Samsung has now begun pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 4 located in Croatia. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Select developers are receiving early access to the software development kit (SDK) for Samsung’s next Gear smartwatch. The company issued a press release today that reveals developers are already working with the technology. Also, Samsung has global partners working on creating unique experiences for the unannounced device. CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe, and Apposter are all working with Samsung.
The real piece of news, though, is that the next Gear smartwatch will feature a round display and refreshed user interface. The teaser image attached to the press release shows a round display with a watch face showing weather hour-by-hour. While Samsung does not seem to be committing to Android Wear full-time, this shows that the company cares about improving its experiences for users.
Hit the break for the teaser image and the full press release.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 should be on the lookout for a notification letting them know an update is available. Samsung has started rolling out the update to Android Lollipop for the WiFi version of the tablet. This update is hitting about one month after Samsung started updating the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Lollipop. Like the update that went out for that larger device, Samsung is basing this update for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 on Android 5.0.2.
Like most major updates these days, Samsung is deploying the update in a phased manner, so it may take a little while before it shows up on user devices. The update will be available over-the-air or through Samsung Kies.
Yesterday, three major operators in South Korea, SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, launched a pre-order campaign, in which a select number of early-adopters could reserve themselves an LG G4 for $825. However, the price of the device sparked a plethora of questions from potential customers all over the world as to why it was so expensive, seeing as the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 retails for $795.
The latest version of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will be compatible with both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung announced it briefly at their Unpacked event in March, and they have followed up with availability details for the U.S.
Pre-orders will start tomorrow, April 24 at BestBuy.com, with the ability to purchase one at either BestBuy.com or Samsung.com starting Friday, May 8. BestBuy stores will also carry the device starting on Friday, May 15. They will also offer demonstrations so you can try it before you buy it. It’s not clear how many Bed Buy stores will actually carry it, but the press release does say that it will expand into hundreds of stores over the summer.
The Galaxy S6 has been available to purchase for a couple of weeks now, and if you haven’t read Rob’s review of it yet, you can catch up here. The review said that the Galaxy S6 was ‘knocking on the door of perfection‘, this bodes well for the upcoming Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 because today’s leak says that it will sport a Galaxy S6 inspired design. More details after the break.
Two of the world’s most popular devices were not able to work with Android Auto prior to today. An update to Google Play Services, which is rolling out right now, bring’s support for Google’s automobile-focused platform to the Galaxy S6 (which we reviewed) and Galaxy S6 Edge. Other devices were (and still are) left out from Android Auto support, but Google did the right thing by adding two Samsung devices that millions of consumers will purchase this year and next.
Samsung consistently produces advertisements between commercials and high-profile displays to promote its flagship devices. It certainly helps that Samsung has massively deep pockets to do so. So the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are going to receive plenty of Samsung’s attention through the rest of 2015 and into next year. The latest ad focuses on the vivid 5.1-inch display that has 2560×1440 resolution. Those numbers translate to the Galaxy S6 having nearly six hundred pixels per inch.
Hit the break to see the ad.
Samsung has just filed trademarks for something known as the Wheel UX as well as a new wearable known as the Gear W. The former is reportedly the UI which is tailored to work with the crown or wheel that Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch is expected to sport. Read more
If you own a Galaxy Note 4 and live in Bosnia, Uruguay or Herzegovina, you may want to pin your ears back as Samsung has just started pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to the handset. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.