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According to ZDNet Korea, top executives of Samsung Electronics and Apple met last week in the US for a possible settlement in their ongoing legal battle but failed to reach an agreement.


Apparently Samsung's CEO, JK Shin, met up with Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, in the US just last week where they attempted to discuss the terms of the settlement. However it seems that both companies were not able to come to an agreement, suggesting that the settlement talks were a bust and we would most likely see both companies back in the courts again.


The final verdict for the patent infringement case in the US has been set for the 19th of March and will see Samsung pay Apple close to a billion dollars should they lose. Over in EU, a trial date is expected to begin on the 31st of March. Naturally this cannot be confirmed as neither companies have made an official statement, but according to a Samsung spokesperson, "We can't confirm whether the two CEO met, or if they did, what the results were."


The two technology giants that compete for the top spot in the lucrative smartphone market have been embroiled in multiple lawsuits across the globe since 2011


 

We heard some more details that starting to appear about the forthcoming LG Nexus device.  Well, it's likely to be LG.


Although it's still not known whether it will be the ONLY Nexus to get a release, various sources are starting to fill us in on the specs. So far, we've had confirmed...


The device is based on the Optimus G but doesn't look the same


  • Updated Android release (currently 4.2)
  • Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1280x768 True-HD IPS screen
  • On screen soft keys (of course)
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • No microSD slot
  • 8GB and 16GB versions only (at least initially)
  • Non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging built in
  • The retail name of the device is yet to be decided.

Launch is targeted for mid-November, so there's plenty of time for more details to emerge. We will just have to wait and see on this one.

 

 

 



According to HTC's CEO, their recent innovations has caused trouble the current market leader in the world of Smartphones i.e. Samsung Co. According to him, Samsung hasn't been much active in the market during the recent times; on the other hand, HTC has been on a move. Especially, by launching the first ever 5-INCH full HD display phone by the name of HTC J Butterfly.


HTC J Butterfly hasn't had made an arousing debut on the world stage, especially, in Japan where it beat the first week sales of iPhone 5. In Taiwan, similar sort of scenario is expected by HTC's executive. HTC has though taken these sales as unexpected and they look this as a gateway to some better sales revenue in upcoming future. HTC executive lastly said, his team each day is working upon furnishing some of the best products for their consumers and everyone can expect far better products from them in future.


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Samsung recently released the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their Galaxy S II smartphone in Europe and now they have announced that the update is also available for the handset worldwide. Samsung Galaxy S2 users can simply connect to Samsung Kies and download the update that brings in the graphics and performance improvements along with new TouchWiz, Easy and Block mode, Smart Stay, Pop up Play and improved camera fuctions.


You might not be able to update your device to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean right away as the update is rolling out in phases. So, it might not yet be available for your country or network provider,  but don't worry the update will arrive soon.


Some of the Enhancements in the new Jelly Bean Update:


  • - Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
  • - Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
  • - TouchWiz Nature UX
  • - Samsung's S Cloud services
  • - Improved Camera features
  • - New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
  • - New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • - New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
  • - 2 Home screen modes
  • - New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
  • - Google Now


 

 



Samsung has just started to push Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S II Canada according to Facebook Samsung Canada:


GALAXY S II owners on Bell Canada's network will get a taste of Jelly Bean over the next few days. Please stay tuned for more upgrade announcements for other carriers & other devices over the coming weeks.


Some of the Enhancements in the new Jelly Bean Update:


  • - Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
  • - Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
  • - TouchWiz Nature UX
  • - Samsung's S Cloud services
  • - Improved Camera features
  • - New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
  • - New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • - New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
  • - 2 Home screen modes
  • - New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
  • - Google Now

Source: sammobile

 


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According to Sammyhub, A well known Chinese forum has published some leaked pictures of the so called Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9502). We have images here that revealed the design. We are pretty sure that this device isn't a photoshopped but could just be another prototype Samsung may have been testing. As Samsung did a similar thing with the Galaxy S III.


This prototype looks more like the Galaxy Note II and if we consider the legitimacy of the leaked cases that hinted on a squarish-design, keep in mind that this may not be the final Galaxy S IV.


However, the underlying hardware shown in Antutu test tells a different story. According to the benchmark app, the device runs Android 4.2.1 and boasts a 1080p full HD display along with 1.8GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 13MP camera, which could more or less be the final hardware found on the Galaxy S IV.


Do you like what you see? put them in the comments below.


 

Source: chinese forum / sammyhub

 



With all the hype and pomp that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has created, one may think that it won't make much news anymore after the launch but to the contrary, it makes even more news from the features to the chips and the records it has broken. Tagged by many as the "Smartphone of the Year for 2013", it is also no secret that it comes in two different variants based on the type of processors used: the Exynos and the Snapdragon versions.


Now, FCC announces that the Korean variant uses an Exynos 5 Octa chip, clocking in at 1.8 GHz. Documents support this information and it couldn't come from a more reliable source. However, not everyone is happy that the Korean version sports a faster CPU than what most of the other S 4 customers will receive. The "Global" version will only run at 1.6 GHz.


Furthermore, the Korean S 4 will also support various bands of LTE. Some people have expressed disappointment over this, saying that everyone should have fair opportunity to get the faster variant, even if it means waiting for a longer period.




The developers are advised to get ready because Samsung on the company's open source repository has started unleashing onslaught of kernel source of Galaxy S4. It has done so beginning with the unlocked phone editions (GT-I9505 and GT-I9500) and some other variant (SGH-I337M) which is targeted to Virgin Mobile Canada. In case you may not be are, the difference between GT-19505 and GT-19500 is the chipset.19500 is the Galaxy S4 edition which is Exynos Octa-powered but there is not official date of release which is attached to it. 19505 is the variant of Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 which will be available for purchase in most of the major markets of the world before end of the month. SGH-I337M is the version of Virgin Mobile Canada.


For those in the United States, there will not benefit from any of these developments because all S4 carrier branded versions in America have their unique and separate releases of kernel source and all will run different builds of software.


Link:  GT-I9500, GT-I9505, SGH-337M


 


Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 in India. The flagship Samsung Galaxy S device will be available in India from tomorrow at a price tag of Rs. 41,500 with color choices of black or white.



The Galaxy S4 features a stunning 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED display panel, an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, a Tri-Core PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, (or a Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz and Adreno 320 GPU, depending on the market) and 2GB of RAM. The device has a 13MP camera which capable of shooting up to Full HD 1080p videos at 30FPS and a 2.1MP front facing camera which is capable of shooting up to Full HD 1080p videos, as well.


Vodafone has also teamed up with Samsung to bring the ‘All-in-one' plan with the Galaxy S4 that will give users up to 3000 local and STD minutes, up to 750 local SMSes, unlimited internet for Rs. 1,000 per month.


 


 


Samsung has beaten rival Apple in creating a smartphone with a curved screen. Apple filed for a patent on a device having a wraparound display in March, but nothing has come of those plans by yet. Samsung, however, announced Wednesday that it has created a tool with a curved screen, which is unveiled later this fall.


"We plan to introduce a smartphone having a curved display in South Korea in October," Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing, D.J. Lee, said Wednesday in an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in Seoul, according to Reuters.


Curved displays are the initial step toward creating bendable screens, which may be groundbreaking for smartphones and wearable tech, eliminating be worried about screen cracks and allowing for an array of new shapes. Samsung already has some knowledge about the technology, because it makes curved OLED televisions. Those Televisions cost around $9,000, Reuters reports, which leaves some uncertainty about if the technology can be achieved cheaply enough to create devices that employ it affordable.


Apple Insider reported around the wraparound screen patent Apple declared back in March. The proposed device's screen wraps completely around the phone and would use face recognition to determine which direction a user is viewing the screen. The unit would basically be one silver screen, using gestures instead of buttons to do various functions. Apple Insider also reported that the display would make the creation of 3-D imagery easier, these types of its seamless design, the unit would be more great looking than current smartphones.


The smartphone market will only grow more competitive because it reaches its saturation point, and Samsung knows it must innovate if the company is to keep its add Apple. One key area by which Samsung has beaten Apple is emerging markets, particularly in Asia.


Samsung offers cheap devices running on Google's Android platform that have shown great appeal in emerging markets, where consumers usually have to pay top dollar for devices. But with the release of two new iPhones last week, new research is speculating that Apple will gain lost ground in emerging markets quickly because of the unexpectedly high price of the iPhone 5C.


Now the big questions Samsung faces using the introduction of curved screens are if users will respond well to this type of radical alternation in the shape of the smartphones, and when the technology can be achieved cheaply enough to help make the devices utilizing it accessible.

 




Based on Samsung Boss JK Shin, the Galaxy S4, Samsung's first 1080p flagship, continues to be a significant success on the market, 40 million units sold. The development in sales has slowed down lower since that time, with around 5 million models been shipped in August.


That's quite a large number for any device that's been available on the market just for around six several weeks, and Samsung is most likely feeling quite happy about this. Obviously, that does not mean the organization has had simple to use, because it has released the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and also the Galaxy Round, the very first smartphone having a curved display, previously handful of several weeks, although it remains seen whether success from the Galaxy  S4 could be duplicated.

 



There's constant talk of fragmentation within the Android device market, only one factor is obvious: Samsung rules. Samsung presently includes a 63% share of Android mobile products, including mobile phones and phablets.


Actually, Samsung controls the mixture of other producers with a ratio of nearly 2:1. HTC, (the maker from the popular HTC One phone series) and LG are available in second and third, correspondingly. Altogether, HTC, LG, The new sony, Motorola and all sorts of others constitute under 37% of total marketshare.


Because it works out, Samsung's Galaxy S series isn't just Samsung's most widely used smartphone series, it comprises the very best most popular Android mobile phones overall. Based on our data, the only real non-Samsung Android phones to hack the very best 10 would be the HTC One and Motorola's Android Razr, which will make up only 1.3% and 1.1%, correspondingly, of active Android mobile phones.


Source: localytics




According to Samsung, it said it has sold 10 million Galaxy note 3 units so far.  The phone was release 60 days ago, however, it couldn't beat the 10 million units of Galaxy S4 sold when it was on the market for 50 days.


"10 million global sales of Galaxy Note 3 and thanks to the support of customers around the world, and the future for the people on the basis of innovation and technology to consumers around the world to provide differentiated value will try more."


President & CEO, Samsung Electronics sinjonggyun.


Many tech sites reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 back in October and we called it the best smartphone Samsung has ever made.

 

Source: samsung



Samsung Galaxy S5 was just unveiled at the Unpacked 5 event. The flagship opens a new chapter in Samsung's design - the back is still leather-like, but with a brand new look.


Samsung's new pride and joy features a 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a 16 megapixel camera, a fingerprint scanner and more. Here's the full gamut in case you're wondering;


  • 5.1-inch 1080p HD Super AMOLED display
  • 2.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16 megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • 16GB / 32GB of internal storage (microSD up to 128GB)
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • USB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi AC MiMo, IR Blaster, and Fingerprint Scanner
  • Android 4.4 KitKat


Samsung Galaxy S5 new features: 


  • Phase Detection Auto Focus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly - first smartphone with phase detection auto focus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
  • Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR - like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
  • Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
  • Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
  • Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery

 



Samsung has now announced a new model of the Galaxy S5 for Korea that features some improved specs over the original model.


Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A will supports LTE-A connectivity. Some of the boosted specs include a 5.1-inch QHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display at 577 PPI, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU, Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB RAM.


The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is certainly an improvement over the standard Galaxy S5, however, the battery size which remains at 2,800mAh, kind of disappointing.

 



A man who was a candidate for a skull-replacement operation was recently fitted a 3D-printed replica skull that was scanned and patterned for accurate measurement. An astounding 75% of his skull was replaced and the prosthetic has special holes and textures for cells and bone to cling and grow into.


This breakthrough is a very important step for people who need reconstructive bone surgery. The company that made the prosthetics was Oxford Performance Materials and confirms that these 3D-printed prosthetics will also be useful in other body-part replacement operations.


Many people will surely see the benefits of this biotechnological breakthrough. Who would have thought that digital printing may actually be used to advance Medicine and Science? Furthermore, 3D printing is slowly gaining ground in many different industries and sometime soon, the cost of using such kind of technology will already be very affordable. When that time comes, many will already be able to pay for limb replacement or other body part-replacement procedures.


Link: news.com.au

 



Google has just updated its Play Movies & TV app to include what it calls "Info Card" search, giving you information about the movie you're watching when you pause.


If you're using the app on a tablet, you can now pause movies. You'll also find that Google's Knowledge Graph has been added to the app with power of facial recognition.  Now, instead of pulling up cards with information from the a movie's metadata, Google is using facial recognition to pull up info on actors and Sound Search to pull up the music played in a movie.  

What's in this version:


  • On tablets, press pause to discover actors, related films, and even what song is playing. Look for movies with the info cards badge. US only.
  • Search across your library and the Play Store for movies & TV shows.
  • Receive notifications for new TV show episodes if you've purchased the season.
  • Select the "refresh" option in the overflow menu to checks for any updates to the library.
  • Now available in India!


Google Play Store Link

 

 



Finding a Facebook friend for a benefits-only rendezvous is now more convenient than ever with the hump day release of the Bang With Friends mobile apps for iPhone and Android.


Bang With Friends app help Facebook members discreetly facilitate hook-ups from their smartphones.


  • 1. Sign in with Facebook: So you can see your friends (don't worry - it's discreet)!
  • 2. Pick the friends you want to Bang: We will only show your friends that you're interested if they are too!
  • 3. Message Each Other: Once we know you're both down, we'll send you both an email - when and where is up to you!
  • 4. B-a-n-g: Yup, that's right. Slow, fast, rough, or soft you decide how it goes. Stay safe!


Link: Google Play Store

 

 


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