Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Arrives on U.S. Soil in November

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This morning, outside of Galaxy Gear compatibility news, Samsung announced that their Galaxy S4 Mini will arrive in the U.S. next month (as in November) on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and US Cellular. US Cellular and AT&T have already confirmed that they will carry the phone, we just haven’t seen pricing yet. We have also seen press images of Verizon’s variant with massive home button branding, but no official word or pricing either. (more…)

Samsung Extends Galaxy Gear Compatibility to 8 Devices, Including Galaxy S4, Note 2, and Galaxy S3

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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…)

Verizon Galaxy S4 Already Rooted After VRUDMI1 Update

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Some of you were probably holding off from updating your Verizon Galaxy S4 to the latest VRUDMI1 build until someone had rooted it, am I right? Hold off no more. “Root de la Vega” by @OpenGears (ported to the GS4 by @BeansTown106is now available for download. It requires Odin and a set of very specific steps to accomplish the task, but I’d imagine you are up for it if keeping root is something of importance.

You can find the file and instructions below, but I’d highly recommend hitting up the XDA thread for support.  (more…)

Official Android 4.3 Update Reportedly Rolling Out to Galaxy S4 Devices, Brings Galaxy Gear Support

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According to reports from Europe and SamMobile, Samsung is currently pushing out the official Android 4.3 update to the international Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505), with a ton of new features included inside. The biggest feature, for anyone who is a fan of Galaxy Gear, is new support for Samsung’s smartwatch. Once this update goes live for all, the GS4 and the Note 3 will be the only two devices able to support the wearable.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S4 VRUDMI1 Update Rolling Out OTA, Here is the Full Changelog

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Yesterday, we alerted owners of the Galaxy S4 on Verizon to a new update that was at the time only available via Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. The update jumped users to build VRUDMI1, but without a changelog, we had no idea what to expect other than the phone remained on Android 4.2.2 afterwards. Both Samsung and Verizon have now posted changelogs which we have included in this post.  (more…)

Oh Boy, is This the First Look at Samsung’s Device With a Curved Display?

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Famed industry leaker @evleaks tweeted this photo this afternoon with the tag “Do not adjust your display.” If this is what we think it is, it could very well be a press render of Samsung’s soon-to-be-announced device with a curved display. The device was reportedly confirmed to exist by Samsung’s own CEO and other executives, with an expected arrival or announcement happening within the next few weeks.  (more…)

Leaked Builds of Android 4.3 Update for Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4 Hit the Web

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Who cares if Android 4.4 aka Kit Kat is just around the corner? Most users on stock firmware are still waiting to get updated to Android 4.3. Samsung made sure that the Galaxy Note 3 would launch with Android 4.3, but so far the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4 are still on 4.1.2 and 4.2, respectively. Although today, a leaked build of Android 4.3 for both phones have been released for those adventurous Galaxy owners that don’t mind flashing sketchy firmware builds.  (more…)