Just a couple days ago, we talked about how Samsung finally shared its KitKat update plans for several of its devices. Now, we’re seeing Android 4.4.2 make its way to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, following up on the release of the KitKat-compatible kernel source for the device.
A little under a week ago, we talked about how Android 4.3 (I9505XXUEMJ5) was starting to roll outfor the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Thankfully for those averse to waiting, XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab mirrored the update and gave users instructions on how to use Odin to flash the ROM image. Unfortunately though, some users updating from Android 4.2.2-based custom ROMs have had their share of issues ranging such as bootloops.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now available in official capacity for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. With the recently leaked Android 4.3 I9505XXUEMJ3 firmware floating around, we knew that the official release wasn’t far behind. Now, it’s here in official capacity.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Note 3 are the Korean OEM’s two flagship smartphones in their respective market segments. Both devices are more than capable of handling just about anything you can throw at them, and they both pack enough software features to keep you reading manuals for days. Despite their similarities, however, the Note 3 packs a few tricks up its sleeve that its less gargantuan sibling lacks.
We’ve written about XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s CF-Auto-Root for various devices in the past. For those just now hearing about CF-Auto-Root for the first time, it’s essentially the easiest and quickest way to achieve initial root for your Samsung device, while keeping your newly rooted device as close to stock as possible. And due to the ease at which this can be applied, it’s essentially “root for rooting beginners,” as Chainfire himself puts it.
Envy is a very interesting driver for innovation. Ironically, wanting to have something that others enjoy tends to have a somewhat interesting effect on our developers. After all, the will generated by the lack of newer versions of Windows Mobile available on newer devices was the main driving force that pushed XDA to be what it is today. Our “thing” or hobby (whichever way you want to see it) could be easily called envy. But regardless of how envious we may seem, having the opportunity to do what others do on top of what we do is, after all, what we do best. In this case, XDA Forum Member -Aatif- brings us a little something for all (who do not own a recent Samsung device) to enjoy.