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Enable Hardware Acceleration on CM7/AOSP (Webkit) Browser on Your Galaxy S i9000 [MOD]

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For those of you who are running Cyanogenmod 7 ( CM 7) or AOSP based ROMs on your Galaxy S i9000, we have come across a fix which enables Hardware acceleration on the Webkit based browser that is included with your ROM. Android OS supports graphical acceleration, but the app has to go use them. Fortunately most do, unfortunately the stock browser doesn’t :(

Which is why most people (me included) prefer to use Opera Mobile for a smoother and more seamless browsing experience on our phones.

Thanks to some tweaking by developer burakgon , we now have a flashable mod which enables this much needed fix on the stock Android browser. Please note however, that this is only to be used if you are running CM7 or another AOSP based ROM on Galaxy S i9000. Make sure you are running Android 2.3.4 or higher. People who have tested it seemed to have found that the browser performance had become smoother.

NOTE:

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This MOD does not work for MIUI.

Warning!
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!!!

Download:

You can download the hardware Acceleration mod from the original post at XDA → link here.

How to apply the Hardware Acceleration mod

  1. Download the Hardware Acceleration mod zip file & transfer it to the root of your sdcard
  2. Boot into CWM recovery
  3. Go to Mounts & Storage
  4. Mount System & confirm
  5. Go back to main menu and choose Install zip from SDcard
  6. Choose zip from SDcard (HW accelaration zip file) & confirm.
  7. Reboot your device.

Go ahead and try it out. Let us know if it worked for you in comments below.

UPDATE: This mod is only for the Samsung Galaxy S i9000, don’t try this on any other phone.

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  • http://twitter.com/tadejkolino Tadej Rudec

    Didn’t boot on Nexus S running stock AOSP.

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com Shivam

      Oh sorry! Seems like Madhav forgot to mention it’s only for the Galaxy S i9000. Anyway, I’ve updated the post now. Sorry for the trouble, hope you were able to recover your Nexus S.

      • http://twitter.com/tadejkolino Tadej Rudec

        Yeah, adb to the rescue ;]

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