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Jimmy McGee · Oct 25, 2013

HTC One Android 4.3 Rolling Out (Intl), Samsung Posts Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Kernel Source – XDA Developer TV

The Official Android 4.3 firmware for the International HTC One is rolling out! 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 an article reporting that Samsung posted the Android 4.3 kernel source for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, as well as how to avoid bootloops upgrading to 4.3 on the device. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 23, 2013

Samsung Posts Android 4.3 Kernel Source for the Galaxy S 4

Ever since the Android 4.3 (XXUEMJ5) update was released for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we knew it wouldn't be long for the kernel source would follow. Now, one week later, Samsung has uploaded the GPL-mandated kernel source files for the XXUEMJ5 update for the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 models. Naturally, this means little to end users. But if you're a GT-I9500/I9505 developer looking to build a custom Android 4.3-based ROM or kernel, this could make things substantially easier. The kernel source files...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 23, 2013

Bootloops on Your Galaxy S 4 After Manually Flashing 4.3?

A little under a week ago, we talked about how Android 4.3 (I9505XXUEMJ5) was starting to roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Thankfully for those averse to waiting, XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab mirrored the update and gave users instructions on how to use Odin to flash the ROM image. Unfortunately though, some users updating from Android 4.2.2-based custom ROMs have had their share of issues ranging such as bootloops. To help users who are currently experiencing problems, XDA Senior Members Degrated Shadow put together a list...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 19, 2013

Knox-Free 4.3 TouchWiz ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Earlier this week, we covered the release of the official I9505XXUEMJ5 update to Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Although technically intended for the German market first, this update could be downloaded and installed manually through Odin using simple instructions by XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab. Although it was possible to update manually, many chose to instead wait for a Knox-free ROM to be created. Luckily, XDA Recognized Contributor friedrich420 modified the update to remove Knox, as well as several other unnecessary pieces...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 17, 2013

Official Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ5 Firmware for the Galaxy S 4

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now available in official capacity for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. With the recently leaked Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ3 firmware floating around, we knew that the official release wasn't far behind. Now, it's here in official capacity. XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab has posted the release to our forums courtesy of Sammobile, along with simple instructions on how to get it up and running on your device. This release is intended for German devices, and would normally be installed via Kies...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 16, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Apps on the Galaxy S 4

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Note 3 are the Korean OEM's two flagship smartphones in their respective market segments. Both devices are more than capable of handling just about anything you can throw at them, and they both pack enough software features to keep you reading manuals for days. Despite their similarities, however, the Note 3 packs a few tricks up its sleeve that its less gargantuan sibling lacks. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member LastStandingDroid has gotten the Note 3-specific...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 1, 2013

Galaxy S 4 / Note 3 Lock Screen on Any ICS+ Device

Envy is a very interesting driver for innovation. Ironically, wanting to have something that others enjoy tends to have a somewhat interesting effect on our developers. After all, the will generated by the lack of newer versions of Windows Mobile available on newer devices was the main driving force that pushed XDA to be what it is today. Our "thing" or hobby (whichever way you want to see it) could be easily called envy. But regardless of how envious we...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 4, 2013

Multiple Widgets and Camera on Secure Lock Screen for TouchWiz 4.2 Devices

The lock screen widgets functionality that was introduced with Android 4.2 is incredibly useful. Lock screen widgets deliver at-a-glance information quickly and easily---without the need to fumble across home screens, apps, and menus. Their utility is then compounded when used in conjunction with lock screen security, since you can access this information without having to first unlock your device. For some reason, however, Samsung decided that this functionality wasn't important enough, as they have removed the possibility to add widgets...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 3, 2013

Control all Media Players on the Galaxy S 4 S-View Flip Cover

While it's quite pricey, the S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy S 4 is a pretty cool accessory. Allowing you to see alerts, answer and reject calls, see what song is playing, and view other vital information; the flip cover helps make your smartphone just a little bit smarter. However, by default the media player integration only works with the Samsung-provided media player. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has created an Xposed module (development thread) that allows you to display metadata from the following players:...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 2, 2013

Two Basic Guides Aimed at Novice Galaxy S 4 Owners

While the Samsung Galaxy S 4 may not exactly be the newest phone on the market anymore, many new owners are just now getting their hands on Samsung's latest flagship. And for the new (and novice) owner, the device's feature list may be more than a bit daunting. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Kremata brings two guides geared towards helping new users get started. The first guide is intended strictly for the basic user who may not have any former experience with Android....

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 30, 2013

Moto X Kernel Source Out, SIM Unlock and Dual Boot AT&T Galaxy S4 – XDA Developer TV

The Moto X kernel source is out. 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 an article about dual booting on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Sony Xperia ZL. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video showing you how to control your lights with Tasker, Then, he controlled his...

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Samantha · Aug 28, 2013

Dual Boot Achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Dual booting on a device, be it a phone or tablet, brings forth some pretty substantial benefits. In addition to simultaneously and effortlessly switching between two ROMs, you also no longer have to wipe everything in order to try a new one. This, in and of itself, allows for more fun and experimentation to be had. After seeing dual boot on the Note 2, it was only a matter of time before something similar would pop up on the Galaxy...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 28, 2013

Easily SIM-Unlock Your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4

If you value device freedom, you almost certainly either already have a SIM-unlocked device or intend on unlocking your phone in the near future. The reasons for doing this are numerous, even if you're happy with your current carrier. After all, it feels nice to be able to use whichever carrier works for you, and not be tied down---contracts notwithstanding. Thankfully, XDA Forum Member sush143555 shared a method to SIM-Unlock the AT&T Galaxy S 4. Now before you head over and try this...

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Samantha · Aug 11, 2013

Activate NFC at Any Time

One of the biggest gripes we have with our NFC-enabled devices is the somewhat unnecessary requirement of having to unlock them in order to activate NFC. This requirement effectively reduces the practicality of our many enabled stickers, tags, and gadgets, as it leads to another inconvenient step that limits the use of NFC in the first place. There is good news, though, as a couple of good folks here have created mods that allows for NFC activation when the device's...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 7, 2013

Simulate the Moto X Active Display on 4.3 with ActiveNotifications

The long-rumored Moto X was finally released last week to a relatively mixed reception from tech enthusiasts everywhere. While the device is far from a class-leading smartphone in terms of raw specifications, it carries with it some interesting features that set it apart from the sea of other Android device. One of these features is the new Active Display functionality, which is supposed to make special use of the device's somewhat unique processor architecture and AMOLED display in order to...

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jerdog · Aug 6, 2013

The Next Big [Case] and New Storefront

One of the most popular forums on XDA as of late is the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its US carrier variants (T-Mobile, Sprint and their bootloader-locked siblings on AT&T and Verizon). This is with good reason, as the device boasts top-of-the-line specs as well as pretty heavy backing from a marketing machine around the world. What is of great benefit to you, the user community, is that accessories (like cases) are interchangeable across the variants. And that's where our partner...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 5, 2013

Android 4.3 OTA for Google Play HTC One and SGS4 Available, Chromecast OTA Blocks Root! – XDA Developer TV

An OTA update of Android 4.3 for the HTC One of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is available and so are the kernel sources. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is an article about the new Free Software Foundation completely open source mobile operating system and news about the Google Chromecast OTA that prevents rooting via the current method. Jordan talks about the other videos released this...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 3, 2013

Android 4.3 OTAs for HTC One and Galaxy S 4 Google Play Editions, Kernel Sources Available

Nine days after the release of Android 4.3, the update to the latest flavor of Jelly Bean has started rolling out to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Whether you're building AOSP-derived ROMs for their vanilla variants or are simply an end user of their aforementioned Google Play editions, these are exciting times. The two Google Play edition devices received their updates in a rather timely manner. Though the update wasn't quite as...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 24, 2013

Great XDA Mods for Your Samsung Galaxy S 4 – XDA Developer TV

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is latest and greatest in the Samsung’s Galaxy S flagship line. It comes with many neat features. However, here at XDA, we don’t just want a normal device. We want to customize our device to get even more power, functionality, and great features. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK presents four mods that he’s installed on his Samsung Galaxy S 4 using tools from the XDA Forums. These mods include Native Call Recording,...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 23, 2013

High Resolution Device Graphics for UI Mockups

We've all seen them before. You know, those fancy UI mockups that show how an app would look on a particular device. They not only help put the finishing touches on your app's Play store listing, but they also help give your app a good first impression of being highly polished---before users even get a chance to try it out. And you know what they say about first impressions. So how would one go about creating one of these mockups?...

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