February 3, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
If you have a phone with an NFC chip and aren’t using Google Wallet, now’s your chance. Check out this thread for reports of working NFC payment locations.
January 2, 2012 By: Former Writer
Using a hex editor to unlock a phone can be a very challenging task, especially if one does not have good knowledge of hex. More difficult still if it’s something that needs to be done on the fly.
Well, if you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy 4g, then the difficulty level has just dropped to nearly nothing.
XDA Senior Member FBis251 has written out a script, run through an existing app in the Android Market, that will get you those unlock codes without dealing with the angst of hex editing. The only prerequisite is that you need a functional T-Mobile simcard for the time being, although he’s working on a way to get it to users without one. It’s a relatively simple procedure:
1) Download the script file, save it on the SD card
2) Download Script Manager from the market
3) Open Script Manager and run the script from the SD card
4) When the dialog comes up asking you to run the script, tap on SU (it will turn green) and tap Run
5) Your unlock code will be shown on the screen and will be saved as unlock_code.txt on your sd card
That’s a very simple, free and non-headache inducing way of getting those unlock codes you’ve been looking for. If you want to check out the other features and some screenshot goodness, you can follow the link for the original thread.
Last week, T-Mobile issued the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update to Nexus S customers. Great news for some, miserable news for others. I didn’t found out exactly what all Google and T-Mobile included in the update, but apparently a new bootloader was included. For some users, that meant a nice, Nexus-shaped brick.
So XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos of Team Hummingmod set out to do what they do best: unbricking devices. And they released revision 37 of the UnBrickable Resurrector, which added support for the Nexus S.
Using Linux, the UnBrickable Resurrector, and the latest version of Java, Team Hummingmod’s solution brings your Nexus S back to life in six steps. No hardware modification needed, at all.
Your only other option is, at the moment, through JTAG. “This method works by injecting a specially modified bootloader which calls back code used by the IROM for secure boot, but without security checks,” AdamOutler explained, “The unsecure code is uploaded into the device and the pointer is set to execute the proper location, thereby booting the device off USB.”
AdamOutler is currently working on the UnBrickable Mod hardware solution. While what he has should work in theory, he’s looking for either working or non-working Nexus S phones to prove it, and make a Do-It-Yourself guide.
If you would like to lend your Nexus S to the cause, or if you’d like to check out the software solution, UnBrickable Resurrector, please visit the development thread.