Exynos kernel exploit patch starting to roll out for some devices

In December we reported on an exploit that had been discovered in Samsung’s Exynos chips. We have not heard of any malicious activity related to the security hole, though it became a popular vector for rooting devices. After looking into the issue, Samsung has started the process of issue a fix for the vulnerability. The devices and networks include:

  • Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch: Sprint’s update FL24 will push out to customers over the course of the next month and will receive Sprint’s Connections Optimizer as part of the update.
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note II: The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is getting an update dubbed T889UVALL4. T-Mobile is pushing this out over-the-air or users can manually update via Kies.

There are other devices on several carriers that have the same chipset and are vulnerable to the exploit. We anticipate seeing patches and updates rolling out for these devices over the next several days as well now that the ball has started rolling.

source: Android Central

Images of new Samsung “Godiva” phone for Verizon show up

A couple days ago we reported on a new Samsung smartphone that showed up in GLBenchmark with the codename “Godiva.” The new device sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 cpu and a 720p display. Despite the codename, there was speculation this may be a new slider type phone for the folks out there who like a physical keyboard. That would position the new device to be marketed as the Verizon Stratosphere III.
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New image of HTC M7 surfaces

As we start looking ahead to Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, one phone that may generate some interest and speculation is the HTC M7. In light of the slumping fortunes of HTC, the company is hoping to bring out a new flagship device to stem the downward spiral. The M7 may be that device. Loosely based off the DROID DNA, HTC is resisting the push toward bigger phones with a 4.7-inch screen. In most other ways though, the M7 should keep pace with the market offering a 1920 x 1080 display resolution, a 1.7GHz cpu, and an updated HTC Sense 5.0 interface as seen in some other leaked images.

The latest screenshot supposedly came from a short animation being created for new owners on how to install the SIM card the first time. The source notes there are some details, like the lack of branding, that suggest the final design is still not revealed with this render.

source: Unwired View

Kite HD Tablet Featuring Ubuntu And Ice Cream Sandwich Now Available For Pre-Order

 

If you are like me  and love to use Ubuntu, but wish you could use it on your tablets are going to be all smiles at this tidbit of news. DaVinci Mobile Technology has recently announced it is taking pre-orders for its Kite Full-HD tablet which comes jam-packed with all sorts of goodies including a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, 32GB of internal storage, a Samsung Exynos quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. While those features are certainly nothing to sneeze at— the real kicker is what operating system… errr—- operating systems that are running the show on this little toy. The Kite Full-HD has both Ice Cream Sandwich and Ubuntu 12.04 available as dual-boot options.

While the device is available for pre-order today, it’s probably a good bet that it will never be available out here in the States. But for those of you who might be interested in owning an impressive slab of Linux-based goodness can pre-order the device for €309 or approximately $413 USD at the source link below.

source: Notebook Italia
via: Engadget

Red Sony Xperia ZL Surfaces At Recent Launch Event

 

There’s no doubt the Sony Xperia ZL smartphone was one of the big stars at last week’s CES and while this device probably will only arrive in a standard black or white color variation— we now have an idea of how it will look in an attractive, yet slightly outrageous color. Sony recently held an Xperia ZL launch event for the South East Asian markets and brought with it a special edition red color of the smartphone. As you can see, the device still features that sexy and sleek design with its glossy black display— but has an almost blood-red metallic backing. In addition, there are some slabs of black lines that hug the outside edges of the phone. Pretty attractive indeed, isn’t it?

 

 

While this special prototype was on display at the event, Sony is adamant with its claims that this color will not be available when the device will be launched later this year. We’ll have to take its word for it now— but don’t be surprised if we see this bad boy creep up in retailers’ shelves at some point in 2013.

source: Xperia Blog

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus to launch in the coming months

A new leak suggests Samsung could be gearing up to launch the Galaxy Pocket Plus, the follow up to the Galaxy Pocket and an incredibly budget-oriented smartphone, very soon. The report claims Samsung could release the device globally at some point in the fist half of this year. While the Pocket Plus is aimed at the lower-end and prepaid market, it will sport some pretty modest specs.

  • Android IceCream Sandwich (4.0.4)
  • BCM21654, 850Mhz Broadcom SoC
  • GSM (GSM850/ EGSM900/ DCS1800/ PCS1900), WCDMA (W850/ W1900)
  • 4G Bytes (eMMC) + 4G bits (RAM) memory
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 2.8″ QVGA TFT (C-type, Multi Touch)
  • 1200mAh standard battery
  • A-GPS / BT v3.0 / USB v2.0 HS / WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) / FM Radio
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass

Source: SamMobile

AT&T rolling out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Rugby Pro

The people who found themselves in the position of needing a phone leaning more toward the physically rugged side than the highest end hardware may have purchased a model like the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro. Even though they may have given up a bit in the hardware department, they are getting some good news today as AT&T is rolling out an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update brings with it all the features of of Jelly Bean like camera enhancements, easy mode, blocking mode, and multiple keyboard options.

Users can wait to be notified of the over-the-air update or go to Settings -> About device -> Software update to check for it manually. AT&T also provides instructions for sideloading on their support page found at the source link below.

source: AT&T Wireless

LG Optimus G2 Appears Primed For Fall Release

CES 2013 came and went without a peep from LG regarding the Optimus G2.  Now we’re hearing the launch of LG’s next flagship phone will be delayed until fall 2013 after Google releases the next version of Android, presumably Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Then there’s the rumor LG will release a quad-core device, being called the GK, at Mobile World Congress in February. The GK, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and equipped with a 5.5-inch HD screen, would compete with Samsung when Sammi brings the next Galaxy phone to market, hopefully the Galaxy S IV.

We’re happy to see LG making moves to be a player in the mobile device market but I think the Korean manufacturer could do more for its image by correcting Nexus 4 production issues rather than release a stop-gap phone before the G2. A new LG phone would be a hard sell over a Samsung device after all the off and on again reports regarding LG’s first Nexus.

Source: CNET

US Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Finally Gets Android 4.1.2 Update

 

If you’re an owner of the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you will probably be all smiles after hearing this news. Reports are coming in that Sammy has begun pushing out the long-awaited and coveted Jelly Bean update to owners of the tablet. The update brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and brings with it some nice little goodies such as the multi-window multitasking feature. The update is just now being pushed out to the masses— so if you don’t see anything now don’t fret— it’s probably a good bet that you’ll see it sooner than later.

source: Android Central

 

AT&T Offers $100 Credit When Purchasing A HSPA+ Nexus 7 Tablet And Signing Up For 2-Year Agreement

 

Well what do we have here folks? A special offer has just appeared on the Play Store highlighting a $100 bill credit from Ma Bell when purchasing an HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 tablet. As with most special deals— this one initially aims to save AT&T customers an extra dollar or two when signing up for a 2-year contract. Of course customers will quickly realize that they will likely pay far more money in the long run because they are not only paying full price for the 32GB version of the tablet (currently priced at $299), but they will also be stuck paying for a monthly data plan starting at $15 bucks— which really adds up in the long run.

Of course users can always splurge for a WiFi-only option or get the HSPA+ model and look for alternative monthly data options by going the prepaid route, but hey— it’s always nice to have the option of going down the carrier route, right?

source: AT&T