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Faiz Malkani · Dec 30, 2014

Samsung Expands European Galaxy S5 Lollipop Rollout

A while back, we spoke about the start of the Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout to Galaxy S5 users in Poland. According to reports, the update is now rolling out to users in Spain. While the Polish release was bug-free for the most part and much faster than previous versions, the rollout was restricted to users located within Poland--perhaps for further testing and bug fixing. With that seemingly complete,the Spanish rollout is the second wave in what seems to be a staggered...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 3, 2014

Official Android Lollipop Lands on Samsung Galaxy S5 in Poland

Google's approach of providing work-in-progress source code to OEMs before the official release date seems to be working. A few weeks ago we talked about a video showing a Lollipop test build running on Samsung Galaxy S4. Today, the Korean OEM started rolling out the Android 5.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 to users in Poland. Here's the details of the Android 5.0 for Samsung Galaxy S5: • Model: SM-G900F • Model name: GALAXY S5 • Country: Poland •...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 7, 2014

CF-Auto-Root Gains Note 4 and S5 Prime Support!

We've talked quite a bit about CF-Auto-Root by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire in the past--all with good reason. For the few who don't know, CF-Auto-Root is essentially the easiest and most efficient way for new users to root their devices while keeping them as close to stock as possible. Essentially everything is automated, and once all is said and done, you end up with a practically stock device, but with the SuperSU binary and APK installed. Not too long ago,...

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Conan Troutman · Sep 13, 2014

Enable Call Recording on Your Samsung Galaxy S5

Call Recording is a feature used by a lot of people for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately for users of certain devices, the feature isn't always available by default. This is true in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S5. And although the feature is there, it's not accessible without a little modification by the end user. There are various ways to enable this functionality, the simplest probably being the use of an Xposed module. But for some people, that may not...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 7, 2014

Snapdragon 801 PVS Bin Guide Helps You Make the Most from Your SoC

Anyone who's ever delved into the world of overclocking will readily tell you that this is a field where the old adage "your mileage may vary" most definitely applies. But while individual luck of the draw will vary from chip to chip, there are certain factors that influence how well a particular chip overclocks or how low of a voltage it can put up with at any particular frequency. Component manufacturers are well aware of this, and often use factors such...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014

BREAKING: Geohot Roots the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 (and Almost Everything Else) with Towelroot!

If you've ever owned an iOS device or a Sony PlayStation 3, you've more than likely heard the name George Hotz. Otherwise known as XDA Recognized Developer geohot, this New Jersey-based hacker gained notoriety for his work in jailbreaking and otherwise hacking the aforementioned devices. Now, using a recently discovered Linux kernel vulnerability, geohot has managed to root the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5. The root exploit itself is built around Linux kernel CVE-2014-3153, which was recently discovered by hacker Pinkie Pie, and it involves an issue in...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 13, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Supposedly Rolling out to Galaxy S5 and S4 Starting This Month

It's now been a week and a half since Android 4.4.3 was initially released. In the time since, we've seen quite a few devices receive Google's latest tasty treat. Naturally, this first came in the form of updated factory images for Nexus devices, but this was quickly followed up by updates to a number of "Moto" devices. Now, if the latest rumors are to be believed, Android 4.4.3 is nearing release for certain variants of Samsung's current and previous generation flagships, the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy...

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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 26, 2014

Android 4.4.3 for the Galaxy S5 and S4 LTE-A in Active Development; 4.4.2 Heading out to Many Other Devices Next Month

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...

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Will Verduzco · May 22, 2014

Galaxy S4 LTE Gets Knox 2 and Kids Mode, T-Mobile S5 Gets a Few New Goodies and Bugfixes

Two popular Samsung devices are receiving OTA updates today, and they are the Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE (GT-I9505) and the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 5. While the former brings a new device mode and the latest evolution in KNOX technology to the S4 LTE, the latter provides the T-Mobile S5 with bugfixes and a few new tricks. First up, we have the Galaxy S 4 LTE (GT-I9505). Today's 130 MB OTA brings the device to firmware revision XXUGNE5. In addition to boosting overall performance,...

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Will Verduzco · May 9, 2014

Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Arrive on the HTC One M8 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 WiFi; Note 8.0 LTE and Sprint Galaxy S5 Coming Soon

Although there are dozens of great source-built, AOSP-derived custom ROMs available for the choosing, the most popular option is still undoubtedly the first large-scale project of its kind: CyanogenMod. Because of this, it's always quite exciting when official CyanogenMod support is extended to any particular device. Now we're happy to share that official support has been added for two new devices, with two more on the way. First up, we have CyanogenMod nightlies for the HTC One M8 (2014). Official support...

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Will Verduzco · May 9, 2014

OTA Brings 47 MB of Added Bloat to the AT&T Galaxy S5

Uh oh---what's this? An OTA update that brings even more bloatware to an already bloated device? As we've seen several times in the past, US carriers have the tendency to not only preload their devices with bucketfulls of bloatware, but also even add more bloatware through OTA updates. Today's victim is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5. As initially discovered by XDA Senior Member abraxo, the AT&T S5 received a 47 MB OTA this morning to firmware version G900AUCU2AND3. So what could be so special as to require...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 11, 2014

Here’s What You Can Do with Your New Samsung Galaxy S5!

Well folks, today is Galaxy S5 day and Samsung's "Next Big Thing" is officially here. And although certain South Korean carriers decided to jump the gun and sell the device a bit early, today marks the device's official worldwide launch date. So now that you've either gotten your grubby little paws on an S5 or you're eagerly awaiting delivery from your friendly postal courier, you may be wondering what to do with the device. Well, since you're reading this, there is...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 28, 2014

Int’l Galaxy S5 Rooted! AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Gets KitKat, Open Source Files Released for Xperia Z2 – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 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 the announcement of Sony has made some Open Source archives available for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet and how Chainfire rooted the Samsung Galaxy S 5 ahead of it's release! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 27, 2014

Chainfire Roots the Samsung Galaxy S 5 SM-G900F Ahead of Release!

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 isn't even officially available yet, but that hasn't stopped development for the device. Earlier, we talked about how a system dump appeared, enabling users to begin work porting Samsung's latest proprietary applications to older devices. Now, the International SM-G900F variant of the device has been rooted, courtesy of none other than XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. Root comes in the form of Chainfire's popular CF-Auto-Root, which is essentially the easiest entry point to root access for those looking...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 25, 2014

Galaxy S 5 Firmware Dump for Your Porting Pleasure

While the iterative Samsung Galaxy S 5 didn't exactly set the world on fire with its hardware upgrades over last year's already great Galaxy S 4, many were quick to express their regard for the new device's software features. And while the vast majority of users will never use all of the goodies baked into Samsung's TouchWiz and related apps without actively going out of their way to do so, the point is that these features are there. Rather than wait for...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 22, 2014

US Carrier Forums Added for the Galaxy S 5 and LG G2

There comes a time in every popular flagship device's life when it grows up, finds an attractive carrier, and it makes many carrier-branded babies... Oh wait, I'm sorry. This is XDA-Developers, not Animal Planet. In any case, the story's essentially the same, but with a few minor modifications. Samsung recently unveiled its next generation flagship at Unpacked 5 in Barcelona just under one month ago. And even though the Samsung Galaxy S 5 has thus far seen mixed sentiment from consumers, the...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 24, 2014

Meet the Next Big Thing: Samsung’s Galaxy S 5

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 has just been officially announced at Samsung's Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. And as expected from the latest iteration of Samsung's flagship, it packs quite a healthy dose of high end specifications and mobile "firsts." Is Samsung's "Next Big Thing" for you? Read past the break to learn more. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Feb 24, 2014

Watch Live as Samsung Unveils its Latest Flagship, the Galaxy S 5

We've all known that this was coming for quite some time, and now it's finally here. The latest iteration of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S, the Galaxy S 5, is about to be officially announced at Samsung's Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. Now thanks to the joys of the Internet, you can watch live from the comfort of your home as Samsung unveils its "Next Big Thing." Head past the break for the live stream. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Feb 21, 2014

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy S 5 on Monday at Unpacked in Barcelona, Forums Created

It's so close, you can almost smell it. "TheNextGALAXY" is set to be announced on Monday at Samsung's Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona. And while the "next Galaxy" could come as an entirely new Galaxy-branded line, we think that it's fairly safe to assume that this is for the Samsung Galaxy S 5. (more…)

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