Galaxy Note 3 Stories April 9, 2015

Android Lollipop now landing for Galaxy Note 3, Note Edge on Sprint

 

The Android Lollipop updates just keep rolling in, and today’s no exception. Sprint has just published support pages documenting the release of Android Lollipop for the carrier’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones…

Many users are already reporting that the update has hit their device, so you should go check System Update > Update in Settings to see if it’s available for you yet. “Software updates may be released in stages and can take several days for delivery,” Sprint says, though, so don’t get nervous if you don’t see it yet.

Google just yesterday updated its distribution numbers for Android Lollipop, revealing that the mobile OS just recently managed to pass 5% in adoption. Hopefully as more and more Lollipop updates are released (like these), that number will slowly start to make its way up.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories March 4, 2015

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 now receiving update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

Hot on the heels of the Verizon HTC One M8 receiving its update yesterday, T-Mobile has announced today that its Galaxy Note 3 variant is now being updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. According to a support page on the carrier’s site, the update began rolling out to users today and holds the N900TUVUFOB5 build number.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories March 2, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Galaxy Note 3 $295, Amazon free app – Trainyard, LG G3 w/ $100 Amazon gift card, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung N9000 Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked for GSM networks: $295 shipped (Reg. $500)

Amazon free Android app of the day: Trainyard (Reg. $3)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

Google Nexus 9 16GB WiFi (white): $320 shipped (Reg. $400)

Google Play Birthday Sale: $0.99 albums from Beck and Drake, $3 movies, discounted apps, more

Daily Deals: JBL USB computer speakers $25, Samsung Smart 20MP camera $279, microSD Cards from $10, more

Amazon Gold Box – up to 50% off computer accessories:

– Toshiba 3TB Canvio External Hard Drive $90 (Reg. $140) – Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock $240 (Reg. $300) …and dozens of more deals

SanDisk’s groundbreaking microSD card will stuff an extra 200GB in your MacBook, GoPro, more

Small States Review – Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveaway

More new gear from today:

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 shipped (orig. $140)

More deals still alive:

Readdle’s wireless printing app Printer Pro goes free on iOS for the first time (Reg. $7)

New products & more:

Mad Catz brings console style controllers to Android devices with the L.Y.N.X.3

Galaxy Note 3 Stories February 23, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 $295, LG G Pad w/ LTE $90, Griffin Lightning cable $10, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung N9000 Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked for GSM networks: $295 shipped (Reg. $500)

LG G Pad V410 AT&T GSM Unlocked 7-Inch 4G LTE 16GB Tablet: $89.99 shipped (Reg. $300)

Griffin MFi Apple-Certified retractable Lighting cable $10 shipped (orig. $20)

Belkin Secured Wired Keyboard for Samsung Micro-USB Tablets: $10 shipped (Reg. $30)

Amazon Gold Box – JLab headphones up to 80% off: in-ear buds w/ mic $10 Prime shipped, more

More new gear from today:

Xbox One w/ 2 controllers & 3 games $349 shipped (Reg. $443+), PlayStation 4 + free PSTV $400 shipped (Reg. $470+)

More deals still alive:

New products & more:

Galaxy Note 3 Stories October 10, 2014

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Today we’re going to be comparing Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to its predecessor the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung made many improvements to the Note series where it counts, but are they enough to warrant an upgrade? Well, without wasting any more of your time, let’s going ahead and find out…

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories October 8, 2014

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When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 4 back at IFA 2014, we were very excited about the new design and improved specifications over the Note 3. As you would expect, Samsung bumped up the internal specs to keep things current with today’s market, but they also made massive improvements to the display and build quality…

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 8, 2014

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 was one of the major announcements during this year’s IFA show in Berlin. The new smartphone sports a fanatically durable design with a metal frame that gives it a very premium look. Overall, this is the phablet to buy in 2014, but how does it compare to its predecessor? Let’s find out in our Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3 spec comparison…

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories December 22, 2013

For a moment there I didn’t think I would find a creepier marketing spot than Nokia’s Lumia 2520 “mullet.” Well, Samsung has gone and taken “creepy marketing spot” to a whole new level with “Are You Geared Up?” The 2.5 minute features two guys, one with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the other with just a run-of-the-mill smartphone and of course the bombshell blonde.

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories December 21, 2013

2013

To say that 2013 has been an interesting year in the world of Android would be putting it mildly, but has it really been a banner year? The release of Android-oriented products like Google Glass, Google Hangouts/revamp of Google+ and the beginnings of Google Retail led the way for a whole new approach for Google to take on the competition.

As we look back at the Android-based smartphones that launched in 2013, there isn’t any one handset that truly stands out as a market revolution. Instead, 2013 saw improvements and innovation on existing brands and lines that were already incredibly popular. For example, the Galaxy S 4 which kicks off our list below didn’t really raise the bar over the Galaxy S III in a truly big way, but it did improve on an already market-leading experience from the Galaxy S III.

So without further adieu, here are the 9to5Google’s top Android smartphone picks for 2013: expand full story

Galaxy Note 3 Stories December 10, 2013

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Samsung is keeping the Phablet life going single-handedly as they confirm shipment of 10 million Galaxy Note 3 units around the world. While those numbers don’t make the Galaxy Note 3 the fastest selling Galaxy device ever, it’s the fastest selling Galaxy Note.

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories December 2, 2013

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Samsung has never been a company to shy away from introducing a dozen color variants for their flagship devices which makes new colors for the Galaxy Note 3 no surprise at all. The South Korean giant introduces Merlot Red, Rose Gold Black and Rose Gold White color variants to the world alongside the Blush Pink, Jet Black and Classic White that were launched back at IFA in September.

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories November 7, 2013

personal-android-phoneLookout, a popular antivirus and security app for Android devices, today announced that it has struck a deal with AT&T to include the app preloaded on all of the carrier’s Android devices starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Yep, that means you’ll have yet another preloaded app to put up with on your new Android device, and if AT&T’s Lookout app is anything like T-Mob, you won’t be able to easily delete it from your device:

Moving forward, the Lookout app will be installed on all compatible AT&T Android devices (currently installed on the Samsung Note 3). With Lookout, AT&T customers can have the confidence to use their phone to its fullest capability, and rest assured knowing they are protected no matter what they do. Whether its helping to find a lost/stolen phone, managing phone security or backing up precious data, we’re helping AT&T customers with a safer, more secure, mobile experience.

This marks the third of 4 major US carriers to adopt the Lookout antivirus and security app. Sprint already preloads it on some of its Android devices as part of its Sprint Default Configuration and some T-Mobile devices, like the new LG G2, also have the Lookout app preloaded.  expand full story

Galaxy Note 3 Stories October 9, 2013

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 3 & Gear ad is a musical short film starring footballer Lionel Messi

Samsung has aired some interesting new ads for its Galaxy Gear and Note 3 since the launch of the two devices, and today it’s posted perhaps its most creative yet with a new musical short film starring footballer Lionel Messi. The ad, titled “The Developer”, is “a dramatic retelling of actual projects completed by the Messi Foundation” and stars Messi using his Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to mastermind the construction of a new football field for neighbourhood kids:

Told from a child’s perspective, “The Developer” is a musical short film by Samsung featuring Lionel Messi and the hit single “Royals” by Lorde.

A mysterious stranger arrives in a low income neighborhood and captures the imaginations of the children who live there. He is “The Developer” and the children view him with a deep suspicion.

Together with his Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear, the Developer effortlessly masterminds a secret construction project. Using the latest in Samsung technology including Action Memo, Pen Window, Scrapbook and hands-free call capability on the Gear, the Developer orchestrates and executes his mysterious mission.

The children watch in awe. They reflect on their current situation by singing Lorde’s breakout hit “Royals,” a song about overcoming her own humble beginnings.

The spot concludes with a beautiful new pitch that has been constructed in the toughest part of town. The Developer is revealed to be the world’s reigning football star, Lionel Messi, fulfilling his personal mission to help under privileged children.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories October 2, 2013

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When a story earlier this week discovered Samsung was artificially inflating benchmark scores for its new Galaxy Note 3, many were quick to point out it wasn’t the first time Samsung had been caught engaged in such a practice. The same issue was discovered by AnandTech for the Galaxy S4 back in July, and today the site has an extensive report showing that almost every Android smartphone manufacturer is shipping devices that do the same.

As pictured in the chart above, that includes the HTC One, HTC One mini, LG G2, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and many others. In fact, the only companies that appear to not be using the method is Apple and Motorola, as well as Google with its Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices:

We started piecing this data together back in July, and even had conversations with both silicon vendors and OEMs about getting it to stop. With the exception of Apple and Motorola, literally every single OEM we’ve worked with ships (or has shipped) at least one device that runs this silly CPU optimization. It’s possible that older Motorola devices might’ve done the same thing, but none of the newer devices we have on hand exhibited the behavior. It’s a systemic problem that seems to have surfaced over the last two years, and one that extends far beyond Samsung…  None of the Nexus do, which is understandable since the optimization isn’t a part of AOSP. This also helps explain why the Nexus 4 performed so slowly when we reviewed it – this mess was going on back then and Google didn’t partake.

As noted in the report, the gains that OEMs are experiencing from the inflated scores are probably not worth the press they’ve been receiving. AnandTech points out that most of the inflated scores provide under a 10% increase in GPU and CPU performance benchmarks: expand full story

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Samsung might have planned on being the first to market with a flexible OLED screen with a special edition of its Galaxy Note 3, but it looks like LG too will soon be launching its first smartphone to incorporate curved display. According to a translated report from ZD Net (via UnwiredView), LG is prepping an “LG Z” smartphone that will be the company’s first to utilize that flexible display technology it’s been working on.

We don’t get many details from the report, but it does claim that the device is already in mass production and could debut as early as this month.

It’s worth pointing out that we still don’t have any real official details on either of these curved devices from Samsung or LG, but we’re guessing the first generation of flexible display smartphones will likely sport a rather rigid casing that will make the product appear curved, opposed to actually being flexible in one’s hand.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories October 1, 2013

Not a fan. Either show how this will make my life better or bash Apple. I don’t know what this is.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 30, 2013

AT&T and other carriers have already started accepting preorders for Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear companion smartwatch, but today AT&T announced official release dates for the two products.

Both devices will become available online and in stores on October 4th for the same prices AT&T previously announced for preorders. That’s $299 on contract for the Note 3 (or $35 per month on AT&T Next), and $299 for the Galaxy Gear. Preorders from AT&T’s site are currently listed as shipping on October 1st.

Other carriers, including T-Mobile and Sprint, will also begin selling the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear beginning early next month.  expand full story

Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 24, 2013

Samsung aims to be first to market with flexible screen … but in a rigid case

Samsung is promising to be the first company to bring a flexible OLED screen to market in a special edition of the Galaxy Note 3 – yep, a device with a rigid case.

It’s not quite as silly as it seems: though the display won’t flex, it should be a little bit lighter and a whole lot tougher.

LG demonstrated a 5-inch flexible display back in May, but has not yet brought a flexible product to market. Apple has also patented a flexible screen, and it has often been suggested that the company plans to use one in the long-awaited iWatch.

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Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 23, 2013

LG unveils Vu 3, and it’s still that almost-square 4:3 aspect ratio

Looking rather like a smaller version of a TV from the 1980s, the latest LG Vu phablet – the Vu 3 – retains the 4:3 aspect ratio that characterises the line, aimed at competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.

The 1280×960 screen is a strange choice for what is otherwise a modern-spec handset: Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP camera, 1080p video, IPS display and LTE-A support for the higher-speed 4G service already launched in its native Korea and coming soon to the U.S.

The 5.2-inch device is available in Korea from Friday in a choice of black, white or mint (above) colors, with no word yet on when it might make it to the USA or Europe.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 16, 2013

Update: Sprint announced today that the Galaxy Note 3 will become available on October 4 for $349.99 on the usual two-year agreement. It will also have the Galaxy Gear companion smartwatch for $299.99 in Jet Black, Oatmeal Beige and Wild Orange.

AT&T has announced today in a tweet that preorders for the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which will act as a companion to the new Galaxy Note 3, will go up for preorder starting Wednesday, September 18. The carrier previously announced that the Galaxy Note 3 would begin shipping from its website on October 1. Through AT&T, the Note 3 sells for $299 on the usual two-year agreement. Samsung originally announced that the device would launch on partners around the world starting September 25.

T-Mobile also made things official for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear today with a press release confirming that preorders, like AT&T, will also begin on Wednesday. On T-Mobile the device will sell for $199.99 down with 24 month payments of $21 with preorders expected to ship by October 2.  expand full story

Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 9, 2013

Samsung says it sold over 38M Galaxy Notes, expects to sell 10M Galaxy Note 3’s

We don’t usually get specifics on the number of devices Samsung sells each year, but ETNews reports that Samsung’s JK Shin disclosed in a meeting with the press recently that the company has sold over 38 million Galaxy Notes to date. That includes both the Galaxy Note 1 and Galaxy Note 2, but there’s no mention of how many units of each generation make up that total of 38 million. The company expects to sell even more units of the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 with Shin being quoted as saying “Over 10 million Galaxy Note 3 will be sold.”

The new Galaxy Note 3, which was unveiled last week during the company’s Unpacked event at IFA in Berlin, will go one sale early next month on several U.S. carriers.

Galaxy Note 3 Stories September 4, 2013

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Samsung’s JK Shin today announced the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA today with improved LTE radios, better enterprise capabilities and improved specs. The Note 3 has a 5.7″ 1080p screen (up from 5.5″), 3GB of RAM (up from 2), 13 megapixel camera, 32/64GB storage, 3200mAh battery and a leather-like rear cover. It is also thinner and lighter even with the bigger display.

Samsung also updated the Note 10.1 2014 edition with better speakers, leather cover and display.

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September 25th is the launch date and the products will roll out globally in October. Press releases and videos follow: expand full story

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