Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners from US Cellular can hit that update button now (or wait for the prompt to update) as they are joining the rest of the world for that Lollipop update. The OTA can be had via Samsung Skies or if you go to the update menu and get the Android update via WiFi.
This update brings about more animations, a priority mode, multi-user and a new lock screen, among others. It is based on 5.0, but we expect most of the bugs from the first iteration of the OTA were fixed. It could also be that this is the last update Note 3 will ever see, at least on US Cellular.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from Verizon is getting an update to Lollipop too starting today. Verizon’s site has been refreshed with the update and some small enhancements. The new OS will use a material-ish version of TouchWiz, plus some performance and optimized battery enhancements.
This update brings Note 3 to the build version LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6 and it will begin rolling out in over the air updates.
[box type=”shadow”]BASIC INTERACTION
• Bolder color, fluid animation effects, and interactions based on Lollipop.
• The on/off toggle button style updated based on material design
• The shortcuts for both Phone and Camera are provided for convenience.
• Material design-inspired notifications
• Ability to set priority and privacy for notifications on lock screen.
• Provide music control as a card to utilize the real estate of the lock screen UI.
Brighter look and feel, bold colors, fluid animation inspired by material design
FLOATING ACTION BUTTON (FAB)
• FAB are added for ease of access on emphasized features, such as adding a new contact or favorite, and writing a text message for Contacts and Messages, respectively
• Now uses the parallax scrolling effect for easier access.
• Multi-window icons for ease-of-use during multi-tasking. [/box]
T Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is getting back in league with the big guns as it receives Lollipop. The device was listed on T Mobile’s testing tracker, which is the second step in a three-step process to update devices to Android 5.0. Today is the day T Mobile starts pushing the update out.
Apart from the usual Lollipop changes, users will also find some changes with WiFi calling, for example a fix for the one way audio issue. The update version is N900TUVUFOB5, which is also the number you will find when your device is ready to get the OTA.
AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is getting an OTA to Android 4.4.4 which adds numerous new features. The update brings devices up from Android 4.4.2 and the handy 458MB adds some interesting new features such as Kid Mode, Knox 2.0, SideSync 3.0 and a virtual tour mode in the camera app. Of course, some AT&T bloatware is expected.
The Uber app will not be able to be uninstall, and some bug-fixes and exploit patches are included as well. You can expect Android 5.0 to come around knocking in 2015… hopefully.
iPhones are always controversial devices because they are always targets to puns, mock commercials and slamming at their launch. This time the new iPhone 6 models are “victims” in a scandal entitled #Bendgate. Why it is named so, you ask? Because of a recent viral video where a guy is bending an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands and the device seems to work very well after that. Other photos of the same bending technology seem to show an iPhone 6s, but were not confirmed yet.
Although the media and social media exploded with memes and speculations regarding iPhone 6 Plus’ super bending powers, Consumerreports wanted to see just how bendable the device is and they even compared it with other devices, including Android flagships launched this year. The test implied an Instron machine, the new iPhones, the old iPhone 5 and the likes of LG G3, HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The phones were supported on two points on each end and the middle was struck with an increasing force.
It appears that all phones are pretty solid and they started to break at 90 pounds of applied force (HTC M8), whereas the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cracked at 100 and 110 pounds respectively. The most resistant devices are the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which splintered their screens and stopped functioning under the applied force.
During the test, LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 were the most durable because they recovered from each step up in force without marks, while still functioning. Below you can see some photos of the crushed phones, courtesy of ConsumerReports.org.