Plans for a better version of the iPhone 5 are already smoking from Apple camp, following a leak of photos that supposedly showed the next iPhone's motherboard (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, who knows?). Judging from the photos that came out, it looked like the successor closely resembled the iPhone 5, but is supposed to have better specs and a new iOS version.
According to the leak, Apple A7 is a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, compared to iPhone 5's tri-core. Moreover, it will possibly have a 2GB RAM and according to a "reliable source" (this is where you suspect this to be a rumor), it will actually have a slower RAM at 800MHz. Relax, people, it hasn't been proven yet.
New Siri capabilities are other possible improvements, other than that, we'll all have to wait and see and quit speculating for our own good. Brilliant tech enthusiasts will surely let us know.
Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that emerged from the death of Nokia's MeeGo. Intel, which originally worked with Nokia on MeeGo, and Samsung took over the development of the operating system, which is also overseen by the Linux Foundation. It is seen as more open than Google's Android, which despite its claims of openness, has irked some partners with certain restrictions, including the inability to make massive changes to the underlying platform.
Samsung is the biggest backer of the open source Tizen OS and according to Daily Yomiuri, Tizen-powered devices will likely to be on the market next year sold by Samsung. While the newspaper didn't divulge any more details, NTT Docomo is said to be the carrier in Japan who'll carry Tizen running phone manufactured by Samsung.
The OS that Docomo and its partners are developing is named Tizen. Samsung will probably begin selling the smartphones next year and they are likely to be released in Japan and other countries at around the same time, according to sources.
We'll hear more about Tizen at the expo in February at Mobile World Congress event in Spain.
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
According to SamMobile, the second generation of Samsung Galaxy X Cover will be shown off at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Spain. The Galaxy X Cover 2 will come with 2 colors, the Titan Gray and the Black/Red.
The Galaxy Xcover 2 will run Android Jelly Bean (version 4.1 or 4.2) and, like its predecessor, it's going to be dustproof and waterproof. Other features: 4 inch WVGA display, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 4GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1,700 mAh battery. The handset seemingly measures 130.5 × 67.7 × 11.9 mm, and weighs 148 grams.
The listed specs is as follows.
- Code name: Skomer
- Android: version 4.1 / 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Official name: GALAXY X Cover 2
- Product codes: GT-S7110
- Battery: 1700 mAh
- Dimension: 130.5×67.7×11.9mm , 148 gram.
- Display: 4" TFT 480×800 WVGA
- GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
- Camera 5 Megapixel (BACK)
- Camera 0.3 megapixel (FRONT)
- 4GB intern + microSD (up to 32GB)
- Connections: BT 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS
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.
A new version of the Galaxy S Device Code named "Altius" will be announced at Mobile World Congress, that's 100% confirmed by SamMobile's insiders. The Samsung Altius will come in two colors (black and white). Samsung is planning to ship the Altius starting from week 16, which simply means April 15. We expect Samsung to hold an unpacked event at MWC or sometime in March. Samsung could hold one of its mobile unpacked events in London, New York or maybe South Korea as well.
We had rumors last week about Wireless charging capabilities and it's for real. Samsung will make the wireless charging kit available a couple of weeks later after bringing the device itself on sale. The back cover with wireless charging indicates that the next generation Galaxy S device will have a removable back cover, just like company's current flagship device the Galaxy S III.
100% confirmed specs below:
Code Name: Altius
Model Number: GT-I9500
Colours: Black / White
Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
Special: Wireless Charging Kit
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.
The New York Times reporting today that Samsung's next generation Galaxy phone will let users use their eyes to scroll through text, according to a person who has tried the new phone. Samsung wouldn't confirm the report but it did file for a trademark in Europe under the name "eye scroll. "
Samsung has scheduled a press conference on March 14 in New York to announce its new Galaxy S IV smartphone. The South Korea-based company currently leads the smartphone market globally but Apple's iPhone 5 overtook Samsung's Galaxy S3 to become the world's best-selling iPhone in the fourth quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.
Samsung's next big smartphone, to be introduced this month, will have a strong focus on software. A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.
The phone will track a user's eyes to determine where to scroll, said a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.
The source would not explain what technology was being used to track eye movements, nor did he say whether the feature would be demonstrated at the Galaxy S IV press conference, which will be held in New York on March 14. The Samsung employee said that over all, the software features of the new phone outweighed the importance of the hardware.
Indeed, Samsung in January filed for a trademark in Europe for the name "Eye Scroll" (No. 011510674). It filed for the "Samsung Eye Scroll" trademark in the United States in February, where it described the service as "Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers."
Samsung has also filed for the trademark "Eye Pause," without describing what the feature does.
In an interview, Kevin Packingham, Samsung's chief product officer, declined to share details about Samsung's next phone. But he said he disagreed that the new hardware would be insignificant compared with the software, and over all, "It's an amazing phone."
Eye tracking systems have been in development for a while. Samsung's current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, already has a feature that watches you. The feature, Smart Stay, uses its front-facing camera to know to keep the screen lit up when a person is looking at it instead of dimming it automatically.
Tobii, a technology company that received $21 million in funding from Intel last year, has been working on a technique that uses infrared sensors to track precise eye movements.
Samsung's Galaxy S III has been the company's best-selling phone, so the release of its next flagship phone has been highly anticipated
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 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 Samsung Galaxy F also known as the Galaxy Prime is back in the news with a photo comparing it against its official Galaxy S5. The screen of the yet unannounced flagship will reportedly be bigger - 5.2" or 5.3" and have QHD resolution.
We also know that the camera is said to be a 16MP optically stabilized shooter, while the processing power has been bumped up thanks to Snapdragon 805 and 3GB RAM. The Galaxy F will keep the water-resistant qualities of the Galaxy S5, the sensor array too.
The serial leakster also suggests that Samsung will make the Galaxy F official sometime in September.
A Samsung's Facebook post that introduced an Iron Man Edition of Galaxy S6 edge, It included a photo offering a glimpse of the handset along with a "coming next week" message. However, no details on how much the device will cost and when it would be available.
We expect the Iron Man edition to be identical to the original S6 Edge internally, with the same 5.1-inch Quad HD display, Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16-megapixel rear-facing camera.
If you already have an S6 Edge, or you don't want to pay extra to get the Iron Man edition, you may prefer to pick up one of Samsung's official Avengers cases instead.