Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
Verizon Updates Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 (VRUEMJ7)
Verizon is the first major US Carrier to update their variant of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S 4 to Android 4.3 in official capacity. Who would have thought, right? Yes, this is Verizon—the same company that responsible for adding bloatware (albeit limited amounts) to an allegedly Nexus device. The same Big Red responsible for Android 4.3 still not being available for the aforementioned “Nexus” phone, despite Android 4.4 being just around the corner. It’s just a bit ironic that a device lacking the Nexus brand gets the update before a device built on the underlying promise of expedient system updates.
In any case, the update is being rolled out starting today, only a little over a week after it first appeared for the International version of the device. The build ID is VRUEMJ7, and Samsung is calling it Software Update 3. The release brings the device up to Android 4.3, and as expected, it brings Samsung KNOX as well as SELinux. It’s not all bad, though. The new update enables LTE Band 4, and it adds support for the Galaxy Gear.
If you’re running the stock, unrooted ROM, you should be receiving an OTA soon (assuming you haven’t already). Users. And shortly after the update is captured, you can bet that developers will push out pre-rooted builds here.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
Wireless charging is becoming more and more common as many OEMs are now starting to include this feature in their flagships. There are already dozens of wireless chargers to choose from on the market today, but quality definitely varies. For those of you who charge your devices wirelessly, let us know which charger is your favorite and why.