April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Android 4.4 “SlimKat” Available for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus
We first heard that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat goods when Google announced that the device fell outside of the traditional 18-month window for firmware updates. Many figured, however, that the underlying cause of this was not Google’s choice, but rather TI’s exit from the mobile SoC market—and of course, the subsequent lack of Android 4.4-compatible driver binaries for the OMAP4460 used in the device.
Despite the driver setbacks, we’ve seen highly functional, source-built Android 4.4 ROMs pop up for the GSM Galaxy Nexus (maguro), as well as for the Verizon CDMA/LTE variant (toro). The only thing left in the way of a happy Galaxy Nexus family was a build for the Sprint CDMA/LTE variant (toroplus). Now thanks to XDA Recognized Themer kufikugel, there is such a build.
If you have been keeping up with the Galaxy Nexus KitKat situation, you may recognize the name kufikugel. That’s because he’s also responsible for one of the two releases that we covered to initially bring KitKat support to the GSM version of the device. Now, he’s brought the ROM over to the toroplus. Just like his maguro ROM, this is a part of the SlimRoms SlimKat family of cross-device ROMs.
The vast majority of device features appear to be working in SlimKat for the toroplus, and many users have reported near flawless performance. But as expected, this also contains the same types of graphical glitches as seen in other Galaxy Nexus builds—though this may be alleviated thanks to newly available drivers. Other than that, users need to take care to download the proper gapps package and be on the latest version of CWM recovery.
Head over to the ROM thread to get started.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member rjzmanz for the heads up and sharing his experiences with the ROM.]
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
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