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XDA dev able to port Note 5 firmware to Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We admit that Android may not be as secure but you know, there’s some beauty to it. Genius hackers can easily do anything they want. Just a few changes in code, some cracking, or rebooting, you can make your mobile device do a certain function or enable a special feature. Just yesterday, we learned that an XDA developer managed to enable Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 on his Sony Xperia Z2. This time, let’s bring more fun to the latest bigger, premium flagship by porting the Galaxy Note 5 firmware to the Galaxy S6.

How is that even possible? Of course, it’s Android and XDA developers are great hackers. For one, arter97, a recognized developer on XDA knew that optimizations and some features on the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 are different. The latest flagship’s software is obviously better and more efficient. Porting the firmware of a new model to an older one resulted to improved performance and better memory management with his ‘back-to-n0t3′ project.

According to arter97, you need a Note 5 firmware ready custom kernel with the ROM, specifically the arter97 kernel 2.2. If you know how to make one or know custom kernel developer, you can apply this one on the Galaxy S6.

The dev even gave us an idea of the usual processes that happen during porting: Debloated, De-KNOXed, Odexed, zipaligned, uncompressed.

Remember that doing all these steps will void the warranty of the Galaxy S6. As we always say with suggestions from XDA, DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. The XDA member strongly suggested that you do your own research first if you plan on doing this hack. Don’t blame the developer if your modifications and hacking won’t be successful.

VIA: XDA

Android 5.1.1 firmware for Sprint Galaxy Note 4 now available

Posted by wicked August - 10 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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If you’ve been using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you’ll have been waiting a long time for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update but the wait has come to an end with Sprint now making the update available for its Galaxy Note 4 smartphones.

The US carrier has been rolling the update out in the USA but if it’s not showing up on your phone, you can now nab the firmware files to install on your phone. One thing to note is that the official firmware files, which are available to download from SamMobile, are for the Sprint-branded CDMA Galaxy Note 4 and not for the international version so unless you have a Galaxy Note 4 from Sprint, this will NOT work with your phone.

The firmware details are:

  • Model: SM-N910P
  • Model name: GALAXY Note 4
  • Country: Sprint (cdma)
  • Version: Android 5.1.1
  • Changelist: 5303209
  • Build date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:00:24 +0000
  • Product code: SPR
  • PDA: N910PVPU4COG5
  • CSC: N910PSPT4COG5

As with the Android 5.1.1 update on other devices, the new firmware brings stability and performance enhancements along with updates to the user interface, runtime changes and general bug fixes. Have you downloaded the update on your device? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below guys!

Make your PlayStation Portable look like it’s on Lollipop

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

At the moment, we do not know of any way to make your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) run on Android, which is a sad, sad thing. But we found the next best thing – at least get it looking like it’s on Android! So much fun, right? Well, it is the best we can do right now, guys, so just run with it.

XDA member “Joel16” is serious about putting out a custom firmware which at least mimics Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Material Design look and feel, while working well at what a PSP should be good at – that is, for playing games. The project is on version 5.0 right now, which is designated as stable enough for usage, but might not be good for daily use.

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What you will notice immediately is that the firmware is a sort of app launcher for your PSP – it includes a home screen, an app drawer, a lockscreen, notification sliders, quick settings toggles, and more. It feels and looks like Android, guys. Early builds of the firmware made it look like CyanogenMod’s CM11. This week the developer updated the firmware to the current one that now looks like Android Lollipop.

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Pretty cool, and it is nice that the developer is fully committed to making the project work. He must really love Android, if he wants to play his PlayStation Portable and still want to see some sort of Android skin and theme. Check out the development of the program via the official XDA thread (see source link below).

SOURCE: XDA

Android 4.4.4 update for Galaxy S5 released by AT&T

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Yesterday, we said Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop. Today, we’ve got information that the AT&T variant of the same smartphone is getting an update. That’s good news but unfortunately, it’s only Android 4.4.4. No Android Lollipop yet but at least the Android 4.4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S5 brings VoLTE (Voice over LTE) to the device. It’s about time AT&T Galaxy S5 owners get the kind of service too.

AT&T has officially pushed Android KitKat 4.4.4 to the Samsung Galaxy S5 together with some bug fixes, security updates, and miscellaneous improvements. The HD Voice capability is made possible by the VoLTE service. The network has added some important services like ATT Mail, AT&T Live, access to Uber, and remote support when needed.

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners should be getting the software the update in the next few days. Make sure you have at least 487MB of free space to be able to download and install the update. This Android 4.4.4 KitKat coming to AT&T is a welcome news but Android 5.0 Lollipop would have been better. It will come, AT&T customers just have to wait a bit.

Note that Samsung only announced the Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 last December. It’s ready for Verizon but perhaps some fixes are still being made for AT&T. For now, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, go and enjoy HD Voice on your phone.

SOURCE: AT&T

NVIDIA Shield tablet software update 1.2.1 now available

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA is good about keeping its Android-powered tablet, the Shield, updated and performing well. This tablet is squarely aimed at gamers and is most notable for having a fancy controller accessory to control the games. NVIDIA has announced a new software update is now available for the tablet.

The new update brings the tablet to software version 1.2.1 and adds several new enhancements and bug fixes. The update improves WiFi performance on the 5GHz band. Better WiFi performance is something that we all want.

NVIDIA also added in performance optimizations for encrypted devices. The big fix in this update is a remedy for an intermittent charging issue that some users have encountered. The new update landed yesterday.

The last update came on September 30 and brought the device to software version 1.2. It added a lot of new features including improved touch performance and lots more. The new update can be downloaded by going to settings, about Shield, system updates.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

Samsung outs firmware update for Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 14 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rolling out this month in different countries as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Those who are lucky enough to get their hands on the phablet are now enjoying the device. And they should be expecting a software update as Samsung recently released a firmware update number XXU1ANJ4.

The software update is only 36MB and offers enhancements in some features, better stability, and improvement in battery life. Samsung has released the update to the first owners of the Galaxy Note 4 and will bring it to everyone once phone is launched in their respective markets. Phone will be available this coming October 17 in the US from major mobile carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

If you already have your Galaxy Note 4, check Settings > About Phone > Software Update menu to see if the firmware update has arrived. If you’re still not decided whether to get the new Note, maybe the OLED screen tested by DisplayMate will make you. The Note 4 screen is said to have over 400 cd/m2 of luminance, higher than the screens in its class. How about the good results of its battery in a benchmark test? Or its passing a three-point bend test. And who could forget the drop test? Like I said, it’s not hard to convince Android fans to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

We have yet to see how the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will make it in the mobile market today. It will directly compete with the iPhone 6 plus but we all know that Samsung has more experience in this area.

VIA: SAMMOBILE

Samsung Galaxy S3 given an Android KitKat lifeline

Posted by wicked October - 4 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Not too long ago, Samsung made a decision that the international version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (I9300) – one of its most popular phones ever – is not going to get an official TouchWiz Android 4.4 KitKat update. Cue the sound of millions of hearts of Galaxy SIII owners breaking, as most of them were really still hoping against hope that it would happen. Now the Galaxy SIII is given a lifeline through community development by “arter97”, an XDA Senior Member, with a port from a Korean SIII variant that had an official KitKat update.

Of course, there are a lot of AOSP ROMs that could give the Galaxy SIII a KitKat feel, but it seems like nothing beats the official TouchWiz look. The Korean variant in question was the E210S – with 2GB of RAM and LTE – was updated to Android 4.4.4, and this is what was ported for the I9300 international model. Take a peek at the screenshots below.

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There were bugs that kept the port from being stable – SMS messaging issues, signal issues, and the like – but an updated version 2 has come out fixing those things. What is really notable about this port was that it was done in just a few hours, when Samsung was dillydallying over putting out a KitKat update because the Galaxy SIII international version had only 1GB of RAM. For comparison, we know of a lot of entry level phones that run KitKat smoothly on just 1GB of RAM.

If you want to join the fun, check out the original XDA forum thread here, and do tell us about your revived, reinvigorated Galaxy SIII. Version 2 of the build is now up, so it’s a much more functional port. We don’t have to remind you that backups are ALWAYS necessary, so don’t forget to do that before you go flashing your firmware.

SOURCE: XDA

ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 also get their Android 4.4

Posted by wicked October - 2 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Continuing its KitKat updates for its ZenFone family, ASUS has released the latest firmware for the larger ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6. Aside from updating the Intel-powered Android smartphones to the latest Android 4.4 version, it also adds some new features to region or model specific handsets.

Improvements to already existing functionality, aside from the jump to Android 4.4, include better Miracast compatibility. This protocol is used for streaming media content to compatible receivers such as TVs or set-top boxes. And speaking of streaming, the ZenFones now have support for DLNA, another popular protocol protocol used for home media servers and sometimes gaming consoles as well.

As for new features, ASUS has added a much needed Do Not Disturb mode for automatically silencing the smartphone in certain situations or times. Owners in China and Taiwan will now have a new Call Guard feature as well. Those with dual SIM slots will now be able to put the phone in full dual standby mode. Plus, the new Reply via Call-in feature will automatically select the correct SIM when replying to a message or call.

Unfortunately, in typical ASUS fashion, the firmware update is more involved than it reasonably should be. Instead of delivering the firmware over the air (FOTA) as most OEMs do these days, ASUS requires users to manually download the firmware, plug in their ZenFone to a PC, and copy over the downloaded file to the phone’s root folder. As if that wasn’t enough, ASUS warns that users have to make sure that they are downloading the correct firmware for their phone model or risk causing the update to fail and potentially wiping their data.

SOURCE: ASUS (ZenFone 5), (ZenFone 6)

FlashTool now able to download latest Xperia firmware

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

For those who manually download the latest firmware for their Sony Xperia device, FlashTool is already a very familiar program. Paired with XperiFirm which downloads new firmware for Sony Xperia devices, one can easily flash new firmware for their devices using FlashTool. The new version of the desktop app now gives you a new feature – the capability to check and download the latest firmware for Sony Xperia phones and tablets.

The new feature, available in version 0.9.18.1, effectively takes over XperiFirm’s job, which means you only need one program to get your latest firmware available from the Sony servers worldwide and flash it to your device. A disclaimer, we are in no way saying that XperiFirm doesn’t work anymore – it still does. In fact, XperiFirm has been pretty much the go to app since the demise of the Sony Update Service tool.

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In the new version of FalshTool, you can now check for updates for your specific device. You can even choose what firmware you want depending on those available on Sony’s servers. Once you download the firmware files, it’s only a matter of bundling the software together in an update package that your phone or tablet will accept – all done via FlashTool, of course.

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If you need the specific instructions, go on and check out the source link. FlashTool is available through the official download page here. There is also a mirror available here, through a file storage and downloading site. If you’re an Xperia user, we recommend that you check it out.

VIA: Xperia Blog

OnePlus One XNPH33R update addresses touchscreen issues

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It’s only been a couple weeks since the last update for the OnePlus One smartphone landed back on August 12. Despite the short time span since the last update, the new update is one that many OnePlus One users have been clamoring for because this one aims to fix issues some users have been having with the smartphone’s touchscreen.

This update is XNPH33R incremental and is a maintenance release with critical updates inside. Other than packing a fix for touchscreen issues, it has some other stuff inside that users will appreciate. One of the other issues addressed in this update is poor battery life that some are experiencing.

The change list also shows a new radio image and some unspecified audio fixes. The update decreases power consumption in idle state and the update brings other unspecified audio fixes. A CVE-2014-4943 security update is also included for a serious security issue that could allow nefarious users to gain privileges with the phone.

Unfortunately, early users of the update are saying that it doesn’t completely fix the issues with the touchscreen. Reports indicate that the screen is still jumpy making it hard to unlock the phone using trace patterns. A video of the multitouch issues with the phone can be viewed above.

VIA: Android Police