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The official Android 5.1 update for Verizon Galaxy S4 via OTA or Kies is easily at least 3-4 months away, even if we’re to believe Samsung still cares about its S4 users — don’t forget that S4 is now full 2 years old, an update criteria that most OEMs stick to barely. But that’s not a big worry, at least we have the awesome developer community to bend toward, and grab an 5.1 update unofficially. The GamerROM is based off AOSP Android 5.1 update, and gets your OS all the goodness of pure stock Android UI — goodbye TouchWiz! — along with all the new features from the 5.1.

Even though is development stage, the GamerROM is working quite alright for the Verizon Galaxy S4. That’s a big plus, and a good achievement by the community to get a working build so early — even Nexus 4 is yet to get an official Android 5.1 update from Google as of today.

Though, there’s a one bug currently, the video recording is broken for now, but we really think it would be fixed pretty soon, maybe within a week, or two at the max. Network, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, etc. are all working fine.

And in any case, if you want to go back to official Samsung firmware for your Verizon Galaxy S4, you can do so pretty easily — a simple firmware flash using Odin software is all it takes to remove custom ROM, custom recovery and root, all in one shot, and restoring the phone back to stock, Samsung firmware.

Note: As you already know, it’s not an official Samsung Android 5.1 update for Verizon Galaxy S4, so expect few kinks at some corners of the ROM that are yet to be fixed by the team. Any major bugs will be reported below.

Bugs

Video recording is not working

Download the ROM file in .zip format from the source development page here, where you could also keep a tab on updates for the ROM, and any current issues with the ROM with fixes, if any, available. No nee to download the Gapps file as its contained in the ROM file.

Supported devices

Samsung Galaxy S4 at Verizon, model no. SCH-i545

Don’t try on any other Galaxy series set or other device of Samsung or any other company

Instructions

Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Important Note: Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files.

Bootloader of firmware MDK is preferred but not necessary. If you could install the MDK firmware, it’s great! Chances of that are slim if you are quite now to this.

Transfer the ROM file package file to your device’s internal storage and remember the location where you save it.

You need TWRP recovery for this. Get it from here. There’s good instructions set there, too. For more help, Google is your friend.

Boot into Recovery mode.

Once in TWRP recovery, take a backup of your current ROM. Select Backup, then do a “Swipe to Back Up” on the bottom of the screen.

Once the backup is finished, select Wipe, then do a “Swipe to Factory Reset” on the bottom of the screen.

Go back to the main menu of TWRP recovery and select Install.

Navigate to the file where you saved your ROM’s zip file, select it and “Swipe to Confirm Flash” on the bottom of the screen. Now wait until the flashing process finishes. It will also flash Gapps after flashing the ROM.

Go to back to recovery’s Main menu, select Reboot » select System.

Your device will now reboot with Android 5.1 update, thanks to GamerROM custom ROM.

In case you need any help over this, let us know. And, you can thank the developer  for this.

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Easily Root Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 On Android 4.4 Kitkat Update L720Tvpubnaf

The Android 4.4 KitKat Update is available for the Sprint Galaxy S4, as L720TVPUBNAF. You can easily update your Sprint Galaxy S4 yourself using Odin and by following the instructions provided at our update page below.

But, because an update removes the root access, here’s how to get it back.

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  ROOT SPRINT SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 SPH-L720

Before you begin with the instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

Please know that this page is meant only for Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. Please DO NOT try the procedures given here on other variants of the Galaxy S4 or on any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been Warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

  STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully root your Samsung Galaxy S4.

In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Samsung device on your computer.

► SAMSUNG DEVICES DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  DOWNLOADS

Download the CF Auto Root file given below and transfer it to a separate folder on your computer (just to keep things tidy, that is).

  CF AUTO ROOT FILE

  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing the CF Auto Root, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

Extract/Unzip the CF-Auto-Root file, CF-Auto-Root-jfltespr-jfltespr-sphl720.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably). You’ll get the following files:

Odin3-v3.07.exe

CF-Auto-Root-jfltespr-jfltespr-sphl720.tar.md5

Odin3.ini

tmax.dll

zlib.dll

Disconnect the Sprint Galaxy S4 from PC if it is connected.

Boot your Sprint Galaxy S4 into Download Mode:

Power off your phone first. Wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.

Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.

If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:

Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy S4 as said above in ‘Before you begin..’ section.

If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and reinstall back.

Connect using a different USB port on your PC.

Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.

Reboot your phone and PC and then try again.

Load the firmware file (extracted in Step 1) into Odin as instructed below:

Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)

Double check the above two steps (Step 6 and Step 7).

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Sprint Galaxy S4 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 2 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Sprint Galaxy S4 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 2 of this guide again.

NOTE: It may happen that your phone doesn’t automatically boot into recovery and root your phone. In that case follow the following above procedure except that in Step 7, Auto Reboot option is un-checked and then the instructions below:

Pull out the battery and re-insert it.

Boot your Sprint Galaxy S4 into Recovery Mode: Press and hold these 3 buttons together: Volume Up + Power + Home.

Now, this will start the rooting process and will reboot the phone automatically when the process is done.

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How To Install Us Cellular Galaxy S4 Lollipop Update

At last the Galaxy S4 users at US Cellular have the Android 5.0 Lollipop update treat available. It’s a long wait no doubt, almost nine months since Lollipop was released. While other Galaxy S4 sets received the update way earlier, it was poor from US Cellular to delay the update for so long.

This is also perhaps the last update US Cellular Galaxy S4 will see, as there are very slim chances of Android 5.1 making it to the device. And absolutely no chances of an Android M update for US Cellular S4.

If you can’t install OTA update, or haven’t received the Lollipop OTA yet, you can still update your US Cellular S4 to Android 5.0 by downloading and installing the full firmware manually.

Just look at the guide below, which will help you in using Odin PC software to install and update your USC S4 to Android 5.0.

Supported devices

US CELLULAR GALAXY S4, model no. SCH-R970

Don’t try this on any other Samsung Galaxy S4 or any device than model no. R970!

Don’t try on any other device whatsoever!

Instructions

Disclamer: Installing an official firmware through Odin doesn’t void your device’s warranty, but it remains an unofficial process and thus you need to be cautious of it. In any case, you only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

Backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files. Sometimes, Odin installation may delete everything on your device!

Download the Odin software and firmware file from above for your US Cellular S4.

You should get the a file in chúng tôi format now. We will be loading this file into Odin, to be installed on your Galaxy S4 (in step 10 below).

Extract the Odin file. You should get this file, Odin3 chúng tôi (other files could be hidden, hence not visible).

Disconnect your S4 from PC if it is connected.

Boot USC Galaxy S4 into download mode:

Power off your S4. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.

Press and hold the three buttons Volume Down + Power + Home together until you see warning screen.

Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Connect your Galaxy S4 to PC now using USB cable. Odin should recognize your S4. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.

You cannot proceed until you get the Added!! message, which confirms that Odin has recognized your device.

If you don’t get Added!! message, you need to install/re-install drivers again, and use the original cable that came with device. Mostly, drivers are the problem (look at step 2 above).

If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do steps 6 to 12 again. For this, close Odin, disconnect your device, remove battery, insert it back after 5-6 seconds and then start from step 6 again.

That’s it. Enjoy the Android 5.0.1 OE2 update firmware, on your US Cellular Galaxy S4!

Verizon Galaxy Note 2 Sch

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  GUIDE: PHILZ TOUCH RECOVERY ON VERIZON GALAXY NOTE 2 SCH-I605

Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be SCH-I605.

Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other Galaxy Note 2 (including the Galaxy Note 2 variant at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cricket and other International variants) or any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

  STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash PhilZ Touch Recovery on your Verizon Galaxy Note 2. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy Note 2 on your computer.

► SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 2 DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS   DOWNLOADS

Download the Odin zip file and PhilZ chúng tôi file given below. Transfer both Odin and recovery tar file to a separate folder on your computer just to keep things tidy.

  ODIN ZIP FILE   PHILZ TOUCH TAR FILE

For latest version of the recovery, check the original chúng tôi page →

  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing PhilZ Touch Recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

Extract/Unzip the Odin zip file, Latest Odin3 v3.09.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get this file: Odin3 v3.09.exe

Move the PhilZ file, philz_touch_6.15.4-i605.tar.md5, in the same folder in which you extracted Latest Odin3 v3.09.zip (Just for your convenience, that is). So, now you’ll have the following files in that folder:

Odin3 v3.09.exe

philz_touch_6.15.4-i605.tar.md5

Disconnect the Galaxy Note 2 from PC if it is connected.

Boot your Verizon Galaxy Note 2 into Download Mode:

Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off

Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home

If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:

Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy Note 2 as said above.

If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and re-install back.

Connect using a different USB port on your PC.

Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.

Reboot phone and PC and then try again.

Load the recovery file (Step 2) into Odin as instructed below:

Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)

Double check the above two steps.

PhilZ Touch Recovery has installed successfully on your Note 2. To boot your Galaxy Note 2 into Recovery Mode:

Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.

Press and hold these 3 buttons together: Volume Up + Power + Home.

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy Note 2 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 5 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Note 2 from PC, close Odin, remove phone’s battery and put it back inside in 3-4 seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 5 of this guide again.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Hands

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hands-on with photo examples

This week SlashGear has had the opportunity to have an up-close-and-personal look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, taking photos and a bit of video as we did so. What you’ll see here is the machine’s ability to capture high-quality media in several different situations both light and dark, indoors and out. We’ll also be getting to a full-on comparison run-down of this machine with the abilities of the Samsung Galaxy Camera as well – but for now, the smaller and newer of the two.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom takes the body of what’s essentially the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and applies one big fat camera to its back. That’s not to say that this machine is fat – not by a long shot. It’s a bit thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Camera and feels like a whole different ball game in practice.

This device boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display on its back with a lovely piece of Gorilla Glass 3 to keep it all safe. While the touchscreen interface can control the majority of the bits and pieces you’ll be working with on this machine, you’ve also got a physical home button, back and menu buttons below the display (or to the right, depending on the orientation of the device when you’re holding it.)

Up front of this machine you’ve also got a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with optical image stabilization working with 24-240mm 10x optical zoom, this paired with a F3.1-F6.3 lens with a Samsung Zoom Ring. We’ll get into the abilities of this ring as we move along into the full review – for now you’ll be glad to know that this ring’s abilities are not just limited to zooming in and out.

As it was with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, so too do you get a physical camera shutter button here. This device is made on one hand to be a phone – and it certainly looks the part from one side – and on the other a camera.

While you’ll get another healthy set of hands-on photos of this machine via Chris Davies from earlier this year in London, we’re kicking out the photo examples here and now. We’ll begin with a lovely macro photo of some wood.

As with the majority of the photos taken in this article, the above is snapped with the Galaxy S4 Zoom’s back-facing camera. As the above was taken with Macro mode, below you’ll see a shot taken from afar using the device’s Landscape mode.

While we’re in the graveyard, it makes sense to get outdoorsy with several shots both close and far away with a near “magic hour” timing. These photos were taken mostly with the camera’s smart auto mode, selecting the modes based on the suggestions of the software.

Next you’ll see two shots, one from afar, one up close. Closer, that is. These shots are taken from the same location in a department store, one of them with the lens working with no zoom whatsoever, the other at 100% zoom – 10x zoom, that is.

You’ll see a photo taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom’s flash on full blast next, taken of a wheel of a cart with a bit of dirt on it.

Finally you’ll see a collection of odd shots – both up close and afar, with the photos showing the Galaxy S4 Zoom taken in mirrors. The photo of my face (me, Chris Burns, that is), was taken with this machine’s front-facing camera. It’s surprisingly good, don’t be alarmed.

Let us know what other subject matter and situations you’d like us to dive in on and we’ll deliver! This is only the first step in a full review process for this machine that’ll take the previous king Samsung Galaxy Camera to the cleaners!

Ios Battery Update: Ios 5.1 Beta 3

A week after the release of iOS 5.1 beta 3 the biggest question that seems to be getting asked repeatedly is one that we have become accustomed to ever since the release of iOS 5, back in October. Yes, you guessed it – is the battery life any better yet?

We have been talking about battery life in iOS quite a bit since the issue first reared its ugly head, and we’ve discovered that it isn’t just an iPhone 4S issue, but rather something Apple changed in iOS 5. Since then the company has issued a full update in iOS 5.0.1 and a series of iOS 5.1 betas, but has the latest improved things any? Can we expect to get back to iOS 4.x-levels of battery life?

Well, no, not really…

I’ve been using the beta 3 release of iOS 5.1 with my iPhone 4S for a week now, and in my testing at least, not much has changed by the way of battery life.

What I mean by that is that the iPhone still has its good and its bad days, just as it has since I started with these betas from iOS 5.0 and onwards.

Some days I find the handset still buzzing along nicely at the end of the day, with 20% or more left in the tank. Others, I’m hunting for a power cable by the time I get home from work.

At first I thought that the key differentiator here was the use of 3G or Wi-Fi, with the latter giving better results when it comes to battery longevity. That has recently been disproved, at least in my case. That said, there is clearly something going on from day to day that is causing an iPhone with the same usage patterns to vary wildly in its use of power.

At this point, iOS 5.1 in its third beta, I find myself wondering if this is as good as it is going to get. Has Apple thrown its dice as many times as it can, and we are going to just have to get used to where we are now – unpredictable battery drain?

There is also the unusual drain that occurs when the handset is idle. Last night, for example, I left my iPhone off-charge overnight with 25% of its battery remaining. I awoke this morning to a battery with just 2% left in it. A few emails had been received, but that is it. Where did the 23% go? Yes, I know these things aren’t always accurate, but that is a considerable drop for an idle handset by anyone’s measure.

While not causing any great headaches, it is an indisputable fact that my previous iPhone 4 would routinely last a couple of days on a full charge before iOS 5 began to drain a lot of power around the time Apple released the GM version of its new OS. After that, the issues began.

I’d love to know what Apple added during that release, but we’ll probably never know.

How is your battery life now the dust has settled on the iPhone 4S release?

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