It's not often I look at a product or service and say "I really really hope this isn't real, and it's an elaborate fake". Alas, this day has come. It's time for a look at something which cropped up on my radar today, namely a service called FileThis. I won't do them the search-engine-ranking honor of providing a direct link to their site, but a quick search will find them, and their app on the Play Store and iTunes store....
Jelly Bean Leaked for the International Galaxy S III
Just yesterday we posted about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean potentially making its way to the Samsung Galaxy S III by the 29th of this month and how it was strange that no test builds have yet leaked. As luck would have it, a leaked build of Jelly Bean for the device has now appeared for the device, which is great news for anyone looking forward to Google’s latest tasty treat.
Brought to us by SamMobile (the same guys who predicted the 29th as the OTA release date) and posted to XDA by Recognized Developer Faryaab, this is test build XXDLG4 targeted at the international version of the device. While it may not be a final build, it brings the I9300 all the latest Jelly Bean features including the revamped notification bar and Google Now.
You can download and flash the build by following the instructions in the original thread. However, as mentioned in the thread, be sure to verify that you are on a stock Samsung ROM before flashing it. Otherwise, you risk bricking your device.[Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab for the tip]
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More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...