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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jdsingle76, May 7, 2014.

  1. wetbiker7

    wetbiker7 Extreme Android User

    OK. So it's actually been blocked on the stock ROM then and It needs that fix to unlock it. At least they've unlocked the option. That's a big plus.

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  2. Capn069

    Capn069 Well-Known Member

    I've been running the nd8 stock .tar. I rooted it and debloated with the .zip and I'm thoroughly impressed so far. Much less buggy than LS.
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  3. Kreatur3

    Kreatur3 Android Enthusiast

    I love the new stock Debloated. I'll be here for awhile. I like what wicked and Moar bring to the table but it's more than I need. Plus I prefer unthemed TW.
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  4. Capn069

    Capn069 Well-Known Member

    I made a backup of my stock debloated and flashed the newest wicked x 6.0. Its pretty much themed stock with a few extras and heavy theming. I use xposed anyway so I've changed a lot. Still a lot of blue but its pretty cool. I never thought I'd Knox up. Lol. :D
  5. PS4AndroidHacker

    PS4AndroidHacker Well-Known Member

    Just an update for everybody. A link was posted earlier showing ND8 is available from Virgin Mobile now. Not sure if its true but wanted to share and get opinions and let jdsingle and CNexus know. I had to request the desktop site on my phone. The first part says Android 4.3 but the rest says KitKat and ND8. If someone could let me know that would be great. http://www.samsung.com/us/support/faq/FAQ00055924/69439/SPH-L710RWBVMU
    EDIT: Its under Virgin Mobile all things root forum. Android 4.4.2 VM SPH-L710 thread.
  6. freesunshine

    freesunshine Well-Known Member

    Let me rephrase my question. Let's say one has MK3/MK5 FW (not knoxed up) running any 4.3 ROM and other one on ND8 FW running a same 4.3 ROM (I've noticed some of you are flashing back to wicked, MOAR, and etc.). Is there a noticeable performance difference, besides the looks?

    I don't get why would someone upgrade to ND8 only to be knoxed up if there isn't a significant difference in performance. :thinking: I mean this device runs pretty good as it is.
  7. jdsingle76

    jdsingle76 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    As far as appearance, not much difference. But there definitely is an increase in performance. 4.3 is as far as you're going to get without being Knox'd up. Embrace the change man, it's inevitable.
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  8. freesunshine

    freesunshine Well-Known Member

    Haha...Thanks JD! I actually don't mind the change but not if there isn't any difference. But now that I have some confirmation about the increase in performance, I welcome the change! :D
  9. wyelkins

    wyelkins Android Expert

    The main thing that I don't want to do is update to a radio that doesn't work as well since I will be stuck on it. I know there were some signal problems with ND8, from what I read earlier. I don't know if those have been corrected.

    The new radio ignores lower signal LTE, which would be a problem for me at home.
  10. wetbiker7

    wetbiker7 Extreme Android User

    It's inevitable, Mr Anderson. Lol :D
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  11. steelyus1

    steelyus1 Well-Known Member

    Just a FYI to anyone considering it,

    Using ND8 stock with Ktoonsez newest TW kernel, and it's rockin my world. Haven't tried the newest AOSP kernel yet.

    Thought I'd give it another try, since my phone didn't play well with the last KK MK5 setup.
  12. wetbiker7

    wetbiker7 Extreme Android User

    Oh what the hell!! I'm Knoxed up!! LMAO!!!!!!

    Looks like it WAS inevitable. :D

    I said what the heck and went for it. So far so good and the signal is great, Wy.

    Guys.... if I'm getting decent signal where I live, anyone who has a half decent signal should be OK.

    I bypassed all the rooting stuff and went ahead and flashed Wicked-X. I've been sitting on the fence long enough. I would think up several reasons why I shouldn't flash the update but the FLASHOHOLIC in me kept telling me to go for it....... so I did. :p :D

    So let the games begin! Time to set up Wicked-X and see what we're working with.

    *** Just a heads up***

    I tried flashing the newest Odin tar for Philz but I got an error 3 times in a row. Each time was with a new download too. Had to rule out corrupt DLs. I drpped back 1 build and it flashed with no problems. :)
  13. wyelkins

    wyelkins Android Expert

    Cool. Glad it is working great for you. From what I have read the signal problem only affects LTE switching when the LTE signal is weak. I don't think that selecting LTE manually even works in that case. I haven't tried it myself, but that is what I read and it would be a problem for me since I don't have Wifi at home and I try to use LTE as much as possible.

    Give it the ol Bakersfield test. If it works good, I might give it a shot.
  14. Kreatur3

    Kreatur3 Android Enthusiast

    Weird. I used odin to flash the latest Philz with no problems. First try.
  15. wyelkins

    wyelkins Android Expert

    Well, no big deal Biker, since you got Philz to flash you can just flash the newest one using the zip instead of Odin.
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  16. wetbiker7

    wetbiker7 Extreme Android User

    Exactly. I'm glad you mentioned that, WY. I just didn't want anyone else to trip out and panic if they couldn't get the newest Philz tar to flash.

    Another thing I want to mention. Guys, if you decide to go ahead with the update, make sure you have a good charge on your battery because it takes about 10 minutes for the KitKat image to flash. That is definitely one time that you don't want your battery to die. If you're flashing a new update like this and your battery dies, it can very easily result in a brick.

    So far Wicked-X is running smooth as can be. Signal is decent and the ROM is nice. I'm probably going to flash the newest KT kernel since it's said to work nicely. There's nothing wrong with the stock kernel. It's running smooth. The KT kernel just has more options. Since its available, I might as well give it a try. :thumbup:

    I also like the fact that I can flash all of my old Philz backups. :D:thumbup: The big test will be when I'm in the city. Hopefully I'll be able to pick 4G up easily. I'll let you guys know how it goes. :D


    I just wanted to add that there were 2 tars released on 5/14/14 but only 1 zip. 1 tar worked for me and the other didn't. According to the time stamp, one is 1 second newer than the other, LOL!!! Seeing as there is only 1 zip, the thing to do is exactly as Wy said, flash the zip file.

    Thanks again for mentioning that, Wy.
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  17. steelyus1

    steelyus1 Well-Known Member

    Biker, I'm testing wicked x and kt747 right now. Ktoonsez has it working with wicked and stock on my phone so far. :thumbup:
  18. codezer0

    codezer0 Android Expert

    Does ND8 include Knox? Or rather, does the ND8 rom put knox in your bootloader, or was that able to be removed like it was for 4.3?
  19. PS4AndroidHacker

    PS4AndroidHacker Well-Known Member

    It DOES include Knox. If you want the Official TW 4.4, there's no getting around Knox. Not this time. Samsung got smart and made it unable to be modified.
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  20. wetbiker7

    wetbiker7 Extreme Android User

    Yep. I'm running the KT kernel now.
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  21. Kreatur3

    Kreatur3 Android Enthusiast

    I've been running the kt kernel with cnexus version of the stock rom. Been running great. Add Xposed and I couldn't be happier.
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  22. unotlikeme

    unotlikeme Android Enthusiast

    Can I install kt on the stock.tar
  23. steelyus1

    steelyus1 Well-Known Member

    Don't know of you got your answer, but yes. I was running that set up.
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  24. Kreatur3

    Kreatur3 Android Enthusiast

    Sorry I'm tuning in late. Yes I am running the kt kernel as well. I'm currently on cnexus' stock rom but essentially the same thing. That kernel will work on any of the, I think 3 atm, kk TW roms.
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  25. PS4AndroidHacker

    PS4AndroidHacker Well-Known Member

    On a side note(and sorry for going off topic), with all this talk of KT kernel I may upgrade to ND8 and use KT for a while.

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