Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S 3 could arrive by May

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Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014While most of the newer devices have already received Android 4.4, owners of slightly older devices have kept waiting. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 3, that wait might not be much longer. A Samsung customer managed to get a hold of someone from tech support, who confirmed that Samsung is expecting to launch the Android 4.4 update on the Galaxy Note 2 somewhere in mid-April, and for the Galaxy S 3 by early May.

These time-frames are for the Korean variants of these devices, but devices in the rest of the world shouldn’t be that far behind.

Source: Daum.net
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Seven additional versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 added to list of devices that work with Chainfire’s root

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The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has already been rooted by Chainfire, and that was before the device was even launched. Well now it looks like seven more versions of the device have been added to that list, as announced by the developer today.

The versions included are as follows: SM-900H (International Exynos), SM-G900M (Middle and South America), SM-G900R4 (US Cellular), SM-G900T (T-Mobile US), SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS), SM-G900W8 (Canada) and SM-G900P (Sprint). To root the devices you’ll need to use the CF-Auto-Root tool, and as Chainfire noted on his Google+ post, rooting the device will break Knox warranty and increase the flash counter. Users may also have issues with Private mode.

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Samsung’s global launch of the Galaxy S 5 was very successful

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Samsung never seems to disappoint with sales. The company’s April 11 launch of the flagship Galaxy S 5 smartphone has reportedly surpassed sales of last year’s Galaxy S 4 by more than 30%. In fact, some European markets experience sales growth of more than double when comparing the GS5 to last year’s GS4. And that number was expected to go up significantly had retailers not run out of stock. Across Europe, lines were formed despite many believing that there was no true excitement for the Galaxy S 5.

So before you go knocking Samsung for not using metal, just remember that people will still buy anyways.

Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: GSMArena

Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active APKs leak, all 277 of them

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active is coming. In fact, it is coming to AT&T, Sprint, and likely others as a recent leaked suggests. As many of you know, the Active model for Samsung’s Galaxy S devices bring extra durability. Many people were unsure that this device would return in 2014 since the Galaxy S 5 is already an extremely durable device with a high waterproof rating. But now the Galaxy S 5 Active is almost confirmed thanks to @evleaks sharing its APKs.

There are 277 of them and just too many to go through each and every one. So if any catch your eye in the list above, let us know in the comments below! » Read the rest

Top Android lieutenant comes to Samsung’s defense in trial against Apple

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With the patent wars between Apple and Samsung raging on, an interesting person took the stand today. While the trial doesn’t involved Google, they got involved anyway, with the VP of engineering for Android taking the stand to aid Samsung.

In his testimony, Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the early days of Android, and how he worked 60 to 80 hour weeks. The point of him joining the battle was to show that many features in Samsung devices, including some that are on trial, were actually invented by Google and not Apple. This is all part of Samsung’s point that Apple is going after Samsung to indirectly affect Google. His testimony also was to talk to the jury about Android and how Google develops software to offer to hardware manufacturers, Samsung included.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit gets the teardown treatment

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Rounding out a trio of teardown’s by iFixit this week is an attempt to find out just what it inside the Samsung Gear Fit device. The team’s teardown revealed some tightly packed electronics inside the device along with some good news. Although it would take quite a bit of work, users could replace their own battery should the need arise. As iFixit discovered, the main body of the Gear Fit just pops out of the watch band, so we can expect to see aftermarket options start to appear to help people personalize their Gear fit. » Read the rest

Samsung releases Galaxy S 5 commercial showing off several device features

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Samsung Mobile’s YouTube channel has released a commercial for the Galaxy S 5 showing off some of the better features of the device. It’s not the most exciting TV spot Samsung has ever done, but you’ll get a look at the quick shutter speed on the camera, the faster download speeds (which probably refers to the missing download booster feature), and the water resistance of the device, showcasing how the device is perfect for almost everyone’s lifestyle.

Marketing is arguably Samsung’s greatest talent as a company, and this commercial solidifies that. It’s likely the first of many we’ll see for the S 5 in the coming months, so keep your eyes open.

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Samsung readying Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be globally launching today, but some of you may want to wait a tad longer on purchasing one. A Developer Edition of the Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been spotted on Samsung’s site and is listed as “Coming Soon!” The model number for this device, which comes in Charcoal Black only, is ET-G900VMKA and it (obviously) features everything that the regular GS5 has.

So what does the Developer Edition get you? Likely an unlocked bootloader. The cost off contract will presumably be over $600, so make sure you are expecting a rather hefty price.

Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab sales did not actually reach 2 million over six weeks in 2011

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Things can get pretty ugly when two giants go toe-to-toe in court. And that is where Samsung and Apple are these days. The latest punch comes from Apple in the direction of Samsung. It turns out that Samsung did not actually sell 2 million Galaxy Tab units six weeks in 2011 as Strategy Analytics had originally reported. And with this report came the big news that Apple’s tablet market share had fallen. But now it all looks like that was untrue.

An internal report brought forward in court reveals that Samsung actually sold 1 million Galaxy Tab units for all of 2011. The same document highlights Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets outselling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. And Apple dominated the market with 17.4 million iPads sold in 2011. Samsung misled just about everyone by reporting higher Galaxy Tab sales.

Via: Fortune