POSTS TAGGED: Samsung Nexus S

In Depth Nexus S Battery Study Brings About Surprising Conclusions

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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 variety of conditions such as screen on/off, while music is playing, with different governors and even CPU Clock frequency. Of course, bedalus wanted to make a special note. Do NOT try this at home, it could be very damaging to your Nexus S.

The results were rather sta. . . READ ON »

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

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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 available but installing it requires a rooted device. Additionally many users may prefer to have the Market version to ensure they have the latest updates installed. If you already sideloaded the APK to your device, be sure to uninstall it co. . . READ ON »
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ClockworkMod Touch Recovery For Galaxy Nexus & Nexus S

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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 fast boot, so be sure you’ve got your ADB drivers all lined up and your device installed correctly before proceeding. Here you can see a video of how it works.

Despite the beta is only available for a select few devices, we expect to see it soon for more devices. Until then, we still have to use the “o. . . READ ON »

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Plethora of Tweaks Released for All Nexus S ICS ROMs

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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 Cream Sandwich ROMs.

The tweaks cover a range of things, from RAM optimization to build.prop modifications and there’s well over half a dozen easily flashable tweaks in all.

Of course, as with flashing any tweaks, there is the disclaimer. As brainmaster writ. . . READ ON »

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DianXin OS; A Unique Android-Based Chinese OS

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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 go through and are only available on a couple of devices. Namely, the GSM and CDMA versions of the Samsung Galaxy S.

The people who are working on it currently are the aforementioned qtwrk on the GSM model and XDA Senior Member swamp goblin, who ported it to the CDMA versio. . . READ ON »

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

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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 a sigh of relief for those who aren’t ROM flashing aficionados or, like myself, are among those who spend way too much time on XDA.

For more info, check out that link to the original thread. If you’ve been a victim of the rare, but . . . READ ON »

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Nexus S Gets Official ICS Upgrade

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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 waiting a bit for that.. . . READ ON »

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Is the Galaxy Nexus Still a “Nexus?”

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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 what a Nexus device is, and what the term has come to mean. According to Andy Rubin himself, a Nexus device is, “the pinnacle of what we can achieve when integrating Android onto a piece of hardware.”. . . READ ON »

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Google’s Dianne Hackborn Dispels Android Hardware Acceleration Myths

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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 compositing for years. This means that all window animations were also always hardware accelerated.

Unlike window compositing, drawing inside of a window ha. . . READ ON »

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