Android News 28 January 2014 – 12:00 GMT / 07:00 EST:
- Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is Available Exclusively on Verizon for $249
- T-Mobile to Launch LG G Flex and LG Optimus F3Q on February 5
- Red Nexus 5 Gets More Serious, as New Photos Surfaces
- Galaxy Gear 2 Might Have a Completely New Design
- Samsung to Fix the Accessories Compatibility Issue in Galaxy Note 3 Devices
1. Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is Available Exclusively on Verizon for $249
Black, White and from today Rose Gold are the 3 available colors for Galaxy Note 3 in the U.S., and the Rose Gold color is only available on Verizon (for now?). The carrier has just made the new color available to order and you can get yours at $249 with a 2-year contract. There are 2 other buying options, which one of them costs you $649 for the SIM-free version, and the other costs $27.15 monthly if you apply for Verizon EDGE.
Note that, according to the Verizon’s website the order will be shipped by January 30th but you can now backorder your Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3.
Go to Verizon Online Store
2. T-Mobile to Launch LG G Flex and LG Optimus F3Q on February 5
T-Mobile is going to add 2 new LG devices to its current inventory, as LG G Flex and LG Optimus F3Q will be both available to purchase from February 5*. You may have heard much about LG G Flex with its 6inch curved display powered by a snapdragon 800 chipset, but Optimus F3Q is less known phone. The handset is equipped with a QWERTY keyboard and sports a super sharp 4-inch IPS TFT display with enhanced camera tools.
The LG Optimus F3Q will be available for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $131 with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, and LG G Flex will cost $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $28 with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan.
If for any reason you are interested in getting either of these devices from a physical store, select T-Mobile retail stores will be offering the 2 new phones same week as the online ordering begins.
*LG G Flex is now available to pre-order from T-Mobile online store (Click here)
3. Red Nexus 5 Gets More Serious, as New Photos Surfaces
4 days ago, we reported about a video suggesting new colors are coming to Nexus 5, including the Red color (here), and today some new surfaced pictures suggest the Red color is actually ready to be shipped as the boxes are completely packed and seems to be on their way to GBR region.
Based on the leaked pictures, the Red color in the Red Nexus 5 refers to both to front and back covers, and there is a GBR tag on the bar code which may indicate the destination.
For sure, more new legit photos and news will come up in the next days, and who knows maybe more colors are on their way too.
4. Galaxy Gear 2 Might Have a Completely New Design
The Galaxy Gear successor will definitely come this year and it may come even as soon as February during MWC 2014 in Barcelona, although rumors suggest March or April as the unveiling time. We don’t want to discuss about Galaxy Gear’s functionality, but design wise, it was just a mess with ugly parts created an even uglier and boring device!! But according to many reports, the new Galaxy Gear (Gear 2?) will be taking advantage from a whole new design along with a flexible OLED unit which makes the wearable device fashionable, attractive and worth wearing.
If the rumors are being held true, Samsung may release Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 at the same time in March.
5. Samsung to Fix the Accessories Compatibility Issue in Galaxy Note 3 Devices
Android KitKat has been recently released to some Galaxy Note 3 devices (depending on the regions and markets) and while there are so many advantages, there is a known disadvantage too, which is the accessories compatibility issues or to be more precise, non-Samsung S-View covers won’t work on Galaxy Note 3 devices running KitKat.
We don’t know whether it was really a bug or Samsung was just testing how patient users are, as they quickly commented that although they recommend the Samsung made accessories but they never intended to block the functionality of other accessories, and to take that comment in action the Korean are about to issue an OTA update to get this bug (or whatever it is) fixed.
So, if you’ve already updated your Note 3 to KitKat and your S-Flip cover stooped working, check the System Update menu to get the fix as soon as it is rolled out.