Tag - Galaxy Note 3
AT&T announced today that it is now rolling out the latest version of Android for its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Current users of the Note 3 through AT&T can update through the Software Update menu. Upon doing so, users will receive a revised user interface, improved GPS, and the option to select a default messaging app. When initiating the system update, AT&T recommends the device has at least a 50 percent charged battery.
Samsung has launched its rumored "Lite" version of the Galaxy Note 3 on its polish website, days after it revealed the Galaxy Grand Neo. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo takes after its namesake by having the same S Pen-based stylus input with its 5.5-inch display, though the 1080p resolution of the original has been exchanged for a 1280x720 resolution.
Samsung's two newest flagships may see an update to the latest flavor of Android, version 4.4 KitKat, as early as January of next year. French carrier SFR has announced that the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 – both released earlier this year – will see an update to Android 4.4 around the end of January or the beginning of February of 2014. The carrier, according to SamMobile, has a healthy record of tipping release dates before Samsung does, so owners of the two new flagships may just a little over one month before they can have the most recent software on their devices.
Samsung is reportedly preparing a scaled-down version of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone for release in the next year. On Thursday, Korean tech news site ETNews carried word that Samsung has begun mass production of a Galaxy Note 3 Lite, with the new device set for release some time in 2014. Reportedly, Samsung has lofty goals for the lower-specced Note 3, as ETNews says Samsung expects it to account for 30 percent of all sales for the Note 3 lineup.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is off to an even faster sales pace than its predecessors, ships 10 million units in just two months since its release. A post from Samsung placed the Note 3 in a line with 13 other 10 million unit-shipping devices reaching back to 2002. The announcement also marks the Note 3 as the seventh consecutive Samsung flagship device to ship 10 million units or more, a trend that began with the original Galaxy S.
UK retailer Phones 4U is now offering customers a free Samsung tablet along with the purchase of the company's newest Galaxy Note device. Customers buying the Galaxy Note 3 on a two-year contract will also receive Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for free. The promotion runs through November 21.
It's no secret that we loved the Galaxy Note II, as Samsung's 2012 stylus-driven handset excelled in just about every area where it mattered. Now, the Note 3 has come along with a bigger screen, bigger battery, and some new features to boot. Is it worth picking up to replace your aging-but-still-capable Galaxy Note II? Read on to our full review in order to find out.
UK Samsung fans can get their hands on Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch for free if they are willing to pick up the Galaxy Note 3 as well. Phones 4u has announced a weeklong promotion, beginning today, in which the retailer will give away the £299 Galaxy Gear to customers buying the Note 3 on contract. The promotion requires that customers pick up the devices in physical stores.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is solidly outpacing its predecessors in terms of devices shipped, the South Korean tech giant announced on Wednesday. The large-screened, stylus-enabled Note 3 has moved more than five million units in just one month since its launch. The successful launch of the new Note handset demonstrates the growing popularity of the device, the first incarnation of which was met with perplexity from the tech media and observers.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE