Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

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Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung’s multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung’s KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity. » Read the rest

T-Mobile flips the switch for VoLTE on a few devices

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Right after boasting its wideband LTE and VoLTE networks, T-Mobile has turned on voice over LTE (VoLTE) for a few devices. The devices come from both Samsung and LG. The update to enable VoLTE is appearing on the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 3, and G Flex.

Technically, the update only matters (right now) if you are in one of the 16 markets that the carrier’s VoLTE network has been launched in. Until then, just enjoy the update and wait until your market gets VoLTE.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 for Sprint receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Owners of the Galaxy S 4 Mini and Galaxy Mega 6.3 on Sprint’s network, fire up the Software Update menu! Sprint is rolling out Android 4.4.2 to both of those devices right now. Like other Samsung devices receiving an update this week, restyled status and navigation bars are being introduced alongside other visual tweaks. Of course, KitKat’s goodies are here as well.

Source: Samsung (Galaxy S 4 Mini) (Galaxy Mega 6.3)

First 64-bit Samsung smartphone hinted at in benchmark

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Ever since Apple launched their iPhone 5S with a 64-bit processor, other manufacturers have been trying to catch up and launch their own 64-bit devices. So far, we haven’t seen much of it in the wild, but we know Qualcomm is working on their own 64-bit processors for smartphones. A new mid-range Samsung smartphone looks like it’s going to use the Snapdragon 410 CPU, which also happens to be a 64-bit chip, making it Samsung’s first 64-bit smartphone ever.

The device showed up in benchmarks with a 4.8-inch qHD screen, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and the Snapdragon 410 and Adreno 306 combo. It’s not a flagship device, and benchmarks weren’t stellar, but it’s pretty early in development, so the performance may improve later on.

source: GFXBench

via: Phone Arena

WiFi versions of Samsung Galaxy Tab S to hit stores in U.S. next week

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Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available for purchase at major retailers starting June 27th. Some of the retailers include Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, and Sears. However, Best Buy is the only location that has units available on the sales floor at Samsung Experience Shops for consumers to spend some hands on time with the devices before placing a pre-order or next week’s general availability.

The WiFi version of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will sell for $399.99 while the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will go for $499.99. Both versions will be available in either dazzling white or titanium bronze.

Samsung indicates LTE versions of the tablets will be available later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Samsung and Apple edge closer to patent truce

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Samsung_Apple_Patent_Infringement_CaseAccording to the Korea Times Apple and Samsung may be close to a patent cease fire. An industry official —”familiar with the negotiations”— mentioned that neither company wants to continue fighting each other, nor spending their time fighting each other over patients. The source claims both companies are looking for a “common” ground.

Coming off two major wins, Apple and Samsung CEOs have already spent time in mediation talks with one of those times not ending well.

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AT&T pushing Android 4.4.2 update to Samsung Galaxy S III

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Owners of the Galaxy S III on AT&T, fire up your device and get over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is pushing Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the 2012 Samsung flagship. There are a ton of pieces to the update, many of which are redesigned sections. For example, the status bar and navigation bars have been restyled with translucent elements. Of course, the usual KitKat goodies are included.

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Fleksy releases app to allow texting from Samsung Gear 2

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You may be able to read messages on your Gear 2, but you cannot type out a reply with it. That changes today with Fleksy releasing a new messaging app that allows the Samsung smartwatch to have a full, but small, keyboard to text with. All texting, receiving and replying, can be done from your wrist. The app will sync with a smartphone to better understand texting patterns and it is what allows texts to be sent over to the smartwatch.

The Fleksy Messenger App is available for free in the Samsung Apps section of compatible devices.

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Samsung launches Milk Music for several tablets

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Samsung’s music streaming service, Milk Music, was previously only available to Samsung smartphones. Today, Samsung is expanding the availability of the service by offering it to a handful of Samsung tablets, including the TabPRO line, the NotePRO 12.2, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. That’s only a few new additions, but it’s better than nothing.

If you have one of Samsung’s new tablets, you should be able to find Milk Music in the Play Store to download.

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Samsung one-ups itself with Galaxy S5 LTE-A, let the buyer’s remorse begin (in Korea)

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Brace yourself — prepare to be annoyed. Or not.

So, you bought the Galaxy S5 the day it came out. You couldn’t wait to get your hot little hands on the “next big thing.”

Well, unfortunately for you, Samsung has a new “next big thing,” just two months after it released the last one. Disappointed? Confused? Furious? Don’t be, because fortunately for you, the device will be exclusive to South Korea.

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