Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
Leaked Android 4.4.2 XXUFNA1 Firmware for the Galaxy S 4
Up until very recently, Samsung has been relatively quiet about an official KitKat update for its flagship Galaxy S 4. Despite this, a leaked memo pointed towards a possible January release for the S4 and the Note 3. Now, it looks like Samsung is actively preparing for release, as a leaked 4.4.2-based firmware has appeared for the S4.
A few days ago, we shared leaked screenshots that seemed to indicate that Samsung was working on a dramatic artistic redesign for their trademark TouchWiz UI. Unfortunately, this leaked build does not incorporate these graphical tweaks. However, progress is being made in the UI front, as the device now features a translucent notification bar with white icons. There are a few other changes such as a revised lock screen, tweaked keyboard, and performance improvements.
For those looking to give the firmware a try, XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has posted the leak to the forums. To give it a try, download the firmware over in the original thread. From there, you will need Odin to flash the ROM. And if you want root access, be sure to download the latest version of SuperSu or CF-Auto-Root, which have been updated to work with the leaked 4.4.2 firmware.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member toastido for the tip!]
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
While HTC's latest flagship brings many new features, the aesthetic design of the device remains largely untouched in comparison to its predecessor. Many Android enthusiasts throughout the community were expecting a large redesign of one of the most beautiful handsets ever released, but what we got is something more along the lines of an 'HTC One M8S". So this begs the question, is the M9 worth the upgrade if you already own the M8? Current HTC One M8 users chime in and let us know your thoughts.
At the annual Game Developers Conference being held in San Francisco, NVIDIA announced the latest addition to its collection of devices, the NVIDIA SHIELD. Powered by the Tegra X1 ARM SoC, the SHIELD is a set-top box running Android TV at its heart. But since it is a NVIDIA device, it does things beyond the simple streaming and gaming that is expected in this age. The SHIELD can locally run and stream 4K content to a capable TV. It is compatible with existing...