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New Details About Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat Released

Those of you with the Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung can sleep easy finally knowing the Android 4.4 KitKat update is about to arrive.  Samsung has confirmed that the update will be coming to the device and now it is just a matter of when and what users can expect when the update shows up.  Most of the major mobile carriers in the United States have been silent about the update, but over the last few weeks, there have been a few details leaked regarding what users can expect when the update is ready for download on your network.

Right now all of the information is related to mobile carriers that are overseas, but that is just the first stop for an update before it arrives in the United States.  According to one online source, there is some information detailed within a GFX benchmark test that was done on the SHV-E250, which is the Korean version of the Galaxy Note 2.  Another mobile carrier in Australia and one in France have also confirmed the update is ready to roll out so it will only be a matter of time before Samsung announces the United States release date.

Overseas it looks like the update could arrive as early the middle of April through the end of May so at least there is some sort of timeline.  Sprint is typically one of the first mobile carriers to make an announcement about updates coming to smartphones on their network and that was the case this time around.  A lot of times, mobile carriers will keep quiet right up until the actual day the update notification pops up on your phone.  This update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will bring the brand new Android 4.4 KitKat software to the device and that is about it.

According to sources, there is not that much else for users to expect, but moving up to the Android 4.4 KitKat software is still a nice jump for those that have the popular phablet device.  Those that have the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4 have been getting the update notifications for the new Android software for weeks now and things have been going very well so far.  Those with the older Galaxy S3 are also expected to be getting the same update at the same time as the Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Details Get The Web Buzzing

The IFA event that is held in Berlin, Germany each year might be the place where consumers finally hear more about the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung.  The expected replacement to last year’s popular phablet has been lurking in the shadows for a few months now with little information to be heard about it.  The device is expected to replace the third generation device and it will do so with even better features, hardware and software as well.  This week a number of details have the web buzzing about the new device with the first one being where the device is going to launch.

Even though the Galaxy Note 3 is only a few months old, many have been talking about the fourth generation device for almost as long as the Note 3 has been on the market.  Samsung did tease that the Note 4 would be released during the second half of the year which is about the same time that it released the Note 3 last year.  Samsung held an “Unpacked Episode 2” event to bring the Note 3 to the marketplace just a few months after the first episode was held for the Galaxy S4 last year.

In a new report, Samsung reportedly confirmed that the IFA event in Berlin this year will be the place they showcase the fourth generation Note device.  This does not mean that the Note 4 will launch in the month of September, but the odds are very good the company will be following in the same footsteps as last year with the Note 3.  Rumours suggest that the fourth edition of the popular phablet line of devices is going to come with a brand new, super fast, quad-core processor made from Qualcomm that is built on a 64-bit construction.

The Galaxy S5 did not include the new 64-bit processor, however, was equipped with a Snapdragon 801 32-bit processor from Qualcomm.  Other rumours have indicated that the Galaxy Note 4 will come with support for LTE-A, which is the next phase in data connections passed original 4G LTE.  Verizon Wireless has come forward to confirm that it will be launching the LTE-A network sometime in the middle of this year.  Another rumour indicates that the device could come with a curved display, but that has not been confirmed by Samsung at this point.

LG G2 Users See Android Update on Verizon Wireless Network

For those of you that have the LG G2 on the Verizon Wireless network you might have noticed that there was an update sent out, but at the same time noticed that it was not the Android 4.4 KitKat update that you were hoping for.  The Android 4.4 KitKat update for the LG G2 is one that is almost complete on the rest of the mobile carriers in the United States, but for some reason it looks like Verizon Wireless customers are left behind at this time.

Even though some are still waiting to see the Android 4.4 KitKat update on their device, customers on one network have been getting an update notification for a second update on the LG G2.  The update, which is actually Android 4.4.2 KitKat, brings a couple of bug fixes and has reportedly started to roll out to users.  The update for those on the AT&T network reportedly brings a few bug fixes and improvements, but did leave out the Google Tap & Pay feature.  The changelog does include updates to Google+ and Google Wallet, however.  The update is a very small 6MB in size and should not take that long to download and install.

For those of you that are still on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, the upgrade to Android 4.4 is going to be closer to 700MB in size.  With that being said, a connection to a Wi-Fi network is recommended for that download process.  If you are wondering what software you are running, you can see that from the Settings Menu > About Phone > Check for Updates to see if your device is ready to be updated.  Updates seem to be pouring in for the LG G2 users that are not on the Verizon Wireless network.

The LG G2 is one smartphone that might have given LG the go-ahead confidence to gain some market share back after losing it due to releasing mostly mid-range devices on the market.  The LG G2 features a huge 5.2-inch touch screen display that comes with a full HD 1080p resolution and scratch-resistant glass for extra protection.  The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM and comes without a microSD card slot to expand on the 32GB of internal memory.  The back side features a 13MP camera that can record in full 1080p HD at 60 frames per second.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit Gets an Update

Samsung brought along three versions of the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch to the Mobile World Congress event back in February of this year.  It was the Galaxy Gear Fit that might have gained the most attention and it was mostly because of the curved AMOLED display.  Because of the curved display, everything on it was shown horizontally.  At first, it might not have been that big of a deal, but users were complaining about how annoying that was and it looks like Samsung has listened.  It makes sense because horizontal text and things on a wristwatch just does not make things easier for the user.

Samsung released an update for the smartwatch and now, according to reports, the display will support vertical orientation.  While the device is being worn, the text, numbers and other data can be placed vertically to make it easier for the user to read.  Something that just seems like it should not have got passed the quality control team, but you never know when companies are trying to push products out the door so quickly.  At least it was a quick software update that fixed the problem and now users can save themselves from neck strain.

There are a couple of videos posted online showing the differences and how they are both useful in their own way.  The main point is that once you have the device on, you are going to want the information stacked over each other for ease of reading.  Since the Galaxy Gear Fit is not available to everyone, the update came at just the right time.  This does not mean the product is out of the woods, as more consumers get one they odds another snag comes are pretty high.

Samsung also released the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo on the same day with all of them offering specific things that the other does not.  The Gear 2 Neo does not come with a camera, while the Gear 2 does have a 2MP version that can also record in 1080p HD.  All three of the watches have a 1Ghz dual-core processor, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.  The battery is quite small, as it should be, coming in at only 300mAh, but that should provide an entire day of use depending on what you are using the smartwatch for.