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Dozens of Motorola and Samsung Devices Receive Unified CyanogenMod 11 Builds

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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 move, considering that the list of supported devices is quite long. The “mysterious” moto_msm8960 build will work with the Photon Q, Atrix HD, Razr M, and Droid Razr HD. The second build, dubbed moto_msm8960dt, sh. . . READ ON »

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Samsung Details Which Devices will Receive Official KitKat Lovin’

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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 look so hot for Samsung’s older devices.

Some time ago, we saw a leaked internal memo pointing to a potential KitKat release schedule for various devices. Now, however, Samsung has broken the silence by stating which . . . READ ON »

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Backup Your EFS Partition with Easy to Use App

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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 the only tools available to backup your EFS partition. Rather, XDA Senior Member ricky310711 created another application that gives users the option to backup or restore the EFS partition, as well as reboot your phone in . . . READ ON »

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

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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, the update also brings support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, as well as Samsung KNOX.

Unfortunately, the update also brings some forced bloatware, as we’ve grown . . . READ ON »

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

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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 of a staged rollout, so you can expect to receive an OTA update notification in the coming days if you haven’t already. You can also manually update to MK4 via Samsung Kies. For your convenience, XDA Forum Member red rocket has mirrored the OTA up. . . READ ON »

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

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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 freezing, battery drain, Bluetooth audio issues, stuttering music playback, freezes, poor multitasking, and WiFi issues. In other words, it was a clear demonstration of Murphy’s Law.

Now, the next chapter in the Android 4.3 update saga f. . . READ ON »

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

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Two days ago, we wrote about how the  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 to modify the stock 4.3 MK3 ROM to remove KNOX and deliver it pre-rooted for those looking to save themselves from the hassle of doing it manually.

The ROM is available in Odexed and Deodexed form. The Deodexe. . . READ ON »

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Sprint and US Cellular Galaxy S III Android 4.3 Rollout Begins

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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 few days after the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the SGS3 received their Android 4.3 updates. And for those keeping track, this is also a few days after Samsung pulled the 4. . . READ ON »

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

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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 and beyond by actually starting the rollouts on certain variants of the Moto X.

Unfortunately, Samsung has yet to officially state when their Galaxy line up will receive the KitKat goods. Moreover, they haven’t even said which devices will receive upda. . . READ ON »

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