Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) now getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat officially

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The Android 4.4.2 update for the global Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaked over the weekend, which apparently was a sign that the official update was right around the corner. Just like that, the official update is now rolling.

This is the Snapdragon version of the device and the build number is N9005XXUENA6. So far, it has only hit devices in Poland via Kies, but we imagine it will hit other regions in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully over-the-air as well. We can only assume the Galaxy S 4 won’t be far behind. Hit the break for the changelog.

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Samsung may unveil Galaxy S 5 at London event in mid-March

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Samsung’s next flagship, presumably the Galaxy S 5, could be revealed at an event held in London in mid-March. According to Italian journalist Flavio, a reliable source has said that Samsung is holding a “global launch (S5?) event” in two months. This makes sense as the company chose to launch the GS4 in New York City last year. It seems as if they want to separate themselves from Mobile World Congress’ crowded field.

As for the device’s specifications, we have heard that it could feature iris scanning technology and a 2K display. Samsung has said it wants to return to the same approach it took with the Galaxy S III. When the Galaxy S 4 was released, many felt it was too similar to its predecessor. Look for the Galaxy S 5 to feature a new design, potentially a metal body. Also, it will launch beside the next Galaxy Gear smart watch. Read more

Image of Nokia Normandy prototype leaks, not much to see

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We do know that Nokia has been working on a forked Android device codenamed Normandy. We do know that it sports many colors just as all of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices do. We do (sort of) know what the user interface looks like. We even know some specs thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark leak.  And now we know what the engineering prototype looks like. The image above was tweeted by @seamissu earlier today and @evleaks was kind enough to retweet it, likely meaning that this is valid.

If Nokia releases the budget-friendly Normandy, will you be interested? Read more

Verizon’s DROID Ultra Limited Edition surfaces (again)

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This afternoon, @evleaks tweeted an image of what is Motorola’s DROID Ultra with a different look. The image above shows the Ultra with a red stripe going down the center and the capacitive buttons lit red. This is the same device that leaked on eBay in September@evleaks asks his followers if they remember this “Employee Edition” of the device. What could it mean? Well, perhaps Verizon is considering releasing this Limited Edition model to the general public. Read more

T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 available for $0 down, $16.50 per month for 24 months (or $396 at full retail)

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When T-Mobile’s Nexus 5 launched in November, it was available for $17 per month (for 24 months) with $41.99 up front. That meant the phone cost $450. But now, T-Mobile has dropped the price. If you head over to the carrier’s site, the Nexus 5 is available for no down payment and just $16.50 per month for two years. This means that the full retail price has dropped to $396. While it is not the same price that the Play Store is selling it for, it isn’t bad considering the cost is spread out.

Now go take advantage of Uncarrier 4.0’s incentives and hit the source link below to get your Nexus 5 with T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile

Android distribution numbers show Jelly Bean, KitKat rise as Gingerbread slowly fades

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Compared to last month’s numbers, Android’s distribution has not changed too much. Android 4.4 KitKat is slowly rising while 4.1.x Jelly Bean has almost reached 60%. Ice Cream Sandwich, which was Android’s last major redesign, has dropped a few ticks. But the real annoyance comes from Gingerbread. It is still lingering around. It dropped about 3% since last month — nothing too amazing. It’s just good to see the numbers shift towards Jelly Bean and KitKat.

Source: Android Developers

Droid Zap application from Motorola receives Google-styled interface update

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Droid Zap, Motorola’s sharing application, received a new update which replaces the user interface with a Google-styled one, much like the card-layout on popular apps such as Google+ and YouTube.

Though the update doesn’t bring any new functionality, it certainly looks a lot better and will probably be a lot easier to use. A familiar sidebar is also included which features settings within the app. The two-finger swipe up gesture is still used to share content.

While only owners of the most recent DROID line (Ultra, Mini, Maxx) can send files using the app, anyone using an Android device can receive files with Droid Zap.

Check out the app for yourself by hitting the link to it in the Play Store after the break. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 now available from T-Mobile

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Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?

Source: T-Mobile

Meizu MX3 to run Ubuntu as well as Android 4.2.2

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Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.

How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.  

The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.

Source: Phone Arena

AT&T says “Sponsored Data” does not violate FCC Net neutrality rules

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On Tuesday, AT&T announced their Sponsored Data program. It allows companies to pay for your data use when using their services; therefore, it will not count against your data limit. But many are taking issue with the program’s potential violation of the FCC’s Net neutrality rules. These people believe that it will raise costs for companies, thus costing consumers more as well. Also, it puts the control into the content creator’s hands. Read more