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If you are using a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in Germany, we have good news for you because the Marshmallow update for unlocked versions of the Note 4 has just started to reach users throughout Germany. In case you have already been notified about the update reaching your Note 4, we recommend downloading it via a Wi-Fi connection as the update comes in an expectedly large package of 1.29GB. After you download and install it successfully, your base Android version will change to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Considering that India had already started receiving this update about four weeks ago (one week after its international release), some may consider this a bit late, but definitely not by much. If you are in Canada, we have good news for you too. The latest reports suggest that Telus is bringing Marshmallow to the carrier's Note 4 smartphones in Canada on May 16.
You can also check for the update from here: Settings> About device> Software update. If you do find that the update is available to you, just tap on Update now and follow the instructions. Once the process is completed, your Note 4 will become faster with better overall stability and you will be able to enjoy features such as controlling individual app permissions, better battery life (Doze) and a fresh look.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Samsung's latest Galaxy TabPro S was launched officially at CES as a "premium Windows 10 tablet", and it seems that the device will also have the premium mark in the pricing front. As per "All About Samsung", the starting price of Galaxy TabPro S will be at 999 Euro in Germany for the basic Wi-Fi variant that runs on Windows 10 Home. The Windows 10 Pro option will be priced around 1099 Euro, and the LTE variant with Windows 10 Pro can be purchased with 1199 Euro.
That is pretty bizarre pricing, considering the base version of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 costs around 600 Euro (in fact the new Surface Pro 4 is price starts from 999 Euro). The deciding factor while purchasing this device will depend on the importance of a Super AMOLED display in comparison to the powerful desktop processor (a Core i5 or i7) available in the Surface. SSD is available in both of the devices, so performance won't be affected, but we can say that TabPro S needs to have more competitive pricing. They will also have to compete with the MacBook Air, as Apple's least expensive laptop continues to be a lucrative option owing to its price.
In the end, consumers will finally decide where they want to put their money. So we need to wait and watch how the Galaxy TabPro S will be priced in different markets. It will go on sales in February and it is a nice Windows 10 hybrid for those looking to purchase one.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha availability has been detailed for the UK, Germany and Canada. The slender Galaxy smartphone with a metal frame will be hitting all three countries within the next few weeks.
The UK will be getting the Exynos octa-core model and it will be resealed on September 12. You will be able to get it for free with a two-year contracts starting at £34.50 per month (Phones4U). Of course you can get a SIM-free unlocked flavor for £500 (Clove, Unlocked-Mobiles) or £515 (Expansys). It appears though that the contract-free version will launch with some delay on September 22.
We also found various retailers offering the Samsung Galaxy Alpha on pre-order in Germany. The lowest price we were able to find is €565 from HandyAttacke and it will ship on September 26. Amazon DE has it listed for €600 with estimated delivery on October 19. The German Galaxy Alpha will also run on the Exynos Octa chipset.
Finally, Samsung Canada announced the availability of the Galaxy Alpha. The Canadian unit will be powered by the Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core Krait 400 CPU running at 2.5GHz. It will launch on September 26 for CA$699. If you opt for a two-year contract with Bell the Galaxy Alpha price will be slashed to CA$149.95.
It is now that time of the year when mid-range devices have already started to receive a major OS upgrade, now that all flagship and high-end handsets from the company has been updated successfully in most parts of the world where Samsung operates. The Galaxy A8 (2018) had already started receiving the update to Android 9 Pie in Russia and India, but now users of the Galaxy A8 (2018) in Germany and Netherlands has also started to receive the same update via OTA.
One would expect a major OS upgrade to be a particularly big download and that's pretty much what firmware version A530FXXU4CSC6 is! Be sure to connect to your Wi-Fi first, when the update arrives for your Galaxy A8 (2018), because it is a 1.4GB file. Keep in mind that the firmware version is different than the one that India and Russia got, because this one is meant for the major European markets only, and carries this month's security patch with it. If you own a Galaxy A8 (2018) in India or Russia, then you will still have to wait for the March security update separately, as your version of the Android 9 Pie firmware is only updated with the February patch. Also check out JoyOfAndroid.com
Lucky Germans, Several German retailers have already launched their Galaxy Note Edge and Note 4 pre-order campaign, so you can book your unit right now and never worry about the "out of stock" words at the luanch day. The not-so-good part that the retailers are asking for a very high price for pre-orders... higher than expected.
Pre-orders are taken at the mind-blowing €995.91 which is almost $1,300. Amazon DE even has the guts to say that you are actually saving just over €3 from the regular retail price, which according to it will stand at €999. Even though Samsung has failed to quote a specific price, we can bet that this is far from the truth. while the Note 4 price in Amazon US is only $899.99.
Things are looking far more reasonable over at Notebooksbilliger, redcoon and MediaMarkt, which all charge €699 to book your Galaxy Note 4. The first of those stores also lists the Galaxy Note Edge on pre-order, but it comes with another €1,000 price tag.
Samsung Germany wasn't sure if users in the country want the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge or are just fine with having the Galaxy Note 4 so the subsidiary decided to ask.
The users have spoken, saying they want the innovative Note Edge as well so Samsung has obliged, offering the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in stores from January,2015. The company will be also adding a Premium Edition of the smartphone that will start selling sooner in itaonline store.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Premium Edition will cost €899 but will include a Flip Wallet, display cleaner, tips and tricks brochure, 64GB Samsung EVO microSD card and three years of warranty.
The Galaxy S7 Edge has already begun to receive its version of the November patch from Samsung in various regions around the world. Germany and Australia joined those ranks yesterday when reports confirmed the news. Just like the November security patch for the regular S7, this update includes Google's monthly security release for November and fixes the 14 issues that are unique to the Samsung smartphones only.
It is advised that the hefty 157MB package be downloaded via a stable Wi-Fi connection. Once you are done with the download and installation part, your S7 Edge's firmware version will change to G935FXXU1BPJG. Disappointingly, no new features were mentioned in the changelog. The entire update basically consists of bug fixes, patches and stability improvements. Feel free to check if the package has arrived for your Galaxy S7 Edge manually from Settings > About device > Download Updates Manually. Even if it isn't there right away, the OTA package will come to your device soon.
Head over to https://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ and find the right firmware to flash for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Reports have been coming in to confirm that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands are now receiving the much awaited Nougat 7.0 update. The update is currently live for the unlocked variants of the two smartphones with the model numbers SM-G930F (S7) and SM-G935F (S7 Edge). The 1.3GB OTA upgrade package will arrive with all the usual bells and whistles that accompany Android v7.0 Nougat and a few patches.
The good news is that even if you own a carrier locked variant of the S7 or the S7 Edge, you will probably get a notification prompting you to download the update. The thing is that carriers in Europe have already started to roll out Nougat to the two Galaxy devices about two weeks ago. Those that didn't roll out the update previously, will start doing so from today. Let us know if any OTA update has hit your device yet in the comments. Also, head over to our firmware section to get access to all the latest ROM update files.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)