Samsung is slowly starting to update its top Android handsets to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the Galaxy S5 having already received Lollipop builds in certain regions, and the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 also having been confirmed to be getting Lollipop updates in the near future. Now, GSM Arena discovered that even older Samsung devices will receive Google’s Material Design overhaul and other Lollipop features in the near future.
This week is going to be a bit of a blinder in the world of technology. There’s a HTC event tomorrow..at which HTC have something special to announce. Sony are apparently unveiling something the following day (Playstation 4?), and Coolsmartphone are heading to Mobile World Congress.
With that in mind, knowing Dan, Leigh and yours truly will be bombing around the various functions, stands and talks for hours on end my thoughts turned to battery life. My phone (currently the Galaxy Note 2) will likely be doing quite a bit of heavy lifting and I’m likely to be away from a charger for much longer than normal.
Fortunately the Note 2 has a removable battery which lends nicely to this type of scenario.
So I picked up a desk charger which also has a slot for charging a spare battery, at the same time as charging the phone itself. Brilliant.
The phone fits nicely into the dock and holds it at just the right angle to view your incoming calls and other notifications.
The spare battery charges behind the phone and at roughly the same speed.
There’s not too much one can review about a desk charger but for those who are frustrated with battery life could do a lot worse than this set up.
Considering the desk charger is under £20 and I was able to pick two spare batteries up for under a tenner.. That’s an awful lot of juice for under £30! Plus you don’t have to have anything constantly strapped to your phone making it horribly bulky. (Which is nice as the Galaxy Note 2 is plenty big enough already!)
Thanks to Mobilefun for the review unit – head over there for more Galaxy Note 2 Dock related action.
One of the sweet features on the Galaxy Note 2 is the multi-window, which allows it to run two apps side-by-side on the same screen. The feature makes you wonder why every Android tablet and other smartphones with large screens do not have the same feature. While you may not use the feature every single day, it is a nice option to have in case you want to have two apps on display simultaneously.
The update is now live for Galaxy Note 2 owners on T-Mobile. The update is now live OTA and you can try to manually pull it from the software update settings page. Otherwise, you will have to wait until the roll-out is complete. As a reminder, the update file is 73MB in size and contains Microsoft Exchange and Gmail fixes.
Following our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the news that over 3 million units have been sold in just 37 days we bring news that Mobile Fun are now selling a range of Samsung and third party Galaxy Note 2 cases.
The cases which range from an official Samsung Flip case to Suede style pouch cases are all designed to offer the best protection possible for your Note 2 and come in a variety of bright colours and flavours.
Prices range from £9.95 for the suede style case all the way to £49.95 for an Italian leather Carved Diary case.
So, if you are the lucky owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, head on over to Mobile Fun and bag yourself a case to protect your rather lovely handset.
Many of us would already contend that the Galaxy Note II is more of a pocketable computer than a smartphone, so why not take the definition at face value? Samsung certainly is, as it just began selling a Smart Dock that transforms its phablet into a makeshift desktop. A trio of USB ports give the Note II options for a mouse, keyboard and even external storage -- and if the phone's 5.5-inch screen isn't already a large enough canvas, HDMI video (plus stereo audio out) should fill the gap. While there's no question that the Smart Dock's $100 price is relatively steep, it might be worthwhile for those still mourning the loss of Webtop.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Verizon is one of the more common proponents of silly Android device names, in part through its insistence on that "Droid" prefix for some hardware. When its smartphone badges practically demand a pause for breath, you know there's a problem. Android Central's purported copy of a Minimum Advertised Pricing list could show that there's hope for the carrier yet. The chart shows the HTC DLX (6435LVW) skipping the rumored Droid Incredible X name in favor of Droid DNA -- and that's it. No superlatives, no arbitrary "4G LTE" tags to remind us of the network we already know we're using. The 5-inch phone might have even been a reasonable launch, as the MAP shows a $200 contract price that would potentially take effect just before Thanksgiving.
Want more? Other smartphones are on the supposedly leaked MAP list as well, primarily focusing on Windows Phone 8 gear: the as yet unconfirmed Nokia Lumia 822 shows up with a $100 price and a mid-November release window, while Verizon's take on the Windows Phone 8X is present with a $200 price and similar timing. Those who'd rather go for a Samsung phablet than HTC's aren't left out, either. The Verizon edition of the Galaxy Note II is on the list with a $300 price and availability that starts immediately -- rather convenient, that.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
While we're just a heartbeat away from Samsung's American launch event for the Galaxy Note II, that hasn't stopped the leaks and rumors from flowing around the release. What appears to be an internal T-Mobile page leaked to TmoNews has the 5.5-inch giant costing $300 on the carrier's Value plan -- on par with Sprint's up-front price, if you're not including the long-term device payments. Classic plan adopters would supposedly pay $420 before dutifully mailing in for a $50 rebate, and it would take a hefty $700 for an outright purchase. Nothing's definite until T-Mobile gives the green light, and we haven't seen the prices that every other carrier will offer, but the price if real could establish a common narrative where Samsung's biggest phone this year includes an equally large price tag.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
According to a leaked roadmap on TMoNews, the magenta carrier appears to have a few tantalizing offerings coming its way this holiday season. A curious BlackBerry handheld dubbed the Armstrong, a color refresh of the Samsung Galaxy S II, a possibly Android-flavored Huawei Summit and the LG Optimus L9 are all slated to launch just on or before Halloween. Going into the next month, we see the HTC Windows Phone 8X making the pre-Thanksgiving cut with a potential debut of November 14th. Notably absent are the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Nokia Lumia 810, but that doesn't mean they won't be there when December rolls around. Of course, this info didn't come through official channels, so we wouldn't bank on any of the handsets as holiday gifts just yet. Still, its nice to know they're coming, and you can get the full details on these and other devices at the source.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Ever since Samsung issued invitations for its October 24th event, it's become increasingly clearer that the New York City gathering would center on the Galaxy Note II. After all, we've tried almost every US version so far, and nothing else has loomed on the horizon. Just in case there was any lingering uncertainty, though, Samsung sent us that promised formal invitation with exact details of what's going on: it's the US stop for the Galaxy Note II World Tour, with a press event that night followed by a "consumer celebration" later on that might bring a public side to the affair. Most American editions of the phablet have been announced or re-announced, which suggests to us that we'll primarily get firmer release dates and prices while we're busy hobnobbing.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Now that the Galaxy Note II has already been given a formal debut for AT&T and Sprint, it's T-Mobile's turn at bat. The magenta network isn't deviating significantly from the hardware seen at other American carriers, aside from the absence of (currently active) LTE, but it does brag about bonus software. Gamers taken with the MOGA mobile gaming system (read: Bluetooth controller) will get a preloaded, special version of an "exciting new racing game" that's tailored for the physical controller. Unfortunately, T-Mobile is shy about committing to prices and ship dates for the gray and white Note II editions it will be offering in the weeks ahead -- although there's more than one hint that we should keep an eye out around October 24th, or at least no later than mid-November.Permalink | | Email this | Comments