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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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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2014

Mobile World Congress 2014 Announcements – Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 & More! – XDA Developer TV

Mobile World Congress is happening right now. Chances are your FaceGramTwitterBook Plus feeds are being spammed with all the exciting announcements---everything from Sony's new devices to Samsung and HTC, and that's not all! There's a good chance you missed something or have Kelly Bundyed it. That's when you hear too much stuff and you loose the older information as it falls right out of your brain. There is no need to fear because XDA Developer TV Producer Extraordinaire Jordan has scoured...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 21, 2014

Samsung Devices Get Unified CM11 Builds, Google’s Project Tango Unveiled – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that Samsung devices are getting unified CyanogenMod 11 builds. Google Project Tango has also been made public, and this project promises Kinect-like abilites for smartphones! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 18, 2014

Samsung Details Which Devices will Receive Official KitKat Lovin’

Before today, Samsung has been very cautious in tempering expectations regarding official Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its recent devices. While certain phones have already received the 4.4.2 goods, much of the rest of the company's lineup is still in Jelly Bean limbo. We've seen leaks fly around left and right for the Galaxy S 4, but official word regarding KitKat for the device has been lacking. And since this is just for their latest and greatest, the future didn't...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 31, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for AT&T Galaxy S4 and Note 3 Leaked, HTC One KitKat US Release Delayed – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2,for the AT&T Galaxy S4 and Note 3 has been leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the Sony Xperia Z1 received a maintenance release and the HTC One KitKat release for the US carrier versions has been delayed! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 12, 2014

International CES 2014 Wrap Up – What Got Announced?

The spectacle that is the International CES show has come to an end for yet another year. While there are bound to be more Android announcements at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, there are still some things announced this week to look forward to---and some things that were announced that you won’t look forward to. Huawei Let’s start with the unexciting. The mobile device manufacturer with a name that is not pronounced how it is spelled, Huawei, released an updated...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 11, 2014

Samsung Note PRO 12.2, Tab PROs and Galaxy Camera 2 Hands On at CES 2014 – XDA Developer TV

Samsung was at this year's CES in a BIG way! They have advertisements on just about any of the many shuttle buses circling the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had ads all over the Convention Center itself, and that got the location into trouble, as the ads announced their releases before the actual press event. At the press event, Samsung announced a new Samsung Note Pro 12.2, three new Galaxy Tab Pros---coming in the sizes of 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 10, 2014

Samsung Responds to KNOX MitM Attack “Vulnerability”

About a month ago, we talked about a recent study (PDF) stating that most security vulnerabilities on Android are ultimately due to OEM customizations. And surprise, surprise---this can even happen on devices with technologies designed to protect users. Late last month, security researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev discovered a security vulnerability that allowed a user-installed application to intercept unencrypted network traffic. Rather than describing this as a flaw or bug, Samsung labels the vulnerability a classic Man in...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 7, 2014

Leaked Screenshots Suggest Dramatic New Direction for Samsung’s TouchWiz UI

Modern Samsung devices generally pack class-leading specifications, great battery life, fantastic screens, and more features than you can shake a stick at. They're also one of the better OEMs for providing somewhat timely firmware updates on at least their flagship devices. Arguably, all of this equates to some of the best devices on the market, and you wouldn't be faulted for thinking that their market share demonstrates this. But one thing that's a bit harder to argue is the aesthetic...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 7, 2013

Has Technology Become a Disposable Commodity?

I am, and have always been, an early adopter of a lot of things, particularly when it comes to technology. My cell phone voyage started back in the year 2000 with a Nokia 5110. Back then, only a handful of people had phones, and seeing someone on the street with one was a somewhat rare sight. Nowadays, the same cannot be said. Cell phones have become a massive commodity---one that gets a lot of attention, and certainly one that is...

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