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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...

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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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 7, 2014

Forums Added for the HTC One E8 and Xperia T3, New Unified Development Forums for Certain Samsung Devices

We recently added new forums here on XDA for two recently announced and highly anticipated devices. The new devices are the HTC One E8, which is set to be released later this month, and the Sony Xperia T3, which will come at some point in Q3. While we were at it, we also changed a few things to make it easier for developers to post and maintain cross-device variant builds for several Samsung devices. First up, we have the HTC One E8. The E8...

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Will Verduzco · May 12, 2014

KitKat Finally Arrives to the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 via Kies

You may recall that back in November of last year, a leaked internal memo indicated that KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was expected some time in January. Then in the middle of the first month of this year, we actually did see KitKat make its way to the Note 3 in official capacity. When KitKat made its way to the international variant, we all knew that the US carrier variants would lag behind somewhat. Then about one month later, we...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 27, 2014

[Update: OTA Captured!] Android 4.4.2 Now Rolling Out to the AT&T Galaxy Note 3

After initially shipping with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was promptly upgraded to official Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Naturally this update, which released in the middle of January, was intended at the International and un-branded version of the device. But some time went on, and we then saw the update appear on the Sprint variant, and then the T-Mobile device. Now, the update has begun rolling out to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The update comes in the form of software version...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 6, 2014

Android 4.4.2 Rolling Out to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, OTA Captured

Last Friday, we wrote about how the Android 4.4.2 kernel source code was released for the  T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In addition to being useful to developers in its on right, this also alluded to the possibility of an imminent OTA update for the device. It is now here, and thanks to the fine folks here on our forums, it has also been mirrored for your early updating pleasure. Just like the earlier kernel source code release, this OTA comes...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 28, 2014

Android 4.4.2 Source Code Released for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, NB4 OTA Imminent

Official builds of Android 4.4.2 have been making their way to various iterations of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 over the past month. Now, it seems as if the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 is next on the list, as the GPL-mandated kernel source code has been posted to Samsung's Open Source Release Center. News of the source code release comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member toastido, who first noticed the addition on Samsung's Open Source Release Center earlier today. This source release...

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Samantha · Feb 27, 2014

Set a Custom Background and Screen Timeout for Your S-View Case

The S View cases for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 are fascinating products, as they not only protect the device and its screen, but they also feature a topside screen that displays your status bar, temperature, caller ID, and date and time. Not only that, but it’s also recognizes S Pen contact on the Note 3, which allows for some simple actions such as taking notes. What may come as a surprise to some is that the S View...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 20, 2014

KitKat Rolling Out to the Sprint Galaxy Note 3, Download a Pre-Rooted Build!

Just a couple days ago, we talked about how Samsung finally shared its KitKat update plans for several of its devices. Now, we're seeing Android 4.4.2 make its way to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, following up on the release of the KitKat-compatible kernel source for the device. The official OTA comes in at version N900PCPUCNAB, and it is now rolling out to users as an incremental upgrade from the previous MJ4 build. Naturally, in order to receive the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 19, 2014

Dozens of Motorola and Samsung Devices Receive Unified CyanogenMod 11 Builds

Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies. The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising...

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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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Will Verduzco · Jan 27, 2014

Android 4.4.2 Leaked for the AT&T Galaxy S 4 and Note 3

Not too long ago, an internal Samsung memo leaked out that detailed Samsung's planned update schedule for its most recent flagships. In the memo, it appeared as if Samsung was planning on releasing the KitKat update to its Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 smartphones some time this January. And true to form, the international Galaxy Note 3 received its official KitKat update approximately two weeks ago. While the international S 4 still has yet to receive its official update, we've seen...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 19, 2014

Samsung Releases Open Source Kernel Files for the Note 3 KitKat Update

Not too long ago, we saw a leaked KitKat build appear for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Promptly after, that same leaked build started rolling out as an official OTA in certain regions, beginning with Poland. This timing fell fell right in line with a previously leaked memo, indicating that Samsung would update the device to KitKat during this month. While the S4, and even all other variants of the Note 3, have yet to receive their official updates, at least...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 14, 2014

Backup Your EFS Partition with Easy to Use App

If you own a Samsung device, you have undoubtedly heard of the EFS partition. If you haven't, let me explain. EFS is a partition where quite a bit of important radio data is stored. Without this data, you won't be able to use your phone correctly. It's extremely important to keep a local copy of your EFS partition, and we've already presented a Windows utility and application to backup the EFS partition on Samsung devices. The two aforementioned utilities are not...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 13, 2014

TriangleAway 3.25 Now Supports Android 4.4 on the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3!

Unless you've been living under a rock for quite some time, you're undoubtedly aware that many modern Samsung devices keep an internal flash counter that keeps track of how many times you flash custom firmware onto your device. Luckily, a fix for this has been available for quite some time thanks to Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire's fantastic TriangleAway app. But ever since its release, it's been a bit of a cat and mouse game where a TriangleAway version would be released, followed by...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 13, 2014

[Update: Now Officially Rolling Out!] Leaked Android 4.4.2 XXUENA6 Firmware for the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005

Update: It appears as if this firmware is now rolling out in Poland. As such, it has been added to XDA Senior Member AdamLange's stock firmware collection. And luckily for SM-N9005 device owners in other regions, you can get your download on post haste, without the wait. Update 2: CF-Auto-Root for Android 4.4.2 on the Galaxy Note 3 N9005 is now live! Just a few days ago, we talked about how the Samsung Galaxy S 4 received a leaked test build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat....

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 30, 2013

T-Mobile and International Variants of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Get Unofficial KitKat

The Galaxy Note 3 is one of Samsung's newest devices. It's an extremely powerful piece of hardware, placed smack dab at the top of the food chain in Android devices. The device was originally released with Android 4.3. But naturally, it hasn't taken too long to get unofficial, but highly functional KitKat builds working on the device. XDA Senior Member deadman96385 released the first Android 4.4 builds for International and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy Note 3. Liquidsmooth, which is a...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2013

Find a New Phone or Tablet Under the Tree? Let XDA Help You Make the Most of It!

Once again, all of us here at XDA would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! Undoubtedly, many of our happy readers are waking up to some extra Holiday cheer in the form of shiny new tech acquisitions. Luckily, XDA is here and has your back in helping you make the most of your new, Android-powered tech toy(s). You may remember that a little while ago, we shared with you our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Now, we're...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 18, 2013

Bootstrap Custom Recovery for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3

A custom recovery is where most of the aftermarket magic happens in Android. Using one, you can backup your ROM, wipe your data, and of course flash a new ROM. In contrast to fastboot, recoveries can flash ROMs even on locked devices. There are some workarounds required, but it can be done. Owners of AT&T variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now have a working recovery thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Hashcode, who used a bootstrap method in order to make...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

“Mandatory” OTA for the Verizon Note 3 Brings Significant Bugfixes, More Bloat

Frustrated Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users, you're about to receive a rather significant OTA if you haven't already. Verizon has now begun rolling out an OTA update that promises major bugfixes for some of the most pesky issues plaguing the device so far. Unfortunately, the update also comes with a catch: It brings four new pieces of Verizon special issue bloatware. The OTA takes the form of a "mandatory" update. Luckily it doesn't update itself without your consent, but if...

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