Galaxy S III Support

If you’re wondering or have been wondering why I have not updated my Jaguar ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III, there are a few reasons. My 2.5 year old son and his incoming gender undetermined sibling take up a fair amount of my ‘free time’ these days. And with good reason. I enjoy time with my son much more than I do frittering time away on a phone. That’s fair, right?

Now don’t despair! That’s not the main reason I haven’t put out a ROM. I am still a man that expects his devices to do much, and to do it well. In this case, Wanam Xposed and the Xposed Framework are to blame. Simply download a Deodexed KitKat ROM, install the Xposed Framework and Wanam Xposed (found here), and you have nearly every thematic and functional mod at your fingertips that I was going to build in by hand, and more!

And that’s it. That’s how I’m currently getting the best experience I can out of my Galaxy S III.




Galaxy SIII Battery Impressions

Stock Battery Performance

When you navigate through your Settings to the Battery section on your Galaxy SIII, you’re presented with a little bar graph and plot. The following are my resulting usage after the phone’s second charge:

I’m actually rather impressed with these results, as they’re on par with results from my rooted, modified, fully decked-out Epic 4G at its best.  Maybe after some intricate modding, the development community can double these results!

Anyone Tired Of Truly Inaccurate Battery Statistics?


When you navigate through your Settings to the Battery section on your Epic 4G, you’re presented with a little bar graph and plot. The first thing that you may notice is that after nearly 3 hours of usage, my display registers as only 2% of the drain. But by now, you’re well aware that the screen most certainly is the largest drain on most computer devices, especially a touchscreen device. What you may see is something like the following:

So why don’t these percentages make any sense? I can’t tell you for sure, because I didn’t make the decision, but I know where the problem lies. Your phone reports the battery level, as well as usage results, which are run through a calculator function to give you the above charts. Unfortunately, Samsung did not populate the calculator with accurate reading values and left the default useless ones in.

What I’ve done is to extrapolate the hardware values from our sister device, the Google Nexus S. The values work as mah drains against the 1500 mah stock battery.

Previously, the Wifi On, Wifi Active, and Wifi Scan profiles were all defaulted as .1 mah, whereas more accurate values are 4, 120, and 220 respectively. These make sense. Similarly, Screen On was .1 as compared to 49. The result is the following:

The results are immediate and expected. With the phone being on only 6 minutes with the screen on nearly the entire time, one would expect the primary battery usage to be the display.


There is no simple CWM flash-able, but I offer you two solutions.

  1. You can flash either of my roms or one of my FC09 themes which incorporate this fix.
  2. OR you can open your favorite rom/theme, and inject the attached file into the framework-res.apk under res/xml.


Please note, these are, and will always be, based on experimental test values. The only way to truly know where your phone is losing power is to physically test the various innards of your device personally. These values should simply give you a MUCH more accurate representation.

Epic 4G Swipe-Away Notifications


First Please Note: This is not an official update!

What does that mean?  I’ve updated ThunderHawk 5.1, but it is still ThunderHawk 5.1.  So if you’re on it already, and you flash the newest version, it WILL NOT INCREMENT YOUR PHONE!

But relax!  Just flash one of my themes :-).  There are 4 themes, plus the Sprint fix theme, and all of them have this new feature already.  What is it?  It’s a feature I built-in from this thread brought to my attention by ca1ne.  Currently, Gingerbread has no way to clear individual notifications in the pull-down menu, but this changes that!  Simply slide the notification in question to the left or right and watch it disappear!

I should mention, it appears a bit finicky.  It requires you to carefully slide your finger horizontally across the notification, or it may return to its original position.  Annoying?  It can be.  But this new feature doesn’t break or disrupt any existing functionality, it only adds!  So it’s neat.




Serenicity V


Hello followers and fellow users!  This is the Serenicity rom.  It is structurally identical to ThunderHawk series V.  That said, it features a Windows Phone 7 type launcher called Launcher 7.  This creates a very different feeling interface and a different experience.  This rom is meant to be simpler while offering all of the same capabilities of RandomROM!  Suggestions will be considered on this, and only this, rom.  As new ideas come to me, this rom may continue to evolve and change the way it functions.




ThunderHawk 5.1


Hello followers and fellow users!  The latest version, is now 5.1.  If you understand roman numerals, then you know that it’s still part of Series V ;-).  That said, I’ve added in some minor enhancements.  Fixed some ram issues I’ve seen on my end.  Updated busybox.  If you load up the busybox installer from Google Play Store it should see busybox just fine now.  I’ve also officially removed DRM from the lite version.  As the lite option is meant for power users with more experience, like myself, it’s an unused feature.  As such, I’ve also modified the superfreeze command to exclude DRM (since there’s nothing to freeze) in the lite install.

Full installations will still come with all features like drm and a full superfreeze command.  If you don’t know, drm is for protected media files, of which I refuse to be a part.  I’ve also included a kernel for BML installers, so the zip file is a bit bigger now.  About 182 mb.  Check the changelog.  😀