There are three new versions of the Galaxy Alpha series floating around, but the A5 seems to be the least shy of the bunch. That usually means that it’s close to release, but another clue is the needed FCC approval.
The Galaxy A5 has officially cleared the FCC, but interestingly enough, it’s only sporting the LTE-FDD Band 5. Could this be a US Cellular only phone? There could be other variants as well, but we at least know that US Cellular customers will have a chance to buy the device.
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
We have some information today regarding the Samsung SM-N910 (possibly a variant for the Galaxy Note 4, as the Galaxy Note 4 is the SM-N900).
We were already pretty sure that the phone would be coming to AT&T, but now we know it’ll be coming to Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, T-Mobile and Bell Canada. All carriers should have the 32GB capacity available at launch.
Stay tuned, as there’s certainly more to come.
Source: @evleaks 1 / @evleaks 2
This week has been full of system updates. Now, Verizon and US Cellular customers that have the Galaxy S 4 can join the fun. The Galaxy S 4 on those two carriers is now receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. Samsung has certainly been doing a great job making sure they move many of their devices to the latest version of Android. Earlier today, we found out that the international Galaxy Note II was starting to receive the KitKat update.
Let us know if you have the update!
Source: Verizon (PDF), US Cellular
Following Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, US Cellular is the latest carrier to tweak their plans to add more data allowances. Beginning March 13, the carrier’s $40 plan with 300MB of data will become 1GB, the $50 plan jumps from 1GB to 2GB, and the $60 plan goes from 2GB to 3GB. They will also add a new $15/300MB plan and a $60 single line plan with 1GB of data.
If you’re currently a US Cellular customer, your plan will automatically be changed to the new data amount.
Source: Fierce Wireless
Just yesterday, Sprint rolled out the KitKat update to its Galaxy Note 3 and US Cellular will soon follow the lead. US Cellular will start releasing the KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 by today.
The OTA, which will be available anytime by today, will update your device to the latest Android 4.4.2 version. The baseband version for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat build for the Galaxy Note 3 is R970TYUFNAE and N900R4TYUCNAB for the Galaxy S4. The update brings a few changes to your device, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing capabilities etc. and in addition, US Cellular says that it will include a new user interface.
Source: US Cellular
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 isn’t the only US Cellular device that’s going to be getting Android 4.4. According to documents, the Galaxy Note 3 will also be getting its KitKat update February 19. It’s going to be a staged roll out that will be 100% complete in ten days. Also like the S4, preloaded apps Daily Perks and MobiTiles are getting pulled from of the operating system, but will be available for download from Google Play.
To be sure you get the update, make sure you’re on the latest stock firmware, have a Google account, and you’re able to connect to Samsung’s FOTA update server.
Source: Android Central
Sprint’s Galaxy S4 received the KitKat update last week and it seems that US Cellular is next in line to release the KitKat update for its Galaxy S4 as well, according to a leaked internal document for US Cellular. The update which they are calling a “Maintenance Release” will be available by tomorrow February 19.
However, not everyone will receive the KitKat over-the-air update on the launch day. Customers who meet a set of requirements will receive the update within 10 days after the official launch, and users will have to be on the latest approved software version. In addition, the update will remove MobiTiles and Daily Perks which means that users will have to re-download it from the Google Play Store. Here are the requirements mentioned in the leaked document :
The soak test for Android 4.4.2 already went out for the T-Mobile Moto X last week, and it looks like US Cellular will be next. According to sources, the US Cellular Moto X (XT1055) will receive Android 4.4.2 as early as today, with the full rollout occurring February 12. The update will bring camera enhancements, support for Google Print services, and other improvements.
The word “unlimited” is pretty good for marketing purposes— the world definitely has a certain buzz to it, and sounds almost as if you’re getting some kind of good deal (as if those even existed anymore).
US Cellular is now offering a new “No Contract Unlimited Data, Talk & Text” for $50. It’s the same price as the company’s 1GB plan, but there’s a catch. With the new “unlimited” plan, after you go over a cap of 500MB of data, your data speeds will be shot down all the way to 1X (2G) speeds. Ouch.
Hit the break for the fine print.