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Google Nexus 10 is one of the most exciting tablets to come out this year and late last year and a good way to spoil your gadget is to get hold of the latest book cover to come out exclusively for the device. The Google Play Store now offers two distinct colors of this book cover and is presently on sale for $ 29.99.
Although some resent the fact that Google took a long time to introduce an accessory for this device, you will surely find that getting one is worth the wait. The book cover offers ample protection without the added bulk, since you need to replace the stock back cover with the official book cover to use it. Also, opening and closing the flap in front will put the device on awake-asleep mode. Cool eh? Available colors for the book cover are Dark Grey and Scarlet, grab yours now!
Rogers, a Canada carrier has confirmed that it is taking pre-orders for the HTC One. Those who want to get hold of HTC's flagship phone can already pre-order online, so they will beat out others who would also want to try it first among themselves.
Order before March 22nd and you will be eligible to win a Sharp HDTV along with a media accessory from HTC. Furthermore, Rogers will slash at least $100 off if you would exchange your old smartphone for an HTC One. This amount could even be higher if your smartphone's value is more than $100.
However, the caveat is that you will have to stay with the carrier for at least 3 years, which is a typical term for a plan in Canada. Rogers is putting it at $149.99.
Also, HTC looks like they are already allowing bootloader unlocking and are already supporting developers may have better custom ROMs than what the stock HTC One has. This makes it a really attractive smartphone to own.
Amazon's resellers are selling the HTC One unlocked for whopping $799. T-Mobile's HTC One will be released on April 19, too. It can't be pre-ordered, but we know it's going to cost $99 upfront with $20 per month for two years. AT&T and Sprint are both asking $199.99 on contract. So unless you must have the Unlocked version, i wouldn't recommend it.
HTC will also introduce a Developer Edition of the One on April 19. This comes with 64GB of internal memory, unlocked SIM and unlocked bootloader, and will cost $649. You should get that instead.
HTC One is the Taiwanese company's flagship smartphone for 2013, offering lots of high-end features, including a 4.7 inch Full HD display, LTE, quad-core 1.7GHz processor, and a 4MP Ultrapixel camera.
HTC One is now available in 24-carat gold and platinum, that's right. Retailing prices start at £1895, Goldgenie's Gold HTC One phone is available in a choice of Gold (£1895), Rose Gold (£1995), or Platinum (£2095) plating. Featured in either Silver or Black, users can choose 32GB or 64 GB of memory. All phones are delivered in a beautifully customised Goldgenie box, making this a complete gift-to-go.
That's exactly the thought that crossed the minds of the jewelry experts from Goldgenie, who have done a premium edition of the popular smartphone. The HTC One is now available with 24-carat gold plating, and, as expected, isn't what you'd call affordable. Not that the rest of the recent Goldgenie makeovers are.
Having already achieved reasonable success gold plating company Goldgenie shot to fame its founder Laban Roomes successfully appeared on the BBC's popular show Dragon's Den (winning investment from multi-millionaire dragon James Caan) in 2007. Goldgenie now boasts franchises on several continents, as well as celebrity clients from the Beckhams, Elton John and Denzel Washington - not to mention a wealth of world-leading corporate brands. The company specialises in customizing and embellishing a wide range of items, from roses to game consoles, as well as supplying selected exclusive and luxury products to high end retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges.
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The Jelly Bean update roll out for the intel-powered Motorola RAZR I have begun. The first country to get the update notifications is France even though the smartphone was first launched in the UK.
All the usual goodies associated with Jelly bean are on hand including some new improvements to the custom Motorola launcher conveyed to you through the new firmware, version 4.1.2
You are much better off downloading the software over Wi-Fi but you can also use network data if you desire due to a file size of 300 MB. There is an automatic popup on your notification screen but you can check for it manually via the about screen on your settings menu.
The availability of the release should extend to other countries within the next few days or weeks at the most.
Google's Motorola today announced the upcoming launch of Moto X - the company's brand new flagship Android smartphone.
Moto X offers you that choice. It's designed by you, responds to you and is made for you by Motorola, a Google company. Once you turn it on, it's all yours. And every Moto X sold in the USA is assembled right here in the USA.
With the best of Google services baked in, Moto X helps you get everyday tasks done quickly and with less fuss. But it's also designed to sip battery, not chug it, so it will go all day and into the night.
Moto X Features
- a 4.7 inch HD (1280 x 720) display
- Motorola's own X8 Mobile Computing System (also featured by Verizon's new Droids) - this includes a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro applications processor, and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU
- Android 4.2.2 - curious, since Android 4.3 is already out
- Touchless Control - enabling users to "do just about anything" via voice command
- LTE, HSPA
- 2GB of RAM
- 10MP ClearPixel rear camera with improved low-light performance and fast capture time
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 2,200 mAh battery
We already reported before that the Moto 360 Smartwatch was already sold-out on the Play Store in just a few hours after launch, but that was the leather band variant. If you wanted a Metal wrist band you were out of luck even if you got to the store in time Motorola released the phone with a choice of two leather bands saying it will make it available with a metal band later on.
Now however, Verizon has put the metal strap version on pre-order for $300 with a choice of Black and Silver colors. Sadly, the Black Metal version is already sold-out to, but you still have the Silver metal variant available.
The regular price is $250 so you pay a $50 premium for the metal band. That's still better than getting a metal band after the fact though, then it will be $80 extra (that puts the price of the leather band at $30).
Incase you are not familiar with the Moto 360, here are some of the cool features that will spark your interest:
- Quality craftsmanship - Finely crafted with stainless-steel, genuine leather from Horween and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass.
- Responds to your voice - Just speak to get the info you need using the dual microphones.
- Doubles as an activity tracker - Track your steps and heart rate with a built-in pedometer and heart rate monitor.
- Works with your Android phone - Pair with most smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher.
- Bluetooth 4.0 technology - Pairs with your smartphone through the latest Bluetooth technology.
- Sensors - Include a pedometer, an ambient light sensor and an optical heart rate monitor (PPG) for versatile use.
- Mobile notifications - Let you view alerts from your device simply by looking at your wrist. A vibration option provides discreet alerts.
- Built-in microphone - Allows clear hands-free communication.
- 1.56" LCD touch screen - With Corning Gorilla Glass 3 construction, 320 x 290 resolution and 205 ppi makes navigation simple and clearly presents visuals.
- Water resistant - Moto 360 withstands both water and dust, so you don't have to worry about a splash at the pool or a little sand at the beach*. IP67 Certified.
- Stainless-steel case - With a plastic case back and a leather watch band creates a stylish, yet durable, design.
- All-day battery - Go all day and recharge on a dock at night.
- 4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM - Help ensure fast, efficient performance.
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Couple days ago, Google introduced a new entry to the ChromeOS family: the 11.6", Exynos 5-powered Samsung Chromebook. The price of this dual-core ultraportable laptpo is compeitive at $250, and it's really very practical for users who don't normally venture outside the web browser.
Simply to avoid confusion, this doesn't run Android. It runs ChromeOS. This new Chromebook is the first non-Android device to produce its distance to Play Store,and features an 11.6" 1366x768 display, dual-core Exynos 5 processor, 2GB RAM, a 16GB SSD, HDMI out, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.0 port, an Sdcard reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and "up to" 6.5 hours price of battery.
Some basic description of this ChromeBook.
The new laptop from Google. Simple, lightweight, easy to use. For everyone.
Finally, a hassle-free computer. No annoying updates. Nothing complicated to learn. No expensive software to buy. Starts in seconds. Built for everyday use and perfect for sharing with others (if you really have to).
Your favorite Google products built-in: Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. So you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box. Choose from thousands of free apps and let Chromebook keep it all fresh with automatic updates.
Stick it in your purse, backpack, or briefcase. It weighs under 2.5 pounds, is less than 0.8 inches thin, and has more than 6.5 hours of battery life. And wherever you are, all your things are safely stored online.
Easily switch between users in seconds. Share your Chromebook with friends, families, and even the occasional guest. Everyone can have their own files, apps, and settings, so you can keep your stuff to yourself.
Samsung's Windows Phone 8-powered device has finally made it to Canada, via TELUS, Bell and Rogers. As reported by MobileSyrup, that the "quantities are limited," if you really want to get this phone, you better act fast. Currently online sales are available.
The Samsung ATIV S gives you powerful performance, elegant design and an amazing HD screen, all on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Enjoy blazing-fast speeds on Canada's largest LTE network1, view your pictures and videos in full HD on its 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen, and store and share documents in the cloud with SkyDrive. Plus, access everything important in your life with just one quick glance thanks to customizable Live Tiles in Windows Phone 8.
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.
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.
Google has started pushing the 4.2.2 update to Nexus devices (specifically the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus).
There's not much word regarding what the update (build JDQ39) includes just yet, but readers may remember that Google promised a Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming fix in the "next release" of 4.2 after 4.2.1. The update comes in at around 50 MB on the Nexus 10 but it really depending on which device you have.
So if you haven't received the notification yet, perhaps it's time to go to Settings > About and check for new updates. If you haven't got it yet, you should in the coming days. If you did and notice any improvements, let us know in the comments below.
Three UK has formally launched the "Ultrafast" Galaxy S III smartphone. The phone is easily distinguished from its HSPA+ sibling because of the simple fact that it features full DC-HSDPA and LTE capabilities.
Users of the device will be treated to even faster data speeds when using the device compared to those using plain ol' 3G. Besides from the faster modems- the device will be like other typical Galaxy S III models by coming in Marble White and Pebble Blue colors, feature a quad-core processor and an awesome 8MP camera.
The device will cost a pretty penny as it will run customers about £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £29. Conversely, customers can go for the Pay As You Go for £449.99 plus a top up and go for one of the many unlimited plans
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Samsung Galaxy S III Ultrafast - available now on Three.
Enjoy the ultimate mobile internet experience with the Samsung Galaxy S III Ultrafast on our Ultrafast network. Now available online at www.three.co.uk and in all Three stores from the 12th February.
Inspired by nature and designed for humans, this beautifully crafted phone has a large 4.8-inch, HD Super AMOLED display which fits more of the content people love on one screen.
It comes in Marble White and Pebble Blue, is loaded with smart features and even knows when you're looking at it so the screen doesn't turn off. By vibrating, the Galaxy S III Ultrafast lets you know when you have missed a message or call, and you can call your friends by simply moving the phone towards your ear. A simple voice command is enough to wake the phone from the lock screen.
Boasting a quad-core processor, it comes with a large battery capacity to match so there's less worry about the device unexpectedly powering down while enjoying HD clips on your commute home. The intuitive smartphone also includes an 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash as well as a 1.9 megapixel front camera for video calls with friends and family.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, "Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S III last year, we're pleased to now offer the Ultrafast ready Galaxy S III. Built with the technology to work on our advanced network* you'll be able to enjoy the ultimate mobile internet experience on Three.
The Samsung Galaxy S III Ultrafast is available for £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on The One Plan both with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges and All-You-Can-Eat data - giving you the latest technology with no price premium.
The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £449.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.
- Ultra brilliant meets Ultrafast - compatible with Three's Ultrafast network
- Large 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720)
- Super-fast 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
- 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash
- Large 2100mAh battery
- 1.9 megapixel front camera with BSI
- Full HD video recording, playback and image capture
- Up to 16GB internal memory
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System
- Notification light
- * Three's Ultrafast network, currently supported by DC-HSDPA technology, already covers 55% of the UK population with an initial focus on 50 towns and cities. It will reach 80% population coverage by the end of March.
For more information contact:
Three Consumer PR Team
t:020 7009 3142
It looks like Samsung is finally ready to rollout the official update to the Samsung Galaxy Note (First Gen) . 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. Sam Mobile says that the update is already available in Asia - specifically in Hong Kong and Taiwan - but you can expect your country to get it soon as well. Not to mention that you can always choose to manually update your device, by getting the appropriate firmware.
Jelly Bean software upgrade features:
- - Android 4.1.2 - Build JZO54K
- - Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
- - Multi-View (Multi Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
- - Multi-View can also be disabled
- - Page Buddy
- - Notification Panel can now be customized
- - New Additions in Notification Panel
- - Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
- - Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- - Samsung's Cloud services
- - Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
- - New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
- - 2 Home screen modes
- - New Notifications bar
- - Google Now
Be sure to following this Samsung Kies update twitter account: @SamKiesUpdates
Samsung Epic 4G users can now upgrade their old devices to the latest Android 4.2, using CyanogenMod 10.1 for the device. This was a popular and the first Galaxy phone among many from 2 years ago and developers just refuse to retire it. However, take note that nightlies are not the same as typical drivers and a few users may be affected by some bugs, but nothing that will prevent it from running smoothly on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
Before flashing, always back up your data and download the CM 10.1 for the device, so you can enjoy the new features and capabilities that the latest Jelly Bean brings such as lock-screening of widgets and other system and network additions. "Epic" is truly the operative word and judging from the fan-base that this phone has created, it remains to be one of Samsung's greatest phones.
Download Link: cyanogenmod
US Cellular has announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available for those who are interested at $499.99. The carrier formally launched their Note 10.1 devices last Feb 27 and it can be had under a 2-year contract plan. That plan has 2GB worth of mobile data. The carrier featured the tablet sans the LTE connectivity on its website back in February.
This device runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, quad-core Exynos processor by Samsung that clocks in at 1.4 GHz each, 2GB RAM, front and rear cameras, 16GB internal memory that could be expanded by using microSD and a 7000mAh battery. It uses an S-pen stylus and comes with DropBox cloud. It is also offered on Verizon and Sprint, prior to US Cellular's announcement.
There are plenty of people who are waiting for this device but most will probably want to buy those that do not carry plans, considering the rate at which these tablets get replaced and/or updated.
Nexus followers will love the new Android JB 4.2.2 binaries for different devices. Google is definitely showing its support for its Nexus Devices and is also planning to push to Android Open-Source Project or AOSP.
Although the latest Jelly Bean has been out since February, not many devices were fully compatible with it and the release of these binaries will open doors for many Nexus users such as the Nexus, 4, 7, 10 and the Nexus S to fully use and optimize the AOSP.
Other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus (on Verizon) and the Motorola Xoom will also be able to enjoy the latest JB by using these proprietary binaries.
So if you are someone who does not like changing devices all the time trust that these devices will always be taken care of and updated by Google and these just might be the Android devices that you are looking for.
People who have been waiting for the Galaxy Express, which is an LTE-enabled phone, can now get their unit in Germany. This device features a dual core processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz and this 4.5-incher runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 version. It also has 1 GB memory, 8GB storage that is expandable using microSD.
It can be recalled that the US carrier, AT&T has launched a similar phone awhile back. In Germany, the device will cost €489. It sounds expensive but with extensive LTE-coverage in most of Europe, this phone can actually be quite cost effective in the long run. It is comparable to the Galaxy S3 and is available in white. It will also be available in other markets in the near future and by that time; other colors will already be available.
The Galaxy Express is a great addition to Samsung's LTE phones. It should also benefit from future improvements that Samsung plans to provide to its flagship as well as other popular devices.
Samsung Galaxy Express may not be as popular as the Galaxy S III, but it does have a following because of its affordability. Furthermore, it will already be rolled out on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, so that users can already enjoy various additions and improvement with the company.
An international version of the Galaxy Express has already been launched and it is already running on the first Jelly Bean version.
The OTA roll out will happen as early as today and be mindful of notifications that your phone has already received the roll out or go to Settings and look for it under Software update and tick "Check for Updates". Otherwise, it won't be long until you receive the update, so sit tight.
Source: AT&T Blog
Google today posted factory images for Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus alongside the new 4.2.2 binaries. If you are wondering what's the purpose of the factory images, they allow you to flash your phone back to its original stock state. This is really useful in the unfortunate event that you mess something up trying to install a custom ROM.
If you are on a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, an Android 4.2.1 factory image is available as well.
Beginning today, Samsung Galaxy S® II customers will be able to upgrade to AndroidTM 4.1, Jelly Bean, via an over-the-wire update (via Samsung's Simple Upgrade Tool.
Jelly Bean offers users stunning graphic capabilities with expanded feature functionality. This software update will make several premium and intuitive Galaxy S III features available to Galaxy S II users.
Some new features of the Jelly Bean:
- Smart Stay: Tracks eye movement to ensure the device screen is always on while it's viewed so the backlight doesn't dim or become idle
- Direct Call: Converts text message interface to the voice call interface by simply raising the phone to the ear
- Pop Up Play: Allows users to watch video content while operating any application at the same time
- In addition, different operation modes allow users to modify phone functions to meet their always changing needs:
To download the Jelly Bean update, go to this link. Once the Simple Upgrade Tool download is complete, you will be prompted to install the Jelly Bean update. Your device will be disabled during the few minutes it takes to install the update, but will be ready to use immediately afterwards.
Source: via Sprint
Samsung has announced that the Samsung Note 8.0, has today gone on sale at Samsung Experience Stores in the UK. The Wifi-only Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale today, priced at £339.99, we expect the cellular data version to follow shortly. The Note 8 features a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU running the show, 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.There's also a 5MP rear shooter and 1.3MP front-facing camera. It also comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out from the box.
Free content and services bundle worth £60 available with every purchase from 15th April for a limited time.
5th April 2013, London, UK: Samsung Mobile UK has today announced that customers in the UK are now able to buy the Galaxy Note 8.0 from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City with other channels to follow. Ultra portable thanks to its 8" screen size, the Galaxy Note 8.0 comes pre-loaded with a suite of new content and services worth over £60, at no extra cost to the customer*.
The new mid-size tablet, together with a suite of intuitive features and an evolved S Pen, gives you the ease of using a traditional pen and paper with speed, efficiency and accuracy. Features include a suite of S Note templates and tools that allow you to create, edit, manage and share documents, as well as seamless multi-tasking thanks to Quick Command, continuous text input and Multi-Window View which means the portable 8" screen can be split and used to access a number of live applications at the same time.
A range of S-Pen apps, including Paper Artist and Photo Note, mean you can be creative wherever you are, whether on the commute to work, on holiday or sat on your living room sofa. The new Reading Mode makes it easier to read e-books, magazines and newspapers as you can optimise the settings to create the most comfortable reading experience, plus you can annotate, highlight, cut and paste text.
For a limited time from 15 April 2013*, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will also come pre-loaded with the following content and services;
- A £20 voucher to spend in the Samsung Learning Hub
- A Two Month Free trial subscription to The Times newspaper worth £32.00
- AVG Anti-Virus Pro
- Access to the Samsung Music Hub for free for 1 month
- Need for SpeedTM Hot Pursuit
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2
- 50GB DropBox free for 2 years
Mobicity of UK is selling the Galaxy Express for 314.39 Pounds, around 370 euros - it's actually much less than the suggested retail price for Germany (€489).
Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express is a large screen Android smartphone, announced in January 2013, this elegant looking device comes with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen. The display supports multitouch, has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels along with a pixel density of 207ppi and is easy to work with one hand.
The phone features a Dual-core 1.2GHz processor and runs Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). It offers 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and microSD slot that can hold cards of up to 32GB memory. The handset is NFC-enabled and allows easy wireless connectivity and online payments.
Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express sports a 5.0 Megapixel AF camera at the back with built-in LED flash, face detection technology, geo-tagging, touch focus and HD movie recording capability. Other specs are - 4G & dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, HSPA+ data, Bluetooth v4.0, MHL, GPS, HTML5 browser, SNS integration, handwriting recognition and a 2000mAh battery.
For some period of time, there have been ongoing speculations about the benefits of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Spec. A long list of gadgets which can benefit from this spec has been put forward. It is unfortunate to note as matter of fact that while most of the modern flagship devices have the required hardware Android OS has languished without official support by Google.
Most leading OEMs have managed to build their proprietary energy efficient protocol versions. However, until at the moment, only Motorola features access to API that is freely shared. However, that is deemed to change because Samsung is in the process of taking Bluetooth Low Energy SDK to the public. From the time they built their own customized frameworks, both Samsung and HTC have required the developers to submit apps for SDKs access. While this procedure is not new for the medium or large software companies, it seems unconventional for the hobbyists and solo developers.
Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, is making a big move into the US today with an online arrival at Sprint and in-store availability at AT&T
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.
The Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung's new TouchWiz UX 2.0 out of the box. The device also includes Samsung's Smart Features: Smart Stay, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, Air Gestures, S Voice, S Health and S Translator.
Great new to Verizon Wireless customers, you can now order the Galaxy S4 earlier than originally planned. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available for pre-order online or $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. The smartphone will be available for purchase online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting May 30.
Galaxy S4 features a Dual Shot, paired with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs. Dual Shot allows the use of both the rear and front facing cameras at the same time and lets phone users to include themselves in pictures or videos.
Two colors are available, the Black Mist and White Frost, call your Verizon Rep if you are looking to pre-order the Galaxy S4.
Samsung TecTile is an app which lets you read and write TecTile NFC tags. You can create TecTiles to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically. Once you create a TecTile using the TecTile app, place the Tile in a convenient place, then tap your phone to the TecTile to perform the actions stored in the TecTile.
TecTiles are designed to work on Samsung Android smartphones that comply with MIFARETM technology, including Samsung Galaxy S III. Please see below for the latest list of compatible Samsung smartphones. TecTiles may work with other NFC-enabled Android smartphones that comply with MIFARE, but Samsung does not test other branded devices for compatibility or functionality and makes no representations or warranties whatsoever with respect to such use.
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Download: Samsung TecTile
The Samsung Galaxy S4 wireless charging kit is now available directly through Samsung's accessory store. With the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad, you can charge your phone without connecting ports or cables. Simply place your phone on the Wireless Charging Pad and it will begin charging.
The LED indicator on the charging pad will turn green if your phone is properly charging or will turn yellow if your phone is not in the correct placement on the pad in order to charge effectively. The mobile charging pad requires that your device supports wireless charging. For Galaxy S 4, make sure you have installed the Wireless Charging Cover to enable wireless charging on your device. "
Go totally wireless with the Galaxy S® 4 Wireless Battery Cover. Easily installs, replacing your existing battery door and allowing on-the-fly, cable-free charging with any Qi-enabled charger base.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will be available in the U.K. in just a couple of weeks, we're hoping this news means we're one step closer for the device to make its debut in the U.S. In case you need a refresher, the Galaxy S4 Mini will feature a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with support for 64 microSD cards, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera and will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
For the £27 per month you can get unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, and 250 MB of data at Orange. Or you can go to T-Mobile, which will offer you 500 minutes, unlimited texting, and unlimited data for the same monthly amount.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Battery Charger Stand w/ 2600mAh Battery will provide you with peace of mind, knowing you will always have a spare battery charged. So whether you need to extend your day, need a replacement battery, or just need a backup plan, this battery and battery charger has you covered.
This Samsung accessory is made with portability in mind and doubles as a durable protective case so your charged battery will be there for you when you need it. The case is compact and can slip in to a small purse or bag.
If your phone is running low, simply swap out your dead battery for your new one. Go from 0% power to 100% power in seconds. The Spare Battery Charging System is great when your battery is low but you need to continue using your device and don't want to be attached to a wall outlet.
Charging your spare battering is a breeze, simply slip the battery in to the storage compartment and plug in your charging cable, the size of this charger makes it easy to charge at home or on the go.
- Samsung Galaxy S Spare Battery Charger (2600mAh Battery Included)
- If your phone is running low, simply swap out your dead battery for your new one. Go from 0% power to 100% power in seconds.
- Great when you battery is low but you need to continue using your device and don't want to be attached to a wall outlet
- Compact Charging and Carrying Case for Spare Battery
- Micro USB Travel Adapter (700mAh) Also Charges Micro USB Compatible Mobile Devices
There were rumors that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will feature a 5.9-inch display, but the latest word is that it will only have a 5.7-incher. which isn't really surprising since the original Note had a 5.3-inch display and the Note II had a 5.5-incher. If you're doing the math, that's an upgrade of 0.2-inches. Add that to the current Note II and you get 5.7-inches.
How the Samsung Galaxy Note III performs is critical for Samsung. There have been news reports suggesting that sales of Samsung Galaxy S4 have started to cool off. Further, ETNews.com is reporting that sales of Samsung smartphones in July are expected to drop by 20 to 30 percent. This news report is based on the information sourced from Samsung's suppliers. Given that Samsung Galaxy S4 is company's flagship smartphone, the company will now banking on the likes of Galaxy Note III to ensure that its overall sales are not impacted.
If you're in the market for a tablet and don't fancy the Nexus line, Samsung is now asking for your money. The new Galaxy Tab 3 devices are for sale in the US. These devices come in 7, 8, and 10.1-inch versions.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 costs just $199.99, putting it safely in the budget tablet category - for that price, buyers get a tablet with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 LCD display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage with microSD storage up to 64 GB. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 comes with a larger display and a higher price point of $299.99 - for that, you get 1280 x 800 display resolution on an 8-inch screen, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB expandable internal storage. Specs-wise, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 may actually be the most impressive member of the Tab 3 family, which is quite strange considering the Tab 10.1's specifications.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 does come with the fastest processor among the three - a dual-core, 1.6 GHz Intel Clover Trail - but it also comes with similar 1280 x 800 resolution to the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, and it only features 1 GB RAM under the hood. Internal storage is an expandable 16 GB, just like the 8-incher. Strangely, Samsung has also made the 10.1-inch Tab 3 incrementally expensive by $100, as this device costs $399.99. Both the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while the 7-inch edition includes Android 4.1.2 out of the box.
All three devices' features include a physical home button, much like Samsung's handsets, but a departure from the Galaxy Tab 2 line.
Samsung introduced Samsung Wallet in February this year, an app that was available through Samsung Apps on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II but is now downloadable from the Google Play Store.
- - Optimized for HD and Full-HD Samsung devices
- - Store and manage tickets, coupons, mobile boarding passes and membership cards in one convenient place
- - Offers 5 default categories for easy management of Tickets. You can also add categories for more personalization.
- - Customizable time and location-based reminders to show the Tickets at the right time and place.
- - Synchronize all your Tickets to multiple devices using Samsung account
- - Receive and store Co-marketing offers
- - Create your own tickets manually by using ‘Create my ticket' feature
- - Discover grocery coupons and digitally save them to loyalty card of participating groceries
- - Mobile devices
- . Galaxy S3
- . Galaxy S4
- . Galaxy Note 1
- . Galaxy Note 2
[How to use]
- 1. Download Samsung Wallet App.
- 2. Sign-in with Samsung Account.
- 3. Discover Wallet-compliant Partners Apps and offers from different Loyalty Cards.
The app is free as always, but seems to be limited to U.S. customers at the moment, and also doesn\'t support any more devices than it did before.
Source: Samsung Wallet
Samsung WatchOn offers more personalized recommendations across live TV and on-demand video, in one app
WatchON is now available on your favorite Samsung Tablets such as Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 and 10.1.
Breakthrough app for Samsung Tablets that's as easy as changing a TV channel (also available for Samsung Galaxy S4: https://alturl.com/95fio)
Pause and play your favorite entertainment content from one app; in every room (*with select 2012 and 2013 Samsung Smart TV)
This is what Samsung WatchON offers:
• Remote Control and TV Guide: WatchON turns your mobile device into a simple remote control to quickly browse channels through a rich TV guide. No need to reach out for your old remote control.
• One Stop Search: WatchON gives you access to your favorite live TV, movie and video media content all in one place.
• Personalized Recommendations: WatchON is intelligent and will actually recommend TV shows and movies just for you. And, the more you watch, the smarter it gets.
• Multi-Device: Movies and TV Shows lets you watch the content you want, on the device you want, anywhere in your home. Start a movie or TV show on your tablet, continue to watch it on the big screen. Need to check on something in the kitchen? Movies and TV Shows lets you pass live TV right to your tablet, so you never miss a second of your favorite show.
• Complementary Content: WatchON is packed with reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and bios for all your favorite actors. Learn more about what you're watching without even leaving the app. WatchON is your ultimate second screen.
Check them out at Google Play Store
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware is now available for downloading and we think the official one will be unveiled very soon.
It appears as though Samsung has started testing out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware for its Galaxy S III smartphone. It was confirmed with a couple of leaked images, showing the handset running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS.
For the time being, there is no word on the changes that come with the latest firmware update for the Galaxy S III smartphones. The global rollout of the latest Android release is anticipated to begin within this month.
The first country to obtain the update is Germany, but other regions will allegedly be joining the whitelist shortly. German Samsung World S4 clients can update both OTA or using the Samsung Kies software packages.
The Android 4.3 update brings numerous abilities, although many of them are people of Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz UI launcher as opposed to the OS itself.
This can be truly the entire changelog for the update as develop with SamMobile:
- OpenGL 3.0 Support
- GALAXY GEAR Support
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- ANT+ Support
- vSamsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
- Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
- Improved RAM management
- Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
- Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
- New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
- New Camera firmware
- Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)
To update your Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, connect your device to your computer and use Samsung KIES or simply use Samsung's OTA service. To download and install the firmware via OTA, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.
Google Now Launcher (GNL) presents the new Xposed GEL Settings, which as you can tell from the name, requires the Xposed Framework.
Xposed GEL Settings adds a number of useful features to GNL (remember it used to be known as the Google Experience Launcher). This is still an early release, but here's what it can already do.
- hide Google search bar / automatically show search bar on Google Now
- hide apps from the app drawer
- resize the home screen grid
- resize the all apps grid
- change icon size
- change the size of the icon labels
- hide icon labels on home screen and/or on app drawer
- change the size of hotseat icons
- change the number of hotseat apps (icons above the navigation bar)
- apply settings without rebooting your device
- more to come
Check it out at XDA
Officially announced yesterday, the Galaxy S5 is now a 5.1-inch unit, comes with a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (almost certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC), 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, IR remote, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Weighs at145 grams with dimensions at 142×72.5×8.1 mm, and, it's bigger than the Galaxy S4 by every measure, and it's 15 grams heavier too. The Galaxy S5 adheres to the IP67 standard for water and dust resistance, meaning it can withstand being submerged in up to 1 m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy S5′s camera mentioned by the Executive as the fastest ever smartphone autofocus time (0.3 seconds), and improved HDR. The fingerprint sensor is embedded into the Home button and works by swiping your finger across it.
There's a Protected Mode which hides images and stuff from prying eyes and can be entered by, you guessed it, using your fingerprint. Mobile payments will also be supported via PayPal, with no need to enter a password.
Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 150 countries on April 11. Pricing has not been announced yet, we are guessing $199 with a 2-year contract in the US is expected.
Sony is just spot on with their Prague promotion and attracted a big crowd with their campaign. Hot models displayed the Xperia Z, wet and speaking over the phone. In the shower. This marketing campaign draws quite the attention away from smartphones that are making bigger waves this week, such as the Galaxy S 4 or even the HTC One. We wonder how much the campaign actually draws the attention away from the Xperia Z. Men and women were seen taking their pictures beside the models, who acted nonchalantly wet with the Sony smartphone.
This campaign highlights the water resistance of the Xperia Z. This smartphone features a quad core processor running at 1.5 GHz each, Adreno 320 (GPU), 16GB internal with card slot that can support up to 32 GB extra memory, 2 GB RAM and it comes in Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Its best feature arguably is its being water resistant for 1 meter and for as long as 30 minutes (the reason for the shower promo probably).
Get the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S III with the mophie juice pack®. This durable, ultra-thin case houses a rechargeable battery that virtually doubles your time to rock, talk, surf and send. Enjoy up to 32 extra hours of audio, 8 extra hours of video playback, or 9 extra hours of web browsing without compromising any of your phone's features.
See press release below
New mophie juice pack Lets Samsung Galaxy S® III Users Do More with their Device
Battery Case Doubles the Time to Rock, Talk, Surf and Send
SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The mophieTM juice pack, which has kept millions of iPhone's "in the green," is now available for the popular Samsung Galaxy S® III, providing double the battery life on one charge as well as complete device protection in an ultra-thin, lightweight, low-profile design. The juice pack for Galaxy S III marks the company's continued expansion into the Android market, with the new case joining mophie's existing universal line of external rechargeable batteries.
"mophie has become synonymous with device power, and we are motivated to engineer new battery solutions for both the Apple and Android communities," said Ross Howe, vice president of marketing. "We're excited to empower Galaxy S III users to do more with their device without having to worry about running out of battery or having to take a time-out to recharge at a wall outlet."
The juice pack Galaxy S III is now available for $99.95 at mophie.com and launching this weekend in select retailers nationwide.
Features of the case include:
- 100% Extra Battery Life-Packed with a 2300mAh rechargeable battery, users will appreciate up to 9 hours of additional talk time, 11 additional hours of Internet use, 32 hours of audio playback, or 8 hours of video playback
- Custom Design-The ultra-thin, lightweight and low-profile case design provides protection while perfectly complementing the sleek look of the Galaxy S III
- Sync with Ease-A pass-through USB cord allows users to charge and sync without removing their mobile device from the juice pack case
- Charge on Demand-Features an on/off toggle switch that allows for standby and charging mode, giving users the ability to dictate when extra juice is needed
- Battery Status Indicator-An integrated 4 LED status indicator notifies the user of how much battery power is left and displays how much charge time remains when the case is plugged in
For more about mophie and its full suite of products, please visit www.mophie.com.
A developer preview of the Ubuntu mobile OS has been introduced and some Android phones may actually be used to try the new mobile operating system. However, before doing so, be forewarned that installing it on your Android phone will wipeout all of your data so it is better to perform a back-up before experimenting on this open source system. Some of the devices that it supports are the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 as well as the Galaxy Nexus.
It is also important to note that since the OS is new, it is not without flaws and it is expected that it will not function as optimally as well-established mobile operating systems in the market. Ubuntu Touch will entice open-source enthusiasts and some already report that it is quick and is better than what they had thought. Again, remember to back-up if you want to try to experience it.
A new study has found for the first time ever that the majority of Americans now own smartphones. According to the Pew Research Center, 56% of Americans who are 18 and older now own smartphones, up from 46% in February of 2012, while overall cell phone penetration has grown from 88% in 2012 to 91%.
Statements from the report:
- 55% of cell phone owners say that their phone is a smartphone.
- 58% of cell phone owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market.
Just after initially unveiling Google Play Services, Google has made the APK installable directly from the Play Store.
Google Play services lets Android apps from the Google Play Store integrate with Google+ and Google Accounts. To work correctly, some apps may require Google Play services to be present and up to date.
Google Play services is usually updated automatically on Android devices. You can also install or update it manually from the Google Play Store.
The app's rollout is expected to complete within a week, but if you're for whatever reason itching to get the Google Play Services app on your device right away, or ever need to download/update it manually in the future, hit the widget below.
A system notification came up on Joseph's HTC One X, the jb 4.1.1 update with Sense 4+ is now rolling out to middle east and Egypt. If you still haven't heard anything you may want to check manually for the update by heading to Settings>About>Software Updates.
The benefits of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean:
- - Everything in Jelly Bean feels fast, fluid, and smooth. Moving between home screens and switching between apps is effortless. A huge performance improvement.
- - Jelly Bean features improved performance throughout the system, including faster orientation changes, faster responses when switching between recent apps, etc.
- - Jelly Bean has more reactive and uniform touch responses, and makes your device even more responsive by boosting your device's CPU instantly when you touch the screen.
- - The TAB9-200 Xenta's "Internal Storage" partition has been increased from 504 MB to 2 GB.
- - Improved Android webbrowser with better HTML5 support.
- - Improved 'Calendar' app.
- - Face Unlock (device unlock using your face and the camera) has been improved, is more accurate and safer.
- - Improved internationalization with added language and character set support.
- - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stability improvements.
- - ... And more!
Google has just released an update to its Google Search for Android app, and it's available to available to Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean devices.
Also updated is Google Now widgets, include the movie card offers latest ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, so you can pick the right movie. Purchase your tickets through Fandango, and Google Now will remind you when you need to leave for the theater, and pull up your tickets once you arrive.
In addition, the new cards include support from various new third parties such as Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes or Zillow. In short, here's what's new in Google Now:
What's in this version:
- For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean):
- - Google Now widget for home screen or lock screen
- - Movie passes from Fandango
- - Movies now includes ratings from Rotten Tomatoes
- - Real estate listings from Zillow when in the market for a home
- - Music button when a song is playing in voice mode (US only)
- - Support for US college sports
The developers of CyanogenMod announced the merging of HDR functionality into the CM 10.1 camera app yesterday, High Dynamic Range AKA HDR mode is a process that takes multiple images of a shot and then merges them together to produce a single photo. The technique is useful when a scene contains both bright and dark areas, though it can also be used effectively to add some "pop" to an image.
When someone snaps a photo with the function, a total of three pictures (one at minimal, neutral and maximum exposures) are taken and combined into a single HDR image with the help of an algorithm.
Differences in shutter speed, sensors and optics means quality will vary across smartphones, but the CyanogenMod team says that mid- to high-end devices outfitted with decent imaging hardware - especially those with zero shutter lag - should perform admirably. The CyanogenMod team also recommends using a stand or tripod to thwart movement and vibration from fouling up photos.
Check it out here
Rooted users can now enjoy the system admin application by Koushik Dutta (clockworkMod) the Superuser . This is a very useful application for rooted and for rooting the devices of those who want to manage their system security, UI, improve device performance, etc. It is free and open-sourced. Last week, it was introduced in beta stage and was quite impressive. You can now download it from Google Play Store to install.
Furthermore, spelling bugs were already fixed in the post-beta version. There are plenty of reasons why many would want to root their phones. So if you want to use your own device without any limitations and install super powerful applications that are compatible with it such as those that deter thieves, block ads and others, improve battery life, manage custom ROMs, basically do anything you like with your phone and set it above the rest; download the new su and root.
- * Multiuser support
- * OPEN SOURCE (https://github.com/koush/Superuser)
- * Pin protection
- * Manifest permission support
- * Per app configuration
- * FREE
- * Request timeout
- * Logging
- * Notifications
- * Proper Tablet UX
See video below
Link: Google Play Store
As if there could not be enough pre-paid and gift cards, Google finally joins the craze and offers their gift cards at Tesco, which are available in £10, 25, and 50 denominations. This move will truly reach a bigger customer base that are looking for a useful something to give someone.
Cards are not yet available on other locations but we are probably just counting days before they will be formally put on display. Tesco is the first in UK to display them and the Google Play card will really benefit from being displayed in the most ubiquitous grocery store in the country. Aside from being gift ideas, plenty of people who do not have debit or credit cards on hand will be able to download from Google Play using these cards.