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If you are in Europe and you are still using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, we have good news for you today. It is only a matter of time before you are notified that the much awaited Marshmallow update has finally arrived on your Galaxy Note 4. The SD 805 powered N910F is among the last of the Note 4 variations to receive the major upgrade as Samsung looks to finish off its Marshmallow update schedule.


As expected, the update comes in a large OTA package of roughly 1.3 gigabytes. While all of the N910F models will be upgraded to Android version 6.0.1 post installation, the build number will vary depending on the particular country as well as the carrier. So far, news of the update's arrival has been reported mainly from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Hungary. We expect similar reports from the other European countries to turn up soon.


The Note 4 will see significant improvements in speed and stability, along with a more up to date S-Pen interface. As was seen with similar updates for other versions, the screen off memo feature from the Note 5 will now be available on the Note 4 also. Expect Android M to arrive on the N910F with all its bells and whistles, like Dozing, customizable app permissions and a redesigned, lighter TouchWiz.


 

There is general consensus that Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a beautiful phablet. The device has garnered great reviews and secured top spot among the smartphones currently available in the market. That said the Gold Platinum version looks more attractive than the plain Note 5. It gives a sense of "luxury product" because of the golden design. You can now grab the new variant from AT&T or Verizon. In fact, T-Mobile had listed the model a couple of weeks ago but because of unknown reason that page not been accessible. We're not quite clear whether or not that page will become live once again.


You can get the 64GB Gold Platinum model for $839.99 from AT&T. There is a zero downpayment on a 30-month installment plan with $28/monthly fee. With a two-year agreement, this device can be bought for $349.99. Verizon is offering only the 32GB Gold Platinum which costs less expensive at $696. With $0 downpayment for qualified customers, you can avail of the phablet for two years with a $29 per month payment. Both of the mobile carriers are offering $300 as credits or discount if you move to this device and exchange current one. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes features a 5.7 inch HD display screen, Samsung-made Exynos 7420 Octa-core 64-bit processor, 5MP front-facing snapper, 6MP camera in the back, and Samsung Knox security.

 

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In what turned out to be the biggest blemish in the world's number one smartphone manufacturer's reputation, millions of Galaxy Note 7s from customers are making their way back to the manufacturer for a replacement. While this move may cost Samsung more than a billion US dollars, they had to take the initiative after 35 smartphones around the world blew up while being charged. Samsung has finally provided an explanation behind the exploding Samsung SDI batteries just recently and here is what they said in their official statement


"based on our investigation, we learned that there was an issue with the battery cell. An overheating of the battery cell occurred when the anode-to-cathode came into contact which is a very rare manufacturing process error"


Lithium itself is a reactive chemical and the truth is that any smartphone powered by a Li-ion battery does have the potential to explode or catch fire, if there's a short circuit. In case of the Note 7's battery however, some of the batteries provided by Samsung SDI had an inherent manufacturing flaw which resulted in overheating. The overheating led to multiple Li-ion cells cracking open, causing a thermal runaway. So if you have already bought a Note 7, it's time to take it back to the South Korean OEM!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The LG G5 did a number on the Samsung Galaxy S7's camera this year with its modular upgrades and in order to fight back, Samsung had declared that it would be releasing a modular lens cover for the S7 series of smartphones very soon. As promised, Samsung has now released the lens cover which will allow owners of the S7 or S7 Edge to enhance the imaging capabilities of their phones.


The lens cover comes with a tele-lens, as well as a wide-angle lens so that the user can switch them according to the need of the moment. The package including the phone cover and the two lenses are currently priced at around $120.99. Considering that a retailer in Holland had listed these covers at roughly $170 about eight weeks ago, the official price tag seems much more reasonable now.


You are probably familiar with how the lenses work already, but just in case you are not, here is some know-how. A wide-angle lens is usually used for capturing landscape shots or group photos. The telephoto lens on the other hand is ideal for shooting objects at a distance, for example, the moon. Given how much people depend on the cameras of their smartphones these days; this is an excellent move by Samsung.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



After what has been roughly three and a half months since the Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued, Samsung has finally disclosed its findings regarding the cause behind the exploding smartphone. Just like previously thought, Samsung blames the batteries used inside the Note 7 for causing the safety hazards that the phone did, back when it was still being sold.


700 engineers worked with 200,000 Note 7 smartphones and 30,000 batteries used in those phones to reach the following conclusions.


1. The first batch of batteries which were supplied by Samsung SDI had curved corners which resulted in the electrodes inside the casing to bend. As they bent and came into contact with each other due to heat or pressure, fire and explosion became inevitable in certain cases.


2. After the first recall, Samsung equipped the next batch of Note 7s with batteries supplied by Amperex Technology Ltd. In a bizarre coincidence, these batteries also turned out to be faulty and began to catch fire as a result of inadequate welding and subsequent internal short-circuits. This was probably brought on due to the tremendous pressure of manufacturing millions of batteries in an impossibly short time.


As Dong-jin Koh, the chief of Samsung Mobiles explained all this in a press meeting, he also confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will indeed be delayed this year, and therefore, we will not see the device at the MWC next month.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Allo was announced earlier in 2016 at the Google I/O and the new messaging app is finally becoming available to Android and iOS devices around the world. If you are not aware about what makes Allo special in a world that's filled with messaging apps from different developers, let us enlighten you. Allo will work in perfect coordination with the new Google Assistant. In other words, Google Assistant is embedded as a part of the new messenger, which will allow users to reply to conversations based on the suggestions by the Google Assistant and perform in-app searches through both your personal data on the phone and also the internet.


Google Assistant is said to take digital assistance to another level through direct interactions with the evolving AI incorporated into the program. It will take the experience you had from Google Now and raise it up by quite a few notches. Now that Allo is finally here, we will learn about new ways to utilize the digital assistant. Keep in mind though, Allo is strictly limited to mobile devices only for now and won't be available on desktops for a while. Download it and give it a try now, it's free!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Android Studio


After two years of development, Today, Google officially released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at Android developers. You can download it right now for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the Android Developer site.

 

Google first announced Android Studio, built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE, at its I/O Developer conference in May 2013. The company's pitch was very simple: This is the official Android IDE.

 

android studio 1.5

 

Given that Android Studio is only hitting 1.0 now, all the features are "new" to some extent. But Google does have specific features it wants to highlight.

 

First off, we have the First Run Setup Wizard, which was amusingly absent from a few of the release candidate builds. This "getting started" wizard now installs the Android SDK you need, sets up your development environment settings, creates an optimized emulator for testing your app, and bundles a set of code templates.

 

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play services 7


Google Play Services 7.3 is currently rolling-out with various bug fixes. If you've used Android Wear with your phone, you'd have noticed the annoying persistent notification that sits in your phone's notification drawer forever.

 

With this latest Google Play Services 7.3 update, Google has gotten rid of the notification. This means there isn't another notification sitting permanently in your notification drawer that you couldn't get rid of anymore.

 

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The update also brings an updated UI for configuring Trusted Places, the feature that allows your phone to stay unlocked in a certain location. You can now choose on a map the location instead of simply typing it out and it shows the area with a blue dotted circle on the map that is the safe zone. The update also adds a new pull-to-refresh animation in the Google+ app.

 

If you don't want to wait for the update to hit your device, Download the Official APK below. To figure out the right version of Google Play Services for your Android device, go to Settings -> Apps -> Google Play services, and look at the last 3 numbers in the parentheses. You'll see something like -XYY where X is 0 for pre-Lollipop and both 4 and 7 for Lollipop+, and YY is a specific variant id. -738 means you need the APK that has -738 and so on.

 

play services 7

 

Google Play Services 7.3.27 [APK]

 



Super Mario Run is finally here on Android and available for download from the Play Store. The registrations had been open forever, although iOS users had been enjoying the game for months since it came out last year in December. Unfair as it may seem, we are just glad that it's finally available for us Android users.


In an unexpected turn of events, Nintendo has decided to release the game a day earlier than the original intended date. Personally, I liked the game and as far as experts are concerned, no one has given it a bad rating yet. What I really liked was the fact that Nintendo has done away with the concept of micro-transactions in this one by introducing a one time pay system like the old days. You get to download it and try it out for free, but if you want to get more of Mario action, then you will need to pay for the full game. Critics have hailed the $10 price tag to be a bit too steep for a mobile game, but if you ask me, I will take a $10 price tag over an "in-app purchase" scheme any day!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although LG V20 was the first phone to sport Android Nougat 7.0 right out of the box, the LG G5 has only just begun to receive its first taste of Nougat since last week, when the Sprint versions began to receive it via OTA. Reports all around have confirmed that the T-Mobile version of the LG G5 has just started to receive the 1.2GB OTA file. As expected, the update package also contains the November security release.



Even though the details or the news itself has not yet been updated on the support page of T-Mobile, users on Reddit and XDA Developers Forum have revealed the build number to be NRD90U. In case you want to search for it manually, go to Settings > General > About phone > Update centre > System update > Check for update. In case it has already landed on your LG G5, we recommend using a Wi-Fi connection to download the rather large file. We are pretty sure it's more or less the same build that we saw on the LG V20.


Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Motorola is getting ready for Cyber Monday and like the other players in the tech world, showing the details of deals on the website is quite useful. Currently there are three deals listed on the website and hopefully we can expect to see additional deals in the coming Monday.


To start off, the price of Moto X (2nd Gen) 64GB has been slashed by 25% to bring down the final cost to $299 from $399. You can avail this deal from within the Moto Maker, where it lets you customize the device to your preference. Hence, the price might go up depending on the level of customizations.


Motorola will also give the Moto 360 (1st Gen) at 50% discount, bringing its price down from $299 to $149. Please take a note that this model is the 1st Gen, and at Amazon, you can purchase this device with variety of models to choose from starting at about $140.


We'll say, this deal is not so enticing and definitely doesn't stand out in Cyber Monday history. Finally, those looking to own a Moto G (2nd Gen) can get one for just $99, brought down from $179.99. That's more than 40% discount on the price listed for the phone. Then again, this is the 2nd Gen model, not the 3rd Gen which can bought from Amazon for $170.

 

Via: Motorola


Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

We exclusively reported many times that Samsung was planning to update Galaxy Note 3 Neo to Android Lollipop later this year, and users has been waiting for more than 6 months now. Today, Samsung has just started rolling-out the first official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) to some regions as a test release.

 

Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

The update is rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) and via KIES for these models SM-N750L , SM-N750K and SM-N750S in Korea. The same update will HIT all other regions and models in the next few weeks.

 

Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

The update OTA size is about 900MB with Android Lollipop build [5.1.1] and build date of [October 12, 2015]. Galaxy Note 3 Neo Lollipop update is packing all the usual Lollipop goodies you need, a New updated TouchWiz UI with Material Design, New lockscreen, New notifications bar, updated system apps, various bug fixes, security improvements and performance enhancements.

 

Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

Galaxy Note 3 Neo Firmware Details :
- Model Name: Galaxy Note 3
- Model: SM-N750K NEO
- Country: Korea (SKC)
- Firmware Version: N750KKTU1COJ3
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.1.1
- Build Date: October 12, 2015
- Changelist: 5994065
- PDA: N750KKTU1COJ3
- CSC: N750KKTC1COJ3
DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

Galaxy Note 3 Neo Firmware Details :
- Model Name: Galaxy Note 3
- Model: SM-N750S NEO
- Country: Korea (SKC)
- Firmware Version: N750SKSU1COJ3
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.1.1
- Build Date: October 12, 2015
- Changelist: 5994065
- PDA: N750SKSU1COJ3
- CSC: N750SSKC1COJ3
DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

Galaxy Note 3 Neo Firmware Details :
- Model Name: Galaxy Note 3
- Model: SM-N750L NEO
- Country: Korea (LUC)
- Firmware Version: N750LKLU1COJ3
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.1.1
 -Build Date: October 12, 2015
- Changelist: 5994065
- PDA: N750LKLU1COJ3
- CSC: N750LLUC1COJ3
DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

Don't forget to use our ODIN 3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.


Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

We exclusively reported many times that Samsung was planning to update Galaxy Note 3 Neo to Android Lollipop later this year, and users has been waiting for more than 9 months now. Today, Samsung has just started rolling-out the first official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N750) to some regions as a test release.

 

Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

The update is rolling-out Over-the-air (OTA) and via KIES for the SM-N750 model in Russia. The same update will HIT all other regions and models in the next few months.

 

Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

The update OTA size is about 950MB with Android Lollipop build [5.1.1] and build date of [November 23rd, 2015]. Galaxy Note 3 Neo Lollipop update is packing all the usual Lollipop goodies you need, a New updated TouchWiz UI with Material Design, New lockscreen, New notifications bar, updated system apps, various bug fixes, security improvements and performance enhancements.

 

Note 3 Neo Lollipop rolling-out

 

Galaxy Note 3 Neo Firmware Details :
- Model Name: Galaxy Note 3 NEO
- Model: SM-N750
- Country: Russia (SER)
- Firmware Version: N750XXUDOK5
- OS: Android Lollipop
- OS Version: 5.1.1
- Build Date: November 23, 2015
- Changelist: 6105284
- PDA: N750XXUDOK5
- CSC: N7505OXADOK2
DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

Don't forget to use our ODIN 3 Tutorial to learn how to manually flash the Firmware above into your Samsung device safely and easily.




According to reports, Sprint continues to provide good news to its customers. Just earlier, they had officially started to roll out the Android M update for the Galaxy Note 5 and if that was not enough, they have also started to roll out the same update for their version of the older Galaxy Note 4 as well. It is a good gesture on Sprint's part to release both updates on the same date, showing that they have not forgotten their customers from 2014.


This update will come to your Galaxy Note 4 in a 1.4GB package and will upgrade your smartphone to Android version 6.0.1 post installation. The firmware version should also change to N910PVPU4DPC1, complete with March 1 Android Security Patch. Although one will have to wait to find out in exact details, it can be said safely that most of Android Marshmallow's improvements and added features will make it to the Note 4 as well.


Do not worry if you have not received the notification yet as this will take a bit of time before it reaches all of the smartphones in the country. Nonetheless, the official declaration confirms that all Sprint customers will get it on their Note 4. If you want to check right now, go to Settings>About device>Check for Software Update. If you see the Download Now option, tap on it and follow the instructions. If not, then just wait a while and you will be notified of the update as soon as it arrives on your phone.


Download latest Samsung Firmware


 



If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from T-Mobile, your device's update to Android Marshmallow in on its way. T-Mobile is the last major carrier in the US to update the Galaxy Note 4 as all others (including Verizon) had already released the same a while ago.
The update comes in at a hefty package of 1.5GB and therefore, we recommend the use of Wi-Fi for downloading it. After you download and install it on your SM-N910T, the build number should change to N910TUVU2EPE3 and the base Android version should upgrade to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.



Even though T-Mobile took its sweet time in updating the Note 4, we were disappointed to see that the latest Android security patches were not included (or so it appears). Nevertheless, it is definitely an improvement over the Note 4's now dated Android version and User Interface. Although you should automatically be notified about the update as soon as it arrives on your smartphone via OTA, feel free to check it out manually from Settings > About device > Software update. Even if you don't see it now, you should see it within the next few days.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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While Android 6 Marshmallow is apparently reserved only for their latest high end smartphones by Samsung, they have finally decided to roll out Android 5.1.1 updates for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo models in India. Reports of the OTA update first came in from the users and later on, Samsung confirmed the news as genuine. Check if your update has arrived yet by going into Settings>About Phone>System Update>Check for Updates.


Among the changes that this new update will bring to the Note 3 Neo's Indian variants, improvements will be seen in the notifications department as they will become easier to view and access. Before you download and install the update make sure that there is at least 3072MB of free space as specified by the update. Also, once it has finished installation, you should expect almost a gigabyte (950MB) of space to be taken up permanently by the new software installation.


With so much of emphasis on the Galaxy Note 5 and its newer dual SIM variant that was released with 32GB in-built memory for around 51,400 INR last week in India, it is good to see that some of the older and cheaper smartphones are not entirely forgotten by the Korean manufacturer.

 



Google Now on Tap, Doze and customizable app permissions will all be available on the Galaxy Tab A soon as Samsung finally begins to roll out the much awaited Android M 6.0.1 update to the tablet. Reports from Australia earlier informed the world of this news, but we are not yet sure which other regions have started to receive the upgrade at this time. Nonetheless, we are pretty sure that wherever you are, if you own a Galaxy Tab A, you will get the update, sooner or later.


As always, it is advised that you fire up your Wi-Fi to download the huge 1.1GB package and make sure that you have enough battery before you try and install it on your Galaxy Tab A. Post the update, you should be able to see a brand new app drawer interface and your overall experience should be much smoother. Be sure to check for the update from Settings > About device > Software Update. If you have not been notified about the update by your phone or you cannot find it even after checking manually, do not worry, the update has not yet arrived on your tablet yet.



It is now official; no more beta updates or soak tests. The much awaited update to Nougat is now en route to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The final release will hit your device anytime in between now and the next few weeks, depending on your location. Also, if your S7/S7 Edge is running on a beta build of Nougat already, you will be upgraded with a much smaller 215MB file before the regular users who are still on the stable Marshmallow build.



Surprisingly, the final version of the update is built on Nougat v7.0 and not v7.1.1 like the previous report from a reliable source had suggested. It's also unexpected to see the OTA rollout begin an entire week before the scheduled date (January 17). We are guessing that January 17 is the date on which the Nougat rollout will begin for those that were not a part of the Beta Program. As you can probably guess, that would be a much bigger file. However, that is only speculation and verified information at this point.



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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Just when everyone was starting to think that the S5 Mini was forgotten and abandoned by Samsung, the device has started to receive Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow. This is good news for S5 Mini owners across Europe and if you are in the region and yet have not been prompted for the OTA update yet, don't worry, you will be soon enough. You can also check manually from Settings > About device > Software update to verify as always.


The particular model number of the S5 Mini currently being upgraded to Marshmallow is SM-G800F and the firmware version is G800FXXU1CQA1. In addition to the OS upgrade, the package also contains the SMR release for the month of January, as expected. We know that a Nougat update is what most handset owners are looking forward to nowadays, but that's never going to happen for the Galaxy S5 Mini, at least not officially anyway. Nevertheless, you should see a lot of positive changes on your device after the update like added features, better security, improvements in stability and a better battery life.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphone.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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