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.
source: U.S. Cellular (MarketWatch), U.S. Cellular Pre-order Link
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.
These are all international models, so prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint networks are unable to use this unlocked Galaxy Note 4.
Source: Amazon [Black Model Product Link] [White Model Product Link] [Gold Model Product Link]
I am sorry to ruin the upcoming weekend for many of you in the UK, but I am just the messenger folks. The Galaxy Note 4 was supposed to launch in the UK tomorrow, but it has been pushed 1 week to October 17. According to Samsung, the reason is because of “amazing interest and demand.”
Samsung has today announced its brand new extended warranty program designed exclusively for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and soon-to-be Galaxy Note 4 users who reside in the United States.
About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.
HERE Maps is here for Android… if you have have a Samsung device. The application is available through the Galaxy App Store and works only with select Galaxy devices approved by Samsung. It does much of what you expect from a maps app, but the offline mode is unique. HERE Maps can continue to utilize turn-by-turn driving or walking without an internet connection. It has more than one hundred maps ready to download for offline use. The web component of HERE Maps is useful, too, because of its ability to plan something and then have the information sent over to the app.
Hit the break for a video and the download link.
A new patent that was filed in Korea reveals some work Samsung has been pursuing in developing new multi-window features for a user interface dubbed Iconic UX. The interface appears to be focused on an interface that provides several windows for apps to utilize. Similar to what Samsung has done with their Touchwiz multi-window function, users would be able to share content between open windows using drag and drop type interactions.
We’ve heard that Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge may not actually end up being a full-scale production device, but instead just a limited run device to gauge consumer reaction to the curved display. Despite that, it’s looking like we’ll see the device launched on at least two US carriers, if new FCC filings are accurate.
The filing for a device with the model number SM-N915A show that it has LTE bands for both AT&T and US Cellular. While that doesn’t mean that we’ll see the Note Edge hit shelves at the same time as the Note 4, at least it will be somewhat available at some point. Since AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the Galaxy Alpha, the carrier seems fairly committed to keeping their portfolio up to date with Samsung’s products.