Compatibility fix comes in Galaxy Note 3 update for third-party accessories


The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.

Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.

Source: SamMobile

HTC M8 expected to be revealed in NY/London press event, black version of device appears online

M8 black

An HTC dual-press event is on schedule to happen on March 25 in New York and London— at the event(s), it is expected that the HTC M8, the highly anticipated successor to the HTC One, will be announced.

We’ve seen a bunch of leaks of the device’s body, but today we finally got to see the phone in black and with a case around it from @evleaks. It’s likely that the black model hits the market at the same time as the silver one we’ve been seeing around the web.

Source: @evleaks

Photo taken with Nokia X surfaces


The Nokia X is rumored to come with a 5-megapixel camera, however when it appeared on the CamSpeed database, the detected camera was 3MP. To help clear this confusion, a another picture was taken with the Nokia X (A110) and the EXIF data shows it’s a 5MP photo.

The EXIF shows that the picture was taken with flash and a fixed-focus camera with a resolution of 1,920 × 2,560 pixels (4.9 MP). Previous rumors about the Nokia X indicate that the device will sport a 4-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and has a Dual-SIM option. The device is expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which is set to take place on February 24 in Barcelona.

Source: EXIF
Via: GSMArena


Nokia MWC announcement image shows a pretty noticeable “X”

Nokia X MWC

Since the Nokia X has leaked so much and so often, I think Nokia is throwing subtlety out the window before it makes a big announcement. On Nokia’s conversations page telling users how they can watch their MWC announcements, they posted the image above. See how the negative space between the arrows looks like an X? It could just be a coincidence, of course, but it’s a pretty safe bet that this is alluding to the Nokia X.

This device has been one of the most hyped devices we’ve ever seen, especially considering it’s just a budget phone. That fun’s about to come to an end, though, as Nokia will very likely make it official within the next week. Hopefully they’ll have a few other Android devices in the pipeline for us after the X.

source: Nokia

Samsung may launch the Galaxy S5 with a lower price than previous Galaxy S phones


Premium smartphones typically come with a premium price tag. That’s been the norm for several years, with flagship devices costing upwards of $500 and $600 for unlocked models. The only manufacturer that seems to want to change that trend has been Motorola, offering some pretty great deals on unlocked Moto X phones, but no one else has followed suit. That may be changing when Samsung announces the Galaxy S5, according to a source close to development of the phone.

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Samsung releases a list of US devices and tablets that will receive the KitKat update


Samsung has just released a list of US devices that will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Unfortunately they did not specify which devices will be first, but all devices should get updated within the next few months.

The company will skip the 4.4 and 4.4.1 update for its devices and will jump directly to Android 4.4.2. The update will include minor fixes and improve the user experience by enhancing location settings, allowing users to choose the default texting app and much more.

Check out the full list of devices that will receive the update after the break: Read more

Cracked your screen on your HTC smartphone? HTC has your back with HTC Advantage


Remember that teaser Tweet HTC sent out last week about some sort of repair service? Well they finally explained what it was all about. They just launched HTC Advantage, which is for U.S. owners of the HTC One, HTC One Mini, HTC One Max, and we presume the newest flagship they will announce next month. It gives customers a little more than the traditional warranty coverages you will find from other Android manufacturers. With HTC Advantage, if you crack your screen within the first 6 months of ownership, HTC will replace it for free. One caveat is that this will only cover people who buy a phone from today (February 18, 2014) onward.

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ZTE plans to show off 6-inch Android smartphone and Firefox OS device at MWC


With companies announcing that they’re, well, going to be announcing stuff at other events being a common practice, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we see OEM’s announcing various things before Mobile World Congress next week. ZTE is no different. The company announced this morning that we’ll see the Grand Memo II LTE sporting a 6-inch screen and another smartphone called the Open C. That phone will run Firefox OS 1.3 A new version of its MiFavor UI was also mentioned and it will most likely debut on a few Android devices at MWC.

Not much to go on other than that. Regardless, we’ll know more next week so stay tuned!

source: Engadget

Photo snapped from the Galaxy S 5 confirms 16 MP camera


Famous leaker @evleaks released what appears to be a sample photo from the upcoming Samsung flagship. According to the Exif data from the photo, the resolution is 5312 x 2988 suggesting that the shooter will be in the 16MP (15.9MP to be exact) ballpark. The photo is a “test photo for AT&T.” What we also see from the Exif data is that the camera has an f/2.2 aperture which should help in taking better nighttime photos.

With Mobile World Congress just a week away, and Samsung’s own Unpacked 5 just six days away, we’ll most likely know for sure in just a short amount of time. We have the sample photo for you after the break.

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