Samsung has issued a new update for Galaxy Note 4 users in Greece and Germany, and it will almost certainly spread across Europe later on. At 137MB the file size is weighty enough for one to think that Samsung is packing something pretty substantial in the patch, but actually there is nothing major here.
It's easy to forget that the Galaxy S5 is still Samsung's current flagship smartphone. So many devices have come after it that it feels older than it is, but the S5 is still very much in the loop and remains a potent high end device. It is also has plenty of time left on the clock in terms of receiving updates, so it is no surprise to see the Sprint variant receive a new software bump.
The flip phone may have been the go to device for business types and indeed consumers around a decade ago, but they sort of went away when the smartphone touchscreen form factor took hold. However, the Korean giants LG and Samsung have been keeping them alive in the Asian markets (Japan and China) where they are still actually desirable handsets.
Last week we showed you LG's road map to have bending foldable smartphones (and other products) by 2017, but it seems the company's compatriot Samsung is going to move quicker than that. Samsung is of course one of the leading lights in this tech, with the company's Project YOUM and current Galaxy Note Edge smartphone are paving the way in this field.
Samsung has had an awful 2014 that has brought declining sales across the board and tumbling profits quarter on quarter. The Korean company has been left reeling by huge competition in Asia from Xiaomi and increased rivalry at the high end by the likes of Apple and LG. Samsung has said it would reshape its smartphone strategy to combat the problems and today we can see the company's new smartphone plan.
Samsung has recently said that it would continue to build the bulk of Apple's processors in the coming years despite Cupertino cooling its orders this year. Many envisage a time when Apple severs ties entirely and for next year's i products the timing could have been perfect. However, it seems the company is not ready to cut a lucrative deal (for both parties) just yet as the Korea Times says Samsung has finalized a deal to build 80% of Apple's chips next year, including the current A8 and future A9 processors.
Ditto is a new wearable (not a smartwatch) product that features a way to get simple notifications, created by designer Bob Olodort. However, Olodort is also known as a former designer for Samsung, on a third party basis and for a short time. It did not seem like a good experience as he has had some scathing things to say about the Korean giant.
While many devices are awaiting the roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop, others are still playing catch up and are getting their KitKat patches out of the way. For example, T-Mobile has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is now receiving Android 4.4.4, the last build of Google's KitKat phase.
Samsung raised the curtain on the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 at the end of last month and ushered in a new range of devices with premium build quality (read metal). The company said at the time that the handsets would roll out sometime in November and it seems one of them is now available. The Galaxy A5 has made an appearance on Samsung's Chinese website, although the Galaxy A3 is still absent and now set date for either device has been issued.
AT&T is rolling out an update for a couple of its handsets today, namely the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G3. Of course, the S4 is Sammy's 2013 flagship, while the G3 is LG's latest core high ender, so you may expect this update involves a certain Android 5.0 Lollipop, especially as LG said the G3 would get the software this month. However, hold your excitement because this fresh Ma Bell update is not carrying Google's latest and greatest platform build.