August 12, 2013
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Last night, I had my newly bought S4 mini rooted. Thanks to arco68 from the “xda developers” forum. The rooting process is a lot easier and faster compare to what I did last time with my old, faithful HTC Desire. With a rooted S4 mini, I’ve installed the “transparent proxy” and is now able to use whatapps, line, etc. through my office’s proxy server.
The rooting guide from arco68 is here: [RECOVERY][ROOT] Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 3G (GT-I9190)
The rooting process went smoothly, but the bundled “Superuser” app did not seem to work. I went to the Play Store and installed the CWM (clockworkmod) version of “Superuser” and it works perfectly.
Also, I was not able to delete the three Samsung applications (KNOXAgent.apk, KNOXStore.apk, ContainerAgent.apk) which keeps giving me warning saying “The device has detected an application attempting unpermitted actions…”. According to the form posts, other users seem to be able to delete them. But when I tried, using “ES File Explorer”, I got “xxxx.apk cannot be deleted”. If I use “ConnectBot” and try to delete from a terminal, it will fail with an error saying “… Read-only file system”.
After some googling, I probably can delete those files in the recovery mode. According to this post: [SCRIPT] TrulyClean v1.6 For S4 mini “removed all the bloatware”, I just need to modify the “updater-script” according to my need. Also, I may use this method to remove the bundled “Superuser” app which is not working. Maybe I’ll do it this weekend, a bit lazy now. 🙂
August 7, 2013
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After about 3 years, my boss decided to buy us a new phone each. I can choose what I want. For me, Nexus4, although almost one year old, is still my first choice. However, we couldn’t get a brand new set. Yesterday when we were out shopping for the phones, we almost bought 2 used sets (my boss also wanted a Nexus4). I booted the phone and found a gmail account already configured in it. After checking through 4 Nexus4 units, I totally lost hope for getting a new set in Low Yatt Plaza. What to do? Should I get a Galaxy Note2, Galaxy S4 or HTC ONE? In the end, I decided on a Galaxy S4 Mini. I know it’s not as good as other high-end models, but it’s small size won my heart. Not much bigger than my good old HTC Desire. With slimmer frame, it has a much bigger screen size than my 3-year-old Desire. I am quite happy with it. I need to root my phone in order to use some application which requires super user privilege. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any tutorial or custom rooted kernel for this phone (I9190). Maybe it’s time for me to dive in and make a custom kernel myself?