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 Unveils the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini “Black Edition”

This morning, Samsung unveiled a new colorway for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini. The name they have chosen to represent this new duo is Black Edition. According to Samsung, these two devices are the “latest in an effort to build on its commitment to deliver innovative technologies with more premium design choices to consumers.” With that being said, you would expect a few new features to come packed in, right? Let’s see what’s new.  (more…)

Android 4.4.2 Firmware Leaked for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T

For those among us who just can’t want any longer for an official rollout of Kit Kat to the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T, firmware has been leaked through XDA that will allow you to run Android 4.4.2 on your device before it is shipped out to the general public. And while flashing unreleased firmware can sometimes be dangerous for your device, the feedback so far on the forum is all good except for one random reboot bug for the GS4 which appears when watching videos. Besides that, both firmware packages seem quite stable.  (more…)

Grab a Zagg Natural Wood Case for the Galaxy S4, Only $19.99

Who needs a fancy Moto X with a wood finish when you can easily grab a nice wood case for any number of devices, specifically the Galaxy S4. Zagg, a major player in the device accessory game, is selling natural backs for the Galaxy S4, priced at an incredible $19.99, down from their usual price of $49.99. There are five different options to choose from, ranging in colors and different woods from around world.  (more…)

Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover With Wireless Charging Now Available for $55

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is joining in the S-View Flip Cover with wireless charging party this week, only a month or so after the Galaxy Note 3 received the Qi-compatible accessory. This is your standard S-View Flip Cover, but Samsung went ahead and turned the attached backplate into a wireless charging plate that up until now, as eluded the S-View race. In other words, this product is no different than the S-View Flip Cover you might already own, other than the fact that when attached and set atop a wireless charger, it will wirelessly charge your device.  (more…)

Android 4.4.2 Leaked for Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), Sports Same ol’ TouchWiz UI

A leaked test build of Android 4.4.2 has recently leaked for the Galaxy S4 from Samsung. With the company remaining quiet as to when users of the device can expect to officially see the update roll out to their devices, seeing this build leak is a really good sign. Since it’s in testing, and now leaked, U.S. GS4 owners could see it within the next couple of months we would expect. As with all things in this industry, nothing is confirmed. (more…)

Top 5 Android Phones of 2013

At the end of each year, it’s easy to find ourselves both looking back at all that happened over the past 12 months, trying to reflect on it, and then looking forward to what’s ahead. The “what’s ahead” is about to hit us with a right-cross in a couple of weeks when CES arrives, so I’d say that I’m still very much in the reflection stage at this point. Which brings me to this post and my thoughts on the top 5 Android phones of the year.

The year 2013 was filled with the most incredible smartphones the world has ever seen. 1080p displays became a standard (for the most part), cameras grew increasingly better, battery life is now measured in days instead of hours, customization was introduced, and prices may have started to decline across the board. Phone manufacturers also seem to have figured out winning formulas for the most part in terms of hardware, but only one still has the marketing side (or budget) on lock. All of that helped shape this list.  (more…)