Sunday, 19 May 2013

Writers Needed

So I have decided to move forward with this blog and expand the phones covered in the blog, so to that end I'm in need of 2 writers to publish a couple of story's/tutorials and app reviews  a week. If interested please contact me via email or leave a comment in this post.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Pre orders of Samsung Galaxy s3 on Amazon Germany

With a flurry of Samsung Galaxy S3 rumours hitting the web on a now daily basis, the German arm of online retail giant Amazon has gone one further making the next-generation Android handset available for pre-order ahead of the handset’s official release date.
With the official Samsung Galaxy S3 release date expected to be confirmed at the handset’s official unveiling on May 3rd, Amazon Germany has offered eager consumers the chance to snap up the as yet unconfirmed handset earlier than planned handing the potential iPhone 4S rival a 599 Euros (£491) price tag.
Suggesting the handset will land with a 12-megapixel camera, the Amazon Germany Samsung Galaxy S3 listing has claimed to out the handset’s full specs sheet with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display featuring alongside 16GB of internal storage, inbuilt LED flash and Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Specs

Far from the first time the third-generation Galaxy S handset has had its claimed specs splashed across the web, recent rumours, which come courtesy of gadget blog Boy Genius Report, suggested the iPhone 4S rival will land with a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor and Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Further marking the Samsung Galaxy S3 out as the leader of the smartphone market, the latest reports have suggested the handset will boast a 4.8-inch display with a stunning Full HD 1080p resolution and a film friendly 16:9 aspect ratio.

Elsewhere am unnamed Korean source has suggested the handset will boast a wireless conductive charging option. Although the reports have failed to indicate whether or not the required, and potentially costly, charging base station would come packaged with the handset, it is claimed the upcoming flagship Android handset will be able to restore its power reserves at a distance of 1-2 metres from the charging base.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Release Date


Originally widely expected to be the showpiece of MWC 2012, just before the Barcelona based show Samsung confirmed that it would hold off the Samsung Galaxy S3 release until later in the year.

“The successor to the GALAXY S II smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product,” an official spokesperson for the Korean tech giant announced.

Since Samsung’s disappointing revelation, the Galaxy S3 launch has become a thing of much speculation with the tech giant earlier this week issuing official event invites to the launch of a “new Galaxy” event for May 3rd, an event widely expected to see the S3 enter the realms of reality.

Source -  http://www.t3.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s3-pre-orders
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Friday, 13 April 2012

(Guide) (Beginners) You have rooted your phone, now what can you do



(Guide) (Beginners) You have rooted your phone, now what can you do

So welcome to the world of being rooted, you now have a nice shiny new rooted Android phone, but what can you do now. Well I have decided to start this thread to tell you what you can now do. This guide is for beginners and should be treated as it is intended, keeping it simple and just going over the basics.

Super User
When you have a rooted phone you will need this little app called super user that has a massive job. When you rooted your phone it will have more than likely come with this app, if not then you can download it here. The basic idea behind super user is to control the root access to you phone. Your phone must have this app before you continue with the rest of this guide. Using Super User is easy when you open an app that needs root access a prompt will come up asking if you want to allow this app super user access, giving you two options deny or allow.

Clockwork Mod Recovery (CWM)
Once you have rooted your phone one of first thing you need to do is make sure you have Clockwork Mod Recovery. All phones have a recovery mode that can be accessed when turning on your phone or some root access apps allow you to access recovery mode through them. What CWM recovery does is modifies this recovery mode to make it better, allowing you to flash nearly anything you want or need, such as roms, themes and kernels. Also through CWM Recovery you can create a nandroid backup, which is a backup of your whole current rom, you can also carry factory data wipes and more advance features.
So how do you get CWM, well the first thing to do is check, depending what root method you used you might have it all ready (power off your phone and then hold the power, home and volume up buttons together until you enter recovery mode). You will know if you have CWM Recovery by looking at the top of the screen is should say “Clockworkmod Recovery”; if it doesn’t then you need to get it. The easy way to get CWM is by downloading the app Rom Manager (talked about below), open Rom Manager and there is an option to flash Clockwork Mod recovery, select that select which phone you have and it will do the rest for you.
Controls for CWM Recovery – Then volume buttons allow you to move and the power button is used to select.

Apps
Right there are a number of apps that will take advantage of you root access, and I am going to cover what I believe are the basics.
Remember when using any app that uses the root access of your phone it can come with risks.

Rom Manager – So Rom Manager and CWM sort of go hand in hand, being that Rom Manager is the nice user friendly app, giving you control of CWM from your phone home screen. Just like in CWM you can backup and restore your rom, flash new roms, fix permitions and partition SD card. As said above you can use Rom manager to flash CWM for you straight from the app, you can download this app here.

BusyBox – Trting to keep this simple, when you have a rooted phone there are sets of commands that you do not have, installing BusyBox will give these. This is required to run some apps that require root access. I think that was simple enough, oh and before I forget you can get it here.

Titanium Backup Root – Titanium Backup is an enormously useful app. Not only can it backup apps, but it can backup apps and all their data, and it can delete apps—even system apps or bloatware (bloatware are apps that come with your phone that you normally can’t remove like Games hub), making regular backups of all your apps and their data. You can download Titanium Backup here, also if you would like to know more about how to backup and restore most things when changing roms (more about roms just below) you can use my other guide here.

These are the very basic apps that you will need to see you of into the future of a android custom android experience, I will include other cool apps that use root access in post 3.

Roms
So the best part about having a rooted phone well for me anyway is the massive list of roms out there. If you don’t know what a rom is then here we go. When you get your android phone and turn it on, you’re faced with this impressive software that allows you access to apps throught the market, make phone call, txt, maps, voice commands, email and the list is never ending. This is all done through the software known as the Rom, the rom you get when have your phone is known as a Stock Rom. Now it this stock rom that we can change to improve our Android mobile experience known as a Custom Rom, and there are lots of custom roms out there. Some are made to give you a better battery, better custimization, improved features, so to provide a vanilla experience and some try to make a balance of them all, but the main idea is to make android better. So roms are broken down into different categories, here is a breakdown of them for you.

Stock Rom – As talked about before stock roms are the software that comes with the phone, some people prefer the stock experience but I don’t. The main problem with stock roms is that manufactures will place an extra layer of software on top of the rom known as a user interface (UI), such as Samsung wither their touchwiz UI and HTC with HTC Sense UI. The problem I have with these UI are they are power hungry and well not to sound mean but touchwiz is not very well made.

AOSP – Android open Source Project is the android rom in its basic form, so it has no bloatware or power hungry UI’s. This is where you will get most of your custom roms from, there are devs within the android community most found right here on XDA, that will use AOSP and make their own custom roms with this adding to and improving it to make the best rom they can. Just as a note there is no best rom and you will never get an answer as to which is the best. Each rom is to their own and suit different people with different needs, but as a starter rom to get use to the idea of flashing roms and learning everything that is needed then I would recommend a Cyanogen Mod Rom, as this is the most popular and you will get the most advice from the community is it is the most used. You can find the Cyanogen Mod website here. The best way to find roms is to look through the forum and look in the Development and Original Development threads.

INDEX - Android Development [29 March] - Here is a Rom list from the Android Development Fourm, the list includes both ICS and GB roms, thanks to daniel_costa_rj

There is a lot more to roms that just this basic overview and I will be adding more in the future as this will take just as long as writing this whole thread, so keep an eyeout for more updates, including AOKP.

EFS Folder (Important)
Ok this is more of a you must do and not a what you can now do. So the efs folder is a very important folder within your android system that contains infomation like your IMEI number, and just well important infomation trust me it's important. When people start to mod their phone such as flashing roms, kernels e.t.c, this folder can become corrupt, making you phone usless. So backing up this folder is important and their is an easy way in which you can do this, a more user friendly way using a great app by hellcatdroid. You can get this app from google play here, and it will give you all the tools to back up the folder. I will also include a guide on further reading for you to have a look over, so please backup your efs folder.

Well that’s it for now, this is my first draft and I will be making a lot on adding and changing over the next week.
Thanks for reading and I hope this guide helps even a handful of people.

Friday, 6 April 2012

SiyahKernel for SGS2, one kernel to rule them all


Gokhanmoral has worked his magic again this time for Ice Cream Sanwhich on the Galaxy S2. If you dont know who Gokhanmoral is and you have a rooted phone then you should start to learn who he is. Well he is a master of kernels, that's right i said master and he has made a very good kernel for the Galaxy S2 with ICS, that has some pretty good features, here is a list from his thread over at XDA developers -
Features:
  • All-in-1kernel because it supports CM9, Samsung and MIUI ROMs with a single kernel image.
  • Custom CWM touch recovery with swipe gestures
  • 8 freq steps (100MHz to 1600MHz)
  • Auto-root. You can also remove root via ExTweaks app and install it without rebooting your phone again.
  • CPU Overclock/Undervolt support (we have two interfaces for that. both of them are defacto standard)
  • Tweakable vitalij's value (set to 5 as default)
  • Fixed fuelalert wakelocks
  • You can disable android logger using ExTweaks app
  • You'll have lots of options in ExTweaks. Faster charging mode is one of them.
  • Cpu governor optimizations
  • Gpu voltage, clock and stepcount interfaces (GPU Overclock/Undervolt)
  • Tegrak's touchmove support.
  • Brightness curve settings with original panel gamma values. panel values unchanged, so you will get stock colors and will be able to use supercurio's voodoo display app when it is released. brightness modification will only change auto-brightness response.
  • BLN support both for Samsung and CM9 ROMs (use BLNControl app from the market to enable it)
  • Better touch sensitivity (especially while charging)
  • Available CPU Governors: Ondemand (default), Pegasusg (new hotplug aware governor from Samsung), Lulzactive, SmartassV2, Interactive and Conservative governors added
  • CIFS
  • Available I/O schedulers: CFQ (default), noop, Deadline, SIO, V(R)
  • J4FS as module
  • ARM topology support (SCHED_MC)
  • Automatic EFS Backup
  • Lots of I/O tweaks and filesystem optimizations via some parts of thunderbolt scripts.
He is always updating his kernel and you will get these daily, also in the pipe works is making this kernel dual boot, this is a working in progress and their is no eta of when this feature will be avaible. If you would like to follow Gokhanmoral, then you can at these two links here -

Blog - Show the change log

Thread - Any problems you will get your answer there, also you will find what custom roms it's compatiable with and any other info you need.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

CyanogenMod - Say goodbye Andy and hello to Cid

Well it appears that CyanogenMod have decide to change their mascot Andy the bugdroid, to something new say hello to Cid (CyanogenMod ID). Andy has been around since they started their little project to provide the best AOSP around, and three years on they are the most used custom rom around. Here is a little snip it from their blog as to why they changed their loved and well known logo.

"Why the change in Mascot? We loved
Andy
Bugdroid!
A lot of people love Andy, our former skateboarding mascot. This was clearly evident with the polarized reviews to our announcement of selecting Caio’s prototype. We love Andy too, he has served us faithfully for close to 3 years now. However, he increasingly became a symbol of what CyanogenMod was when Steve (Cyanogen) started it, a ‘playful spin’ on AOSP, and reflective of our immaturity as a project.
We believe we’re more than just “stock Android for a zillion devices”, and we felt the need for a distinct identity; a change was needed.
This change would allow us to have a unique representative, one not reliant on Google’s mascot creation. Contrary to popular belief, both Andy and his penchant for skateboarding were Google’s design – we added the color and arrow under Creative Commons licensing, but it’s still a very slight variation of Google’s own bugdroid, as seen here. As much as we’d like to say it was ‘original’ it really wasn’t; its iconic status was achieved through the merits of CyanogenMod and our community of contributors, not as an epicly designed mascot.
This new mascot will be unique for CyanogenMod and provide an identity and attitude by which the project can continue to develop – a mature Android OS."

 So if you are wondering what the old and new mascots looked like well here you are - 


Andy











Cid








Well their you have it, keep an eyeout for Cid, as he may be joing you and your CyanogenMod Rom soon.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Cyanogenmod app store

The devs over at Cyanogenmod are going to release their own App Store, the idea behind this move is a great one. Many apps are removed from Google play store as they are rooted apps, emulators and many reasons, so the Cyanogenmod app store will allow all these app to have a home to be downloaded, also they are planing to let devs upload their own roms, theams, kernels e.t.c. I for one will be following this progress very closely and hoping that it comes sooner rather than later as their is no offical release date for this store, as it is still a working progress.

Tell me would you use this app store by Cyanogenmod

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Release Date: 5 Features, Specs We Want to See on Launch Day

The delayed release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has spurred rumors and built up expectations over features and specs for the new phone, which could launch anytime between now and the end of the year.

The phones predecessor was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last year, and then launched in April, which accelerated rumors that the S3 would be out at the same time. The success of the Galaxy S2 is thought to the biggest reason behind the S3 delay, and with the recent rollout of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, it's unlikely that the S3 will be unveiled anytime soon.
A roundup of popular rumors has indicated that many Samsung enthusiasts want the following features from the Galaxy S3:

Display: 5″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED Plus display. The Galaxy S2 came with a 4.3" inch super AMOLED screen, which was heralded for its enhanced readability. Books, browsing and movies come across with more clarify on the S2, with vivid color and smoother graphics. It seems many consumers want a slightly bigger screen and even higher quality screen from the next generation phone to make the gaming and browsing experience much crisper. 


Processor: Samsung's 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos CPU processor is one of the most highly anticipated features expected to come with the S3. It was thought the new chip would debut on the Galaxy Nexus last year, but it never surfaced, which has made Galaxy hopefuls speculate it will launch with the S3.

4G LTE:  The Galaxy S3 is expected to come with lightning fast 4G LTE broadband on networks such as Verizon that have the capability. This will be a significant upgrade from the HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps that the S2 currently runs on.

3D Video: Since rumors started spreading that the Galaxy S3 would come with 3D capabilities, it has become a much-wanted feature. Galaxy fans are hoping for a screen that will both support and capture HD and 3D video, and the super AMOLED display seems to be the perfect candidate for the job.

Battery Life: Samsung phones are heralded for their strong long-lasting battery life, and the Galaxy S2 was no exception. However, some users complained that the use of 3G and Wi-F heavily drained the battery juice, and if the phone comes with 4G LTE, customers are expecting a better battery.
Early predictions say the S3 will come with a larger screen than that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, nearer to the 5-inch scale. It is rumored to have an AMOLED plus screen with 1280x720 resolution. If the phone comes with a S5K2P1 chip, it will be able to capture 60fps HD video and 8.3 megapixel images.
Other rumored specs:
  • 5″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 9mm thick body
  • 8 megapixel main camera with LED and Xenon flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 32 or 64 GB of internal memory
  • USB 3.0 capability
  • 4G LTE right off the bat
  • 1.5GHz Quadcore Samsung Exynos CPU
  • Touchwhiz 5.0 overlay 
Reference -  http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/322036/20120330/samsung-galaxy-s3-release-date-features-specs.htm, 31-03-1012, 11.00 hrs. IB Times.
 

Friday, 30 March 2012

ROOT/UNROOT Stock ICS Firmware without flashing unsecure kernel

This guide is not mine and just borrowed from Rachmat3 at XDA Developers.

So you would like to root or unroot your Samsung Galaxy S2, without flashing an unsecure kernel. Well its simple go and visit this page HERE and it will give you all the instructions you need and dont forget to thank if you use the guide. Please remember that when you root and unroot your phone somtimes things can go wrong, and if they do me and the arthur don't take any blame for this. Remember that your phone should be running stock Ice Cream Sanwhich firmware.