These days, everyone want a platform and the developers that come with it. In the case of the consumer electronics giant that Samsung has become over the last few years, they've got several platforms, even if their most important one is standing on the shoulders of some giants in Mountain View. To expand the presence of Samsung in the developer community, the company has announced its very first developer conference, currently scheduled for October 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Recently, Samsung started offering a few perks to those who picked up a Note 8.0 or Galaxy Tab 3, which included either $10 or $25 in Play Store credit, three months of Hulu Plus, and a full year of access to Boingo Wi-fi access (available to new users only). As of now, the company has also extended this offer to Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition (that's a mouthful) owners, and it mirrors the Tab 3's promo exactly:
- $10 in Play Store Credit
- 3 Month Hulu Plus Membership (new users only)
- 12 Months of Boingo Wi-Fi Access (new users only)
To take advantage of this deal, you need only register your product with Samsung by following this link.
Love 'em or hate 'em, you've got to admit that Samsung has made a habit out of offering its flagship devices in as many hues as they possibly can. Leakster extraordinaire EVleaks posted a press shot of a new Galaxy S4 last night, sporting an Autumn Brown color and Verizon branding. There's no indication of when it will show up on store shelves.
The leak says the phone is brown, but that's only half true: the back of the phone looks like the same diamond-pattern black as the older Galaxy S4, while the "brushed" pattern on the front bezel and home button gets a chocolate-colored makeover.
Some devices get all the ROMs. Of course, for the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, that's kind of the point. Late last month an early version of Android 4.3 was leaked for the phone right around the time of its Play Store debut, and now an even newer build labeled "JWR66V" has popped up. According to XDA Developers forum poster Jahon, it was build on July the 11th, and now it's been re-packaged into a ROM file flashable in the custom recovery of your choice.
Rumors have been flying around the net for the past few days that Samsung is going to skip updating the Note II to 4.2.2 for [presumably] Android 4.3. Up until now there hasn't been much that backed this rumor, but Australia's Telstra network has all but confirmed this to be the case on its device update page.
If you read the above highlighted note in full, you'll see that "Samsung have [sic] elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update or this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android" (emphasis ours).
Earlier this month, a Samsung Galaxy S3 exploded inside an 18-year-old girl's pants pocket, leaving her with a pretty nasty third-degree burn on her thigh. It really happened, and the burn is real, but Samsung's not responsible. The company has concluded that the battery used in the device was not the original. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Dubendorf, Laboratory have confirmed Sammy's findings.
Late last month, Samsung announced an LTE-A-powered Galaxy S4 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor for Korea's SK Telecom network. The benchmarks – along with the speedtests – were mind-boggling, but it was extremely unclear whether the rest of the world would ever get a taste of everything this new GS4 has to offer. Thanks to a new leak over at AllAboutSamsung.de (and confirmed by SamMobile's sources), we now have strong reason to think that an international version, model number i9506, is on its way.
So you know about that big scary update for Verizon's Galaxy S 4 that blocks root, patches the bootloader, and haunts your children's dreams. The question is, though, what else does it do? Verizon finally spilled the beans (someone grab a mop and clean this mess up, please), and it's chock-full of stuff. Lots and lots of stuff.
The Verizon Stratosphere II is one of those phones. You know, the quirky - I mean, qwerty - kind that packs just enough punch to be functional but not enough to wow the bulk of us. Today Verizon has announced the latest firmware update, version I415VRBMF1, that gives the little handset a little tune-up. The device should now give a more accurate read of data usage and leave behind a few jarring bugs, such as issues where auto-correct inadvertently replaces an entire text message and the SIM pin entry screen displays the incorrect number of remaining attempts.
Samsung announced this spring that security app LoJack would soon be built into the Galaxy S4. The necessary firmware arrived on most North American variants of the S4 in recent weeks, and now the service is live to take advantage of it. LoJack can be activated on your Galaxy S4 today for $29.99 per year. In return for your money you get phone tracking, remote wipe, and recovery assistance.
The LoJack app is built into the firmware of the device, making it persistent through factory resets (but probably not ROM flashes).