Update: After posting this, we heard from employees who work for authorized retailers, as well as customers who verified that this was not a freak thing. These Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE models for Verizon were, in-fact, sold in very limited quantities.
From the evidence available, it seems that some indirect, non-corporate retailers received stock around the 2014 holiday season and were almost always selling the tablets for $99 on contract. It appears that they are mostly sold out now, and no one can get more. What could have happened here is that Samsung might have manufactured a certain number of these before Verizon decided to discontinue the launch. Read More
Attention British people, the BBC News app has been updated with a completely new look—material design and all that. So people must be happy, right? Of course not, because things have changed and change is bad. Sure is pretty, though.
You will soon have fewer options for getting web content from your computer to your phone. Google is pulling the Chrome to Mobile browser extension and shutting down the "Print to my Phone" feature from Google Cloud Print in early February. Users are instructed to use tab sync instead.
Do you like side-scrolling? Do you like running? Do you hate the Amazon Appstore? If you answered yes to the preceding questions, get ready to get happy. Halfbrick Studios has released Monster Dash in the Play Store after first debuting it on the Appstore last week. It's got running, shooting, and tons of monsters.
If you're the owner of a Moto G GPE, your Lollipop update is here. Google and Motorola have begun rolling out the latest version of Android to the budget GPE device, but if you don't have it yet, we've got the direct download link for you at the bottom of this post.
Oddly, even though this new firmware is Android 5.0.1, the build is LRX21Z, which would appear to be older than LRX22C, which is the 5.0.1 build heading out to Nexus and other GPE devices. The update is roughly 380 MB in size and can be flashed via the stock recovery using ADB. Read More
If you're a user of Samsung's WatchON service to get information on TV listings, movies, and the like, you may need to find a new app to satisfy that need. Samsung announced today that, on December 31, 2014, the company will shut down WatchON in all markets except the US and Korea.
December 31st, 2014, Samsung WatchON will discontinue full service in all markets, except the United States and Korea. We would like to assure customers that content previously purchased through Samsung WatchON will not be affected and will remain accessible through the relevant content provider’s application. We ask all customers with questions or concerns to please contact our customer support team by visiting the following website: http://help.content.samsung.com.
If the mention of "Poland only" in the title didn't deter you, you'd probably like to know that, hot on the heels of the LG G3's Poland-only Lollipop update, Samsung has decided to begin its Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 in that country as well. As for what's new, you obviously get all the new goodies that Google has included in the OS, as well as some fairly substantial visual changes to the look and feel of Touchwiz, including a material redesign of some core Samsung apps.
The new version number is G900FXXU1BNL2 and is based on Android build LRX21P. Read More
It was only a few months ago that Google finally updated its long-neglected News and Weather app, sometimes called the Genie widget because of the package name. Today there's already a sizeable update for the app that brings a new dark theme, material animations, search, and more.
Some HTC One M7 variants appear to be getting a new OTA update. As for what's new, apparently not much. All we know is that it contains "important enhancements and bug fixes related to improving phone call experience," and that it isn't Lollipop.
The update is version 6.09.401.11, and weighs in at a fairly hefty 193.01 MB, so whatever was changed must involve some somewhat substantial code modifications. The update also keeps the M7 on Android 4.4.3/KitKat. On the surface, this OTA appears to be for non-US models, so customers in the States probably shouldn't bother spamming that "check now" button. Read More
The Galaxy S II Skyrocket, AT&T's first LTE phone, was released a little over three years ago. During its lifetime, it had pretty good support from Samsung regarding Android version updates. It launched with Gingerbread, and got subsequent bumps to Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean 4.1. That OTA to Jelly Bean was the last time the phone saw any kind of software update, and that was 19 months ago. With that in mind, AT&T apparently can't let its first LTE love go because, out of nowhere, Samsung has announced a new software update for the aging device. As for a changelog, all Samsung gave us was a nice, vague "Android OS Enhancements." That can pretty much mean anything. Read More