Samsung Confirms List of Phones and Tablets to Receive Kit Kat, Updates Begin Today

Been waiting impatiently for a list of Samsung devices that are guaranteed to see the update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat“? We now have one, thanks to Samsung. The list features devices you would expect like the Galaxy S4 and S3, Galaxy Note 3 and 2, and Galaxy Note tablets. According to the Android behemoth, updates should begin as early as today, though “availability varis by carrier and product.”

Since we already saw Kit Kat show up for the Sprint Galaxy S4 last week, there could be more at any time. As soon as we learn of specific carrier models receiving updates, we’ll be sure to pass that info along.  (more…)

Samsung and Boingo Strike a Deal, Offer Free Hotspots for Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 Owners

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This morning, Boingo and Samsung announced a partnership that should help out those who purchased a Galaxy Note 8.0 or one of the Galaxy Tab 3 variants. Inside the device packaging, buyers will be greeted with a sheet that allows them to access a one year premium membership to Boingo, a WiFi hotspot service that you can find in over 35,000 locations.  (more…)

AT&T Offering Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 for $199.99 When Bundled With a Smartphone

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For anyone who was waiting anxiously for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with LTE, which I’m not sure is a lot of people, AT&T has a new deal to make getting your hands on the device a little easier. For a short time, if you buy a new phone and plan through AT&T, you can grab the Note 8.0 for $199.99 as part of the deal. The phone choices available to be bundled are limited to the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, or Samsung  Galaxy Note II. (more…)

Video: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Unboxing

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Samsung’s newest addition to the Galaxy family arrived at our doorstep this morning, so what better way to introduce you than with an unboxing. The Galaxy Note 8.0 features an 8″ WXGA 1280 x 800 LCD display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, a 5MP back-facing camera, and a 4,600 mAh battery.

The deal breaker, at least in my eyes, is that the U.S. variant of this device does not come will cell radios inside. So no, this is not a massively over-sized phone. Maybe I am the only one who is disappointed by this. The device is already on sale here in America and can be picked up for $399.

Catch the full hands-on unboxing below.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Arrives in the U.S. April 11 for $399

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Samsung announced this morning that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will arrive in the U.S. this week, on April 11 for $399. This is the WiFi-only version with 16GB and will be available online and in stores at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, h.h. gregg, Newegg, Staples and TigerDirect.

Originally announced at MWC back in February, the Note 8.0 covers the middle ground of Samsung’s Note line, with a screen size sandwiched between the Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 2. The device sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8″ (1280×800) display, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage (plus microSD slot), 4600mAh battery, and runs Android 4.1.2. It also comes equipped with Samsung’s now-famed S Pen and a suite of apps that can take advantage of it like Air View, Multi Window, and Awesome Note.

As a bonus, users will be awarded 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years with purchase. A limited number of early adopters will also receive a $25 Google Play gift card.

At $399, it’s not priced insanely high by any standards, so it should fill a nice niche that is currently only taken up by the iPad Mini. Or I’m also out of my mind. (more…)

Flipboard With S-Pen Support and Awesome Note APKs Pulled From Galaxy Note 8.0


Two applications were pulled from the Galaxy Note 8.0 firmware recently, a special edition of Flipboard featuring support for S-Pens and Awesome Note, a multitasking note-taking app built for larger displays. The Flipboard apk is just like any other Flipboard, but as I mentioned, all you S-Pen fans can do some special previewing using the pen and Air View of certain content.   (more…)

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 8.0

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Mobile World Congress 2013 has officially started with Samsung announcing the Galaxy Note 8.0, a device that is expected to “re-ignite the mid-size tablet category.” It sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8″ (1280×800) display, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 4600mAh battery, HSPA+ radios, and runs Android 4.1.2. It also supports S Pen and all of the multi-tasking software that you have come and love to know on all of the Note products. An IR sensor rounds out the specs, taking advantage of Samsung’s TV remote capabilities.

As you can see from the pictures, Samsung kept to the design language of the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 by sticking with a physical home button, and soft touch back and menu buttons. In what may be the greatest feature of all, though, Samsung has finally allowed the S Pen to interact with the soft menu and back buttons. That’s right, you can now tap on the soft keys with the S Pen and make magic, something you cannot do on any other device including the Note 2.

The international version can technically make phone calls, so yes, you can hold an 8″ tablet up to your ear and look that silly if you so choose to. We don’t know if that functionality will carry over to the U.S. version.

Pricing and availability has not been announced for the U.S., but the device is expected to be available across the rest of the globe in Q2 of this year.  (more…)