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Samsung Begins Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Rollout For Original Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) In Germany

According to SamMobile, Samsung has begun the promised rollout of Android 4.1 to the original Galaxy Note, originally teased back in December.

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The update brings much of the software functionality of the Note II, including multi-window mode, pop up video, and of course the many changes associated with Android 4.1 at large. The new software build number is JZO54K.

Commenters over at SamMobile are indicating the rollout has begun in Germany, which is quite typical of Samsung's OTA distribution practices.

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[Deal Alert] Sprint's Galaxy Note II Only $70 For New Customers From Amazon Wireless

Hey... you. Yeah, you. The one who always talks about how much you want a Galaxy Note II, but can't justify spending many, many dollars on it. It's time to put away your gadget lust and take the plunge. It's time to buy yourself a new phone already.

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Here's the skinny: you want the Note II, and now you can have it for $70. Of course, there's a catch: you have sign a new two-year agreement with Sprint.

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Samsung Posts Jelly Bean Kernel Source For The Galaxy S II GT-i9100 And GT-i9100M BMC

Samsung recently starting updating its aging-but-not-dead flagship phone from yesteryear (OK, technically it was the year before that, but yesteryesteryear isn't a thing) to Jelly Bean. And when Samsung updates things, you know what that means, right? Source code. Because a new version of Android brings with it a new kernel. And Android modders want new source to go along with that new kernel. So Samsung delivered, as always.

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This go around, it's uploaded the kernel source for the Galaxy S II i9100, as well as Bell Canada's variant, the i9100M BMC.

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AT&T Galaxy Note II Receiving Minor OTA Update To Version MA4, Likely Fixes Exynos Exploit

AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note II is receiving a minor software update this afternoon, presumably patching the Exynos chipset exploit discovered back in December.

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The new software version is I317UCAMA4, and the update is 8.45MB in size. AT&T refers to the changes as a "chipset security enhancement," so it's pretty clear that the Exynos exploit fix is probably the major feature of this patch. We've not noticed any other changes as part of the update, and the Android version remains at 4.1.2.

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[New App] Market Helper Lets You Download Incompatible Apps Without Changing The Build.prop (Root Only)

One of the more annoying things about the Android app ecosystem is that there are loads of apps and games that are needlessly restricted to one device or another. If you care to get down and dirty, you can edit the build.prop file on rooted devices to make your device appear to be something other than what it is. Market Helper gets you the same results, but it doesn't touch the build-prop and it's easy to revert to your original profile.

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Sprint Pushing Minor OTA Updates To Galaxy S III And Note II

Sprint is sending it out a couple of minor over-the-air updates to its Galaxy S III and Note II handsets this morning, and here are the changelogs.

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- Voicemail application update

- SMS 3-digit support

- Calendar sync issues

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-Security updates

If you're the owner of either device, these updates should be making their way to you in the next week or so.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S II (Hercules) Gets Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Builds

The CyanogenMod team has been hard at work building CM10.1 for various devices over the last several weeks, with new devices getting official builds almost daily. Yesterday, we saw 10.1 hit AT&T and T-Mobile's versions of the Galaxy Note and AT&T's S II Skyrocket; today, the first nightly just landed for T-Mo's Galaxy S II, as well.

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The device, codenamed Hercules, differs from the rest of the S II family, as it has a Qualcomm processor instead of the Exynos of the other variants.

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Original Galaxy Note's AT&T, T-Mobile Variants Get Their First Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies [Update: Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Too]

Still toting the original Galaxy Note? Still tired of the saturated colors of TouchWiz and an outdated version of Android? CyanogenMod's download center holds some good news for you, then. The Galaxy Note's AT&T and T-Mobile (US) variants got their first official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies today, just under a month after its younger brother, the Galaxy Note II.

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Of course, like any other CM10.1 nightlies, these will bring your device closer to a true Android experience, while also offering the enhancements, customization, and features we've grown to expect from the CyanogenMod team.

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[Deal Alert] Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Is $179.99 ($40 Off) With A Free Case On eBay

Attention, husbands and boyfriends: unless your significant other explicitly states that she wants a red Samsung Galaxy Tab for Valentine's Day, do not rely solely on this deal to please her. Add some chocolate, roses, a spa treatment, et cetera to sweeten the pot. That said, this eBay Daily Deal from Adorama is pretty good, if you want a small tablet that isn't the Nexus 7. $179.99 will get you the Garnet Red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and a matching case, normally a $220 package.

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[Rumor Stomp] This Is Not The Galaxy S IV [Updated]

Update: As we suspected, this really isn't official. In fact, it's a fan render that was published on The Verge's forums two and a half months ago. Mystery solved! (Thanks, c3vzn!)

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The closer spring gets, the more rumors we can expect to see about Samsung's next-Next Big Thing (TM). Today's alleged leak comes to us via Twitter, and let's not beat around the bush - this is almost certainly not the Galaxy S IV.

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