It’s no secret that smartphone manufacturers often use freebies to encourage us to adopt their latest products. More often than not, these include pointless applications and services that we wouldn’t entertain even if the developers themselves paid us to do so, but very occasionally there’s a few hidden gems.
As the smartphone market continues to get saturated, manufacturers will continue to invest in the wearable market. Samsung SDI already offers flexible batteries, but they just unveiled the next generation, which can be rolled in the shape of a paper cup.
Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing these batteries anytime soon since the technology isn’t ready yet. We are probably looking at about three years until the first devices start utilizing them.
About 4 years ago, the first Galaxy Note was unveiled, which started a new trend of phones pushing the envelope with display size. The original Note had a 5.3-inch display, which seemed huge at that time. With each edition, Samsung increased the display size by 0.2-inches, topping out at 5.7-inches with last year’s Galaxy Note 3. The Note series has always catered to a niche audience because of its size alone. Fearing that niche could dwindle, Samsung decided to not increase the display size for the Note 4. That is very rare in the Android world where every flagship phone’s display goes up at least 0.1-inches just because. As much as consumers love large phones, there is a limit. It’s the reason why even the most loyal Android fanboys are concerned with the upcoming Nexus 6 and its 5.9-inch display.
So with the display size staying the same, you would think the Note 4 is just a minor upgrade, but nothing could be further from the truth. The display has increased from 1080p (1920 x 1080) to 2K Quad HD (2560 x 1440). The processor has been bumped to the best one available today, and the camera has been upgraded in not only megapixels, but with the addition of optical image stabilization. On top of all this, Samsung finally upgraded the design and materials significantly.
According to a leaked update schedule, Samsung is in the process of preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade to nine variants of its former flagship smartphones before the end of November, 2014.
Hit the break below to view the full roadmap.
Officials from Samsung and Facebook have met for the third time this year. It is not that much of a surprise considering the Gear VR is made with the Facebook-owned Oculus VR. By now, meetings should have moved on to other projects because the Gear VR is approaching a release. Apparently this latest meeting was a big success for both companies.
Samsung has sent out invites for a Galaxy Note 4 launch event it’s holding in India on Friday, October 15. According to the invitations, the handset will be available to purchase in stores from Sunday, October 17, and is expected to be priced at around Rs. 56,650.
Samsung has pushed out a software update for the International variant of its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, in preparation for its worldwide launch later this month.
Update ‘XXU1ANJ4′ weighs in at 36MB and transports bug fixes, stability improvements and speed enhancements, in addition to a line of code that “significantly” extends battery life.
U.S. Cellular has announced they will join the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their network. The device will be available in stores and online starting this Friday, October 17th. U.S. Cellular is only making the device available in Charcoal Black. Customers can get the Galaxy Note 4 with $0 down if they qualify for U.S. Cellular’s equipment installment option that spreads payment out over 24 months, although they do not indicate what the full retail amount to be financed will be.
Customers can also opt to get the Galaxy Note 4 for $299 with a two-year contract. U.S. Cellular is actually taking pre-orders now for the Galaxy Note 4 if a customer wants to go this route. If you want to place a pre-order, the link is below.
Samsung have been winning so much at the Android game that it is easy to forget that the tech giant has their hand in so many other technologies. In a press release today, Samsung announced that they have begun development of 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, allowing for data transmission speeds five-times faster than what is capable with current consumer technology.
This fall, Samsung will be launching one of the most anticipated devices of the year. The Galaxy Note 4 will have a spot on each of the nation’s four major carriers. However, some consumers want an unlocked device. For those people, we have good news. Amazon is carrying the Galaxy Note 4 unlocked in black ($859), white ($869), and gold ($904). The only catch here is that there is no warranty included since the devices are unlocked.