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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumoured to launch after IFA 2014, ready for mass Production

While the Android world’s collective gaze has turned to San Francisco for Google I/O 2014, the rumour mill continues to turn in the background. The latest rumour comes from Korea and says that Samsung is all geared up to mass produce its phablet offering for this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The report goes […]

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Samsung to begin production of the Galaxy Note 4 soon: Report

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A new report coming out of the Korean media suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will go into production very soon with a launch expected to commence in September as originally planned. The decision to start production early could have been triggered by the sort of demand QHD smartphones are expected to see. With LG leading the race now with the G3, Samsung will hope to leverage some of the demand in time for September.

Rumors have suggested that the QHD display used on the Galaxy Note 4 will be the same size as the Galaxy Note 3, so as to avoid making the device any larger. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen the Galaxy Note series increase in size with each iteration by 0.2 inches, so it’s quite a big decision from the company to put an end to that tradition.

The phablet is expected to feature a 5.7 inch QHD display accompanied by a powerful Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 16-megapixel camera and some new S-Pen tricks that we haven’t seen or heard of so far. Expect the phablet to be running Android 4.4 when it breaks cover unless Google launches something newer by then.

Source: NewsTomato – Translated

Via: Android Authority

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Galaxy Note 4 Exynos proc faster vs. Snapdragon variant

Seems like only yesterday when we wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appearing in AnTuTu’s benchmark database – check that, it was 3 days ago. The benchmarking outfit is at it again, testing the two rumored processors for the Galaxy Note 4’s two upcoming variants – the Snapdragon 805 for the US version and the Exynos 5433 for the international version. The results are enough to raise an eyebrow at, putting the Samsung-made Exynos chip above Qualcomm’s premier processor.

According to the benchmark results posted by AnTuTu, the Exynos chip smokes the Snapdragon 805, a bit surprising as Qualcomm has traditionally manufactured faster cores. It might just be a point of contention for prospective Galaxy Note 4 users, with the US version unfortunately coming in some 5,000 points lower in AnTuTu’s benchmark 4.0.

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This is not to say that any of the Galaxy Note 4 test units are slow – the specs for the test units as revealed by AnTuTu are top of the line. It’s just that the Exynos chip may be using its resources better than the Qualcomm chip is. Putting this in perspective, both chips blow all the current chipsets away, including Qualcomm’s current flagship product, the Snapdragon 801.

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Curiously, the processor speed charts show NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 way ahead of the pack, but AnTuTu says that this is because the testbed of the Tegra chip had a smaller 1920×1080 display, while both Samsung Galaxy Note 4 testbeds were pushing more pixels, both having 2560×1440 resolution displays.

SOURCE: AnTuTu

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 makes appearance in AnTuTu database

Samsung has been very active in putting out its latest and greatest devices for its adoring market – the Samsung Galaxy S5 and its variants the S5 Active, the S5 K Zoom, and most recently the S5 LTE-A. One of those not yet released but anticipated for this year us the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which most industry watchers think will be released at the IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show. September is still a long ways, so for now, let us be content with the details of two variants of the Galaxy Note 4 which showed up in the database of benchmarking app AnTuTu.

This is one of those solid leaks that had to happen at some point, and it gives us a peek at what’s under the hood of these gadgets. Samsung, as expected, will be providing two variants of its phablet model, and the specs of these two somewhat conveniently found their way to AnTuTu’s database.

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We do not know the final marketing names for the products, but we are able to separate the two via their model names. The SM-N910S is the quad-core version, sporting a Snapdragon 805 CPU, an Adreno 420 GPU, 32GB of internal memory, and a very ample 3GB of RAM. The other unit that showed up was named the SM-N910C, and this one has an octa-core Exynos processor that Samsung makes in-house playing tag team with an ARM Mali-T760 GPU, along with the same amount of RAM.

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Aside from these details, the database also recorded that both variants have 2560 x 1440 displays, and a 16MP main camera. The operating systems are both Android 4.4.3 Kitkat. At least these details have been semi-confirmed. The other prominent rumors include the Note 4 coming with curved glass, and a 5.7 QHD display that has now been all but solidified by this AnTuTu leak.

VIA: Gforgames

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AnTuTu benchmark leaks supposed Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs including Snapdragon 805


Samsung Galaxy Note 4It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the AnTuTu benchmark database because you never know what will turn up. The latest discovery from the depths of the database is what appears to be benchmarks from two different variants of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4. With the release of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A earlier this week, we know that Samsung has Quad HD displays and the new Snapdragon 805 processor ready for use in its devices, and sure enough, at least one of these benchmarks come from a device with just that.

samsung galaxy note 4The other device also sports a Quad HD display, but instead has what will be Samsung’s new octacore Exynos 5433 processor; presumably, the different variants will be available in different regions and markets depending on the availability of LTE services. Along with those headlining specifications, the Note 4 looks like it will also have 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, will be running Android 4.4.3 (presumably at least Android 4.4.4 by release), and a 16MP rear camera paired with a 3.68MP front camera. The Note 4 is expected to make its annual appearance at IFA in September, however as with all leaks of this nature, it’s best taken with a grain of salt.


What do you think about these Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs if they were real? Are you going to get the Note 4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: AnTuTu via Phone Arena



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Benchmarks Claim to Out Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

It’s probably safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the entire year. I can tell you right now that this phone won’t be for me, but there is no denying that people love their super-sized phones. The tech media thought the original Galaxy Note would never catch on; boy were they wrong. Samsung has sold millions upon millions of Note variants each year, proving that our world lives by a “bigger is always better” mantra.

The popularity of the Note series has led to a wave of rumors and speculation about future versions, because well, people can’t seem to get enough Note talk. We even dubbed Note owners “cult” members during the early Note 2 and Note 3 days. They are a serious and passionate bunch, to put it nicely.

And that leads us to today, where purported specs have been spotted for a device that could be a Galaxy Note 4. The specs come to us via AnTuTu benchmark, a site that has been pretty hit or miss over the years when it comes to providing us information early. But hey, hypebeast, right? This is the Note 4 we are talking about.

So what are we looking at? Two models showed up that match the model number expected to be of the Note 4 – SM-910S and SM-910C. Each benchmark under these models numbers lists fairly similar specs, though one has an Exynos chipset while the other sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

According to these benchmarks, these are the Note 4 specs:

  • Display:  QHD 2560×1440; no mention of size
  • Processor:  2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433 Octa; likely depending on the market
  • GPU:  Adreno 420 or ARM Mali-T760
  • Cameras:  16MP rear; 3.68MP front
  • RAM:  3GB
  • Storage:  32GB

Sound like your dream device?

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Via:  GforGames | AnTuTu

Benchmarks Claim to Out Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs is a post from: Droid Life

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 almost confirmed to be packing a 5.7 inch QHD display

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will not be announced sooner than September, but we’re already seeing the smartphone making appearances in leaks. The latest comes through a shipping manifest in India where a device with the model number SM-N910A has just been spotted, carrying a 5.7 inch display. The same device has also been spotted in a UAProf or User Agent Profile over at Samsung’s website, sporting the same 5.7 inch display but with QHD resolution.

This is all the confirmation we need from an upcoming flagship product, after coming across a report which suggested the device would pack a 5.7 inch QHD panel. The model SM-N910A could be headed towards AT&T as the last alphabet of the model number is always indicative of where the device is headed.

As for the handset itself, there are several theories as to what to expect from the upcoming Note flagship. It is likely that this will be a standard 2K resolution panel while rumors have also suggested that Samsung could go with a curved OLED panel. It’s unlikely that Samsung would risk a new technology with a popular product like the Note series, so we might see it being introduced with a different product, possibly with the Galaxy Round successor.

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Source: Zauba, Samsung

Via: Android Community

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 confirmed to have 5.7-inch QHD screen

Almost a month ago, we reported about the leak that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would be sporting a kick-ass 2560×1440 pixel display on a 5.7-inch QHD screen. If news of a recent testing unit sent to India is to believed, then it confirms the initial leak, even as the official launch is still a few months away.

A Samsung SM-N910A is believed to be the model number for the Galaxy Note 4, based on the Galaxy Note 3’s SM-N900 number previously. Several reports said that the SM-N910A was shipped to India for product testing and evaluation. The A supposedly means that the particular phones are for service provider AT&T. The entry in the product manifest also indicates that it has a 5.7 inch touchscreen therefore confirming the leaks last month regarding the resolution and size of Samsung’s newest phablet.

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But more than that, on Samsung’s own website, there is already a user agent profile for the SM-N910A, although it doesn’t state yet that it is actually the Galaxy Note 4. The profile states it has the same 5.7 inch touchscreen as the Galaxy Note 3, but at a crazy high QHD display.

Aside from the size and resolution of the screen, not much has been confirmed about the new S-pen phablet. But leaks have said it may possibly have two versions: one will have a curved OLED screen, while the other will have the standard flat screen display. The Galaxy Note 4 is set to be launched by September of this year.

VIA GSM Arena

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The Samsung Galaxy F gets spotted in gold, allegedly launching in September


Samsung Galaxy F gets spotted in goldA pair of leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy F, also known as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, have come to light recently. The first relates to the above press render, which shows the Galaxy F in gold, with the “brushed metal” back of the device bearing the brunt of the gaudy colour scheme. Gold isn’t an unfamiliar colour to Samsung who already has a Copper Gold version of the Galaxy S5 in the market. The second leak relates to the release date of the Galaxy F which is allegedly due to launch in September this year.

Both these leaks come from the one and only @evleaks, but what’s especially unusual about the release date rumour is that IFA 2014 is in that month and has traditionally been reserved for Samsung‘s other flagship smartphone device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. The successor in that line of devices, the Galaxy Note 4, is expected to launch at IFA, which would make the launching of the Galaxy F alongside it a bit awkward, though probably not for the Galaxy Note 4. All the same, this is all unconfirmed and we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung does with this device, if and when it comes to market.


What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy F in gold? Would you be interested in the Galaxy F over the Galaxy Note 4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: @evleaks (1), (2) via Android Police



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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 For $499.99 With Free US Shipping (Usually $649 New)

81gL uUkg9L._SL1500_Big tablets with built-in styluses are not easy to come by. In fact, Samsung is pretty much the only game in town. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is the biggest and most expensive Note device, but you can get a good deal on it through eBay today. If you’re in the US and don’t mind a refurb, it’s only $499.99.

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The Note Pro 12.2 has a resolution of 2560×1600 and packs a speedy Exynos 5 Octa chip with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 For $499.99 With Free US Shipping (Usually $649 New) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung tipped to reveal Galaxy Note 4 with curved screen and Gear Glass at IFA 2014

This year’s gathering of tech giants and press in Berlin might very well see a new Samsung Galaxy Note, as well as new 4K OLED TVs and the Gear Glass headset. It’s not surprising that we might see a new Galaxy Note at IFA — after all, it is the event where the previous three iterations of the big-screen stylus-happy smartphone launched.



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Details regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, SM-G906 surface

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One of the many devices that consumers look forward to each year is the next device from the literally massive Galaxy Note series. Samsung has proven there is a market for devices with such large displays and has created a value with it. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 was a huge hit and the company is unsurprisingly readying the Galaxy Note 4 for a release sometime this year. The handset will pack a the new Snapdragon 805 processor (for many markets) and launch on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. While the display size is currently unknown, QHD resolution is expected. And the 16MP camera on the back with optical image stabilization will be supplied by Sony. As for the front camera, it is the same 2MP from the Galaxy S 5.

Hit the break for information regarding other Samsung devices.

The other bit of news has to do with the SM-G906. With that model number, we have heard about Project KQ, Galaxy F, and Galaxy S 5 Prime. It is now confirmed that Project KQ has been scrapped. Whether or not this is the same as those other devices is not known. The SM-G906 is expected soon, though, as it will be launching in Korea with an FHD display and Snapdragon 805. The Galaxy F could wind up being the GS5′s successor, but that is an educated guess. At the very least, SamMobile claims that the model number belonging to the GS5 successor will have the same specifications as the Galaxy F.

Source: SamMobile

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How To Fix Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Common Problems

Samsung’s Note series are among the most successful and popular Android devices but just like others, they’re not perfect. That’s the reason why I started this series as we have also receive a lot of emails from our readers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

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The problems cited in this post are common so if you own a tablet like this and currently experiencing some issues, please browse this post to see if I’ve already addressed them. Otherwise, feel free to tell us about your problems through email at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. I assure you, we will help find solutions to your problems. We also have Facebook and Google+ pages where you can post your concerns.

#1. Transfer downloaded movies to microSD card

Q: Hello guys, my concern is not really a serious problem but since I am not a techie person, I have to ask you a question that might find very easy to answer. Can I move movies I downloaded from Samsung Hub to my SD card? I am preparing for a trip to outskirts of Italy where internet connection may be an issue. So, I downloaded movies so I have something to entertain me while travelling. But now, I’ve having memory issues. By the way, I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. — Lyra

A: Lyra, you may not like my answer but no, you can’t copy them over to your microSD card. Contents downloaded from Samsung Hub are copyrighted or licensed that it would be illegal to move them over to an external storage device where they could be shared with others.

What others do is buy a copy of DVD or Blu Ray and rip contents so they can convert them to a format that’s readable to the phone. That way, they can carry them over and transferred at will. But as far as legalities are concerned, well, they’re not really legal. I’m sure you understand where we stand when it comes to these things. But I hope I’ve somehow answered your question.

#2. How to turn off PIN lock when it’s disabled by administrator

Q: I have my own Wi-Fi at home but when I arrived at the office, I have to connect to my company’s network but when I do that, I’m forced to use PIN to lock my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). I understand it’s my company’s security procedure but the funny thing is, whenever I try to connect to that network, it seems like somebody has taken control over my device. When I go to security settings, the swipe option is greyed out with a note that says “Turned off by administrator or credential storage.” I just don’t want to use PIN and how can I regain full access to my tablet? Thanks. — Jorge

A: First of all, we don’t want to teach people how to breach secured networks; that’s not the reason why we’re doing this, okay? You made it clear, or you didn’t say otherwise, that you’ll only get those restrictions every time you connect to your company’s Wi-Fi network. So, if you don’t want your access to be limited, don’t use / connect to the network.

But since you asked how to regain your full access to your tablet, try deleting all Wi-Fi networks and VPNs (if any) associated with your company and start all over. If that doesn’t work, go to Wi-Fi > tap and hold on the Wi-Fi network > choose Advanced > set Proxy to ‘None’. If that doesn’t work either, I’m pretty sure your company is using some kind of ‘credentials’ to force you to use certain screen lock options, in this case, it’s the PIN lock. This is what you’re going to do to use other lock methods:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Find and tap Settings.
  3. Now scroll to and tap Security.
  4. Under Security settings screen, find Clear Credentials option and tap on it.
  5. At this point, you can now choose the screen lock you want to use on your tablet.

#3. Tablet shows SD card unexpectedly removed

Q: I own a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and about a week or two ago, I was randomly getting an error message saying “SD card unexpectedly removed.” I wasn’t doing anything on the tablet when the messaged popped up. The error message now keeps popping up more frequently so I’m a littler perplexed here since I take care of my tablet. No physical damage, no liquid damage, only a few apps are installed, and I don’t play game apps with it. In other words, I treat the device good. Help me with this problem please. Thank you. — Miley

A: I hate to break it to you, Miley, but your microSD card could already be damaged. But another possibility is that there could be a problem with the SD slot; it could be loose, or the receptors are corroded. So, the first thing I want you to do is unmount your microSD card and remove it from your tablet carefully. Now, with a soft, clean and dry piece of cloth, wipe its connectors. Do the same to the SD slot on the tablet. After that, insert the SD card into the slot and make sure it’s properly mounted or fitted. If it’s kind of loose in any way, insert a small piece of paper just to eliminate the play.

Turn your Note 10.1 on and allow it to read from the card. Observe closely if it would still unmount. If so, remove it again and have your computer or laptop read from it. If a computer can read from it, backup all data saved in it and reformat it to FAT32 format. Once you did that, insert the card again and let the device do its job. If the problem still persists, I’m quite certain at this moment that the card was damaged and you need to buy a new one to replace it.

I’m sorry but there’s only so much we can do for a failing microSD card. I would not advice you to continue using it for the sake of the safety of your data or files.

#4. Galaxy Note 10.1 getting pretty warm

Q: I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and I noticed that some of the areas are getting pretty warm, almost hot. The area that is noticeably warm is the upper right port of the tablet. Is it normal for the Note 10.1 to get this warm? I also own a China tablet but it doesn’t get as warm as my Note. It may not be a problem but I just want to know if it’s normal or not so I can return the device and get a better replacement. Thank you. — Xyrel

A: Yes, it’s normal. The reason why the upper area of the tablet is hot is because almost all components are located in that area. The lower portion is for the tablet’s 8220 mAh battery. With its quad core processor, RAM, flash memory, 3D graphics processor, touchscreen controller, etc., all located in that area, it is just normal that you’d feel the heat especially after using the device for a few hours.

But just to give you an idea, when the device gets unusually hot and its performance deteriorated (for example you notice lags, freezes, etc.), that is not normal already. You may have to bring the tablet back to the store where you bought it or have it checked by an authorized technician as soon as possible.

#5. Note 10.1 has issues playing videos after the update

Q: Hi guys, I recently received a notification that my Galaxy Note 10.1 is going to get an update. So, I did download it and installed it successfully. Everything is working fine except for the stock video player. It used to play my videos smoothly but now it seems like it’s buffering or something. The video flickers and there’s no sound coming out. I am wondering if this is a known issue with the device. But the strange thing is that, the video player used to play videos without problems prior to the update. Did I get a bad update? — Jeremiah

A: This problem is not common. If the problem started after the update, it could be that the video player just has some corrupt data that need to be cleared. So, the first thing I want you to do is clear both the cache and data of the video player.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Select the General tab, then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe left or right to choose All tab.
  5. Tap the desired application
  6. Tap Clear cache.
  7. Tap Clear data and then tap OK.

If clearing the app’s cache and data won’t solve the problem, then try wiping the cache partition.

  1. Press and hold the Power key, tap Power off, and then tap OK.
  2. Press and hold the Power key and Up Volume key at the same time.
  3. Release the Power key when the Samsung logo appears.
  4. Release the Up Volume keys when the Android image appears.
  5. Press the Down Volume key to select Wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Power key.
  7. Once “Cache wipe complete” appears, press the Power key to select Reboot system now.
  8. The device restarts once the wipe is finished.

I hope this helps.

#6. Tablet’s screen remains black after draining its battery

Q: I went on a vacation and I remember I left my tablet playing music with 20+% battery. After a week I came back home and found out my Note 10.1 (2014 edition) is dead. So I knew right there and then the battery was completely drained. I charged it and left it for 3 hours. I slept during that duration and when I woke up I checked on it and there was nothing on the screen so I thought the charging was complete. However, I’m not sure if I saw the usual charging icon when I charged it. The Home and Back buttons lit up and the tablet beeped but the screen remains black. I waited at least 30 minutes but it was still black. I don’t know what to do so I’m asking you if you know something to fix this problem, please suggest. Thanks. — David

A: Usually, for this kind of problem, you just have to take the battery out for a minute, place it back in and that should work. For your case, however, it won’t work because in the first place the battery is not removable. So, I want you to press and hold the power button until the device is totally turned off. Now, attempt to boot the tablet to recovery mode by pressing and holding the power key and volume key at the same time. If the device boots up to recovery mode, then there’s no problem with your tablet, otherwise, have it checked.

#7. Multi Users Profile missing on Galaxy Note 10.1

Q: Hi guys, I just got my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and it’s missing the multi users profile where you can setup profiles for other users as if they are logged in as different users. That’s one of the reasons why I chose this tablet over the others but it turned out the feature is nowhere to be found. Do you know how I could get that? Thanks. — Lady

A: Initially, the Multi User feature was made available on US Wi-Fi variant with model number SM-P600. The recent KitKat update, however, brought it to other variants globally. So, if you haven’t updated your tablet yet, please do that. If, however, you’ve already updated it but the feature isn’t available still, I urge you to perform factory reset. This procedure will bring the phone back to the original settings of the current OS installed, so I’m pretty sure you’ll get the multi user feature once you did that.

#8. Galaxy Note 10.1 multi-window question

Q: So I travel a lot and I always bring my Note 10.1 with me. I have a lot of travel books in my Kindle file and Nook file and it’s a necessity for me to be able to view maps, which are saved in my Gallery as picture files. Is there a way I can open one of the files from Nook or Kindle while viewing my maps? I know that Samsung devices have this multi-window feature but it doesn’t work the way I want. What can you suggest? Thanks — Ted

A: Yes, high-end Samsung devices come with the multi-window feature wherein you can open two apps and display them side-by-side on the screen. But the fact is, it’s Samsung’s initiative to pack this feature. That said, majority of apps in the Play Store that didn’t come from Samsung are not compatible. And basically, what you can see on the multi-window tray are the ones that are compatible and there are only a few of them. So, there’s nothing we can do about it unless developers make their app compatible with that feature. But try Mantano Reader, I think it works with the Flash Bar service.

#9. Internet doesn’t work on Galaxy Note 10.1 anymore

Q: I bought a new router and set everything up correctly. There are three laptops at home with 2 iPads and all of them can connect to my network except for my lonely Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. I rebooted, forget my network several times, and even performed factory reset but it just cannot connect to the internet. I can’t even load a webpage on my tablet. I’m not really a techie guy but I know a thing or two about basic wireless networking. I’m at a loss here now so I need your help guys. How can I fix this? — Felix

A: It could be a router problem. The router is new and it was just setup. If the tablet can connect to the network but can’t get internet to work, then it’s just a setting problem. I was anticipating you would include the name of the router so we could have more information. But you haven’t, the only thing I can make you try is to change your router’s Network mode or the channel; that usually works. But it’s also a good choice to call the router’s manufacturer and have their rep walk you through setting up your network properly for your tablet and other devices.

#10. Galaxy Note 10.1 screen black after dropped

Q: I accidentally dropped my Galaxy Note 10.1 on the floor. The surface wasn’t hard because it was carpeted, and the height of the drop was from the waistline. But however soft the surface was and however low it was dropped from, the device was totally affected. The screen is now black and whatever I do, it just wouldn’t come back on. I mean, the device turns on as I can see the keys lit up plus there is vibration and audio; only the screen has some issues. There are no cracks whatsoever on the screen so I assume it wasn’t really that bad. Do you know how to fix this issue? — Natalie P.

A: It is obviously a hardware problem and based on what you’ve said, I think there is no major damage on the tablet. It could be that some connections may have been loosen due to the impact. You can try to open the device if you are confident enough and then lift ribbon or cable that connects the screen to the motherboard. Mount it back and make sure it makes good contact. That should do it.

However, if you’re not confident enough to try this, then don’t as you might end up messing your device’s hardware. Let the technician do it for you or at least someone with experience. I hope this helps.

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How To Fix Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Common Problems

Samsung’s Note series are among the most successful and popular Android devices but just like others, they’re not perfect. That’s the reason why I started this series as we have also receive a lot of emails from our readers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

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The problems cited in this post are common so if you own a tablet like this and currently experiencing some issues, please browse this post to see if I’ve already addressed them. Otherwise, feel free to tell us about your problems through email at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. I assure you, we will help find solutions to your problems. We also have Facebook and Google+ pages where you can post your concerns.

#1. Transfer downloaded movies to microSD card

Q: Hello guys, my concern is not really a serious problem but since I am not a techie person, I have to ask you a question that might find very easy to answer. Can I move movies I downloaded from Samsung Hub to my SD card? I am preparing for a trip to outskirts of Italy where internet connection may be an issue. So, I downloaded movies so I have something to entertain me while travelling. But now, I’ve having memory issues. By the way, I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. — Lyra

A: Lyra, you may not like my answer but no, you can’t copy them over to your microSD card. Contents downloaded from Samsung Hub are copyrighted or licensed that it would be illegal to move them over to an external storage device where they could be shared with others.

What others do is buy a copy of DVD or Blu Ray and rip contents so they can convert them to a format that’s readable to the phone. That way, they can carry them over and transferred at will. But as far as legalities are concerned, well, they’re not really legal. I’m sure you understand where we stand when it comes to these things. But I hope I’ve somehow answered your question.

#2. How to turn off PIN lock when it’s disabled by administrator

Q: I have my own Wi-Fi at home but when I arrived at the office, I have to connect to my company’s network but when I do that, I’m forced to use PIN to lock my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). I understand it’s my company’s security procedure but the funny thing is, whenever I try to connect to that network, it seems like somebody has taken control over my device. When I go to security settings, the swipe option is greyed out with a note that says “Turned off by administrator or credential storage.” I just don’t want to use PIN and how can I regain full access to my tablet? Thanks. — Jorge

A: First of all, we don’t want to teach people how to breach secured networks; that’s not the reason why we’re doing this, okay? You made it clear, or you didn’t say otherwise, that you’ll only get those restrictions every time you connect to your company’s Wi-Fi network. So, if you don’t want your access to be limited, don’t use / connect to the network.

But since you asked how to regain your full access to your tablet, try deleting all Wi-Fi networks and VPNs (if any) associated with your company and start all over. If that doesn’t work, go to Wi-Fi > tap and hold on the Wi-Fi network > choose Advanced > set Proxy to ‘None’. If that doesn’t work either, I’m pretty sure your company is using some kind of ‘credentials’ to force you to use certain screen lock options, in this case, it’s the PIN lock. This is what you’re going to do to use other lock methods:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Find and tap Settings.
  3. Now scroll to and tap Security.
  4. Under Security settings screen, find Clear Credentials option and tap on it.
  5. At this point, you can now choose the screen lock you want to use on your tablet.

#3. Tablet shows SD card unexpectedly removed

Q: I own a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and about a week or two ago, I was randomly getting an error message saying “SD card unexpectedly removed.” I wasn’t doing anything on the tablet when the messaged popped up. The error message now keeps popping up more frequently so I’m a littler perplexed here since I take care of my tablet. No physical damage, no liquid damage, only a few apps are installed, and I don’t play game apps with it. In other words, I treat the device good. Help me with this problem please. Thank you. — Miley

A: I hate to break it to you, Miley, but your microSD card could already be damaged. But another possibility is that there could be a problem with the SD slot; it could be loose, or the receptors are corroded. So, the first thing I want you to do is unmount your microSD card and remove it from your tablet carefully. Now, with a soft, clean and dry piece of cloth, wipe its connectors. Do the same to the SD slot on the tablet. After that, insert the SD card into the slot and make sure it’s properly mounted or fitted. If it’s kind of loose in any way, insert a small piece of paper just to eliminate the play.

Turn your Note 10.1 on and allow it to read from the card. Observe closely if it would still unmount. If so, remove it again and have your computer or laptop read from it. If a computer can read from it, backup all data saved in it and reformat it to FAT32 format. Once you did that, insert the card again and let the device do its job. If the problem still persists, I’m quite certain at this moment that the card was damaged and you need to buy a new one to replace it.

I’m sorry but there’s only so much we can do for a failing microSD card. I would not advice you to continue using it for the sake of the safety of your data or files.

#4. Galaxy Note 10.1 getting pretty warm

Q: I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and I noticed that some of the areas are getting pretty warm, almost hot. The area that is noticeably warm is the upper right port of the tablet. Is it normal for the Note 10.1 to get this warm? I also own a China tablet but it doesn’t get as warm as my Note. It may not be a problem but I just want to know if it’s normal or not so I can return the device and get a better replacement. Thank you. — Xyrel

A: Yes, it’s normal. The reason why the upper area of the tablet is hot is because almost all components are located in that area. The lower portion is for the tablet’s 8220 mAh battery. With its quad core processor, RAM, flash memory, 3D graphics processor, touchscreen controller, etc., all located in that area, it is just normal that you’d feel the heat especially after using the device for a few hours.

But just to give you an idea, when the device gets unusually hot and its performance deteriorated (for example you notice lags, freezes, etc.), that is not normal already. You may have to bring the tablet back to the store where you bought it or have it checked by an authorized technician as soon as possible.

#5. Note 10.1 has issues playing videos after the update

Q: Hi guys, I recently received a notification that my Galaxy Note 10.1 is going to get an update. So, I did download it and installed it successfully. Everything is working fine except for the stock video player. It used to play my videos smoothly but now it seems like it’s buffering or something. The video flickers and there’s no sound coming out. I am wondering if this is a known issue with the device. But the strange thing is that, the video player used to play videos without problems prior to the update. Did I get a bad update? — Jeremiah

A: This problem is not common. If the problem started after the update, it could be that the video player just has some corrupt data that need to be cleared. So, the first thing I want you to do is clear both the cache and data of the video player.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Select the General tab, then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe left or right to choose All tab.
  5. Tap the desired application
  6. Tap Clear cache.
  7. Tap Clear data and then tap OK.

If clearing the app’s cache and data won’t solve the problem, then try wiping the cache partition.

  1. Press and hold the Power key, tap Power off, and then tap OK.
  2. Press and hold the Power key and Up Volume key at the same time.
  3. Release the Power key when the Samsung logo appears.
  4. Release the Up Volume keys when the Android image appears.
  5. Press the Down Volume key to select Wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Power key.
  7. Once “Cache wipe complete” appears, press the Power key to select Reboot system now.
  8. The device restarts once the wipe is finished.

I hope this helps.

#6. Tablet’s screen remains black after draining its battery

Q: I went on a vacation and I remember I left my tablet playing music with 20+% battery. After a week I came back home and found out my Note 10.1 (2014 edition) is dead. So I knew right there and then the battery was completely drained. I charged it and left it for 3 hours. I slept during that duration and when I woke up I checked on it and there was nothing on the screen so I thought the charging was complete. However, I’m not sure if I saw the usual charging icon when I charged it. The Home and Back buttons lit up and the tablet beeped but the screen remains black. I waited at least 30 minutes but it was still black. I don’t know what to do so I’m asking you if you know something to fix this problem, please suggest. Thanks. — David

A: Usually, for this kind of problem, you just have to take the battery out for a minute, place it back in and that should work. For your case, however, it won’t work because in the first place the battery is not removable. So, I want you to press and hold the power button until the device is totally turned off. Now, attempt to boot the tablet to recovery mode by pressing and holding the power key and volume key at the same time. If the device boots up to recovery mode, then there’s no problem with your tablet, otherwise, have it checked.

#7. Multi Users Profile missing on Galaxy Note 10.1

Q: Hi guys, I just got my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and it’s missing the multi users profile where you can setup profiles for other users as if they are logged in as different users. That’s one of the reasons why I chose this tablet over the others but it turned out the feature is nowhere to be found. Do you know how I could get that? Thanks. — Lady

A: Initially, the Multi User feature was made available on US Wi-Fi variant with model number SM-P600. The recent KitKat update, however, brought it to other variants globally. So, if you haven’t updated your tablet yet, please do that. If, however, you’ve already updated it but the feature isn’t available still, I urge you to perform factory reset. This procedure will bring the phone back to the original settings of the current OS installed, so I’m pretty sure you’ll get the multi user feature once you did that.

#8. Galaxy Note 10.1 multi-window question

Q: So I travel a lot and I always bring my Note 10.1 with me. I have a lot of travel books in my Kindle file and Nook file and it’s a necessity for me to be able to view maps, which are saved in my Gallery as picture files. Is there a way I can open one of the files from Nook or Kindle while viewing my maps? I know that Samsung devices have this multi-window feature but it doesn’t work the way I want. What can you suggest? Thanks — Ted

A: Yes, high-end Samsung devices come with the multi-window feature wherein you can open two apps and display them side-by-side on the screen. But the fact is, it’s Samsung’s initiative to pack this feature. That said, majority of apps in the Play Store that didn’t come from Samsung are not compatible. And basically, what you can see on the multi-window tray are the ones that are compatible and there are only a few of them. So, there’s nothing we can do about it unless developers make their app compatible with that feature. But try Mantano Reader, I think it works with the Flash Bar service.

#9. Internet doesn’t work on Galaxy Note 10.1 anymore

Q: I bought a new router and set everything up correctly. There are three laptops at home with 2 iPads and all of them can connect to my network except for my lonely Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. I rebooted, forget my network several times, and even performed factory reset but it just cannot connect to the internet. I can’t even load a webpage on my tablet. I’m not really a techie guy but I know a thing or two about basic wireless networking. I’m at a loss here now so I need your help guys. How can I fix this? — Felix

A: It could be a router problem. The router is new and it was just setup. If the tablet can connect to the network but can’t get internet to work, then it’s just a setting problem. I was anticipating you would include the name of the router so we could have more information. But you haven’t, the only thing I can make you try is to change your router’s Network mode or the channel; that usually works. But it’s also a good choice to call the router’s manufacturer and have their rep walk you through setting up your network properly for your tablet and other devices.

#10. Galaxy Note 10.1 screen black after dropped

Q: I accidentally dropped my Galaxy Note 10.1 on the floor. The surface wasn’t hard because it was carpeted, and the height of the drop was from the waistline. But however soft the surface was and however low it was dropped from, the device was totally affected. The screen is now black and whatever I do, it just wouldn’t come back on. I mean, the device turns on as I can see the keys lit up plus there is vibration and audio; only the screen has some issues. There are no cracks whatsoever on the screen so I assume it wasn’t really that bad. Do you know how to fix this issue? — Natalie P.

A: It is obviously a hardware problem and based on what you’ve said, I think there is no major damage on the tablet. It could be that some connections may have been loosen due to the impact. You can try to open the device if you are confident enough and then lift ribbon or cable that connects the screen to the motherboard. Mount it back and make sure it makes good contact. That should do it.

However, if you’re not confident enough to try this, then don’t as you might end up messing your device’s hardware. Let the technician do it for you or at least someone with experience. I hope this helps.

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More Tablets Can Now Use AT&T’s Pre-Paid GoPhone Service

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If you have an AT&T tablet and want a cheaper plan for it, there’s some good news for you today. AT&T has just expanded their GoPhone Tablet plans to include over a dozen new devices. Here are the devices you can now use on a GoPhone plan:

  • Asus K005
  • Asus (TF300TL) Transformer Pad
  • Google Nexus 7
  • iPad 3
  • iPad Mini
  • Lenovo IdeaTab (A2107A
  • Pantech Element (P4100)
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera (GC100)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (SGH- I467)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-I497)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (SM-T217T)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (SM-T217A)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-I597)

To use these devices on a GoPhone plan, you’ll first have to purchase a SIM card kit for $10. Then your monthly plans are either $15 per month for 250 MB of data, $30 per month for 3 GB of data, or $50 per month for 5 GB of data.

Compared to T-Mobile, those plans are a little pricey, since 5.2 GB of data on T-Mobile only costs $30 per month and you get free international roaming. But if there’s no service from T-Mobile in your area, this is a great option if you have a compatible device.

Source: AT&T via Android Central

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Deal: $100 off T-Mobile tablets for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day deals are ramping up and T-Mobile has gone live with one of their own. You can now get many of their tablets for $100 cheaper than they typically would be. The tablets are still $0 with monthly payments for 24 months, so you’re essentially getting an off-contract discount.

Some of the Android options on tap include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. There are also a couple of bitten fruit products up for grabs if you’re into that.

Don’t forget that you can get free data for life if you need, and there’s a special promo giving you up to 1GB extra for free if you pair it with a compatible voice plan. The deals last through June 15th so be sure to jump on it before it’s too late. You can take a look at all of your options over at T-Mobile’s site.

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T-Mobile offering $100 off tablets for Father’s Day, including the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE

T-Mobile has announced they’re shaving off $100 from the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 for Father’s Day. It’s now $600, or $25/month over two years. If you’d rather be scraping around the bargain bin for your Father’s Day present (how much do you love your father?), the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 is getting released on June 18 for a scant $168. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Of course, T-Mobile is still offering 200 MB of free tablet data to anyone.



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How To Fix Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Problems and Errors [Part 14]

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Fifteen problems and questions were addressed in this post. Some issues are minor while others are complicated so take time to read through this page. If you’ve emailed us before asking how to solve your problems with the Galaxy Note 2, I may have already answered them. If you can’t find your problems here, please browse the first thirteen segments of this series. Don’t worry because as long as we have readers who email us about their concerns, we will always provide solutions or recommendations.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Problems, Questions, Solutions, Fixes [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7][Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12] [Part 13]

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#1. Galaxy Note 2 gallery layout changed

Q: I recently got a replacement Samsung note 2 phone and since getting it only yesterday I’ve encountered 2 minor problems, firstly gallery has automatically changed it’s layout and now I can’t choose to set images as wallpaper or lock screen wallpaper. The other problem is the screen when moving it with my finger slows and doesn’t have as fast movement as my other Note 2′s did.

A: Are you sure you’re using the stock Gallery app. The new update may have brought some changes to its interface but I’m sure there’s nothing much of a change, just some improvements here and there. To set a wallpaper, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Touch and hold in an open area on the Home screen.
  2. Tap Set Wallpaper, and choose which area you want to change the wallpaper.
  3. Select Gallery.
  4. Choose a photo and edit it if you like.

About the other problem you have, I think it’s just a matter of adjusting the touch sensitivity level.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Choose Settings and then General.
  3. Scroll down and choose touch sensitivity.
  4. Touch and drag the slider left or right to adjust sensitivity level.
  5. Tap the Touch Here button to evaluate your setting.
  6. Tap Done if you’re satisfied with the result, otherwise, continue adjusting.

I hope this helps.

#2. Galaxy Note 2 reboots automatically

Q: My Galaxy Note 2 turned off automatically so I had a soft reset but after it now turning off problem is resolved but now it restarts automatically. I only install WhatsApp, true caller, chess, utorrent, tubemate, appsaver, aldiko, adobe air, clean master. Please give me a solution asap.

A: I don’t know what solution you expect of us when the information you provided is lacking. There are thousands of reasons why the phone randomly reboots or shuts down. The culprit could one of the apps you mentioned, one of the pre-installed apps, the Android system itself is faulty, the battery was damaged, etc.

Here’s what I want you to do to narrow down the problem:

  1. Boot the phone to safe mode.
  2. While in safe mode open third-party apps one by one to see if the phone reboots.
  3. If you opened an app and the phone reboots, there is a big possibility that’s the app that’s causing the problem. You can either disable or uninstall it.
  4. If the phone won’t reboot even after you ran all third-party apps in Safe Mode, then it’s neither third-party or pre-installed apps that cause the problem. At this point, shift your suspicion to hardware. It could be a battery problem or an issue with the USB charging port.
  5. However, if the phone reboots in Safe Mode even without running any of the third-party apps, then you need to perform factory reset after you backed up everything in your phone.

I hope this helps.

#3. Galaxy Note 2 4.4 KitKat update

Q: Just to let you know how I stumbled across your information. I was on Google news and hit I believe was the craigslist tab and various topics came up. The Note 2 info caught my eye. Great information. Thank the heavens that I have only had a few of the issues that were listed. The dialing on its own while being on a call has been one, but not for every call.

My main question for you is in re: to the 4.4 update? is this something that I have to install?

I don’t want to encounter any new problems with this update if it isn’t needed? Thanks again for your help.

A: Good thing you found us. We may have addressed more than a hundred Galaxy Note 2 problems already but they’re something minor. So far, I haven’t encountered problems with the Note 2 that couldn’t be fixed. To answer your question, yes, Android 4.4 KitKat update needs to be downloaded and installed to your phone, although you have an option not to. There is always a possibility that you will get a bad update, for example, the download and installation processes were interrupted. In this case, you cannot expect the phone to function properly; among the most common effects are sluggishness, poor performance, crashing of apps, etc. So, it’s your call if you update your phone or not.

#4. Galaxy Note 2 won’t turn on

Q: Hi there, been reading your page hoping to find a solution for my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as it won’t turn on as it only displays the name and model of phone, now the battery is completely drained and it won’t charge so how do I resolve this issues cause am really becoming desperate. — Ray

A: If you can get a new battery to see if the device would power on, that would be great. But what I’m seeing here are two possibilities; it could be a battery problem or there’s an issue with the phone’s USB charging port. Either way, having the phone checked by an authorized technician would provide you more information what the problem really is.

#5. Galaxy Note 2 screen doesn’t display anything

Q: My friend tried to repair my cracked screen and took off the screen under the top screen too. So now I cant see any thing on my screen. People can call me but nothing show up on my screen so I guess it was like the sensor screen. Can I fix that or throw away the phone? — Lisa

A: Please have your friend double-check if the display panel is securely mounted to the motherboard. Provided that the display panel used to replace the older unit is the same or is compatible, this is just a connection issue.

#6. Galaxy Note 2 drains battery fast

Q: For the first year or so the battery would last for a whole day. Then it started to drain very fast and would only last for less than half of a day. I didn’t change anything. I figured that the battery needed to be replaced so I put in a new OEM battery and I still have the problem. Verizon told me that I have too many apps running so I uninstalled many of them but that didn’t help. Any ideas?

A: Try booting the phone to Safe Mode and see if there’s a difference in its battery drain pace. If there is, then the apps and services are to blame why the phone eats so much power. However, if there is no difference, then it could be the firmware or the OS itself that has some issues or the USB charging port needs to be replaced. But either way, it’s still worth it to perform factory reset after you backed all your data.

#7. Galaxy Note 2 WhatsApp issue

Q: Dear The Droid Guy, thank you for taking the time to read this email. My problem is as follows: Every time someone sends me a voice note on whatsapp I only hear screeching and distorted voices. If it’s a problem in my Note 2 I’d appreciate any help if it’s a whatsapp related problem then I’d like to know. Thanks!

A: Never encountered this kind of problem but I know that the screeching sound often results from an audio file not properly downloaded. Media files are basically being downloaded to the phone to be played. Perhaps, the problem is with the WhatsApp application not properly downloading those files. But try to clear cache and data and then uninstall and re-install the app and see if that solves it. Email us back if the problem persists so we could continue finding solution.

#8. Galaxy Note 2 MMS shows grey picture

Q: Hello, sometimes I will get a picture text and all that comes through is a Grey square with an orange explanation point in it. Also sometimes when typing the first letter of each word is capitalized. When this happens I have to delete the whole text or email and start over. Please help me with these issues. Thank you very much, Emily.

A: It has something to do with the MMS settings, Emily. Make sure you set the MMS priority setting to Normal. As for the other problem, clearing the cache (just the cache) of the Messaging app would fix it.

#9. Galaxy Note 2 music player problem

Q: Hi. I’m using note 2 since 3 months I was facing a problem in music player when I am listing the songs it stopped sometimes for 2 3 seconds or the sound quality become harsh but it only happens for few seconds I cant understand the actual problem please help me with it.

A: Download and install a different music player from the Play Store. Play any or the track you’re having problems with and see if it still happens in another music player. If it does, then there could be an issue with the track itself. Delete and copy a fresh track from your computer or download from the internet. If the problem doesn’t happen in other players, you need to clear both the cache and data of the stock Music player. But be warned that you will lose all your playlist but not your songs.

#10. Galaxy Note 2 update availability

Q: I have purchased my Samsung Note 2 phone from Oman and using in India. Model is GT N7100XXDLK7 THR. It is still on android 4.1.2. When ever try to update I am getting message ” Latest updates already have been installed”   Will I get update in OTA or need to root this phone for getting update. Please advice. — Manoj

A: Please call your service provider and ask about the availability of the recent update. Or, you can try to use KIES and download updates from there.

#11. Galaxy Note 2 Bluetooth issue

Q: Hi, you asked for questions… so I have one that has turned into an ICS pet peeve and I have not found a solution for it yet! For some reason, since the last ICS update, Someone screwed up the ability to start/stop and rewind/forward music or podcast or anything audible etc. using the controls a Bluetooth Headset.   I have searched extensively for a fix.. and while I find a lot of people complaining about the problem, no one as come up with a workable fix.    In the good ‘ol’ days you could answer a phone call, pause and unpause something playing .. advance or rewind to the next tune ..etc. but no more.   I have seen Android dev’s all but admit the current code in ICS is broken.. but they do not seem to indicate any effort soon to fix it. I am still waiting for the KITKat update but there are no guarantees it will be fixed there.. I haven’t found anything indicating that.   Have you heard anything? — Jeff

A: No, never heard of “anything” about Bluetooth in Note 2 and if there were some patch to fix the issues. But based on our readers’ emails, the Jelly Bean update seemed to have a stable BT and since you’re still on ICS, I think it’s time you update the phone. There is, of course, no guarantee that the problems you have will be fixed but it’s worth the risk and effort.

#12. Galaxy Note 2 NFC issue

Q: Hi, I have a Galaxy Note 2 and its battery already deteriorated giving me a few hours a day now. So I bought a new battery, the one with higher mAh if you get what I mean. I get the battery life I was hoping for but the NFC isn’t working now. Is the problem related to the battery?

A: Could be. Try removing the battery and find and indication that says it’s NFC-capable. If you can’t find any, then the battery doesn’t support NFC. If there is and the NFC still won’t function, I think the manufacturer just faked it. I’m pretty sure when you place the old battery back, the NFC will work again. So, to answer your question, yes it is related to the battery.

#13. Galaxy Note 2 KK update availability

Q1: Hi there, I have a galaxy note2 running JB 4.3, just wanted to know when would the 4.4.2 update would be available for the UAE Galaxy note 2 devices. My current firmware version is N7100XXUENA3.

Q2: Kitkat 4.4 is available for Note 2 GT-N7100. When I check for updates it says the latest updates has already been installed. What can i do to update my mobile?

A: Android 4.4 KitKat has already been rolled out last month so I’m pretty sure services providers and carriers all over the world will follow suit soon. Try calling your service provider and ask for it, or you can try using KIES to pull down the update.

#14. Galaxy Note 2 charging issue

Q: Hey, I read about your solution to the question about slow charging and cord becoming hot. Is it the same solution even if the cord doesn’t become hot but the charging is slow?

A: Yes, it should be the same. I actually provide general solutions to problems and we often guide you on how to troubleshoot to know what the problem really is. So, please follow the same procedures.

#15. Galaxy Note 2 problems after update

Q: Hi, I am in Mumbai, India. My Samsung Galaxy Note 2 received an update to 4.4.2 from my service provider and it was installed as per the instructions two days ago. it reads following:

  • Android Version: 4.4.2
  • Baseband Version: N7100DDUFND1
  • Kernel Version: 3.0.31-1280411 dpi@SWDD3004 # 1 Wed Apr 9 02:47:01 KST 2014
  • Build Number: KOT49H.N7100XXUFND3
  • SE For Android Status: Enforcing SEPF_GT-N7100_4.4.2_0011 Wed Apr 09 03:00:11 2014

It had been updated to 4.3 few months ago and the update was smooth. Everything went fine and system started – however, I have run in to following problems since the update took place:

  • Blank screen – after camera / gallery application use – just takes a lot of time to come to home screen
  • Battery drains out too fast – even after setting the mode to Power Saving – including the Auto Adjust for the Display – say in half the time for the same normal operations.

Also, I have observed that my phone randomly gets too hot while being used and the battery drains too fast at those times. Checked the battery by removing from the device to see if there is any damage / swelling – did not find any changes. Your suggestions and help would be highly appreciated. — Dr. Chaitanya

A: More often, these problems happen after an update, especially major ones, because data of the previous Android version are still in the phone’s memory. Somehow, the phone may still be using them, thus, creating a conflict. This is one of the causes why apps eat up RAM and more than they usually do. To address this, you need to wipe the cache partition by booting to the Recovery Mode:

  1. Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 OFF.
  2. Press and hold the VOLUME UP and HOME buttons while pressing the POWER button. This will put your device into factory reboot menu but don’t worry, you will be lose any of your data.
  3. Navigate through the options using Volume buttons and choose “wipe cache partition” and press Menu button to confirm.
  4. Once the cache partition is emptied, you need to choose “Reboot System Now.”

If wiping of cache partition won’t fix the problems, backup your data and perform factory reset.

#16: Galaxy Note 2 KK update in India

Q: Hi, Note 2 update to kitkat is reportedly available in my country – India and is also said to be approximately 400mb in size. However when I try to download it shows as a 700mb file. I wonder if it’s really the kit kat version or the 4.3 jelly bean version that I skipped updating to from the stock 4.1 that my phone is currently running on. Also can I really upgrade to kitkat from 4.1 jb without having to update to 4.3? Pls reply and help. — Manu

A: The size of the update varies depending on the number of bloatwares your service provider added to the original update. If it’s official update from your service provider, then there’s nothing to worry about. Also, you might want to call your service provider about it just to be sure.

#16. Galaxy Note 2 keeps shutting down

Q: Hi can you please help me my Samsung Note 2 keeps turning off but the little blue notification light stays on but the phone goes off and have to keep taking the battery out and putting it back then it comes back on. Please help. Hope to hear from you soon. Many thanks. — Bert

A: Try removing the battery while the phone is on. While the battery is out, press and hold the Power button for a minute; that should be enough to discharge stored electricity in capacitors. Replace the battery and then turn the phone on. If the problem still persists, boot the safe mode and observe if the problem still happens. If not, then a third-party app must be the cause of the problem, however, if it’s still there, you have to perform factory reset.

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Samsung could launch the Gear 3 smartwatch in September

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to break cover at this year’s IFA event as has been the norm over the course of the years. However, we might be in for a bit of a surprise according to a report coming out of Korea Herald. It is said that the manufacturer will also launch the Gear 3 smartwatch during the course of the event, thus indicating that Samsung is looking to launch two Gear devices every year.

The company launched the first gen Galaxy Gear back in September last year along with the Galaxy Note 3. But we were taken by surprise when Samsung announced the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit in roughly six months.

This is a very early report, but it makes sense especially considering Samsung’s marketing strategy. It was initially believed that Samsung will be showing off the Galaxy Wear head mounted wearable with the Note 4, although that hasn’t been ruled out yet.

There’s still some time for the IFA event to kick off, but we can expect our ever active Android community to give us a better idea of what to expect from the Korean manufacturer in the coming months.

Source: Korea Herald

Via: Android Authority

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LTE Versions Of Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 And Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Land On AT&T June 6th

10Of the Big Four American carriers, AT&T has the best selection of Android tablets available… which, admittedly, isn’t saying much. Today their shallow ranks get bolstered by two new Samsung tablets, one in the original Galaxy Tab line (which is now the de facto budget option) and one in the new Pro series. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will be available on the carrier starting this Friday, June 6th.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 launching via AT&T this Friday

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Good news awaits all AT&T customers as two of Samsung’s newest tablets, namely the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 are landing on the carrier’s shelves this Friday on the 6th of June. Both tablets come with support for LTE out of the box, which is good news.

To make the deal sweeter for potential buyers, Samsung is offering $30 off on the bluetooth keyboard with the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and a $50 off if you’re looking to buy either of these tablets with the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy S5 Active.

The Note Pro 12.2 will set you back by $799 with a two year contract or $45 per month for a duration of 20 months. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 however will set you back by just $24 per month on the same plan or $379.99 with a two year agreement.

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 AT&T

Both are very capable tablets and will certainly attract a wide range of customers. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is tailor made for power users while the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is a device suited for the average tablet user who doesn’t care too much about hardware specs. It is being marketed as a budget offering across the globe, so the low pricing by AT&T doesn’t surprise us.

One of the key advantages with the Note Pro 12.2 is that it comes with a stylus built-in and packs a pretty solid hardware specs sheet as well. Hit the source link below for more information on the two tablets and make sure you mark your calendars for June 6 if you’re interested in either tablets.

Source: AT&T

Via: Android Police

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Solutions to Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Problems and Errors [Part 13]

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There are ten problems I cited in this post. Some I provided solutions while I gave my suggestions to others. After twelve segments of our Galaxy Note 2 Problems and Solutions series, there were already hundreds of issues I answered so please take a little time to browse the first twelve parts if you have concerns regarding your phone. Here are the links:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Problems, Questions, Solutions, Fixes [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7][Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12]

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and currently experiencing some problems with it, don’t hesitate to email us at mailbag@thedroidguy.com. You can also post on our Facebook wall or PM us and I guarantee I would respond as soon as I can. For owners who prefer to use Google+, we also have a Google+ page you could follow. We dedicated a page on our site to guide you how to get support, please head to our Troubleshooting Page for instructions.

There will be more articles like this so if you want to get updated every time new articles are published, subscribe to our newsletter. And by the way, I am calling all Galaxy Note 2 owners who have problems with their phones to reach out to us. We will find solutions for you.

#1. Galaxy Note 2 scrolls back to top

Problem: Hi, I read your articles and they are awesome. Thanks! My issue:

When I scroll down to view my contacts (or other long lists), it always want to scroll back to the top. I can take my finger and “flip-up” the list (aka scrolling down) but it wants to instantly scroll back to the top in about .5 to 1.0 second. It will stay there long enough for me to click on a contact but I have to be really quick – or it will go back to the top.   It’s very annoying. I “googled” the issue and it appears that I’m not the only one experiencing this issue. There’s no viable solution to this problem. Thanks for your help on this, Ross.

Solution: There have been reports indicating that the AllShare app may have played a role why this problem happened. So, if you have one installed on your phone right now, try disabling it first by going to Settings > Apps > All > and disable all apps related to AllShare.

We also have a user who positively said that disabling the Double Tap to Top feature could solve this issue. It can be located under Motion Settings.

Related post: Fixing the Auto Scroll Problem in Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

#2. Galaxy Note 2 capacitive buttons issue

Problem: I updated my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat Official update and noticed a problem, the touch sensitive buttons light up on their own and the home screen isn’t smooth as it was before. I tried everything possible but it didn’t work. I don’t want to do a factory reset or root the device because of the valuable information stored. I live in Saudi Arabia. Thanks, Shameer.

Solution: I would assume the update process (downloading and installation) went smoothly and you haven’t encountered any sort of problem. Otherwise, bad update is the cause of all these. Another possible thing I’m thinking about since it is a migration from Jelly Bean to KitKat is that some apps may have been corrupted during the process or some dependencies changed. I understand you don’t want to go through the hassle of doing factory reset but that’s always a possibility if this problem persists. But try booting the phone to Recovery Mode first and wipe the cache partition. This way, the phone will be forced to cache newer data while ditching older ones. After doing this, boot the phone normally and see if it solved the problem. If not, then there’s no other way to address this but the factory reset.

Related post: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Has Missing, Unresponsive Keys or Buttons

#3. Galaxy Note 2 can’t play videos

Problem: I took some videos with my Note 2 camera and later tried to view them and could not. Thumb nail does not show and when clicked it says video cannot be played. It doesn’t happen often, just twice since having the phone, but I wanted to know if there was a way to view these corrupted video files, or if you have heard of this happening before. Thanks. By the way I have a Galaxy Note 2 on T-Mobile running 4.3.

Solution: If you’ve been using this phone for months already, I am sure you’ve encountered some temporary issues with some apps that could have been fixed by a simple reboot. But based on your statement, I can see this problem doesn’t happen frequently so it’s just difficult to know what really is the problem.

I have already heard of problems like this before; photos can’t be viewed and videos can’t be played. But majority of those cases happened due to microSD card issues. All of the sudden the external storage was unmounted or the phone can’t read from it. There were a few cases wherein the Gallery glitched popping out the error message, “Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped.” You said the problem happened only twice since you bought the phone, so I could only say, at least for now, that it could have been just a glitch. I hope you get my point.

Related post: Download Facebook Videos On Samsung Galaxy Note 2 [Answered]

#4. Galaxy Note 2 wallpaper reverts back to default

Problem: Hi there. I’ve been having an issue with the wallpaper changing without me manually resetting it. I’ve been looking for the option to “lock the wallpaper” onto one image until I’m reading to change it but, I have been unable to do so. Is there a way to lock the wallpaper image until I’m ready to change it without it changing on its own? Thanks! — Nathalie

Solution: That shouldn’t be the case, Nathalie. The wallpaper you chose should remain as is until you changed it to something else or to default. We may need to clear some data to fix this issue and the first thing that comes to mind is the service that handles this feature–TouchWiz. TouchWiz is Samsung’s custom interface that runs on top of Android’s, it handles almost anything on the phone especially Home and Lock screens. So, go to Settings > Apps > All > look for TouchWiz > Clear Cache > Clear Data. Please note that you Home screens will be reverted back to default once you do this.

Related post: Samsung Galaxy S3 Wallpaper Automatically Changes Itself

#5. Galaxy Note 2 screen visible lines

Problem: I recently bought note 2 marble white and it has some problem in the screen. When I view completely in dark room on dark coloured wallpaper I can see lines on display. So Samsung replaced that set. But the replaced set has the same problem. Can you please help me what is this? — Mohan

Solution: It’s basically a hardware issue, Mohan. Do you have a friend or know someone who also has a Note 2? Can you try to see if you can find lines on the display of their devices as well? But you know what, if Samsung is quick to replace the unit, it could be that they too can’t find a fix for the problem. So, if you still has the same issue with the new unit, you better let Samsung know as soon as possible and if possible, request another unit.

Related post: Top 5 Galaxy Note 2 Display Problems You Might Encounter [How To Fix Them]

#6. Galaxy Note 2 doesn’t lock automatically

Problem: Hi Droid guy, I am using Note 2 purchased 2 months back. Recently my phone is not locking automatically after it was updated with the latest software updates of Kitkat 4.4.2. Please help me out.

Solution: I never heard of a Note 2 problem related to yours, so I think it’s just a matter of setting issue. Go to Settings > Display > Screen timeout > choose from the option how long you want the screen to stay turned on when idle.

On the other hand, if the screen wakes up automatically, then there should be something that wakes it up. Download Wakelock Detector app from the Play Store to help you determine the app or service that wakes up your phone. You can disable or uninstall it if possible.

#7. Galaxy Note 2 clock widget doesn’t update time

Problem: Hi, I’m using a Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 and when its in lockscreen mode the time will not update! And this is causing many problems. PS: my device is not rooted. Hoping for a solution. Thanks ! — Hudson

Solution: I was anticipating for you to say when this problem started and what other problems you have in your phone because may be the clock widget that doesn’t update is just one of the effects of what the real problem is. But the immediate solution to the clock widget not updating time on lock screen is to clear the Clock app’s cache and data. If that doesn’t work, try booting the phone to recovery mode and wipe cache partition. If the problem continues to persists, then there’s other problems that needed to be fixed first that may be causing this.

#8. Galaxy Note 2 freezes, widget stops

Question: Good day, I stumbled on your website as I was searching around for answers on a concern I have regarding my Galaxy Note 2.

Previously, connecting to a laptop via cable would enable me to view/open the folders for both the phone and the micro-SD. Now, this doesn’t happen anymore. As my phone is rooted, I installed an app for enabling USB. This worked but as expected, only the micro-SD comes up and not the phone storage. I am able to transfer movies and stuff into my 64GB card via the USB app. When disconnecting, the icon comes up on the taskbar indicating that the SD card is being prepared. This then leads to the unit freezing. While on freeze, the widget for Extended Calendar shows “Widget Loading”. I would then have to take out the micro-SD, reinsert and then reboot. This seems to fix the problem. I understand that the easiest thing to do is simply uninstall the USB-enabling app. I just wanted to know why or what led to the eventual freeze. Thanks, John.

Answer: Actually, rooting the phone doesn’t damage it or anything, you’re actually just opening it up for more possibilities. Based on you statement, there’s no other things that cause the eventual freeze on your phone but your SD card. There nothing wrong with having 64GB of external storage for a high-end phone but just like computers, the device would also take time reading all files stored in it not to mention times when the phone failed to read from the card.

Yes, there are times when the microSD card is virtually unmounted, although it remains stuck on your phone. During this time, the phone will still attempt to read from it and the longer the phone takes to time to read from the storage device, the higher the RAM consumed. When this happens, other services would have to give in so other widgets and apps will stop working for a moment until the phone regains its proper operation. I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

#9. Galaxy Note 2 doesn’t have Play Store

Problem: Hi I just got a used Note 2. I can’t seem to download the Google Play Store, or anything Google related. It says that my device is not supported. The phone was originally from China. I thought it might be fake/clone, but after looking online at a few clones I am no longer sure. What might be causing the issues. When I go to Settings, then accounts, then add Account, Google is not on the list either. Thanks for any help. — Marco

Solution: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was released with Android Jelly Bean and I am pretty sure it comes with the latest version of Play Store that time. If the market app is nowhere to be found on your phone, there is a possibility that the phone is rooted and the app was uninstalled. So, the first thing I want you to try is download the Play Store’s .apk file and install it on your phone. You can download it from Android Police. If the file can be installed successfully, then problem solved.

However, if you were right about your suspicion that the phone is a clone, then I cannot guarantee a fix. But try to still download and install the Play Store if it can. In case the installation is unsuccessful, or if the phone cannot recognize the file, there is a possibility that the phone isn’t running Android after all. If you can, contact us again and this time include the brand, model and version of Android installed on that thing.

#10. Galaxy Note 2 charges slowly, drains battery fast

Problem: Dear sir, I have charge my hand phone from 11 pm until the next day 8 am, but the battery only charge to 60%. Why is it happened? I have switch off the wife connection and all the apps while charging? Before that I only use 3 hours then it full charge already? How to solve this problem. Besides that, the battery drain really fast compare to last time.

Suggestion: First off, boot the phone to safe mode and charge again. See if you can get it fully-charged in 3 hours or less. If the phone functions and charges normally in safe mode, you better examine third-party apps installed in your phone to know which one is causing the problem. However, if the phone would still not charge properly even in that state already, then the suspects would be your charger, battery and the USB charging port.

That said, try connecting your phone to a computer, a desktop computer not laptop, and see if it charges normally. Or, if you have another charger kit, try that one. Should the phone charges normally, then it’s a charging problem but if it’s still the same, then we’ve narrowed down the problem to either the battery or the USB charging port.

Now, buy a new battery. Don’t worry, if the problem isn’t the battery than, at least, you already have a spare battery kit you could use especially when you travel. With a new battery on, charge the phone and see if it charges normally. If not, then have the phone checked as it could be an issue with the USB charging port.

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Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Last month Samsung started pushing the Android 4.4 update to international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. U.S. customers have had to wait though while the update goes through the certification process with the different carriers. Sprint has completed that process and has started pushing the update out to owners of the device on their network.

As usual, the OTA update is being deployed in phases, so it may still be a few days before owners of the Galaxy Note II on Sprint receive a notification that the update is ready for their device. Users can go to Settings -> More tab -> System Update -> Update Samsung Software -> Check now or connect via Kies if they are impatient to see whether they have access to the update.

source: Sprint

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Android 4.4 KitKat Is Rolling Out To The Samsung Galaxy Note II

galaxy-note-ii-e1346852494259Samsung leaves no phone behind. Well okay, it does, but not all the time. I mean, certainly not a flagship device… usually. At any rate, the Galaxy Note II on Sprint is getting bumped up to Android 4.4 as we speak. Isn’t that nice?

The changelog for version L900VPUBNE2 is not terribly descriptive – OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (KitKat). That’s all we get. It will roll out to all phablets in the coming days, but you might be able to pull it manually by checking in the system menu.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air – Specs comparison

Ooh, an interspecies specs duel. That’s bound to get interesting. And controversial. Yeah, I said it, acknowledged it and won’t be looking to deny it. I stirred up the hornet’s nest to start a debate. The age-old debate.

Galaxy Note Pro vs iPad Air

Has Android matured enough to take on iOS and Windows Pro when talking utility tools rather than “toys”? Will Microsoft ever learn it’s tough, nay outright impossible to beat Apple at their own game? Can a little fellow like the iPad Air fend off the gargantuan Surface Pro 3 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 threats by itself or does it need backup from MacBook Airs or maybe iPad Pros if they’ll ever be a thing?

Clearly, those questions are a wee bit complex for a humble specs comparison to settle them all. But again, I only intend to set up a discussion. Here we go:

Note Pro 12.2 vs Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Air – design, build quality and form factor comparison

Design has nothing to do with operating systems and “ecosystems”, so theoretically, our three contenders enter the arena on even ground. Obviously, the latest 9.7-inch iPad has the portability and sleekness edge, thanks to its smaller footprint, whereas the Surface Pro 3 wins the versatility fight with ease, courtesy of a whole roster of optional accessories, keyboard docks and whatnot.

Surface Pro 3

As a standalone tablet, Microsoft’s newest spearhead is a major aesthetical evolution from previous models, yet still heavier, thicker and bulkier than the largest Galaxy Note. Namely, 45 grams heavier and 1 mm thicker. Does that translate into superior robustness maybe? Not exactly.

Sure, Surface Pro 3’s exterior is covered in brushed metal, but Note Pro’s plastic chassis is actually not as chintzy as you imagine. Ultimately, the iPad Air is both smoother and more elegant than the two, with its premium aluminum construction and incredibly slim 7.5 mm waist. Hate to admit it, but Apple remains the kind of ergonomic design.

Display face-off

Now here’s where things get really, really interesting. In their attempt to find unique identities for their iPad rivals, MS and Sammy have delivered two super-crisp, “Retina”-grade screens with slightly different pixel counts and aspect ratios.

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The iPad Air, as I’m sure you all know, sports a 9.7-inch IPS LCD panel with 2,048 x 1,536 pix res, 264 ppi and 4:3 aspect ratio. Meanwhile, Note Pro’s 16:10 display marginally lowers the ppi ante to 247 on a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, and the Surface Pro 3 comes with its own 3:2 aspect ratio, 2,160 x 1,440 res and 216 ppi pixel density.

Guess you’ll need to take all three of these babies for a spin before proclaiming a winner, eh? Personally, I’m no fan of 16:9 (or 16:10) panels. But Note Pro’s extra screen real estate compared to the iPad Air shouldn’t be overlooked. The Surface Pro 3? It’s a solid contender, no doubt about that, yet at the end of the day, it comes up a little short in ppi.

Processing speed, RAM and storage

Look, there’s really no comparing Intel Core i5 or i7 “Haswell” chips with homebrewed Apple A7s or Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 800s in raw performance. The top-of-the-line Haswells trump the competition any day of the week, particularly when paired with 8 GB of RAM.

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Remember, the iPad Air has a measly 1 gig of random-access memory in tow, and the Note 12.2 caps off at 3 GB. Making matters worse for Surface Pro 3’s opponents, Microsoft fitted state-of-the-art humongous 256 and 512 GB SSDs on the tab’s top configs. Meanwhile, the iPad Air supports up to 128 GB of storage, and the Note Pro a pithy 64 internal.

But pitting the highest-end, costliest Surface Pro 3 against the 64 GB Note Pro 12.2 is an apples-and-oranges comparison. I mean, one is nearly 2,000 bucks, and the other $750. Even the most expensive iPad Air is less than half of the 512 GB Surface Pro 3’s price, so yeah, MS has the zippiest, baddest machine, but boy, is it overpriced.

iPad-Air

Alternatively, you can score the Core i3-powered new Surface at $799, which also features a 64 GB solid-state drive and 4 GB RAM. But in that case, maybe the 128 GB iPad Air is a better choice, despite its scanty RAM. Oh, decisions, decisions.

Software and battery life comparison

I already admitted to stirring up the hornet’s nest, yet I don’t plan on spending a lot of time surrounded by them angry hornets. It’s obvious each OS has its advantages and flaws. Windows 8.1 fits workaholics perfectly, iOS 7 is the optimal playground, and Android 4.4 KitKat is, well, trying to catch up.

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Honest to God, Google’s really going the extra mile in optimizing content for tablets, and soon, you’ll be able to notice. Right now though, I’m afraid us Android junkies have to bow to Windows fanatics and their productivity-focused platform and Apple fanboys and their rich, diverse, lighthearted, easy to understand, easy to master ecosystem.

Battery life? That’s a touchy subject, as usual when talking a barely announced, unreleased product. But if you’ll allow me to go on a hunch, I predict the Surface Pro 3 will offer less juice than both the Note Pro 12.2 and iPad Air. By a whisker, but less.

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As for the two, they’re essentially tied autonomy-wise, with roughly 10 hours of continuous use on a single charge.

Accessories, cameras, connectivity, ports and wrap-up

Aside from superior processing speed, the Surface Pro 3 clearly has one more big ace up its sleeve – a multitude of accessories. For one thing, it comes standard with a stylus and built-in kickstand. Then you have all the Type Covers and desktop docking stations.

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The Note Pro only retaliates with an S Pen, whereas the iPad Air has exactly zero to offer in this department. Cameras? First of all, who cares? Secondly, if you do care, then the Note Pro is your guy, with 8 MP and 2 MP shooters.

The iPad Air comes in second, thanks to a solid 5 MP rear cam with autofocus and everything, and the Surface Pro 3 impresses with its 5 MP front cam, but disappoints with a 5 MP main photographic unit lacking autofocus and flash.

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Finally, I’d rather not pick a victor in connectivity, since all three bad boys support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The Surface Pro 3 is however the only one with full-sized USB ports, and the iPad Air has no card slot whatsoever.

All things told, I guess the Surface Pro 3 is more laptop than tablet, so maybe comparing it with the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 wasn’t very fair in the first place. Still, the two came out of the uneven fight pretty clean and honorable, so choosing an overall winner is tough. Anyone care to help me out of my pickle? Much obliged.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition announced for T-Mobile

T-Mobile has announced the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. The tablet will be arriving on June 4th, however pre-orders are available immediately. The price is set at $99.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $23.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will be eligible for the Tablet Freedom program which brings the promise of free data for life. Users will be able to get 200MB of data free for the life of the device. And from now through the end of the year users will be able to bump that 200MB to 1.2GB by attaching the tablet to an existing T-Mobile voice plan.

As a recap, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet features include a 2560 x 1600 display resolution with power coming by way of a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Other spec highlights include 32GB of internal storage, a microSD memory card slot (32GB) and 8220 mAh battery. Users can also expect Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat and the S Pen.

Otherwise, along with the announcement for the tablet, T-Mobile is reminding users about how they will pay any current early termination fees (ETF). Those looking to go that route will need to bring your existing tablet in for an instant credit (that can be applied toward an accessory purchase) and then provide T-Mobile with your ETF bill once your old carrier sends it.

SOURCE: T-Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (N910) may have a 5.7-inch Quad HD Display


Samsung Galaxy Note 4After the relatively pedestrian reception of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung has said that it is looking for a way to refocus its efforts in the premium smartphone market, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that is expected to be released later this year. While Samsung has said they are considering a new form factor for the Note 4, it doesn’t look like they are going to stray too far size-wise from yesteryear’s 5.7-inch Note 3. In fact, according to a tip handed to GSM Arena, it looks like the Note 4, which carries the model number N910, will have a 5.7-inch Quad HD display.

This may be a relief for some expectant Note 4 owners who may have been scared the next generation Galaxy Note to balloon beyond the 6-inch threshold, however it looks like Samsung thinks the Note has found its niche at 5.7-inches. The Quad HD screen is by no means a surprise, and actually makes a lot of sense for a phablet with the extra screen real-estate, making for 515 ppi clarity, by no means a small amount. It’s probably notable to see that the Galaxy S5 Prime also features in this list, implying that it’s still on its way.


What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 potentially staying at the same screen size as last year? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: GSM Arena via Phone Arena



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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to have 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 display

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is no longer the new kid on the block, so it’s not surprising to start hearing rumors of its successors. We all believe it’s coming, but we have no idea what Samsung will look to bring. GSMArena claims to have accurate info on the display.

According to a leak of theirs, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could be coming with a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 display. If you haven’t been paying attention this is the same resolution that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is rumored to be shipped with. It’s not surprising that Samsung would look to introduce the high-res display on a line of smartphones they typically push the bar with.

Perhaps more interesting is that Samsung decided not to increase screen size this time. The Samsung Galaxy Note has grown by .2 inches with each release, so perhaps it says something about Samsung believing that bigger is not always better.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was a sensible upgrade, because while the display size increased — from 5.5 inches on the Note 2 to 5.7 inches on the Note 3 — the overall size of the phone was about the same. 5.7 inches could be seen as their new sweet spot going forward.

Unfortunately there’s nothing else to take away from this one, but we’re sure more details will come running along in due time. For now, we’re just waiting for Samsung to announce the upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could feature a 5.7 inch 2K resolution display

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A new report suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could feature a 2K resolution 5.7 inch display panel. This is a bit odd considering that the Galaxy Note 3 also packs a 5.7 inch display and it’s unheard of for Samsung to not increase the size of a flagship compared to its predecessor.

So keeping those factors into account, make sure you take the report with a pinch of salt. But given that the Galaxy Note 3 is quite large to begin with, it seems plausible that Samsung might not want to increase the size further.

There is also talk of Samsung going with a three sided curved display for the Galaxy Note 4, but that might not materialize given the manufacturing limitations. We’ll keep a close eye on the rumor mill and let you know when we find something new and interesting.

The smartphone is also expected to be water and dust resistant like the Galaxy S5, so this could be a standard feature across future Samsung flagships.

Source: GSM Arena

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 19, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apple vs Samsung

Apple and Samsung working on settlement talks once again

Apps

Koush releases AllCast Receiver in the Play Store

Gmail for Android gets updated with new features and UI improvements

Carriers

AT&T gets Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, the first device to support HD Voice

Cricket Wireless relaunched by AT&T with new, inexpensive data plans

Walmart offering low-cost T-Mobile tablets with ‘free data for life’

Verizon announces XLTE with 2X data speeds

Chromecast

Koush releases AllCast Receiver in the Play Store

Google

Chrome OS, Android merger rumors spark as patent reveals smartphone in Chromebook

Google is going after the Enterprise market with purchase of Divide

Google officially jumps on the Instagram bandwagon

Phones

New details regarding the HTC One (M8) Prime come forward

HTC teases something with “beautiful curves” that is coming soon

HTC One (M8) camera lens reportedly gets scratched easily

LG G3 QuickWindow case functions leak

LG’s L35 leaks, sports low-end specs for a low-end price

Moto X+1, codenamed Victara, to be on the four major carriers in the U.S.

Moto E already rooted with unofficial TWRP recovery

Motorola adds super-cheap Moto E to Bootloader Unlock program

OnePlus opens contest to win an invitation to buy a OnePlus One

Variant of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 could launch as the Galaxy W

AT&T gets Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, the first device to support HD Voice

Security

Samsung to add biometric sensor functions to Knox

Tablets

Walmart offering low-cost T-Mobile tablets with ‘free data for life’

HTC teases something with “beautiful curves” that is coming soon

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi version starts to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

Updates

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi version starts to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

Wearables

Best Buy now selling LG Lifeband Touch for $149

HTC teases something with “beautiful curves” that is coming soon

Miscellaneous

Root app developers to be challenged by upcoming Android versions

Samsung WW9000 washing machine packs a full 5-inch touch screen

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