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Samantha · Feb 10, 2014

Enable Glove Mode on Your Samsung Galaxy S 4 Running AOSP-Based ROMs

Having lived somewhere that’s sunny all year round, I still empathize with fellow Android users who live in places where snow exists. I imagine having a device with the ability to detect touches through gloves would be of great benefit, especially considering how capacitive touch screens work. But the unfortunate reality is that only a handful of devices cater to this, such as the Sony Xperia Sola with its unique “floating touch”, the Nokia Lumia 920, and the Samsung Galaxy...

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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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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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Jimmy McGee · Jan 13, 2014

Android 4.4.2 KitKat Leak for Galaxy S4 GT-I9505, Open Source Android Device Manager – XDA Developer TV

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets a leaked Android 4.4.2 KitKat build! 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 Sony Xperia M got an unofficial Android 4.4.2 KitKat Release and the Sony Xperia TX has a leaked version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about all the videos released on XDA Developer...

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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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Will Verduzco · Dec 14, 2013

Android 4.4.2 KOT49H Now Rolling Out to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition, OTA Captured!

Just yesterday, we wrote about how the HTC One Google Play edition had started to receive its Android 4.4.2 OTA and how the update links were captured for your sideloading pleasure. At that point, we knew it was only a matter of time before the same would be said for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. Now, that time is here, and the update has begun rolling out to SGS4 GPe devices everywhere. The update for the GT-I9505G comes in...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 12, 2013

T-Mobile Galaxy S III LTE Finally Gets Android 4.3, Verizon S4 Gets Minor Bugfix OTA

New firmware updates have begun rolling out for two popular carrier-branded Samsung devices in the last few days. These updates are for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III LTE (T999L) and the Verizon Galaxy S 4. The update for the T999L comes in at version T999LUVUBMK4 and brings the device up to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition to upgrading the device to Android 4.3, the update also brings Samsung KNOX technology and Galaxy Gear support. This update comes in the form...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 7, 2013

Official OmniROM Nightlies for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE

A few weeks ago, we talked about how the new player in the custom ROM world, OmniROM, had started releasing nightly builds for various devices. Then not too long after, a few more devices were added to the mix. Now, the next major device has its own taste of the OmniROM-flavored Android 4.4.1: the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE As mentioned above, these new nightly builds will feature all of the Android 4.4.1 goods that we've come to know and love. The...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 29, 2013

HTC One & Galaxy S4 GPe Get Android 4.4 KitKat, Android Getting RAW Imaging?! – XDA Developer TV

The Google Play Edition of the HTC One was updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Then, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition got official KitKat too! 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 kernel source for the previously mentioned KitKat devices are available, and how KitKat was also ported to the Google Nexus One. That's not all that covered in...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 28, 2013

Android 4.3 Returns to the AT&T Galaxy S 4, OTAs Captured

Remember how AT&T pulled the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4 (I337) a couple of weeks ago? While there was no official word as to why, many users speculated that the same issues facing the international SGS3's 4.3 update were plaguing the AT&T S 4. These included issues such as wake up lag, random freezing, battery drain, Bluetooth audio issues, stuttering music playback, freezes, poor multitasking, and WiFi issues. Thankfully, it appears as if the issues...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 27, 2013

Haven’t Received Your Galaxy S 4 GPe KitKat OTA Yet? Download it Here

Not too long ago, we announced that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition was finally starting to receive its official Android 4.4 KitKat OTA. This news originally came directly from the Android Google+ page. And while the update arrived sooner than the OEM-skinned variants of these same devices, the timing wasn't exactly stellar. After all, the Moto X managed to score KitKat before either of the Google Play edition devices. Despite the less than ideal update timing, the two...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 26, 2013

Android 4.3 (M919UVUEMK2) Rolling out to the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4

No, it's not Android 4.4 KitKat, but at least it's a small step in the right direction. We've gotten word that the Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S 4. This comes nearly an entire month after we saw the same update roll out to the Verizon model. The rollout was first discovered by XDA Senior Member macaumen, who shared shared screenshots and installation details for the new update. Not too long after, the...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 26, 2013

Kernel Source for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Editions Running KitKat

Yesterday, we saw Google release the Android 4.4 KitKat OTAs for its two Google Play edition devices: the HTC One GPe and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. While these releases are great for GPe device users looking to experience Google's latest and greatest on their rather expensive phones, and even for those with standard devices looking to enjoy GPe-based ROMs, they're not helpful to those interested in creating source-build KitKat-compatible ROMs and Kernels for their devices. Thankfully, HTC and Samsung have...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 25, 2013

Galaxy S 4 GPe Joins HTC One GPe, Receives KitKat OTA

Earlier today, we talked about how the HTC One Google Play edition finally received the Android 4.4 KitKat goods in official capacity thanks to an OTA update courtesy of our benevolent search overlords in Mountain View. This was just ten days after HTC's Twitter account stated that the update was ready, pending Google's approval. These events naturally made us wonder when the KitKat update would make its way over to the other GPe device, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. Thankfully, that day...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 22, 2013

Leaked Samsung Memo Points to January KitKat Release for Galaxy S 4 and Note 3, S III and Note II by April

When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat 23 days ago, we all knew that it would be quite some time before most users would have the chance to play with the OS on their own devices. Sure, the Google Nexus 5 launched with the OS, but what about those with older phones? Thankfully, the update news has been gradually coming through, with most manufacturers giving timetables as to when the the updates will come. Then there's Motorola, which has gone above...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 19, 2013

Galaxy Note II N7105 Receives Official Android 4.3, Update Pulled for S III and AT&T S 4

Samsung has had a relatively good track record as of late for providing (relatively) timely Android firmware updates. Most relatively recent flagship-level Samsung devices have already received official updates to the final version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.3), and this is no small feat considering the level of customization in their TouchWiz UI. New to the 4.3 party, the the iconic Galaxy Note II LTE N7105  now has an official Android 4.3 update of its own. And for those keeping...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Android 4.4 Coming Soon to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Moto X, New Droids, HTC One and SGS4 GPe; No 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus

What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn't the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. Now the question in everybody's mind undoubtedly turns to when their device will get the update. Luckily, we now know the roadmap for certain key devices....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 28, 2013

Verizon Updates Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 (VRUEMJ7)

Verizon is the first major US Carrier to update their variant of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 in official capacity. Who would have thought, right? Yes, this is Verizon---the same company that responsible for adding bloatware (albeit limited amounts) to an allegedly Nexus device. The same Big Red responsible for Android 4.3 still not being available for the aforementioned "Nexus" phone, despite Android 4.4 being just around the corner. It's just a bit ironic that a device lacking...

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Samantha · Oct 28, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Camera Ported to Galaxy S 4

With the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has also introduced their newest camera software addition, Surround Shot. A mode that draws parallels to Photosphere introduced with Android 4.2, it allows users to stitch together multiple individual photos of the surrounding environment into one, spherical image. The downside? It's exclusive to the Note 3. Despite this, XDA Senior Member LastStandingDroid has made sure that users of the Galaxy S 4 will also be able to enjoy such novelty by backporting...

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