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Change Your Samsung Galaxy S2’s Dialer Background in Real Time

Posted by wicked September - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

GS2 Dialer

As with anything, if you’ve looked at something long enough, things can get pretty boring. This is the reason why we have a plethora of custom themes, mods, and tutorials that teach you how to customize and personalize almost every aspect of your Android device. One of these elements include the phone dialer, which up until recently, could not be easily changed through the native device settings on your Samsung Galaxy S 2. If however, you feel like it’s about time to have these settings introduced to your phone, be sure to check out this tutorial.

Written by XDA Senior Member remuntada78, the tutorial teaches you how to add an option in your Galaxy S 2’s native settings to change the phone dialer with custom themes. Before you get started, you’ll need a tool to decompile and recompile APK files, such as Android Multitool and a text editing program such as Notepad++. The process requires you to essentially edit, remove and add various codes within SecSettings.apk and SecContacts.apk, at the end of which you recompile the APK files and move them to the appropriate directory within your device.

If you would like to give this a go, check out the custom phone dialer tutorial for your Galaxy S 2 at its original thread.

The post Change Your Samsung Galaxy S2’s Dialer Background in Real Time appeared first on xda-developers.

Samsung Galaxy S II gets an official CyanogenMod 11 nightly

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Proving that miracles still sometimes happen, the almost legendary Samsung Galaxy S II has just been added to CyanogenMod 11‘s roster of nightly builds. While it’s still a bit too early to get hopes up, it still brings an early taste of Android 4.4 for a device that would have probably never seen it otherwise.

This news will probably be met by no small amount of jubilation among Galaxy S II owners, particularly the international model i9100. Owners of this smartphone have been one of the more vocal groups raising their voices in petition whenever a CyanogenMod announcement goes out. Now their please seem to be getting heard finally.

To be fair, this isn’t the first time the smartphone got a nightly build but it is definitely the first one for CyanogenMod 11, which means the first Android 4.4 build for it, at least from CyanogenMod. There has already been one coming from OmniROM, but given the latter’s youth, some might be more comfortable with CyanogenMod’s versions.

Granted, this doesn’t actually immediately mean that there will be an official stable CyanogenMod 11 release for the Galaxy S II. After all, there have been nightlies for CyanogenMod 10.2 as well but never a stable release. Special thanks must also be given to XDA community members who stepped up to the task in order to even get an official nightly included in the list.

VIA: XDA

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In the last few months, we’ve talked about various Android 4.4 ports for various well known devices. Some of them were quite surprising like the port for the HTC HD2, which was never intended to run Android in the first place. Other were expected, as they were fairly new devices with a strong development backing. Now, another legendary device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has received official CM11 nightlies.

SGS2 owners out there may have used a homebrew version prepared by XDA Recognized Developer milaq. Now, however, the CM team decided that i9100 can have its own official nightly releases. We must mention that this great achievement wouldn’t be possible without help of such developers as XDA Senior Recognized Developer codeworkx and Recognized Developer Wayland_ACE. As CyanogenMod is a community project, these three weren’t the only ones involved. And as such, I didn’t mention many developers involved in the process. The nightlies seem to be pretty stable and ready for daily use. Just keep in mind that it’s still a “nightly” so you may notice some problems here and there.

You can find the initial builds for Samsung Galaxy S II in the thread by milaq, and the official nightlies can be found on CyanogenMod’s download page.

CyanogenMod 10.2.1 rolls out and bids final farewell to Jelly Bean

Posted by wicked February - 3 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The CyanogenMod team has just announced the first and last maintenance release for the CyanogenMod 10.2 branch. Aside from last minute device additions, CyanogenMod 10.2.1 also marks the true end to the official planned release process that covers Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

As a maintenance release, there are no new major features included in this version, which may make the release a bit uninteresting except for those closely following the custom ROM’s progress. Owners of a few Android devices will, however, be glad to hear that their smartphone or tablet or ball now has a build available, even if they were left out from the first CyanogenMod 10.2.0 release. These include the Motorola Droid RAZR HD, the Motorola Photon Q, the Nook, the Nook HD, the Nook HD+, and, quite surprisingly, the Nexus Q.

On a side note, it is amusing to observe that in almost every CyanogenMod release announcement brings in questions about an official stable release for the international model of the Samsung Galaxy S II, also known as the i9100. While the device does have several nightly and experimental builds available for the braver bunch, the last official stable release it saw was for CyanogenMod 10.1.3 last September, admittedly not exactly that old. The most common reason being given, aside from the lack of a maintainer, is issues with the Exynos chip in the device. Interestingly, OmniROM added the Galaxy S II to its officially supported devices just last month.

CyanogenMod 10.2.1 should be rolling out to users now and should be available via CyanogenMod’s own updater. Those willing to dive through the changes included in this release can browse the project’s Gerrit code review page, though it’s quite a long and very technical list.

SOURCE: CyanogenMod

Experimental OmniROM 4.4 Build for the Galaxy S II I9100G

Posted by Will Verduzco November - 16 - 2013 - Saturday Comments Off

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The Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100G is the somewhat lesser known sibling device to the more common international variant of the Galaxy S II, the GT-I9100. The I9100G differs from the I9100 in a few areas, not the least of which is Samsung’s choice of SoC. Rather than using the in-house Exynos processor, the G model uses TI’s OMAP4 processor.

The I9100G was released in late 2011, back in a simpler time, when Gingerbread was the bees knees. Since then, the device has seen several major official Samsung updates all the way to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Despite the now finished official support, however, developer support has continued in spades. And now, there is a relatively highly functional OmniROM 4.4 release for the device thanks to XDA Senior Member Jiangyi and Elite Recognized Developers Entropy512XpLoDWilD, codeworkx, pulser_g2.

Since the device uses the OMAP4, this ROM runs into many of the same graphical glitches that are plaguing the current crop of Galaxy Nexus builds. Beyond that, certain Gapps packages appear to be problematic with this build, and some users are experiencing problems logging into Google after installing an incorrect Gapps package. Additionally, some users report heavy battery drain and certain application incompatibilities. That said, the majority of device functions appear to be working, and as long as you flash with

If you’re willing to put up with the bugs, you can have a relatively functional taste of the bleeding edge in Android. Make your way over to the development thread to get started.

T-Mobile Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update now available

Posted by wicked April - 8 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

Samsung began rolling out Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II back in February. The good news as of today, that update is now available for those with T-Mobile. The carrier has detailed the update process and two things stand out as needing to be known — the update is large and it is not available over-the-air.

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Details coming from T-Mobile note the update as being available only by way of Samsung Kies. The update measures in at 756MB in size, which probably speaks to the reason why the update is not available over-the-air. That speculation aside, the update will bring your Galaxy S II up to Android 4.1.2 and have it sitting with baseband version T989UVMC6.

Also, as the update is noted specifically as being “Kies only” we are not expecting an over-the-air option to arrive. That said, those with a Galaxy S II with T-Mobile can now update to the latest release. The carrier didn’t offer a specific changelog for the update, however given we are seeing a jump from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean — we know there are certain items you can look forward to seeing as a result.

One of those goodies includes Google Now. You will also get the improved notifications which means more information and more options directly from the drop-down notification shade. By this, you will now be able to see the full text of a text message or the full image from an MMS message as well as the recently added ability to reply and archive a Gmail message. Finally, this update will also bring the smoothness that comes along with Project Butter.

[via T-Mobile]

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : T-Mobile
    Announced Date : August 31, 2011
    Release Date : October 12, 2011
    Also Known As : Hercules

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.52 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.11 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1850 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 167 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Qualcomm APQ8060
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


Samsung Galaxy S II update to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean rolling out now

Posted by wicked February - 8 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

We’ve been getting mixed signals and reports regarding Samsung’s still extremely popular yet aging Galaxy S II smartphone. While they’ve been quick with updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond, the Galaxy S II is still waiting to enjoy 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google Now, and everything else we love about the latest version of Android. However it looks like the rollout is back on track for Samsung.

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Back in December the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the original Galaxy S II was delayed until earlier this year, with reports stating it would arrive in February. Late last month Samsung initiated the update for their international Galaxy S II in a select few countries, but quickly pulled the plug on that update. Today we’re happy to report it’s back and ready to rock.

Reports are flowing in that the international Samsung Galaxy S II (the one with the home button) has started getting the update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean in multiple countries. The update has initially started in Singapore and other parts of Asia, as well as rolling out in Spain according to multiple sources. Things are slowly but surely getting there for Samsung.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean brings an improved experience across the board, Google Now voice integration, Project Butter, and improved expandable notifications to name a few. The update is not available over the air, and requires a PC and Samsung Kies. For now this is rolling out in phases so if you don’t see the update, check again as it should be available soon. We’re expecting other regions to get the update soon so stay tuned. We have no further details on the US models, but will report back when we know more.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S II
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : February 13, 2011
    Release Date : April 28, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.27 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 4.93 Inch
  • Width : 2.6 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 116 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1650 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 710 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Exynos
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


[via SamMobile]

Official Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Update for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100

Posted by wicked January - 25 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

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It’s no secret that Samsung has dropped the ball in some areas such as the Exynos brick bug and the lack of proper documentation. However, they managed to keep true to their word that the Samsung Galaxy S II would officially see Jelly Bean. This will put the device on software that is as up to date as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

The update is official, which means you can get it via Kies or an OTA. Alternatively, XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has a running thread where you can download firmware updates. The update itself should bring a load of Jelly Bean goodies. This includes Jelly Bean’s beloved Project Butter for a smoother, more consistent UI. Other features that come with the update include:

  • New widgets
  • New lock screen
  • Samsung features like Smart Stay, Pop-up Play, and Direct Calling
  • New UI elements (i.e. Touchwiz Nature UX, new notification bar, new toggles)
  • Lots of other stuff

When it comes to installing the update, there are several options. Users can wait until their carrier pushes an OTA update and install that way. You can also update via Kies, which requires no waiting. If you want the firmware on hand to flash when you need it, as rooted users often do, you can download the firmware directly and flash over Odin. So there is no real preferred method, just pick your poison.

Now for some bad news. Some minor features don’t seem to be working. Members in Faryaab’s thread have mentioned that the 50 GB of Dropbox storage isn’t working properly. In addition, Social Hub is no longer included in the update, including the IM app. Those who don’t wipe /data can expect errors saying that it isn’t working anymore. There are some other minor issues reported, but nothing seems to be a major deal breaker.

To learn more about the update, visit Faryaab’s firmware thread.

T-Mobile Galaxy S II getting update – not quite Jelly Bean

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2013 - Thursday Comments Off

The flavor of the popular Samsung Galaxy S II that graces the T-Mobile network is receiving a quick software update today. Details have confirmed T-Mobile is pushing an update out over-the-air as we speak for the handset, although it’s still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We have all the details on this small bug fixer after the break.

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We know you’ve all been patiently waiting some news regarding Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II, but sadly that time hasn’t yet come. After the update you’ll still be on Android 4.0.4 ICS, but you’ll have plenty of bug fixes as well as security patches. This could also be paving the way and preparing the handset for Jelly Bean.

The update only appears to be about 11MB in size and brings with it security enhancements and a few tweaks and updates on the Qualcomm processor side of things. Vlingo S Voice is also getting some improvement, although that wasn’t specified much. As usual all the details are available from T-Mobile support forums. The international GS II just started getting Jelly Bean so hopefully US carriers like T-Mobile are next.

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The image above is all Samsung and T-Mobile have provided, so the changelog is rather small. They don’t specify what the Qualcomm fix is for, nor anything else for that matter. Either way this update for ICS on the T-Mobile Galaxy S II is available now over the air, or as usual from Samsung Kies and a nearby PC. Give it a try and drop a comment below if you notice any changes.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : T-Mobile
    Announced Date : August 31, 2011
    Release Date : October 12, 2011
    Also Known As : Hercules

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.52 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.11 Inch
  • Width : 2.71 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1850 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 167 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Qualcomm APQ8060
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 16.384 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


[via Android Police]

Samsung Galaxy S II international getting 4.1 Jelly Bean update today

Posted by wicked January - 23 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

Earlier this month we received some bad news that Samsung’s update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for their extremely popular Galaxy S II had been delayed until February. Don’t worry though, because today we have some excellent news that the update has actually started rolling out as we speak.

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The international Galaxy S II (with the home button) is getting updated to the latest and greatest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as we speak, only it’s just in Spain for now. Owners of the unlocked international version should be getting the update now over-the-air, or as usual you can manually update using Samsung Kies and a nearby PC.

Once updated, users will be greeted with a completely improved and overhauled user interface. Obviously you’ll be on Android 4.1 but Samsung’s brought the aging handset up to speed to match the newer bigger brother in the Galaxy S III. You’ll enjoy the same Nature UI theme over Samsung’s TouchWiz, and they’ve added all those motion features, improved widgets, and even the pop-up and floating video player for multiple windows at a time.

Then as expected Android 4.1 brings an entirely new level of awesome to Android. Project butter should keep the handset extremely smooth and fluid with daily usage, and one of the best features (if you ask us) is Google Now voice options. Samsung’s plans aren’t really too clear but we can expect other regions to start seeing the update in February as originally planned. Sadly all those Verizon and AT&T models here in the US will be among the last to receive the Jelly Bean treat. So sit tight or wait for ROM developers to dive in and port this to your respective handset.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S II
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : February 13, 2011
    Release Date : April 28, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.27 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 4.93 Inch
  • Width : 2.6 Inch
  • Depth : .33 Inch
  • Weight : 116 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1650 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 710 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Exynos
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


[via SamMobile]