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

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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 of RAM and LTE, got an official update to Android 4.4.4 a while ago. Everything has been running perfect, so the community decided to do the necessary and port the E210S’ version to international variant of SIII. The fun fact is that XDA Senior Member arter97 and his team needed jus. . . READ ON »

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Enable Heads Up Notifications For The Sprint Galaxy S3

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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 these notifications, knowing how to do something from scratch is never a bad thing. As such, XDA Senior Member moonknightus has provided a pretty comprehensive tutorial on how to make these modif. . . READ ON »

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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

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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 on in its internal labs.

First up, we have the Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F and SM-G900H) and Galaxy S4 LTE-A (GT-I9506). According to internal Samsung documentation from five days ago, Android 4.4.3 KTU70 is now being . . . READ ON »

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

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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, you may have noticed that the Samsung Galaxy Note II has already received a fully functional official KitKat build. And given the similarities in hardware, it didn’t take long to see us. . . READ ON »

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

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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 1 GB of RAM would make it incapable of bearing the full weight of Samsung’s l. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Sprint’s update support page, ND8 brings the device’s long awaited “Android 4.4 Kit Kat update.” Aside from the increase in Android version number and the incorporation of Linux kerne. . . READ ON »

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Sprint Galaxy S III ND8 KitKat Source Released, OTA Soon

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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 breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that the time is near. Recently, Samsung updated its Open Source Release Center page for the Sprint variant of the SGS3 to include the upcoming L710VPND8 update. This was first spotted and posted to the forum. . . READ ON »

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

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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  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 while it retains the same Android 4.3 version, it updates your baseband firmware. According to T-Mobile support documents, this 37 MB update is available both via OTA and through Samsung Kies. But if you intend on updating through either of . . . READ ON »

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

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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 limitless nature of the procedure, Erikalin keeps the tutorial clean and simple. It is broken up into two parts: things you have to get, such as 7zip and Paint (or any other image editor of choice), and things yo. . . READ ON »

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