Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

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An update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has started to roll out to owners of the devices. The update that is rolling out is for the WiFi-only version although updates for the 3G and 4G LTE models should be following soon. Like other devices, the update primarily brings the improvements that are part of Android 4.4.2 to the devices and is light on Samsung specific updates. One item we are waiting to get reports about is whether Samsung included their Magazine UX. The Magazine UX was introduced this year when Samsung rolled out some newer tablet devices, although Samsung has since backed off that UX and indicated it will work more closely with Google on being more consistent with Android design concepts.

If you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), you can check for the update by going to Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software updates. It may be a few days before it shows up for your device though.

source: SamMobile

T-Mobile reduces LTE tablet pricing with Operation Tablet Freedom, free data too

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T-Mobile is in the middle of a three day onslaught of big announcements that are likely to stir the pot. They are so good at it. Yesterday brought the Simple Starter Plan, which is perfect for those new to smartphones. Today, day 2, brings something entirely different….Operation Tablet Freedom. This program aims at getting you a tablet that goes “beyond the Wi-Fi zone.”

Traditionally, tablets with cellular connectivity are a lot more money than Wi-Fi-only versions, plus you have the added monthly cost for data. T-Mobile is eliminating both with Operation Tablet Freedom.

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Specs confirmed for upcoming Samsung (SM-T800) AMOLED tablet

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Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 developer tablet will be available later this month

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Qualcomm has unveiled their Snapdragon 805 developer tablet, and it’s probably some of the most advanced hardware ever put in an Android tablet. The tablet, which runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 805 processor on board, which looks to be a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz. You’ll also get 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 2560 x 1440 display, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera, and a slew of standard radios and ports, including 802.11ac WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, and a USB port.  » Read the rest

Amazon tablet app updated with Fresh grocery delivery service and several other features

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Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.

You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before. » Read the rest

Verizon now offering 1GB of extra data for tablet customers on More Everything

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After yesterday’s move to match AT&T’s 10GB family plan, Verizon has one more trick up its sleeve. Customers who activate a tablet on the “More Everything” plan will get an additional 1GB of data. The 1GB of data is shareable across all your devices and the monthly fee of $10 per tablet will remain the same. This doesn’t appear to be a short term offer since no end date is listed.

“We’re always looking at the market and our customers and creating compelling offers we think they will appreciate,” Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis told FierceWireless. “In this case, more and more people are using tablets (of all shapes and sizes) and adding 1 GB of shareable data to the plan helps them get even more value and enjoyment from that device (and others…).”

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Lenovo releasing four new A-series tablets

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Lenovo has announced four new tablets that will be released during the second quarter of 2014. Employing a strategy similar to Samsung, Lenovo’s tablets will come in a variety of sizes ranging from 7-inch devices up to 10-inch devices. Although all of them will come equipped with quad-core processors, Lenovo is trying to make each version slightly different in an attempt to appeal to different consumer demographics. Lenovo VP and head of the mobile business unit, Shao Tao, says the new “tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities.” The tablets include:

  • A7-30, a 7-inch tablet packed with Dolby-enhanced dual-front speakers designed for music and multimedia enjoyment
  • A7-50, another 7-inch tablet, but aimed more at readers with an HD display providing a sharper viewing experience, it will also come with 3G connectivity as an option, prices will start at £99.99 ($167 USD)
  • A8-50, an 8-inch tablet with an HD display and Dolby audio, this model will come in a range of bold colors, though Lenovo has not specified what they will be, prices will start at £139.99 ($233 USD)
  • A10-70, a 10.1-inch tablet with an HD display, especially suited for those who enjoy watching movies on their tablet, prices will start at £169.99 ($283 USD).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 series is official

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Each year, Samsung introduces a new line of Galaxy Tabs, and 2014 is no exception. They just introduced the Galaxy Tab4 line with little fanfare, probably because they aren’t the most exciting tabs in the world. Just like the Tab3 series, they will offer three sizes: 7-inches (pictured above), 8-inches, and 10.1-inches and are clearly positioned in the mid-range tier.

The specs are primarily the same on all of them except for the storage options and battery sizes. All will sport 1280 x 720 LCD displays, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, microSD for up to an additional 64GB of storage, 3MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 10.1 and 8.0 version will offer 16GB for internal storage, but the 7.0 version will be offered in both 8GB and 16GB varieties. As to batteries, the 10.0 has 6,800mAh, the 8.0 has 4,450mAh, and the presser didn’t specify the 7.0 version. They will offer Wi-Fi versions as well as 3G/LTE versions for all models.

No word on availability or pricing, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more. We can’t imagine pricing will be any higher than the current Tab3 line. We have pictures of the 8.0 and 10.1 after the break.

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Verizon variant of the Galaxy Tab 4 arrives at the FCC

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samsung_galaxy_tab_4_10.1_leakPictures leaked yesterday of the Galaxy Tab 4, and it looks like the Verizon variant has made its way to the FCC. It sports the model number of SM-T537V and has been certified on LTE bands 4 and 13. Dimension show it as being 10.1 inches. Although there isn’t official information regarding specs of the device, it’s been rumored to have some that aren’t really going to wow anyone.

Rumors have the display pegged at a 1280×800 resolution and a Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. It will have 1 to 1.5 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage — of course a chunk of that won’t be usable. It will come with a 6,800 mAh battery and will have a rear camera (probably around 3MP). It will come with Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

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