Samsung giving away free Flip Cover and TecTiles to all Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners

If you’re the owner of a shiny new Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II, you’ll be enthralled to know that Christmas isn’t over just yet. Samsung Mobile USA is holding a generous giveaway on its Facebook page, offering up a free bag of goodies for those owners who register their device. Included is an official  pink, blue, orange, or guacamole-colored Flip Cover, as well as six individually programmable NFC TecTiles.

Samsung will also throw in a 50 percent off coupon code for your choice of accessory purchased through the company’s official online mobile store. Ole’ Sammy isn’t discriminating either; those who don’t own a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II can still register and receive the same 50 percent off coupon to use online. Be sure to hit the source link below to get in on the action.

Update: The offer appears to be over as of 10:00AM EST.

Source: Facebook
Via: Phandroid

Samsung to release the Galaxy Note 2 in black

A black Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Certainly not much of a surprise, but a great move by Samsung nonetheless. An image of the back side of the Note 2 in black was acquired which prompted this rumor to circulate.

While there’s no official word from Samsung on the validity of a black Note 2, it isn’t far-fetched and we should most certainly expect it to be released sometime next year.

Would you guys pick up a black Note 2?

source: Sammobile

Apple dropping patent claims against Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini

Apple has decided to drop the litigation it has against Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini smartphone due to the fact that Samsung isn’t planning on selling the device in the US market. With Apple’s raging pen war against Samsung’s other top devices, this is hardly a win for Samsung. At this point, I’m sure Samsung will take what they can get.

Apparently Apple didn’t see the need in including the S III Mini in the fight as long as the sales wont affect the much important US market.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-630.

source: Reuters

Samsung plans building expansion in San Jose area

Samsung announced today they are planning to build some new facilities in the San Jose area. Two new facilities will be constructed, with the first one being a 1.1 million square foot headquarters for sales and R&D staff with Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. The 10-story facility, which will include an “amenity pavilion” and a parking garage will be built on the site of the current semiconductor and display panel businesses just north of downtown San Jose. The second facility will be built for Samsung Information Systems America Inc., which will relocate its R&D center to a new 8.5-acre site with two new 6-story office buildings. The 385,000 square foot facility will include two new parking garages, will overlook the Sunnyvale golf course, and will be built to LEED Gold standards.

Hit the break for the full press release from Samsung.
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TalkAndroid Staff Picks: Best Android Phone for 2012

One of the best things about being on the Android side of the fence is the sheer number of phones available. Sure it can be confusing at times, but most of us prefer the flexibility that choice offers us. With so many phones, it’s not an easy task picking the best phone for the entire year. It’s nearly impossible to get everyone to agree since everyone is so different. We thought it would be cool to let each member of our incredible staff pick which phone they think is the Mac Daddy for 2012. Hit the break to find out the results and be sure to tell us your choice in the comments.


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F.Y.I.— Reports Are Coming In That Nexus 4 Smartphones Are Being Shipped Again

 

Those of you who are still patiently waiting for your Nexus 4 smartphone to arrive are officially in luck and will get the phone just in time for the start of the new year. According to various reports, Google has gone ahead and shipped out a new batch of smartphones to anxiously waiting customers. As good as the news is– both the 8GB and 16GB are still listed as sold out on the Play Store. This will no doubt make many Android fans continue to be peeved at Google for its Nexus 4 availability miscues. And of course, there are still no bumper cases available on the Play Store as of this writing as well. Still— you gotta hand it to Google for trying to do its best at least— one shipment at a time.

source: Android Central

OUYA developer Android gaming consoles now shipping

The long awaited Kickstarter-funded OUYA gaming console is finally upon us. Well, some of us at least. The team behind the Android based gaming cube has announced that units have begun shipping, keeping on schedule with its December 28th target date. The first batch is slated to arrive in the hands of eager developers by January 10th, which should give around four months of exclusivity before the consumer edition drops sometime in March or April.

Unlike other high profile Kickstarter projects, the OUYA team has managed to stay on schedule with its aggressive development strategy. Just four months after ending its massive funding campaign, OUYA is already on its way to thousands of backers, something that can be appreciated considering the astronomical $8.5 million raised.

Source: LaptopMag

ZTE blows the door down with the beautiful and beastly Grand S with 5-inch 1080p display, Quad-core S4 CPU, 13MP camera

ZTE has never been known for high quality phones, but  today the Chinese manufacturer pulled out all the stops and unveiled a new and stunningly beautiful super phone known as the Grand S. The unveiling comes a few weeks earlier than the big electronics trade show, CES, and is bound to make a big splash. This is truly a top-of-the line phone in every respect. The Grand S sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP camera all squeezed into an extremely svelte body coming in at only 6.9mm thin. It’s rumored to be built out of some sort of super-strong ceramic material and has a highly futuristic design with clean lines and nice curves. Best of all, it is said to come at a pretty affordable $450 (after exchange rates). We’ll know more at CES and will hopefully get some hands on time with this beast of a phone. If you want to see some more images, hit the break.  Does the Grand S change your view of ZTE? Will you buy one? 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year for Android enthusiasts!


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Samsung releases another clever ad, this time aimed at us working schmucks

 

Samsung is on a roll with their clever, catchy, and effective advertising. A new commercial released by the Korean company shows how your new Galaxy Note 2 can be used to multitask in both work and play, this time in an office environment. The ad keeps you entertained and shows you the effectiveness of their product…the opitome of great marketing. With advertising like this, it’s no wonder they are the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. Keep it up Sammy.

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More images of Huawei Ascend D2 surface

Smartphones with 5-inch screens capable of displaying 1080p video seem to be the sweet spot that several manufacturers are targeting at the moment. Another phone slated for unveiling at CES 2013 is the Huawei Ascend D2. As we recently reported, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Richard Yu believes the device is Huawei’s version of a “dream phone” with the impressive display backed by a quad-core 1.5GHz cpu. More images of the device have surfaced, revealing some additional details.
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