Just like every other manufacturer, Huawei would really appreciate it if you paid them some attention starting next week. Once Mobile World Congress starts, it'll be a mad melee of journalists, PR managers, presenters, and executives all scrambling to either show off or see the latest hardware. Huawei is being a bit proactive with their announcement trailer, poking fun at the world's two biggest phone makers in the process. IDC says Huawei is currently number three.
The kernel source dropped yesterday, which seemed to point to an impending release, and we didn't have to wait long. Android 4.4 is on its way to all Galaxy S4 users on Sprint, but you'll have to wait your turn.
While no US carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 have received an official update to Android 4.4/KitKat yet, Samsung has dropped the KitKat kernel source for the Sprint's model. While that by itself is really only of interest to developers, its implications will matter to a much larger audience. Generally, Samsung does not release kernel source for builds that aren't official. Historically, once source code is made available, official OTA updates follow in reasonably short order.
Now that Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is no longer laughable because of its anachronistic gadget name, Verizon has decided to make it laughable with the carrier's standard enormously narcissistic branding. Go-to gadget leak guy Evleaks posted a press shot of the upcoming carrier version of the 10-inch tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 edition, for Verizon. pic.twitter.com/JpNmMVzf4x
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 12, 2014
It's not overly surprising that Verizon would want its own version of the new Note 10.1, since they offered the original model in an LTE flavor last year.
There are so many regional and carrier variants of Samsung's Galaxy S4 flagship that even we can hardly keep them straight, but apparently CyanogenMod hasn't released an official ROM for the white bread, vanilla, Exynos-powered original GS4 before now. But lo and behold, a new build for the GT-I9500 GSM model has appeared on the CM download page. It's a test version of CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) if you're interested.
As you may recall, support for Exynos-based hardware has been something of a sticking point for CyanogenMod and other ROM teams.
Mobile World Congress starts in just under two weeks. As with most of the big mobile shows, Samsung will be doing its own thing with an Unpacked event, which the company already announced last week. For some reason Samsung has decided to issue a second announcement, this time with a tiny bit more information. And lots of fives.
The new invitation image includes nine generic app-style icons, all with a "5" superscript.
You can't just run down to the corner (or Amazon) and pick up one of Samsung's new Pro tablets, but the source code is already posted for a number of these devices. Samsung's open source site now lists KitKat downloads for two versions of the TabPRO 10.1 (its first appearance), as well as some new variants of the NotePro 12.2.
The new Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 might be really expensive, but you know what isn't? The kernel source. That's available for download on Samsung's open source site right this minute.
It wasn't that long ago when Google announced that it had entered a cross-licensing deal with Samsung, and just two days ago, it entered one with Cisco as well. Not to be left out, Samsung announced today that it, too, had signed a deal with Cisco. As a part of this deal, both companies will have access to the other's patent portfolios for the next ten years.
Like the deals that came before, this agreement aims to reduce the risk of unnecessary patent lawsuits in the future.