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Well, it didn't take long for AOSP to find its way to Samsung's newest Galaxy S flagship. Before the Galaxy S III has even reached North America, Cyanogenmod 9 and AOKP have already found their way to the root community, courtesy of Team Hacksung and Rootzwiki member netchip. Both ROMs use Team Hacksung's device tree, which currently has the following issues: FM radio is not working (when's the last time you used FM radio on your phone?). Camera flash is acting wonky, but the camera evidently works just fine without the flash. LED notifications are inactive when the phone is being charged. Please follow the installation instructions carefully for installing these two ROMs on your Galaxy S III devices, especially since the root, the custom recovery (an unofficial version of Clockwork Recovery), and the device tree are all very new. http://goo.gl/oKp1G In the usual Google fashion of celebrating things that you didnt think needed celebrating, summer means discounts. Discounts on apps in Google Play, that is. Googles "Longest Day of the Year" discount day is a great way to cash in on some new apps and games that you might have been holding out for, due to price. The sale is a one day event, but hey, its the longest day, so you have extra time, right? http://goo.gl/jg6jb Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices. They are also doing a tweet to win contest for a Kindle Fire! There's instructions on the front page of swappa.com, take a few seconds to get your entry in!
To say that the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and AT&T Skyrocket variants of the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S2 have not had much choice in the way of custom ROMs to run on our phones would be a major disservice to the excellent developers that have given us a nice variety of builds.Thanks to Shane Rodgers, and read more on the front page of RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/wkZeo Samsung Galaxy S3 current (and soon to be) owners, rooting your device just got significantly easier thanks to mskip of XDA. He's the same developer who brought us the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit that simplified the rooting process. Big thanks to mskip for his hard work with this Toolkit and thanks to Derek De La Cruz for the heads up. Read more on the front page of RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/9cL7D Team Kang has announced this morning via their Twitter account that they've got an AOKP build ready for the HTC One X. Watch the RootzWiki and AOKP_ROM Twitter accounts for more information, and you can bet they'll have a thread going in their forums over at RootzWiki. Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.
It looks like AOKP has put together Build 39 for their supported devices... and there's a bunch of unofficial ports to other devices. One of those is for the ASUS Transformer Prime... updates in Build 39 adds New device tree based on TripNDroids tree (thanks TripNDroid!), tree modified to work with AOKP, and various fixes made by myself and my OneX Teammate Deniz. Since there is SO much AOKP news out on the forums I'd suggest heading over there and doing a general search for AOKP! http://goo.gl/Dfi3h Ice Cream Sandwich Wins Best Platform in Parsons User Experience Awards. Thanks to James Cushing for the article, check it out and read more on the front page of RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/IiKkV How do you use your NFC feature? Just from the stock phone experience, you can use Google Wallet, Android Beam, and NFC Tags. However, it is likely the average consumer with a NFC enabled device might not know what a NFC tag is or how to use it. Read more by Derek De La Cruz on the front page of RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/cB6wV Verizon Wireless announced this week that on June 28th the wireless carrier will start offering their Share Everything Plans. Once Share Everything plans go live, all grandfathered Verizon Wireless customers who currently have unlimited an unlimited data plan will be required to migrate to a Share Everything plan or a tiered data plan - once they sign a new 2 year contract. There is discussion about Share Everything going on in the RootzWiki Forums. Read more there, and thanks to Ed Waters for the news! http://goo.gl/kIuEK Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices. They are also doing a tweet to win contest for a Kindle Fire! There's instructions on the front page of swappa.com, take a few seconds to get your entry in!
Unofficial AOKP releases everywhere! The AT&T HTC One X, Asus tf300t Transformer, Samsung T-Mobile Hercules, Samsung Galaxy TAB, Acer Iconia A200, Droid Vigor, and many many more devices have unofficial AOKP builds going. Remember, RootzWiki, myself, Team Kang, or your mom aren't responsible for what you do with your device... you are. Head over to the AOKP forums and see if your device is supported! http://goo.gl/5daGT According to the NQ Mobile Security Research Center (NQMSRC), there is new malware threat impacting Android device users. The malware, known as DDSpy, disguises itself as Gmail and then steals a user's personal information. http://goo.gl/Nzflf Weve been doing a whole lot of speculation regarding a Google/ASUS branded tablet, which will be aimed at the budget consumer, and bring a stock Android experience to the masses. Now, an ASUS representative at Computex has let slip the first semi-official word that this device does indeed exist, and that well be seeing it unveiled very soon. Stay tuned to your Rootz channel for all the details. http://goo.gl/B2N9k Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.
This week, Google released a factory version 4.0.4 (IMM76K) restore image for the Verizon Wireless variant of the Galaxy Nexus. This image is useful for those of you that may need to return your phones for warranty replacement or just simply want to get back to the latest stock ICS release. Factory images are also handy things to keep around for those who flash alternative ROMs. Google already merged 4.0.4 into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository quite a while back, with much of the custom ROM community making use of the updated code for their ICS based ROMs. http://goo.gl/APAza Thursday morning, Samsung responded to the attempt by Apple to ban import sales of the Galaxy S III into the United States. Thanks to Mikey Lewis, read more at rootzwiki.com http://goo.gl/QveHV Verizon has been hard at work expanding their LTE Network. On Thursday, June 21, a new slate of cities will have 4G LTE service turned on or expanded. Verizons current 4G LTE Network covers 258 markets and, by the end of 2012, should cover 400 markets across 49 states. http://goo.gl/4AkXc Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.
According to a recent report there is a strong possibility of an Ubuntu OS release for Android devices, possibly as early as next year. The report cites Canonical officials as the source of this info and indicates that Canonical is currently working towards bring mobile Ubuntu to the mobile marketplace. Thanks to Ed Waters... read more at the front page of RootzWiki.com! http://goo.gl/Mfmj8 Research In Motion has killed the 16GB Playbook Its been a sorry couple of years for Research in Motion, the once dominant smartphone giant. Thanks to James Cushing... read more at RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/WQbqq If you missed RootzLive! last night, head over to our youtube channel at youtube.com/rootzwikitv to watch... we talked about the SGSIII and how carriers are screwing their customers over with these ridiculous data caps and fees Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.
Samsung Galaxy SIII and wireless carriers and their increasing data rates vs the movement of your data to the cloud.
Motorola Xoom (Verizon LTE) owners, it is time to rejoice! Your Android 4.0 update has finally arrived. Yes, this is for real. No, this isnt a joke. It has been a long and boring path ever since the owners of the Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom users enjoyed the sweet treat before you, but the time has finally come. The update can be done either manually or via an over-the-air (OTA) update, so get to it! Thanks to Derek De La Cruz for the heads up! http://goo.gl/gtOZV Team Gummy has started making tshirts to raise money for development devices. Head over to the Team Gummy forums to check out the shirts and place your order! http://goo.gl/6X5Zq After weeks and weeks spent in court, Google has finally claimed victory over Oracle in regards to the Oracle argument that Google infringed on copyrighted API content in Android. Judge William Alsup handed down a decision that devastated Oracles case, leaving them with no choice but to surrender...for now. With millions spent on the court fight, Oracle will have little to show for their effort, as Googles estimated damage payments wont exceed $300,000. Thanks to James Cushing for putting the article together, read it on the front page of RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/uf2we Don't forget that we've got RootzLive! tonight at 6PM Pacific, 9PM Eastern, 0200 UTC. I've got Adam Fisch from Team Gummy on the air, and I'll also have Ken Kyger (aka r2doesinc) on the air as well. We'll be taking calls and talking the latest in Android news and topics in our usual unique fashion! Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.
The hot news this morning: the Samsung Galaxy S III has been announced for US carriers... and boy, are they going big. News has been trickling out since last night about the launch and here's what I've pieced together: The SGSIII will be launched on five US carriers, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T... and US Cellular. And, it looks as if the only difference between each carrier hardware wise will be whether it has an LTE radio in it, or strictly a GSM radio. I gotta say, for $199... this is a hell of a device. Samsung is doing it right this time around, hitting the carriers with the same device with the same features at the same price point. Ladies and gentlemen, Samsung came to play... and with the impending release of the iPhone 5, they are going to need it. Thanks to Kellen over at Droid-Life.com for bringing a bunch of this info together. Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.
Now that Apples ill fated embargo on HTC Android devices has been lifted by the ITC, Sprint announced today the release of the EVO 4G LTE. According to Engadget, pre-orders have already shipped but on Saturday, June 2nd, the phones will be available for purchase in stores. Thanks to Mikey Lewis for the info. http://goo.gl/o3MuI US Galaxy Nexus customers, your wait for official OEM accessories is over! Well after these accessories were available elsewhere, and following a months-long delay stateside, the Google Play Store Device Tab is now also home to a vehicle dock, horizontal desktop dock, and HDMI portrait-style dock. Thanks to Derek De La Cruz for the story on RootzWiki.com! http://goo.gl/P1tVK If you read last week's Friday's Big Question, you were reminded of the hilarity (sarcasm font included) that was the Verizon Galaxy Nexus launch. Now, it seems as though the Samsung Galaxy S III's launch will also have at least one hiccup. Thanks to Marty Eich with the RootzWiki News Team, you can read more and add your thoughts over at RootzWiki.com http://goo.gl/oX8lg Thanks to Swappa for sponsoring today's podcast, check them out at www.swappa.com for the very best way to buy or sell gently used Android devices.