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25
Jan

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 update is sent out prematurely



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Most of the time, software updates don’t get spotted until they are officially released by manufacturers. If we’re really lucky, a test build will leak out a few weeks early. However, what Samsung has been experiencing over the last few weeks is a bit unprecedented, with test builds being pushed via its OTA system to users who aren’t expecting the update. One of the earliest cases of this was the Galaxy Note 4 getting a sneak peek at Android 6.0, and the latest stuff-up (intentional or unintentional) has seen the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 update pushed to a device in France.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 updateThe information from the build indicates that the software is based on Android 6.0.1 and it includes the January security update which has so far only been made available to Nexus devices. While it is impossible to determine how close this software build is to final, the general concensus is that these screenshots are pretty legitimate and we’re looking at an almost-finished, if not finished, version of software that will be pushed out in the very near future. Exactly how near is anybody’s guess, however.


What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 update being released prematurely? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: FrAndroid via SamMobile

The post Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 update is sent out prematurely appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

28
Dec

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, by accident


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Samsung recently announced an Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta program for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in South Korea and the United Kingdom. So it came as a big surprise when one lucky Galaxy S5 owner received an OTA notification for the Android 6.0.1 update.

Mix Tech was quick to do a preview of the Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 6.0.1, and they posted both screenshots and uploaded a video on YouTube. At first, Galaxy S5 owners were a little upset upon finding that the latest version of Android wasn’t accompanied by the latest version of TouchWiz. However, since the news broke, it has been reported that the Android security patch version of the firmware is listed as “1 January 2016”.

What we are saying is that this isn’t the final firmware for the Galaxy S5, it might not even be an official firmware. Galaxy S5 owners, chances are that the final firmware does come with the latest TouchWiz. Having said that, we don’t expect an update to be pushed out any time soon. Samsung is probably going to release Android Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 5 before moving to previous generation handsets.

Rest assured, Samsung is indeed working on bringing Marshmallow to its 2014 flagship. Meanwhile, if you own a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, here’s our detailed guide on how to install the Marshmallow preview.


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30
Nov

Cricket slashes Galaxy S model prices in half for limited time


 

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Cricket Wireless, a prepaid service provider which operates on AT&T’s network, is halving the price of three Samsung phones. As part of a Cyber Monday promotion, Cricket will cut the cost of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy S6 in half. Indeed, this means you can score an off-contract Galaxy S4 phone for as low as $99.

“Once-a-year bargains like this enable customers to save money on holiday shopping, so they can put more savings in their pocket or buy more gifts for friends and family. Samsung lovers need to be ready early Monday morning. The early bird gets the phone.”

The limited-time pricing:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4: $99.99 (originally $199.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: $199.99(originally $399.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6: $249.99 (originally $499.99)

The deal starts today, of course, but actually runs until December 3. Cricket says you can also take advantage of the $100 credit for porting your number. In other words, bring your existing phone number to Cricket and you’ll get a $100 credit to be used on accessories, a future bill, or another handset.

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16
Nov

Roadmap of Android Marshmallow updates for Samsung devices has been leaked



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Samsung has always been sheepish when it comes to revealing when their devices will get software updates, so the responsibility of informing the masses usually falls to leaked information, as it has this time. In a leaked Samsung document, the roadmap for Android Marshmallow updates for Samsung devices has been revealed, including at what state their approval (presumably with Google) is at. Predictably, Samsung’s latest devices like the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will be the first to be updated with the cutoff for updates sitting around the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha.

Android Marshmallow updates for Samsung devicesPerhaps excitingly for Samsung owners, the dates listed are quite soon with the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ updates due for rollout in December of this year. Of course, the speed of the rollout will depend no what region you are in and is further affected if your device has carrier software on it as well. The document also details a second phase of updates which will be coming to Samsung’s Galaxy A and Galaxy E range of mid-range devices, though the timetable for this is unclear, and presumably Samsung can still change these plans on a dime. A third phase is also referred to, but that seems even less likely.


What do you think about Samsung’s roadmap for Android Marshmallow updates for Samsung devices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Times News via Phone Arena

 

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9
Oct

Samsung is working on Marshmallow for these devices


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Now that Google has released the Marshmallow update for Nexus devices, our attention turns towards other manufacturers and when they plan to release the latest update to the Android OS. Samsung isn’t known for being particularly speedy at releasing updates but the company has reportedly begun working on the Marshmallow update for some of its more popular devices.

The folks over at SamMobile have got some inside information about which devices Samsung has begun testing the Marshmallow update for. Naturally, it’s worth remembering that none of these details have been confirmed by the Korean manufacturer and the list is preliminary, which means if you phone isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean it won’t be getting the Marshmallow update.

With that in mind, here’s the list:

Model name Model code Provider
Galaxy S5 SM-G900F EUR OPEN
Galaxy S5 SM-G900V VERIZON
Galaxy S5 SM-G900H EUR OPEN
Galaxy S5 SM-G900FD
Galaxy S5 LTE-A SM-G901 EUR OPEN
Galaxy S5 neo SM-G903F EUR OPEN
Galaxy S5 LTE-A SM-G906L LG U+
Galaxy S6 SM-G920FD
Galaxy S6 SM-G920F EUR OPEN
Galaxy S6 SM-G920D NTT DOCOMO
Galaxy S6 SM-G920T T-MOBILE
Galaxy S6 SM-G920D NTT DOCOMO
Galaxy S6 SM-G920A AT&T
Galaxy S6 SM-G920P SPRINT
Galaxy S6 SM-G920V VERIZON
Galaxy S6 SM-G920I
Galaxy S6 SM-G920R4 US CELLULAR
Galaxy S6 SM-G920AZ CRICKET
Galaxy S6 SM-G920R7
Galaxy S6 SM-G920T1 T-MOBILE
Galaxy S6 SM-G920R6
Galaxy S6 SM-G920W8 BELL MOBILITY
Galaxy S6 SM-G920S SKT
Galaxy S6 SM-G920K KT
Galaxy S6 SM-G920L LG U+
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G9250 CHINA
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925F EUR OPEN
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925I
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925Z SOFTBANK MOBILE
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925D NTT DOCOMO
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925J KDDI
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925T T-MOBILE
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925A AT&T
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925P SPRINT
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925R4 US CELLULAR
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925R6
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925W8 BELL
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925R7
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925V VERIZON
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925K KT
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925S SKT
Galaxy S6 edge SM-G925L LG U+
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928A AT&T
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928P SPRINT
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928R4 US CELLULAR
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928F EUR OPEN
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928V VERIZON
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928T T-MOBILE
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G9287C
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928I
Galaxy S6 edge + SM-G928C
Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910V VERIZON
Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F EUR OPEN
Galaxy Note Edge SM-N915V VERIZON
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920C
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920V VERIZON
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920R4 US CELLULAR
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920P SPRINT
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920A AT&T
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920T T-MOBILE
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N9208
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920C
Galaxy Note 5 SM-N920I

As you could probably expect, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 from this year will all be treated to the Marshmallow update. Also on the list is last year’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge (albeit only the Verizon model) as well as the Galaxy S5 and indeed, the mid-range feature-packed Galaxy S5 Neo.

It’s unsurprising that no devices from 2013 are mentioned on the list but as we mentioned, this list is preliminary so we may yet see other devices get the update. Like always, there’s no known ETA for the update but hopefully it won’t take Samsung too long to bring the update to our devices.

6
Oct

Which T-Mobile phones will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow?


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Wondering if your phone will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Be sure you are not alone, we’re all desperately waiting for that notification. Android fans are quick to jump on Google whenever they learn a new major update has become available from Google, and the lack of information can be rather frustrating. T-Mobile subscribers won’t have to look through multiple news sites and forums, though. Magenta is being awesome and revealing its entire upgrade plans for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

T-Mobile’s dedicated Android 6.0 upgrade page is pretty straight forward. It shows a list of devices that will eventually get the new software. Devices are then labeled into 3 categories: Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing and Completed. These pretty much describe the stage at which each phone can be found.

The list of devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes the following: 

  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • LG G Stylo
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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As you can expect, very few of these devices are on the Completed stage at the time of this post’s publishing. Most of these are still under Manufacturer Development, essentially leaving Nexus devices alone in other categories. Most Nexi are under Completed, by the way; only the Nexus 6 is still undergoing network testing.

What a handy tool this is! T-Mobile users can just click on the button below to head over to the carrier’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow update page. Details will continue to be updated as the roll-out advances. Don’t we wish all manufacturers did this?!

See T-Mobile’s software updates page!

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12
Aug

eBay back to school deals: smartphones from Samsung, Sony and others at under $299!


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Getting ready to go back to school? You probably need a new cellphone to stay connected and ease your way to success. Remember, smartphones are not always a distraction; these advanced little gadgets are also great research tools and knowledge machines. And if you don’t want to break the bank for a new handset, checking out the back to school deals on eBay would be the best idea. All these discounted phones cost under $299 off-contract.

Not bad at all, right?! I know I would recommend some of these to my friends, so let’s take a look at some of our favorite deals.

There’s plenty of other deals in eBay’s back to school page, but these just happen to be the ones that stood out to us. You can also look around the site to find other good deals. We really just wanted to pass on the good news and make sure you are in the loop.

Are any of you buying one of these handsets? Hit the comments and let us know!

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11
Aug

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Note Edge now getting Stagefright patch


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Tired of Stagefright news yet? We know it can get your news feed a bit crowded. Please be patient, as this is important! You sure don’t want hackers to have the ability to take control of your device by sending you a simple message, right? All manufacturers and carriers are working hard to get all those security patches out there, and today is a good day for some of you T-Mobile users.

Sammy and Magenta have begun rolling out Stagefright-patching updates to the Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Note Edge starting today. The Note Edge and Note 4 will stay at Android 5.0.1, while the Galaxy S5 will also keep its current software version (Android 5.1.1). There’s nothing else to these updates, with the only exception being the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is also getting some Swype fixes.

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You don’t need much to upgrade your phone. The only requirements are that your battery is at 50% or higher, you are connected to a WiFi network and there’s enough storage to download the update file. The Galaxy S5’s file weighs 388.75 MB. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge will need 142 MB and 150 MB, relatively.

Have you gotten your update notification yet? If you have not, simply go to your Settings app and check for updates. Remember, that most times these updates roll out in waves, though. If you can’t download the update yet, just stop smashing your screen and sit back for a while. It will come!

How many of you have gotten the Stagefright fix? Did it all go smoothly?

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11
Aug

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo coming soon: 5MP front camera, IP67, flap-less USB 2.0 port


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Over the years, Samsung has consistently found ways to reissue the previous year’s product(s) at more price-competitive points, or at times with additional features. For the past few months, there have been on-again, off-again rumors and rumblings of a new Galaxy S5. Specifically, a Neo one. Today, we now know that the Galaxy S5 Neo is real, is coming soon, and is slightly modified from the original model:

The Galaxy S5 Neo features a 5.1-inch Full HD (1920X1280) sAMOLED display, a 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 Octa-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. Rounding out the specs are IP67 certification, a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 2,800mAh user-replaceable battery, and ships with Android 5.1. No information was provided about the presence of a fingerprint sensor however, though the heart rate monitor is still included.

The model goes by the product code SM-G903F and is priced at 439 Euros ($480). It is expected to be delivered by the end of the month, on August 27th. It will be available in Black, Dark Blue (pictured), Gold, and Silver color variants.

What’s Different:

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Eagle-eyed readers will be quick to note there are several differences in the S5 Neo, some of them actually enhancements over the base model. For starters, the original model featured a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (or 805) whereas Samsung has now switched to its own, internally-produced Exynos chip-set. The front-facing camera has also seen a significant boost, going from 2-megapixels to 5-megapixels as per more recent devices like the Galaxy A8.

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Perhaps the most noticeable changes however, come from the design: the USB 3.0 charging port is now gone -replaced by USB 2.0- as well as the waterproof flap that was previously used to seal the port. Interestingly enough the Galaxy S5 Mini also made use of this design: an open-air USB 2.0 port. The flap proved to be one of the more controversial aspects of the S5 when it released, as frequent reports cropped up where the plastic piece would break off or fail to close properly after even a short period of using the phone.

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One last change -also design related- is the texture to the phone. Whereas the original S5’s frame had a three-layer “stacked” look, the S5 Neo seems to downplay it somewhat, giving greater prominence to the large center rounded rim portion. The frame also features a frosted texture which should hopefully make it more grippy than that of the S5. The rear (battery) cover also has received a slight change, having a much finer pattern of the stippled dots that many likened to adhesive bandages.

More for the Money?

While the Galaxy S5 Neo certainly has some nice things going for it, namely the aforementioned removal of the waterproofing flap and an enhanced front camera, it also has a few strikes against it. For starters, the price is arguably quite high when the original Galaxy S5 can be found on sites like Amazon Germany at roughly the same or even less. The Exynos SoC used is also apparently unable to record 4K video, something that may be a sore spot for those hoping to make heavy use of the rear camera.

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Will the fingerprint sensor make a return for the S5 Neo?

As Samsung has yet to officially announce this device, the presence -or lack thereof- of a fingerprint sensor may also be an issue. Ultimately the swipe-based authentication method used by the Galaxy S5 was seemingly of a hit-or-miss affair. Software patches were issued to try and improve the functionality, but even so, it still fails to work as flawlessly as that of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy A8. Most likely however, due to possible overstock of unused parts from poor S5 demand, Samsung will opt to include it with the Neo.

It’s coming soon

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Until the official announcement of the product -presumably coming in the next few days or weeks- the full picture of the Galaxy S5 Neo will remain unfinished. While we know it will release in Germany, wide-scale European availability, as well as that of a global roll-out remain unknown.

For all those Samsung-loyal who feel slighted by the Galaxy S6’s sealed design and lack of microSD and user-replaceable battery, could the S5 Neo solve this for you? Is the pricing point too high? Let us know your thoughts on this new product below in the comments section!

5
Aug

(Update: multiple Samsung devices, too!) Stagefright patch now rolling out to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 as build LMY48I


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Update: Not only is Sprint pushing out Stagefright patches to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5, the carrier is also now beginning to roll out security fixes for a number of Galaxy devices. The Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S5 and Note Edge are all receiving patches today, and you can find the update documents linked below:

The update may take a day or two to make its way to your device, but at least we now know that a fix is coming. To check for the update manually, head to Settings>System update>Update now.

Original post: According to a couple of Sprint update documents, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 should be receiving an update today carrying build LMY48I. The new build brings security fixes for the Stagefright flaw we first heard about a few days ago. Build LMY48I doesn’t appear to bring any fixes other than the patch for the Stagefright issue.


Security conceptSee also: Google on ‘Stagefright” exploit: not all Android bugs are this bad, thanks to Google’s security measures13374

The Stagefright exploit is a new vulnerability found in the Android operating system that can affect devices running Android 2.2 or later. As of right now, there really isn’t anything to worry about, but we’d still advise you to check out our full explanation on the Stagefright exploit here.

While there are still no new factory images posted by Google for these devices, this is a pretty good sign that the updates should start rolling out sometime soon. Have you gotten the new update for your device? If so, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.

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