Samsung Sends CyanogenMod Developers Galaxy S II; Shows Its Support To Developers!

The Samsung Galaxy S had a relatively easy method to root, and did not feature an encrypted boot loader. Still, the phone never got quality ROMs based on AOSP. It was only a year after its release, that the phone got official support from the CyanogenMod team.

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However, like Sony Ericsson and HTC, Samsung knows that they should get developers to support their phone. So, while HTC was encrypting boot loader on their latest handsets (EVO 3D, Sensation), the Galaxy S II boot loader was unprotected. Later on, Samsung also released the Galaxy S II source in less than a week of its launch.

Unlike the Galaxy S, SGS II was much better, cleaner, and the kernel’s source code did not feature any proprietary code. Now, in a bid to further support developers and custom ROMs for the Galaxy S II, Samsung has gone ahead and sent a few developers a Galaxy S II.

The developers @atinm, @codeworkx, @dumdidum and @unhelpful were the main mastermind behind brining CM7 to the Galaxy S. By gifting these developers a SGS II, Samsung surely is helping them in porting CM7 to the handset.

Kudos to Samsung for supporting these developers, who are working on bringing CM7 to the Galaxy S II.

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Useful Two Camera Mods

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the best smartphone in the market right now. The handset is feature packed to the brim, and hardly has any major issues.

The Galaxy S II is also among the first few handsets to record videos in 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution. The handset records full HD videos with 64kbps AAC mono audio quality, at 16Mbit/s bitrate.

Now, two different camera mods for the Galaxy S II have been developed. One mod increases the video recording bitrate to 24MBit/s, and the second one increases the audio quality to 192 kbps/44.1Khz. .

Below is a video of the Samsung Galaxy S II recording full HD videos with 192Kbps audio bitrate:

The first mod is by the popular HyperX, while the second mod is by Potatoman. The former mod still has not released for fellow SGS II owners, because he is still testing it.

However, the mod by Potatoman is already available for download over at XDA forums. This mod will also allow Galaxy S II owners to record videos and click photos even when the battery life is <15%. Galaxy S owners need to root their phone, before they can install this mod on their phone.

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HTC Sensation To Ship With An Encrypted Boot Loader

Back in 2010, HTC’s Android handsets were very modding friendly, and that was one of the main reasons for their popularity. HTC’s handsets were among the first to get a new mod or ROM ports. This was all because HTC did not lock or encrypt their handsets boot loader.

Sadly, it looks like this year the company has taken a different approach towards unlocked boot loader on their handsets. All the phones HTC have released this year including the Desire S, and the Incredible S have a locked boot loader. Many developers and modders criticized HTC for this, and expected that the company won’t be so strict with its next super-phone the HTC Sensation.

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Sadly, the folks over at AndroidPolice are reporting that the Sensation will ship with a signed boot loader as well. Unless the developers get extremely lucky, like in the case of the HTC Thunderbolt, there is a very tough chance of unlocking the boot loader.

This news has already caused many developers and HTC handsets users to change their mind about the Sensation. The Samsung Galaxy S II is no less than the Sensation in the specs department, and many people are looking towards it as a viable alternative.

It is really sad to see HTC shipping their phones with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola is already being criticized by a lot of people for shipping their phones with locked boot loaders. Companies need to realize that shipping their phones with a locked boot loader is going to adversely affect the handsets sales.

Motorola and HTC should learn a lesson or two from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson on supporting the modding community.

Samsung Galaxy S II Overclocked To 1.5GHz

Back at MWC 2011, Samsung announced the highly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II. At that time, the Galaxy S II was supposed to feature a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor.

However, a month down the line Samsung decided to bump the clock speed of the processor to 1.2GHz. The already fast Galaxy S II got faster, due to the 200MHz speed bump on each core.

The Galaxy S II is already the fastest Android smartphone ever. However, this has not stopped the awesome developer coolbho3000 to overclock his Galaxy S II to 1.5GHz, in a bid to make it faster! Yes, that’s 1.5GHz (1504MHz to be precise)!

He has uploaded a video of his Galaxy S II running at 1.5GHz and ripping through all the benchmarks. Here is the video of the Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.5GHz :

 

He has also posted the steps so that fellow Galaxy S II owners can overclock their phone to 1.5GHz, if they wish to. Here is the link to the thread over at the XDA forums.

I will recommend general Galaxy S II owners to stay away from installing this kernel on their handset, except for testing needs.

How To Pre-Order The Samsung Galaxy S II

The most anticipated Android phone of this year the Samsung Galaxy S is already up for sale in a few countries. However, in most places of the world, the handset is still up for pre-order.

First of all, I should make it clear that Samsung still has not announced any plans of launching the Galaxy S II in the United States. Blame the network operators in the States for the delay!

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People living the U.K can already order an unlocked Galaxy S II from Play.com for £499.99, as well as from Clove. The handset is also available at Phones4U and the O2 U.K. network as well.

In South Korea, the Galaxy S II is up for pre-order on all the three major telecom operators S K Telecom, KT, and LG U+. In fact, more than 200000 units of the Galaxy S II have already been pre-booked in Korea.

Interested Samsung Galaxy S II buyers in India can have a look at eBay.in, where they can pre-order the handset for nearly Rs. 40,000. However, I will suggest them to wait and buy the handset when it is released by this month’s end.

The Samsung Galaxy S II will be available in most of the regions of the world, by the end of this month.

Samsung Galaxy S II Pre-Orders Reach 3 Million Units By Carriers

It was only a few days ago that Samsung released the highly anticipated Galaxy S II in some regions of the world. In most regions of the world, the phone is currently up for pre-order, and will be released to the general public by this month’s end.

Today, Samsung announced that mobile carriers all over the world have pre-ordered more than 3 million units of the Galaxy S II. Please note that the pre-order is done by mobile carriers, and not the consumers. However, I am pretty sure that the operators won’t have any problem in selling these pre-booked units.

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It was just a few days ago, that Samsung had managed to ship more than 120,000 units of the Galaxy S II in Korea,   in less than 3 days.

The Samsung Galaxy S was among the most popular Android phones of last year, and sold in excess of 10 million units. Its successor, the Galaxy S II has already been getting ravishing reviews all over the Internet, and is expected to sell more than 15 million units. The Galaxy S II will be released in more regions of the world by the end of this month, or early June.

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TouchWIZ 4.0 Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on-board and TouchWIZ 3.0. Samsung spiced up TouchWIZ with some colorful icons, with the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S.

At MWC 2011, Samsung announced the Galaxy S successor the Galaxy S II, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a new version of TouchWIZ (v4.0) running on top of it. TouchWIZ in its latest version features some new icons, and some new nifty features.

Now, one developer over the Galaxy S modding scene fear2142 – has managed to port TouchWIZ 4.0 to the Galaxy S, thanks to a Galaxy S II system dump.

Below is a video of TouchWIZ 4.0 in action on the Galaxy S –

The mod will work on the Galaxy S XXJVB ROM de-odexed ROM. The mod also works on Galaxy S Custom ROMs based on the XXJVB firmware. The TouchWIZ 4.0 launcher does have some stability issues though.

Interested Galaxy S users should head over to this thread, for more information on how to install TouchWIZ 4.0.

Samsung Galaxy S II Processor Speed Bumped To 1.2 GHz

Samsung announced the successor to the Galaxy S the Galaxy S II back in MWC 2011.

Back then, Sammy announced that the SGS II will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and an ARM Mali 400 GPU. However, reports are flying in that Samsung has bumped up the clock speed on the handset to 1.2 GHz.

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This piece of news has even been confirmed by Samsung’s Eesti Facebook page. The reason behind the increase in this speed bump is unknown at the moment.

It may very well be possible that the performance of the Exynos chip was not up to the mark, thus forcing Samsung to increase the clock speed. Due to this speed bump, Samsung has pushed back the release date of the Galaxy S II until late-May or early June.

It is unknown whether this will affect the processor speed of the Tegra 2 variant of the Galaxy S II, which will sport a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPUs.

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