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 risk of messing up the device if the process is not done correctly. Not all hope is lost though as he will release an apk for ease of use after some time, in order to minimize casualties :).
So, if you made the mistake of upgrading to a new firmware and have been pulling your hair for not being able to flash to anything other than stock, rest assured that a fix is on its way. Please don’t ask for ETA (estimated time of arrival), the fix will be out when its out.
Ok, I have spoken to Rotohammer, and he has sent me the files for the fix.
It is a sensitive fix, and thus we are not just releasing it. We will be making an APK that does the unlocking for you, so there’s no chance you mess up the commands and brick your device. That is, at least, if we don’t mess up the APK
Expect the APK to go into (closed!) testing early next week, with hopefully a public release early the week after that.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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December 27, 2010 By: Captainkrtek
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 four ROMs, as they are the only ones containing the right checksums.
There is no known fix. I know, I’ve tried all of them some people suggested in other threads. None of them really works. Sure, with some effort, you can get a different firmware to somewhat run, but you’ll still be using the “checksum” bootloaders and the kernel will not be modified. You will still be running the kernel from the “checksum” firmware you loaded earlier. You will not be able to do full flashes, nor will KIES updates work.
Thanks Chainfire for the heads up, and for those of you with Tab devices be careful while flashing! To read the full warning, click here.
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 will need to download Odin3 v 1.70 flasher and follow the instructions carefully. The procedure is for experienced flashers only. Currently only working on EDGE , Jyveafk has stated caveat emptor since there is no idea on how later updates will impact.
For more information and the link to the original discussion thread, take a look at the new modification thread.
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 that the Epic instructions work perfectly and that he did everything via Terminal Emulator from the Market. Next up is trying out the Vibrant version.
For more information including a video of Ubuntu running on the Tab, take a look at the forum thread.
NB Picture is from original Epic thread.
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, XDA member madwolfchin has updated the app, so that it would work with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. This will allow Tab owners to customize the background of the home screen in any way they please.
As always, since this is a brand new addition, there may be bugs. So, if you have a Tab, and want to take this for a spin, make sure that you leave some feedback.
We just added support to create Live Wallpaper for Galaxy Tab
A preview of the content is at
Hope to get some beta tester,
All comments welcome
Thanks for reading
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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 the option to ‘undo lagfix’.
To download the apk and try out the app on your Tab, head on over to the application thread.
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 have found a way to enable application scaling, allowing to view applications correctly on the high-res screen. According to him, the “Compatibility mode”, which is enabled by default, seems to prevent applications to scale right. The solution is an application called “spare parts” which is available on the Android Market.
Originally posted by clubtech
This works on most apps that don’t scale to fit the entire screen, minus a few gameloft games.
This fixed for me Engadget, speed test and some other apps that just filled a small part of the screen.
Clubtech created a guide which should work for you.
Samsung is abreast of the bug, and they seem to have fixed it in newer firmwares. If your apps scale right, there’s no need to perform this hack! If you do have problems though, check out the thread for the guide!
As technology leaps forward, we cannot help but to ask ourselves “why aren’t we a part of that?” Unless you have been sleeping under a rock for the last few months, you will probably have noticed that there is a new breed of devices in the mobile tech world… the tablet. This concept is far from being new since Tablet type computers have been around for well over 10 years. However, these were always bulky and, in essence, were computers with swivel displays, which turned a regular laptop in what we know today as the tablet. You have to keep in mind that, even though more powerful than most of our current tablet models, it had more weight and a price tag to match the added power.
For a while, it was thought that these UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) as they were deemed later, were the pinnacle of mobile technology. However, there was a flaw in that line of reasoning… the device was built on a platform that was not designed for the type of usage or even the mobility that was intended for it. As a result, since the devices needed to become smaller and cheaper, the hardware started getting worse (less powerful) but the OS remained the same, and in fact got worse as the newer generations of UMPC started coming fitted with Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows Vista. The whole nature of Vista requires whatever device running it to have very decent hardware to run it in a quasi-stable and hassle free manner. Needless to say, this was no longer the case for many UMPC models out there as more power meant a bigger price tag, which had been driving customers away from this market. Look at some examples:
Most of these prices were taken either from the manufacturer’s website or from other resellers around the web. In you look carefully, many of the aforementioned devices are a few years old and still have a price tag close to or higher than $1,000, and this emphasizes the point that, while this is a good product, it is not meant for what it is being marketed. At this point, it was Google to the rescue. The Android OS was born and while one of the biggest hypes of the OS was its ability to work on most mobile embedded systems, it was primarily focused on mobile phones to try to compete with the immensely popular iPhone.
Jumping a little back in time, we also see the evolution of a new breed of simpler devices, the eBook reader. While not nearly as complete (functionality wise) as other tablets, the reader had one purpose only and that was to properly display eBooks on a screen that was larger (and hence easier to read) than even the largest mobile phones (HTC Athena, and so on). The interface is simple and therefore does not require an awful lot of computing power, which allowed manufacturers to sell this at a fraction of the cost of any other device capable of performing the same task. As people were actually able to purchase this without the need of getting a mortgage on their house, Apple decided to make their iPhone a tad bigger, and as a result, the iPad was born. The device is marketed to compete directly with the other readers, but because of the added hardware and functionality, the model fit perfectly into a dying market. Again, because of all the added “extras”, you cannot get an iPad for less than $400, still, a better situation than with the above quoted tablets.
A little earlier in the article, we mentioned Android’s versatility for embedded devices. As a result of this, and the sudden resurrection of the tablet market (courtesy of Apple), other manufacturers saw themselves in the need to release their own types of tablets. In order to compete in such market, they decided to equip their products with OS4’s current nemeses, Android. Samsung’s latest product line will soon carry the Galaxy Tablet (based on the Galaxy S phone series) to try and penetrate the market, and as we will not be left behind, xda-developers decided that we would provide this new breed of devices with a new home for its development, and in case you have not seen it, we made an announcement for its addition.
Swing by and visit the Galaxy Tablet’s home.