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Samsung Galaxy S3 given an Android KitKat lifeline

Not too long ago, Samsung made a decision that the international version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (I9300) – one of its most popular phones ever – is not going to get an official TouchWiz Android 4.4 KitKat update. Cue the sound of millions of hearts of Galaxy SIII owners breaking, as most of them were really still hoping against hope that it would happen. Now the Galaxy SIII is given a lifeline through community development by “arter97”, an XDA Senior Member, with a port from a Korean SIII variant that had an official KitKat update.

Hellraid: The Escape arrives on Android

Room escape-themed games have quietly gained a niche of fans, creating a kind of sub-genre for itself. Their fans are the intellectual, puzzle-loving, slow gaming type of people, as evidenced in game titles like “The Room” and “Escape the Room”. But what if an escape game would have a more action-paced bent to it? Well, that would be what “Hellraid: The Escape” is – a solid escape game with its puzzles leaning towards action.

MultiROM now on the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S4

We have already shown you what MultiROM can do – it is a great piece of Android software developed by XDA developer “Tassadar” that allows devices to boot into different ROMs each time it boots up. To date, a number of Motorola devices have gotten MultiROM ports, as well as the LG G2, the Sony Xperia Z and the OnePlus One. Looks like a few more popular devices will get multi-boot capability now – the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

New HTC One (M8) Eye passes through China’s TENAA

Well, the HTC One (M8) Eye has finally surfaced – though unofficially. This new device that has appeared in the files of China’s TENAA is codenamed the HTC M8Ew, with the “w” a nod to China’s WCDMA networks. This was leaked a few weeks before and we picked on that, although the initial leak lacked anything in the manner of images. Now we have it.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha gets the iFixit teardown treatment

So we’ve been a bit disappointed with the specs of Samsung’s new “premium feel” device, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – a device which marks the first time the Korean gadget giant has been willing to ditch plastic for a more “fruity” metal design. Maybe Samsung was doing an “anything you can do, I can do too” with Apple, hence a spec line that doesn’t really stack up to flagship level. Popular teardown specialists iFixit give the new metal-bound phone the full treatment.
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