Looks like the FCC has cleared the 3G version of Google’s ASUS made tablet in the Nexus 7. Most likely just in time for its official outing during next weeks October 29th event held by Google. The Asus-made tablet will don the model number of ME370TG.
Rumors of a proposed 3G version of the Nexus 7 has been circulating around the net for about 2 months now, so this isn’t much of a surprise that it has finally passed through the FCC. For those that haven’t gotten themselves a Nexus 7 yet, will this finally push you to get one?
It seems like the majority of leaks we’re receiving lately have mostly come to fruition. Jelly Bean on Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III is no different. Yesterday we learned that the Galaxy S III on Sprint’s network could begin receiving Jelly Bean today. Today we can confirm that Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to bring Android 4.1.1 goodness to Galaxy S III owners. As a refresher, here are the benefits that 4.1.1 will bring to your device:
- Google Now
- Expandable notifications
- Android Beam
- Smarter widgets
- Camera enhancements
- Blocking Mode
- AllShare Cast Wireless Hub compatibility
- NFC One-Touch Pairing Support
Those enhancements and additions will be coupled with TouchWiz enhancements as well to provide a better experience for Galaxy S III users. The update will be of the over-the-air nature, so patience will be key here. Have you received your update yet? If so let us know how Jelly Bean performs on your Galaxy S III.
We fully expect the Nexus 10 tablet, codenamed “Manta”, to be announced this Monday at the Google Playground Event. Now a Korean site called Seeko posted images of the Quick Start Guide. There isn’t a lot of information, but it does give us an idea of the design, which resembles the Galaxy Note 10.1. You will also notice a rear camera, something the Nexus 7 lacks. The other interesting thing is the appearance of a micro HDMI port, something you don’t find on Samsung products. Of course this is considered a Google product and I like the addition. As far as the display goes, this guide doesn’t give us any proof that it will sport the rumored 2560 x 1600 resolution, but we are still expecting that too be true. We have heard about this display for a few months so I will be surprised if it doesn’t sport it. One more image after the break.
Among the myriad of patent cases between Samsung and Apple, one has reached a critical decision. In 2011 Apple brought a case up against Samsung to the International Trade Commission for seven patent violations. Today ITC Judge Thomas Pender made the decision that Samsung violated four of those patents. The patents that Samsung were found to have violated include one for scrolling up and down, a variety of UI interactions, and displaying a semi-transparent image over another image. As for the other three patents, Apple dropped one and the other two were dismissed by the judge. The final decision will be made by a panel of ITC Judges in February on whether or not Judge Pender made the right decision.
On the bright side, Samsung was cleared of violating an Apple mutli-touch patent in a Dutch court so they continue to have friends in the Netherlands. So with a victory going to both corners today this very long and drawn out boxing match between Apple and Samung may be headed to an end, but only time will tell.
Earlier in the month AT&T announced they would release Sony’s Xperia T in time for the holidays as the Xperia TL. They just officially announced that it will be available starting November 2 for $99 on contract. That’s a screaming good deal for a darn good phone. As a reminder, the Xperia TL sports a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) Reality display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Full press release and quick video after the break:
In anticipation of the massive pandemonium for the release of what should be the hottest-selling phone for the holidays, Verizon has announced its pre-order page is now live for customers interested in purchasing the smartphone, but want to avoid the line. The carrier has listed its latest phablet for a price of $299.99, so the pricing seems to fall in line with other wireless carriers in the US— though Verizon has curiously decided to release its smartphone on November 27th as opposed to you know… earlier in November like certain magenta-colored or blue-white carriers.
Still, if you’re a Verizon customer and don’t mind the
long wait (or the unusual home button), head on down to the source link for more details and to pre-order the device.
source: Verizon Wireless
In a legal document filed earlier in the week, Apple says that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Samsung on whether they misused some of its mobile-device patents that violate antitrust law. This stems from Apple accusing Samsung of using some of their patents improperly to block the sale of competitor’s products. I don’t claim to be a big patent expert, but I think this probably deals with FRAND, which means “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory”. Certain patents fall into this category and it means that owners of these patents must give a reasonable licencing deal. They usually deal with patents that are standard.
It looks like the investigation has been going on for several months and the European Commission announced they were doing a similar investigation in January. I also suspect that Samsung’s LTE patents will fall into this category.
We have some good news for those of you who own the unlocked Galaxy S III. According to the ultra-reliable SamMobile, Samsung has plans to update its unlocked Galaxy S III smartphone to version 4.1.2 which not only brings the device to the latest Jelly Bean build (I9300XXE = 4.1.2), but also introduces Multi-Window on the device. That’s right kids— Galaxy S III owners won’t have to envy their Galaxy Note II brethren anymore and will be able to enjoy the same innovative features in what should be a matter of months at this point (the update and feature is reportedly due to arrive in December).
Naturally, owners of the carrier-branded models will need to wait a little longer for that same feature. But hey— here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long.
It looks like the Nexus 4 will be available pretty quickly following Google’s presentation this Monday. It could literally be available for order in the Play Store the same day, but we also know that Carphone Warehouse will have it the following day, October 30. The image is the same one that leaked yesterday and they list the full specs. They match up with what we have already heard, which include a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 8GB of storage (no microSD), and 9.1mm thick. They also mention Android 4.2 and refer to it as Jelly Bean, but deeper in the specs it’s mentioned as 4.1.2 and even 4.0, so it’s obvious they don’t have all the facts. One other noteworthy item is that it has an “Amazing 360-degree camera”.
You can pre-order it right now. The phone is free with a contract at £31 per month. So who’s buying?
source: carphone warehouse
Verizon unveiled the final version of its Galaxy Note II today, and while it does look significantly like it’s fellow US brethren, you may haven noticed one minor change. Yes, that’s the home button with Verizon’s logo. Remember when we originally saw a leaked photo of the Galaxy Note II, revealing what we had believed to be a carrier-branded home button? Well, unfortunately it looks just as bad now as it did then.
The reason behind the move makes little sense considering no other carriers have received this type of special treatment from Samsung. It’s very possible that large sums of money exchanged hands for this deal to happen. Regardless, let’s just hope it’s easy to remove.