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PSA: Google Wallet 'Tap And Pay' Functionality Appears To Be Working On Most KitKat Updates For Devices On Isis Carriers

As Android 4.4/KitKat updates begin rolling out to devices on all the major US carriers, one frequently asked question has to do with whether or not these devices will include Android's new "Tap and Pay" feature. This was one of the major additions in KitKat and allows almost any device with an NFC chip to be used for "tap and go" mobile payments, even if said chip doesn't have a built-in secure element.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Gets Weird Pre-KitKat Android 4.3 OTA With Some Bug Fixes And Enhancements

The Galaxy S4 on AT&T started getting its KitKat update today, but the Note 3 is still on the waiting list. Some users were excited to see an OTA notification pop up on Samsung's latest phablet only to have their hopes crushed by what turns out to be another build of Android 4.3.

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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S4 Will Get The Android 4.4.2 OTA Tomorrow, February 26th [Update: It's Rolling]

Update: AT&T has just posted on its blog to say the OTA is live. Check for updates, people.

Prepare yourself AT&T customers – the Galaxy S4 is about to finally get that KitKat update that's been slowly rolling out across Samsung's product lineup. AT&T just posted the update details, and tomorrow (February 26th) is the big day.

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Announces New Octa And Hexa-Core Exynos Processors, Along With Improved NFC, Imaging, and WiFi Tech

Samsung usually produces both Exynos and Snapdragon variants of its flagship phones, the former mostly used in non-LTE versions. However, the company didn't mention Exynos at all during the Galaxy S5 event. Now Samsung has gotten around to announcing two new Exynos 5 chips, one of which is probably going to be in the GS5.

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The Exynos 5422 is a small spec bump over the 5420 announced last summer. It consists of four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration.

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Announces KNOX Updates, New KNOX Marketplace, And Other Security Enhancements

Samsung has announced a slew of improvements to its KNOX enterprise security product at this year's Mobile World Congress. For starters, users can now manage two separate secure containers per device, ideal for consultants with multiple clients or people who just want to better separate work data from personal files.

The total list of changes goes much deeper.

KNOX Updates:

  • Two separate secure containers per device, for example, for consultants who work for several companies or doctors who work for several clinics.
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HTC Fires Shots At The Galaxy S5 Announcement, Fails To Pay Attention To Details

Shots fired! Shortly after the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy S5, HTC tweeted a message for Samsung fans that cockily hinted, of course, at the upcoming next-gen One refresh, scheduled for March 25:

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Announces The Gear Fit, A Fitness Tracker Smartwatch Band Thingy

Because one two wearables weren't enough, Samsung had to go and announce a third. This one is a little bit different from the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, however – it's called the Gear Fit, and it's basically a fitness tracker with a twist... or rather a curve.

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The Fit isn't your typical run-of-the-mill fitness tracker, according to Samsung. It's packed with "the most comprehensive fitness tools available," and it also sends notifications from Galaxy smartphones, alerting users of incoming calls, emails, texts, alarms, and the like.

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Announces The Galaxy S5 – Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad-Core, 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED Display, Water/Dust Resistant, And 16MP Camera

We can finally put the months of rumors to bed – Samsung just unveiled to Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We'll have hands-on for you shortly, but let's go over what Samsung is announcing first.

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It's looking like some of the more outlandish rumors were way off base – the Galaxy S5 is not specced much differently than other flagship phones in recent months, and it's certainly not made of metal.

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Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Rolling Out To Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505), Starting In Germany

Samsung started pushing an update to KitKat for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9500) less than a week ago. Now, it's time for the Snapdragon-equipped S4 (GT-i9505) to see some action. In addition to the standard Android 4.4.2 feature set, this update will also bring some tweaks to the lockscreen, including a shortcut to the camera and full-screen album art during music playback, an improved landscape-mode keyboard, several bug fixes, and the now standard white KitKat status icons.

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[MWC 2014] Samsung Galaxy S5 Appears To Have Leaked Ahead Of Official Unveiling

Samsung is mere hours away from announcing the Galaxy S5 to complement those new Gear smart watches, but it seems a few devices are already floating around the show. The leaked images show off a phone that looks very much like the Galaxy S4 with some Note 3 influence.

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The back has a loose dimple pattern, not faux-leather like the Note 3 and Pro tablets. There is also a large camera sensor, flash, and another sensor of unknown identity.

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