When Android 5.0 Lollipop launches soon, Nexus devices will be the first to receive the latest version of Android. From there on out, it is up to hardware manufacturers to work on updating devices. Owners of flagship devices should expect to see a software update before anyone else. HTC is committed to pushing Android 5.0 to within 90 days of its launch, but Samsung has not given a timetable.
A new report claims that the Galaxy S 5 will get the software update in December. This would be for the global version of the device; therefore, United States owners of the Galaxy S 5 should expect it early in 2015. If you are eager to know what Samsung has in store for TouchWiz with Android 5.0, take a look at this leak.
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Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, could be among the first handsets to see an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. At least that’s what a new SamMobile report tells us. According to a source close to the blog, the Galaxy S5 will get its update in December. The level of certainty is pretty high here as the website already has a video of the smartphone running a version of the build.
If the timeline is accurate the Galaxy S5 will be one of the quickest turnarounds in Samsung’s history. Then again, we’re looking at the unlocked international version. We’ll have to worry about various wireless carriers standing in the way. Still, whatever it is, it’s considerably better than in days past. Remember when it would take 6-10 months to get a software update?
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Starting today, residents in India can purchase the unlocked variant of Samsung’s largest smartphone, the Galaxy Mega 2, from the manufacturer’s online store for Rs.20,900 — approximately $340.
In terms of performance, this configuration of the Mega 2 is slightly different to the International version we saw launch in Europe earlier this month. The Indian model packs a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (with microSD support), an 8 MP rear shooter and a 2,800 mAh battery.
Straight out the box, the handset runs the latest build of Android 4.4 KitKat skinned with Samsung’s famous TouchWiz user interface — which incorporates tons of fantastic software tweaks, such as, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Group Play and more.
If you like the sound of the Galaxy Mega 2 and want to pick one up from Samsung India — hit the source link below.
Source: Samsung India
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The Galaxy Note 4 is without a doubt Samsung’s most powerful smartphone, and, according to a recent report, it may also be its best-selling. South Korean publication, News1, writes that the handset recently passed the 4.5 million global sales figure following its September 26 launch.
As I’m sure you’d agree, that’s a pretty astonishing figure for a phone that initially launched in South Korea and has been expanding availability ever since – launching in the US, UK, India and China as late as last week.
When you take into consideration the 5 million units its predecessor sold in its first month of release, which, for the record, wasn’t a staged rollout, we don’t think we’d be wrong in assuming that the Note 4 is destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone of not only 2014, but 2013, too.
The report doesn’t appear to provide information about the Note 4’s sister smartphone, the Note Edge, with its rounded display, but we expect the quantity to be significantly less seeing as it’s only available in a handful of markets.
Hit the source link below to view the full report.
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In an effort to make a push for its recently unveiled Samsung NX1, the South Korean company is now recruiting celebrities to help along the way. As part of this, Samsung has revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for roles in movies like 10 Things I hate About You and The Dark Knight Rises, is set to shoot a 4K UHD film entirely on the NX1 flagship camera. The production, titled In a City, will see Gordon-Levitt travel across the world to explore the daily lives of people and capture what makes every place unique. Samsung’s partnership with the actor is also going to include working with the community from hitRECord, a production company founded by Gordon-Levitt which focuses on creating different categories of online videos. In a City is expected to be released on December 11th, and it’ll be available to watch on the Samsung Camera Facebook and YouTube pages.
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While the Note 4 is being heralded as a premium device with a new premium design, one of the things that hasn’t been upgraded to a new premium feel is the S-pen. It still feels like the Samsung of old with its plastic base and its fake metal accents. Well, International, watch, jewelry, and writing instruments maker Montblanc has those wishing to take the S-pen to the next level covered.
Montblanc, in conjunction with Samsung, are introducing a new line of writing instruments and leather covers for the new Note. Two of the new instruments, the Pix and e-StarWalker, are a pen/S-pen combination that has an e-refill concept. On top of that, the company is releasing leather covers that are enhanced with digital content and exclusive writing features.
Montblanc has the two S-pen replacements and its leather covers available on its web site. If you’re interested in seeing each accessory in action we have a video for you below. Enjoy!
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The Galaxy A7 has been on our radar for some time, most recently in regards to its Full HD Display, a detail that was confirmed earlier today by Samsung in a user agent profile for the device (SM-A700FD). The profile also revealed that the A7 will feature an ARMv8-A 64-bit processor, not unlike the upcoming A5.
It is also worth noting that the D in the model number indicates a dual SIM device, which is unsurprising since the A7 will launch in China, where most phones offer dual SIM slots. The phones are said to launch with Android 4.4 KitKat but will presumably be updated to 5.0 Lollipop to properly utilize those 64-bit processors. These are shaping up to be some premium mid-range devices and are expected to launch in other markets soon. Let us know in the comments if the Galaxy A7 piques your interest.
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This year, Samsung and Famigo have built a strong partnership. The hardware manufacturer has pre-loaded Famigo software on its tablets already. And Famigo has pretty useful software for educational purposes. Now, the two companies are back at it again with the Galaxy Note 4. Only through the AT&T version of the Galaxy Note 4 will you find Famio pre-loaded.
The CEO of Famigo, Q Beck, was ecstatic regarding the app’s presence on the Galaxy Note 4:
The Note 4 promises to be one of the most popular and exciting Android devices of the year. With Famigo preloaded on the Note 4, parents won’t be the only ones to enjoy the phablet’s bigger screen. Kids can access curated apps, games and videos to learn and play anywhere, anytime. As more devices make their way into the classroom, the Note 4 will also be an excellent option for districts seeking to incorporate one-to-one learning experiences or bring your own device initiatives.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Famigo Continues Momentum on Android, Announces its Pre-Loaded on Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Partnership with Device Manufacturers Emphasize Ongoing Commitment to Providing the Best Available Education and Child-Approved Entertainment on Mobile
AUSTIN, Tex.—October 24, 2014—Famigo, an educational mobile app company, is now preloaded on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, one of the most anticipated Android devices of 2014.
The Note 4 ‘phablet’ is the latest device to feature Famigo pre-loaded. Other devices include Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4, Galaxy Note Pro, HTC One M8 and LG G Flex. Famigo’s partnership with device manufacturers underlines the company’s commitment to provide the best available education and child approved entertainment to as many families and schools as possible.
“The Note 4 promises to be one of the most popular and exciting Android devices of the year,” said Famigo CEO Q Beck. “With Famigo preloaded on the Note 4, parents won’t be the only ones to enjoy the phablet’s bigger screen. Kids can access curated apps, games and videos to learn and play anywhere, anytime. As more devices make their way into the classroom, the Note 4 will also be an excellent option for districts seeking to incorporate one-to-one learning experiences or bring your own device initiatives.”
Famigo solves the problem of limited mobile options for children. It provides families easy access to the best available educational entertainment, with unique security features that make the mobile experience safer. Kids can choose from thousands of videos in Famigo TV that are sorted by age range, as well as access educational apps and games. Parents can use an optional child-lock to make the Note 4 a safer space for kids to learn and explore.
Children can use Famigo both inside and outside of the classroom, maximizing the benefit of the platform’s specialized educational content.
The preloaded version of Famigo is now available exclusively to AT&T customers in-store and online through AT&T’s website.
Famigo is the company providing a safer experience for children and families on mobile devices. The Famigo App ensures families and children receive only safe, Famigo Approved™ content on mobile devices and tablets. For more information, please visit http://www.famigo.com.
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Samsung has posted a new video and a FAQ-type write-up describing the thinking behind several of the design decisions made when developing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge devices. Samsung explains the devices meld both digital and analog qualities, so designing the devices so they maintain their identity with the rest of the Galaxy Note line is a challenge. Rather than focusing on decorative factors, Samsung focused on the overall feel of the devices to give them what is called a “Modern Sleek” design.
One design feature users may notice about the new Note devices is the lack of “stitching” on the faux leather back covers. Samsung says they had to ditch that in order to achieve more of an “urban vibe” that matched up better with the metal frame and the Modern Sleek concept. The stitching was one of those decorative factors that went by the wayside as Samsung moves the devices away from the “classic” concept of the Galaxy Note 3.
Speaking of the melding of leather and metal, Samsung says this combination was intentional. The use of metal material was one of the requests the company hears most frequently and while they did not want to use metal just for the sake of using it, the use of metal did fit in with the idea of projecting a “modern edginess” for the device. Meanwhile, the use of the leather gives the devices a warm, emotional appeal to users.
With regard to the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung says the decision to put the curved edge on the right hand side of the device was intended to mimic a book. Since so many people learn to read from left to right and use books that open from the right, Samsung decided that edge should be the initial point of contact for the device.
Samsung also addressed the design of one of the Note 4 and Note Edge’s unique features, the S Pen. Although the design team wanted to make the S Pen larger than it ended up being, in order to give a better sense of grip, they had to forego that effort due to the thinness of the devices. To combat that, they did get a pattern placed on the S Pen to help improve grip by reducing the slippery nature. From a usability standpoint, the S Pen has been improved to be able to recognize the tilt of the pen, which affects the width of a stroke, as well as the sensitivity of the S Pen, which was doubled for the new devices. The goal of all these efforts was to make the writing experience more natural and smoother.
You can check out more about Samsung’s design efforts in the video below. Be sure to turn on the subtitles. Samsung says a second part of the video will be released.
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Samsung has a special off-contract Note 4 coming to Verizon for only $662.53. The device is the Developer Edition and features an unlockable bootloader for quickly loading ROMs onto your device. Unfortunately, since the phone is only available off contract, it’s very likely that it won’t develop the large following of other unlockable devices like the Nexus line.
Interestingly enough, the Note 4 Developer Edition is about $20 cheaper than the Nexus 6, so the stylus and cheaper price may sway some users to purchase the Samsung phablet. If you’re interested in the Note 4 DE, keep on the lookout and be sure to snatch it up as soon as it’s released so it doesn’t sell out on you.
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