Samsung to Issue Galaxy Note 3 OTA Update to Fix Non-working Third Party Accessory Issue

After Samsung commented last week that there was zero correlation between an Android 4.4 update that was sent out to the Galaxy Note 3 and a stoppage in operation of third party accessories for the device, the company has now announced that an OTA update is being worked on which should resolve the issue. Samsung mentioned earlier that it can not guarantee the working of third party products and users would be better off buying official Samsung accessories.  (more…)

Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 Now Available From Verizon for $249

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Rose Gold is now exclusively available from Verizon for $249 on new 2-year contract. Well, it’s up on Big Red’s site, but currently showing as on “backorder” with a ship date of January 30. We aren’t exactly sure how that’s possible since the listing for it just went live this morning. Either they had four of them in stock or Rose Gold is hotter than a Moto X slashed for Cyber Monday. Or maybe they are calling it “backorder” since it won’t ship for a few extra days. Whatever.

If $249 and a new contract doesn’t sound like the time of your life, you could buy the phone through Verizon’s monthly payment plan called Edge (please don’t), and pay $27.15 per month for a couple of years. You could also buy the phone out right for $649 off-contract.  (more…)

Third-Party Accessories Stop Working with Galaxy Note 3 After KitKat Update, Fixable with Root Access (Updated with Comment from Samsung)

Samsung’s blockbuster sales of Galaxy devices may invite comparisons to Apple, but the similarities between the two companies end there. That is, until the Korean electronics behemoth revised its policy on third-party accessories.

Taking a page from Apple’s playbook, only accessories certified by Samsung – i.e., those made by companies willing to license Samsung’s identification chip – will be compatible with devices going forward, starting with the Galaxy Note 3. Some Note users who updated to Android 4.4 KitKat found that out the hard way when the S-View function their third-party cases stopped working. (more…)

Verizon to Exclusively Carry Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3

This afternoon, Samsung announced that Verizon will exclusively carry a rose gold variant of the Galaxy Note 3 here in the U.S. Unfortunately for interested parties, Verizon hasn’t mentioned the device, so we know nothing of price or availability. All we got from Samsung was a brief mention through their press site along with a set of images that even show rose gold accenting the S Pen for the device.

The rose gold Note 3 isn’t exactly new – Samsung announced this colorway for Korea at the beginning of the month. Late arriving color schemes can be pretty hit or miss when it comes to availability here stateside, though, so we initially weren’t sure if it would show up on one of our carriers or not. I guess now we know.

Again, we know nothing of pricing or availability, but the device will be identical to the current Note 3 sold through Verizon, only this variant has rose gold accents all over it. You are still looking at Android 4.3, a 5.7-inch full HD display, 3200mAh battery, and an 8.3mm thin body.  (more…)

Samsung Begins Seeding Android 4.4.2 Update to Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) Units

About a week ago, Samsung began to roll out an Android 4.4.2 update to Galaxy Note 3 devices over in Europe, and it appears the manufacturer is now on a roll. As reported by SamMobile, Samsung is now seeding the update to Exynos-powered variants of the device, model number SM-900N. Most units purchased on a US carrier will feature Snapdragon 800 processors, so we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.  (more…)

Quick Look: Galaxy Note 3 S-View Flip Cover With Wireless Charging

At the end of December, Samsung finally released the S-View Flip Cover with wireless charging for the Galaxy Note 3. The cover is exactly what you’d expect from the S-View series (actionable items through a window without opening the cover), but with the inclusion of wireless charging to the backplate, you get the freedom to never have to plug-in your device to charge it. We seem to continue to see movement towards wireless charging becoming somewhat of a standard in the industry even though with Samsung you’ll almost always have to pay extra for it.

We picked up the S-View Flip Cover with wireless charging at its steep $69.99 price tag to give it a whirl for those interested. All of the details, features, and our thoughts for it can be found in the video below, but I’ll say one thing – this case feels a heck of a lot more premium than that fake, wannabe pleather stitched backing that comes with phone. I’m not sure any case on the planet is worth $70, though, even if it does feel this nice.  (more…)

Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 Update Starts Rolling Out to Galaxy Note 3 Owners in Europe

Just last week, Android 4.4.2 test builds were leaking for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, with the update appearing to now be live for Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) owners throughout Poland.

As we detailed in last week’s post, you will see pretty much the same TouchWiz UI that Samsung has deployed for the past few years, although Kit Kat’s white notification bar icons will finally be in place – no more Gingerbread Green battery icon. Unfortunately, Samsung has yet to detail any extras they have put into TouchWiz with its update to Kit Kat, but we are sure there are a few extra treats in there besides just icons. (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 “Lite” Will Feature a Hexa-Core Processor

Samsung may be a company shaped by hyperbole and ostentation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cost-conscious. The Exynos 5 Octa is an expensive chip to manufacture, and power-hungry enough to rule out use in mid-range devices.  For that reason, the company used quad-core processors in less expensive smartphones as a stop gap measure, but has now developed an in-house silicon solution that will debut with the the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 “Lite”: GSM Arena reports that a hexa-core ARM processor powers the inexpensive phablet. (more…)