This morning, owners of the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 received a minor update, thanks to Verizon's timely update of the device's support page, we now know that it's a security patch elated to the Exynos exploit.
- + Android Security Patch added for additional security.
The update is only 7.8MB in size, is listed by Verizon simply as an "Android Security Patch added for additional security." Since this is a bit vague, it appears this update of the software to version I605VRALL4 patches the Exynos exploit that allowed people to root the phone and unlock the bootloader. In additional, according to Droid-Life, it included is an update to the radio baseband, which is said to help signal reception, even though Verizon does not list that in the support documents.
To update your device, you will need to be in an area where Wi-Fi is available.
1. Begin by enabling Wi-Fi on your device.
2. To enable Wi-Fi on your device, go to "Settings" > under Wireless & networks, touch "Wi-Fi ON" to enable (if not already enabled)
3. Touch "Wi-Fi" to view and
Samsung Galaxy S 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 by US Cellular will finally be updated to the MB1 build. This includes a few improvements and additions to the present build and promises an upgrade to the latest Android Jelly Bean.
The S 3 will most possibly have some bugs fixed and a few enhancements on audio during streaming. There will also be some additional capabilities for the camera, which will appeal to those who love continuous shooting.
On the other hand, there is no information given as to what upgrades or additions will be provided to the Note 2, since it already runs on the latest Jelly Bean. Also, it should be easier to flash Samsung devices when the update finally goes over the air. As such, always back up your phone and ensure that you got your phone's version correctly prior to downloading anything.
The only problem with any device that comes out after the HTC One is that they really need to look as good as or possibly even better than the HTC flagship smartphone. Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 3's build quality is being improved after HTC One "rocked" Samsung's core and made them realized that they're using plastic their device needs a better build quality to top HTC One sales. Not that they can be compared, since these are two very different devices.
Case in point, HTC One's design is really fabulous. However, to each his own as some people may like plastic, while some will prefer anodized aluminum material but it cannot be denied that many are complaining about Samsung's polycarbonate plastic design and the company just might be contemplating about resolving this on their next device's release, for once.
Furthermore, the reason why Samsung uses plastic is because it is cheaper and quicker to mass produce, as opposed to metal units. It will be interesting to see if Samsung will actually shift to producing metal phones and tablets and how it will affect their pricing. As of now, the company enjoys pricing their products as expensively as devices that are considered to have better build quality.
For those who want to check out a a pre-release version of Facebook Home, here's some great news, the ROM has leaked ahead of the planned 12th April Play Store release date (also the release date for the HTC First 'Facebook phone').
The leak has 3 APKs - the main Facebook app ('katana'), the now-integrated-with-your-SMS Messenger app (orca) and the Home / Launcher 'shell' app (home). Simply install all 3 and you're set - bear in mind you do so at your own risk!
For all the details, check out MADOCO
There's really no stopping major tech companies like Google from building their own smart watch. While there have been a few that have delved in this technology, not a single watch has captured the interest of the market and somehow, we're all still waiting until something feature-packed gets introduced.
If this were true, Google might be in the running for being the first to provide consumers with a wearable Android smart watch that does not fall short on its capabilities.
These rumors may even actually have a basis because in 2011, the company patented a plan for a smart watch that is still waiting to materialize. It had a mounted camera and a flip cover that could display information, similar to what the Google Glass can do. It sounds so real that even The Financial Times cited an insider confirming this plan, saying that it will most certainly happen soon. Let's just see who gets to launch a smart watch the earliest.