Tab, say like Ubuntu, then you'll be interested to hear that it's possible! XDA forum member dviera88 decided to take the plunge and have a go by following the instructions for getting Ubuntu running on the Samsung Epic, originally posted by XDA member BThomas22x. Your Tab must be rooted, and you will need Busybox, Superuser, the Android SDK and knowledge on how to use it, AndroidVNC and Terminal Emulator. dviera88 states...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 12, 2010

LWP Creator for Samsung Galaxy Tab

A few months ago, we talked about Ownskin, which is an app for Android that made it a breeze to make your own LWP (Live Wallpaper). About a month later, due to the sheer success of the app, this went free in the market. As time went by, the app kept on growing in popularity and due to the new Android devices coming out on a monthly basis, the app needs to grow to accommodate the ever growing user base. This time,...

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mic_888 · Nov 9, 2010

One Click Lag Fix Samsung Tab Support

So, it's widely known that a lot of the Samsung Galaxy variants experience lag and it's also widely know that the One Click Lag Fix also works on the SGS mobile devices. Since the Samsung phones and the Samsung Tab are very similar, XDA forum member RyanZA has made some minor changes to his app in order to make it function on the Tab. The app helps speed up the RFX filesystem by using a loop mounted EXT2 and has...

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ElCondor · Nov 6, 2010

Scale Applications Properly on the Galaxy Tab

Many people were wondering what resolution Samsung would use for their newest mobile product, the Galaxy tab. Rumors told about a mere WVGA screen, but fortunately, Samsung decided to ship it with a 1024×600 WSVGA screen. Although many people are happy with this screen, there are some unpleasant side effects of it - some applications don't scale properly. The iPad actually does it by just scaling everything up, but the Tab didn't seem to have such possibilities. Now, member clubtech seems to...

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