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Google publishes factory images for latest Android security update

Posted by wicked November - 3 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Google has published the factory images for its November security update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. The upgrade eliminates seven core vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, including the latest critical exploit which “could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.”

Hit the source link below to download the factory images from the official Google Developer Blog for manual flashing. Alternatively, you can wait for the over-the-air (OTA) rollout, which should start soon.

Source: Google Developers

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SamFirm is a tool to quickly download firmware for Samsung devices

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If you are an Android power user – you like to tweak, gain root access, install custom ROMs – and you use a Samsung device, one of the most tedious tasks is to download official Samsung firmware, because all of the third party sources (like and others) all have slow download speeds. SamFirm is a tool that takes care of that.

The SamFirm tool was created by XDA member “zxz0O0”, as a solution to this problem. The tool queries Samsung’s official servers, so there is no fear here of getting malicious code. It looks to be a simple tool, but as with all simple things, there is a learning curve that needs to be traversed. The inputs need to be quite exact so that the tool will have all the data it needs.


You will need the official model number (in all caps, apparently), the region of your device, plus other specific information that you can only get by connecting your device to Samsung Kies or any other tool that provides you with information. Your PC also needs to have .NET Framework 3.5, Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package installed.

So if you are a bit on the techy side, this tool might just be a godsend for you, as download speeds reach around 4MBps – pretty fast, actually. Never have to wait for hours for official Samsung firmware again. Check out the source link below for the download links. Make sure you download the latest version.


New Flashtool utility now compatible with all Sony Xperia devices

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Flashtool is a must have for Sony Xperia device owners who usually tweak their smartphones and tablets. Made by the developer “Androxyde”, the utility is used to flash any firmware onto your Sony Xperia device. The update here is that the latest version now supports all Xperia devices, whereas the version before it brought support for Sony’s 2015 devices, but required script to do it.

The developer has combined the old flashing method (no script) and the new method by asking the utility to look for the presence of a script. If there is no Flashtool Script detected, the utility will default to the old method – thereby supporting both new and old Xperia devices.


Flashtool is a pretty versatile utility, that’s why most Sony Xperia users prefer it. Sony’s own flashing utility only allow you to do upgrades to firmware, while Flashtool allows users to downgrade to firmware versions they prefer. There’s also a bootloader unlocker iwthin the utility, if your device’s bootloader is unlockable.

Check out the source link below and look for the download links on Androxyde’s official website. It’s recommended that you use the new version, although look out for the specific instructions at the source, as folder structure may be messed up from the installation of the utility.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Pebble Time firmware update released

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


Following on some updates to their software app for Android and iOS, Pebble has released a firmware update to version 3.4 for their Pebble Time and Time Steel smartwatch devices. The primary updates included in the new firmware cover some additional languages as well as improvements to notifications and some energy conservation updates.

Pebble Time and Time Steel users who prefer to use French, German or Spanish languages on their smartwatch will find those languages are now supported in addition to English. The new language settings will apply to menu items, incoming notification and messages for both voice and display.


Pebble added a new feature call Quiet Time that is part of the notifications settings on the device. Quiet Time gives users the ability to silence all notifications and vibrations. Several options are available including the ability to manually set the smartwatches in a quiet mode, to base it on your calendar so notifications are automatically silenced, to base it on the day and time of week, or to base it on the type of interruption by silencing all notifications or letting phone calls through.

The last major improvement is a new Stand-By Mode that Pebble says is technically still in beta. As such, this feature will be turned off by default once the device is updated. If enabled, Stand-By Mode will deactivate Bluetooth when the watch has been motionless for 30 minutes. Pebble says this can reduce power use by 50% when in Stand-By Mode.


Along with the new features, Pebble includes some bug fixes and stability improvements in the firmware update and they made improvements to the calendar and reminder details that appear on the timeline. To update a Pebble Time or Time Steel device, use the Pebble Time app on an Android device and go to Menu -> Support -> Update Your Pebble to start the process.

source: Pebble


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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.


Android 5.1.1 firmware for Sprint Galaxy Note 4 now available

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


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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