Android 4.3 Official Update on Samsung SGS 4 GT I9500 (International) now available via OTA in India

Samsung has finally rolled out the Android 4.3 update to the Exynos based Samsung Galaxy S4 GT I9500 (International) in India. The updated is of 658.31 MB and apparently brings in the features as posted by SamMobile.i9500 OTA 4.3

The official change log described in the update is as below. The same can be seen from the screenshot also.

  1. OS Upgrade (Android 4.3)
  2. Added new features (KNOX for consumer, etc.)
  3. Compatibility with Galaxy Gear
  4. Improved Performance (Graphics, Multimedia, Bluetooth, etc)
  5. Improved user interface and stability
  6. User interface adjustment (Icon change,etc)
  7. Security Enhancement

Also, the footnote in the update details mentions “You cannot downgrade to the old software after this new software upgrade due to security reasons

changelog update noteSome other screenshots:

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Android Tutorial | Install Android 4.2.2 CyanogenMOD 10.1 Nightly / Experimental M Series ROM | SGS GT I9000

With Samsung abandoning support to the Galaxy S users after having updated the users to Android 2.3.6 almost a year and half ago, all the users were left in a fix as there were no updates being rolled out then. But worry not, here is the support from the CyanogenMOD community. This tutorial is for installing the latest CyanogenMOD Nightly ROM based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on your Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 (International Version). CyanogenMod is a free, community built, after-market firmware distribution of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device.

To install this ROM, some pre-requisites to be followed are:

  • Taking the back-up: You can take the back up of only the apps using Astro File Manager or Titanium Backup (Root Users) which are freely available in the android market. If you are hearing the term “Root Users” for the first time, and don’t have the SuperUser app installed on your phone, rest assured, your ROM does not have root access yet.
  • Also, to take up the backup of SMS and call logs you may use SMS Backup+ which again is freely available in android market. It syncs your call logs and SMS to your Gmail account.
  • Root users can make a nandroid backup using the Clockworkmod Recovery App.
  • You need to be using any rooted based ROM in order to carry out a smooth installation of CM10.1
  • If you are not having a rooted ROM, you may head over here to install Android 2.3.6 XXJVU first and then root it from here.
  • Download the ROM package to flashed: cm-10.1-20130419-NIGHTLY-galaxysmtd.zip (The latest nightly at the time of writing this post) or http://get.cm/?device=galaxysmtd (To check for the latest nightly and download the same)
  • Download the GApps package to be flashed: gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip
  • Copy both the package to the internal memory (Internal sd card not the removable one) of the Phone

Make sure the the device has 100% battery so that, there won’t be any problems during the flashing

To enter into recovery mode one needs to press the three button combo:

  1. Get into Recovery Mode
  2. Clean Cache and do Factory reset by selecting the wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition options. Also, get into the advanced section and use the Wipe Dalvik Cache too.
  3. Install ROM from sdcard. For this enter into the recovery, move to install zip from sdcard using the Volume Up/Down Keys, and click on the Home key to enter. Then select choose zip from sdcard and in the next screen navigate to the ROM file  and select it.
  4. Next,  move to install zip from sdcard using the Volume Up/Down Keys, and click on the Home key to enter. Then select choose zip from sdcard and in the next screen navigate to the GApps file  and install it.
  5. Next, again go to the advanced section and select fix permission.
  6. Once, that is done, reboot/restart the phone and voila! You now have CyanogenMOD 10.1, Jelly Bean on your device!!

Install Facebook Home.apk on Almost Any Android Device

All those who are dying to install and try out the New Facebook Home App, but are unfortunately not able to do so because either their device or country not being supported, good news are here!! The modaco.com founder PaulOBrein has patched the Facebook apps so they can be installed on almost any device without rooting them.

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For all the people, who have the supported devices but country not being supported:

  1. Install the latest version of Facebook App and Facebook Messenger App from the Google Play Store
  2. Install the Patched Version of Facebook Home from here.

For the people with unsupported devices:

  1. Download the patched Facebook App, Facebook Messenger App and the Facebook Home App.
  2. Install all the three apps and you are good to go!!

All those looking for the original forum post by PaulOBrien can head over here.

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News | Development of AOSP Android 4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000

Recognized XDA Developer DerTeufel1980 has just released the pre-alpha AOSP Android 4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000. Now, the ROM that we are talking about is not beta or RC but a very very early pre-alpha ROM. I strongly recommend NOT to install this one if you are rookie or an intermediate for that matter in the field of flashing Custom ROMs.

What’s Working:

  • Booting
  • Sound
  • Most of the Apps
  • Wifi (Partially)

What’s NOT Working:

  • Mount SD Cards
  • Camera
  • MTP Mode
  • Root
  • BusyBox
  • No Call
  • No DATA
  • No 3G
  • A lot of other things…

I won’t be putting up the installation tutorial as of now since the ROM is highly unstable and not fit to be used on a daily basis. But those of you who have the knowledge of flashing and willing to try it out can download the same from here. The standard nandroid backup–>wipe–>flash method to be followed (from any 4.1 ROM ofcourse)

Android Tutorial | Install CyanogenMOD 10 Experimental M Series | SGS GT I9000

CyanogenMOD is the name that would pop up in any ones mind when discussing about Custom ROMs. When it comes to the claimed to be “outdated” devices like the good old Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 and I9000b, the only way to get the Android 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, updates is to depend on any custom ROM or the Nexus Stock ROM ported to the device. Luckily enough, the CynaogenMOD community hasn’t stopped supporting this device and hence, we’ve been getting nightly updates very frequently. So, here we are, with yet another tutorial to install none other than the CyanogenMOD 10 for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000. Readers please note that this ROM is compatible with the GT I9000 and I9000B versions ONLY and NOT for Captivate or Vibrant. The ROM has already been here for almost a month now, hence an “almost stable” ROM that could treated as good as the a daily use ROM. So, those still willing to try out this wonderful ROM go on read further…

To install this ROM, some pre-requisites to be followed are:

  • Taking the back-up: You can take the back up of only the apps using Astro File Manager or Titanium Backup (Root Users) which are freely available in the android market. If you are hearing the term “Root Users” for the first time, and don’t have the SuperUser app installed on your phone, rest assured, your ROM doesnot have root access yet.
  • Also, to take up the backup of sms and call logs you may use SMS Backup+ which again is freely available in android market. It syncs your call logs and sms as labels to your gmail account.
  • Root users can make a nandroid backup using the Clockworkmod Recovery App.
  • You need to be using any ICS based ROM in order to carry out a smooth installation of CM10. If you don’t have ICS installed, please head over here and install ICS first. (I know, it will be really irritating to carry out such a long procedure, but believe me, it is very much necessary to carry out a gltich free installation)
  • Download the ROM package to flashed: cm-10-20121011-EXPERIMENTAL-galaxysmtd-M2.zip (This was the latest available M Series ROM, will be updated from time to time Updated:16/11/2012)
  • Download the GApps package to be flashed: gapps-jb-20120726-signed.zip gapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip
  • Copy both the package to the internal memory (Internal sd card not the removable one) of the Phone

Make sure the the device has 100% battery so that, there aren’t any problems during the flashing

To enter into recovery mode one needs to press the three button combo:

  1. Get into Recovery Mode
  2. Clean Cache and do Factory reset by selecting the wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition options. Also, get into the advanced section and use the Wipe Dalvik Cache too.
  3. Install ROM from sdcard. For this enter into the recovery, move to install zip from sdcard using the Volume Up/Down Keys, and click on the Home key to enter. Then select choose zip from sdcard and in the next screen navigate to the ROM file  and select it.
  4. Now, as soon as the installation begins, there might be a chance where in an error would occur and the ROM will simply reboot after showing an “X” mark in red on the CM Logo. Do not panic in this situation. Just enter into the recovery again using the three button combo shown in the above figure.
  5. This time, the ROM will reboot and enter into recovery to complete the installation. Next,  move to install zip from sdcard using the Volume Up/Down Keys, and click on the Home key to enter. Then select choose zip from sdcard and in the next screen navigate to the GApps file  and install it.
  6. Next, again go to the advanced section and select fix permission.
  7. Once, that is done, reboot/restart the phone and voila! You now have CyanogenMOD 10, Jelly Bean on your device!!

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Android Tutorial | Install TAJB ROM | Jelly Bean Port for Galaxy S GT I9000

Gone are the days when people were anxiously waiting for the first port to Ice Cream Sandwich for none other than the Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000, for which Samsung denied further ROM development. But now, here we are with first “apparently” stable  Jelly Bean port! \o/

This port has been developed by a team led by Mkalter, Capez and Ali1276. The port is better known as TAJB. Now, since this ROM is in development stage, we cannot expect everything to be working flawlessly! Also, I’m posting this one for those who have tried out installing and using the custom ROMs before and those, daring to make it their first! 😉

The ROM has already been here for a few days now and has reached the version 5 of the release, hence with many of the basic bugs fixed, it is the right time to experience Jelly Bean!! So here’s the list of features that the developers have got up and working:

What’s Working:

  • Touchscreen
  • Call/SMS
  • GPU
  • Softkeys/Hardkeys
  • Butter
  • ADB
  • USB
  • Internal/External SD
  • Camera
  • Audio
  • WiFi
  • HW Video Acc
  • Data 2G/3G
  • Google Now
  • GPS

What’s NOT Working:

  • Mounting SD Card to PC
  • Google Ears
  • and some more bugs…

So, those still willing to try out this wonderful ROM go on read further… but do keep in mind as of now, this ROM is only for Samsung Galaxy S GI I9000 (International).

To install this ROM, some pre-requisites to be followed are:

  • Taking the back-up: You can take the back up of only the apps using Astro File Manager or Titanium Backup (Root Users) which are freely available in the android market.
  • Also, to take up the backup of sms and call logs you may use SMS Backup+ which again is freely available in android market. It syncs your call logs and sms as labels to your gmail account.
  • Root users can make a nandroid backup using the Clockworkmod Recovery App.
  • Download the package to flashed: JellyBean-MK-TAJB-V5.zip
  • Copy the package to the internal memory (Internal sd card not the removable one) of the Phone

Make sure the the device has 100% battery so that, there aren’t any problems during the flashing

To avoid any flashing problems, I would recommend you to be on Stock Android 2.3.6 or CM7 or CM9 or any ICS AOSP or AOKP ROMs. (Those who have never heard these terms before, don’t panic! They are just a bunch of custom ROMs, like the one you are about to install) Now, to flash this ROM, it is necessary that your current ROM is a rooted one.  If not, then please head here to install Android 2.3.6 and root it from here. Then, you may continue installing the Jelly Bean port by TAJB.

To enter into recovery mode one needs to press the three button combo:

  1. Get into Recovery Mode
  2. Clean Cache and do Factory reset by selecting the wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition options. Also, get into the advanced section and use the Wipe Dalvik Cache too.
  3. Install ROM from sdcard. For this enter into the recovery, move to install zip from sdcard using the Volume Up/Down Keys, and click on the Home key to enter. Then select choose zip from sdcard and in the next screen navigate to the ROM file  and select it.
  4. Once the installation is done. enter into the recovery again before booting into the ROM and execute the Step 2 again i.e. wipe all the cache, etc…
  5. Next, again go to the advanced section and select fix permission.
  6. Once, that is done, reboot/restart the phone and voila! You now have Team Android Jelly Bean (TAJB) Port!!

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P.S. Screenshots coming real soon!