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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ironass View Post
Home screen with Nova Launcher, (APEX doesn't work on 4.3 yet and the basic launcher was not enough for me).
Murphy's Law! Within an hour or two of me writing that, APEX Launcher has been updated in the Play Store to accommodate Android 4.3.

Originally Posted by Rudedawg View Post
Wow a people app. Smells like windows 8.
Google have never been shy about the fact that they will take ideas from other platforms if they seem good.

Originally Posted by Hawker View Post
Having used RootBox on the S2 for quite some time, this 4.3 ROM doesn't seem as feature packed.
As I mentioned in post #1...

Originally Posted by ironass View Post
in the words of the old proverb, "Be careful what you wish for!".

The pure Android does not come without its, for some, drawbacks. Gone is the Samsung UI. The camera is perhaps a little basic. Also be prepared to lose some of the standard S4 features such as Smart Stay, Smart Scroll, Motion, Air View, S Voice, etc:
It's difficult to know whether to call this a ROM or firmware inasmuch as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Special Edition, i9505G, is essentially the stock i9505 with just the Android firmware on it. DjeMBeY has just ported that firmware leak, as is, and deodexed it and removed the AT&T modem in order to support LTE.

Basically, this is the Android 4.3 that Google sends to carriers for them to add their features/bloatware. It is a lot lighter/smaller than the stock, unmodified, Samsung firmware, (by almost 1GB), and if nothing else, goes to show the time, effort and resources that Samsung expend on taking pure Android and adapting/improving it for the S4 and goes a long way to explaining why carriers cannot bring out a new firmware straight after Google announce a new Android version.

In its defence, the SE firmware is fast and slick but because it is designed as the base version for all phones, it lacks the finesse of the Samsung firmware which, when all said and done, adds some very nice touches and flourishes to stock Android firmware and is the reason that my dalliances with Google Special Edition, Android 4.3, tend to be limited.

On the plus side, I did not spend roughly US$715 inc: tax, (466/542), on the SE, (I'm still trying to work out why they just didn't issue the SE firmware but, there again, they wouldn't be able to sell yet another S4 variant), and can hop quite happily in the space of a few minutes between the i9505 and the i9505G.

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