Samsung has started to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. This comes about a week after Samsung started pushing out the same update for the 3G version of the device. Users have indicated devices located in the U.K. are already receiving the update and it is expected to reach others areas in the coming days.
The update is just like the KitKat update issued for other Samsung devices. Users get all the features and benefits of KitKat like better performance, the white status bar icons, better battery life, full-screen album art on the lock screen and wireless printing support. Users can navigate to Settings -> About -> Software updates on their devices to check for the update.
A 7-inch variant of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 could be launched in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy W. Previous information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy Mega had put the screen size at only about 6 inches, slightly smaller than the current version, but still a large device, especially for one intended to serve as a phone. In addition to the 7-inch screen, the Galaxy W appears to come equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, possibly a Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal store with a microSD slot, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera.
The new name for the device was discovered on a product brochure leaked by a South Korean source. According to the information on the flyer, the Galaxy W will be getting a “Phoneblet UX.” With split-screen functions and landscape mode, it sounds like this is similar to other current Samsung devices outside of the attempt to coin a new term for a large-scale smartphone that pushes into tablet territory based on size. The device also appears to come with Samsung’s faux leather back similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It is believed this device will only be available in South Korea via SK Telecom.
According to Korea Times, the legal battle between the tech giants of Apple and Samsung may be coming to an end. Of course we’ve seen that before, only to also watch it crash and burn, but according to the Korean news publication, both companies have resumed talks to settle patent disputes out of court and if all goes according to plan, will end the multi-year battle between the two companies as early as the end of summer. Both are discussing royalty payments and the possibility of cross-licensing to avoid future court battles.
This news does come of last week’s announcement that Apple would be dropping patent disputes with both Motorola and Google. Should the two companies come to an agreement in ending the great patent wars, this will bode a different direction for all companies involved as there are also discussions about a cease fire (cease litigation) for a certain period of time on future disputes.
Samsung is looking to add biometric functions to its mobile security system, Knox and in doing so expanding these sensors to budget phones as well.
“We’re looking at various types of biometric [mechanisms] and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection,” Rhee In-jong, Samsung’s senior vice president, told analysts and investors in Hong Kong. Rhee is the lead in the development of the Knox software.
Last week Samsung issued a press release indicating they were “taking over” Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport. The branding campaign supposedly included special signage promoting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that would appear in place of current signage, wayfinding, website and digital screens in the terminal for a two week period. Heathrow officials have issued a clarification of the campaign in response to complaints of possible confusion indicating the campaign is not as extensive as Samsung made it sound.
A Heathrow spokesperson says, “Heathrow Terminal 5′s signage and passenger wayfinding has not changed. Samsung have rented advertising space in Terminal 5 with a tongue-in-cheek campaign using the line: ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5′.” According to the officials, the advertising spaces that Samsung has acquired for the marketing campaign are existing surfaces. Probably the biggest different compared to prior campaigns is that Samsung has apparently secured rights to all of the surfaces in the entire terminal for the two week period that starts on May 19th.
An ex-iPhone user is suing Apple, claiming Apple’s messaging system interfered with the delivery of text messages after she switched from an iPhone to an Android device.
According to Adrienne Moore, Apple’s iMessage retains SMS messages sent from other Apple users, and will not deliver them to her Samsung device. Moore says that people who switch from an iPhone to a non-Apple device are “penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts.”
Today 3 photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime were leaked. The device, which is supposed to be released next month and will be a premium version of the Galaxy S5, will include a 1440 x 2560 display.
The Galaxy S5 Prime will also have other upgrades, such as a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, as well as an Adreno 420 GPU. It will also feature 3GB of RAM rather than the 2GB of RAM found on the Galaxy S5. Not only that, but the device is expected to have an aluminum body, which many were hoping would be shown on the standard Galaxy S5.
Samsung has issued a press release indicating they are taking their marketing efforts to a whole new level. Starting May 19th and continuing for two weeks, Samsung is taking over all signage, wayfinding, website and every single digital screen at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as part of their efforts to promote the Galaxy S 5. They have even gone so far as to secure the rights to temporarily rename the terminal as “Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5″ in an unprecedented agreement with Heathrow Airport. » Read the rest
Another tablet from Samsung has emerged, but this one is not for everyone. This one is just for educational purposed. The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is a 10.1-inch tablet that is powered by Google Play for Education, so it is bundled with a ton of features to help students and teachers. This tablet is special, though, because it has a rugged construction since students are not exactly the most reliable people when it comes to handling electronic devices. Samsung is also using this tablet to launch Samsung School, a service that will let teachers monitor students’ usage and share their display on a larger one. » Read the rest
Today we have a ton of Samsung information regarding new releases, colors, and availability.
It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (a higher-end Galaxy S5) will have a model number of SM-G901 instead of the previously rumored SM-G906, and will come in blue, black, white and gold in Europe. It is possible that both are variants of the same phone for different markets, however.