Today, we say goodbye to a longtime Google Play edition device. Following a stay of nearly two years in the Play Store, Google has formally retired the Galaxy S 4. The Samsung device carried an “out of stock” tag for quite some time, but now the same area reads “no longer available for sale.” This leaves the HTC One (M8) as the sole Google Play edition device available. Arguably, though, the Galaxy S 4 was the most welcome Google Play edition device because of its software. It stripped down Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay and stock Android ran the show.
Goodbye Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition. You will be dearly missed.
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A trio of devices from Samsung operating on T-Mobile’s network are receiving software updates. The Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE, and Galaxy Avant are the devices getting attention today.
The updates for the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Avant are identical. Both devices added Chinese as a supported language. The build for the Galaxy S 4′s update is M919UVUFNK2 while the Galaxy Avant’s is G386TUVU1ANK3.
The Galaxy Tab 4, though, is getting a heavier update that stabilizes the user experience. The build is T337TUVU1BNK4.
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Last week, we were able to see what the Android Lollipop update will look like on the Galaxy S 4, but if you want a more detailed comparison with the current KitKat version, you’ve come to the right place. Sam Mobile put together a video detailing the differences as well as some screenshots.
The overall look of the UI will be the same, but the core apps will get updated with Material Design and a lot of the functionality gets improved. There are a notable amount of performance improvements as well.
We have a bunch of screenshots and the video after the break.
Earlier this week Samsung confirmed that the getting-long-in-the-tooth Galaxy S 4 would, in fact, receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. Of course we’re curious about how that will look on the device and today we get to see a sneak peek. Like the Galaxy S 5, SamMobile was able to score an internal build of Lollipop for an S 4 and as such, made a video for it.
About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.
Plenty of devices are seeing software updates this week and now we can add yet another to the mix. T-Mobile is rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to its Galaxy S 4 starting today. In the New Features category, the Galaxy S 4 is getting Android 4.4.4. On the Improvements side, T-Mobile says Wi-Fi calling has been enhanced.
Just yesterday, the Galaxy S 5 from Verizon received the same update that includes the latest version of Android.
Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now, owners of the device can place or receive international calls over a WiFi network while traveling abroad in what Sprint says amasses more than 100 countries.
Sprint does intend on extending this feature to other devices as the year progresses.
T-Mobile is looking to offer a few customers the option to get some great upgrade pricing with their leaked Summer Savings Upgrade Offer starting tomorrow, August 6th. The promotion will allow customers that have been with T-Mobile for at least a year and don’t owe anything on a current device to pick up a new phone at a pretty heavily discounted rate, in some cases.
Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out.
Last month, Samsung was in the ‘integrating’ phase of pushing Android 4.4.3 to the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 4. An alleged status report from June 10 shows that testing has been completed for the Galaxy S 5. The Galaxy S 4, though, is still in the ‘final testing’ phase. For this year’s Samsung flagship, the Android 4.4.3 update is expected to arrive sometime this month. Last year’s device is slated to get the latest version of Android in July.
Being that this is just an alleged status report, do not hold anything to it. Also, carriers in the United States tend to take a bit longer to push these updates to their devices. So sit tight and enjoy the weather.
Source: Android Geeks