I take it as nobody responded to my thread on the shiny new iPhone 5 from Apple that nobody here is interested in iPhone's ? I was expecting at least a couple of for's and againsts.
Maybe you are all Android fans then ?
Well , i am an Android fan myself and have been using Version 4.0 - Ice cream sandwich for the past three months which was the version installed on my Samsung Galaxy S3 when i bought it. I have been very pleased with it - both the phone itself and the operating system. I went for the S3 ,by the way because it has a large screen so it doubles up as a small tablet as well , saving having two devices - still small enough to carry around though.
Anyway , reading all the spectulation about the eagerly awaited next Android version 4.1 - Jellybean , and checking every few days for news of it's official release , i kept reading about the so called 'leaked' copies that have been used for testing the past few weeks.Of course, as Android is a free operating system anyway , nobody is worried about you installing any versions that are out there - including so called 'Custom ROM's' that enthusiasts develop themselves.
Anyway , the long and short of it is that i decided to have a play and load the latest 'leaked' and reportedly stable version of Jelly bean on to my phone. I used a freely available developer and enthusiasts tool called Odin to update the ROM on my phone. This tool is part of the so called 'Galaxy S3 Toolbox' whuch can do other stuff as well which i would be reluctant to try on my nice shiny almost new phone i have to say. There was always a small risk it could all go horribly wrong of course , but i am glad i took the bold move of having a go and trying something a little potentially dangerous.
I now have the very latest official version of Android installed and fully working on my phone and so far have only good things to say about it. It does seem to run a bit quicker and the phone definately powers up from cold a lot quicker. The update also preserved all my installed data and worked as an upgrade as it would if you received the update over-the-air as most users would. I am still finding out the changes that have been made as i use it.
Of course - when a general release is made available to the masses , i can simply download the ROM file to my computer again and upgrade what i have to the finished product , although, as i have said, i have found no bugs or issues al all with the build i have. This build may of course turn out to be the one they release as the final version anyway if no issues are found.
Anyway , just though i would share that with you on here , in case anyone was interested.
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