The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.
Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.
For all its success in mastering the smartphone market around the world, at times Samsung seems to think it needs to emulate Apple’s walled garden approach toward their customers. The appearance of Samsung engaging in this type of behavior can create some publicity problems for the company as has occurred over the past few days with regard to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device. As previously reported, when the Android 4.4 KitKat update started to rollout to end users, reports quickly surfaced that compatibility with third-party accessories was broken. Samsung issued a statement that basically told consumers they should only use genuine Samsung accessories. Apparently Samsung realized that didn’t sit too well with the market as Samsung has now reversed course. Read more
Who knew Matt Lauer and the people over at The Today Show could bring such an awesome deal back. Over on the morning show’s site, they have a way for people to purchase the Moto X with $150 off the full retail price through Moto Maker. But that $150 off code isn’t all they are offering. If you prefer to go on-contract, you get a 50% off coupon meaning that the Sprint or AT&T model will cost $99 and the Verizon model $29.99.
The deals don’t stop here. Accessories also get a 50% off dip. To avoid the massive rush that occurred the last time around, a form is required to receive a code. Unfortunately, bamboo backs are not eligible. Hit the break for instructions. Read more
Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.
Source: Best Buy
A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.
Source: ET News
Via: G 4 Games
Well here’s an interesting item for the gadget freak. This rear view mirror is running Android and has a 5-inch display along with a camera for video recording. It looks pretty slick, but there are a couple of issues. First, it only connects via Wi-Fi, so that would mean that it would have to tether to your phone while on the go. Next, and probably not a big deal, is that it’s running Android 4.0 along with a custom UI called CubiDroid. I say not a big deal, and if the Play Store is included, it won’t be. The problem is that It’s not clear if it’s included. They do mention an app store with over 700,000 apps, so I can only assume it is, but you know how that goes. It’s also mentioned that it comes with navigation software, but it doesn’t mention Google Maps.
The 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display has a resolution of 800 x 480, and it has a 1,2 GHz single-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64GB of storage, FM transmitter, a camera that records video at 720p, and a 650mAh battery.The battery probably won’t last too long, but they do include a car charger. Last but not, least there is an optional Bluetooth headset ($15). The rear view mirror is priced at $226 at Pentagadget or $250 on eBay. More pics after the break.
Planning on waiting until Black Friday to binge-spend on all those new electronics coming out?
You may want to drop some bills a bit early this year, as Motorola just started a 30%-off accessory sale including docks, speakers, cases and more. Most of these accessories are compatible with the Moto X or any of the new DROID phones.
SOL Republic headphones only have slight discounts on them, but the 30%-off items include car chargers, Bluetooth speakers, headsets, cases, docks, etc.
Here are just a few to check out:
- Moto X Griffin PowerDock ($27.97)
- Moto X card dock by Griffin ($27.97)
- DROID ULTRA and MAXX PowerDock by Griffin ($27.99)
- ULTRA and MAXX car dock by Griffin ($27.97)
- Moto S11-HD Headphones ($69.99)
- Moto S11-Flex HD Headphones ($90.99)
You only have a week or so to get on this deal, as the offer expires on November 27. (Expect another sale from Motorola on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, though…)
It appears that Mad Catz, the manufacturer of quite a number of not-so-cheap gaming companions like mice, controllers, games and even apparel, have just announced they’ve heard the vast cries for a more Android centric gaming keyboard. That’s right, the company is introducing their latest product, the S.T.R.I.K.E. The keyboard is an NFC-enabled device with bluetooth capabilities solely focused on Android gaming. Remember the M.O.J.O. console from E3? Yeah, that’s them. The team is dubbing this as “GameSmart” and will be showing off their implementation of micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys which provide precision actuation and tactile responses.
In addition, there’s an optical finger navigational mouse sensor with dedicated hardware buttons for a better gaming experience on Android. Furthermore, the company is clearly pushing the aesthetics department a bit with their futuristic Bill & Ted excellent design. Overall, we think they look pretty innovative. The company is offering the option of three different colors for now. You’ve got the choice of gloss red, black or white. Check out the rest of the images below as well as the presser and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Samsung may be planning on forcing consumers to only use officially licensed Samsung products with their Samsung devices in the future, according to a recent rumor. Things like batteries, chargers, and likely S-View cases would need to be authorized with an ID chip that only Samsung would manufacture, completely cutting out most of the third-party market for those accessories. The bright side of that situation would be that we would hear less about people’s batteries exploding because they used a knock-off battery or USB cable. The extreme downside is that the price for Samsung accessories is already extremely high ($60 for a flip case with a plastic screen in it, seriously?) and lack of much third-party competition would keep those prices high.
I’ve never been much of an accessories guy, but some are all in for getting the latest and greatest gear to supplement their devices. Samsung recently released a list of the official accessories they’ll be offering for the Galaxy Note 3 including the S View Cover and Mini Purse, which were already announced. Now we’re getting to see some new additions such as the S Charger Cover, S Charger Kit, and the Desktop dock.
Prices are sure to be a bit high, but that’s expected from OEM-branded accessories. If you’re looking to spend less, look for some unofficial accessories from third-party brands. Availability and other information is not yet available. Check the source for pictures.