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According to Strategy Analytics, mobile phone shipments grew 4 percent annually to reach 52 million units in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2012. Apple leads the pack with its 34% followed by Samsung and its 32.3%.


As far as the entire last year is concerned, Samsung is in the lead accounting for 31.8% of the US market followed by Apple with its own 26.2%.


LG managed to grab the third spot position both in units shipped and market share. LG shipped 4.7 million mobile phones for 9 percent share of the United States market in Q4 2012, dipping from 6.9 million units and 14 percent share a year earlier.


Check out the following link for the complete numbers.


Strategy Analytics


 



T-Mobile has announced a software update for their Galaxy S2 phones.  According to T-Mobile support forum yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy S II (ICS only) had software update to Android version 4.0.4 / Baseband version T989UVLI4 via Over The Air (OTA) and Samsung Kies. 


The update only appears to be about 11MB in size and brings with it security enhancements and a few tweaks and updates on the Qualcomm processor side of things. Vlingo S Voice is also getting some improvement, although that wasn't specified much. As usual all the details are available from T-Mobile support forums. The international GS II just started getting Jelly Bean so hopefully US carriers like T-Mobile are next.


You can update in two ways:


  • Over the air (OTA) update to T989UVLI4: If you want to update to T989UVLI4, you can update via OTA. Please wait for the notification to update. The OTA will continue to be delivered until February 7. There is no escalation option if the update has not been recieved.

  • Manual download to T989UVLI4: If you want to update to T989UVLH1, you can update via Samsung Kies. Ensure you are on the latest version of Kies prior to attempting the update. See http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/ to confirm the version.



Source: T-Mobile support forum



Last week, there were rumors regarding Samsung dropping Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. But, today it's confirmed that Samsung will drop Samsung Galaxy tab 3 7.0 and will launching Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But, the launch of this tablet depends upon the sales generated by Galaxy note 8.0. Another tablet by the name of Galaxy tab 3 10.1 is also in Samsung's plans and could any time this. Though, all these tablets will LTE versions too which is good news for all the tablet users. But, they would be required to pay a higher cost for buying LTE version.


Furthermore, Samsung is also working upon Galaxy Tab Plus too; it would be somewhat a special tablet from Samsung and would be releasing some time in this current year. Till then we have to wait and see what these tablets really possess and look like.


Code name - KONA

  • Official name - Galaxy Note 8.0
  • GT-N5100 - Galaxy Note 8.0
  • GT-N5110 - Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-N5120 - Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE


Code name - SANTOS (DROPPED)

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
  • GT-P3200 - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
  • GT-P3210 - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-P3220 - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 LTE


Code name - SANTOS

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
  • GT-***** - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
  • GT-***** - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-***** - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 LTE


Code name - SANTOS

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
  • GT-P5200 - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
  • GT-P5210 - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi
  • GT-P5220 - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE


Code name - ROMA

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus
  • GT-P8200 - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus
  • GT-P8210 - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Wi-Fi
  • GT-P8220 - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus LTE


Code name - VIENNA

  • Official name - unknown
  • GT-***** - unknown
  • GT-***** - unknown
  • GT-***** - unknown
Source: SamMobile



Popular South Korean media site "ddaily.co.kr" have now reportedly confirmed the final specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S IV and Samsung is now fully prepared for mass production of the device. The debate of physical Home button being removed has turn out to be false. The device will be available by end of March.


The design of the Samsung Galaxy S IV will inherit "Minimum organic" human-centered UI adopted by the Samsung Galaxy S III. Which means that physical Home button, along with the Return key to the right and Menu key to the left side of the Home button will be retained in the new flagship device.


There were several speculations that an S-Pen will be featured in the new flagship device, but ddaily.co.kr report suggests that's not the case. Though the S-Pen feature is missing, recent reports of "Non-contact Gesture" will be true. Details of the non-contact gesture function may have been misunderstood for "S-Pen Feature" in the device, the Korean daily reported.


According to Glbenchmark Specifications of Samsung Galaxy SIV (SHV-E300S) are:


  • 1.9Ghz Quad Core CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 1920*1080 Display
  • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • navigations keys are not present on Display


Other Rumored Specifications Of Samsung Galaxy SIV


  • Supports Wireless Charging
  • 4.99 inch Full HD Display with 400ppi pixel density
  • Come with S-Pen Accessory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13Mpx Camera


Source: http://www.ddaily.co.kr/news/news_view.php?uid=101028




The Exynos 5 Octa was confirmed to be LTE-enabled and that it supports all 20 bands. This bit of info was taken from the SamsungExynos page on their Twitter account. This means that it can also do what the Snapdragon 600 (Qualcomm) is capable of doing. However, there are also reports (fom SamMobile) that the reason why the Galaxy S 4 came in two variants is that Samsung was unable to deliver the Exynos 5 Octa in time for the S 4 launch.


Furthermore, Samsung actually confirmed that they have just started mass producing the famed chip after the first quarter. According to the reports, only about 30% of the total Galaxy S 4 production have Exynos 5 Octa in their hardware and many are hoping for more Exynos variants to be distributed in the near future.


 




Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has being approved by the Federal Communications Commission.


As far as the hardware specs of the S4 Zoom are concerned, nothing has been announced (evidently), but rumors are suggesting that it will feature a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.6 GHz CPU (of unknown make), 8GB of storage (expandable via a microSD slot), and a 1,900 mAh battery.


As far as the camera department is concerned, rumors are claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will boast a 16MP rear facing camera with 10x optical zoom.


The Korean company is believed to announce the Galaxy S4 Zoom as well as other smartphones at its special London event on June 20.


Source:  FCC

 


 

There was a time siri was one of top Android features. It was the feature which created a unique selling point for Apple iPhone 4S. But, it's now has become nearly worthless especially with a number of top Android features designed and available too.


A report tells the brief history of this wonderful feature that we would like share with you. It all started with siri the Android flagship for all the Verizon devices. But, suddenly Apple came in and began to ask for complete sell of siri to them, it only took a single concise chat between CEO of Apple and the siri's developer to get the deal done. But, in all this developer failed recognize how precious this feature is for Android devices, this is what allowed Apple to enter into the Smartphone market and maximized its revenues. We would like here to add that siri was powered by Google and the difference between both Apple and Google in the Smartphone market is probably due to this one decision


Source: huffingtonpost

 

 



The next awesome smartphone war will arguably be between Motorola X and Google's Nexus 5. Google plans to leave out making a bigger display for the Nexus 5 and according to a leak, it will actually sport a 4.5-inch display but it will be stretched out a bit more to take up 88% of the smartphone's face. Furthermore, it will not compete against 1080p Full HD devices that are mostly coming out this season but will actually settle with 720p.


It will have a 9MP camera and a better battery life. Google's aphorism for this phone includes "compactness, having a great camera and huge battery life". It will also use Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz and will no doubt be more budget-friendly than other Google Nexus devices. Its direct competitor, the Motorola X recently released information about its impressive hardware, which somehow makes this bit of news a bit weird. It could mean that a different unit might go head-on with Motorola X or that Google will not compete with it because it has a bigger stake in Motorola X than we previously thought.


 


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