The Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4 has been making the rounds lately, already popping up for Verizon and Sprint. Now it's set to make another appearance, not on AT&T or T-Mobile, but on US Cellular. The carrier that wasn't large enough to appear on Samsung's leaked accelerated Android 4.3 update plan now has a changelog up detailing what users can expect from software version R970VXUAMJA. Read More
Sprint is getting some significant updates to its smartphone lineup today: two high-end phones from LG and two mid-range phones from Samsung, in a variety of sizes from petite to freakin' huge, man. The Nexus 5 and G2 from LG, as well as the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega (6.3) from Samsung, are all available on the online store now. They should be in most retail stores soon (with a possible exception in the midwest and southeast), though the Nexus 5 will probably be scarce as usual.
Sprint is offering The Nexus 5 at $149.99 on a two-year contract (after a mail-in rebate for $50, so $200 up front), plus another $100 off if you port an old number in on a new line. Read More
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 is not an budget-oriented device – the 32GB version of this stylus-packing tablet is retailing for $600 before tax. A deal currently running on eBay knocks $30 off the price and includes free shipping and no tax (unless you live in Maryland). That makes it a bit more reasonable, depending on where you live.
This is a new tablet, not an open box or refurb model. It will ship free, and there is only tax in Maryland. So if you live in a state where Amazon collects taxes, this could save you more than $30. For example, it's about $80 in upfront savings for California buyers. Read More
Samsung is already running circles around all of the other manufacturers shipping Android devices, and while we can come up with many reasons to pick up one the company's products, Sammy's steadily dishing out more. If you register your brand new Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note tablet, Samsung will give you over $400 in perks. This is a $200 increase over their previous offer, and they've added additional products including Audible, SiriusXM, and Zinio. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 launched with most of these perks, but now they've been distributed across Samsung's broader range of tablets.
We've covered most of Samsung's perks before, including $25 of Google Play credit, three months of Hulu Plus for new subscribers, twelve months of Boingo Wi-Fi access for new users, and 50GB of Dropbox storage. Read More
It's a good time to be a Samsung owner, at least if you've got some recent hardware. After beginning an extensive campaign of Android 4.3 updates for US models of the Galaxy SIII, S4, and Note II (likely motivated by the Galaxy Gear compatibility it provides), Samsung is now starting to update the massively popular international SIII model, the GT-I9300. According to SamMobile, Irish S III owners on Vodafone are the first to get the update, with no other regions reporting in at the moment.
The Jelly Bean 4.3 update includes all the software additions of the penultimate version of Android, plus such additions to TouchWiz as Samsung has deemed necessary. Read More
Samsung, for whatever reason, has not released a back plate for the Galaxy S4 Active that allows it to take advantage of Qi wireless charging. The folks at Monster Watts seemed to have a solution with their WIQIQi battery attachment, and even managed to pull off a successful Indiegogo campaign. However, legal issues have forced the cancellation of the product.
The company makes WIQIQi attachments for several other devices, but according to the campaign site, legal issues with the water-resistance claims of the GS4 Active gave them pause. After consulting with council, Monster Watts has decided to stop production of the GS4 Active wireless receiver and destroy all the stock. Read More
Verizon got it first (for once), but now it's time for Samsung Galaxy S4 owners on Sprint to get their Android 4.3 update on. The over-the-air download should be disseminating today, though we've yet to see confirmation from Sprint itself. Assuming that it is indeed going out, the update comes right on schedule, according to a leaked Samsung document.
In addition to the standard Android 4.3 features, the OTA download (L720VPUAMJA) delivers compatibility with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's Knox encryption system. If there are any other significant changes to the software Samsung isn't saying, but you can expect tweaks to various TouchWiz apps and settings. Read More
Amazon subsidiary Woot.com has taken the wraps off another one of its big tablet sales. This promotion isn't like their normal "one deal a day" operations - the prices will be good until November 1st at 9AM Central, though the individual listings are still limited by stock. The good deals are on refurbished Samsung and Asus hardware, though some of the dirt-cheap tablets you might see in the discount aisle are also there.
Before you ask, yes, there's a Nexus available. Samsung's Nexus 10 32GB is available for $329.99 refurbished, a solid $170 off the retail price. Other highlights include the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) refurbished for $299.99 (technically $200 off, though you can get new ones for a lot cheaper than retail), the generally well-received Galaxy Note 8.0 for $289.99 refurbished with a bonus book cover in white and brown ($110 off, book cover is a $50 value), and the Transformer Pad TF300 refurbished with a keyboard for $279.99 ($270 off the combined retail price). Read More
When a tech company holds a conference for developers, you can pretty much bet the speakers will have something new to share with the attendees. At the very first Samsung Developer Conference, this pattern continues as 5 new and updated SDKs have been announced for the company's various platforms. This batch of SDKs are centered on Android, Smart TVs, and enterprise development.
- Samsung Smart TV SDK
- Samsung Multiscreen SDK
- Samsung Multiscreen Gaming SDK
- Samsung KNOX SDK
- Samsung Mobile SDK
The Mobile SDK is technically new, but it's really meant to bring together various TouchWiz SDKs that had previously been distributed separately. Read More
Kids these days have it so easy. When I was a rugrat me and my sister shared a 100Mhz Windows 95 machine that Dad scrounged out of spare parts, and we were happy to have it. If you feel like irresponsibly trusting your child with an expensive electronic gadget of their very own, Samsung is happy to oblige with the Kids edition of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3. This ruggedized tablet with kid-specific software goes on sale on November 10th at the usual retailers, plus Toys 'R' Us, for $229.99.
The tablet's Kids moniker comes from the fact that it includes a special impact-resistant case and a ton of software tweaks, including enhanced parental controls and a restricted app store specifically for children. Read More