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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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mic_888 · Nov 7, 2011

NSTools To Manage Various Tweaks

Fans of tweaking their Nexus S's will be pleased to hear that XDA forum member arifhn has put together an Android app to manage lots of mods and tweaks including XDA member Ezeekel's mods. The app lets you select which tweaks you want to apply to your Nexus S including BLD, BLN, BLX, Custom Voltage, Deepidle, Liveoc, Screendimmer, TouchWake and more, meaning you no longer need to edit init scripts. The app restores settings upon boot. If for any reason you want...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 26, 2011

ICS Port Surfaces For The Nexus S

Just as we said a few days ago when the ICS SDK and sources surfaced across the web, it was simply a matter of time before we started seeing devices with ports all across the web. The first one that apparently showed up during this past weekend was the port for the Nexus One. Now, it was brought to our attention that several other devices are getting ports although a few of them are having some issues getting off the...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 3, 2011

Android 2.3.7 Hits The Streets!

Well, it seems that the people/team behind Gingerbread really do not want to see this fantastic version of Android to be left behind and forgotten. Because of this, they decided to start rolling out what is likely to be one of the last updates to Gingerbread, Android 2.3.7. Several devices received OTAs being pushed in about a week and a half ago. Needless to say, between that time and now, roms of all sizes and colors have surfaced for a...

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Sam Caplat · Sep 28, 2011

BREAKING: Ice Cream Sandwich Leaked on Nexus S?

Update: Evidence has surfaced that implies that this is indeed Ice Cream Sandwich. This is (most likely a) fake. Leaks are always too coincidental. Apple lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, twice, and we sure as heck didn't believe it was real the first time. The idea of someone lucky enough to purchase a Nexus S on eBay, stocked with this highly anticipated OS from Google, takes things a bit far in the "This is totally real, please believe...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 19, 2011

Want to De-Brand Your Nexus S?

We have seen our share of great and almost unbelievable mods for our devices here at XDA. Modding the cases is always a fun thing to do, but not everyone is comfortable with sanding a $400 piece of technology, no matter how tempting the end result may be. Well, if you have a Nexus S and would love to get rid of the Samsung branding on it, XDA member stavros86 has a very nice surprise for you. Instructions are simple, just...

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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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orb3000 · Aug 11, 2011

Breaking – Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich First Shots Leaked

Thanks to a tip from XDA member jjsoviet we can bring you what has been circulating around some mobile sites regarding the leaked pictures of the upcoming and most anticipated Android 2.4/4.0, code name Ice Cream Sandwich. We can see from the pictures leaked that blue will be all around the re designed UI. Some other changes have been mentioned by the sources such as the fact that the camera will have built in panorama mode and that Gmail will...

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orb3000 · Jun 30, 2011

Skype 2.0 With Video Support Ready for download

XDA member aoprea informed us about Microsoft's new acquisition: Skype. The latest version is now ready for download, supporting video calls. Unfortunately, not all devices are supported. In fact, only a few will be capable of using this: Google Nexus S HTC Desire S Sony Ericsson Xperia neo Sony Ericsson Xperia pro The latest version also features a major UI overhaul and SMS support. We wonder why it´s only supported on a few devices, having great phones with front facing...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 27, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 41

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we'll concentrate on three officially sanctioned Google Experience devices: the Google Nexus S, the Google Nexus One, and the Motorola XOOM. Q: I frequently get force closes in acore and google services framework. How do I fix this? [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.] A: Really easy, this will fix either...

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mic_888 · Jun 6, 2011

Set Custom Voltage On Your Nexus S With Proton Voltage Control

Setting custom voltages on your Nexus S can involve messing around with command line codes and scripts, so there is some good news for those running a supported version of Netarchy kernels 1.3.0.6 and up. XDA forum forum member Jonathon Grigg has written Proton Voltage Control, an app to make setting custom voltages easy! All you need to do is enter your new voltages in the text boxes or use one of the 3 base settings, hit 'Apply' to test...

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egzthunder1 · May 17, 2011

Don’t Like Sprint’s Touch On Your GV? If So, Read On…

Sometimes good things change either for better or worse. There are very split opinions on Google Voice's marriage with Sprint to the tune of "love it or hate it" type of mentality. Surely, being able to keep your minutes intact is a wonderful thing and having everything deal with Google Voice is good and dandy, but because of the things that are needed to be "given up," some people are not so inclined nor happy with the transition. One such...

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Will Verduzco · May 2, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 35

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. Q: I have a little headphone icon showing up in the system tray, and I have no idea why, or what exactly it means is happening. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.] A: While the notification pops up at seemingly random some times, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Honeycomb simply...

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Ben Elliott · Apr 29, 2011

Android 2.3.4 About to Roll Out to Nexus S, Available for Download Now

The release of a new version of the Android operating system brings with it a new base on which to find cutting-edge ROMs for almost all devices. Gingerbread 2.3.4 is the latest to be announced - an incremental update, which will of course first be rolled out over the air to Google's flagship Nexus S before finding its way onto other recent devices (and naturally to less recent phones through custom ROMs). An update for the Nexus One won't be...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 15, 2011

Nexus S Gets a Desire S Port – And Sense!

It looks like this week has been rather interesting and full of ports. Basically, it looks as if XDA was making a place where all phone are treated as equal, regardless of the UI. XDA member apreichner put this theory into practice by making a port of the Desire S rom for the Samsung Nexus S. In essence, this means that this device can now use Sense (something that Samsung devices normally cannot do). Having said that, please keep in...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 21, 2011

Google Nexus S Gains BLN Thanks To Custom Kernel

Feeling a bit upset that your "Pure Google" superphone lacks LED notifications to let you know something's calling for your attention when the screen's off? Luckily, XDA forum members Morfic and Neldar have a solution for you! Thanks to their collective efforts, The Nexus S now supports Backlight Notifications (BLN) through the use of Neldar's fantastic Backlight Notifications application. Morfic's custom kernel also supports a 1.4 GHz overclock, so even if you're feeling a need for speed, they have you covered....

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Will Verduzco · Mar 21, 2011

NFC Task Launcher Unleashes NFC’s Automation Potential

Ever wish that the seldom, if ever, used NFC chip on your Nexus S got a little bit more action? Luckily XDA Forum Member krohnjw felt the same way and created a new application that lets you use NFC tags to control your mobile device via profiles! NFC Task Launcher will undoubtedly feel very familiar for those who have used Tasker, but with the added cool factor of using NFC tags rather than time, location, or events to initiate profiles....

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Will Verduzco · Feb 24, 2011

Gingerbread 2.3.3 GRI40 Update.zips Found for Nexus One and Nexus S!

Yes, you read right! Our own XDA Forum member trebor_88 was able to locate the GRI40 from FRG83G update.zip for the Nexus One, while XDA member krohnjw was able to find the GRI40 from GRH78 link for the Nexus S. If you're a developer looking to get cooking, or happen to be a user running a stock ROM, you may want to give give these a download! Continue to this thread to get your fix and discuss the update!

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TheRomMistress · Feb 24, 2011

Statusbar PulldownMod for CyanogenMod 7

With the continual development of Cyanogen Mod, occasionally you may run into outdated mods and morphs. Luckily, XDA member rori~ has continued development on his Statusbar PulldownMod morph and has provided us with an update for use with CM7 . Whether your phone is HDPI or MDPI, you can benefit from this clean and practical notification bar. According to the developer, this morph can be used with all nightlies after CM7 RL1 and has been confirmed working with the following phones: - LeoGingerBread - Nexus S - G2 - EVO - Desire...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 16, 2011

Run CM7 While Keeping Things Stock on Your Nexus S

We all love Cyanogenmod roms due to their versatility, speed, and overall good quality. However, there are members who may not want everything that comes with a CM rom and want something a bit more stock. If this describes you in any way, check out what XDA member frank707 has done for Nexus S owners. The mod simply removes and replaces a few apps in the rom, particularly the Launcher, which gets replaced by Android's stock launcher (which is actually...

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