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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...

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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 •...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 12, 2014

MultiROM Available for the Samsung Galaxy Note II

With so many ROMs available on XDA, it's incredibly difficult to find the one that suits us most. We must choose between modified stock firmwares, AOSP-derived ROMs, or alternate OSes like Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS. There are solutions to make the choice a bit easier, and one of them is multiboot. XDA Recognized Developer Tassadar's MultiROM is the ideal perfect solution for all you folks that can't decide which ROM should be used as a daily driver. In the last...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 6, 2014

Learn How to Theme TizenMod on Your Samsung Gear

Although it originally shipped with a highly customized version of Android, the Samsung Galaxy Gear (later renamed to Samsung Gear) has since been updated to run Tizen OS. This move, which brought the device inline with many of Samsung's other smartwatches such as the Samsung Gear 2, carries with it an inherent set of pros and cons. While the device enjoys much improved battery life since its shift, all of the previous apps and utilities that we have come to enjoy are no...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 5, 2014

Samsung vs Google: A New War in Mobile?

It appears that the long standing marriage between Samsung and Google may be coming to an end. According to Forbes, the Galaxy line creators will allow its users to download a beta version of Nokia Here Maps in October 2014, when the rounded Samsung Galaxy Gear S hits store shelves, and this might be the beginning of the end for Google's OS on Samsung devices. Samsung is pushing hard to replace Android with Tizen, their own, Linux-based operating system, which is as much Google-free...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 5, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Xperia Z3, New Android Wear Watches Unveiled at IFA, webOS Becomes LuneOS! – XDA Developer TV

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge and Sony announced the Xperia Z3 and the Smartwatch 3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of MultiROM being Ported to the Moto E and the Moto G and be sure the check out the article talking about webOS becoming LuneOS. That's not all that's covered in today's...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 25, 2014

Samsung to Release SIM Card-Ready Smartwatch

The smartwatch madness continues. No further back than yesterday, we talked about LG uploading a video teaser showing off their upcoming LG G Watch R. Now, another Korean OEM decides to enter the game. The upcoming premiere of Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which should take place in just over a week, will also be the launching point for a few wearable devices. As the Samsung leakster Sammobile claims, the new smartwatch will be available to purchase a few months after Note 4 release, and it will contain a SIM card slot, which makes the...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 19, 2014

Samsung EFS Tool Updated to V5, Brings Universal Device Support

You may recall that we've talked about XDA Recognized Contributor ricky310711's Samsung Tool a couple of times throughout the app's lifespan. For those who don't remember the name, this simple tool allows users to perform several simple but handy tasks such as backing up and restoring EFS, hot rebooting for a quick refresh, and full rebooting to recovery, download mode, or the Android OS. Now, Samsung Tool has received a rather significant update to version 5. Chief among the new...

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Tomek Kondrat · Apr 17, 2014

Get the AOSP Lock Screen on Your ICS-Powered Samsung Device

Android is the only popular mobile operating system that allows users, developers, and OEMs to implement dramatic modifications to its user interface. Some OEMs such as Samsung, LG, and Sony release their devices with highly modified custom software, which differs greatly from Google's version of Android that is seen in Nexus and GPe devices. One of the aspects that is often changed in OEM skins is the lock screen. Almost every OEM has its own unique style of lock screen. But...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 29, 2014

Learn How to Update Your Samsung Device with Kies

Playing with custom ROMs and kernels is fun, but sometimes a phone needs to be restored to its stock, vanilla state. With Google Nexus devices, this is extremely easy, as no additional tool other than fastboot is needed. With Sasmung, Sony, and other devices, the situation becomes more complicated and some guidance might be required. To restore Samsung device, you can pursue two methods: Odin and Kies. You can find plenty of guides on how to use Odin, but using...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 13, 2014

Samsung Backdoor May Not Be as Wide Open as Initially Thought

Earlier today, we talked about how the Replicant team found a potential backdoor in Samsung's proprietary radio software. As demonstrated in a proof-of-concept attack, this allowed certain baseband code to gain access to a device's storage under a specific set of circumstances. But upon closer inspection, this backdoor is most likely not as bad as it was initially made out to be. A few hours after posting our previous article on the alleged backdoor, a highly respected security expert who wishes...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 13, 2014

Replicant Devs Discover Backdoor in Samsung Android Devices

You may recall that about five months ago, we touched upon a study demonstrating how OEM modifications are the primary cause for most "Android" security issues. Unfortunately, we offer yet another example of OEM-caused security issues---but this time, it's not because of an OEM skin or bloatware. Rather, this is a potential vulnerability at a far deeper level: proprietary modem software. The OEM in question is none other than Samsung, the Android ecosystem's largest and most successful device manufacturer, and...

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Tomek Kondrat · Mar 6, 2014

Make Your Own Pre-Rooted Odin-Flashable Firmware With Ease

Aside from being a famous god in Norse mythology, Odin is the name of an application used to flash Samsung firmware onto Galaxy phones and tablets. With this tool, you are able to revert your phone or tablet to vanilla state, and you can also root it using CF-Root or by changing the kernel without recovery. Creating Odin- or Heimdall-compatible packages from scratch is not easy. But this isn't challenging anymore, as XDA Senior Member hnkotnis wrote a simple guide that explains how...

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