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Apr 23, 2014 - 3:04 PM - by dgstorm
There is solid intel that LG plans to launch their G Watch Android wearable immediately after the Google I/O Developer's conference on June 25-26th of this year. The smartwatch from LG is said to be powered by Google's new Android Wear OS, so this sounds very plausible, as Android Wear is expected to be officially detailed at that event.
If true, it would mean that LG will be the first OEM out of the gates with a smartwatch using the Android Wear OS. The Moto 360 and an offering from Samsung are expected to follow soon-after. We will keep you updated as things develop.
The Verizon Galaxy S5 has been here now for a few weeks and still we seem to be nowhere closer to a root method. There are currently several well known exploit and security experts looking to find a way to get this device rooted. The S5 community is ready for root on their devices! They have banded together to put their money where there mouth is. There is now a bounty thread for the Verizon Galaxy S5.
Since last night this thread has received pledges in the amount of $3715! Bounties are no guarantee that a device will be rooted, however they sometimes encourage developers who would otherwise not even give a device a second look a good reason to spend some time on development for the device. The hope is that with a bounty we can get some new eyes on the project that can hopefully offer some insight or even a full blown new root method!. If you have a consumer Verizon Galaxy S5, and would like to see root on your device you may want to consider adding a pledge for a few dollars to the bounty to make things more enticing for the developers.
It should be noted that most developers do not release exploits for the money alone, as OEMs will often pay more for said exploits. They do it for the sake of the community, and as such should be appreciated, and not treated as employees with a deadline. They do this for fun and bounties can help to cover expenses, but in most cases do not make up for hours spent and devices purchased to accomplish the task.
A few days ago a leak of the upcoming Kit Kat build for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 was leaked to the public. Beanstown106 and several other developers quickly got to work to release a method for keeping root through the update. Now Hashcode has released his updated version of Safe Strap which will work with the leaked Kit Kat build. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Safe Strap it is basically a method for bypassing the bootloader. It enables us to run a custom build of android on a "safe" partition. Running a custom rom in the safe slot will not affect your stock slot. There are several safe slots so you can run many different roms at once. This does require you to be rooted. Head to the link below to grab the updated Safe Strap!
BeansTown106 with the help of Hashcode and several other developers have put together a method for updating your Note 3 to the latest Leaked OTA Kit Kat update without losing root! This is the first Rom and Root method combined for the VZW Note 3. For this to work you will have to be running any rooted 4.3 rom with safestrap. This will not work to gain root if you have already updated to the Kit Kat leak on the Note 3. However you can restore 4.3 via Odin then root and install SafeStrap if you have already installed the leaked build. This Rom is rooted with busybox, it is zipaligned, deodexed and odexed versions are available, init.d support has been added, and knox apks are removed.
To install boot into Safestrap and select the stock slot option, then wipe data and factory reset the stock rom slot, flash the nc2 4.4.2 rom in the stock slot, reboot into download mode, flash the nc2 firmware/bootloader package in odin (flash in the pda section and be sure to check autoreboot). Once installed you will boot back into stock rooted Kit Kat.
The latest kit kat leak for the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 contains some awesome advantages that may be taken away in any future official over the air updates. With the latest leaked version of Kit Kat you are always able to use Odin to go back to 4.3 for root or disaster recovery. The leak allows for any compatible kernel module to be used. This feature is unlike any previous Note 3 build to date. There is no white list security in place to block kernel modules which aren't approved. This is Kit Kat but is also SELinux permissive which is also very rare. Developers like Hashcode and BeansTown106 are hailing this build as one of the most unique and valuable to date on Galaxy devices. They are saying you should treat it like Gold and never update via the official OTA update mechanism again! If you do decide to take an OTA update there is no guarantee that you will ever see any custom development for your phone again, as it appears that all future development will be based on the fact that you are running this Kit Kat leaked build. Who knows what developers will be able to come up with now that we have the ability to flash whichever kernel we like. This may be the kick in the pants that the Note 3 needed for some meaningful development to return to this device. Keep it locked in right here as we will keep you posted on any further developments regarding the Verizon Galaxy Note 3!
Apr 23, 2014 - 10:58 AM - by pc747
For those of you who own a chromecast, amazon fire, roku, or apple tv the Son of Batman (which releases May 6th to DVD) is now available digitally via Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/movies...id=yC0FO-m566U).
Batman discovers he has a son who is set to inherit the League of Shadows. Journey with Damien as he struggle to balance the morals of Batman and the training he grew up with from the League of Shadows. This is an excellent movie for those who like animated movies.
Apr 23, 2014 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm
We found this handy "little" comparison pic for the OnePlus One versus just about every other flagship device. We can't really call it "little" though, because the new uber-device is anything but that. For many of us, a 6-inch total size device (5.5-inch display) is just too much, but there are a ton of our members who swear by the larger screens. It turns out this new OnePlus One is actually a tiny bit bigger than the Galaxy Note 3, which really pushes the envelope on size, although isn't as dominating as the 6.3-inch Mega. How big is too big?
Sound off with your opinion of the OnePlus One dimensions in our poll:
What do you think of the large size of the OnePlus One?
- I think it's just right. I prefer larger sized "phablet-style" phones.
- It's just too darn big! I want to be able to use my phone one handed.
- I'm not sure, and/or just don't have an opinion about it.
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