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Former Writer · Dec 30, 2012

External Mics on Galaxy Devices Just One Resistor Away

Android devices support a lot of external devices. From Bluetooth speakers to external hard drives, there really isn't much you can't hook up to an Android device anymore. However, one thing that users may have trouble with is an external microphone. XDA Elite Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos are at it again. This time with a hardware mod that will allow better external mic support on most Samsung Galaxy devices. This includes the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera....

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jerdog · Dec 17, 2012

Dangerous Exynos 4 Security Hole Demoed and Plugged by Chainfire

We recently told you about the Exynos4 security hole found by XDA Member alephzain. This is a security hole in the kernel that allows malicious code full access to all physical memory. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire would have none of it, and not only pointed out the security hole by creating an app that roots your device without ODIN, but also provided a way to plug it. His application, aptly named ExynosAbuse APK, gains root privileges via the ExynosAbuse exploit and...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 5, 2012

Heimdall and USB Logging Tutorial – XDA Developer TV

Today on XDA Developer TV, XDA Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV first timer Benjamin Dobell gives us a tutorial on USB logging. Dobell is responsbile for Heimdall. Heimdall is an open source cross platform flashing utility much like Odin, but better. Heimdall lets you flash ROMs on Samsung devices, only Heimdall runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X. In today's video, Dobell introduces himself and his Heimdall suite. He then he shows you how to log the USB connection...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 18, 2012

Samsung Demands to See Recent Agreement Between HTC & Apple

"Why not upset the Apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway." - Frank A. Clarke The news that Apple and HTC had decided to settle their differences outside of the courtroom in favor of a licensing agreement came as shock to many, not the least of whom was Samsung. Not only are they somewhat surprised at this turn of events, but they are also very, very curious---so curious in fact, that they've asked the courts to force...

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Conan Troutman · Nov 17, 2012

Jelly Bean Leak for the International Galaxy S II

Well, it's been a long time coming. But after a whole load of nay-saying, conjecture, and incessant optimism, Samsung Galaxy S II owners can finally grab hold of a leaked Samsung test build of Android 4.1. Although Jelly Bean has been available for the Galaxy S II for some time now, there's been no sign of a version from Samsung. But thanks to XDA Forum Member izap, build XXLSJ based on Android 4.1.2 is now available to download. The build features...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 15, 2012

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II S-Pen Overview – XDA Developer TV

The story of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is an interesting one. When the first Samsung Galaxy Note came out, many people panned it, saying it was too large to be a usable phone and too small to be a usable tablet. The sales must have been good enough because Samsung has released the Galaxy Note II, and it's bigger than before. So we got our hands on one, and we took it for a test drive. This is the...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 14, 2012

Patent System Fail: All your Rectangle with Rounded Corners are Belong to Apple

In a move for which no level of facepalm can suffice, the USPTO granted Apple a patent for a rectangle with rounded corners last week. Regardless of how ridiculous it may sound, sadly it's true. According to patent no. D670,286, design rights for a "portable display device" with an external shape that is a rectangle with rounded corners are now owned by Apple. (more…)

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jerdog · Nov 12, 2012

S-Memo Stores Google Account Passwords in Clear Text, Viewable When Rooted

There are always inherent risks when you root your device, though voiding your warranty in and of itself is not one of them, unlike what manufacturers would have you believe. Instead, the real risks are those things like having your /data partition readable by any app in the /system partition, as XDA Recognized Developer and Forum Moderator graffixnyc found out recently. While browsing his AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 on a lazy Saturday afternoon, graffixnyc opened the Samsung S-Memo SQLite files and...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 11, 2012

CM/AOKP-Style Long-Press Back to Kill on TouchWiz ROMs

Custom Android ROMs are great because they often bring bonus features that let us make the most of our smartphones. While some may be perfectly happy with their current ROM, many will find themselves longing for more once they see it in another build. If you find yourself bringing up a task manager app or going into settings to manually kill misbehaving apps, CyanogenMod and AOKP (as well as a few other ROMs) allow you to long-press the back button...

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jerdog · Nov 1, 2012

“Apology” Didn’t Cut It; Apple Ordered to Really Apologize

Last week, we told you about Apple's creative "apology." We expressed our opinion that Apple failed at following the order from the UK Court of Appeals. The court felt the same way, and has ordered Apple to correct their statement within 48 hours. It must be in at least 11-point font instead of the small text used by Apple and ON the front page rather than a linked page as Apple attempted to do. They called the statement Apple posted as...

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jerdog · Oct 27, 2012

An “Apology” Like No Other

My wife and I thoroughly enjoy the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance. One of our favorite scenes is the following exchange between the two principal characters, Adele (played by Charlize Theron) and Rannulph (Matt Damon): Rannulph: There something you wanted to tell me? Adele: Well, I'm trying to think of how to say it, Junuh. There is a purpose to this visit... ...and that's to apologize. I'm not an apologetic woman, it takes me longer to organize my thoughts. I want to...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 23, 2012

The Weekly Apple FAIL Update

OK. This isn't exactly a weekly update, but the battle that seemed to be over just a little over a month and change ago is still seeing some remnants of action. 10/11/12 was a fantastic day for Android enthusiasts as well as Samsung and Google since the patent-based ruling over the Global Search feature on Android was overturned by an Appeals Court in the US. When this happened, we all saw a faint ray of light coming in through the...

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jerdog · Oct 21, 2012

LIVE: Samsung Developers Q&A at Big Android BBQ

There has been a lot of discussion recently about Samsung and their lack of open source code for the Exynos processor on the Galaxy S2 i9100 and Galaxy S3 i9300. XDA-Developers is at the Big Android BBQ in Dallas, TX this weekend, and Samsung Developers is hosting a Q&A. We'll be updating this LIVE, as often as we can and as the overloaded WiFi network allows. They have also let us know that they will be sharing news on Exynos and source code. You can...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 15, 2012

More Devices, More Love, No Triangles – Triangle Away Reaches v2.05

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know what Triangle Away is. If you don’t, Triangle Away is a way to reset the flash counter on Samsung devices. That’s right. In their infinite wisdom, Samsung decided to keep track of the number of times you flash custom firmware to your device. Obstinately, this is to allow them to deny warranties and blame the hardware issues on unauthorized firmware. The logic seems flawed with the solid firmware available on...

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Former Writer · Oct 12, 2012

Need a Samsung USB Jig? Build Your Own

The USB jig for Samsung devices can be immensely useful. When used properly, they force a Samsung device into download mode so you can flash firmware over Odin and restore it to working order. It is especially useful when you've broken pretty much everything and need a fresh start. Additionally, it completely resets your flash counter. There is an application that can do this called TriangeAway by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, but it's always good to have additional options. If you find...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 9, 2012

Samsung Aware of Exynos Documentation Issue

Those who have followed the Samsung development community recently have no doubt noticed the current difficulties caused by a lack of proper documentation for the Exynos SoC. While Samsung has traditionally acted favorably towards the community, the lack of documentation is hampering aftermarket development efforts. Because lack of proper documentation makes it much more difficult (or impossible) for the developers to work with the devices, several high profile devs have expressed their distaste with the situation. In fact, XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx of...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 3, 2012

Truth About Mobile Device Screens – Explanations, Comparisons, Misconceptions – XDA Developer TV

On today’s XDA Developer TV, Mad Scientist Erica presents us another short documentary video. Today’s topic is screen display technologies, or more specifically mobile device display technologies. With a bevy of devices sporting differing screen display technologies, Erica delves into this topic showing the strengths and weaknesses of each product. In this video Erica talks about what LCD and AMOLED screens are, how they are made, and the science behind them. Then, she talks about some common misconceptions of display...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 26, 2012

Samsung, What Did We Do to Make You Hate Us? – XDA Developer TV

According to most reports, Samsung has almost 45 to 50 percent of the Android phone market. Being the largest Android phone device creator has it benefits. Samsung has often cooperated with developers, and we have created a great relationship with them. This relationship has created many great results. However, there seems to be a growing apart in our relationship lately. XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch calls Samsung out. Azrienoch talks about Samsung’s past and gives them recommendations. What do developers...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 25, 2012

UART USB Guide for Galaxy Devices

Once upon a time, a white knight in shinning armor by the name of XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler brought us tons upon tons of knowledge on hardware specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Captivate and a few other related devices. He and a few other devs like XDA Forum Member TheBeano and Recognized Developer UberPinguin also brought us the key to opening up an door for hardware mischief, and in turn revealed an entire world of possibilities for aspiring devs and end users alike....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Aug 28, 2012

Remotely Control Samsung Devices from Your PC with TeamViewer QuickSupport

Want to access and control your Samsung Android device from your PC? You can now do so easily and securely using TeamViewer QuickSupport, which was just released in the Google Play Store. While TeamViewer has been available on Android for some time, previous versions only allowed you to remotely control your PC from your Android device. That is quite a useful feature, but at times when you're working on your PC, it's handy to be able to control your phone...

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