NVIDIA compares its DirectStylus against Samsungs S-Pen in video

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NVIDIA released a short video comparing how a stylus performs on their Tegra Note, Google’s Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. While the Tegra Note and Nexus 7 are considered the budget friendly tablets out of the three, NVIDIA shows how stylus’ perform much better on their Tegra Note than the Nexus 7 and how it can equal and possibly surpass the Galaxy Note 8 in some areas at the fraction of the price. Check out the video after the break and see for yourselves!

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New Build Of CM9 For Samsung Galaxy Note Brings Improved S-Pen Support, Corrected Video Recording

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Got a new Samsung Galaxy Note, but itching for some TouchWiz-free ICS action? You’re in luck because the fine CyanogenMod team has been hard at work and released the newest build of CM9 for the GT-N7000 version of the popular smartphone/tablet hybrid. Unlike the preliminary builds of CM9 which lacked many features, the newest build includes many of the anticipated device-specific features such as corrected S-pen support, in addition to corrected issues involving the microphone and video recording. As you might imagine, while the newest version of the CM9 ROM is looking good for the most part, there are still some minor issues to be worked out including the speakerphone not working properly. As always, the CyanogenMod team advises extreme caution when attempting to flash the build onto Galaxy Note devices.

If you all are feeling a little ambitious or lucky, head on down to the source link below for the download links and full instructions.

source: XDA

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 arrives on Verizon for $749 with contract

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The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has arrived on Verizon. It’s priced at an enormous $849 outright, or $749 for a two-year contract. Considering its big price tag, it might just make sense to buy the device outright without a contract. Still, Verizon has made the LTE-capable device an option.

The NotePRO 12.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and packs a 12.2-inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution. Other specs include 32GB storage, microSD, S-Pen support, a 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera and a 9500 mAh battery. The device is available straight from Verizon’s website, via the source link below.

Source: Verizon

Samsung patents a stylus with a microphone and a speaker

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Recently published by the USPTO, Samsung has filed two patents that will potentially improve their S-Pen in the near future with a microphone and speaker built right in. The idea is that the user will be able to make phone calls and perform various voice commands straight through the S-Pen. Comments from Samsung themselves states that they’re hoping the Pen will become an extension of the device and allow people to “substitute the pen for a wireless headset,” even claiming that users can “mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

What do you guys think about this feature if it gets added into the next Galaxy Note Tablet?

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Next generation Galaxy Notes could use handwriting actions on the lockscreen

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Samsung-handwriting-unlock-screen-Galaxy-Note-2Given that the S-Pen is one of the biggest selling features of the Galaxy Note series, it would make sense for Samsung to want to push every use of the stylus it can. A recent patent application suggests that the Korean company is looking to do just that.

US 20140038557 A1 suggests that Samsung will be adding a way to unlock your Note through handwriting. The feature will do so by recognizing your handwriting. Of course, like fingerprints and voice recognition, you will have to train your Note to recognize your handwriting. While current generations of the Note series do this already, allowing you to unlock your device with your signature, this would expand on that. The patent will allow actions to be performed based on hand written commands. For instance, if you wanted to call mom or dad, all you’d have to do is write “Call Mom” or “Call Dad” on the lock screen and the device would do so.

Whether or not we’ll see this in the Galaxy Note 4 is yet to be determined, but expanded S-pen functionality is something to be excited about. If you’re up for the technical details you can check out the patent application from the source link below.

source: USPTO
via: Phone Arena

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 3 Neo

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Samsung Poland recently announced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, essentially a budget friendly Note 3. While it is deemed as a budget Note 3, the specs are much better than any other low, or even mid tier, device. The Neo comes in two formats, a 3G and LTE+ model. The LTE+ model offers a hexa-core processor consisting of two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores. The 3G (HSPA+ 21 Mbps) version will enjoy a quad-core 1.6GHz processor of unknown make.

As for software, both will come pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and comes with all of the Note 3′s S-Pen features such as Air Command, S Note, and etc. Both devices will also feature a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display and the signature faux leather back stitching. Other specs include a 3,100mAh battery, 8MP rear camera/2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, IR, NFC, WiFi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, 16GB internal storage and microSDXC capacity up to 64GB.

Certainly not too bad of a “budget” friendly device if you’re eyeing the Note 3. Sadly, Samsung plans on releasing these globally with the exception of the UK and US. Things may change on that front, but for now don’t expect it in those two areas.

source: Engadget

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 pre-orders starting in the UK, ships on February 4

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If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the new Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 your wait is almost over, at least if you live in the UK. The device that was announced at CES earlier this month, the tablet will come with a hefty price tag. For those of you looking to shell out top dollar for the device it will cost you £649 ($1074.10). That’s just for a WiFi version too.

On top of that you’ll get 32 or 64GB of storage, an Octa-core (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core) processor, S-Pen functionality, and a 12.2 inch, 1600×2560 display. But that’s not all you’ll get. For a limited time Samsung is throwing in its new Gamepad accessory valued at £59 ($97.64). The tablet and Gamepad will start shipping February 4.

There isn’t word on pricing or availability in other markets yet, but it’s safe to say that it will be priced similarly. We’ll let you know when it’s announced for other markets but until then, you can check out our hands on with the tablet.

source: Samsung UK

Samsung will offer more big-screen smartphones this year

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I remember when the DROID X was introduced with a 4.3-inch display, and everyone thought it was a little too big. Now 5-inches seems to be the sweet spot, but the envelope continues to get pushed with phones over 6-inches. Samsung created the phablet market with the original Galaxy Note. It sported a 5.3-inch display, which again, many people thought was way too big, and today’s Note 3 sports a 5.7-incher.

During yesterday’s quarterly conference call, Samsung Executive Director, Kim Hyunjoon, said to expect more big-screened phones from Samsung this year. Samsung already added a little more to the mix with the Galaxy Mega line last year, which topped out at 6.3-inches.

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Hands On With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Pen

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As if your life wasn’t digital enough with tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, digital credit cards, pedometers, car starters etc, Qualcomm wants to corner another small market in the industry, which of late, appears to be Samsung’s turf. At CES 2014 the company has put  on display their new Snapdragon Digital Pen for those not wanting to give up their pad and paper. We first saw this a few days ago however, our own Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian was on site to get a hands-on demo personally from Qualcomm. It’s easy writing on paper but what’s difficult is organizing those notes and then finding them later once you’re done.

Now you can have your cake and eat it. The pen uses high frequency ultrasound waves using at least five built in speakers as part of the new Snapdragon 805 CPU. With it, you can write on any flat surface such as a pad or notebook and all will be instantly transcribed on the tablet for safe keeping. In addition, Qualcomm also hinted at the fact they’re working on a second prototype that’s a little smaller and could be integrated with future devices. As of now, the device will be sold separately. Check out the hands on video below and don’t forget to head here for the rest of our CES 2014 coverage.    » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2013

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With Android, there is never a shortage of phones, but only a handful can be considered for the best of the year. It’s never an easy pick, but that isn’t a bad thing because it means Android fans have choice. Last year, each of us here at Talk Android made our picks for 2012, so we decided to do it again for 2013. Will we all agree, or will each of us pick something completely different? I was actually surprised at the result. Hit the break to find out what each of us picked.

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