T-Mobile finally rolling out Android 4.4.4 update for Galaxy Tab 3


T-Mobile has at last started rolling out the pretty hefty, much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 over-the-air (OTA) update to all its carrier-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 3′s located in the United States. The upgrade brings the latest build of KitKat to the slate, complete with a multitude of additional bug fixes and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Top 6 Reasons Why Android OEMs Should Expect Dismal Growth In 2015


As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.

2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end.
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Samsung develops app to help autistic children with eye contact


Samsung is the king for making bloatware apps, but this new app is far from that category. As part of their “Launching People” initiative, they have created a new app called Look at Me. It’s an interactive camera app that will help children with autism to make eye contact, read facial expressions, and express their emotions.

As you can see in the video below, Jong-Hyun used this app for 8 weeks straight, and the results were dramatic.

The Launching People campaign connects and invests with aspiring young creators to “unleash their dreams.” We have the videos after break.

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Lionsgate giving The Hunger Games, Catching Fire to select Samsung devices for free


Everyone is in a giving mood this week! With Christmas just days away, we are seeing holiday surprises everywhere. Lionsgate is giving gifting two films from a blockbuster series to owners of select Samsung devices. The company will add The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to your Google Play Movies & TV library. Install The Hunger Games Movie Pack app and then look for the button that has a two in it. Select a film and then the Play Store will take care of the rest.

The following are the official Samsung devices eligible to download the two films at no cost:

  • Galaxy S 5
  • Galaxy S 4
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Tab S
  • Galaxy Tab Pro
  • Galaxy Note Pro

Update: Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition noted in the comments that their devices successfully downloaded the films. Be sure to let us know if your device does the same. Also, it looks like the promotion is region-locked to the United States.

Enjoy the films on your phone, tablet, computer, or Chromecast.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Metal Frame Pictures Shown In Alleged Leak


I think it’s safe to say that the rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to really hit its stride leading up to CES 2015. Rumors of hardware specs, what the case is going to look like and even whether or not it will be unveiled at CES 2015 seem to be debated by many sources. That being said, nowhereelse.fr is reporting that it has gotten its hands on pictures of the S6′s metal frame.
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Cyanogen CEO calls out Samsung on OS design

cyanogen_logoYU Digital, the baby of Micromax’s, launched a mid-range device that’s being advertised as the Zeus of phones. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a 5 MP front facing camera in tandem with a 13 MP rear shooter. It will also pack dual-sim slots, 4G LTE, and a 2,500 mAh battery. Oh and it will feature Cyanogen‘s OS 11.

During a Q&A session following the announcement, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster spent some time toting the phone, the OS, and calling out other OEMs.

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Verizon releases sweet 50% off deal for Android devices priced $199 and higher


Verizon announced a new deal today just in time for last minute gifts for buyers looking for an Android phone. Any device that is normally priced $199 or more can be purchased for 50% off. To get an idea of what a deal this is, just check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which sells for only $149.99 with a 2-year contract. That is better than the Black Friday deals that were available.

Along with the special pricing on Android devices, Verizon is also offering a $150 bill credit on any lines you switch over to Verizon to be used with a new smartphone. According to Verizon, the credit will show up in 2 to 3 billing cycles. If you want to check out this deal or some of the other deals that Verizon has right now, like a free LG G3 with a 2-year contract, hit the source link.

source: Verizon