So I was looking for a modern device that would run Cyanogenmod. A Galaxy S4 would have been my first choice but I definitely don’t like the form factor - it’s a good deal larger than the old Galaxy S. The new device should really be about the same size as the old one. I ended up with a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini which has similar specs to the “big” S4 but is the same size as the old Galaxy S. Oh, and of course Cyanogenmod is supported, too :-)
So I got the device fairly cheap by extending my existing mobile contract. Before I installed CM on the device, I only booted the stock firmware once to obtain IP address, IMEI etc. After that, I did the rooting process as described on the CM device page. Rooting went fairly smooth using the steps described there.
I did a full backup of the old device using Titanium Backup and put the backup folder onto the removable SD card. After the SD card was moved to the S4 mini, I was able to restore almost everything.
So far I’m pretty pleased with the experience: things run a lot smoother than on the old device (surprise, surprise). I have yet to find a good use case for the new gadgets like NFC.
Cyanogenmod on my Samsung Galaxy S
Odin on VirtualBox
I flashed an Adroid update earlier today. This was done from Windows using Odin and it worked like a charm.
This approach requires me to boot into Windows, though which is quite an interrupt in the daily procedure. So I thought I’d give Odin on Windows running in a …read more
Kies woes again
Ok so now I have this new Android device. After downloading some apps and playing around with it for a few days I am ready for “the real stuff”, namely rooting, flashing custom images and all the other hacking fun that’s possible with this kind of devices.
The official …read more
The future is here
I was resisting the temptations of modern Smartphones for quite some time now. My first impression was that all these devices are toys and/or giant data leaks.
Then my wife got herself an iPhone and by playing around with it I learned two things:
- a smartphone for me will …