T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 getting Galaxy S 5 features in latest update, including Kids Mode and Download Booster

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 is getting a small update that patches in a few really useful features from the new Galaxy S 5. The update includes Download Booster, the controversial feature that allows users to download files over both WiFi and 3G/4G simultaneously, and Kids Mode, which sets up a safe environment for kids to play around with on a device. It’s pretty crazy that T-Mobile and Samsung have backported Download Booster, a Galaxy S 5 feature, to the Note 3, when other carrier-branded Galaxy S 5s still don’t have Download Booster. Way to go, T-Mobile.

T-Mobile doesn’t have a changelog up for the update just yet, but keep checking your notifications and let us know if you see anything.

source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen

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Samsung promised to update the original Galaxy Gear to Tizen to bring it in line with the Gear 2, and it looks like the update is finally ready. The 2.2.0 version update will completely replace Android with Samsung’s in-house OS, Tizen, and bring a few extra features like better battery life and the ability to store music on the Gear locally. Most features on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo that didn’t need specialized hardware (like the heart rate monitor) have been backported to the Galaxy Gear. » Read the rest

Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany

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If you’re still using an original Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, don’t worry, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about you. The original Note 10.1, the GT-N8000, is starting to see prompts for an update to Android 4.4.2 in Germany, both OTA and through Samsung Kies.

The update brings the device up to par with other Samsung devices on KitKat, bringing better performance and battery life, some redesigned interface elements (think white status bar icons) and wireless printing support, plus everything that’s native to KitKat.

Samsung is likely using Germany to test out the update at first, so we’ll probably see it pushed out to the rest of the world pretty soon.

source: SamMobile

Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active

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Galaxy S4 Active (international version) owners will be receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their devices this week after Samsung began rolling out the update.

The software version, I9295XXUCNE5, will include faster performance, the white status bar icons, improved battery life, full-screen album art while playing music, a camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing support, ability to set default messaging/launcher apps and more.

The update is out in the Netherlands now, and expect it to come to other counties gradually. Give it a week or two before worrying about getting the update. If you want to give it a shot, you can try to manually get the update by going to Settings >> General >> About phone >> Software updates menu, or go through Kies.

Source: SamMobile

Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6

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HTC will come through with its promise of 2 years of support to One (M7) owners this week — the device will be updated to Sense 6 this week.

Unlocked and developer editions of the device were updated last week, and the T-Mobile variant followed shortly after. It appears that Verizon is preparing to send out the update this week.

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Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices

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If you are not an owner of this year’s Galaxy S 5 or even last year’s Galaxy S 4, just know that Samsung does still care about you. While an alleged schedule claims that the aforementioned devices are currently being tested for Android 4.4.3, a multitude of Samsung handsets are nearing an update to Android 4.4.2.

All of the devices prepping for Android 4.4.2 are pegged for the update in either May or June. Some have already gotten the update and others are waiting in the testing stage. Only one device, the Galaxy S III, does not have an estimated time of arrival. This is not the LTE variant, though.

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Original HTC One (M7) Developer Edition/unlocked models receiving update

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Good news for HTC One (M7) owners — you might have thought with the release of the M8, HTC forgot about you. But now we’re receiving news that the developer edition and unlocked models of the phone are receiving a pretty large update (667 MB), including Sense 6.

However, because of the device’s hardware limitations, motion gestures and the advanced DuoCamera effects like UFocus, Foregrounder, Seasons and Dimensions Plus are not included in the update. This was expected though, because the M7 only has a single camera on the back, and does not feature a depth sensor like the M8 currently does.

Let us know if you receive an update and how it goes.

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Nexus devices to receive Android 4.4.3 on May 23

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Next Friday, a slew of Nexus devices could be getting a software update. The next version of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, will allegedly be pushed to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 on May 23. While this update will likely bring minor changes, Google is bound to be cooking something for I/O next month. So we will just have to wait and see.

Be sure to let us know next week if you get the update.

Source: Android Geeks

‘MapMyFitness’ updated with new UI, expanded features

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The ‘MapMyFitness’ app in Google Play was updated to version 3.0 just a few days ago, and boy does it look great.

Not only was there a complete UI overhaul, but several functions have been expanded as well.

There’s a new workout recording experience, a slide-out menu (which we’ve all begun to get very familiar with), new friending/social capabilities, new mobile graphs for post-workout use, and new MVP features including mobile coaching, custom spits, heart rate graphs, leaderboard filtering and live tracking.

The app is free, but the MVP advanced features will come at a price.  MVP pricing costs $29.99 annually or $5.99 monthly. All users will be able to take advantage of a free two week trial for the MVP features, and Galaxy S5 owners will get 6 months free.

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