Samsung has sold tens of millions of phones with plastic bodies, yet persistent rumors suggest Samsung might switch to metal to better compete with HTC and Apple. Those rumors have resurfaced once again suggesting that the Galaxy S5 might have a metal frame instead of another glossy exterior.
When will the Galaxy S 4 or Galaxy Note II get Android 4.4? The same question has been asked thousands of times for Samsung's top devices, and a leaked document supposedly showing Samsung's planned Android 4.4 rollout schedule may reveal the answer.
Sprint is now pushing out an update for the Samsung Galaxy Note II that brings the device up to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update also adds compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, KNOX security, and enhancements to improve the call quality when using HD Voice in areas where the superior calling option is available. The update is rolling out in stages now, but Galaxy Note II owners can check for the update by going to Settings > System Update > Update Samsung Software
Samsung has announced a new promotion that will deliver $50 worth of Google Play credits to customers who purchase a Galaxy Note 3. The promotion will make the first few app or book purchases much easier because users are playing with house money.
When Samsung reiterated plans to abandon its Bada OS in favor of developing Tizen with Intel, the company said that it would release multiple Tizen devices by the end of the year. So far only one Tizen has been released, and it isn't the phone we expected.
While Sprint has chosen November 8 as its date to launch multiple Android devices, that will also be the day that AT&T launches the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom, an Android smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera and 10x optical zoom.
The Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is presently being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Like the update delivered to Verizon customers, this installs several behind the scene enhancements. KNOX enterprise security, and compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. The phone is also made compatible with the ZACT Mobile flexible pay service. Users can search for an update by going to Settings > More > System Update > Update Samsung Software.
The original Samsung Galaxy Note took five months to reach 5 million shipments to retailers. The Galaxy Note II reached the same milestone in less than half that amount of time, and the Galaxy Note 3 has continued the trend of besting its predecessor in half the time.
Verizon has started sending the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to Samsung Galaxy S4 users, enabling support for new Android features and the ability to connect the device to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch.
The current benefits to running 64-bit architecture are negligible and arguably non-existent, but that won't stop smartphone manufacturers from embracing the technology. Samsung is the latest to go that route.