May 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that back in November of last year, we shared a leaked Samsung internal memo detailing the OEM’s tentative plans for updating its Galaxy line up to Android 4.4 KitKat. And with the exception of the canceled update for the International S3, this schedule has mostly held true, as we’ve seen KitKat roll out to many of the Korean company’s newer high end devices. Now, more internal documentation has appeared, giving us a clearer picture of what Samsung’s working on in its internal labs.
First up, we have the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F and SM-G900H) and Galaxy S4 LTE-A (GT-I9506). According to internal Samsung documentation from five days ago, Android 4.4.3 KTU70 is now being actively worked on for these three device variants. For the S4 LTE-A, the firmware in progress comes in at version XXUDQNE4, and for the two S5 variants, we’re looking at versions XXU0BNE3 and XXU0BNE6. The builds for all three device variants are currently in the integration stage, which means that Samsung is adding its OEM customizations to the firmwares. Assuming all goes well with the integration and testing, it’s not unreasonable to speculate that we may see 4.4.3 arrive on these three devices in the next couple of months.
Next up, we have more information regarding Android 4.4.2 KOT49H updates for various older Samsung devices. According to the leaked documentation, Android 4.4.2 will make its way out to the Galaxy S3 LTE, Note II LTE, and Note 3 Neo later this month. Then some time next month, the S 4 Mini, S 4 Mini LTE, Grand 2, Mega 5.8, and Mega 6.3 will receive their own official Android 4.4.2 builds. Unfortunately, the update for the standard (1 GB RAM) S3 is still marked as “unstable,” and given Samsung’s public statement on the matter, it’s increasingly unlikely that this will change in the near future.
Do you own any of these Samsung devices and are you looking forward to these OEM-provided updates? Or instead, have you rooted and installed an AOSP-derived custom ROM? Let us know in the comments below.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega is the less well known sibling of the OEM’s popular Galaxy Note lineup. Announced back in April of last year, there are two main variants of the phablet, the GT-I920x with a 6.3″ screen, and the GT-I915x with a more modest 5.8″ screen—not far from the Note 3. Nevertheless, it’s a device that definitely has its appeals, such as dual-SIM support with the GT-I9152 variant, powerful specs, and wireless charging, a feature we just don’t see being adopted as much as we would like.
If you own one of these devices and would like to make a start in the modding world, XDA Forum Member sitifire wrote a useful tutorial on modding various aspects of the SystemUI on your Galaxy Mega. Sitfire confesses to also being a beginner in the modding world, and his affinity with fellow beginners shines through in the tutorial in how it’s written and structured. The guide is easy to follow, has plenty of example code, and gets straight to the point. The modifications taught are relatively simple, and although they may be achieved through existing mods, beginners will be able to get an insight into the behind the scenes of such mods.
If you would like to start laying down the foundations of your modding journey on your Galaxy Mega, be sure to check out the tutorial at its original thread for more information. Also please note that while this guide is intended for the GT-I9152, most of the tweaks can be adapted to the I920x with minor modifications.
What do you do when the Galaxy Note line is simply not big enough? You get the Samsung Galaxy Mega. And what have we done for those who have found themselves in such a spot? We’ve given them a forum, of course.
To say that the Samsung Galaxy Mega is a large device is no understatement. Samsung’s large slate-style phone has a screen measuring in at a whopping 6.3 inches. The device has a 1280×720 resolution, yielding 233 ppi. The device is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC featuring the Krait processor and Adreno 305 graphics. It also features 1.5 GB of RAM and either 8 or 16 GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy Mega comes preloaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is encased in a plastic enclosure measuring a mere 8 mm thin and weighing just 199 grams.
Is this your next device? What do you think about its screen size? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re itching to learn more about the device, be sure to head over to the newly created forum to get started.