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jerdog · Nov 14, 2013

Shock and Awe: OEMs Cause Android Security Issues

It should come as no surprise that here at XDA, we are always calling on the OEMs to do a better job of removing the bloat of their custom UIs (Samsung - we're looking at you and your now insane TouchWiz size) and improving the overall user experience. What may come as a shock to some, though, is that a recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University says that those same OEMs, and their incessant need to have a custom...

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Samantha · Jun 18, 2013

Get the Android 4.2.2 Status Bar on Your Gingerbread-Based Samsung

There are still quite a few of folks who run Gingerbread on their devices---either because their devices have started to age a little bit, or the stability of ports of later versions is just not cutting it. However this doesn't mean that they should be left out in the cold in terms of new functions and features, as XDA Recognized Themer and Contributor SpaceCaker has created a guide to get the Samsung Android 4.2.2 status bar and toggles on your Samsung device...

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Jimmy McGee · May 27, 2013

Flash Galaxy S 4 Custom ROM and Recovery, Testing Android Apps with Robotium – XDA Developer TV

XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire has worked around Samsung's attempt to block rooting your phone. Therefore, new devices have been added to CF-Auto-Root. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is a tutorial on testing your app with Robotium. And in related news, there is an article on how flash custom ROMs and Recovery to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Jordan talks about the other...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 24, 2013

Goodbye Samsung! Hello HTC! Steve’s Change in OEMs – XDA Developer TV

If you’ve seen XDA Developer TV Producer Steve’s video on switching from Windows Phone to Android, you know Steve has no problem sharing his thoughts. He has been reviewing apps on the different operating systems. He has been using Samsung Devices to represent Android and Windows Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung ATIV S, respectively. However, his satisfaction with his Samsung devices has waned and he is switching to HTC. Steve takes the time to explain why Samsung...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Mar 3, 2013

Tizen OS: Brief History, Roots, and Current Status

This year's Mobile World Conference was different from most. There were still all the device presentations, announcements, and revelations that we've come to expect from the biggest tech event of the mobile industry each year. What's different was that this time, the spotlight wasn't taken by hardware, but rather by software---and for good reason. After all, it isn't every day that three upcoming mobile operating systems backed by big names like Samsung, Intel, Mozilla, and Canonical are showcased at the...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 19, 2013

Highlights from This Year’s International CES

Another wonderful International CES has passed us by. The event was filled with many exciting displays, like the Intel Ultrabook Tree, but most important were the announcements made by many manufactures. Some announcements are still years out, embodying nothing more than an idea. Other announcements having working prototypes, while still others are in the final stages before release or have been released. (more…)

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 1, 2013

Add Custom Boot Animation to Any Samsung ROM

Due to the open nature of Android, at times device manufacturers make absolutely ridiculous decisions in an attempt to set their devices apart from those of the competitors. A perfect example of this is Samsung's choice of using a proprietary QMG format for its boot animations, as opposed to the standard bootanimation.zip format used on Android by default. The QMG files need to be created using the expensive Qmage commercial software, thus effectively barring the average consumer from cooking up...

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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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