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Verizon's Galaxy Nexus looks like it might finally benefit from an update from 4.1 Jelly Bean to the latest Android version. This device has been "unfairly" left out and it's been well over 5 months since the 4.2 Jelly Bean came out. Now, you might want to try a leaked ROM for your Galaxy Nexus that may possibly turn out to be just the thing you have been waiting for.


Also, please be reminded that this is not the final version of the ROM and it could be slow or buggy initially, but it really is bound to improve. Also, it should be flashed from stock software. Back up your phone if possible and flash at your own risk, since this will void your warranty and it could even kill your phone if done incorrectly. If you're too cautious and would not want to risk your phone, wait for the official OTA rollout, it probably won't take more than a couple of months if we're hearing constant news (or rumors) about a Galaxy Nexus update.


Source: XDA



Details about the Galaxy Note III continue to surface, with the latest salvo coming from a Chinese website that even included a supposed picture of the device.


The website, MyDrivers, posted the picture seen here over the weekend and reported a number of specs about the phablet, including a 5.99-inch, full HD display, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD). The device will supposedly run Android OS 4.2.2 and will be powered by an eight-core Exynos 5410 Octa processor, with the Cortex A15 cores clocking in at 2.0 GHz and the Cortex A7 core at 1.7 GHz.


To recap, check out specs listed as follows:


  • Samsung Exynos 5410 octa Chipset
  • Quad Core 2.0GHz ARM Cortex A15 + Quad Core 1.7GHz ARM Cortex A7
  • 3GB Of RAM
  • 5.99-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display
  • 32GB Of Internal Storage
  • MicroSD Card Support
  • Removable Battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • S-Pen

Samsung, most likely, will announce Galaxy Note 3 in early September, just before IFA trade show.



Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest flagship from the Korean firm. There are going to have four different versions in the Chinese market - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9006, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9002, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9008 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9009. It does sound confusing due to the complexity of the numbers.


The leaked photos reveal that the dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset, featuring four 2.3GHz Krat 400 cores and the Adreno 330 GPU. The beast was even subjected to an AnTuTu benchmark and the score came at the pretty impressive 31,276. That's still a bit short of the score of the regular Galaxy Note 3, but since neither version has its firmware finalized just yet, it's too early to draw any conclusions.


Besides the second SIM slot the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9002 should have no differences to the international Galaxy Note 3 version, carrying the same 5.7" 1080p screen, 13MP camera and running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It's unclear if it will be leaving the China borders, though.





SamMobile has just obtained a brand new Android 4.3 test firmware - N7100XXUEMK4 - for the Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100). This would not have been possible without the help of their insider.


The Android 4.3 update should be hitting the Samsung Galaxy Note II pretty shortly, but if you don't feel like waiting any longer you'd be interested to know that a leaked ROM is available for flashing right now. It's reportedly a build very close to the final ones, so it will have no trouble serving as a daily driver.


Here's the complete changelog:



  • OpenGL 3.0 Support
  • ANT+ Support
  • Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
  • Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
  • Improved RAM management
  • Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
  • Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
  • New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
  • New Camera firmware
  • Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)


 



After the tremendous response garnered by Samsung Galaxy S5 it is now time for Samsung to launch its another highly sophisticated smart phone called as Samsung Galaxy S6. Though there is no official word that is available for the launch date but there are many rumors and leaks that are being floated all across the internet. Here are some of those rumors, leaks and possible specifications explained in detail.


Expect 4GB RAM and a 16-core processor


• This time Samsung is planning to come up with a huge 4 GB RAM with this smart phone and a 16-core processor. If this turns out to be true then this is going to be one of the fastest and smoothest smart phones ever made. With so much of power you can do many amazing things with this smart phone. Moreover it will not become obsolete for many years to come. The 16-core processor is going to be a Samsung Eryngoes 800 processor.


• There are also chances that Samsung Galaxy S6 might come up with 128 GB on-board memory. Well this much of memory is enough for you to save huge amounts of data that includes your favorite pictures, songs and movies.


Expect a projector option with Samsung Galaxy S6


• Apart from huge memory and fast processor there are also rumors that Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a projector option. It means you will be able to see your favorite movies at your home and even prepare those office presentations at home and then practice as much as you want.


• The leaked images are also suggesting that Samsung Galaxy S6 might have an Ultra HD display screen of 5.2 inches.


• The rear camera is expected to be a 21 mega pixel camera along with 8K resolution. If this happens then it will be like mother of all other smart phones.


• On the battery front it is believed that Samsung Galaxy S6 will come up with a powerful 3300 to 3500 mAh battery. This much battery is enough to last for more and more hours easily.


This smart phone will be available with Android 5.0 mobile operating system which is going to be the latest mobile operating system.


This smart phone is expected to be launched in early 2015 when the MWC will happen. Till that time you can enjoy a great smart phone experience with Samsung Galaxy S5.

 



Today, the same anonymous tipster has sent in screenshots of Antutu benchmark and CPU-Z, confirming the specifications we were provided earlier, and a heap of new pictures of the device, some alongside the Galaxy S5 for size comparison.

We can now confirmed that confirm that the S5 will feature a 4.5" Super AMOLED display of 720p resolution and runs on Exynos 3 Quad chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU @ 1.4GHz, Mali-400 MP4 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM.


The rest of the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini specs highlight include Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front snapper, 16GB expandable storage, fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor.


The connectivity options are pretty much the same as the Galaxy S5 - LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR blaster, GPS with GLONASS.


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the latest available TouchWiz UX that premiered on the Galaxy S5. You will be getting Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, Private Mode, KNOX, among others.


 




Could every leak that is "reported" be just a marketing ploy meant to stir market interest? Recently, information was intentionally leaked that March 27 will be a big day for T-Mo. According to the report, on that day, it will release the Samsung Galaxy SII LTE Exhibit and the Blackberry Z10 as well as the T-Mobile mobile hotspot that also supports LTE. 


Samsung Galaxy S III Exhibit is a faster version of its predecessor and it also features 4G capability and a better memory. Expect it to be released, possibly on the 27th or the following week. Nonetheless, fans of T-Mobile will surely be happy to hear that their carrier will support LTE-enabled devices and it will not happen in the FAR future.


There is also some talk about an iPhone launching on the last week of March but no additional information is available to support the speculations. Fans must further wait with bated breath...


To summarize, March 27th will be a big day for T-Mobile for phone releases


  • T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE - March 27th
  • Samsung T599 Galaxy Exhibit "Codina" Prepaid Pebble Gray - March 27th
  • Samsung T999L Galaxy S III LTE - March 27th or April 3rd
  • Samsung T599 Galaxy Exhibit "Codina" Postpaid - March 27th
  • BlackBerry Z10 - March 27th


Source: Tmonews



Samsung has dedicated to getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III flagship and also the official rollout should begin in a couple of weeks' time. If you cannot wait for the official release, you should check out the link before to get the beta version.


The beta version is apparently stable enough to operate like a daily driver, even though it could have a bug or two. It brings numerous UI changes, together with a new configurations menu with tabbed interface as available on newer Samsung flagships. The transparent notification bar is here now too.


Regrettably a lot of the icons within this build continue to be while using old design and Samsung Knox isn't enabled. Which should alternation in the ultimate Android 4.3 ROM for that Universe S III, though, which means you don't need to bother about missing around the security feature.


Should you seem like giving the most recent Jelly Bean version an effort run, you need to follow this connect to download the needed files. Should you not know the right path round the Odin flashing software, you will find a step-by-step tutorial in the via link below.


  • Model: GT-I9300
  • Country: Germany (Vodafone)
  • Version: Android 4.3
  • Changelist: 1902166
  • Build date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:24:03 +0000
  • Product Code: VFG
  • PDA: I9300XXUGMJ9
  • CSC: I9300VFGGMJ5
  • MODEM: I9300BUUGMJ3
  • Download: I9300XXUGMJ9_I9300VFGGMJ5_I9300BUUGMJ3_VFG.zip

NOTE


  • - This firmware will WIPE your device (Perform a backup before flashing)
  • - This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
  • - This test firmware is a pre-release firmware and not official from Samsung.
  • - We have fully tested this firmware and this firmware works perfectly as any other official firmware.


INSTRUCTIONS


  • - Extract (unzip) the firmware file
  • - Download Odin3 v3.09 (From here or here)
  • - Extract Odin .ZIP file
  • - Open Odin3 v3.09
  • - Restart phone in download mode (Press and hold Home + Power + Volume down buttons)
  • - Connect phone and wait until you get a blue sign in Odin
  • - Add AP_I9300XXUGMJ9_1902166_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to AP
  • - Add BL_I9300XXUGMJ9_1902166_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to BL
  • - Add MODEM_I9300BUUGMJ3_REV02_REV04_CL1413323.tar.md5 to CP
  • - Add CSC_VFG_I9300VFGGMJ5_1986192_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5 to CSC
  • - Make sure re-partition is NOT ticked
  • - Click start button, sit back and wait a few minutes.
  • - If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)
  • - Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)
  • - Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)
  • - Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!

Thanks SamMobile

 



For those who want to check out a a pre-release version of Facebook Home, here's some great news, the ROM has leaked ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First 'Facebook phone').


The leak has 3 APKs - the main Facebook app ('katana'), the now-integrated-with-your-SMS Messenger app (orca) and the Home / Launcher 'shell' app (home). Simply install all 3 and you're set - bear in mind you do so at your own risk!


For all the details, check out MADOCO

 

 



You could tell whenever a Nokia phone is coming when @evleaks tweets about this. Today he's done exactly that using the approaching Lumia 525, a follow up towards the uber popular Lumia 520. We haven't seen a lot of photos from the Lumia 525 until these last couple of days. According to usual, the photo from @evleaks is really a press render from Nokia.


The press render provides for us a obvious look of the Lumia 525 design. It appears a little thinner compared to 520 with sharper curved edges. We are able to also observe that the red-colored, yellow, and whitened colors are glossy rather than the matte finish located on the 520. Rumored specs for that Lumia 525 incorporate a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, along with a 5MP camera. It's also stated to possess a concentrate on music, but we're unsure what which means.


@evleaks also mentions this phone is going to be arriving 2013. If you are searching for a minimal-cost Home windows Phone device this is someone to watch out for this holidays.

 


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