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    When a new version of Android rolls out, users everywhere start wondering about when they might hope to see the arrival of their updates. If you've got a relatively recent handset, odds are good that the update's coming at some point – even if that means waiting six months, if not the better part of a year. But as phones age, the likelihood of them receiving ongoing software support – well, at least from official sources – starts dwindling fast, and once they hit that two-year mark, you need to be very lucky if you hope to see many new updates land. We've already heard quite a bit ...

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    To date, I've used all of Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. I've owned two of the three previous Galaxy Note smartphones – the original and Galaxy Note II – and loved them both. I really enjoyed the Galaxy Note 3, as well, but never felt compelled to buy it for personal use. But I'll get into that in a second. All year, I've been waiting – like many of you – to see what the Galaxy Note 4 is all about. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T back in October of last year and gave it one of the highest scores I've ever given a device in a review: a 9.3 out of 10. The only cons I listed ...

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    The stylus has had a pretty traumatic life. It was a necessary tool back in the beginning of the smartphone and PDA era, as mobile operating systems weren't designed with stubby fingertips in mind. Rather, buttons, soft keyboards, and entire UIs were fixated beneath resistive touch screens, which didn't discriminate between a user's fleshy digits or retractable pen tips. Quite literally, you could use just about any ol' object as a stylus, so long as it was strong enough to squeeze the protective plastic coating and digitizer together. The finer the point, the better. The stylus all but ...

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    The Galaxy Note II Android 4.4 KitKat update is a nice surprise for those who are still rocking the 2012 phablet and have chosen, for one reason or the other, to not upgrade to the latest and greatest Note 3 -- soon to be replaced by the Note 4 at IFA in Q3. It is not yet (as of the date of this article) available as an OTA refresh, but it popped up in KIES, being available to Note II owners in France. The Galaxy Note II Android 4.4 KitKat update will bump your build numbers up to N7100XXUFND3, and should bring all the goodies you'd expect from the latest iteration of the Google ...

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    As the leak suggested last month, owners of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Sprint's network were able to install the latest official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on their phones starting February 13. Additionally, Note 3 owners on the Now Network joined the KitKat party on February 20, but now the carrier is publishing further details regarding Samsung phones and the 4.4.2 refresh. If you have a Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Mega, or a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, you shouldn't worry, because Sprint is planning on updating these devices as well. While there is no  estimate of when ...

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    Samsung will eventually update all versions of its -- for now -- latest devices (like the Galaxy S 4 and Note III) to Android 4.4 KitKat, as its competitor HTC is doing with the 2013 One flagship, but a recent report claims that the South Koreans will go the extra mile of upgrading 2012 devices too. Now, before we get too excited, the information comes from "a source close to the matter" who has talked to PhanDroid, so treat it accordingly. The Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317, Galaxy S3 SGH-i747, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a, Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537, Galaxy Mega SGH-i527, Galaxy S4 ...

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    The big phones only get bigger, it seems. We've been clamoring over gigantic phones since the original Galaxy Note announcement, and possibly even before that over phones which are now comparably quite small. Personally, I've been carrying large phones since January 2012, not long after the original Galaxy Note made its way stateside. And I've been back and forth between loving and hating giant phones ever since. They come with a handful of advantages, and just as much baggage. After all is said and done, though, I'm always happy to come back to a larger smartphone (within reason) due to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's new sale whenever you buy the new Lumia 2520 Windows tablet. We later go through more deals as retailers have dropped the price of the Google Nexus 7. Motorola follows the news as the company has just hired a 3D printing firm to take care of Project Ara. Leaks of Samsung's plans to upgrade the Galaxy Line-up to Android 4.4 KitKat follow after that. We end today's show talking about certain leaks showing a metal frame for the possible Samsung Galaxy S5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia offering free Power Keyboard ...

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    When Android 4.4 first arrived, it was a distant beacon, available only for owners of the new Nexus 5 and those fly-by-night skin-of-their-teeth custom ROM maniacs. But now with the Moto X getting it, as well as the Nexus 4 and its tablet brethren, it's really starting to infiltrate the general Android population. We've heard from manufacturers like HTC about their aspirations for delivering updates, but not everyone's seemed so KitKat-obsessed. Samsung, for instance, has been very focused on its own Android 4.3 updates – and the Galaxy Gear support they're also delivering – to the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about China's new 2560 x 1440 smartphone display. We then go through more details on the Amazon and HTC partnership for a smartphone. Apple is next as the iPhone 5C orders are getting cut down according to reports since Apple doesn't estimate high demand in the holiday season. Samsung follows the news with faulty Galaxy S 4 batteries and custom ROMS for the Note II with Note 3 features. We end today's show talking about LG's new marketing tactics, and how we see them. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x ...

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    Whether you want to upgrade your existing Note II to the brand new Note 3 is completely up to you, and your pockets. Sure, the Note 3 is one of the fastest phones on the planet now, with a larger screen and all, but, if you don't care about raw horsepower, you don't really have any reason to grab the latest phablet, except its new S-Pen features. Luckily, these have been now ported over to the Note II, in the form of a custom ROM, based on a leaked Note 3 firmware. There are a lot of things working, like Air Command (complete with Pen Window, Screen Writer, Scrapbook and Action Memo), ...

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    There's no denying that the S Pen from Galaxy Note models is a great little stylus, and between its hardware and the software Samsung makes available, it's become a pretty useful tool. Watch any of Samsung's videos extolling the S Pen's virtues and you're sure to see plenty of productivity-focused features: taking notes, annotating media – all that jazz. That's all well and good, but lets be honest with ourselves; for as much time as we might want to spend note-taking, how often do we end up doodling in the margins instead? If you've been itching for a chance to stop repressing your ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the much-expected Nokia RX-114 tablet reaching the FCC, along with Nokia's first phablet, the Lumia 1520. We then talk about the leaked displays of the HTC Butterfly 2, and what to expect from this device. Sony is next as we've got some press renders that point to a smaller, but still powerful, Xperia Z1f. Google follows the news as we've got the company selling apps on vending machines in Japan. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3, and when we expect it to reach your device. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia tablet ...

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    Back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Samsung announced its biggest, baddest, most bodacious smartphone/tablet hybrid ever, the Galaxy Note 3. After getting some hands-on time with the world's beefiest phablet, we were keen to get it into our labs for some one-on-one testing ... and thanks to Negri Electronics, we've been able to do just that. The SM-N900 version of the Galaxy Note 3 recently arrived at the door of the Pocketnow review booth, and we're putting it bezel-to-bezel against its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II. So before you go dropping a boatload of bucks on the season's latest spec ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    The last time we've seen the HTC One max, or at least a device claimed to be the upcoming phablet, was on Monday, when we got a closer look at its fingerprint reader on the back, just below the camera. Today, we get some phablet p0rn, as the upcoming HTC gigantophone is pictured alongside its main competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and last year's Note II. As you can see in the image above, the HTC device looks to be larger than the brand new Note 3, and that's not only because of the BoomSound speakers on top and bottom. The screen itself is also, apparently, larger, rumored to be ...

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    A few weeks ago, I said I was done with large phones, that it's a bit of a burden to carry an oversized phone if you're prone to carrying two phones on a daily basis. In a nutshell, the Xperia Z Ultra and Galaxy Mega 6.3 ruined larger phones for me. They were bigger for the sake of being bigger. Plain and simple, pocket space in your standard pair of (reasonably stylish) jeans simply doesn't allow for a 6-inch phone. Downsizing to the Moto X and Lumia 1020 was, unsurprisingly, quite pleasant. And although I've loved the Galaxy Note II for the year or so I've been carrying it, it was time ...

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    Compared to the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Note 3 is familiar, yet different. It's an upgrade in every aspect, thanks to the use of 3GB of RAM and the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU (or Exynos 5 Octa, depending on where you get yours). The display, a bit larger than before, also bumps the resolution from 720p to 1080p; this is one of the best displays we've ever seen. Visually, the two are similar, save for the much smaller bezels on the Note 3 and the reduced depth. The S-Pen is still there but with new software features. In terms of in-hand feel, the Note 3 feels just as ...

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    We had a first glimpse at the alleged front panel of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III and the internet is taking this a step further, with measurements, as well as comparisons to the current model. Let's start off with the measurements: those who claim access to the physical component state that, after measurements, the screen will be a 5.68-inch display, with 2.2mm bezels (the actual display is 1.8mm thick). How does that compare to the display of the Galaxy Note II? Check out the image below! As you can see, it is a tad taller and has more squared off corners. The bezel is definitely ...

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    I admit, I wasn't on board with the idea of a 5.3-inch phone at first. I wrote a couple articles exclaiming how giant phones aren't all that much more useful than, say, a 4-inch phone, and that they would be more difficult to use, hold, and carry for most people. I despised the original Galaxy Note … until I held one at CES 2012. And that's when I fell in love. I came home from the trade show and bought one for myself. Admittedly, the original Note wasn't the greatest phone ever. So I sold it after using it for several months, and set my sights on the Galaxy Note II. In October, I went ...

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    Let's face it, when Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA 2011, we all thought they were nuts. At a time when the most popular smartphone in the world had a 3.5-inch display, who was going to want to use that humongous thing that was almost twice its size? Well, as it turned out, a lot of people did. Regardless of the fact that screens were getting bigger in those days, the device was a full inch bigger than the already-big Galaxy S II, and people liked it. I know that not many people are fond of Samsung, but we've got to hand it to them for their expertise in experimenting ...

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    Big is never big enough, especially when you're a smartphone manufacturer. Just when we think we've seen it all, another manufacturer comes along to announce an even bigger smartphone. Enter the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The Z Ultra, although a look-alike to its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z, is a different beast entirely. It has a 6.4-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 chipset, and the footprint only a giant could love. We put it up against the Galaxy Note II. Which one comes out on top in this behemoth battle? Watch the video below to find out for yourself! And be sure to sound off in the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily in the comfort of your 4th of July celebration as we talk about Jay-Z's new album reaching select Samsung Galaxy smartphones. We later talk about more Samsung as we go through the future of their Tizen platform. The Galaxy Note III is next as we discover more information about the probable internal specifications. Nokia takes the spotlight later with the Lumia 925 camera technology being explained. We end today's show talking about the Nokia Lumia 909, or 1020, which is apparently the final name of the EOS project. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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