Apple and Samsung customers probably have the greatest rivalry on the planet but a new research proves that Apple users may not be too different from Samsung users. While this statement could elicit a long discussion on the comment section, the study examined iPhone and Galaxy S III users and found out that a big percentage of the users for both group have similar patterns of browsing, calling, emailing and messaging.
The Consumer Intelligence Research Partners surveyed the same number of respondents from both sides and found out that 80% and 90% of users from Apple and Samsung respectively send a number of text messages daily, and 80% and 75% of Apple and Samsung users use their smart phones to browse the net daily. Both kinds of smartphones were used less often on phone calls and emails.
Furthermore, the proponents found out that customers are quite loyal and are more likely buy a device with similar OS as their phones. And in terms of upgrades, 1/11th of Galaxy users were previous iPhone owns, whereas 1/5th iPhone users were previous S III owners. This might very well change this year with S 4's introduction. Simply put, results just probably differ because of the timing of the introduction of a new device from either company.
The well known Consumer Reports reviewed the brand new iPhone 5s and 5c models think while it holds the improved processor, better camera, and new fingerprint sensor in high regard, CR states that Apple can't compare to Android devices that offer larger, sharper displays and higher-capacity batteries.
According to Consumer Reports:
"...battery life was still notably shorter than you are on other phones within our tests, including three from the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the bigger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC."
Looks like Apple will have to take another page from Android's book and abandon its fixation with more compact displays whether it hopes to stay competitive. While hauling out phablets without notice to make a phone call isn't everyone's cup of tea, the numbers don't lie. Bigger might not always be better, but Samsung has been selling more of these devices.
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If anything, we love how HTC is confidently making it known that Samsung underwhelmed a group of spectators during its much-publicized launched in New York City. While there are those who are really excited at what the S 4 can do, many were also disappointed that what they have been waiting for was actually "Meh". HTC is one of them, voicing out its opinion over Twitter that the S 4 will actually flop.
It sounds like the brilliant company has something up its sleeves and we might be in the dark. After suffering a major delay with the production of some important components of its HTC One, the company is maintaining its confidence with interesting tweets bashing Samsung's highly popular S 4.
Anyway, we love a good underdog story; let's just hope that HTC will deliver soon.
Source: HTC Twitter
If the HTC One is just too small for your needs, how about the HTC T6, a 5.9-inch HTC device code-named the T6 is purportedly in development.
It's rumored that HTC is planning to launch a 5.9 inch Full HD Android device, currently codenamed T6. According to EVleaks, the HTC T6 will come with a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Boom Sound speakers, an Ultrapixel rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3300 mAh battery. It's said that the T6 will run the unreleased Android Key Lime Pie.
The HTC One already encroached on Samsung's Android dominance with the Galaxy S4, but based on newly leaked specs, HTC is thinking bigger.
While the phablet game has largely been Samsung's to lose at this point, the supposed specs for the T6 might finally give the Note series a run for its money.
LG Display is looking to get a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in South Korea, claiming that it violates three of their patents covering the display. LG Display can also be seeking damages of US$933,000 daily for ongoing infractions while Samsung continues to sell named device. The most recent move is surely an escalation in a patent dispute involving the two companies over display patents.
Back in September, LG Display filed a patent lawsuit against numerous Samung smartphones citing OLED related patents. Samsung denies the claims, and possesses previously noted that it holds more display related patents than LG Display - so a tit-for-tat dispute could escalate even further if the two sides cannot agree funds.
In November, Samsung retaliated by filing its own suit against LG seeking to invalidate the patents in question on the grounds that they "lack innovation."
A demo video was released by LG that shows their Optimus G Pro featuring technology that is very, very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Plenty of people are now calling LG a copycat because their Optimus G Pro will apparently feature the same eye-detection capability that plays or stops videos when one looks at or looks away from the screen.
Another feature of the LG Optimus G Pro that the Galaxy S 4 can also do is the ability to simultaneously take pictures on both cameras for a "picture-in-picture" effect. Pause and resume recording, on the other hand, enables taking videos continuously.
LG seems to be proud at offering these features at a more affordable value than if people would buy the Samsung S 4. However, many are quite disappointed that LG did not differentiate much from Samsung's newest technologies to offer.
Time was 12:30 pm, when samsung announces this devices, there was about 100 people at the bluetooth for the count down.
I was able to take a picture of this device, from what I saw, this device can record HD Videos, 4 inches AMOLED display, more to come later.
A major topic of discussion in smartphone circles is, when will the Samsung Samsung galaxy s III launch? Its predecessor is probably the most popular models on the planet, and the new edition is expected to garner millions of users. But when that's going to happen is definitely an open question.
Rumors are all over the place. A recent one said the launch could be in April, but Samsung quickly denied this. That leaves May as the next possibility, however the latest report suggests that consumers might have to wait until June.
A little bit of hope originates from Eldar Murtazin, who sometimes gets good recommendations on upcoming events from industry insiders. He states via Twitter the design for the Galaxy S III continues to be finalized, so production can start soon.
What's supposedly a picture of this upcoming model (shown at right) has appeared on the Web, though there isn't any way to be certain whether it is a sneak peek at the actual device or just someone's dream.
In accordance with unconfirmed reports, Samsung's next flagship model will debut running Google Android OS 4.0 (Frozen goodies Sandwich) on a 1.5 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM. The quantity of built-in storage capacity has not yet yet leaked out.
The Samsung galaxy s III will supposedly be well supplied with multimedia features, you start with a 4.8-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display for showing video, images, along with other content. It'll have an 8MP rear-facing camera plus a 2MP front-facing one.
Along with 4G LTE, this model will allegedly add a full group of other wireless features, though NFC is an open question. Other features are equally unknown, like the size of its battery and if it will have a microSD memory slot.
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Vodafone has announce that the update to Android 4.0 for their Galaxy S II has gone live today. After careful testing to ensure the highest level of quality for their customers, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 on Vodafone will be able to update their handsets to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on Friday April 13th.
Bringing all the great new features of the latest Android OS to your Samsung smartphone, the new update will initially be made available via Samsung KIES, with over-the-air updates becoming available on Tuesday 17 April.
As well as adding a new look and feel to your smartphone, Android 4.0 also packs a wide range of great new features to make the Samsung Galaxy S2 user experience better, more intuitive and more enjoyable than ever.
Some Images of an unannounced Samsung smartphone were published by Gizmodo Brasil today, and they may reveal the South Korea-based vendor's next hot handset. The all new Samsung Galaxy S3.
The quality of the leaked images is not very good, but the basic look of the device can be made out along with the presence of a wide home button and a unique oval-shaped glass panel covering the display. Gizmodo Brasil's source states that the model number of the phone is i9300 - which a BGR source has previously stated is indeed the model number of the Galaxy S III - and the device pictured reportedly features a 12-megapixel camera.
As rumored, the Galaxy S III is expected to feature a 4.8-inch 1080p HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos processor, 4G LTE, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and an ultra-thin case made of ceramic, and Samsung will likely announce the new flagship smartphone during a press conference on May 3rd. Check these images carefully and let us know what you think.
T-Mobile just announced the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new smartphone features T-Mobile's largest smartphone screen - a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED® screen - for an enhanced entertainment experience and improved productivity while using the device. The Galaxy Note II is T-Mobile's first device with a quad-core processor, featuring Samsung's 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor. In addition, the Galaxy Note II is T-Mobile's first smartphone shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the device's 3100mAh battery powers up to 15 hours of talk time1.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the latest innovative device to join T-Mobile's portfolio. It takes the all-in-one device concept to the next level and we anticipate it will replace many standalone devices consumers have today," said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA.
"When combined with our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, the Galaxy Note II is a true powerhouse device with exclusive features, amazing 4G experiences and superior value that only T-Mobile can deliver."
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular will also launch the Samsung Galaxy Note II in the US pretty soon. They should all start selling it my mid-November the latest.
A pink Samsung Galaxy S III that recently showed up in South Korea has now been made official. It's only available for the South Koreans for now. The pink Galaxy S III includes 32 GB of storage. It'll be available tomorrow, on September 26. Obviously Samsung is aiming it at the younger crowd along with women.
The pink superphone will be available on all of Korea's three operators, but only 100,000 units will be produced. Maybe the company is hoping for some Apple-style lines outside of the stores tomorrow. We'll see how that plays out.
Samsung has also mentioned that it's managed to sell over 3 million Galaxy S III units in its home market alone. That's a pretty impressive feat in a country with 50 million inhabitants.
Yesterday Samsung added the iPhone 5 to the patent lawsuit against Apple as well as other manufacturers. This comes Apple was awarded $1 billion for Samsung's infringements. But sales of Samsung's flagship Samsung galaxy s III haven't been hurt and appearance to have been helped by the news. The powerhouse Android device saw average growth of 9% in new devices every week since August 1st, with huge spikes in Galaxy S III adoption occurring following your Apple lawsuit verdict and after the iPhone 5 announcement.
The first spike in weekly growth coincides with the exact same week that a jury awarded Apple $1 billion for Samsung infringing on Apple's patents. The deluge of post-litigation press coverage both drove general focus on Samsung and suggested that Samsung devices were similar enough to iPhones to be an option for many consumers.
The 2nd spike started the week of September 12, when Apple announced the brand new iPhone 5. Apple's announcement was quickly accompanied by hundreds of stories comparing the 2 phones, most of which again suggested these folks were similarly capable. That with the slowdown in new Galaxy S3 growth seen leading up to Apple's announcement (week-over-week new devices were the same as the previous week, leading to 0% growth) suggest that many consumers were waiting to listen to about the new iPhone prior to making a decision.
Note that the typical week-over-week growth of 9% means that weekly 9% more Galaxy S3 handsets were added compared to week before. This means that the growth effects are cumulative, so as the Samsung device's weekly new device growth slowed some weeks, it is still adding handsets at a remarkable rate.
Samsung has come up with a quick and simple list of U.S. smartphones which are either getting or are required to receive their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. As of today it basically provides a placeholder or jumping off point for several Galaxy S III models along with a trio of Nexus devices spread over Sprint and Verizon. Still, this can be a good place for you to definitely bookmark and come back to once in a while. Hopefully we have seen the Galaxy S II and a few other products find the list down the road.
According to recent chatter it appears that some U.S. carriers might be ready to deploy their Android 4.1 update before long.
I assume at least one of the above-mentioned carriers will start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly bean update before the end of October. Let's see.
Samsung Electronics Co, the world's biggest technology firm by revenue, estimated its July-September operating profit at a record 8.1 trillion Korean won (RM21.9 billion), driven by strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones.
The South Korean firm's guidance - ahead of full quarterly results by October 26 - was higher than an average forecast of 7.6 trillion won by 16 analysts polled by Reuters.
Samsung, valued at around US$197 billion, estimated its July-September sales at 52.0 trillion won, compared with a market forecast for 51.7 trillion won.
Samsung shares have risen 7.2 per cent since a US court ruled on August 24 that the Korean firm copied parts of rival Apple Inc's iPhone and awarded the California-based firm more than US$1 billion in damages. Apple is up less than one per cent.
Verizon has release a software for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, here are a few hints to make the process quick and easy:
Download and installation should take 15-20 minutes. Keep in mind that during the installation you will be unable to use your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Software update size: Approximately 283.1MB.
System Update while you are Roaming
1. If you are roaming you will not receive a system update notice. You will need to enable Wi-Fi and wait for the update
notice to appear or as mentioned above you can manually update by going to "Home" > "Application" > "Settings"
> "About device" > "System updates".
2. To enable Wi-Fi go to "Settings" > "Wireless & networks". Tap "Wi-Fi" to enable.
3. To connect to an available "Wi-Fi network" select "Wi-Fi settings" and select an available Wi-Fi network or
manually add a Wi-Fi network that has had security settings established.
If the system update fails to install, you will get an error screen. However, this only means the software did not install properly. The device will power back on with original software and will prompt you once again to install the system update.
Hey Android Developers, check this out, Samsung just released the source code for that newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 2. While the phone hasn't hit the streets in lots of regions around the world including the USA, those folks do not need to apply anyway since the code found at Samsung's Open Source Release Center is catered toward the GT-N7100 sort of the phone.
The code needs to be enough to get your clients started down the path toward custom ROMs for the 5.5-inch "phablet." Search these model number at the source link below to locate it.
The Galaxy Note II is based on Android 4.1.1 with the new TouchWiz interface. Thanks to this release developers could make easier new DEV roms for the Galaxy Note II.
You can download the soucre codes here: opensource.samsung.com GT-N7100 (Galaxy Note II)
Samsung has announced the launch of GALAXY Music, a smartphone that offers superb sound quality and superb music player features.
GALAXY Music runs on Android 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and is backed by a powerful processor that guarantees smooth and fast performance. The device has dual frontal stereo speakers that deliver outstanding sound quality further bolstered by FM radio and advanced audio features such as Sound Alive & SRS.
GALAXY Music promises high-speed downloads, abundant memory and Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing everyone to experience seamless music and multimedia applications on-the-go. Furthermore, it features a unique Music Dedicated key that provides quick and convenient access to the music player for the perfect listening experience.
Other features: 3 inch display (with a disappointing QVGA resolution), HSDPA, GPS, WVGA projector, 3MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. Samsung says the Galaxy Music has "a powerful processor" - we've heard it's an 850MHz one, but that is pretty far from powerfu
GALAXY Music will also be available in a dual-SIM version in the form of the GALAXY Music Duos.
No release date has been announced yet.
Generally speaking, Walmart is less expensive than T-Mobile directly but when it comes to the Galaxy Note II, $299 is looking like a standardized price considering that's the same price Sprint announced for their Note II variant. As with all early pricing, these amounts are subject to change.
According to the leak from Tmonews.com, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for T-Mobile could launch at a price of $300, with the LG Optimus LG L9 coming in at under a dollar. With Walmart being the "low price leader," I also hope there will be some type of mail-in rebates for the Galaxy Note II. We will just have to wait and see.
Service provider ATT today announced the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The newest 5.5 inch Android Jelly Bean handset will be available to AT&T customers starting November 9 - just two weeks after Sprint launches its version.
Similar to Sprint, ATT will ask $299.99 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II with a contract. Pre-orders will begin on October 25.
As you may already know, the Samsung Galaxy Note II has a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, LTE connectivity, S Pen, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, and a 3,100 mAh battery.
Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular may also launch the Samsung Galaxy Note II in the US, but haven't provided specific launch dates yet. Here's the ATT press release.
Beginning Nov. 9 customers interested in picking up a Samsung Galaxy Note® II will be able to purchase one for $299.99 with a two-year agreement in all AT&T* stores and online. Online pre-orders for this highly anticipated device are planned for Oct. 25 at www.att.com/galaxynoteii.
Announced last month, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the first smartphones launching at AT&T to feature a quad-core processor. Galaxy Note II uses a 1.6 GHz quad-core ExynosTM processor with powerful graphics capabilities. The Galaxy Note II is thinner and narrower than the first Galaxy Note, and it improves upon the original with longer battery life, as well as enhancements to the S PenTM. AT&T is the only carrier to offer the original Samsung Galaxy NoteTM at $199.99 with a two-year agreement.
The Galaxy Note II will run on AT&T's 4G LTE network. It will ship running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on its beautiful 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLEDTM display, perfect for customers who want the productivity of a tablet with the portability of a smartphone. The 8-megapixel camera allows users to easily share their photos with friends through Share Shot, while S BeamTM lets you quickly share videos, pictures, maps and more with other Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S® III devices.
AT&T customers have access to the nation's largest 4G network**, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** 4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
Samsung, Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Exynos, S Beam and Super AMOLED are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns.
Requested by a UK court, Apple has posted a tiny link in the footer of https://www.apple.com/uk The notice acknowledges the judgement that Samsung hadn't infringed on the iPad design making use of their Galaxy Tab. The written text of the notice starts:
On 9th July 2012 the top Court of Justice of England ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 usually do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001
But Apple's notice is somewhat playful and procedes to quote from the judgement in which the Judge describes that Apple's design is "cool" and eventually the Samsung design is simply not as cool. The Judge wrote:
"The informed user's overall impression of every of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets may be the following. From your front they belong to the family which include the Apple design; but the Samsung items are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual information on the back. They don't have the same understated and extreme simplicity that is possessed through the Apple design. They're not as cool."
Apple procedes to explain that the case was also tried in Germany understanding that in that court Samsung was discovered guilty. Ultimately, they write
"So as the U.K. court didn't find Samsung responsible for infringement, other courts have recognized that throughout creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's a lot more popular iPad."
The link must remain on Apple UK website for a period of one month, and Apple is also required to run ads acknowledging the ruling.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII mini, which went on sale in the UK on Thursday, includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera and also the Jelly Bean 4.1 Android operating-system.
Despite being called 'mini', the handset includes a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display. Additionally, it has all of the staple smartphone features, including Bluetooth (4.0), Wi-Fi, GPS and HSPA connectivity, as well as access to the Android app store. In addition to these essential elements, the S3 mini carries a number of the Samsung-specific features available on its larger sibling.
"This compact version features the ability to understand human gestures, S Voice, which supplies customised commands, along with Direct Call, which allows customers to automatically call that person simply in the motion of lifting the phone with their ear... to create a competent and natural consumer experience," Samsung said in the statement.
Carphone Warehouse offers the unit for free on the Orange network on deals of £20.50 each month, using a two-year commitment. Amazon UK is selling the handset SIM-free for just under £300, nevertheless the online retailer is still listing the device as on pre-order, with an earliest ship date of 17 November.
Network operator Three said the Galaxy S3 mini come in its stores from Friday, and will be entirely on its website from 16 November.
See links below to purchase
Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be seeing its first software update rollout over the coming days. The update brings the galaxy note software version to L900VPALJC and features a several minor tweaks. See below for more info.
- GPS lock settings can be defaulted by corporate device administrators
- Emails go to Outbox when in no coverage area or airplane mode
- Text message notification will beep while in a voice call (Alerts on call set to On/Off)
- Multi Window View feature to run two apps on the screen at the same time
Update your software:
Software will be automatically downloaded to your device
1. A system update screen will prompt the user to 'install now' or 'install later'
If 'install later' is selected, a reminder will be sent once or twice a day to install the update
If 'install now' is selected, the device will power off and back on to complete the software update
Check for updates (only available if 'install later' was selected in step 1 above)
1. Go to the Home screen
2. Tap Apps > Settings > System Update > Update Samsung Software > Check now
3. Your phone will automatically download and install any available updates. You may need to power your phone off and back on to
complete the software update.
According to Reuters, Samsung Galaxy S3 became the world's best-selling smartphone model last quarter, pushing aside Apple Inc's iPhone, which has dominated the chart for more than two years, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Thursday.
Strategy Analytics estimated Samsung sold 18 million S3 models in the third quarter, compared with iPhone 4S sales of 16.2 million.
Strong sales of the flagship Galaxy S3 - which comes with a large 4.8 inch touchscreen - helped Samsung post a record $7.3 billion operating profit in the July-September quarter.
"Samsung's Galaxy S3 has proven wildly popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia," said analyst Neil Mawston, adding the new iPhone 5 would likely reclaim the top spot for Apple in the current quarter.
Users who are looking to upgrade to a new Android smartphone should check out the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Express by AT&T, a 4G LTE smartphone that combines high performance features at a great price. The Galaxy Express is exclusive to AT&T, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and sports a clear and bright 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2000 mAh battery helps users stay productive throughout the day; while the 5-megapixel rear facing camera lets you capture and share images easily through text messages, email and social networks.
With Samsung Galaxy Express, customers can also enjoy some of the popular sharing features introduced in the popular Samsung Galaxy S III, like S Beam which allows content to be shared between S Beam enabled devices by simply touching them back to back.
For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Express, please visit https://www.att.com/galaxyexpress
MetroPCS has unveiled another new 4G LTE-capable smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G - which has similar characteristics towards the Galaxy Ace Plus S7500 (released captured in Asia and europe).
This new smartphone is an enhanced version of MetroPCS' popular Galaxy AdmireTM and features a faster processor, larger battery, bigger screen, the addition of a front facing camera and of course, the 4GLTE connectivity that gives consumers the ability to quickly navigate the Web, stream multimedia and stay connected with friends and family. Beginning today, the Galaxy Admire 4G is available online at www.metropcs.com and in MetroPCS stores for $169 plus tax.
Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G Features at a Glance
- 3.65" HVGA TFT screen
- 1 GHz processor for multitasking and quick navigation
- AndroidTM 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with access to Google PlayTM
- Support for MetroPCS 4GLTE Mobile Hotspot service (available for an additional monthly charge)
- joynTM- capable for an intuitive way to unify mobile-to-mobile communications and use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing. The official joyn app can be downloaded via Google Play and the @metro App StoreTM.
- 3MP rear facing camera and VGA front facing camera allowing for easy video capture and chatting
Samsung's most popular mobiles could be vulnerable to app-based attacks, according to a XDA developer, he discovery a security risk in Samsung's own-brand Exynos 4 processor.
XDA Developers member "alephzain" says they found the problem when investigating new ways to root the Samsung Galaxy S3. The vulnerability lies within Samsung's Exynos 4 chip, and noted that a Play Store app could potentially access information from the phone's RAM or even inject malicious code directly into its kernel. It has also been reported that the vulnerability could affect all devices that are equipped with a Exynos 4210 or 4412 processor and utilize Samsung's kernel.
"RAM dump, kernel code injection and others could be possible via app installation from Play Store", alephzain writes. The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note 2 could also play host to the same security hole. The good news is we can easily obtain root on these devices", the original post reads, "and the bad is there is no control over it".
It seems users have been able to plug the hole with some industrious tinkering, though adjusting the smart phone's code appears to be disabling the S3's camera. Luke at CNET contacted Samsung about the reported vulnerability and he will post an update.
When Samsung was brought attention to this problem, they posted the following message.
"We are currently in the process of conducting an internal review".
We hope Samsung will post a fix to this soon.
Last week, T-Mobile has rolled out updates for its Galaxy Note II, those subscribes with Galaxy Note II on the AT&T network was wondering where are their updates for their version of Galaxy Note II.
Well, we finally have good news for you. Inside a statement delivered to Engadget, AT&T revealed that it'll begin pushing an update to its Galaxy Note II tomorrow, Dec. 27, that'll include the Multi-Window feature. The newest software update will probably be rolled out to users on the air. AT&T's full statement is as follows:
"AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active "windows" creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27."
An early mockup hands-on video shows up way ahead of release, so we thought we would post it.
We expect Samsung to release the Galaxy S4 at the coming up CES 2013 in Las Vegas (2 weeks from now) which we will be attending. We will post all the news and details as soon as it's announced.
Even with the great success on Galaxy S line up and the Galaxy Note devices, pressure is mounting for the Korean manufacturer, as domestic Chinese phone makers such as Oppo and ZTE, have already announced their flagship phones for 2013 with specifications which easily surpass any current Samsung device.
So what do Samsung have up their sleeve to combat these upstarts? Well, according to this YouTube video, the device will be amazing, however, we have seen many fakes already been published all over the internet including this one.
See video below
As reported by SamMobile, it's likely that samsung will introduce is 2 variants of the Galaxy S II Plus, one version with NFC chip and one without NFC. The Samsung GT-I9105 will not use NFC but the Samsung GT-I9105P will have NFC.
There are rumors that Samsung delayed the Galaxy S II Plus because of the success of the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3, but that's debatable. Regardless, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus will run on Android 4.1.2 and comes in the first quarter of 2013. This model will be available in two colors, Chic White and Dark Blue, and will only be available with a 8GB Storage option.
Screen size and resolution are the same as the current Galaxy S II (4.3" 480 x 800)
Samsung downgraded the processor to 1ghz dual-core processor and the internal storage is 8 GB.
With Multi Window features, Samsung releases a video showing how the Galaxy Note II makes the perfect office companion. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the best sellings Android Device of 2012 and has a large user base which also the reason why Samsung keeps on updating this device with all the latest available Android updates.
In case you miss our ealier article, here are some of the Android 4.1.2 new features:
- Android 4.1.2 - JZO54K
- New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
- Multi-View Can now be disabled
- Browser Is Smoother Then Before
- Status Bar has been changed from Grey to Black
- Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
- New Group Cast Application
- Keep an eye on @SamKiesUpdates to get the latest information on Official Firmwares for your Samsung device.
- You can update your Galaxy Note II through Samsung KIES or by using OTA.
Check out the video below:
As you might already guessted, another rumor on the Galaxy S4. This time is by Enuri, a popular korean site.
According to the rumor, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 might be the first handset in the series to launch with an S Pen and the accompanying functionality as Samsung is allegedly looking to unite its Note series with the flagship Galaxy S4. This would be a big change for Samsung and is allegedly confirmed by a quote from a Samsung official.
PhoneArena is hearing more confirmations that the Galaxy S4 will indeed come with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, something that almost seems like a fact judging by what the competition is bringing. Moreover, new Samsung Android flagship will run on Jelly Bean and be powered by a quad-core Exynos 5440 chip manufactured using 28nm high-K metal gate technology, with an energy-efficient A7 processor for basic tasks paired with A15 for more intense loads.
Other details about the upcoming Galaxy S IV are a 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera and slightly thicker, 9.2mm body, a development that would make it very Note-like. What do you guys think? Is S Pen-equipped S IV is a good idea?
Samsung Galaxy S IV will launch in April according to the rumor.
Source: PhoneArena and Enuri
Samsung giving away a FREE flip cover for your Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S 3 ($40 value, from their store), as well as 6 tectile NFC stickers ($15 value)!
Click link below and enable the App (protip, select "Only Me" for who can see this activity):
Revisit link above, select your device and then register your device. You should get an email for the free flip cover and 6 tectile NFC stickers.
You will also get a 50% off coupon for your TOTAL order (up to 10 items) at their website! (great for the allshare dongle or Samsung's proprietary MHL adapters)
Ways to obtain your IMEI/HEX #:
- Dial *#06# in your dialer (must be the stock samsung one)
- Go to settings, about phone, then status
- Remove the back cover and battery, the IMEI is under the battery, on the phone
- The IMEI # is also on the products' box
Be quick, this is a $55 value if you bought those two things from their store, it will go fast!:
Offer valid, while supplies last, through January 31, 2013. Limited to the first 12,100 eligible Galaxy SIII owners and first 12,100 Galaxy Note II owners who are legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 18 or older. Void where prohibited
As rumored before, Samsung should be launching its its Galaxy Note II phablet in more color versions. Red and brown have been spotted on a Japanese blog website.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II in red and brown have appeared in a magazine from South Korea, which probably means the two versions will be released there soon. We are not sure when it will be released in the US. As you may already know, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet should be also available in red starting next year.
Speaking of next year, Samsung could launch at lest three new Galaxy Note devices throughout it: Galaxy Note III with a 6.3 inch 1080p display, the GT-N5100 with a 7.7 inch display, and a giant 13.3 inch model. We are looking forward to see more details of those models.
Samsung will soon release a firmware update to address some Galaxy S III's sudden failure motherboards, which some users complained the phones are unusable when that happens.
Samsung did not explain the exact cause of the sudden failure of the motherboards also referred to as' sudden death '. Just said that it's aware of the defect.
"The good news is It only happens to a very limited number of Galaxy S III models with 16GB memory," said spokeswoman Anne ter Braak. The cause lies in Samsung in a firmware bug, which 'can be easily solved by a firmware update.
Compared to the millions of Galaxy S3 handset sold, the number experiencing the issue is minuscule, likely not enough to cause Samsung to revamp their hardware build. But if you have experienced a similar issue, know you are not alone. So let's not everyone freak out. The world isn't ending and your Galaxy S3 will be just fine.
An exact schedule for the update is not available yet, but according to Ter Braak will be rolled out as soon as possible.
Wait, did Samsung just leaked on exactly when they will be releasing the Galaxy S4? Looks like the official "Samsung Lebanon" Facebook page just did.
Look at the screenshot above, Samsung Lebanon facebook page made a response to poster who asked
"hey, is there any news for the Samsung Galaxy S4 release ?"
Response was "Galaxy S IV will not be released before May 2013". We will have to take this without 100% accuracy as mostly the information provided on Samsung's Facebook pages isn't always 100% correct, but something to keep in mind when making smartphone purchasing decisions.
What we said is only trivial since all Galaxy S series are released between late April and Early May, yet there's no way for anyone to know the exact release date.
Source: Facebook Page
Seems like Samsung Galaxy S III in Titanium Gray will be released by T-Mobile as early as next week. The gray Samsung Galaxy S III won't just be an added color option in the magenta carrier's portfolio. Instead, the 16 GB titanium gray device will replace the 16 GB Pubble Blue Galaxy S III. Interestingly, the 32 GB blue version will remain in stock at T-Mobile online, being sold alongside the other options.
If Titanium Gray is your cup of tea and you haven't gotten the Galaxy S3 yet, here's your chance. No price was provided but if we had to guess, we'd say it'll be the same price as the Pebble Blue model.
As you may already know, Samsung will be releasing additional color options for the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, such as grey, red and black. We have put them all together below for you to take a good look at them.
Although the Samsung has yet to come forward with an official announcement, there have been quite a few leaks that showed the new colors for the Galaxy S III mini. This morning SamMobile, the popular site have just leaked another picture of the Galaxy S III mini in Titan Grey, Garnet Red and Onyx Black.
These three new colors add to the already available white and blue options. No word on availability yet, but we will keep an eye out for this one.
Samsung Galaxy S III mini ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1 GHz, 1GB of RAM and a large 4.0-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display.
Samsung has just released Jelly Bean update for the American variants of its Galaxy Tab 2 tablets, both 7 inch and the 10.1 inch. The update is available over-the-air and improves performance of the tablets along with features like expandable and actionable notifications, resizable widgets and lots more.
In addition, the software update will bring the enhanced notifications as well as Google Now. Those who happen to be in the US with a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 in hand now have a few options to consider, you can either wait for the update notification to arrive or manual check for update and get it now.
If you haven't been notified yet, head over to Settings menu and check for updates by navigate to Settings -> About device -> Software update to try and get the process started now.
At the CES 2013 last week in Las Vegas, there's a company named Pelican which make phone cases for popular smart phones, proudly displayed its upcoming case line, called Pelican ProGrear, as you can see from this picture taken by GottaBeMobile, the company's has a banner displays some well-known current devices including the iPhone 5, iPad, and iPad mini. To our surprise, the case maker also had another phone listed on its banner in the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung's unannounced but rumored flagship for 2013. The company also said Galaxy S4 case will be arriving in June.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP camera, Android Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie, 4G LTE data speeds, and quite possibly, Samsung's latest processor, the powerful Exynos 5 Octa that the company debuted at CES.
As posted on SamsungTomorrow.com, an official Global Blog, Samsung went ahead an explain the true reason behind replcing Galaxy S III Pebble Blue Covers.
The blog post goes on to explain the flurry of stress and confusion that swept over the company's various departments. It's easy to see why delaying such a huge swath of product could cause worry, the Galaxy S3's launch was built around the concept of a single device launching in as many markets as possible all at once. Any delay would essentially kill the entire effort.
To give Samsung credit, Samsung is trying hard to keeping its promise to customers. Read rest of the story, please go to the link below.
If your read our earlier article, we have told you that Samsung has been pushing Android 4.1.1 to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 here in America.
The update's rolling out now OTA to Wi-Fi only devices with model# GT-N8013, but it should also be available via Samsung Kies. Simply go to Settings > About device > Software update or just hook up to your PC through USB to see if it's available on your end. After applying the update your tablet will be on software version UEUCMA3.
Seems like Samsung is working pretty hard to get everyone updates as soon as they can, so let's hope the same treatment will come to many more devices soon, now that's what we called good customer experience.
We know some of the Samsung Galaxy S2 owners have been waiting desperately for the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, a Samsung spokesperson has just told CNET Asia that Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) updates will be rolling out to current SGalaxy 2 owners in the beginning of February in Singapore.
Samsung Korea has finally posted details about the Jelly Bean upgrade for Samsung Galaxy S II. The Jelly Bean update by Samsung will reduce internal memory from 12GB to 11GB and the reduced 1GB memory part will be used for system partition, as it will also re-partition the memory system, so this upgrade will take at least 1 hour. This upgrade will only be available through Samsung desktop software: Samsung KIES.
We will keep you posted as soon as update is out.
Software Upgrade Change Log:
1. Platform upgrade Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- - improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance (thanks to project Butter)
- - Improved usability for some applications
2. Preloaded applications
- - Add Help
- - Add Google+
- - Add +Talk
- - Add Play Book
- - Add Play Movie
3. Newly added/improved functions
- - Add Easy mode, Block mode
- - Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more
- - Add Smart Stay
- - New functions like Pop-up play and more
- - Improved some functions & applications usability
Source: CNET Asia
More information about the Galaxy Pocket has been revealed, the Galaxy Pocket runs on Android 4.0.4 ICS and uses the new touch-wiz interface by Samsung.
Compared to the non-Plus version, only a small step up in terms of processor speed, to be exact, it's 18 MHz increase, and storage space of 1 GB more, and everything else seems to have stayed the same.
The handset will have a 2.8-inch 240×320 touchscreen, a 2 MP camera, an 850 MHz Broadcom processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, quad-band GSM, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,200 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Android OS: IceCream Sandwich (4.0.4)
- BCM21654, 850Mhz (Broadcom)
- GSM (GSM850/ EGSM900/ DCS1800/ PCS1900), WCDMA (W850/ W1900)
- 4G Bytes (eMMC) + 4G bits (RAM) memory
- 2 megapixel camera
- 2.8″ QVGA TFT (C-type, Multi Touch)
- 1200mAh standard battery
- A-GPS / BT v3.0 / USB v2.0 HS / WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) / FM Radio
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Samsung has officially announced additional cooler colors for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the name of these new colors are "amber brown" or "ruby wine", given how much success Samsung is having with the 5.5 inch phablet, it's a no brainer to add additional colors.
The S Pen will also get a matching paint job and will take the total number of colour options for the Galaxy Note II to four.
The new colors will be available to South Korean consumers sometimenext week.
Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Premier smartphone in Taiwan, at a price of around $549 dollars or 14,900 Taiwanese dollars, a little lower than when it was first announced back in October.
ePrice Taiwan was at the event for the Galaxy Premier introduction, (see screenshot below from ePrice). The new smartphone has a grey version, alongside the white one that was initially presented by Samsung. The white Galaxy Premier will be available in Taiwan starting this month, while the grey version is going to be released in February. Most probably, European ones will be available this month.
Full specs for the Galaxy Permier, looks like a smaller version of the Galaxy S3, weighs 130 grams. Its features include a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixels, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest TouchWiz UI, NFC, HSPA, dual band Wi-Fi, GPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording and LED flash, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB / 16GB of internal memory, support for MicroSD cards, and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Thanks to Unwiredview for this report
A popular Korean Media site called DDaily claims that the Galaxy S4 will support wireless charging, the type with back cover with wireless charging support and its charging dock we have seem before, both will be sold separately.
DDaily also reported that Samsung considered using an alternative, more advanced wireless charging technology known as resonant magnetic coupling. That, in theory, would allow the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be charged from a distance of up to around 2 meters, so you wouldn't have to put the Galaxy S IV on top of a Wireless Charging dock.
The current specs rumored for Samsung Galaxy S4 features an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU, 4.99″ SuperAMOLED Full HD Resolution Display, 2GB of RAM, 13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS, 2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos and run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean directly from the retail box.
If rumors are to be trusted, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is to be announced within a few months, with an appearance at MWC next month still not being out of the question. However, the smartphone isn't likely to be commercially available earlier than May 2013 according to mutiple sources.
Korea Times just coming out with rumors that the Galaxy Note III will be running Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core processor, one chipset combines four high-performance cores with four low-consumption ones to achieve what Samsung describes as the best of all worlds.
Expected to be launching second half of 2013, the Galaxy Note III set to clock it at a whopping great 6.3 inches in size, blow away the 5.5 inch Samsung Galaxy Note II in terms of screen size, it would also be a little bigger than Huawei's Ascend Mate.
Do you think 6.3 inche screen is too big? Let me know in the comments below.
Source: Korea Times
From GLBenchmark database, it seems like Samsung will likely to be releasing a version called Samsung Note 8. Specs including an 8-inch Super Clear display and a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and feature 2GB RAM, HSPA+ support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 5MP and 1.3MP cameras, 16 or 32GB internal memory, microSD card slot and of course, the same S Pen just like the other Galaxy Note models.
So how well the purported Galaxy Note 8.0 would do against the iPad mini will come down to price. Unfortunately, that's one piece of info that did not leak to SamMobile, so we'll just have to wait to find out how aggressively Samsung would price the tablet. $249 would be a possibility?
Reported by Engadget, if you have a Galaxy S III with AT&T, you had the chance to download and install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean since last month, but the rollout wasn't so mooth and it was only limited to updates using Samsung Kies. Not OTA (over-the-air).
Finally, AT&T has Engadget that an OTA (over-the-air) update will be available beginning today to anyone who is still using Ice Cream Sandwich, though it'll require a WiFi connection. Still, this is a much better situation for the vast majority of Samsung Galaxy S III owners who may not have even realized that an update was even offered to them in the first place.