XDA News Articles

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 3, 2015

Analysis of the Galaxy Note 3 Android 5.0 Leak

When I first heard about the Vietnam leak of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) I was hesitant to install it. I was comfortable with my highly modded custom ROM which gave me a solid performance boost to the traditional TouchWiz configuration of the Note 3. I had disabled DVFS, overclocked my CPU, changed the kernel, switched the CPU governor, and had per-app profiles to ensure I’d get the last drop out of my phone’s powerful Exynos 5420...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 2, 2015

Korean Note 4 Revision Will Not Feature A Newer Chipset

According to reputable Samsung information provider and whistle-blower Sammobile, the new version of the Galaxy Note 4 set to be released in South Korea will not sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset, but rather an in-house chip designed and manufactured by Samsung - the same one found in the already released version of Note 4. However, it will feature a new modem listed as Shannon 333. Sammobile suggests the possibility of said modem being manufactured by Intel. The new phablet variant will...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2014

Samsung Allegedly Discontinuing Galaxy Alpha Line

Samsung has been on fire for the last few days. The Korean OEM recently announced a new version of Note 4 phablet able to download big files in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately not all news from this manufacturer is good news. According to the Korean IT news site etnews, this leading OEM plans to cancel the Galaxy Alpha production and focus on its successor: the Samsung Galaxy A5. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is undoubtedly one of the most...

Faiz Malkani · Dec 30, 2014

Samsung Expands European Galaxy S5 Lollipop Rollout

A while back, we spoke about the start of the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout to Galaxy S5 users in Poland. According to reports, the update is now rolling out to users in Spain. While the Polish release was bug-free for the most part and much faster than previous versions, the rollout was restricted to users located within Poland--perhaps for further testing and bug fixing. With that seemingly complete,the Spanish rollout is the second wave in what seems to be a staggered...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 29, 2014

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4 Refresh with Super Fast LTE

Samsung is preparing its hardware to get some real LTE speeds. The Korean OEM has announced an improved version of the popular flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will be shipped with powerful hardware and shouldn't be afraid of an extremely fast LTE connection. The new Note 4 has been armed with LTE Advanced Tri-Band with Carrier Aggregation. This fancy technology allows the phone to download files at speeds upwards of 300 Mb/s. Needless to say, such speed is but...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo Receives Functional Lollipop Port

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is without a doubt a pretty nice device. Released in April 2014, this phone is essentially a re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S III with 1.5 GB of RAM and KitKat right out of the box. It's not that popular as its older brother, but this phone is still a nice option if you are looking for wallet friendly handset. Samsung isn't planning to officially update the Galaxy S3 Neo to Lollipop. This isn't...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 26, 2014

Android 5.0 Leaked for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Android Lollipop is still making its way to many new devices. Firmware updates have been already pushed by Motorola, LG, and Samsung. Most of these updates have been officially released by these OEMs, and another device that should get an official update pretty soon is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as a Lollipop firmware build has leaked. The update for the Note 3 SM-N9005 (N9505XXUGBNL8) comes in at 1.1 GB, and it brings the Android 5.0 experience and re-designed Touchwiz...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Samsung Begins Production of 8-Gigabit RAM Chips

With the release of Android 5.0, our favorite mobile operating system has become 64-bit ready. Hardware used in some recently released mid-range devices like the HTC Desire 510 is already capable of processing 64-bit code. One of the main advantages of 64-bit computing is the ability for individual processes to address 4 GB of RAM and more. All top smartphones run 3 GB of RAM, but soon most flagship phones and tablets will have 4 GB of RAM. This will undoubtedly...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 17, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Receives Early CM12 Port

Samsung Galaxy Grand is a dual-SIM phone with a 5” screen that was announced two years ago. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, backed by 1 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera with LED flash at the back and a 2 MP shooter in the front. It's one of the mid-range phones released by Samsung to conquer Asia. Its low price and more than decent specs made Galaxy Grand Duos a...

Samantha · Dec 14, 2014

Highly Functional Android 5.0 Build Lands on Samsung Galaxy S Plus

Released in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy S Plus is one heck of an old device. Despite this, it remains privy to a very healthy dose of aftermarket development. Although having shipped with Android 2.3, support for this device has been going strong ever since--not from Samsung, but from its users. This can be witnessed with the dual boot functionality it received, and highly functional Jellybean and Kitkat landing on the device in the form of unofficial CyanogenMod 10 and 11...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 13, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe Receives a Lollipop, OTA Captured

Just over a week ago, we talked about two Google Play Edition devices getting their Lollipop updates. HTC released updates for the One and One (M8), as well as the kernel source required by GPL licensing. Another OEM started to roll out the Android 5.0.1. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505G should expect the OTA notification soon. Android Lollipop was announced back in June at the Google I/O Keynote. This revision of Google's OS brings tons of new features...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 6, 2014

Possible Samsung Galaxy S6 Specs Leak

The two latest generations of flagship Samsung smartphones were quite successful in terms of sales, but many users openly criticized their build materials and design. Samsung has always used plastic as its build material of choice, whereas HTC switched its high end devices over to aluminum. Various reports on the Web claim that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will be redesigned from scratch to keep the Korean OEM on top in terms of sales. The Chinese portal cnmo.com suggests that...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 3, 2014

Official Android Lollipop Lands on Samsung Galaxy S5 in Poland

Google's approach of providing work-in-progress source code to OEMs before the official release date seems to be working. A few weeks ago we talked about a video showing a Lollipop test build running on Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, the Korean OEM started rolling out the Android 5.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 to users in Poland. Here's the details of the Android 5.0 for Samsung Galaxy S5: • Model: SM-G900F • Model name: GALAXY S5 • Country: Poland •...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4 also Receives Android Lollipop Port

Once upon a time, when the original Samsung Galaxy S was just a dream for most XDA users, the Korean OEM was considered to be quite developer friendly. Then the their proprietary Exynos processor, which then made it difficult for the custom ROM scene to keep up thanks to its sparse documentation. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S II, developers have had lots of trouble porting AOSP-based Android to Sammy devices. A few weeks ago, we showed you Android Lollipop with...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 15, 2014

Best Mods for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – XDA TV

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been out for a little bit and if you own this device, you’ve probably gone through the phases of a new device. You’ve watched reviews on the device, you’ve purchased it, and then you’ve rooted it. So what do you do next? In this video, XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and Xposed mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Check out these mods to give you an answer to...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 12, 2014

Root the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Install TWRP – XDA TV

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 is Samsung’s latest entry in the popular Note lineup. TK recently reviewed the device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Note 4 is no exception! TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Note 4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 7, 2014

Motorola and Samsung Gearing up for Android 5.0 Updates

In the last few years, we've gotten used to OEMs either delaying updates for seemingly an eternity or not delivering them at all. This time, I sense a disturbance in the force lately--and I'm not referring to platform/external/jarjar in the actual Android source code. Vendors are now seemingly trying to compete which each other to see which will release Lollipop first. Yesterday, talked about how Sony is preparing an AOSP device tree and all the necessary information to compile Android...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 6, 2014

Source-Built Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III Mini

Just yesterday, we talked about some early bird builds of Lollipop for several devices. Those builds all have one thing in common: They were made for devices with working AOSP device trees that have been provided by their manufacturers. This time, we want to showcase one of the first AOSP Lollipop ROMs for quite an old device, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Ironically, the S3 Mini's bigger brother (which uses a different SoC) hasn't received an official version of KitKat...

TK · Nov 5, 2014

Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the successor to Samsung's wildly popular Galaxy Note 2 and 3 phablet devices. The Note 3 was a giant-sized phone with a 5.7” screen display, with the Note 4 still sporting the same 5.7” display but with a higher QHD resolution. The Note 4 was released on October 17, with some US release dates lagging a bit depending on carrier. For this review, we will be looking at the T-Mobile variant, which did not have a delayed release. The internal hardware of...

Jimmy McGee · Oct 22, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Hands On – XDA TV

Perhaps one of the more peculiar announcements this year was the curved edge-screened Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge has a curved ‘edge’ touchscreen. Many believe this to be an engineering exercise that was released to the public to show off how innovative Samsung is, with many viewing it in a light similar to concept cars from automobile manufacturers. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK got some Hands On time with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge at...