Google will pay some of Samsung’s costs from Apple lawsuit in addition to joining defense

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It is safe to assume that Google’s best interest is to assist partners when they head into court, especially against Apple. That is exactly what the company is going to do with Apple going after Samsung. Not only will Google be defending Samsung and taking some blame, but Google is going to cover some of Samsung’s costs in the event Apple wins. » Read the rest

Samsung SM-G906K appears in Indian shipping database, presumably belongs to Project KQ

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Earlier today, a Samsung device under the codename Project KQ surfaced. It features specifications that would align itself with the long-rumored premium Galaxy S smartphone. Now, on the Zauba shipping database in India, a corresponding Samsung model number has appeared.

The Project KQ model number is believed to be SM-G900. The model number on Zauba is SM-G906K. The original model number is probably the basis for different variants of the device; therefore, the SM-G906K may have slightly altered specifications for some regions or different radios for certain carriers. With jaw-dropping specifications, Samsung may have another grand slam on its hands.

Source: Zauba
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Samsung showcases Galaxy S 5 water and dust resistant features in new commercial

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Everyone wishes their smartphone could be just a little bit more durable. So Samsung is targeting those people with its latest Galaxy S 5 commercial. The commercial, which comes in at just under one minute, takes the Galaxy S 5 through a few situations involving children and the device’s water and dust resistant features. Everything from a water gun fight to some flour smothering the phone to a baby pouring his drink onto the display is included. In all, it proves just how durable the Galaxy S 5 is.

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Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets Android 4.4 KitKat

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At the time of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo launch, the device did not come with Android 4.4 KitKat, which was a little disappointing for some users. Not only that, but because of the fact that the device was not a flagship, users were worried it wouldn’t get the Android 4.4 update for a while. Well, it seems that users didn’t need to fear after all, as Samsung has started pushing out the update.

So far the update is only being pushed out in Korea, but it should be available in other countries soon. The Android 4.4 KitKat update will feature many of the same upgrades that were present on the Galaxy Note 3, including white status bar icons, improved battery life, full screen album art, and so on.

Source: SamMobile

Samsung opens new Innovation Museum

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In an apparent effort to prop up its image as an innovator, and possibly get youth exposed to Samsung via school field trips, the company has opened the Samsung Innovation Museum at its Digital City campus in Suwon, South Korea. Samsung recently opened the doors for a quick preview of the new facility that revealed the museum, while perhaps not worthy of a trip in and of itself, is a worthwhile stop for anyone who is in the area. According to Samsung the museum gives the public a chance “to see where we’ve come from.” » Read the rest

Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them [Updated]

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All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.

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MetroPCS has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 online and in-store starting today

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Here is an intriguing option for MetroPCS customers. Today, the carrier has announced it will begin selling the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The device does carry a rather hefty price tag, though, when buying through MetroPCS. To go with plans starting at $40, MetroPCS is selling the Galaxy S 5 for $649 plus tax. But then again, it does cost that much just about everywhere else without a two-year contract. » Read the rest

HTC hires former marketing head at Samsung to be an adviser

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Poaching is something very common in the mobile industry. A company comes along and plucks an executive out of another company to work for them. It happened to Android’s VP of product development, Hugo Barra, when Xiaomi swooped in and stole him from Google. Now, it looks like HTC is doing the poaching to Android’s biggest force.

HTC has hired Paul Golden, Samsung’s former head of marketing. His role will be as an adviser to Cher Wang, the chairman. Golden will not be a full-time employee just yet. For now, he is being contracted for three months of work. What marketing can be done in three months is beyond me, but that is why it is likely Golden’s stay gets extended for a longer period of time.

Source: Bloomberg

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