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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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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).


FOR DOING
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.


FOR GOING
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.


FOR SHARING
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.


Google Play

 



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


Source: SamMobile


 



Last week, there were rumors regarding Samsung dropping Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. But, today it's confirmed that Samsung will drop Samsung Galaxy tab 3 7.0 and will launching Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. But, the launch of this tablet depends upon the sales generated by Galaxy note 8.0. Another tablet by the name of Galaxy tab 3 10.1 is also in Samsung's plans and could any time this. Though, all these tablets will LTE versions too which is good news for all the tablet users. But, they would be required to pay a higher cost for buying LTE version.


Furthermore, Samsung is also working upon Galaxy Tab Plus too; it would be somewhat a special tablet from Samsung and would be releasing some time in this current year. Till then we have to wait and see what these tablets really possess and look like.


Code name - KONA

  • Official name - Galaxy Note 8.0
  • GT-N5100 - Galaxy Note 8.0
  • GT-N5110 - Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-N5120 - Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE


Code name - SANTOS (DROPPED)

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
  • GT-P3200 - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
  • GT-P3210 - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-P3220 - Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 LTE


Code name - SANTOS

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
  • GT-***** - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
  • GT-***** - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Wi-Fi
  • GT-***** - Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 LTE


Code name - SANTOS

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
  • GT-P5200 - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
  • GT-P5210 - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi
  • GT-P5220 - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE


Code name - ROMA

  • Official name - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus
  • GT-P8200 - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus
  • GT-P8210 - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus Wi-Fi
  • GT-P8220 - Galaxy Tab 3 Plus LTE


Code name - VIENNA

  • Official name - unknown
  • GT-***** - unknown
  • GT-***** - unknown
  • GT-***** - unknown
Source: SamMobile

 


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE version is all set to launch in U.S. All the date for the launch is not yet provided but it is believed to be launching very soon. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a high-profit device powered by a 1.4 GHz dual core processor and a 2 GB RAM. The phone also one large screen having a gorilla glass measuring 10.1 inches and resolutions of 1280 x 800 pixels. 5megapixel rear and 1.9 mega-pixel front are its salient features. There is one powerful battery attached with the phone with the power of 7000 mAh. In terms of storage, 16 GB memory internal memory is available in the phone and if it's not enough there is place for micro SD slot available for the users.


If see the official page of the phone there it is writer price tag of $499, but it's yet to be opened for sales to the general public.


Source: Unwiredview



Samsung follows a unique trend of launching many mid range devices each year. One might call it a tactical move, as Samsung wants to produce something for each market segment. Whatever it is, it's working for them at the moment, as their products are the most demanding in the market.


Samsung's 2013 plan hasn't changed and it took one step closer by launching Galaxy Express, and it has planned to launch 8 more like this in the coming year. The names of the upcoming phone are as follows: Galaxy Frame, Galaxy Pocket 2, Galaxy Star, Galaxy Young, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fonblet 5.8, and Galaxy Fonblet 6.3. Furthermore, a special device to feature HomeSync is also in line for launch, although, much hasn't been revealed regarding it but it is believed that it would be fascinating.


It is likely that Samsung would be showcasing some of these devices at MWC 2013 in Barcelona. But, the most awaited one would be HomeSync, we shall wait for MWC 2013 to have exact idea of what these device look like.

 



In case you are still speculating whether or not Verizon will update their Galaxy Nexus to the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 version, don't lose hope yet. According to Verizon, the update will be sent overt the air "soon" by no less than Samsung. As to ‘how soon' remains a question. Also, this was posted by a representative in answer to a furious customer's question on their Twitter page.


It can be recalled that the Galaxy Nexus has seen better days with people who wanted to have the latest Android version during its release in 2011. However, Verizon wasn't too keen on having it updated and it has remained on Android 4.1.1 since, annoying many of those who have been waiting for an update. Furthermore, last year, it was reported that Verizon will not be selling Galaxy Nexus units anymore, which may be one of the reasons for the delay.


So if you still own a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, you can already set your sights on a better smart phone or you can wait for the update SOON.


Source: @VZWSupport




Verizon's Galaxy Nexus looks like it might finally benefit from an update from 4.1 Jelly Bean to the latest Android version. This device has been "unfairly" left out and it's been well over 5 months since the 4.2 Jelly Bean came out. Now, you might want to try a leaked ROM for your Galaxy Nexus that may possibly turn out to be just the thing you have been waiting for.


Also, please be reminded that this is not the final version of the ROM and it could be slow or buggy initially, but it really is bound to improve. Also, it should be flashed from stock software. Back up your phone if possible and flash at your own risk, since this will void your warranty and it could even kill your phone if done incorrectly. If you're too cautious and would not want to risk your phone, wait for the official OTA rollout, it probably won't take more than a couple of months if we're hearing constant news (or rumors) about a Galaxy Nexus update.


Source: XDA


 


In the not so distant future, Samsung is said to be going to launch bigger devices of 5.8- and 6.3-inch sizes and no word is given yet if these will be phones or tablets. The 5.8-incher has a model number GT-i9152 and it is possible that it will support dual SIM because Samsung uses a number scheme ending in 2 for their Duos products.


On the other hand, the 6.3-incher has a GT-i9200 and it may have been initially rumored to be the size of the upcoming Galaxy Note 3. It might possibly be the biggest smartphone (if Samsung confirms this) and it might also be compatible with the game pad accessory that the Galaxy S 4 was meant to have.


According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 will already be available on the last week of May.


Source: GSMArena




The 10- and 8-incher Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 might be unveiled earlier than usual, as reported by Techblog. Furthermore, the 3G versions for both the 10- and 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 might already be seen on store shelves by May. On the other hand, we should expect the LTE-enabled versions to be sold on June or the following month.


The two tablets obviously differ in size and battery capacity. The 10-inch Tab 3 features a 7000 mAh battery and the other only has 4500 mAh battery. However, a good characteristic to note is that the 8-inch Tab 3 is actually very thin. Both have similar processors, Android versions, screen resolutions, cameras, among others.


No news yet on other noteworthy devices that will be unveiled by Samsung in the near future. These are the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus and the most-anticipated phablet, the Note 3, which is expected to top even the Samsung Galaxy S 4's sale AND reputation.


Source: techblog.gr




Samsung must have noticed the success that the Xperia Z in terms of its being water-proof and it is really something that the Korean company has not delved in yet. There are talks that the company is keen on developing an S 4 rugged variant that will possibly be dust, shock and/or water resistant.


There is indeed a market for devices that could withstand intense conditions and those that require better specs to go with the "invincibility" of the device and the rugged Galaxy S 4 just might be it.


Furthermore, according to rumors, Samsung might actually unveil one in the coming weeks. Apparently, a high-ranking Samsung official has mentioned the possibility in a press conference in the Gulf. Let's just wait for a few more days for more details about this vague rumor, but we know how rumors sometimes turn out to be true.



Samsung is reportedly focusing on a rugged water- and dust-proof variant from the Galaxy Note 3.


According to korean's ETNews, and is also considering making the Galaxy S5 rugged and hard out of the box, similar to Sony's Xperia Z and Xperia Z1. Samsung won't be downgrading the hardware on either device for the rugged variants, that is stark contrast to the Galaxy S4 Active, which saw its specs watered down in exchange for a tougher and resistant build.


As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could easily get a ruggedized variant, it's too early to be taking anything about the Galaxy S5 too seriously. Actually, it's best to not pay much heed to the of these rumors until something substantial turns up, though with the flexible display smartphone expected to become a reality soon, ruggedness could just be the next big feature Samsung puts its focus on.


Source: etnews



 


T-Mobile USA is getting ready to launch a new Android smartphone made by Samsung, codenamed Garda, it not a high end smartphone according to the leak.


From the information available at the moment, we know that the Samsung Garda SGH-T399 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Reportedly, its features include a WVGA display of 4 inches size, a 1.4GHz processor which is a dual core and LTE connectivity.


Samsung Garda could be available at T-Mobile starting October 18, its final name will probably have "Galaxy" in it.


There is no word on how much T-Mobile will ask for the Samsung SGH-T399. In any case, the handset should not cost more than $350 - $400 without a contract.

 



Sony plans to start selling its flagship Xperia Z phone through a U.S. carrier shortly; increased marketing efforts should help things, Sony CEO Hirai said.  


Xperia Z managed to be the top-selling phone for six weeks straight in a highly competitive, which's Japan


Neither Sony nor T-Mobile are giving any hint as to when the expected launch would take place, but we would hope soon considering that the Xperia Z has been available internationally for a few months now. It's good to see that Sony is still willing to put in the effort to sell devices to the U.S. market, especially after some serious price drops in its Xperia ZL handset being sold unlocked here.


Sony may have shipped more than 4 million Xperia Z units around the world (as of April). Kaz Hirai did say that sales were going well, but didn't provide exact numbers. In any case, it's clear that there's demand for high-end waterproof smartphones - and this is why Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S4 Active in the near future.


 




Various newspapers may soon become accessible through Google Play, as reported by the Android Police. According to some sleuthing on JavaScript files, it has uncovered unexpected information about the possibility of having web versions of news issues over Google Play Store. Some of the following lines that were "uncovered" pertained to signing in to a news issue, sentences confirming that the newspaper is already on your device and that you have already subscribed to the issue and that supported Android device is needed to be able to read Google Play News.


While there is no information yet on the kind of newspapers that will be available on Google Play, it is likely that major newspapers will join in the trend as more and more users choose Android devices for use everywhere. It is only natural that newspapers will also want to tap this market to increase their profitability.



Beta tests have been revealed for Google Now integration on the Chrome and Windows browsers, all thanks to Francois Beaufort, who made this possible. However, the URL for the Google Now server hasn't been announced yet, so people who want to try it should wait for a bit longer.


Google Now cards remind you of the things you need to do before you could even think about them and somehow learns which activities and things are most important for you at the moment. Similar rich notifications will be available on our phone once Google Now gets integrated on the Chrome and Windows.


No exact date has yet been said when this update will be released and many people are already excited with the additional things that they can do with the Google Now integrated on their Chrome OS or Windows browsers. This will allow more people to connect better with Google and its services.

 

Source: CodeReview.chromium.org



The Dubai Update is coming soon to Real Racing 3! Featuring twilight racing at the Dubai Autodrome, new cars, and new events!

What's in this version:


Real Racing goes to the Middle East! Race around the challenging Dubai Autodrome at twilight in a brand new range of Lexus and Dodge cars.


• New Track - Dubai Autodrome: 6 track layouts with day and twilight racing
• New Manufacturer - Lexus
• New Cars - Lexus IS-F, Lexus LFA, Dodge Charger RT, Dodge Charger SRT8
• 50+ new events


https://www.facebook.com/realracing  Source: Google Play Store

 



With the Samsung Galaxy S4 expected to be released at the end of this month, we aren't suprised at all that Galaxy S3 price has been dropped to $99 with 2 year contract.


It's actually a common practice for cellular carriers, manufacturers and retailers to drop the prices of older devices leading up to a big product launch. This allows them to sell as much inventory as possible to those who would prefer a better deal as opposed to newer device.


So will you buy the low priced Samsung Galaxy S3 or wait for the Galaxy S4, it's only $100 more.


Source: Verizon



You could tell whenever a Nokia phone is coming when @evleaks tweets about this. Today he's done exactly that using the approaching Lumia 525, a follow up towards the uber popular Lumia 520. We haven't seen a lot of photos from the Lumia 525 until these last couple of days. According to usual, the photo from @evleaks is really a press render from Nokia.


The press render provides for us a obvious look of the Lumia 525 design. It appears a little thinner compared to 520 with sharper curved edges. We are able to also observe that the red-colored, yellow, and whitened colors are glossy rather than the matte finish located on the 520. Rumored specs for that Lumia 525 incorporate a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, along with a 5MP camera. It's also stated to possess a concentrate on music, but we're unsure what which means.


@evleaks also mentions this phone is going to be arriving 2013. If you are searching for a minimal-cost Home windows Phone device this is someone to watch out for this holidays.

 


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