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Missing Genie Widget on Your New Android Device?
The Samsung Galaxy S III has been one of the hottest releases of the year. With great hardware, above average software, and few complaints; it is hard to imagine the Galaxy S III missing anything. Though for users who have been Android fans for longer than the lifetime of the Galaxy S III, there is something missing. With development being mostly focused on exporting Galaxy S III software, there hasn’t been much being ported in until now.
XDA Recognized Themer Nitroz has brought the popular geniewidget.apk to the Galaxy S III to fill a gaping hole where the news and weather widget should be. The widget is a standard component of Android, and the specific APK was pulled from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Not surprisingly, no one has reported any issues with it yet.
To install, users simply need to download the apk file, put it on their SD card, and use their favorite root explorer app to paste it into /system/app. Follow with a reboot and the widget should be ready to go. As mentioned, no one has reported any issues with it thus far, so all the features users enjoyed should be fully intact and the app itself should be stable. Moreover, since the application is a standard component of Android and was not modified in any way for the SGS3, it should work on any Android device lacking the app from the factory.
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