Google Play Edition devices receiving Android 4.4.3 update

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htc_one_m7_android_4.4.3 samsung_galaxy_s4_android_4.4.3According to a number of tips, Google Play Edition devices are now getting the Android 4.4.3 over-the-air update. The latest update to Android was only just released yesterday, but already a number of devices are getting it.

Currently it seems like it’s mainly the HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 that are getting the update, but other Google Play Edition device owners, especially owners of the HTC One M8, should expect it pretty soon.

Source: Android Police

According to study, Samsung’s apps are mostly unloved

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Samsung has put a lot of effort into its apps of late, but a recent study shows that its efforts are mostly for nothing. The company clearly still has a long way to go.

According to the study, users spend a very little amount of time on Samsung’s apps. These apps include services like ChatON, which is Samsung’s answer to WhatsApp. In fact, the report shows that users of the Galaxy S3 and S4 spent an average of 6 seconds per month on ChatON, which is compared to over 11 hours on Facebook per month and 2 hours per month on Instagram.

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Android 4.4 KitKat on AT&T Galaxy S4 to begin rolling out tomorrow

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While the Galaxy S4 is no longer Samsung‘s flagship device, that doesn’t mean it can’t still make headlines! The Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T will begin getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update tomorrow, according to details that AT&T posted on their website.

There are a number of small changes that users will get with the update. On the AT&T side of the update, users will now be able to drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications, and users should also experience improvements in call reliability. There will also be some TouchWiz changes and some changes to the lock screen.

Source: AT&T
Via: Android Authority

US Cellular to release the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to its Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 today

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Just yesterday, Sprint rolled out the KitKat update to its Galaxy Note 3 and US Cellular will soon follow the lead. US Cellular will start releasing the KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 by today.

The OTA, which will be available anytime by today, will update your device to the latest Android 4.4.2 version. The baseband version for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat build for the Galaxy Note 3 is R970TYUFNAE and N900R4TYUCNAB for the Galaxy S4. The update brings a few changes to your device, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing capabilities etc. and in addition, US Cellular says that it will include a new user interface.

Source: US Cellular

Android 4.4.2 begins rolling out to international Samsung Galaxy S4

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Ahead of the release of Samsung‘s next flagship model, the Galaxy S5, Samsung has begun rolling out Android 4.4.2 to the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). This will bring a number of small UI changes such as the white notifications icons instead of the multi-color that Samsung has been using on their devices.

The phone will also get a performance boost, and will now get better benchmark scores. The lock screen has also been changed, and users can now access the camera straight from the lock screen. While playing music, the album art will also now be showed in full screen on the lock screen.

Other Android 4.4.2 changes include wireless printing, a number of new emojis, and so on. The update is being rolled out in phases, so you may not get it for a few weeks.

Source: SamMobile

US Cellular to release the KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S4 on February 19, according to a leaked document

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Sprint’s Galaxy S4 received the KitKat update last week and it seems that US Cellular is next in line to release the KitKat update for its Galaxy S4 as well, according to a leaked internal document for US Cellular. The update which they are calling a “Maintenance Release” will be available by tomorrow February 19.

However, not everyone will receive the KitKat over-the-air update on the launch day. Customers who meet a set of requirements will receive the update within 10 days after the official launch, and users will have to be on the latest approved software version. In addition, the update will remove MobiTiles and Daily Perks which means that users will have to re-download it from the Google Play Store. Here are the requirements mentioned in the leaked document : » Read the rest

Queen’s University files patent lawsuit against Samsung over “Smart Pause” feature

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Queen’s University in Canada and a related non-for-profit entity, PARTEQ Innovations, have filed a lawsuit against Samsung alleging the company’s “Smart Pause” technology infringes on a patent filed by the university back in March 2003. The patent was for a technology called “Attentive User Interface” (AUI) which would track the eyes of a user and cause a device to perform certain actions based on detected eye movements. For instance, if a user looked away from a screen, a video being played on the device would pause. You may recognize this as being similar, if not the same, as Samsung’s Smart Pause feature found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. » Read the rest

Latest SquareTrade study puts Apple, Samsung, Google devices in top 10 for breakability

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When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10. » Read the rest

New “Black Edition” Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini Announced

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Samsung, as per the norm, has announced yet another color for some of its devices. This time the Galaxy S4 and the S4 mini get a brand new color. The “Black Edition”as it’s called, comes in, you guessed it, black. While the device already comes in black variety, this one comes sporting the faux leather back first introduced on the Note 3. Besides the new coat of paint and fancy back plating, they’re the same devices with the same specs. You’ll get the 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 13 MP camera. The S4 mini still sports the Snapdragon 400, 4.3 inch screen and 8 MP camera.

The S4 and S4 mini will be priced at $660 and $460 respectively.  The device is set to launch in Russia with no word on availability elsewhere. Given the way Samsung operates, we wouldn’t expect that the Black Edition to remain a Russian exclusive for long.

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Android 4.4 Kitkat firmware for the AT&T Galaxy S4 leaked

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The Android 4.4 firmware for the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been leaked on the XDA forums. While it’s build date is not as recent as the leak for the international version of the Galaxy S4, it should allow users to enjoy Android 4.4 on their devices, as long as they don’t mind flashing pre-release firmware.

While it may be tempting to go ahead and flash the new firmware, keep in mind that this firmware comes with new bootloaders, which may make it impossible to go back to Android 4.3. Not only that but you may not be able to root it until there is a root hack. Lastly, there is an issue in the firmware that causes the phone to reboot whenever a video is played.

If you still want to try your luck at flashing the leaked firmware, head over to the source link below!

Source: XDA Developers
Via: SamMobile