Owners of Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 smartphones from Samsung have been patiently waiting for Android 4.3, with the updates finally rolling out about two weeks ago. But in a new case of bad news, multiple issues have arose for users, which has forced both Samsung and AT&T to pull the updates for the time being. The problems are centered around the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S4 and the I9300XXUGMG9 model of the Galaxy S3, so if you have been mashing your update button, you can stop now. (more…)
We have been discussing when the bulk of Samsung’s smartphone lineup could expect to see Android 4.3, which would include compatibility for the company’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. After last week, when an internal document leaked with all of the supposed release dates for the 4.3 updates for each device, Samsung has now confirmed this morning that the updates will begin rolling out as early as today. (more…)
Owners of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and the Galaxy S4 Active have been waiting patiently to hear about when these Samsung devices would receive an update to Android 4.3. According to a leaked internal document we scored this morning, we finally have some dates to mark on our calendars. (more…)
Samsung’s poorly reviewed smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, became slightly more appealing this morning with an announcement that it would soon be compatible with 8 new devices. As you may be aware, the Galaxy Gear currently only works with the Galaxy Note 3, something we knocked it for in our review. How good is a smartwatch if it only works with a single smartphone? (more…)
The folks at Cruzerlite recently partnered up with Andrew Bell and the Android Foundry to create two special edition TPU cases for their ever-growing line. They sent us over a few samples to show off and then give away to DL readers, so since it’s a holiday week, we thought we’d do that today. We have six of these new Android Foundry cases, along with two EXO cases for the Galaxy S4. Not a bad little contest, right? (more…)
Last night, Verizon began pushing a new update to their version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the last update went horribly wrong, causing LTE connections to become incredibly unstable. We now have the updated support documents for this new build of VRBMF1, however, nothing in particular states that this is a bug fixer. In fact, it’s an exact copy of the VRBMD3 document that lists out multi-window, but with two bullet points added on to the end for “Support for VMWare” and a “Google security patch.”
Even though there isn’t a mention of a fix for connectivity, reports from readers in last night’s post suggest that this does indeed address LTE data issues.
The update is 129.1MB in size if you did not update to VRBMD3. If you did, the new update will be much smaller. To grab the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software update. It should be live for all. (more…)
This evening, Verizon began pushing out a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 as build VRBMF1. After pulling the previous update (build VRBMD3) because it caused severe connectivity issues, we would imagine that this new update will help return the device to normal. Verizon and Samsung were supposedly working on a fix – hopefully this is it.
We have yet to find support documents that detail changes, however, the update was small enough that it likely is a bug fixer.
To pull the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software update. It should be live for everyone.
Afterwards, be sure to let us know if your LTE connection returns or stabilizes.
Cheers Matt and Tareck!
The latest update of VRBMD3 for Verizon’s Galaxy S3 variant was supposed to be one of its biggest to date. With new features like Multi Window, the device was finally joining its brothers and sisters on other carriers, even if it was a few months late. But as the update went out, reports of problems began almost immediately. In fact, we wrote up a report after a handful of readers all expressed concern over poor connectivity issues post updating. We were seeing 4G LTE connectivity disappear with no way to make it return. As you can imagine, the experience with a device that is struggling with connectivity is not the most pleasant. We’re talking incredibly slow data speeds and massive battery drain. (more…)