AT&T already announced that today would mark the initial rollout of an update for Galaxy Note II users, bringing the highly touted multi-window feature to eager multitaskers. Thankfully, things seem to be right on schedule as a large number of users are reporting a hefty update waiting to be downloaded.
Measuring in at 178MB, the update appears to be hitting devices in phases, so if you don’t see it straight away, you may have luck checking for the update manually by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. We’ll see you on the other side.
Source: Android Central
If you were hoping to pick up a new T-Mobile device for yourself or as a gift for someone, T-Mobile is launching a new “Last Chance” sale starting on Friday, December 21st. Running through the end of the year, T-Mobile is offering buyers the opportunity to get their hands on a new 4G device for $0 down with a qualifying Value plan and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. Some of the devices available for no down payment include the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Google Nexus 4. If you are willing to spring for a $100 down payment, you can get your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon, Samsung appears to be ready to release a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. A special version is needed due to Verizon locking the bootloader, effectively blocking developers who need an unlocked device for testing and development purposes. The new version has been revealed just over a week after the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked. Samsung is listing the 16GB Developer Edition on their web site, although there is no information regarding an expected date of availability.
Samsung has certainly stepped up its advertising budget in the past few years and is ramping things up for the holidays as we’ve already seen. To add to their holiday repertoire, Samsung has redone their humorous, yet slightly suggestive, S-Beam commercial with a cheery Christmas theme. Instead of being sent off by wife and children, Santa Claus S-Beams some videos from his hard-working elves and Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus has the traditional Galaxy S III, but Santa is rocking the brand new Galaxy Note II. Of course, the video he gets from Mrs. Claus comes with a dirty look and the warning “Don’t watch it on the sleigh.” Thanks for tainting my childhood memories of Christmas, Samsung. Hit the break below for the video. Read more
Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory. Read more
Yet another Samsung toy has just gotten some sweet, sweet Jelly Bean lovin’. Reports are coming in that Samsung has slowly begun rolling out in phases the Jelly Bean update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105). The update will bring the Galaxy Note II’s Android software version to 4.1.2 and the build to JZO54K, while offering some noteworthy enhancements like new additions in the Notification Toggles, customizations to the Notification Panel and a new Group Cast application.
If you happen to own the GT-N7105 variant of the smartphone, head on over to Kies Desktop software or go to your device’s settings and snag that update ASAP because after all— Google Now is looking forward to getting to know you a little better and all.
Time to pop the champagne bottles and have a celebration if you’re an owner of the Verizon Galaxy Note II— the bootloader looks to have been officially unlocked. Thanks to the tireless work of a few hard-working individuals, they have cracked what is the hardest part of the Galaxy Note II’s shell— despite Big Red’s strong insistence on keeping its devices “safe and secure”. The way the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked is quite ingenious too actually– all that was needed to do was to trick the Galaxy Note II into thinking it’s a device that’s 0.7-inches smaller and eventually flashing a PIT file in order to revert back to the Galaxy Note II’s original identity after the phone has been unlocked. The method has only been tested on one device as of this time, but with more time and usage of this method— we should see this unlock exploit work on most, if not all Verizon Galaxy Note II variants.
So we have root and now we have an unlocked bootloader. All we need now is those ROMs to eventually start a’flowin’! Hopefully you Galaxy Note II owners don’t have to wait too much longer for some of that custom ROM goodness.
source: Adam Outen+
It’s surprising that more Android manufacturers and carriers haven’t jumped on the Google Wallet bandwagon, considering the rate at which the service continues to gain traction in the mobile payment space. While carriers like AT&T may rather opt for an in-house alternative, many anxious subscribers would rather utilize Google’s service. Thankfully, the Galaxy Note II has received an unofficial workaround for installing the mobile wallet software, thanks to recognized XDA developer ogdobber. Read more
Those of you who are on T-Mobile’s network and have been itching to get your hands on the sexy Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone are in luck as it has announced on heck of a promotion. The nation’s 4th-largest wireless carrier is offering an “Unlimited Cheer” promotion— in the form of a contest where the winner gets a free Galaxy Note II. All users will need to do is follow T-Mobile on Twitter or Foursquare, pay attention to where T-Mobile checks in and then be the first to check in at the store. Sounds simple enough, right?
The contest will be going on from right now until Thursday, December 20th at 11:59pm so if you’re interested in getting more details, just head on down to T-Mo’s Facebook to find them. Good luck and may the force be with you.
source: T-Mobile Facebook
A new leaked document suggests T-Mobile is gearing up to increase smartphone insurance rates next year. Additionally, it seems as though ole’ Magenta is prepping an entirely new tier for its incredibly overpriced $370 Galaxy Note II.
Beginning March 17th, T-Mobile will be raising the monthly insurance payments through its partner, Asurion. Replacing phones will become much more expensive, with the Galaxy Note II costing a full $175 to replace, including the usual monthly payments that run between $6 and $12. Regular smartphone deductibles will also be increased, with all other devices on the carrier costing an extra $20 to replace, effectively raising the price from $130 to $150. If there’s a bright side to this whole fiasco, monthly payments are slated to remain the same.