Samsung Wants Gear Watches to Work With Other Android Devices

In a recent article posted on Reuters, a Samsung executive covered many different subjects; including its Gear line of smartwatches, an upcoming Galaxy Note device, and also about how the Galaxy S5 will dominate the Galaxy S4 in regards to sales.

What caught our attention was a mention of the Gear smartwatch lineup, and Samsung’s reported wanting of its compatibility with smartphones from all of the different Android manufacturers, not just its own devices.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T Receiving Kit Kat Update Today

AT&T continued its rollout of Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) updates to its line of Samsung Galaxy devices this morning, adding the Galaxy S4 Active to the list, while Verizon can’t seem to update any of its. AT&T has already updated the Note 3 and Galaxy S4, but had yet to show love to its Active variant until now. Well, their support pages show that it may have received it back in May, though today is apparently the start of the mass rollout.

As far as the update goes, we’re looking at a bump up to Android 4.4.2, with better lock screen controls, better handling of SMS, a restyled notification bar, new location controls, and more.  (more…)

OnePlus One Phone Will Indeed Ship for Under $400 in US

It’s now official – the OnePlus One will arrive in the U.S. at a price under $400. The smartphone start-up announced the news this morning on Google+ and through an email to our inbox. Since we are only a week away from the April 23 launch, the only thing we need to know now is what the phone looks like and how customized the version of CyanogenMod is that it runs. It may be similar to this.

To recap, the OnePlus One is a phone created by a former Oppo executive who wanted to create the ultimate Android phone at an affordable price. It runs a custom version of CyanogenMod, is being hyped on a weekly basis with a slow rollout of spec announcements, and will launch in 16 countries shortly after it is announced on April 23. The phone is by all means filled with premium specs, so depending on its size, design, and overall package, could be one hell of an option.  (more…)

Deal: Best Buy Selling Samsung HomeSync for $99, Regularly $299

If you have been in the market for a home entertainment media server-type device, you may want to take a look at Samsung’s HomeSync, which has been on-sale for a few days at Best Buy for the ridiculously low price of $99. The device typically retails for $299.

HomeSync is being sold as a home cloud server/media center, with 1TB of storage, that can hold all of your family photos and videos, but also be used as a media hub. It can be used to play Android games on your big screen TV, to watch movies through Google Play or other services, or as a partitioned server for multiple accounts to use for storage.  (more…)