LG has just announced plans to roll out android 4.0 Jelly Bean update to the Optimus G globally this month. According to a press release today by LG. The first country to receive the upgrade will be Singapore "at the end of January," then slowly work their way through the other countries with LTE networks.
Back in November, the Optimus G landed in the states, along with Canada, Korea and Japan. Since then LG has sold over 1 million units. That number still lags when comparing against the 10 million Galaxy Note 2s sold or the 2 million iPhone 5 pre-orders seen in 24 hours, but it's still a phone worthy of a global stage.
There's no official date on when Canada will get graced with Jelly Bean, but you can bank on it hitting Rogers, Bell, TELUS and SaskTel with the promised Q2 timing.
SEOUL, Jan. 22, 2013 - The Optimus G, LG's most premium and powerful 4G LTE smartphone, will begin its global roll-out into over 50 countries this month. The Optimus G has already been launched in the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan to very favorable reviews and LG is aiming to build on the excitement already generated to launch the device in other LTE markets.
"As 4G LTE availability expands on a global scale, we will leverage our strong LTE technology and expertise to offer consumers the best 4G experience through our devices," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With the latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software, Optimus G will make a strong case for the title of ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone."
Since the launch of Optimus G last September, the smartphone has been enthusiastically received by audiences as one of the most advanced 4G LTE devices currently available. Optimus G has been receiving accolades from consumers and industry thought leaders alike for its powerful performance and thoughtful user experience. Optimus G's unrivaled power originates from its innovative hardware design which includes Qualcomm's advanced SnapdragonTM S4 Pro Quad-Core processor. The device also delivers blazing fast data transfer speeds using today's 4G LTE telecommunication network.
"LG's long history of LTE know-how is evident in the DNA of the Optimus G," said Dr. Park. "As such, we hope consumers will take a deep, hard look at Optimus G when deciding which smartphone will give them the best 4G experience."
The Optimus G will be available starting at the end of January in Singapore followed by other markets worldwide offering 4G LTE service.
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
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
Not really big news, but we want to let you know that Samsung is coming out with a tweaked version of the Galaxy S III mini, that adds in support for Samsung's S Beam system, pairing NFC and WiFi-Direct for speedy data transfers, Samsung says a 10MB music file can be shuttled over in around two seconds. U.K. is bound to be among the first markets to get the upgraded variant.
Other than that, no other hardware alterations have been done to the device. The Samsung Galaxy S III mini with NFC packs the same dual-core processor running at 1GHz and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video and a front-facing cam for video chats. Android 4.1 comes pre-loaded on the device.
It's been a couple of year since the Galaxy Tab 7 and Galaxy Tab 10 were released, even with a few intensive fights with Apple over the patents lawsuits, Samsung will likely to announced a their third generator of the Galaxy Tab devices.
Rumor has it that the newest Galaxy Tab 3 tablets aka "Santos" will be unveiled, and just like their predecessors, they will come in a 7- and 10.1-inch form factor. We have no idea what the resolution will be, however. The processor of choice is also shrouded by mystery at this time.
On the other hand, AndroidCentral claims that both Galaxy Tab 3 models sport a 5-megapixel main camera. There will also be 3G and Wi-Fi-only variants of the two devices. As far as model names are concerned, they are said to be GT-P3200, GT-P3210, GT-P5200 and GT-P5210. Both the 7- and 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 should be on the market within the first half of 2013.
Something to look forward at the Mobile World Congress, and we will keep you updated.
Earlier this week there were rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be unveiled at MWC 2013 next month in Spain. However, same rumors went around that it will arrive at a special media event that could take place in the U.S. in March, with pre-orders taken place around April 15th.
Current flagship model, Samsung Galaxy S3 passed 40 million sales recently, while the Galaxy S2 also topped 40 million units, but in a much longer period of time.
According to Money Today, a South Korean publication called Money Today, Samsung has plans to sell about 10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 units in each month following the release. It's not specified for how many months this is going to continue, though. Money Today claims it has obtained information that Samsung has ordered its subcontractors to produce about 10 million GS IV components each month.
The Galaxy S IV is rumored to be equipped with a high-end 4.99-inch 1080p full HD display, 1.8GHz 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is also expected to include 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot, wireless charging capabilities and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Based on a report by DigiTimes, Samsung targets about 1 million sales a month for its 8-inch phablet. By saying this, the company assumes that it will surpass the success the Galaxy Note 5.0, which sold for an average of 900,000 units a month. Although this objective sounds feasible, we will still wait and see what consumers think about the 8-inch display, which many say is quite too big for a phablet.
Furthermore, although very few address this fact, Samsung devices may actually be competing with each other. People will more likely have to choose between a Galaxy Note II and a Galaxy Note 8.0. It is only very rarely that someone will buy both devices at once. If both devices become successful and Samsung reaches its goals for each, then it means different markets exist for the 5- and 8-inchers.
Finally, to achieve 1 million monthly sales, Samsung also has to consider if the future Galaxy Note III will affect sales of the Note 8.0. Only time will tell.
In a bid to attract hip customers who love purple and Samsung, Sprint might just release a purple Galaxy S III next month. A leaked document hints at a new color for the S III and although the S IV is already out, the S III is not so far behind on specifications and still packs the punch. Also, the fantastic price drop on Sprint plan and even on prepaid, will more likely increase the subscription and sales for this awesome device.
A rendering of a purple Samsung can be seen over the net and no official photos of the actual one yet. Also, there are no news about pricing and if there are any other special modifications that will come with the new S III skin. Who knows? Samsung loves to surprise its patrons and rivals at the last possible moment.
UK will finally meet the new and highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 8.0 next month, according to Carphone Warehouse, one of the biggest online mobile vendors in the UK. Although no word was given as to how much the Note 8.0 will be offered, it is confirmed to be coming to UK on the said month. On the other hand, another retailer, Handtec, released pricing info on the Note 8.0. The device will be available in their store for £371.99.
Another tablet, the ASUS Fonepad will also be distributed starting April in UK. No pricing details emerged but the devices runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Compared with the Galaxy Note 8.0, this tablet features lower specs and only comes with a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB RAM and a 3.2 Megapixels rear cam. Whether or not you are a fan of the higher-end Note 8.0, which is said to be iPad Mini's rival, or the Fonepad, expect these devices to make waves in only a few more days, possibly even less than a week.
Samsung mid-range devices are becoming more and more attuned to the needs of its market and the introduction of phones with bigger display just upped the ante on its drive to improve user experience on all levels of its market. A good example is the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, which Samsung aims to ship 1M units per month. The company has reportedly placed an order of the same number of LCD panel units to its supplier the Chunghwa Picture Tubes and another supplier, the Giantplus Technology.
The Galaxy Mega will run on a dual-core processor, clocking in at 1.4GHz and will have RAM of 1.5GB. The camera will be a big improvement from typical low-to-mid-end Samsung devices and will have 8MP rear and 2MP front cams. The success of its Grand Duos-another mega-LCD mid-range device has really established a niche among people who need bigger panels but are somehow budget-constrained. The Galaxy Mega is estimated to be shipped next month.
With Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be shipped to 50 different countries, speculations have started going around as to the exact phones that will be sold. According to some insiders who work in the Samsung supply chain department, 10,000,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s will be shipped within the first month of release of the gadget in to the market. The same sources are predicting that 30,000,000 Samsung Galaxy S4s will have to be shipped to meet the expected demand by the 2nd quarter of 2013. These predictions are based on the growing positive reputation of Samsung in the market of smartphones. By the end of 2013, Samsung will launch Galaxy S4 in 155 countries. This launch is expected to take the sales even higher before the end of the year.
Samsung is a South Korean company and there have been worries that the tensions of the country with North Korea may affect the production and shipping of Galaxy S4. The good news is that the company has eight other manufacturing facilities in different places around the world. Therefore, even if production in the South Korean production plant was to be affected, the other locations can pick up the flop.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will introduce a smartphone having a curved display in October, as the world's top handset maker seeks to create the pace of hardware innovation and keep its supremacy inside a fiercely competitive business.
Curved displays are an early stage in screen evolution which is shifting to bendable or foldable designs, eventually allowing mobile and wearable gadgets to take on new forms that may radically alter the high-end smartphone market.
"We intend to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in Columbia in October," Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing D.J. Lee said on Wednesday in an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in Seoul.
In January Samsung, that has taken over from Apple Inc as the global smartphone leader, displayed prototype products with a flexible screen and a display that extends from the side of the device.
But technology firms have yet to figure out how to mass produce the parts cheaply and come up with display panels that can be as thin like a sheet and highly heat resistant.
Curved display has already been commercially available in large-screen televisions. Samsung and it is home rival LG Electronics Inc had started selling curved OLED TV sets this year priced at about $9,000.
The Google Glass Explorer edition is said to be coming out before the month ends, according to ABC News. This will give people an opportunity to better decide whether or not they'll need the Google Glass and to try its features from stores and showrooms. However, for those who want to own this special piece of gadget, be prepared to pay $1500 to be one of the first people to own it. Eventually, if a bigger demand for the Google Glass emerges, then the price might possibly go down a little.
First Google Glass owners will surely not be disappointed; since Google has made sure that the initial shipment of glasses has been manufactured in the US. Furthermore, there is no information yet about who gets to have the glasses first-developers or non-developers. We can't wait to hear more of actual Google Glass reviews from developers and non-developers alike and here's to hoping that it will become available at a significantly lower price in the very near future.