Samsung’s business orientated Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet received its Android 5.0.2 update in mid-July after a long wait to much fanfare. Unfortunately, one major feature has been broken during the update process. Non-Samsung Bluetooth keyboards or mouses are not functioning with the tablet anymore. The main keyboard users are complaining about not working is the Logitech Keyboard Pro case but after personally testing generic brand keyboards and mouses, neither the generic or Logitech brands have been able to function properly after the update. Users of Samsung branded hardware are reporting that they are having no issues using the keyboard or mouse.
The devices are able to pair to the Note Pro 12.2, but upon attempting to operate the hardware, it simply does not function. After reaching out to Samsung, we have not heard back, but Logitech did say that they are aware of the issue and are trying to fix the problem. From their end they are saying that it looks like the driver was not included in the recent update pushed out by Samsung which would mean that Samsung would have to release a patch in order to fix this huge error.
Tech forums are rampant with business users and personal users alike who are upset that their $120+ Logitech keyboard no longer functions with their tablet. This is just one of the many complaints that have risen after the update earlier in July. One must wonder how Samsung missed such an important feature which is critical for its business users for their daily use and what type of priority Samsung is giving to correct the problem.
Do you have a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2? If so what type of problems have you experienced since the update? Does your Bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse function? What brand are they? Comment and let us know.
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If you’re a fan of the Galaxy Note Edge and were hoping to pick up this year’s version you may be disappointed according to today’s rumour. While some of us have been looking forward to seeing Samsung launch a dual-edged version of the upcoming Note 5, it seems that the Korean tech giant might not be on the same page.
The rumour says that Samsung doesn’t have any plans to release a Note 5 Edge and that only the standard version of the Note 5 will be announced in September at the IFA in Berlin. It’s widely believed that the Note 5 will carry the following specifications:
- 5.89-Inch display with 2560 x 1440 (2K) resolution
- Exynos 7422 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- UFS 2.0 Flash memory
- 4,100mAh battery
- 7.9mm thin
- Android 5.1.1
- Auto-ejecting S Pen (rumoured)
- USB Type-C (rumoured)
All that is nice and good, really, but what about us folk that held off from buying the Note Edge last year in the hopes that the 2015 version would be better implemented?
It should be said that this is just yet another rumour. It may or may not be correct, and the proverbial pinch of salt should be taken when reading rumours from unnamed sources. There’s still a couple of months to go until the big unveiling. Until then, you can guarantee that this will not be the last rumour we hear about the Note 5. I wouldn’t even bet against it being the only rumour today.
There is another way to look at this: Could Samsung have decided to only release a dual-edged Note 5 and forego the standard version? How’s that for an example of looking for a silver lining.
Finally, a couple of my own worries about the Note 5. With the praise that the Galaxy S6 design received, I wonder if the Note 5 will incorporate design cues from Samsung’s latest Galaxy S flagship. If so, will it also break with tradition by not supporting MicroSD cards and moving to a non-removable battery? Only time will tell. It’s going to be quite a ride until IFA in September, that’s for sure.
Come comment on this article: Rumour says Samsung might skip on releasing an Edge version of the Note 5
Something that sets the Galaxy Note range apart from the Galaxy S series of handsets is the inclusion of the S Pen, Samsung’s take on the stylus. Every time a new Note handset is released, the S Pen receives a whole bunch of new features and functions, and it would seem that the upcoming Note 5 will be no different, with the latest rumour being that the S Pen will sport an Auto Eject ability. This rumour comes about thanks to the publication of a trademark application from Samsung by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The trademark application shows the S Pen Auto Eject feature being made possible by the inclusion of two electromagnets in the S Pen storage slot and a magnet in the S Pen itself. Reversing the polarization of the electromagnets would result in the S Pen being pushed out of the smartphone body. Whether this function will be controlled via an app or vocal command is unknown at this point, although both methods would seem likely.
I’m just speculating here, but it may also be possible to use the electromagnets to auto-insert the S Pen, providing of course that the S Pen has already been partly inserted. As stated though, that’s pure speculation. The S Pen Auto Eject feature may also just be a feature that is currently present in a prototype that won’t make it to the final product.
We are still a couple of months away from the IFA in September where it is believed that the Galaxy Note 5 will be announced, and it would appear that the hype machine is winding up nicely. I’m sure that there’s going to be many more leaks and rumours until the Note 5 is officially announced.
Come comment on this article: Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen is rumoured to feature Auto-eject function
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Just a few weeks ago we heard about Samsung’s Project Valley which was rumoured to be a dual display, foldable smartphone concept. To further that chain of rumours, we have word today that Samsung has taken out a number of design patents that design exactly that: a dual display, foldable smartphone. A coincidence? I think not.
The patent itself describes quite a lot about what a potential foldable smartphone would be capable of and what features it might have, including:
- “hovering” support for styluses (and fingers!);
- a stylus mounted camera, called “The Photographer”;
- remote camera operation using “The Photographer” as the camera and using the smartphone as a viewfinder;
- using the stylus as a scanner;
- A multi-directional hinge that will allow the dual displays to be folded in various configurations;
- dual display, foldable technology for tablets as well.
With this kind of size and the presence of a stylus, we’d say this kind of device would be most suited to the Galaxy Note family – then again, Samsung might need a whole new family for devices like this. For more pictorial examples, check out the images below (with appended notes thanks to Patently Mobile):
However, with all this wonderful hypothetical technology in mind, we would do well to remember that patents are just that: patents. Samsung may never bring this technology to market if it doesn’t see fit, though we have to say that if it does, it could be quite a long way ahead of its competitors.
What do you think about the dual display, foldable smartphone described in these patents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge released and the dust finally settling over Samsung’s almost perfect smartphone, attentions are turning toward Samsung’s other flagship series, the Note line. While last year’s Note series kicked off the curved Edge line with the Note Edge, the most current of rumors highlights on what we may not see this year.
According to SamMobile sources, Samsung may only release one variant of the Galaxy Note 5 and it could sport a 2-4K flat-screen Super AMOLED display. IT will also sport a Exynos 7422 processor and Samsung’s very own modem. The Exynos 7422 will be Samsung’s first all-in-one processor, housing the CPU, GPU, RAM, modem and internal storage, all on one chip.
Samsung will also be toying with some Note 5 devices having the Exynos 7430 chipset, but those will be just an engineering example and there isn’t any plans for that specific model to be a consumer release. The same can be said about the Note 5’s display and Samsung is currently bouncing around between the 2k and 4k displays.
As far as the Edge variant that we probably won’t see, the phone that is actually set to allegedly replace the device is codenamed “Project Zen.” The device will not be a curved variant of the Note 5 but will be a device with its own non-completely high-end specs. The device is rumored to pack a 5.4-5.5-inch Super AMOLED curved display, an S Pen, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 16MP rear shooter complete with OIS.
Of course, as per the norm, all this should be taken with a grain of salt. Given we’re still about four months away from seeing anything announced officially from the Korean company, a lot can change between now and then. What would make you consider the Note 5?
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Following behind AT&T and Sprint, T-mobile has now started rolling out an update to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! We were already aware this update was coming sometime this week, but thanks to numerous tipsters this morning, we can confirm the update is now live for some users.
The latest update packs the firmware number N910TUVU1COD6 and appears to be a 1085.68MB download. In other words, you’ll probably want to be on Wi-Fi, unless you have unlimited data.
As for what’s new here? As with the case of pretty much all Samsung devices that have moved from KitKat to Lollipop, the aesthetic changes here aren’t nearly as big as you’d see with a device running a stock build of Android, as TouchWiz covers up many of the expected Material Design tweaks. That said, there are still plenty of noticeable changes including Lollipop’s Smart Lock security feature, priority notifications, an improved lockscreen, and much more.
Keep in mind that this update is likely rolling out in stages, so don’t be too surprised if it has yet to reach your device. So how about it, have you received Android Lollipop on your T-Mobile Note 4 yet? If so, what do you think?
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Last month the Galaxy Note 4 started to receive Lollipop in select international markets, and earlier this month US owners on Sprint’s network also saw an update to Google’s sweet treat. On the heels of the Now Network, A&T is now rolling out Android 5.0.1 to the Galaxy Note 4.
As is typical, expect the update to roll out in stages, and so it may not be waiting for you just yet, even if you have an AT&T Note 4. If the update is ready, keep in mind that the update’s download speed is reportedly very slow, for whatever reason, and so it may take hours for the update to complete.
So what’s new here in this 1.1GB file? Like we’ve seen from other Samsung devices, material design elements from Lollipop are much less noticeable than they would be on a stock Android device. That said, there’s still plenty of changes such as brighter colors, an updated multitasking interface, a new lockscreen, Lollipop’s priority system and a number of bug fixes. Of course, Lollipop also introduces plenty of new bugs of its own that Android 5.1 aims to fix, but that’s a whole other story.
Have you managed to get your hands on the Note 4 AT&T Lollipop update yet? If so, what do you think so far?
Samsung announced the Milk Music streaming service last year to take on the likes of Beats Music, Pandora and Spotify. Its compatibility however was limited to a handful of Samsung devices, mostly limited to smartphones. Today, the Korean manufacturer has introduced support for Milk Music on Galaxy Note tablets as well as the lineup of Galaxy Tab 4 devices.
Samsung is yet to specify which Note tablets will be compatible, but the list shouldn’t be large considering that there are only a handful of Note tablets that have launched over a one year period. Milk Music is available only on Samsung devices and offers users an ad-free music listening experience. Customers will have to shell out $3.99 per month for this privilege, although it was initially made available for free.
So if you own a Galaxy Tab 4 or any of the recently launched Galaxy Note devices, make sure you check the Play Store for compatibility.
Via: Sam Mobile
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Milk Music service now accessible through the Galaxy Tab 4 and Note tablets
Milk Music was released last year as Samsung’s answer to music streaming, but it was only available on certain smartphones. Samsung today has announced that Milk Music is not available on the Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Note tablet lineups.
The list of compatible Samsung devices is as follows (per the Milk Music Play Store listing):
Galaxy S® III
Galaxy Note® II
Galaxy S® 4
Galaxy Note® 3
Galaxy S® 4 mini
Galaxy S® 5
Galaxy S® III mini
Galaxy Note® 4
Galaxy Note® Edge
Galaxy Tab S®, Tab S Pro®, Note Pro® 12.2
Galaxy Note® 8.0
Galaxy Note® 10.1, Note® 10.1 (2014 Edition)
Galaxy Tab® 4 family
Galaxy Tab® 3 8.0, Tab® 3 10.1
Gear S Smartwatch
So as you can see, the Note tablets this is available on are the Note Pro 12.2, Note 8.0, Note 10.1, and the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition).
Milk Music was initially released as free to owners of various Samsung devices, but it now costs $3.99 per month along with the prerequisite of needing the aforementioned Samsung devices.
via Talk Android
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