When Google announced their two Google Play Edition devices, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, they told us to expect timely updates. People questioned them because the updates potentially needed an extra set of eyes or two before being released, but Google said to us directly that they would be working “very closely” with both HTC and Samsung to make things happen. So far, they have delivered on that promise. Android 4.3 showed up within a week of being announced. Today, we’re less than a month out from the unveiling of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and the HTC One GPE is already seeing the update. (more…)
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…)
AT&T customers currently using a Galaxy S4 should be seeing an update to Android 4.3 this morning, as the OTA update started pushing out late last night. The update is to build JSS15J.1337UCUEMJ9, bringing with it plenty of new Android goodies, plus compatibility for Samsung’s smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. (more…)
Beginning November 14, Best Buy will begin to offer an exclusive Blue Arctic Galaxy S4 from Samsung, for three of the four major U.S. carriers. Customers on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint can pick up this new colorway for an unknown price, but you can expect it to be in the $199+ on contract range. Besides the color, it’s the same exact GS4 that we have known for months now. (more…)
We’ve unboxed the Nexus 5 and given you a tutorial on how to unlock the bootloader, so in this video, we’re taking a look at how it compares in hand and in terms of size to a whole bunch of this year’s flagship phones. Since we have most of them in house (outside of the G2), here is how the Nexus 5 stacks up against the HTC One, Moto X, Galaxy S4, Note 3, and Nexus 4. (more…)
Whenever a new flagship phone from almost anyone is announced, we try to toss together a quick spec comparison sheet of it versus the competition, so that you can see what we’re working with. Since the Nexus 5 is most definitely in “flagship” territory – it’s Google’s only phone after all – then we thought it was time.
So here is how the new Nexus 5 compares to the iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, G2, and more in terms of specs. (more…)
Verizon’s Galaxy S4 is now receiving Android 4.3 in a brand new update that went live moments ago. The update was approved this morning, bringing along Galaxy Gear Support, band 4 LTE, and some other tweaks along with the most current version of Android (for the time being) to Samsung’s 2013 flagship. We’re as surprised as anyone to see this update arrive first on a Verizon phone before any other carrier, but you won’t find us complaining.
To download the update head into Settings>More>About phone>Software update.
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Thanks to a changelog posted by Verizon, we now have even more details for the Android 4.3 update that is scheduled to hit the Galaxy S4 over the coming days. We first reported the update this morning, however, Samsung’s list of changes didn’t quite meet Big Red’s usually detailed standards. In the images included in this post, we not only get a deeper look at build VRUEMJ7, but also a Galaxy Gear tutorial for those new to the smartwatch, since the GS4 will support it going forward, and new additions and tweaks you’ll be glad to see. (more…)