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.
Rooted and KNOX-Free 4.3 for the Sprint Galaxy S III
Two days ago, we wrote about how the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III was finally receiving its update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While the Moto X and the current fleet of Nexus devices have already received updates to Android 4.4 KitKat, any step forward is a step in the right direction, even if it is still one step behind.
Unfortunately for Sprint SGS3 owners, the officially released 4.3 build also brought with it Samsung’s KNOX technology. Thankfully, XDA Recognized Contributor CNexus was quick to modify the stock 4.3 MK3 ROM to remove KNOX and deliver it pre-rooted for those looking to save themselves from the hassle of doing it manually.
The ROM is available in Odexed and Deodexed form. The Deodexed ROM is rooted, and there are both rooted and unrooted options for the Odexed ROM (unrooted will be ready for download soon). After flashing through a custom recovery, flash the WiFi fix and KNOX remover. One thing of note is that installing the WiFi fix currently breaks screen rotation, but this is currently being worked on.
If you were holding off on the 4.3 update for your Sprint SGS3 because of KNOX, make your way over to the original thread to get started with this KNOX-free near-stock build.
[Many thanks to Senior Moderator kennyglass123 for the tip!]
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