Monday, January 13, 2014

Unknown 5.5 inch Samsung device surfaces


Samsung is one of the biggest manufactures of SmartPhones and is thus bound to be testing new products every now and then but there is always a chance of leak which is hitting gold in tech world. A similar thing just happened surfacing an yet unknown Samsung device through the Indian importing and exporting website Zauba.


The device in discussion is a Samsung 5.5 inch smartphone with code name GT-I9405 which suggests that this is going to sit somewhere in between Samsung Galaxy SIII and S4 but the 5.5 inch screen complicates the deduction's closeness to reality. Also, since the specifications and timing matches with that of already leaked Samsung Galaxy Note Neo there is a good chance that Samsung has sent this device to the subcontinent for further testing under a different alias.

Details about this device are expected to show up in near future but as always we can only wait and speculate until Samsung unveils the device.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 gets the KitKat treatment


Every OEM in the smartphone world is notoriously infamous for delaying the latest and greatest in terms of Android OS but the time lag is getting shorter by each version. The KitKat updating season in the world of Android Super Phones is already here and the next in line is the big guy from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 GT-N9005.


The update is for the Qualcomm 800 SoC sporting Note 3 version (GT-N9005) with support for LTE but this means other devices are going to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat update pretty soon as well. The changes are on the lines of the leaked Samsung Galaxy S4 update - a few minor UI changes, a few bug fixes, a little bump in the benchmark scores. There is one thing Samsung has done with this update, i.e. implemented a new camera shortcut on the lockscreen (a concept already seen in Apple's iOS 7).

The rollout is happening a region at a time but if you are getting restless, you can get update using this build and the following steps.

Step 1: Download the 1.5 GB firmware file from here and extract(unzip) it.
Step 2: Download V 3.09 of Odin from either here or here and extract it.
Step 3: Open Odin V3.09 from the folder you created in Step 2.
Step 4: Restart your phone in download mode by pressing and holding Power Button + Home Button +  Volume Button (all together) until "Warning!!" message appears on the screen. Then select that you wish to start in Download Mode by pressing Volume Down button.
Step 5: Connect your phone to your computer and wait till you get a blue sign on Odin.
Step 6: Add BL_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to BL, AP_N9005XXUENA6_340325_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to AP, CP_N9005XXUENA2_REV03_CL1277177.tar.md5 to CP and CSC_OXX_N9005OXXENA5_327209_REV03_user_low_ship_MULTI_CERT.tar.md5 to CSC.
             Note: Make sure re-partition is Not ticked.
Step 7: Click Start button and wait for a few minutes for it to complete. If you encounter any issues like Bootloop, FC etc then boot into recovery mode by pressing and holding Power Button, Home Button and Volume Up Button all at the same time. Choose to wipe your storage / SD card to factory settings and you are good to go. But take care that it will remove all the data on both your internal storage as well as external.

The information of this build are as follows.
Model: SM-N9005
Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 340325
Build date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:09:09 +0000
Product Code: OXX
PDA: N9005XXUENA6
CSC: N9005OXXENA5
MODEM: N9005XXUENA2

If you have got the update, do share with us your region and experience in the comment section below.
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WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 gets fixed


WhatsApp is the most popular messaging application in the world and when it suffers a flaw, everyone notices. Its Windows Phone 8 version suffered from a broadcast message reception and a security flaw due to which it was also briefly removed from the Windows Phone app store. But now it is back, with a fix.


The version for the messaging client has been bumped to 2.11.356.0 for Windows Phone 8 and it doesn't come up with any additional features apart from the two fixes. Many believe that the next version is going to come with the ability to share music but only time will tell what WhatsApp Inc. has in store for its Windows Phone based users.

WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8
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Not too long ago, A pre-release build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat was leaked for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 and now it looks like the Android update season has began as Google has started seeding Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy S4's Play Edition.


This is the official build seeded by Google to all Samsung Galaxy S4 owner. The update is also available as an OTA update of 57.4 MB and its firmware version is now I9505GUEUCML4. The update is focused on bug fixes and security enhancements especially sealing the security hole related to the way Android 4.4 KitKat was handling SMS transactions.

If you haven't received the notification for the update, be sure to check Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates menu.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Galaxy S4 KitKat build gets leaked


Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest in the series of Android Operating Systems and the software update season is on the verge. Every Android smartphone manufacturer is on the verge of pushing the latest OS (Android 4.4.2) to its customers but it looks Samsung is going to win that race.


Courtesy of the guys over at SamMobile, we have got hands on a leaked pre-release build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat meant for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. The build information is as follows:
Model: GT-I9505 Country: Open Europe
Version: Android 4.4.2
Changelist: 276328
Build date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000
Product Code: OXA
PDA: I9505XXUFNA1
CSC: I9505OXAFNA1
MODEM: I9505XXUFNA1

The build brings along minor UI changes with itself like the change of notification bar icon color scheme from old GingerBread style green to all new KitKat style white. The performance has increased a little giving a slight bump in the benchmark scores as well and layout is now better in the landscape orientation.

     

The steps to install this build on your own Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) model are very simple.

NOTE: 
1. You are doing this at your OWN risk. 
2. We are not responsible if you brick your device.
3. This test firmware will NOT increase your binary counter NOR void your warranty.
4. This test firmware is a pre-release build and not official from Samsung.

Step 1: Download the 1.5 GB firmware file from here and extract(unzip) it.
Step 2: Download V 3.09 of Odin from either here or here and extract it.
Step 3: Open Odin V3.09 from the folder you created in Step 2.
Step 4: Restart your phone in download mode by pressing and holding Power Button + Home Button +  Volume Button (all together) until "Warning!!" message appears on the screen. Then select that you wish to start in Download Mode by pressing Volume Down button.
Step 5: Connect your phone to your computer and wait till you get a blue sign on Odin.
Step 6: Add I9505XXUFNA1_I9505OXAFNA1_I9505XXUFNA1_HOME.tar.md5 to AP.
             Note: Make sure re-partition is Not ticked.
Step 7: Click Start button and wait for a few minutes for it to complete. If you encounter any issues like Bootloop, FC etc then boot into recovery mode by pressing and holding Power Button, Home Button and Volume Up Button all at the same time. Choose to wipe your storage / SD card to factory settings and you are good to go. But take care that it will remove all the data on both your internal storage as well as external.

If you decide to give it a whirl, please make sure you have all your data as backup and do share your experience (and problems, if any) in the comment section.
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