Remember last night, when we were excited about the Galaxy S5 getting its Android 5.0 update already, at least in Poland? That was nice. Let's try to hang on to that warm, comforting feeling while we face this cold fact: a combination of lowered expectations for non-flagship devices and good old US carrier apathy means many Android owners won't be so lucky. For example, the Galaxy S4 Zoom on AT&T is just now getting its update to Android 4.4, more than a year after the release of both KitKat and the phone itself.
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.
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.
That fingerprint reader that came with your Samsung Galaxy gadget can secure your lockscreen, but unlocking your device isn't the only task it can help speed up. For heavy PayPal users, it can be an ideal way to make online purchases more quickly. Instead of keying in your PayPal credentials, you can apply your print. Now this ability has come to the Play Store version of the app.
To take advantage of the functionality, you need a Galaxy phone or tablet with a fingerprint reader such as S5, Note 4, Alpha, or Tab S.
Update: Here's Samsung's changelog.
On December 2, 2014, AT&T and Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This software update bring HD Voice capabilities, as well as additional application preloads, and improvements. The size of the update file is 184MB, and is available for download via Wi-Fi only.
This software update includes
- HD Voice capability*
- Service additions:
- Amazon Shopping App
- Evernote App
- Softcard App
- Miscellaneous improvements
AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note 4 is receiving a substantial over-the-air update to a new build (AUCU1BNK3) today, though we don't know much about what the 233.7MB package does.
Half a year after the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hit store shelves, T-Mobile is ready to offer its customers an LTE-equipped model for use out of the range or a router. The tablet will go on sale online and in stores on December 10th.
Customers can hand over $27.08 a month for two years or walk out fully owning the gadget for $649.92. Actually using the cellular connection will cost an extra $10 a month, with T-Mobile matching your plan's existing data allotment (a 3GB smartphone plan would result in an additional 3GB of data just for the tablet).
If your Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been randomly rebooting, you might want to check for a system update. No, it's not getting Lollipop, but Verizon says that this update does fix "the intermittent power cycle issue." Translation: before this update the phone crashed. Now it will not crash. We hope. The only other change for software version KOT49H.I545VRUFNK1 (PDF link) is a VPN connectivity fix.
Verizon's S4 has gotten a few of these small updates, so you should know how it goes by now: any modification to the system or the recovery will cause a flash error, and if you have root before the update it's possible you might lose it afterward.
You may have had high hopes for the Nexus 9 only to read our review (along with many other sites') and have decided that maybe it isn't the slate for you. But maybe you still want something larger than last year's Nexus 7. Perhaps you prefer how Samsung goes about making hardware. If either of these are true, then listen up.
For Cyber Monday, Best Buy is selling new Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4's for a little less than the price of used or refurbished models elsewhere.
OK, so perhaps the latest version of the Galaxy Note tablet isn't impressing you, thanks to that overly large 12.2-inch screen. If you'd like a deal on something very similar but a little more manageable, B&H Photo has the 32GB version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (man, I'm glad they did away with that naming scheme) for $329. That's a whopping $270 off of the price of the 32GB model at launch last year, and still $170 off of Amazon's current price.
Most of the deals we post from eBay are for refurbished devices. It's a great way to save money on a new gadget, but some people are understandably turned off at the idea of buying something that's been used before, no matter how gently or infrequently. This deal is for them: a brand new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 can be had from Newegg's official eBay page for $449.99. That's a full $300 off of the original retail price from back in March, and $150 off of the current price on Amazon.