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By djrbliss, Recognized Developer on 1st May 2013, 08:49 PM
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Some of you may have seen a picture I posted earlier. In case you missed it:
https://twitter.com/djrbliss/status/329617760252481537

I thought I would answer some of the more common questions I've been receiving.

Is that the AT&T-branded Galaxy S4?
Yes. It wouldn't be very interesting otherwise.

Does this allow you to run custom kernels and recoveries?
Yes.

When will this be released?
I will not be publishing anything at least until the Verizon-branded Galaxy S4 begins shipping (late May).

Does that mean it will work on the Verizon model?
It is highly likely this will also work on the Verizon model, but since I don't have one I'm unable to test at this time.

Will bothering me result in an early release?
No.

Is this the result of a leak?
No. I would not associate myself with the publication of confidential materials that are proprietary to these companies, regardless of the fact that I disagree with their policies on device openness. Plus, where's the fun in that?

What about the bounty?
Feel free to wait until I publish and decide for yourself if it meets your criteria. As always, I prefer any donations go to a reputable charity organization instead of me, but I won't refuse if you insist on throwing money at my PayPal (http://goo.gl/zBGb0).

Is it safe to install OTA updates?
If you are interested in taking advantage of this release, it is recommended that you avoid installing OTA updates until it is published. Please be aware that refraining from installing updates may prevent you from receiving security and stability fixes for your device, and consider whether this is a risk you are willing to accept.

What's your favorite color?
Blue.
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1st May 2013, 08:50 PM |#2  
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Nice work!!!!!!
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thank you 1 billion times over, now at the end of the month i can hopefully flash the stock system and fix my device


will donate once released later this month
1st May 2013, 08:55 PM |#4  
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Awesome!!!! Just got my S4 Today.
1st May 2013, 08:58 PM |#5  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by djrbliss

Some of you may have seen a picture I posted earlier. In case you missed it:
https://twitter.com/djrbliss/status/329617760252481537

I thought I would answer some of the more common questions I've been receiving.

Is that the AT&T-branded Galaxy S4?
Yes. It wouldn't be very interesting otherwise.

Does this allow you to run custom kernels and recoveries?
Yes.

When will this be released?
I will not be publishing anything at least until the Verizon-branded Galaxy S4 begins shipping (late May).

Does that mean it will work on the Verizon model?
It is highly likely this will also work on the Verizon model, but since I don't have one I'm unable to test at this time.

Will bothering me result in an early release?
No.

Is this the result of a leak?
No. I would not associate myself with the publication of confidential materials that are proprietary to these companies, regardless of the fact that I disagree with their policies on device openness. Plus, where's the fun in that?

What about the bounty?
Feel free to wait until I publish and decide for yourself if it meets your criteria. As always, I prefer any donations go to a reputable charity organization instead of me, but I won't refuse if you insist on throwing money at my PayPal (http://goo.gl/zBGb0).

Is it safe to install OTA updates?
If you are interested in taking advantage of this release, it is recommended that you avoid installing OTA updates until it is published. Please be aware that refraining from installing updates may prevent you from receiving security and stability fixes for your device, and consider whether this is a risk you are willing to accept.

What's your favorite color?
Blue.

Thanks from all the current and future S4 owners, of which I am not one. But I know a gift horse when I see one.
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1st May 2013, 09:00 PM |#6  
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Thanks man. This is great news!

I'm just curious as to how many devices this has been tested on?

Sent from my HTC Vivid.
1st May 2013, 09:05 PM |#7  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by djrbliss

Some of you may have seen a picture I posted earlier. In case you missed it:
https://twitter.com/djrbliss/status/329617760252481537

I thought I would answer some of the more common questions I've been receiving.

Is that the AT&T-branded Galaxy S4?
Yes. It wouldn't be very interesting otherwise.

Does this allow you to run custom kernels and recoveries?
Yes.

When will this be released?
I will not be publishing anything at least until the Verizon-branded Galaxy S4 begins shipping (late May).

Does that mean it will work on the Verizon model?
It is highly likely this will also work on the Verizon model, but since I don't have one I'm unable to test at this time.

Will bothering me result in an early release?
No.

Is this the result of a leak?
No. I would not associate myself with the publication of confidential materials that are proprietary to these companies, regardless of the fact that I disagree with their policies on device openness. Plus, where's the fun in that?

What about the bounty?
Feel free to wait until I publish and decide for yourself if it meets your criteria. As always, I prefer any donations go to a reputable charity organization instead of me, but I won't refuse if you insist on throwing money at my PayPal (http://goo.gl/zBGb0).

Is it safe to install OTA updates?
If you are interested in taking advantage of this release, it is recommended that you avoid installing OTA updates until it is published. Please be aware that refraining from installing updates may prevent you from receiving security and stability fixes for your device, and consider whether this is a risk you are willing to accept.

What's your favorite color?
Blue.

That's extremely good news. Thank you very much for your work! Just picked up my AT&T GS4 today...

I of course respect your wishes to release/share (or not) at your own schedule, it is your prerogative; but may I ask, why the wait for the Verizon model? To be clear, I'm not in any hurry, I'm just curious...

Also, any technical updates on how you made this possible? (other than obviously a good knowledge of ARM and reverse engineering)
1st May 2013, 09:06 PM |#8  
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Thank you so much!! I will be getting an S4 today because of this.
1st May 2013, 09:07 PM |#9  
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BLUE IS MY FAVORITE TOO!!

Seriously though, GREAT JOB!!
1st May 2013, 09:10 PM |#10  
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Wow 10/10. Great job.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda premium
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