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US Army Special Forces to dump Galaxy Note II for iPhone 6S because iPhones are "faster"

In what I am tempted to say may be the stupidest news I've read all morning (give me an hour, though, I just grabbed my coffee), the US Army's Special Operations Command is allegedly dumping its current Nett Warrior embedded tactical smartphone solution - a 4-year-old Galaxy Note II - for an iPhone 6S. Because, and I quote DoDBuzz's source here, the iPhone is "faster; smoother. Android freezes up." Wait, you're telling me a smartphone that's four years old trying to run a specialized government app isn't very fast or stable? I am shocked, sir - simply taken aback!

This staggering conclusion has led the US Army Special Forces to decide that, after testing those same applications on an iPhone 6S - a phone benefitting from four years of technological advancement over its replacement - iPhones are simply better.

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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Come To Verizon's Galaxy Note 10.1 And The GSM-LTE, Sprint, and Verizon Galaxy Note II

The Galaxy Note II and its tablet big brother the Galaxy Note 10.1 were both released in 2012. That being the case, the odds of them getting an Android 6.0 update are about as good as the Chicago Cubs winning the Super Bowl. Of course, a lack of updates (even for hardware that might not meet the minimum requirements) is a big part of what makes custom ROMs so popular. So it is that the CyanogenMod ROM's version 13, based on AOSP code for Marshmallow, has come to a handful of older Samsung devices.

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Samsung's Game Recorder+ App Creates Gameplay Videos (With Internal Audio On The GS6 And GS6 Edge), But There Are Some Kinks To Work Out

Samsung has been releasing more apps lately and the newest one is for the mobile gamers. Game Recorder+ lets you record gameplay videos on several Samsung devices, with internal audio supported on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The early reviews aren't great, though.

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Sprint Galaxy Note II Receives Google Security Patches In Latest OTA Update

Sprint is rolling out an over-the-air update to customers who own a Galaxy Note II that applies a security patch or two from Google. What vulnerability this update addresses isn't detailed, but it's the first OTA Sprint has sent out since the big KitKat update last May.

Once the goods arrive, they will leave your Note II running software version L900VPUCNK2. There's nothing else on the changelog, so don't go digging around looking for anything exciting.

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You can check for the update manually, but do so knowing that you're making your phone just a little bit safer. Don't do it because it's fun.

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Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note II Is Getting A Minor OTA Update, But Not Until January 6th 2015

Updates are not only for the latest and greatest phones, but they usually are. It's actually quite unusual to see a phone from a few years ago on a US carrier getting an update, but that's what's happening with the Samsung Galaxy Note II on Sprint. Rather, it will happen on January 6th.

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AT&T Provides OTA Updates For The Galaxy Note II, S III, S4, Mega, And LG G3 [Update: Galaxy Tab S 8.4 And 10.5, Too]

Update: Let us not forget the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. AT&T has updated that device this week as well, bumping it up to KOT49H.T707AUCU1ANJ5 after a 32MB download. As for the changes, they're a yawn.

  • Carrier Billing enhancements
  • Updates to ATT Mail, Keeper, YPMobile

Those changes are largely the same as the Galaxy Tab S 10.5's OTA this week. This 58MB update left the device at build number KOT49H.T807AUCU1ANJ5.

  • Addition of Milk Music application
  • Carrier Billing enhancements
  • Updates to ATT Mail, Keeper, YPMobile

AT&T has rolled out over-the-air updates to a slew of devices over the course of this week.

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US Cellular Announces Android 4.4.2 OTA Software Update For Its Galaxy Note II (R950VXUCNE2)

Update, 7-25-14: It looks like this over-the-air update was delayed for some reason. Samsung says it's coming in now.

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KitKat is making its way to the Galaxy Note II. We've seen it come to Sprint, and just yesterday it started rolling out to Verizon's version of the handset. Now US Cellular has updated the support page for its Note II to say that KitKat is on its way. The carrier is pushing out an over-the-air update that will bump the phone up to version R950VXUCNE2.

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Following the update, the phone will sport Android 4.4.2. There isn't much to say about KitKat at this point that you don't already know.

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AT&T Galaxy Note II Getting Its Android 4.4 KitKat Update (Build UCUCNE5)

If you're still toting around a stock AT&T Galaxy Note II, good news: your phone is finally getting Android 4.4.2. The rollout should be starting now, and includes all of the basic 4.4 goodies you can expect coming from 4.3, like wireless printing, the new storage access framework, SMS default app selection, Google Wallet tap-to-pay support, and a few others. Here's Samsung's full changelog:

OS upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • New Lock Screen Access
    • Media Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
    • Camera Shortcut  - access the Camera application right from the lock screen
  • Improved user experience when multiple messaging apps are installed - All SMS and MMS messages are together in the same app, alongside other conversations and video calls.
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Verizon Galaxy Note II Gets To Taste KitKat Following Latest OTA Software Update [Updated]

Update: Samsung has shared a little bit more information on this update. The approximate file size is 246.5 MB. Click on the image below to read up on the details.

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The time has come for Verizon Galaxy Note II owners to experience the new features that Google rolled out in the fall of 2013, as the Big Red is pushing out an OTA update to the large handset that has the goods in tow. The software version goes by the elegant name of KOT49H.I605VRUFND7.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Is Rolling Out To The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung leaves no phone behind. Well okay, it does, but not all the time. I mean, certainly not a flagship device... usually. At any rate, the Galaxy Note II on Sprint is getting bumped up to Android 4.4 as we speak. Isn't that nice?

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