Too much trouble with these things, I'm considering just switching back to a phone from when before phones had fucking operating systems that would reboot themselves half way through a phone call.
Why don't they just concentrate on getting the actual advertised technology of being able to make phone calls worked out first?
Does anyone use all the other shit on there? They were already going too far with the stopwatch and snake game IMO, once the polyphonic ring tones and colour screens came out it all went to shit.
They're no longer phones (or just phones). People who buy an andriod/iphone/wateva aren't after a phone, they're after some weird technology hybrid.... maybe like a smart-fone. People love their angry birds on a train. I can understand why people love their smart phones. Imagine having a phone, an mp3 player, a video player, a NDS/PSP, a laptop and a kindle/sony ereader in your bag.
When you install the custom rom, it pretty much wipes the OS (incl. all that crap on there previously) and gives you a clean and new OS. One of the main reasons people do this.
Yep, AFAIK that is the only way to get rid of that useless cruft. It was the main reason I switched to Cyanogen - I kept running out of space on my Nexus One and was continually irritated I couldn't delete some of the in-built apps to free up space.
I'm running Cyanogen and it's pretty cool - it's nice being able to use the various apps that require root, plus being able to move (almost) any app to the SD card is nice. I don't really tax it very much as I am boring and my phone is very old and dated anyway.
AOKP is the open unofficial version of fully supported AOSP. AOSP things like cyanogen just get more support from the developers while AOKP get updates but without quite the official support for the backend. You have to get help from the rom dev's rather than the AOSP.
I like my SGS1 it's still fast even after a couple of years because it's been running custom roms. But things like it's poor battery life (getting 2-3 days from the same rom on a workphone SGS2) and terrible photo quality and no flash, plus the SGS2 has such a better display.
I've bought a SGS3 because i've liked the support the community has thrown behind these phones, ideal world i'd grab the nexus and upgrade nexus to nexus but i'm off timed, and i don't want a dualcore phone when the latest is a quadcore :P. I'm happy to miss out on LTE support for a quad considering the lack of networks with LTE at this point.
Bought my SGS3 out of Kogan for 650ish dollars for the blue 32gb phone delivered. It should arrive before the weekend.
Too much trouble with these things, I'm considering just switching back to a phone from when before phones had fucking operating systems that would reboot themselves half way through a phone call. Why don't they just concentrate on getting the actual advertised technology of being able to make phone calls worked out first? Does anyone use all the other shit on there? They were already going too far with the stopwatch and snake game IMO, once the polyphonic ring tones and colour screens came out it all went to shit.
While the phone part of my phone is shit, the two dozen novels which I've read on it on trains/buses/couches, plus that it has a dozen games such as minecraft/simcity/etc, and has mobile internet that seems to just work everywhere allowing me to stop worrying about my spending account balances etc before going out, is absolutely frikkin fantastic.
edit: and gps maps. And a recorder camera. Hell I cut my own hair just holding the phone behind me with the forward facing camera serving as a handheld mirror yesterday, I think that I actually love my phone.
Always roughly the same process: 1) find the root file which suits your exact software version and download it 2) Get ODIN (which works for all the samsung phones so far 3) Reboot the phone in download mode 4) Make sure keis is not running ctrl+shift+esc and kill all processes (though you'll have to install it once to get the right drivers) 5) Open odin and put the root file in PDA 6) Plug in your phone 7) Click start, clench your butt, and if all is good (you didn't put on the wrong file) then it'll download and be all good 8) Install titanium backup and backup your stuff. You can batch backup on the free version. It needs root permission 9) Install CWM backup from the market and make sure your CWM is up to date 10) Reboot into recovery and do a NAND backup.
From now on you have a restore point at any time to go back to (your nand backup) and a backup of all your games and shit which can be restored to your new ROM without losing progress etc.
You can now uninstall bloat, install other roms etc. All from your phone without computer intervention.
Worst case scenario: You brick your phone, go into download mode again and flash a ROM through ODIN (although only a few roms support this, including samsung's official ROM).
Worst worst case: Your phone won't even go into download mode, then post back and i'll show you how to make a 201k ohm resistor using a microusb cable and jumping pins 1+4 to get into download mode :P
The worst case scenario's are actually pretty good these days. It's super hard to brick a phone even doing really dumb things.
Who knows how to remove all the junk programs that the phone company throws on an Android to begin with?What is the best firmware or custom rom to get for an android?
Root your phone and install CheckROM RevoHD. A bit of googling around will show you how to go about it. It's the best custom ROM I've seen to far. It basically strips out all the bloatware that comes with the phone and improves battery life. Plus it's fairly basic and easy to figure out.
I'm sure there are other ones out there that do more shit or look cooler, but I've never had an issue with CheckROM and I was a first time droid user with the galaxy S2.
Also newer phones like the SGS3 have internal firmware counters or some such that track if you have put custom firmware on your device, then flash back to stock in order to get warranty. There are ways around that though.
Always roughly the same process:1) find the root file which suits your exact software version and download it2) Get ODIN (which works for all the samsung phones so far3) Reboot the phone in download mode 4) Make sure keis is not running ctrl+shift+esc and kill all processes (though you'll have to install it once to get the right drivers)5) Open odin and put the root file in PDA6) Plug in your phone7) Click start, clench your butt, and if all is good (you didn't put on the wrong file) then it'll download and be all good8) Install titanium backup and backup your stuff. You can batch backup on the free version. It needs root permission9) Install CWM backup from the market and make sure your CWM is up to date10) Reboot into recovery and do a NAND backup. From now on you have a restore point at any time to go back to (your nand backup) and a backup of all your games and shit which can be restored to your new ROM without losing progress etc.You can now uninstall bloat, install other roms etc. All from your phone without computer intervention.Worst case scenario: You brick your phone, go into download mode again and flash a ROM through ODIN (although only a few roms support this, including samsung's official ROM). Worst worst case: Your phone won't even go into download mode, then post back and i'll show you how to make a 201k ohm resistor using a microusb cable and jumping pins 1+4 to get into download mode :PThe worst case scenario's are actually pretty good these days. It's super hard to brick a phone even doing really dumb things.
Going to try this, if I fail I'll let you all know.
If you're running Android 4.0, you don't need to do anything to remove crapware apps. You don't even need to root. Just open the app list, long-press on the icon as if you're going to put it on your homepage, but instead drag it up to where it says "App Info" on the top right. In there is a button that says "Disable." The app will no longer run or even appear in your app list. The file remains, but it's completely disabled.
I don't remember exactly what the stock Samsung ROM is like, but if the "App Info" thing doesn't appear at the top, you can just go into System Settings> Apps> and go to the "All" tab. Click on the apps you want to get rid of and disable them.
As a fellow Galaxy S II user though, I'd recommend installing CyanogenMod. It kicks the shit out of the stock ROM, and removes all of Samsung's stupid TouchWiz bullshit.
How does ics run on your sgs1 toll? I'm running gingerbread on mine via darky's rom.
I've been running ICS on my sgs1 for a while. It runs beautifully. Truth be told, it's touchwiz which couldn't run on the SGS1 because it's a bloated horrible homescreen. That's why Samsung did the very dickish move by removing software support for the phone.
How do you find the exact version? Are we talking the Kernel version?
You need to know if you're on 2.3, 2.2 or whatever. Should be listed under "Android Version".
Don't worry about kernel version as much, or baseband version so much. you'll need them later so you can take note (well, probably won't need them later) but as long as you've got the right root file for that version of android you'll be fine.
In fact lots of times you can have one nearby it and still be 'ok'. Mine is 4.0.4. Running CM9 built in may 23rd.
Just don't put like a 2.2 root file on a 2.3. Also sometimes things like 2.3.2 vs 2.3.3 matter. There's usually a new guide for each SGS2 though if you don't want to troll through xda devs (although the development there can really get you excited about the latest and greatest and make you feel good about your phone again if you start to think it's lame).
It's all pretty easy hope you find it straightforward.
As for your contacts, they should be immediately downloaded again as soon as you enter your google account. It's all backed up at http://contacts.google.com
edit: you should also before flashing a new rom, just to make 100% sure, plug your phone in to your PC in USB drive mode and copy your backup onto your desktop/laptop. Don't be like matchfixa who backed it up to his internal storage and then wiped it all.
There's 3 storage area's in a SGS, the internal storage which is space for applications and system files, internal SD card, where your pictures from camera's, tv shows etc go, and external SD card, which is what you physically push into your phone. Anything in the Internal storage is very likely to be wiped.
Anything in the internal SD is pretty safe, but to be real sure, you can just shove it on the external SD to be 100% safe from any accidental mistakes you might decide on. However, the external SD can't often be read by clockworkmod recovery. Well not by default. When CWM asks if you want to mount SD, it's talking about the internal not the external SD.
More recent versions of CWM do both though i think. I should just reboot and check my facts. Well not on mine, but mine isn't the latest. I think the latest is all touch friendly and you don't scroll up and down using the volume keys and the home button/power button to select.
Yep, AFAIK that is the only way to get rid of that useless cruft. It was the main reason I switched to Cyanogen
I just rooted my phone, rebooted into the recovery thing, mounted the file system as read/write & deleted the apps I didn't want. I've still got the telstra branding, but none of the stupid apps they put in there.
Ok so here's what I've done so far, just to be sure I haven't skipped anything.
1. Downloaded Titanium Backup, the Rom Manager and SMS Backup Restore 2. Backed up the phone programs(?) using Titanium Backup Batch process 3. Backed up the phone via the CWM method 4. Backed up my SMS via SMS Backup Restore 5. Plugged the phone in via USB and created a new folder called Rom and copied all of the files from the Rom here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1436854 into a folder.
I'm currently trying to work out what folder to copy from the Phone to the PC to make sure I have a fail safe and then I'll run that Rom Manager and get it to do the hard work. I assume all this should work fine, if not let me know.
Well, considering you now have like 2+ backups of your stuff, you should be more than fine. If you find you missed something, make another nandroid backup of the new system, revert to the old nandroid through a restore, backup the missing stuff, then restore the new system again.
You've pretty much got nearly everything right, assuming you grabbed Resurrection_Remix_ics_V2.6.1_AOKP-M6_GT-9100.zip, then what you probably need to do is format your internal SD card and wipe your cache.
The appdata settings is probably screwing up consiering it's relevant for only for froyo or gingerbread, whereas you're on jellybean now.
So do another nandroid flash of your current state, boot your phone (or mount USB from recovery, which if you plug in your phone to your PC should allow you to access your phone) and copy again the latest nandroid you just did to your PC.
Then after that flash the .zip file again, after it's done do a format and a wipe cache/delvik cache, etc. All those options are in advanced.
It's something you only need to do once, from here on if you move up linearly (eg 4.0 - 4.1, 4.1-4.1.1, 4.11-4.2) then you'll not need to wipe your data. It's just that your data is all formatted wrong or wrong tables holding wrong information etc.
Edit: The first time is always a pain, usually from here on there's no need to lose your data and restore it back, other backing it up for safety, normally updating can be done without losing a thing. Most of the big ROMS just send updates over the air so you never have to think about it again too.
since the title of the thread is pretty general, thought i would chime in and ask if anyone has used Jellybean yet
my Galaxy nexus got pushed JB about 2 weeks ago and holy crap its so good. Its what ICS should have been. Yes ICS was a huge leap from the previous android version but when i came over from iOS to ICS, i still had issues that really irked me.
The smoothness of JB makes it many times more enjoyable to use and just generally jizz worthy.
Take the time to flash your phones to JB if it hasn't been pushed it. Worth it.
Been using it on my Motorola Xoom and it's shit hawt. ICS was a massive boost compared to HC but JB just takes it to the next level. absolutely love it but I'm definitely itching to upgrade the old xoom haha.
speaking of which, Galaxy s2 CM10 (jelly bean) preview is up! Obviously might take a while for it to be able to be used as a daily rom but awesome to see some good progress considering how frustrating SGS2 has been for the devs. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=29280423
Find one with a kernel included, if it works, then throw on remix. I'm not sure how you've been having so many troubles lol. I flashed a SGS2 at work today just to make sure my steps were mostly right, seemed fine.
I did these exact steps as listed in the link above
-Reboot into recovery -Wipe Data / Factory Reset -Wipe Cache Partition -Install the Main ROM In recovery go to Advanced -Wipe Dalvik Cache -Fix Permissions -Wipe Cache Partition -Reboot -If at the first boot you can't do the configuration of the google account, skip this step and continue -When you boot into the system, it's probably that you don't have data enabled (3g, H+) just reboot -When you boot again into the system the data will be enable and you can do the configuration of Google Account (if you don't do this before)
I got my elcheapo $150 Ainol Novo7 Aurora II today and first thing I did was drop it.
It didn't seem to do any damage but fuck me that was the quickest way to kill any excitement of getting a new toy.
The screen looks pretty good but is a fingerprint whore and just a little unresponsive. Not a lot, in fact less so than some of the name brand tablets I've tried in JB hifi but it's not as crisp as the ipad or an Asus tablet. From the little searching around I've done this afternoon firmware updates are supposed to fix that but it seems to be a complicated process to update these things so I'll have a better look at it on the weekend.
The wifi is also turning itself off and I have to reconnect intermittently, which is probably the only real gripe I have about the tablet at the moment. Hopefully firmware update fixes that as well.
Other than that everything seems to work as expected, it's fast enough, battery seems ok but haven't really used it enough to know for sure. It came with a bunch of suspicious Chinese spy apps which I promptly disabled and Angry Birds Rio.
I bought it to work as a remote control for my PC and found the perfect app for it right away. Unified Remote, it is a sexy little app with a file browser and heaps of remote options for the low low price of free. Works fantastic so far.
Probably would have suggested getting the nexus tablet. I know it's more expensive, but google isn't making much of a profit on them, they're quad core crazy things with beautiful screens. Best thing of course about the nexus is that you know it will run beautifully because it's designed to be the test bed of tablets for google. If it doesn't run well on the nexus it won't be released.
Still i had a look in at your tablet on some sites, looks good and what a price!
Good to hear, weird it was missing play store! But i suppose it happens, at least you grabbed the gapps apk. Just post any more questions you have i'll try and respond. From here it's pretty straightforward to move to other AOSP roms (like cyanogen and kangs or miui) because the kernel should support all of them.
Hah so I had to go back to my old Rom again, somehow the contacts even though I've turned sync on didn't sync. Going to use Samsung Kies to backup the contacts and then put them back over.
As usual just go to http://contacts.google.com and login with your google account to see what if any are there. Else you can force a resync in settings > accounts and sync and then press the sync with your google account.
Whats this lag/bug issue you refer to? Again, i have no issues with my S2 out of the box.What problems do you guys get to warrant such fucking around?
See for me, i see my homescreen stutter, or wait even a 1/10th of a second for email to open and i see that as being bad.
CFW makes my SGS1 buttery smooth, far far faster than my gf's SGS2. Then she see's that and gets jealous so she wants hers buttery smooth too so i install CFW on hers too and suddenly we're both happy.
Until i got my SGS3 today which also runs great, but i don't like the homescreen launcher. While i don't need to CFW to replace it, i probably will.
To be honest, it's like this: You get phone, it gets updates for 6 months in time, then telstra gets lazy and the updates come 3 months late, and you're left going, 'but i want to use X' function. iOS obviously have an advantage here, but you can negate that with about 20 spare minutes in a 2 year period by installing a firmware that gets over the air updates and runs silky smooth.
Here's another example: i was in japan and the hotel didn't have wireless. I wanted to check something like a booking but i couldn't! I bought a USB ethernet card, but it didn't work! I installed CFW and then it did. That alone was worth the 5 minutes of download that i had to steal from someone's wireless to get the firmware and a reboot to install it.
Most of the time it doesn't take an hour or two hours that poor D^ had, it normally just takes a couple of minutes.
Also one persons 'non issue' is another persons 'could be better'.