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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S III Receives a KitKat Update in Official and Unofficial Flavors

A few months ago, Samsung decided not to update the Samsung Galaxy S III to the latest version of Android. The reason of this shameless behavior was pretty trivial since they were having issues with TouchWiz and its bloat-related heaviness. The international variant of S III has only 1 GB of RAM and we have seen KitKat ports running flawlessly on devices with 512 MB of RAM. The Korean variant of the S III codenamed as E210S, with 2 GB...

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Conan Troutman · Sep 15, 2014

Enable Heads Up Notifications For The Sprint Galaxy S3

Heads up notifications, in case you didn't already know, are an experimental type of notification that can be found in 4.4.x versions of Android. They aren't openly available to use on an unmodified ROM, but many custom ROMs will have this feature enabled by default. As always, the Xposed Framework can be used to enable the feature. There are also third party applications available to activate heads up notifications as well. While there's no shortage of quick and easy ways to enable...

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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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Tomek Kondrat · May 13, 2014

[Test Build Available] Samsung Galaxy S III Can’t Run Official KitKat? Not on XDA!

Not too long ago, we learned that Samsung canceled its plans to release KitKat for their former flagship device from the first quarter of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III. This is due to their failure "to load system apps" because of the limited amount of device RAM---or at least that's what we're told in an official statement. But of course, this is XDA, and our devs immediately undertook the task of getting TouchWiz-laden KitKat onto the device. From the same article linked above,...

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Will Verduzco · May 9, 2014

Samsung Confirms No KitKat for the International Galaxy S III and Galaxy S III Mini

Two days ago, we shared leaked documentation showing Samsung's progress in bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their older generation devices. These internal documents unfortunately indicated that the official KitKat update for the International Galaxy S III GT-I9300 had been "canceled for now." For those keeping track, this documentation also stated that the hangup was due to the failure to implement Samsung's proprietary applications (i.e. bloatware) onto the device. Because of this, we were quick to speculate that the most plausible explanation was that the device's...

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Will Verduzco · May 1, 2014

[OTA Captured] KitKat Lands on the Sprint Galaxy S III

You may recall that yesterday, we talked about how Sprint was preparing to release an official update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Sprint Galaxy S III. This news came courtesy of XDA Senior Member poit, who noticed that Samsung had updated its Open Source Release Center page for the Sprint variant of the SGS3 to include the upcoming L710VPND8 update. And just one day later, the update is now here. As expected, today's update comes in at firmware version L710VPND8. And according to...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 30, 2014

Sprint Galaxy S III ND8 KitKat Source Released, OTA Soon

Just like most other variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Sprint Galaxy S III it still stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Rolling out back in late November of last year, the official L710VPMK3 build has been out for quite some time. And while we already know that KitKat will eventually make its way to the device, many users are starting to wonder when those official KitKat goods will arrive. While we don't have an exact date just yet, Sprint SGS3 owners can...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 18, 2014

Maintenance Baseband Update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III T999

Update: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that this was the Android 4.3 update for the device. Apologies for the mistake. While several recent high end devices have finally been upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, many are still running Android 4.3. The T-Mobile Galaxy S III is one of these devices. While it has just started receiving a new it finally received its official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The update comes in the form of build ID UVUENC2. And...

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Samantha · Mar 4, 2014

Make Your Own Charging Battery Animation for the Samsung Galaxy S III

If you’ve been looking for a more interesting battery charging animation to replace the rather dull and conventional battery icon you have now, there are a wealth of options available ranging from battery mod compilations to 3rd party apps, and even a Windows tool. But if these options just don't seem to cut it for you and you’d rather create your own battery animation from scratch, you may want to check out XDA Recognized Contributor erikalin’s tutorial. Because of the personalized and...

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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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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 · Dec 18, 2013

Verizon Galaxy S III Now Receiving Android 4.3 OTA, Complete with KNOX and Added Bloat

Just yesterday, we wrote about how the Verizon variant of the HTC One finally received its Android 4.3 update---quite some time after the International variant and other US carrier variants. Well the Verizon-flavored One isn't the only device on America's largest carrier that is receiving the official Android 4.3 goods. Now, the Verizon Galaxy S III gets to join in on the fun as well. Today's update brings the Verizon device to Android 4.3 (I535VRUCML1). In addition to simply bumping up the Android version,...

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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 5, 2013

Android 4.3 (Now XXUGMK6) Update Resumes for the International Galaxy S III

No, it's not Android 4.4 KitKat, but it's a step in the right direction---one that was started a little over a month ago. You may remember that not too long ago Samsung pulled the Android 4.3 that was rolling out to the International Galaxy S III. This was the same XXUGMMJ9 firmware that was initially shared as a leaked build, and then became official two days later. Unfortunately, the previous build had quite a few bugs, including wake up lag, random...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 25, 2013

Rooted and KNOX-Free 4.3 for the Sprint Galaxy S III

Two days ago, we wrote about how the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III was finally receiving its update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. While the Moto X and the current fleet of Nexus devices have already received updates to Android 4.4 KitKat, any step forward is a step in the right direction, even if it is still one step behind. Unfortunately for Sprint SGS3 owners, the officially released 4.3 build also brought with it Samsung's KNOX technology. Thankfully, XDA Recognized Contributor CNexus was quick...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2013

Sprint and US Cellular Galaxy S III Android 4.3 Rollout Begins

While the Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T variants of the Moto X are already receiving the Android 4.4 love, most current generation non-Nexus devices still have many months to go before they are graced with KitKat in official capacity. In fact, the majority of consumer devices, especially those from last generation, haven't even been updated to Android 4.3. Thankfully, Samsung is now updating the Sprint and US Cellular variants of the former flagship Galaxy S III to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. This news comes only a...

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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 20, 2013

Android 4.3 Rolling out to AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III, AT&T Update Captured

With so much Android 4.4 KitKat news stirring about, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that other versions of the OS do indeed exist. That said, most devices other than the current Nexus lineup and certain Moto X variants haven't yet received the 4.4 goods in official capacity. Moreover, most end-user devices haven't even been updated to Android 4.3. Thankfully, the AT&T and T-Mobile carrier-branded versions of the Galaxy S III are soon to receive the Android 4.3 goods. While it's not KitKat,...

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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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