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Apple and Samsung customers probably have the greatest rivalry on the planet but a new research proves that Apple users may not be too different from Samsung users. While this statement could elicit a long discussion on the comment section, the study examined iPhone and Galaxy S III users and found out that a big percentage of the users for both group have similar patterns of browsing, calling, emailing and messaging.


The Consumer Intelligence Research Partners surveyed the same number of respondents from both sides and found out that 80% and 90% of users from Apple and Samsung respectively send a number of text messages daily, and 80% and 75% of Apple and Samsung users use their smart phones to browse the net daily. Both kinds of smartphones were used less often on phone calls and emails.


Furthermore, the proponents found out that customers are quite loyal and are more likely buy a device with similar OS as their phones. And in terms of upgrades, 1/11th of Galaxy users were previous iPhone owns, whereas 1/5th iPhone users were previous S III owners. This might very well change this year with S 4's introduction. Simply put, results just probably differ because of the timing of the introduction of a new device from either company.


Source: appleinsider



Reported by Engadget, if you have a Galaxy S III with AT&T, you had the chance to download and install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean since last month, but the rollout wasn't so mooth and it was only limited to updates using Samsung Kies. Not OTA (over-the-air).

 

Finally, AT&T has Engadget that an OTA (over-the-air) update will be available beginning today to anyone who is still using Ice Cream Sandwich, though it'll require a WiFi connection. Still, this is a much better situation for the vast majority of Samsung Galaxy S III owners who may not have even realized that an update was even offered to them in the first place.

 

 

 



Sprint users will definitely be glad to receive firmware updates for their Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III smartphones. These separate updates are expected to improve phone security and offer a few bug fixes.


Updating your Galaxy S III will also ensure better voicemail application and calendar syncing. The new firmware, by the L719VPMA6 update will also now be able to support 3-digit text messaging.


On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 2 will have better phone security once updated using the L900VPAMA7, which deters circumvention of Exynos security.


Updates for notifications may not be seen right away but you can always check manually. There are also plenty of forums and news will certainly come out if Sprint already releases firmware update packages for these two units over the air. But it definitely won't be too long until they come out.


Galaxy Note 2 | Galaxy S3

 

 


 

Samsung is offering a $50 Play Store credit for those people who already has a Galaxy Note 3 or thinking about getting one soon. The promotion should help maintain the strong performance of the company's phablet flagship during the holiday season.  This is only for the US.  Not a worldwide promotion.


All the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners, who purchase their device on or before January 6, will be eligible to claim the offer. You have to register your phone number, IMEI and a few other details with Samsung, before you redeem your $50 credit. With the Play Store credit you can download apps, movies, music, games, books, magazines and TV shows without having to pay anything.


Good luck, and enjoy your $50 google play store credit.


Source: Samsung

 




Android 4.3 has finally arrived for the Galaxy Note 2, a week or so later than was planned. It should be available as an OTA update, but if it's not showing up automatically, head on over to the settings menu and check manually.


The Android 4.3 update brings the following changes and features: (Thanks to sammobile)


  • - GALAXY GEAR Support
  • - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
  • - Samsung KNOX
  • - Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
  • - Better RAM management
  • - Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
  • - New Samsung Keyboard
  • - GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
  • - New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
  • - New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • - Daydream
  • - Driving mode
  • - Actionable notifications
  • - Move-to-SD-card feature
  • - New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
  • - New Additions in Notification Centre
  • - Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface - Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
  • - Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands - Galaxy S4 feature)
  • - New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
  • - Full screen Samsung apps
  • - New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)


 



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.


Features


  • 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

 

 



A few months back, China acknowledged that it largely depends on Android for its mobile communications needs. It even expressed concern over the consistently growing influence of Google and Android in its society and by year end last year, it is home to approximately 224M Android users and the numbers just keep on growing.


By end of 2013, this number could easily reach 300M owing to the sale of lower-end devices that use Android as their operating system. According to Wandoujia, a staggering 86% of smartphones in China run on Android. This very little differentiation has initially made experts anxious about Google's impact on their system. Also, this anxiety stems from China's bitter relationship with Google. This just goes to show how universal Android is. It goes beyond boundaries and even its opponents recognize that it as a good platform.

 

 

source: techinasia



Windows 8 and Surface Pro users can now enjoy emulated Android applications using BlueStacks, which is an app virtualization software that has recently breached its 5 millionth download mark. This goes to show that there is an untapped apps market that uses the Windows OS and the race is up to tap and take advantage of it.


This gives Windows 8 and Surface Pro users the chance to enjoy loads of application without having to replace their operating system. What they now get are Windows apps, along with a wide array of selection from Google Play. Sweet!


You may now download your BlueStacks software to enjoy Android apps using your Windows phone, PC and tablet. However, manage your expectations, since these applications are naturally optimized for the Android OS and if anything, Windows users should be grateful for this major development.


See video below



Users can now access 500 video effects using Vimeo's "Looks". Many people love to upload polished videos that look like they were made directly out of studios and Vimeo smartly capitalizes on the interest on filters. The visual effects are quite easy to apply and editing is done on the web browser. They are also already categorized so users will not be confused with all the effects that are available.


Filmmakers will truly find it easier to capture the right mood with any of these 500 effects. There is also a preview button that allows you to see how your modifications would look like real-time. It can even choose a particular look based on what you constantly use and may suggest it for you.


Vimeo partners with Vivoom with this project and word is out that this will be launched not later than three months from now.


Source: http://vimeo.com/enhancer



Facebook may now update directly on your Android phone without the need to check it out over Google Play. Users have reported a pop-up message upon logging in to Facebook that advices a user to install a ready update and that the version that you currently have may not be supported anymore. This saves plenty of time and aims to update more users' Facebook for Android.


After downloading, it will prompt you to install the update so you can enjoy the new features for the latest version.


This latest Facebook version for Android mobile will also enable users to directly change their profile photos using their phone, flag spam and choose which stories will be seen on the feed. It also promises to improve messaging.

 

 

Source: Facebook



Monthly visitors for YouTube have reached 1 billion and the site is still growing. This video-sharing website is used for uploading and viewing videos that are created by people from all walks of life. Furthermore, this cements its spot at the top three for most visited and searched site, next only to Google and Facebook.


Just May last year, YouTube made the news because it has reached 800 million visitors. It made an average of 20 million new visits each month, which makes it safe from getting shut down by Google, so to speak. Bigger sites such as YouTube should not worry too much about being closed down, since it is one of the more profitable ventures of Google.


Source: youtube blog




According flurry.com, there are 10 percent more active Android devices in use around the world than iOS devices, and it looks like this trend is likely to continue. At the recent All Things D conference Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke on stage with Walt Mossberg, he mentioned Android users spend 20 percent less time using apps on their devices compared to iOS users.


So what are the reasons for this? One reason could be that Android phones are becoming so prevalent that many users are switching from feature phones to Android smartphones but actually they don't want/need/know about the smartphone features and so spend less time in apps but more time using the phone as just a simple phone.


In this report from flurry.com, arguing that there is more than one race for mobile market share occurring simultaneously. They analyzed four years worth of Flurry's data to understand who is ahead in which contests, discuss the apparent strengths and weaknesses of the competitors, and consider the implications for the overall mobile ecosystem.


Source: Flurry.com


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