Unbrick Guide for US Carrier-Branded SGS3
It is inevitable for nearly all devices with heavy development that the occasional mistake is made and a device goes down. This is commonly referred to as bricking, and there are different kinds of bricks—soft and hard. While hard bricks are nearly impossible to fix without OEM support, soft bricks can usually be brought back. With the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S III, there’s already a soft bricking problem going around. Thankfully, there’s also a fix going around.
XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer mskip has released a solution for users who accidentally soft bricked their devices trying to flash a GSM boot image. The devices are brand new, so there’s still a question of what works and what doesn’t, and flashing a GSM boot image is apparently one of those things that doesn’t work.
Each variant has their own files, but the process is identical. Users simply need to download their phone’s stock boot image and flash it via Odin. This should fix the issue and restore the phone to working status. It should be noted that these files are not factory tarballs wherein this won’t work if you need to restore to a stock, unrooted ROM. These fix only the GSM boot image brick issue. As stated, the process is identical but the files are different so be sure you pick up the file for your variant.
Those in need of unbricking should head to the Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile threads.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
In our recent Discuss article, we asked you readers on which OEM you would like to help. While the answers we received were varied, a lot of these responses and top comments stood out for helping one OEM: Sony. Some excerpts from our discussion are as below: And many more follow suit. Needless to say, many believe that Sony Mobile as a company is great and is worth saving. And all of these would be happy to hear that Sony will...
The smartphone revolution has passed. Everybody has mobile apps. Some of these apps have access to very important information. Your mobile banking app gives you access to your money. Your Dropbox app could hold your secret plans to world domination. These apps should have greater protection than your Trivia Crack game. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that enables you to control access to your apps. XDA Senior Member defim created...
Most manufacturers have moments of greatness and moments of decadence, and in the past few years we've some of our favorite companies' tables turned. Some are stagnating, some are struggling, some lack direction. Despite this, we often hold them dear to our hearts. Many of them could use a hand, be it with design, marketing, or other tasks. If you could help out an OEM and take it back to its golden days, which one would it be?