Galaxy S5 Update: Verizon and T-Mobile to Improve Samsung Flagship Smartphone

Verizon and T-Mobile have released updates for the Galaxy S5.

Verizon’s update (software build number KOH49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) contains plenty of improvements. Some notable ones include better connectivity when streaming music, a user selectable video application for uploading to Youtube, updated Emergency Mode, the addition of Web Search to the S Finder, as well as updates to the Caller Name ID, Message+, and Cloud.

T-Mobile’s update (build number G900TUVU1BNG3) is much smaller in scale. Users will now be able to enable VoLTE for making voice calls on T-Mobile’s LTE network. The update is available only via Wi-Fi, and is about 30MB in size.

To update, go to Settings – About phone – Software updates, or wait for the update to show up on the phone.

See an AP tech update.

Microsoft sues Samsung in royalty dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft said Friday it is suing Samsung for threatening to stop paying Microsoft royalties for patents behind the Android operating system.

The two companies came to a deal in September 2011 to cross-license each other’s patent portfolios. Samsung wound up paying Microsoft royalties on a series of patents.

Analyst Rick Sherlund of Nomura Securities has estimated royalties on its Android patents bring Microsoft nearly $2 billion a year.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, says more than 25 companies are licensing the patents, including Samsung, Acer and ZTE, covering roughly 80 percent of the Android-based smartphones sold in the U.S.

In a blog post Friday, Microsoft Corp.’s deputy general counsel said Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. decided to breach its contract after Microsoft announced in September it was acquiring Nokia’s devices business.

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

The complaint also alleged that Samsung has asked South Korean competition authorities to change the contract to reduce or eliminate its payments to Microsoft.

Samsung said in a statement, “We will review the complaint in detail and determine appropriate measures in response.”