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Rumors confirmed that the Galaxy S4 smartphone could be released in April. yesterday's article, we also included two photos of "an internal raffle doc at a New Zealand mobile retailer," saying that all the winners of a prize would be awarded with a Samsung Galaxy S4 handset.

 

SamMobile has reported that in a bid to have more control on updates and sales, and to know exactly how many devices has been sold in all countries, Samsung is planning to start the new update service.


"Samsung's plan is to stop the retailers that are shipping, for example, French-based software devices to The Netherlands. Samsung won't give devices updates if you bought a phone outside your home country," the report has said.


"This could mean retailers need to pay more for devices and the prices could go higher. Also, customers could have to wait longer on their new devices. So far we can conclude from our information that Samsung will start to test this way but no longer by notification trough OTA (over-the-air)," according to SamMobile.


What does this all mean for Samsung, retailer and customer?


Samsung

  • - Control of updates in each country. (faster way of updates)
  • - Exact sales numbers.
  • - Could bring the price up / down if needed or cancel device that do not sell well.
Retailer
  • - Retailer must ship country based devices otherwise customer isn't able to update.
  • - Retailer shop price could be more expensive.
Customer
  • - Delay in new device.
  • - Customer isn't able to update their device outside the country of origin.
  • - Price can be higher.

 




South Korea Telecom Co., the country's leading mobile carrier, introduced the next-generation mobile network on Wednesday, offering speeds twice as fast as the existing long-term evolution (LTE) network.


SK Telecom is the first mobile operator in the world to launch the so-called LTE-Advanced network service, which is 10 times faster than the old 3G network service, it said.


With the commercialization of the world's first LTE-Advanced network, Samsung Electronics Co., the largest smartphone maker, also released today the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the world's first phone optimized to work on the country's LTE-A network.


Yesterday we have told you about Samsung Galaxy S LTE-A version.  The main difference between the Galaxy S4 LTE-A and the version we are familiar with already is the presence of a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC under the hood. Other specs are very similiar, both include 5" 1080p Super AMOLED display, 13MP camera, 32GB of built-in memory, microSD card slot, and IR port.


Source: Samsung

 



After the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note 2 seems to be the next in line to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, which is apparently available already in service centers.  We think the over the air update should be very soon.


According to SamMobile. The build number of the firmware is N7100XXUEMJ9, while the build date is of October 31st, making us fairly certain that it's the final version of the update that will roll out officially. At this point, it's uncertain what the extent of changes and new features are in the update, but expect to see mostly the same changes as those that arrived on the Samsung Galaxy S3, apart from a few new features from the Galaxy Note 3 for use with the S Pen.


However, while it's not clear when that will actually happen, we'll remind you that carriers are also involved in Android update roll outs, which means some Galaxy Note 2 versions will get their Android 4.3 upgrade sooner than others.


We'll be back with more news about the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update once we have them.




 



Samsung Push Service is an application that sends you "push notifications" about apps and offers on Samsung Apps (those that appear in your notifications bar with the Samsung Apps icon). You can uninstall it but everytime you run Samsung Apps it reinstalls it. You can deactivate the service in Samsung Apps: menu > settings > uncheck "send push notifications".


The Samsung Push service provides below services.


  • - New message is displayed on the Pop-up window
  • - Display a badge on the application icon for a new message
  • - Display new message on the Notification bar



The Samsung Push service provides the notification service only for Samsung services(ex : ChatON, Samsung Apps) on Samsung devices.


If you delete the Samsung push service, you may not receive the new notification messages.


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