While many of us wait for the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat, most are still waiting on their OTA update of Android 4.3 to their devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S4 Active.
Blind waiting will no longer be necessary, as a document leaked earlier today which listed the update schedule for the aforementioned devices.
- Galaxy Note 2 (Verizon): November 29
- Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T): November 20
- Galaxy S4 (Verizon): October 28
- Galaxy S4 (AT&T): November 13
- Galaxy S3 (Verizon): November 22
- Galaxy S3 (AT&T): November 13
Note 2 owners, Galaxy Active owners, and owners of any of these devices on either Sprint or T-Mobile should check the image above for specific dates. With these 4.3 updates to these Samsung devices, Galaxy Gear support comes as well.
Keep in mind that the document states that these dates are subject to change, so nothing is set in stone.
Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.” Read more
Well, it looks like Google’s flagship 10-inch tablet is out of stock on the Play Store. This isn’t the first time this has happened, but coming on the heels of those new Nexus 10 renders we saw last night, this might be an indicator of a product announcement in the near future. You can still pick up a 32 GB model, but there’s no telling how long that will last.
The Nexus 5 launch is supposedly right around the corner, so it’s very possible that we’ll see a revamped version of the Nexus 10 make its debut alongside it. Unfortunately, there haven’t been too many leaks about the device, but some rumors suggest it will be an ASUS-manufactured tablet as opposed to Samsung. Hopefully Google doesn’t make us wait too long to find out.
source: Play Store
via: Phone Arena
It looks as though Samsung’s got their version of “rec specs 2.0″ coming down the pike, as recent patent filings by the company reveal designs for new sports smart-glasses, which connect to your device via micro-USB.
This new device, if it comes to fruition, will of course join the Galaxy Gear smart-watch as part of Samsung’s new line of “wearables.” It isn’t exactly a Google Glass “copy,” especially because it’s got micro-USB connectivity attached, and it is also meant for a separate demographic, athletes.
The patent also describes the device as having integrated earphones for listening to music and taking calls hands-free. It will also be able to display notification alerts while you’re exercising. Hopefully they’ll be compatible with more than one smartphone, unlike the Galaxy Gear at launch…
If Samsung plans to continue with the ‘Galaxy’ brand name, expect the device to be called “Galaxy Glasses.”
Hit the break for more pictures.
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission handed Samsung a NT 10 million ($340,000) fine for undermining the reputation of HTC, which is based in Taiwan. According to the FTC, Samsung organized an Internet campaign praising their own phones while slamming HTC phones and is a violation of fair trade rules. The FTC also fined two other Taiwanese trading companies that were instrumental in creating the campaign.
This isn’t the first time the FTC came down on Samsung. Earlier in the year, they received a NT 300,000 ($10,000) fine for misleading consumers in their advertisements of the Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102 smartphone.
via: Phone Arena
In the months following the release of the Galaxy S4 up until now, reports have been coming out saying that the sales figures of the S4 have been pretty disappointing, and didn’t live up to what Samsung originally expected for the device.
There were even rumors that stated the company would be preparing the Galaxy S5 for an early launch to make up for their poor sales.
However, it seems that there was a big misconception between what the Samsung officials were saying and what the press was saying.
Apparently, Samsung had “out-of-this-world” expectations for the sales of the S4. As it turns out, the numbers weren’t “out-of-this-w0rld,” but pretty darn close— still not enough for Samsung executives to be happy, though…
Rumors flew in regarding the Galaxy S4 mini, and we had a pretty good idea that it would be headed to the United States on four carriers. All we needed was confirmation.
And guess what? Now we have that.
In a press release, Samsung announced that the phone is US-bound, and will be available from Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular.
The device is similar to its bigger brother, but has a smaller frame and lesser internals. It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 960×540 resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD, an 8 MP rear shooter, and a 1,900mAh battery.
The phone ships with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the most recent version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI— this means that you’ll get most of the same software add-ins that the full S4 has. Samsung also made it known that the device will receive a software update which will allow it to support Galaxy Gear.
Previously being limited to just the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is going to be compatible with eight other devices. The company announced today that the Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom are all en route to be used with the Gear smartwatch. The catch is that the S III, S4, and Note II will receive Android 4.3 first, with the other devices receiving an update at a later date. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more
Samsung and Corning just made some interesting adjustments to their current 40-year partnership. Samsung and Corning already have a joint venture called Samsung Corning Materials. Ltd. Samsung owned a 43% stake in the company, but they will receive $1.9 billion in convertible preferred Corning shares as well as invest $400 million in new convertible preferred shares. I know it’s confusing, but the end result is that Samsung will have a 7.4% stake in the company on an as-converted basis.
What’s even more important is that Samsung and Corning signed a new long-term supply agreement that lasts until 2023. This is obviously a smart move for Samsung in that they won’t have to worry about other manufacturers jumping ahead of them. It doesn’t mean other manufacturers won’t use Gorilla Glass, it just means they won’t get preferred treatment. For Corning, it’s a win because they will gain more flexibility in serving customers, managing capacity, and minimizing capital spending as they expand production of Gorilla Glass and develop new specialty glass applications.
Full presser after the break.
One of the most important pieces of any retail business is the customer support. Samsung looks like they may be trying to take their customer service to the next level by offering a “Protection Plus” service that will essentially be an extended warranty for Samsung devices and consumer appliances, according to a recent patent filing. That’s a pretty broad scope of a patent, but considering how often Samsung tries to push their mobile business, I think we could expect to see some type of Applecare-esque extended service where you pay some type of fee either up front or month-to-month to get guaranteed coverage regardless of what happens to your device. (Although, the way the patent reads, this could definitely also extend to TVs or even dishwashers)
Samsung has already made strides into getting into the brick and mortar retail space by opening Samsung Experience stores, including some space in Best Buys across the country. They could easily offer warranty services and repairs in those stores, all while making a little extra cash. Plus, it would give consumers a great reason to switch over from Apple products (or any other Android products, for that matter) to a Samsung product.
source: Justia Trademarks
via: Android Community