An Android 4.4 update has been hitting Galaxy Note 3s all over the world, and while some people who have yet to receive it may feel a bit envious, there are benefits to waiting. Some users have reported being unable to use third-party flip covers that trigger a special lockscreen when closed. Following the upgrade to KitKat, only Samsung's official products, which contain a special identification chip, would work. Now Ars Technica has received a statement from Samsung acknowledging the issue as a "bug" and announcing a future OTA update that will return functionality to third-party accessories.
This investigation was conducted by Michael Crider, Liam Spradlin, Artem Russakovskii, and myself, David Ruddock. Credit for the [awesome] graphics in this piece also goes to Liam Spradlin.
Once in a great while, Android Police gets a tip that leads us down a long, winding trail of a story - this is one of those times. A couple of weeks back, we received an email from an app developer claiming that a 3rd party development company was taking credit in their portfolio for an app that he made by himself.
Update: The coupon code has already expired. Sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles.
Update 1/27/14 12:17pm PT: New code Y8WGAYUM (via SD) should work today for the same $4 off.
Another device, another charger. That's the way the story goes. I personally leave a USB charger hanging from at least one outlet near every resting place in my apartment, but if you happen to need all of your devices in roughly the same place, my system won't exactly meet your needs.
Update: Well, the deal lasted the whole hour, but now it's done. You can still get $70 off through Valentine's Day.
Okay, you know the drill. Motorola is offering another deal on the off-contract Moto X, but this time the final price for the 16GB version of the device is going to be an all-time low of $299. All you have to do is register for a code in the next hour (or few minutes).
Few activities can bring friends and family together as quickly as an afternoon gathered around a good board game, but unfortunately, it's still socially awkward to be that person walking around with a box tucked under his or her arm all the time. Luckily, this is 2014, and all you need is a smartphone or tablet to be equally prepared. Another board game, THE aMAZEing Labyrinth, has made its way onto Google Play, giving you just what you need to entertain others any time, any place.
If you were one of the four, maybe five people who picked up Verizon's self-branded Ellipsis tablet, then a journey to the settings menu is probably in order. Why? Because Big Red is sending an OTA to the device that brings a handful of useful changes. Here's a look at the changelog:
Verizon 4G LTE data connectivity
Mobile Hotspot User Experience and Connectivity
Image quality when using the camera
SIM Card Activation experience improvements
Added support for Prepaid Plans
Added feature to allow editing of the APN name for Private IP
Option to configure camera to store photos and videos on an external SD card that can be purchased separately.
Added option for end users to move all applications to tablet space manually except for the preloaded apps.
Improved the UI notification for low memory condition
In the mobile world, there are a few things that are absolutely clutch to a good experience: a good phone or tablet (that's a given), a set of go-to apps, and a good set of headphones or earbuds. Not the crap that your phone may have shipped with or some knock-off junk available at the local Target for $23, but some high-quality speakers for your head. If you've never owned a good set of over-the-ear headphones, then you're missing out on what a great audio experience can be like.
Sprint Spark support is gradually rolling out to some of the carrier's devices, but there is something to be said for learning how to walk before learning how to run. Large swaths of the US still do not have access to Sprint's LTE network at any speed. Consider the state of Ohio, which until now has only had one city (Salem) on the complete list of supported areas, and that location only joined just last month.
If you've been holding your breath for LG's curved, flexible G Flex and... well, the somewhat less remarkable Optimus F3Q to come to Magenta, then you won't have to wait much longer. T-Mobile announced this morning that both smartphones will be available starting on February 5th online and at retailers. The G Flex will cost $672 ($28 a month on T-Mobile's two-year payment plan), while the budget QWERTY slider will cost $312 ($13 for 24 months).
You know what product has a really good name? SkyDrive. It's clean, unique, and it conjures up the image of what it does – cloud storage. Well, now it's OneDrive, because everything is One-something now. It's not entirely Microsoft's fault, though – it's a trademark thing.