T-Mobile Launches “Unlimited Cheer” Promotion, Ready To Give Galaxy Note II To A Lucky Winner

 

Those of you who are on T-Mobile’s network and have been itching to get your hands on the sexy Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone are in luck as it has announced on heck of a promotion. The nation’s 4th-largest wireless carrier is offering an “Unlimited Cheer” promotion— in the form of a contest where the winner gets a free Galaxy Note II. All users will need to do is follow T-Mobile on Twitter or Foursquare, pay attention to where T-Mobile checks in and then be the first to check in at the store. Sounds simple enough, right?

The contest will be going on from right now until Thursday, December 20th at 11:59pm so if you’re interested in getting more details, just head on down to T-Mo’s Facebook to find them. Good luck and may the force be with you.

source: T-Mobile Facebook

Samsung ‘Mobile Store’ opens in Paris

A few months ago, Samsung opened its doors to their stand-alone ‘Samsung Experience‘ store in Australia. They’ve quickly followed that up by opening another store – this one dubbed the first Samsung Mobile Store – in Paris. As you can tell from the pics, the store is immaculate with plenty of blue and white contrast for eye-popping appeal that should draw in folks of all ages. As the store’s name suggests, the Samsung branded store will feature mobile solutions including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, notebooks and accessories.

The store is managed by a team of eight sales experts that are available to assist with your current Samsung device, help with questions about their devices in the store, and provide demonstrations featuring Samsung technology found in their devices. One cool aspect of the store is a dedicated room for the little ones with devices loaded with kid’s apps primarily targeted for ages 4-8. Samsung touts they will be able to “understand technology through writing games and drawing tablets.” This will enable parents time themselves to browse the latest Samsung offerings.

source:  Samsung Tomorrow

Broadcom Announces New SoC For Budget Devices, Offers Full HSPA+ And Jelly Bean Support

 

Sure we’ve seen some other chipmakers working on a few budget processors for the masses recently, but other manufacturers seem to have their sights set on the ever-growing budget market as well. And so following its earlier onslaught of mobile processors, Broadcom recently announced its BCM21664T chip, which is a specialized SoC featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a VideoCore GPU which can support 720P video recording and full 1080P video playback. The chipset is also optimized for faux-g HSPA+ technology and should be able to haul in downstream speeds of up to 21.1Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 5.8Mbps. Oh and best of all— Broadcom’s new SoC is specially optimized for Jelly Bean— specifically the newest Jelly Bean version. Very exciting news indeed.

So now that the chipset has been announced, we’re sure that many of you are eagerly awaiting the development of new budget-level devices featuring Jelly Bean running the show. Hopefully we don’t need to wait too long to see the first devices start to trickle down.

Hit the break the see Broadcom’s full presser.

 


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Jelly Bean Rollout Beginning For Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) Smartphone

 

Fresh off other variants getting some Jelly Bean lovin’, Sammy has begun to push the coveted Android 4.1.2 update to the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It is confirmed that the official rollout has begun worldwide, though it’s currently being pushed out in phases— so it’s unclear which GT-I9300 models will get the update first for now. The update will bring the Jelly Bean build to JZO54K and will bring the usual goodies like Google Now, Multi-View capabilities, Smart Rotation and a customizable Notification Panel among other things.

Owners of the unlocked model can check for the update through Kies Desktop software or OTA through their device’s Settings. If it’s not available don’t fret— the update will certainly be here before you know it.

source: SamMobile

Sony introduces Xperia E budget phone for Europe with option of dual SIM

Today Sony announced the Xperia E, a budget device that’ll sport a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device will be available with either a single or dual (Xperia E dual) SIMs. Sony is marketing the device as, “affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.” They also mention using the device while being able to “stay on top of your data and battery usage.” Apparently there is software which manages battery usage in order to get the most out of it. The E dual, dual SIM version, will offer the ability to switch between carriers with a single touch in order to  “to stay on the most cost effective plan,” according to Sony.

As far as specs, we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, wireless DNLA connectivity, and a 1500 mAh battery. To beef up the sound quality, it’ll come with Walkman xLOUD and HD Voice. You can grab the Xperia E in either black, white, or pink flavors and the Xperia E dual in black or gold. There’s no word on pricing, but it’ll launch in Q1 2013. Hit the break for the full press release.
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[Deal] Pick up an HTC Droid DNA on Verizon for $149.99 from Amazon Wireless

It’s safe to say HTC’s Droid DNA is the top pick for a high-end handset on Verizon, but its $200 price point may have seemed a bit steep for the average customer. Well, Amazon appears to have taken this into account and has subsequently shaved $50 off of the initial price. This means customers can pick up the device for just $149.99 with a new two-year commitment.

The offer is good for both new and existing customers eligible for upgrades. Currently, however, the device is listed as being backordered, and won’t ship for 1-2 weeks. If waiting isn’t an issue, interested parties can hit the source link below to get their unit ordered.

Source: AmazonWireless

Motorola unleashes official Notification Light Toggle Widget, works with most Android devices

There are several apps available to help manage your device’s notification light, but we’ve never seen an official application released by a prominent manufacturer to accomplish the task, until now. Today Motorola has rolled out its official Notification Light Widget for Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD handsets. The toggle widget allows users to simply turn their notification light on and off via a nifty homescreen widget. Yeah, it’s that simple.

The best part, though, is that the application appears to work with most Android devices that have notification lights. What’s more is the widget seems to blend nicely with stock Android, and it is completely free. Interested parties can head to the Play Store download link or scan the QR code below to try it out.

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Samsung’s S Pebble coming to the US as the ‘Muse’

Samsung’s portable MP3 player/accessory for their Galaxy line will make its American debut dubbed as the “Muse.” The music player will work on devices such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II. The Muse syncs to your music with the Muse Sync app and allows you to transfer some of your favorite tunes and store it on the go with the device.

It’s definitely ideal for times when you don’t want to carry around your 4+ inch device such as working out or going for a run. The Muse music player comes with a metal clip, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4GB internal storage and SoundAlive audio tech.

Samsung will have the Muse available for $49.99. Any Galaxy owners out there thinking of grabbing this?

source: Samsung

The Times UK Offering A Nexus 7 Tablet For £50 With Subscription

 

If you are in the UK, then famed publication The Times has quite the offer for you. The publication is offering a special promotion where potential customers can pay a mere a £4 a week for a new subscription to the publication. What’s special about the promotion is that in order to entice potential subscribers, The Times is offering to bundle a snazzy new 32GB Nexus 7 that’s worth £199 for just £50. So basically— readers can get a £4/week subscription and save on a Nexus 7 tablet at the same time. As an alternative, readers can also pay a one time £299 fee for an 18-month subscription that includes The Digital Pack and score the tablet as well.

Prospective or interested customers can grab more details at the source link below.

source: The Times UK

Jelly Bean update available for AT&T Galaxy S III via Kies

I know this comes as welcome news this morning for AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III after reading about the T-Mobile version receiving Jelly Bean in mid-November. It looks multiple users have reported today that you can grab the  Jelly Bean update for the AT&T Galaxy S III via Kies Desktop Software. Give it a shot and let us know if you’re able to grab the update.

source:  Android Central