Earlier today, LG officially announces its 5.5-incher Korean version of the Optimus G Pro. It has also mentioned its plans of a newer version. Judging from the official photos, this new device looks sturdy and intriguing, and it also features a single home button at the bottom. It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and is built with a curved glass for a 2.5D effect that is according to LG. Design-wise, it kind of reminds us of Samsung Galaxy Note II but with that characteristically curved display and the patterned back, much like its Optimus G predecessor.
There is not much report on the specs as of yet but based on some LG hints, it looks to be a quad core, HD device. It might be introduced in Korea later this month and we might actually be able to experience it this coming Mobile World Congress (MWC) two weeks from now.
T-Mobile just announced the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new smartphone features T-Mobile's largest smartphone screen - a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED® screen - for an enhanced entertainment experience and improved productivity while using the device. The Galaxy Note II is T-Mobile's first device with a quad-core processor, featuring Samsung's 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor. In addition, the Galaxy Note II is T-Mobile's first smartphone shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the device's 3100mAh battery powers up to 15 hours of talk time1.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the latest innovative device to join T-Mobile's portfolio. It takes the all-in-one device concept to the next level and we anticipate it will replace many standalone devices consumers have today," said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA.
"When combined with our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, the Galaxy Note II is a true powerhouse device with exclusive features, amazing 4G experiences and superior value that only T-Mobile can deliver."
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular will also launch the Samsung Galaxy Note II in the US pretty soon. They should all start selling it my mid-November the latest.
Samsung has come up with a quick and simple list of U.S. smartphones which are either getting or are required to receive their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. As of today it basically provides a placeholder or jumping off point for several Galaxy S III models along with a trio of Nexus devices spread over Sprint and Verizon. Still, this can be a good place for you to definitely bookmark and come back to once in a while. Hopefully we have seen the Galaxy S II and a few other products find the list down the road.
According to recent chatter it appears that some U.S. carriers might be ready to deploy their Android 4.1 update before long.
I assume at least one of the above-mentioned carriers will start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly bean update before the end of October. Let's see.
Samsung has officially announced additional cooler colors for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the name of these new colors are "amber brown" or "ruby wine", given how much success Samsung is having with the 5.5 inch phablet, it's a no brainer to add additional colors.
The S Pen will also get a matching paint job and will take the total number of colour options for the Galaxy Note II to four.
The new colors will be available to South Korean consumers sometimenext week.
Samsung today announced a new android phone for its Chinese market. The phone is named as GT-I8262. The device runs on Android 4.1 jelly update and is another mid-range phone. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core process and a 768 MB of RAM. Other features include a 5 Mega-pixel, camera, Bluetooth and wifi. A battery of 1700 mAh also comes with the phone, which allows longer charging times for the phone. The screen display of the phone is 480 by 800 and has dimensions of 68.2 x 128.9 x 10.7.
However, Samsung is unlikely to showcase this phone at upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, just due to the phone being an ordinary phone. Seems, Samsung Co. is warming up people for some bigger surprises at MWC. So, would be fascinating to see the mobile range Samsung unveils at MWC.
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's Mobile US Twitter account has posted this picture showing what appears to be a smartphone. Yes, you have guessed, it's the Galaxy S IV that will be announced this Thursday.
It looks almost exactly the same round design as the leaked photos we saw yesterday. But what we do miss is the speaker, camera and of course the level sensors.
The Galaxy S4 is most likely to have the Smart Scroll feature that lets the phone sense a user's eye movements to scroll up and down. This, along with the Smart Pause was reported on the NY Times more or less a week ago, which somehow makes it a bit credible. It will feature an Exynos Octa made by Samsung in place of the previously and widely-rumored Snapdragon chipset. A future upgrade to Snapdragon is also possible. It may also have a plastic (polycarbonate) build, which is being panned by some supporters who are expecting an aluminum exterior. These are only some of the more credible features that the S4 will and may have.
Galaxy Ace devices are surely some of the earliest to receive updates from Android. Yesterday, the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean was rolled out to the delight of Galaxy Ace 2 users. Also, prior to this, a software update was leaked for the Ace 2, so a few have chanced upon the new features of their phone even before the platform was officially rolled out.
The update was sent OTA to Ace 2 users but you may also download and install, using the links found online. You can also push the update to your phone from your desktop PC software. Note however that the update will not happen simultaneously for everybody around the world. Some will get it earlier than others.
The latest Android Jelly Bean will help you get more value for your Galaxy Ace 2 and many will really find the modifications and the Google Now more useful.
Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy S4 Mini, however, we suspect there will be other new smartphones to be unveiled at its upcoming June 20 event, include the Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom that we told you earlier.
Back to the Galaxy S4 Mini, it features a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display, measures 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm, and weighs 107 grams. Other features: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera, dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 1,900m Ah battery. One thing we don't really like is that it only has 8GB of internal memory.
Here's the quote from Samsung's press release
"We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages," declared JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom - before expected June 20 announcement. They described the S4 Zoom as: a "device which combines the stylish heritage of the latest Galaxy S4 smartphone with advanced photographic capabilities."
"The Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom represents yet another step forward in the way Samsung is working to enhance the lives of our customers around the world," said JK Shin, President and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "As communication continues to become increasingly visual in nature, people wish to capture and share their moments in the highest quality possible, but often do not have the space or inclination to carry a dedicated camera for this purpose. The GALAXY S4 zoom changes this forever, combining the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the GALAXY S4 with the high quality photographic experience you'd expect from a compact camera. The result is truly the best of both worlds, without compromise."
Galaxy S4 Zoom has a powerful camera on the back has made the Galaxy S4 Zoom really thick and heavy: it measures 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm, weighing 208 grams. That aside, the new smartphone-camera hybrid offers a 4.3 inch qHD display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, LTE connectivity, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 1.5GB of RAM, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 2,330 mAh battery.
Samsung has announced its highly anticipated watch/smartphone companion - Galaxy Gear. And I have to say, it's a really interesting product, at least on paper.
Galaxy Gear (watch) Specs
- -1.63″ display (320 x 320)
- -800MHz processor
- -512 MB of RAM
- -4 GB storage
- -1.9 MP built-in camera (on wrist band)
- -speakers and mic (on clasp)
- -720p video playback and recording
- -NFC & Bluetooth 4.0
- -315mAh battery, 25+ hours
Now, more about the Galaxy Note 3. Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the new Note is both lighter, and slightly smaller than the Note II, weighing 168 grams and measuring 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm. That's nice, especially since the Note 3 sports a larger display than the older model: 5.7 inch (Super AMOLED, Full HD) vs. 5.5 inch. Another nice thing is that the Note 3 has "a soft and textured-touch back cover and delicate stitching."
Galaxy Note 3 Specs
- -5.68", Super AMOLED, 1080p, 386.5ppi, multi-touch, light sensor, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant glass
- -16 (rumor), 32, 64 GB storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
- -3200 mAh battery
- -Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, quad-core for 4G versions
- -Adreno 330 graphics processor
- -3GB RAM
- -13MP rear camera w/ 3x optical zoom & smart stability
- -1.9MP front camera
- -Android 4.3
- -4K/3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video recording, 24-bit/192KHz music playback
- -improved S-pen
- -IR Blaster, NFC
Galaxy Gear will cost $299, and should start shipping in some markets on September 25th, with worldwide roll-out planned for October.
Samsung Galaxy J will be released in Taiwan starting later this month, apparently via all major carriers: Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and FarEasTone. Unlocked, the new handset will cost $740 USD. It's going to be offered in two colors versions: white and pink.
Samsung Galaxy J features a 5 inch Full HD display, LTE connectivity, NFC, quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, MicroSD card support, and a 2,600 maAh battery, it's also running android 4.3.
Samsung Galaxy J currently available to purchase only in Japan since October.
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
Skype will begin rolling out video messaging today to its iOS, Android, and Mac apps in the United States, United Kingdom, and a few other countries, a company representative confirmed to VentureBeat this morning. Changes to the chat service's terms of service in December hinted that video messaging was coming soon.
With the new update, users will be able to leave video messages for friends who don't answer when you try to call them on video chat. Video messages will be able to be up to three minutes long. It's reported that premium users will get to send an unlimited number of videos, which won't be the case for regular Skype users. Another incentive for premium users is that their videos will never be deleted from the server.
Skype's android app will get updated soon, so lookout for it.
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