Samsung to update Galaxy S 5 to Android 4.4.3 this month, Galaxy S 4 next month

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Last month, Samsung was in the ‘integrating’ phase of pushing Android 4.4.3 to the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 4. An alleged status report from June 10 shows that testing has been completed for the Galaxy S 5. The Galaxy S 4, though, is still in the ‘final testing’ phase. For this year’s Samsung flagship, the Android 4.4.3 update is expected to arrive sometime this month. Last year’s device is slated to get the latest version of Android in July.

Being that this is just an alleged status report, do not hold anything to it. Also, carriers in the United States tend to take a bit longer to push these updates to their devices. So sit tight and enjoy the weather.

Source: Android Geeks

Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity

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Sprint owners of the HTC One (M8), head over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is currently pushing an update the HTC’s 2014 flagship. The update improves upon network connectivity, for both voice and data connections. The software version is 1.54.651.10 and Sprint says the update is being deployed in batches. In other words, this is another staged rollout.

Source: Sprint

Samsung Galaxy F in Perfect Golden color leaks

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The newest leak of Samsung’s rumored Galaxy F shows the top half of a press render of the device in a “Perfect Golden” color. The wallpaper of the device matches what we’ve previously seen, and the back of the device definitely looks like brushed metal, which actually looks pretty similar to the HTC One. Aside from that, we can see the heart rate monitor is still present next to the camera flash.

Still no word on exactly when we’re going to see this device become official, but we can enjoy the steady stream of leaks until then.

source: evleaks

LG may launch a G3 with Snapdragon 805 CPU next month

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LG’s 2014 flagship, the G3, hasn’t been released outside of South Korea yet, but that’s not stopping LG from planning what’s next in the pipeline. The latest rumors point towards LG releasing a new version of the G3 just months after the original was announced. This new version of the G3 looks like it will feature an upgraded Snapdragon 805 CPU and faster modem that would allow it to reach 225 mbps download speeds on compatible networks. Aside from those two hardware improvements, all of the other specs seem to be identical. » Read the rest

ARCHOS announces the 50c Oxygen and 50b Oxygen smartphones

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Today ARCHOS announced two new smartphones, including the ARCHOS 50c Oxygen packing a Mediatek Octa-Core processor for only £179 ($303 USD). In addition to the 1.7GHz processor, buyers also get dual-sim capability. Outside of those specs, the 50c Oxygen is more in line with the budget pricing. It packs a 5-inch IPS HD screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage expandable with an additional 64GB via microSD. It also comes with an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. » Read the rest

OnePlus One shipments resume after software issues are solved

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The software issues that delayed the OnePlus One from shipping have been resolved. The company delayed shipping its first flagship smartphone since there was a flaw within the Open SSL encryption protocol. This was obviously an issue that had to be fixed to ensure there would be no security vulnerabilities. OnePlus has fixed the issue and is ready to resume fulfilling orders.

People who received an invite and placed an order should start receiving their OnePlus One over the course of the next few weeks.

Galaxy Note 4 with curved glass and Gear Glass on tap for IFA 2014

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This certainly can’t be filed into the shocking news of the day. The Korea Times is reporting that the Galaxy Note 4 will be unveiled at IFA 2014, which is when Samsung unveils the new Note smartphone each and every year. Just like last year, Samsung will offer a version with a curved display for certain markets. However, last year’s Galaxy Round didn’t feature the S Pen, but it’s not clear if this year’s variant will.

The fact that the curved version will be limited isn’t a surprise, but I have to ask why LG is able to offer the G Flex in more areas?

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Galaxy F gets a picture of it sitting next to the Galaxy S 5, specs get leaked

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Samsung-Galaxy-F-Prime-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-imageIf you were looking for a chance at seeing the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S 5 Prime, Galaxy F, next to the current Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S 5, you’re in luck. The PhoneArena same tipster that released photos of the Galaxy F in the wild snagged a shot of both devices sitting right next to each other.

If this is the real deal, you’ll notice that the Galaxy F comes with some pretty thin bezels. Add the dust and water resistance of the S5 with the thin bezels and metal body, you’ll have yourself a pretty robust device. Of course that all depends on the specs. Luckily, evleaks was able to deliver in that department. » Read the rest

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G now available to purchase in the U.S.

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We had a chance to see the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G in action at CES, and today it becomes the first Huawei phone to be available for purchase in the U.S. If you’re looking for a large and in charge phone, this one might be for you. This 6.1-inch (1280 x 720) beast is priced at $299 unlocked and contract free and can only be purchased directly from Huawei.

Other specs include a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, an Adreno 305 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64GB of storage, 13MP rear camera BSI with 2.0 aperture (1080p video capture), 5MP front-facing camera, 3,900mAh battery, LTE, GSM, UMTS, HTPA+, Gorilla Glass 3, and Android 4.3. It has one of the largest screen-to-body ratios (79%) and is only 9.5mm thick.

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Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon

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It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7

You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.

Source: Verizon Wireless