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. Read More
Update, 7-25-14: It looks like this over-the-air update was delayed for some reason. Samsung says it's coming in now.
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.
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. Read More
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.
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. Read More
KitKat has started to come to the international variant of the Galaxy Note II. As SamMobile has reported, the update is currently available to users in France. It's an official build available through Kies, with no word yet on when an OTA is scheduled to go out. When it does, it should hit other regions as well. The update bumps the software version up to N7100XXUFND3.
This update includes the goodies that come with Android 4.4, such as white status bar icons, a camera icon on the lock screen, and wireless printing. Samsung's own perks are included as well, including KNOX. Read More
Only a couple of days after coming to the Galaxy S III, Samsung's Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to Verizon customers wielding Galaxy Note IIs. This is the update that has been going around the block for a while now, having already made its way to Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the handset. It comes with the same goodies, including Galaxy Gear support.
Along with Galaxy Gear compatibility, this OTA brings in the nuggets you expect with Android 4.3, Samsung KNOX integration, and updates to many of Samsung's pre-installed apps. These changes include enhancements for the camera, music player, S Voice, and more. Read More
Samsung has been rolling out Galaxy Gear support to additional devices since the end of October, lumping the functionality in with updates to Android 4.3. A leaked schedule provided a timeline of when to expect various Galaxy handsets across the big four American carriers to get updated, and many OTAs started rolling out right on schedule. Others have not. The AT&T Galaxy Note II's update has been somewhat of a tortoise, but it may soon cross the finish line, as the long-awaited OTA is finally inbound. Read More
The Galaxy Note II is getting an OTA update. Hooray, right?! Eh, kind of. The update clocks in at 165MB, but it doesn't bump the Android version or even add new features. What you're getting is 165MB of updates to Google and AT&T preloaded apps.
The update will be pushed down to everyone automatically over the coming days, but you can check for the OTA manually from the Software Update menu. After the update, your About Device screen should still read Android 4.1.2, but baseband will be I317UCAMH3 and the kernel should be 3.0.31-1363381. This update is still a variant of the JZO54K build of Jelly Bean. Read More
It's been a little while since we last saw a nice deal on Samsung's Galaxy Note II. If you're still lusting after Samsung's latest (for now) and greatest phablet creation, but haven't convinced yourself to shell out the requisite cash, listen up – both the Verizon and Sprint-bound variants are enjoying a nice price slashing.
Amazon Wireless is offering Verizon's Note II for just $79.99 with a new account, and $150 on upgrades. Meanwhile, Sprint's Galaxy Note II can be yours with a new account for a mere $49.99, down from the $70 price Amazon offered a couple of months ago. Read More
In the movie 3:10 to Yuma, Ben Wade (played by Russell Crowe) said "even bad men love their mamas" right after laying trash-talking Pinkerton Byron McElroy to rest (for saying bad things about Wade's mother, of course). I think this paints a pretty true picture: everyone loves their mother; rightfully so – none of us would even be here without our mamas, after all.
And if you want to show your mom how much she means to you this Mothers' Day, there's no better way to do it than with a massive and powerful smartphone. Maybe your mom is still stuck in the old days of the flip phone, or worse – maybe she uses an old iPhone. Read More
Howdy, Sprintsters! If you're a Note II owner, it's time to head into Settings > About Phone > System updates again, as The Now Network is pushing another OTA to the massive handset. It's a small one, with only a couple of fixes in tow:
- Waking a device with the home key incorrectly brings up the Recently Use applications screen
- Home Screen security updates
Exciting, no? At least you'll have a safer home screen and won't have to deal with seeing recent apps when you turn the device on with the home button post-update, though. So that's something. Read More