New custom ROM for Chromecast released on XDA-Developers

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A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.


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Jelly Bean Android distribution climbs again, KitKat appears

android_distributionRemember last month when Jelly Bean climbed to claim more than half of the distribution on Android devices? Well, that figure has climbed again, from 52.1% to 54.5%. That includes Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x, and 4.3. Newly released KitKat is currently only on 1.1% of devices, but that number’s sure to continue growing.

Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to18.6% from 19.8%, Gingerbread to 24.1% from 26.3%, and HoneyComb and Froyo are down to 0.1% and 1.6%, respectively.

Source: Android Developers

CyanogenMod discontinues development on 4.3 and will focus mainly on KitKat 4.4

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Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.

While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.

source: CM 

LG Canada says G2 will get Android 4.4 by March

LG_G2_Back_TAIf you have an LG G2 and are waiting to get Android 4.4 KitKat, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that LG Canada has told MobileSyrup that their device will receive the latest software update by the end of March 2014. The bad news is that March is four months away. The update could come as soon as January, but the G2 is the company’s first handset that can truly compete with others; therefore, this will be a good test to see how quickly they can push out a substantial update like KitKat. But remember, this is LG Canada we’re talking about. For now, we have no information on when G2 owners in the United States should expect to receive KitKat.

Source: MobileSyrup
Via: Engadget

SMS exploit reboots Nexus phones, app available to fix it while Google analyzes situation

Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TAAn IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.

A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.

Source: DefCamp, Class0Firewall (Play Store)
Via: Engadget

Unlocked HTC One and Developer Edition receiving KitKat today

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Own an unlocked or Developer Edition HTC One? Well, you’re device is going to be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update starting today. The HTC USA account tweeted that both of those variants will have KitKat and Sense 5.5 brought to them first. Since this is a roll out, be aware that you may not receive the update for a few days or weeks.

Source: HTC USA (Twitter)

[Deal] NVIDIA SHIELD gaming device on sale for $249 for Black Friday, freebies included

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Deals on deals on deals! NVIDIA is adding to the endless amount of Black Friday deals today which will be sure to add up as the day goes on. NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android-powered gaming device, which normally costs around $300, is now on a $50 dollar discount and is on sale for $249.

With your order you’ll also get free shipping and some other add-ins depending on the retailer. Hit the break for details.


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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 resumes Android 4.3 OTA update

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Due to an unexplained and unexpected problem, AT&T stopped their previous 4.3 OTA push to their Galaxy S 4. Today, it looks like they’ve resumed the updates with a slightly new build than the previous one thus assuming that some sort of a fix was made. Nonetheless, the update brings the build number to 1337UCUEMK2 and here is the official changelog per Samsung:

  • Android 4.3 OS upgrade
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
  • Group Play 2.5
  • Samsung Apps
  • Knox
  • Drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications
  • Call reliability improvements

source: AT&T

US Cellular, Sprint Galaxy S III receiving Android 4.3 update

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Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners on Sprint or US Cellular. You can now go ahead and grab the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your device! There’s no detailed information on what US Cellular’s update brings with the exception of a software update. The Sprint variant, however, will also gain compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it is certainly welcome for a handset that was released almost two years ago. And if you are wondering if the handset will get KitKat, a leaked schedule points to March or April.

Source: US Cellular, Sprint

Leaked Samsung schedule has KitKat hitting Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 3 in January, last year’s device in March or April

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Here’s some good news if you own Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Android 4.4 KitKat should arrive in just under three months. According to a leaked schedule obtained by iTechAddict, Samsung plans to update those two flagships in January. They list the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 to receive KitKat as well. Those two are scheduled to receive the update in March or April. Samsung is likely pegging their flagships for a January update due to HTC announcing its plans to have KitKat ready by then for the HTC One.

Source: iTechAddict
Via: GSM Arena