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Will Verduzco · Mar 29, 2012

UnBrickable Mod Lands on the Nexus S

You've no doubt seen the UnBrickable Mod pop up on various Samsung devices in the past. For those unfamiliar, the basic premise of XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler's work is to essentially make a standard consumer device function as if it were a development board. By doing this, one is able to then communicate with the system-on-a-chip directly. And because this involves talking to WORM memory, there is nothing that you could do via software to prevent this from working. Now, thanks to Adam's...

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Former Writer · Mar 29, 2012

Windows Phone 7-Style Multitasking on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S

Earlier we brought you news of some MetroUI goodies for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, this wasn't the only element of Microsoft's mobile OS that has found its way onto Android. While the MetroUI modification was based primarily on Windows 8, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are now getting a little Windows Phone 7 action going with a mod that allows for WP7-style multitasking. XDA Senior Member mohitrocks has posted a method that was developed by XDA Senior Member...

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jerdog · Mar 22, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S May Benefit From Nexus S Radio

With the recent news that the Samsung Galaxy Note i717 could be hacked to work on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, many inquisitive and adventurous users on XDA began to wonder if other devices could benefit as well. XDA Forum Member pwneman looked into what other Samsung devices had compatible radios and found that the Nexus S i9020a for AT&T uses its radio hardware much the same way as the Samsung Galaxy S i9000, and to a limited extent, the Samsung Captivate. Flashing the devices with...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 19, 2012

Compiling from Source? Throw in a Few New Tweaks

You may remember our recent article on how to compile Android 4.0 from source. Whether you're already a dab hand at the process or you've just successfully compiled your first build, XDA Senior Member evilisto has written tutorials for a couple of very useful modifications that you may wish to incorporate into future versions of your ROM. The first is a modification which allows for the remapping of a devices physical button to access the recently used apps dialogue. For...

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Former Writer · Mar 15, 2012

LagFree Script Brings a Smoother Experience on the Nexus S

Android phones have long been working their way toward offering a lag free experience. Newer devices with dual core processors and full hardware acceleration, partnered with scaled back and streamlined versions of OEM Android skins have all but solved the problem on newer Android devices. However, some of the older models can always use a little pick-me-up to help compete with their newer, more powerful siblings. Enter LagFree, a script for the Samsung Nexus S that brings a lot of...

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Former Writer · Mar 15, 2012

Nexus S Battery Study Part 2

Not long ago, we brought you an in depth study of the battery life of the Nexus S by XDA Senior Member bedalus. It included a very nice spreadsheet that documented battery usage for a variety of things such as benchmark tests and listening to music, and measured---if a little crudely---the actual battery savings from popular features such as deep idle and undervolting. Despite warnings to not try it at home, XDA Forum Member nathanson666 put together some more sophisticated equipment and had...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 7, 2012

Make your ICS Lockscreen Look Like HC’s on your Nexus S

Lockscreen mods are always a nice way out of the monotonous one that we have to live with on a day to day basis. Because of this, we see that there is a myriad of applications, lockscreen replacement apps, add-ons, and a bunch of other cool things to do with the screen that greets us every time we turn the device on. If you have loaded ICS on your Nexus S and simply feel that it is missing that extra...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 6, 2012

Sense 4.0 Port (HTC Endeavor Based) for the Nexus S

It seems that the leaked Endeavor RUU that appeared a few weeks ago gave birth to several ports and projects across various devices. HTC announced that the new version of Sense was rather slimmed down from previous iterations of the UI and on top of that, it is fully ICS compatible. It is only logical that people who are fans or curious about this to try and pour some efforts in getting this running in other devices. For instance,  XDA member swamp...

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Former Writer · Feb 8, 2012

In Depth Nexus S Battery Study Brings About Surprising Conclusions

It is a rare feat when someone goes out of their way to truly study their device. It is rarer still when that study warrants relevant information that's beneficial to other users. XDA Senior Member bedalus has performed what amounts to a case study to test battery usage with a variety of kernels and battery features such as under-volting and various levels of idling for the Samsung Nexus S. The study is rather extensive and tests the phone under a...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 3, 2012

AT&T Users Get Access to Google Wallet in the Marketplace, Some Success for T-Mobile Users

XDA forum members have noted that the AT&T Android Marketplace does, in fact, have the Google Wallet app available for download. Previously available only to Verizon users with NFC capable phones, the app is already in high demand. Now AT&T users with NFC capable phones (looking at the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Galaxy Nexus) can start using Google Wallet to make purchases. An APK version of the Google Wallet app modified for any NFC capable phone is already...

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orb3000 · Jan 31, 2012

ClockworkMod Touch Recovery For Galaxy Nexus & Nexus S

Koush, a well-known developer, just released the beta of his new Touch Recovery. Finally no more volume up, volume down, power button to control what you want in the dark screens of recovery world. Just boot, tap and flash it!. For now the recovery works only on CDMA and GSM for the Galaxy Nexus, and GSM for the Nexus S. Also some members confirmed it works on the Nexus S 4G as well. The recovery has to be flashed from...

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Former Writer · Jan 25, 2012

Plethora of Tweaks Released for All Nexus S ICS ROMs

Modifications and tweaks are the spine on the book of the underground Android development community. Without them, a ROM is just a ROM and a kernel is just a kernel. With them, they become unique pieces of one of a kind work that people can truly enjoy. It is in the spirit of sharing that XDA Recognized Developer brainmaster has released his collection of ClockworkMod flashable tweaks for the Samsung Nexus S and they are compatible with all Android Ice...

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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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Former Writer · Dec 23, 2011

New Linux Tool Fixes Your Samsung Nexus S if ICS Bricked it

XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler has updated the popular Linux Tool, Unbreakable Resurrector. This will take the newest brick woes of Nexus S users and make them a thing of the past. The only catch? You gotta have Linux, and preferably Ubuntu. Thankfully, the ever helpful AdamOutler has provided links to everything you need in the original thread . The process seems simple enough, so there isn't a learning curve or a worry about it being noob friendly. That should be...

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liwen · Dec 17, 2011

Nexus S Gets Official ICS Upgrade

Many Nexus S owners have already loaded an unofficial AOSP Android 4.0 port onto their device. But starting now, you can get the official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Nexus S. All you have to do is grab the files from the discussion thread, follow a few steps, and you'll be ready to go. If you're not brave enough to do it yourself, an OTA update will eventually be pushed to your device, although you might be...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2011

Is the Galaxy Nexus Still a “Nexus?”

If you thought that simply because you weren't buying a Verizon-bloated Galaxy Nexus that you would be privy to a true Google Experience, guess again! As first noted by XDA forum member Luxferro, who discovered that his GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus's build.prop fingerprint didn't quite match up to the expected, not every Galaxy Nexus is a Galaxy Nexus. What is "Nexus?" Let's take a few steps back and figure out what's going on. To do so, we must take a look at...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 4, 2011

Google’s Dianne Hackborn Dispels Android Hardware Acceleration Myths

There's been much fervor regarding Google's inclusion of "full" hardware acceleration into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And this is with good reason---the 2D software rendering in Android 2.x made for a noticeably less smooth experience than competing OSes. While the inclusion of a greater extent of hardware acceleration into the OS is a wonderful thing, there are many misconceptions surrounding what it brings to the table. First off, Android has had elements of hardware acceleration for tasks such as window...

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orb3000 · Dec 2, 2011

Factory Images For Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+ Ready For Download

We´ve found that you can download for your Galaxy Nexus 4G (GSM/HSPA+) binary image files that are provided for use in restoring your Nexus device's original factory firmware. This file, once unarchived, contains the bootloader, baseband, and the rest of the system. Be aware that you'll need to have fastboot in your path, and to have the device in fastboot mode before you can use it (either "adb reboot bootloader", or press-and-hold both volume-up and volume-down then press-and-hold power). Be...

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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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