Android 4.4.2 now available for Galaxy Note 10.12014 Edition

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Android 4.4.2 is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, according to multiple media outlets and users. As of now, the software update is only available to the WiFi model of the device, but the 3G and LTE models are expected to follow suit. As a refresher, KitKat introduces features like cloud printing, immersive mode, updated status bar and an overall performance boost. 

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Samsung shows off Swarovski designed ‘Crystal Collection’ Galaxy S5 coming next month

Like it did for previous flagship Galaxy devices, Samsung has revealed that a new Swarovski designed ‘Crystal Collection’ Galaxy S5 is on the way. The company has teamed up with Swarovski several times in the past for special crystal studded versions of the Galaxy S4 and more recently a limited edition of the Galaxy Note 3 case.

The video for the new Crystal Collection Galaxy S5 was posted today to the SamsungMobileKorea YouTube page, so we know it will at the very least be arriving for the Korean market. Like previous Swarovski/Samsung team ups, we’re guessing the device will be limited to certain markets and might not make its way stateside. No word on pricing or any specs that differ from the regular version, but we’ll keep you updated if we hear more.  Read more

Android beats out iOS in mobile ad traffic for first time ever, iOS still leads in ad revenue

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According to a report from mobile ad network provider Opera Mediaworks (via ComputerWorld), Android devices received more ad traffic than iPhones and iPads for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2014. The data shows that Android devices, including both phones and tablets, accounted for 42.8 percent of mobile ad impressions, while iOS devices accounted for slightly lies at 38.2 percent.

iOS devices still led in terms of revenue, however, receiving 52 percent of ad revenue. Android devices climbed to 33.5 percent of revenue, up from 27 percent a year ago. In terms of location, the United States still drives the most mobile ad traffic with 50.6 percent. Asia-Pacific countries were second with 23 percent, and European countries came in with 13 percent.

The sheer volume of Android devices obviously helped Google’s operating system take the crown for the most ad traffic. The IDC reported that Android smartphones made up 78% of all smartphones shipped, compared to 17.6% for iPhones. The fact that iOS led in revenue, however, still shows that iOS is still the more enticing operating system for developers and advertisers. For now.

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Red HTC One (M8) leaked, coming to Verizon soon

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Given that the original HTC One (M7) was available in various colors, it only seems likely that its successor will also be offered in a variety of shades. Notorious Twitter leaker @evleaks has leaked a picture of the HTC One (M8) in a new red color. The device will reportedly be a Verizon exclusive, as evident by the Verizon and 4G LTE branding on the back.

The back of the device is entirely red, with the exception of the branding, camera, and a few black accents. Unlike the red Nexus 5, the front of the device is also red, aside from a small black bezel around the display.

Other than the new red color, the device has the same Sense 6 overlay, Duo Camera, BoomSound speakers, and unibody design. We wouldn’t expect to wait too long for an official announcement from Verizon and/or HTC.

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Google working with Glass owners affected by latest software update

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Last week Google released its XE16 software update for Glass that was recently followed by a stability patch known as XE16.1. Since the latest firmware push, some Glass users have been experiencing performance issues, with some even encountering boot loops making the $1,500 wearable unusable. While this may be discouraging for some, all hope is not lost. Google is aware of this situation and posted a message in private Glass community forum advising users that it’s working to resolve the issue.

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GSM Moto X drops to $350 off-contract from Amazon, RepublicWireless variant also receives price cut

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Back on Cyber Monday, Motorola cut the price of its flagship Moto X to just $350, causing a frenzy all across the web and even prompting the company to offer it again just a month later and several times since. As noticed by Android Police, Motorola has dropped the price of the RepublicWireless Moto X to just $349, yet again.

Motorola hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the price drop, but if you head over to the company’s website you can see that the price has dropped with no indication of it being a temporary sale.

On Amazon, the device is also priced the same, but it applies to the unlocked GSM model that will work with AT&T and T-Mobile, not RepublicWireless. That’s even a better deal: $350 for 16GB and $400 for 32GB. The developer edition of the device is still set at its normal $449.99 and it’s unclear if it will receive a price cut.

Nevertheless, if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to snag Motorola’s darn-good Moto X flagship, now’s your chance.

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