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Posts Tagged: Samsung Nexus S

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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 slightly.

Ironically enough, the first ICS SDK-port for the Nexus One actually had already appeared four days earlier. However, as is the case with the majority of SDK-ports, the lack of hardware acceleration made things dreadfully sluggish. Instead, AOSP builds are indeed the Droids you’re looking for.

Four days ago, we broke news of the ICS Source Code release and predicted an imminent rush of AOSP builds. We are happy to announce that not only has XDA forum member dr1337 begun the Nexus One AOSP porting effort, but several other devices have joined the tide. Thanks to the hard work by XDA forum members dizgustipatedMongooseHelixstritfajt, jaybob413, onecosmic, Chaosz-X, and zFr3eak; the Nexus S, Droid Eris, Hero, Hero CDMA, Galaxy S I9000, Desire, and Desire HD now have their first tastes of Google’s latest treat.

Without further ado, here are the links to get started on your own device:

While none of the releases have quite the level of polish required to be made daily drivers, their mere presence just days after the source code release speaks wonders of the amazing talent housed within our development community.

If there are any other AOSP builds that I have left out, please send me a PM through the forums, and I will promptly add them to the list!

NSTools To Manage Various Tweaks

November 7, 2011   By:

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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 to reset NSTools config, you can just install reset_nstools.zip in Recovery.

NSTools is for Root users only and is available to download for free in the Android Market. For more information, head on over to the application thread.

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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 ground. The Nexus S seems to not be having this problem because XDA member HAKA has released a working port for it. As it has been the case since the beginning of time on xda, the ports are always works in progress, but this one seems to be doing rather well to be so young (about 4 days old and counting). It seems that the core functionality is all there including a buggy but usable camera, 3G, and a few other things that are normally broken in most ports, until they get fixed, that is.

Again, do not expect this to be a “working out of the box” kinda deal, but you can certainly get a taste of what is yet to come before the year end hits. Please take it for a spin and leave some feedback so that the dev can keep ironing out the bugs.

Updated Port of the ICS

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Android 2.3.7 Hits The Streets!

October 3, 2011   By:

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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 ton of devices across the site thanks to people like XDA member qbking77 who decided to pull out the update out of a friend’s device . Among them, we can see roms and updates to the new OS on the Nexus S, Nexus One, SGS2, and a few others.

There are already roms out from famous groups such as ACS and Cyanogen. So, if you are itching to have the latest of the latest before ICS hits the streets (either as a leak, via eBay, or as an official update), you should do a quick search on your device forum and see what you can find.

Friend got the OTA so I pulled the file out 

You can find more information in one of the various threads across the site, like this one!

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Thank you SimplyD for the heads up!

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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 me!” world. Especially with the version openly advertised as “Ice Cream Sandwich”, instead of a code–name. We know how Google likes code-names, so why not use one now?

However fake this may be, it’s still interesting to see how Gingerbread could look if squashed against Honeycomb with a meat tenderizer. Photos of Ice Cream Sandwich leaked several months ago, and this doesn’t look anything like it. It looks better. Popular speculation is this is an independent development. A custom ROM, made to look like ICS. Take Honeycomb and scale it down, add a little functionality to make navigation easier and look fancier on a lower resolution.  And you have the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.

This leak came with a two minute video, featuring a quick demonstration of the ROM and its differences to Gingerbread. If this is real, it’s opens up a whole new arena of questions as to how this got onto eBay. Movies in post-production can’t be exported, carried out onto the streets, and sold on eBay, so how did this OS leave the office on a brand-new unit of Google’s flagship device without a fuss? Tighten security, Google. That, or stop fobbing us off with fake leaks.

Let’s hope this development is distributed publicly. I want it, as I’m sure you do. If it’s real.

Want to De-Brand Your Nexus S?

September 19, 2011   By:

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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 go through your desk, find a pencil with an eraser on one end, and rub away. Yup, that simple. I know it isn’t the most ellaborate mod ever, but whoever said that the path to greatness needed to be a hard one?

Anyways, if you do this, please share some screenshots to show off your pencil wielding abilities.

I decided to perform a thought I had for long time….remove samsung logo!

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks AllGamer for the tip!

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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 is not enough or if your JTAG pins are nonfunctional.

In the words of the developer:

What is it?
Info how to bypass secure booting mechanism built in S5PC110 CPU’s iROM on lowest level and create code loadable even with totally damaged bootloader, without use of JTAG.

Okay, how useful is it?
I’ve got no clue, it all depends on you. Our main target, which is almost done, is ability to revive any hard-bricked hardware built on S5PC110 without use of JTAG (for eg. when JTAG pads had been damaged)

In order to get started, venture forth to the original thread.

[Thanks AdamOutler for the tip!]

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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 be completely re-themed.

Good news is that the Nexus S will be upgradeable after Nexus Prime, also other older devices -1 year old- will follow shortly after. At this point, we can only speculate from the pictures as nothing has been officially said, so please leave your comments or ideas regarding what you think will be included on the new Ice Cream Sandwich.

Originally posted by jjsoviet
First Look: Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Eyup, no kidding you folks. Here are the sources for Google’s upcoming phone/tablet Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Continue on to the discussion thread

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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 cameras. If you are one of the lucky owners of any of these devices, you can get the app on the market or directly in the Skype page.

Let us know your comments please, perhaps we can make Skype re consider and include some more.

Originally posted by aoprea
Skype 2.0 video released

The number of devices suported is very limited:
* Google Nexus S
* HTC Desire S
* Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
* Sony Ericsson Xperia pro

Strange decision for skype with only this devices suported ….

Continue to the discussion thread.

The Weekly Q&A: Week 41

June 27, 2011   By:

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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 android.process.acore force closing or google.services.framework force closing.

WARNING!: This will wipe contacts. It seems acore fc’s when there are corrupted contacts. Usually by restoring contacts on an incompatible ROM….
And will temporarily wipe market list. So backup your contacts!

Step by step:
0. Make sure Sync is off, leave it off for some time!
1. Go into settings
2. Select Applications
3. Select Manage Applications
4. (If you are on 2.2) Select the All tab
5. Scroll down until you find Contacts Storage (select it).
6. Wipe data+clear cache(If available)
7. Hit back
8. Scroll down until you find Google Services Framework (select it)
9. Wipe data+clear cache (if available)
10. Reboot and enjoy

Enable sync again when your convinced that the error has gone.

Q: Does the $5.99 T-zones hack [work] on the Nexus S? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: Unlike the Nexus One, the IMEIs of the Nexus S are known to T-Mobile and you are forced to upgrade to a more recent plan. Of course there are ways around this, but they are achieved through duplicitous means.

Q: Is it worth it moving my apps to the [internal] SD Card on my NS? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: Do not move apps if you wish for them to be accessible immediately after boot (i.e. widgets). Additionally, you should be aware that FAT32, which is used on the USB Storage partition, is slower than EXT4, which is used in the /data partition. I would only start moving them over to .android_secure if you’re running low on space.

Q: What are all the Nexus S *# commands (secret codes)? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: Many, but not all, of the ones in the Wiki for Galaxy S phones work.

Q: I’ve been invited to the Google Music Beta and have uploaded my songs but I can’t access them on my XOOM. When I open the music app, it just tells me that I should connect via USB to transfer songs onto my XOOM? [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]

A: In order to fix this issue, you must download the newest version from the market.

That wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

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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 out performance, if they look good, re-enter and check ‘Save on Boot’ and finally hit ‘Apply’. Your new voltages should then be applied on each startup.

Proton Voltage Control is fully open sourced.

To download the application and for the link to the source code, head on over to the application thread.

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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 individual is XDA member zikronix who decided that he did not want to merge his cell number with his GV number for various reasons, including concerns about privacy on the text messages. However, GV is still something the member wanted to have, so he crafted a handy guide on how to keep Google Voice “classic” and not go down the Sprint route. The guide is less than 10 steps long and relatively simple to follow.

Please give this a go if you are a Google Voice user. If you have any suggestions for improvement of this guide or if you simply would like to leave some feedback, drop by and do so.

Ok so I orginally thought the idea of GV integration with sprint was awesome…after fiddling with it. I was very disappointed.

The problems I had with it were…I dont want to use my GV number as my primary. I dont want to change my GV number to my cell number. Each option had issues that I felt needed to be addressed. Changing my GV number to my cell made it to where txt would be comming into my phone via gv app. Yes there is a work around but ita annoying and I dont want my text stored on line.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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Thanks zikronix for the tip!

The Weekly Q&A: Week 35

May 2, 2011   By:

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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 places a headphones icon in the notification area to let you know that the Music Player app is running in the background. Sometimes, this is triggered by disconnecting headphones or removing the tablet from the dock.

Q: I don’t know what happened but yesterday after i restarted my N1, most of my apps on SD Card couldn’t seemed anymore! Apps are on the list, on the desktop and on the apps settings (without original icon). But my system doesn’t connect apps on my sd card. [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.]

A: It’s quite possible that the SD card has become corrupted. XDA forum member habs25 had a similar experience and was able to solve his woes with CHKDSK built into Windows. If that fails, a low level format of the SD card and reinstalling the old applications should do the trick.

Q: I want to be able to plug my DSLR camera directly into the USB on my Xoom and download the pictures. Is this possible if I root and use the new Tiamat Kernel? [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]

A: While you currently cannot connect a camera directly to the XOOM to download images (unless your camera supports USB Mass Storage mode), the easiest way to do this would be to use a USB card reader with your XOOM. An excellent guide is available in the forums on how to use USB Mass Storage with things like card readers and thumb drives.

Q: I was streaming a tv show and paused it and turned the screen off to answer a phone call. After about a 10 minute conversation i went to turn it back on and nothing. Holding down the power button doesn’t do anything. I plugged it into the charger and nothing also. I am rooted with custom kernel installed with SetCPU to scale all the way up to 1500 MHz. It’s been overclocked for a few weeks. When streaming I did notice it getting a couple degrees over 100 fahrenheit but didn’t think that much of it cuz my EVO can get a lot hotter. I didn’t buy a warranty through Best Buy, so I haven’t checked what their return policy is. I’m sure Motorola has some sort of warranty which I KNOW I voided with the rooting and such. What should I do? I’ve only had this thing for less than a month. It’s the wifi only version. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]

A: As XDA forum member Rajones19 points out, “Might have just been a lock-up. Did you try to reboot it by holding down Power and Volume Up? That’s saved me a few times when things came to a crashing halt.”

Q: We have no lanyard hole in the Nexus S. Any ideas how to attach it? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]

A: Unfortunately, there really is no place to attach a lanyard to the Nexus S. While you may be able to thread a lanyard through the speaker holes in the removable battery back, we don’t recommend it… That is, unless you want your phone going flying at the slightest tug. But hey, that would keep your battery back from hitting the ground with catastrophic fury!

That about wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.

 

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