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Faiz Malkani · Jan 2, 2015

Learn How to Bypass Storage Restrictions on the Nexus S

The sphere of mobile technology is one where devices and software alike come and go at a rapid rate. As new tech toys become cheaper and faster, few objects on this roller coaster are able to withstand the test of time and live on when others from their era are long since finished. In the Android community, some such legendary devices are the HTC HD2 and Motorola Defy, both of which have refused to give up. While few can match their resolve, there are numerous devices...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2013

The Evolution of Android – Part I

Android is now 6 years old. Over the years, Android was able to command over 80% of the market, while leaving iOS and Windows Mobile/Phone behind. Thus, this moment is ripe to look back at how the story of the little green robot began. Android was presented in November 2007, but September 22, 2008 marked the "real" beginning. On that day, the HTC Dream (also known as the T-Mobile G1) was presented. The beginning wasn't nice and easy, though. Many critics...

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Former Writer · Dec 5, 2012

Toolkits Released for Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus S, and Nexus S 4G

Over the last couple of weeks, we've been bringing you news of mskip's toolkits making it to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. It's a popular and well known toolkit with extensive features. There is a second toolkit making its way around to Nexus devices, known as Wug's Nexus Root Toolkit. We brought you news that it was released for the Nexus 7. Now, it's available for the Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G, the Nexus 4, and...

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Former Writer · Dec 4, 2012

Kindle HD 8.9 ROM Ported to the Nexus S

Ports are quite popular around these parts. Aside from offering an often times vastly different experience, users can experience all new features not available on their stock firmware. The more unique the port, the better. Now, the Samsung Nexus S has a Kindle Fire 8.9 port. The port was released by XDA Senior Member GalaxyUser. As can be expected with an early port of something so different as the Kindle Fire HD ROM, there are quite a few things still...

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Former Writer · Dec 2, 2012

Universal Naked Driver Updated Again, Supports New Nexus Devices

Earlier, we brought you news that the universal naked driver received a well deserved update. For those who are unaware of the universal naked driver, it is a project that fits as many drivers as possible into a single driver install to save new users hassle. It's been updated once again, and this time for the newer Nexus devices. The new update supports the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus Q, and---even though it's a little late---the Nexus S. XDA Senior...

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Former Writer · Oct 31, 2012

LG SU660 ICS ROM Ported to Nexus S

Most ROMs typically seen on Nexus devices are derivatives of AOSP. That's to be expected, as the developer friendly nature is a selling point for many. Sometimes, though, it's fun to see software typically found on OEM-skinned devices on a Nexus. Such is the case with the Samsung Nexus S, which now has a LG SU660 port. XDA Senior Member GalaxyUser released the ported ROM. While we'd like to tell you that the ROM is fully functional, it unfortunately isn't. As...

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jerdog · Sep 11, 2012

Sprint Nexus Devices Finally Getting Jelly Bean Via OTA

As we've discussed before, the allure of the Google Nexus devices are their timely updates to the latest and greatest versions of Android. However, that has hardly been the case for the CDMA Nexus devices. With the Verizon Galaxy Nexus receiving test builds of Jelly Bean, Sprint users have been wondering when their official Jelly Bean update would be coming for the Samsung Nexus S 4G and the Galaxy Nexus. After the OTA update was put on hold last week,...

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jerdog · Aug 30, 2012

Android and NASA – A Match Made in the Heavens?

It's T-Minus 30 seconds and counting on a beautiful, sunny day. The launch vehicle stands on the launching pad, ready to take the latest NASA satellite into space. And you stand a mile away, ready to see this amazing event. You are handed a pair of binoculars so you peer into the distance to see the rocket, and... wait! What's this? A green Android emblem on the side of the rocket? Is Google now in the space rocket business? What...

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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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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 11, 2012

Slim Bean Jelly Bean ROMs Available for Several Devices

With the release of the Jelly Bean source code to AOSP last month, we are seeing more and more of Jelly Bean ROMs ported to various Android devices. Slim Bean is the Jelly Bean variant of the popular Slim ICS ROM, and it is now available for several devices including the Samsung Vibrant, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus (Verizon, sprint, and GSM variants), Samsung Captivate, and Samsung Galaxy S I9000. Slim Bean's predecessor Slim ICS has been quite popular as a...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jul 28, 2012

Insecure Boot Image for Nexus S on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean

Have you updated your Samsung Nexus S  to the JRO03E Jelly Bean OTA from a custom ROM? Do you now find yourself looking for an insecure boot image like you had before? We've got you covered. For those unfamiliar, having an insecure boot image allows you to use adb remount and adb push system files. While most custom ROMs ship with insecure boot, stock ROMs obviously do not. So if you updated your Nexus S to the stock Jelly Bean OTA, you likely have noticed that adb remount no longer...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 25, 2012

Adobe Flash on the Nexus 7 and other Jelly Bean Devices

As those of us lucky enough to be running Jelly Bean have found out, Adobe Flash isn’t officially supported. While many no longer care about the dying technology, quite a few of us still have use for it. XDA Recognized Contributor stempox has found that by simply side-loading the APK, users are able to view media content as always through the native Android browser app. From there, users simply have to enable plugins in the browser settings, as was done in previous...

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Former Writer · Jul 21, 2012

Nexus S Gets Official Jelly Bean OTA

When Jelly Bean source was first released, it was automatically assumed that the first devices to receive an official update would be the Nexus devices. Not long after, that actually happened for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, leaving owners of older Nexus devices wondering when it would be their turn. In fact, the Samsung Nexus S forums had a thread dedicated to the countdown of the Jelly Bean update. Luckily, the wait is now over, as the Nexus S Jelly...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 16, 2012

Reduce Audio Latency on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S

Audio latency has always been an issue for Android, not a massive deal breaker of an issue for the average user, but an issue none the less---especially for those of us who use applications such as VoIP clients or emulated instruments. For those unaware of the problem, audio latency is the delay between an audio event being triggered and the sound emerging from the speaker. For example, if you press a key on a piano application and notice a delay...

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Former Writer · May 2, 2012

All the Recoveries You’ll Ever Need for the Nexus S 4G

Selecting a recovery can be a chore on certain, more popular devices. Not because the "perfect" recovery doesn't exist, mind you, but because there are so many good options to choose from. Then, there are recoveries that have several variants. With some offering touch enabled interfaces, while still updating their older variants, users are faced with much the same choice they have to make when choosing a ROM. For users on the Samsung Nexus S, your choices are probably even more complicated...

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Former Writer · Apr 25, 2012

Latest DSP Manager on Any ROM for the Nexus S

Many users who have run a custom ROM before, or have been around XDA long enough, have heard of DSP Manager. It's one of the most popular applications to include with custom ROMs, and it gives users the ability to tweak the sounds coming out of their phones to meet their needs and desires. Prominently featured in pretty much all CyanogenMod ROMs and a number of other builds, it's definitely among the top choices for system-level equalizers. Now, Samsung Nexus S users can...

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Ian Stacy · Apr 24, 2012

Easy CPU Management with RemCPU for the Nexus S 4G

XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm has created an extremely simple, and easy to use script to control the CPU of one of the most beloved Nexus line devices: the Nexus S 4G. RemCPU is a script that allows you to 'set and forget' your CPU settings. By adding the script to your device and running it once to configure it, you can bypass the need for a separate app to handle control of your CPU. This is both a time and...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This week on XDA TV, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye gives us a basic rundown through some of this week's biggest development stories. In addition to talking about some April Fools news, Shen highlights the release of the HTC One line and how it should not be compared with the OMAP-based Galaxy Nexus. He then talks about CM9 on the Galaxy W, and how CyanogenMod itself has now found itself a new mascot. Next, Shen talks about development work and...

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