The unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini could be just days away after several invites have been sent for a Samsung event that will take place on October 11th. While the invite was in German, the slogan is roughly translated to “something small will be really big”, and “get ready for a little sensation.” While it’s not confirmed to be the S III Mini, one can put two and two together and assume that it will be.
Not much is known about the S III Mini and what specs it will have, but you should be able to expect it to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Over the last few weeks we have reported on some new Motorola devices ready to hit the market. One of the surprises has been the “budget phone” Motorola DROID RAZR M. At least, that is the name the device will go by in the U.S. Over in the UK, Motorola released the same device with an Intel Medfield chipset and a new name, the Motorola RAZRi.
Interested buyers can now get this Ice Cream Sandwich powered device from Phones4U for free, but you will have to sign up for at least a two year contract at £21.50 (about $35 USD) per month. To help entice early adopters, Phones4U is including a pair of MOTOROKR S305 wireless headphones to the first 500 people to place an online order.
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Earlier HTC announced the One X+ as their newest flagship phone, but said that a separate announcement would take place for the U.S. Well AT&T didn’t take long to announce their intent to carry the quad-core beast as well as another phone called the One VX.
The One X+ (pictured above) will be the first quad-core phone in the U.S. with LTE capability thanks to the latest 1.7GHz Tegra 3 chipset. The rest of the specs are the same which include a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 1.6MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. They didn’t announce pricing or when it will launch, but hopefully by the end of the month.
I have some sad news for those of you in the UK who happened to splurge on a brand new Galaxy Note II smartphone. While we expected devices outside Korea to feature that awesome and coveted multi-window multitasking feature, it appears that some of the international models released in the UK do not feature the customized multi-window multitasking feature. According to various reports, some of the models that feature the older N7100XXALIE firmware does not allow for the multitasking. Conversely, other models that have the newer N7100XXALIH firmware will indeed have the multi-window multitasking feature. If you live in the UK and want to see what firmware you have, be sure to go to your Settings –> About Device in order to see if you are or aren’t affected by this.
We’re sure that the few of you who are affected are no doubt disappointed, but the hope is that Samsung will be consistent with its stellar track record– and promptly update the smartphone with consistent firmware so that all owners will be able to enjoy the feature, not some. After all, these people want to get their full money’s worth, right?
source: Android Central
It was only a matter of time before Samsung threw the next slap in its epic catfight against Apple. After Apple’s massive victory, Samsung vowing sweet revenge and of course, the recent release of the iPhone 5 smartphone, Samsung has gone ahead and asked the courts to allow it to include the iPhone 5 in its countersuit. In this filing, Samsung alleges Apple infringed on the same patents as other devices which includes standards-essential 3G patents and specific feature patents. The countersuit is still quite young and developing, so it’s uncertain of whether or not the courts will allow it to include the iPhone 5 added to the list of devices to flag for. Then again, there is the belief that Samsung will be allowed to include the iPhone 5 among the infringing devices, so we should formally see it when both parties convene in November.
So where we stand now is Apple trying to ban many Samsung devices for infringement, while Samsung on the other hand, has filed a counterclaim and is now trying to ban multiple Apple devices on the basis of 3G and LTE standards. Boy, oh boy this is getting tough to keep track of. Sheesh.
source: The Verge
October is officially here, so you know it’s time for some distribution stats for Android lovers (and subsequent haters). Like any other distribution study, the Android team takes time and does measurements of devices that access the Play Store and verifies which version of the Android OS users are on when accessing the Play Store. As you can see per the lovely pie chart and grid, we see that Gingerbread 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 overwhelmingly runs the majority of Android devices, though you can see the tasty Ice Cream Sandwich OS slowly creeping up— taking a 23.7% market share. Looking beyond those two versions of Android is the sudden growth of Jelly Bean 4.1: it’s now at a steady 1.8% representing all Android devices at this time. Considering will see imminent Jelly Bean updates on devices like this, and this… and this too— expect the trend grow even more.
All in all, it’s a wonderful time for Android as we’re really starting to see the newer versions appear on more and more devices. I’m definitely curious to see how much market share Gingerbread loses as we approach the end of the year. Hit the source for more details.
source: Android Developers
Earlier today HTC announced their newest flagship, the One X+, which will come pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. We originally thought the latest version of Sense would be version 4.5, but either way it’s an updated version. As we expected, HTC will also upgrade the One X, the One S, and the One XL to both Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. They will start with the international unlocked versions this month, followed by the carrier branded versions. How long it will take for the carriers to approve and deploy the update is anyone’s guess. Those of you in the U.S. with the AT&T One X and the T-Mobile One S will eventually receive it, but again it’s going to be up to both of those carriers. I’m hopeful that all devices will receive it by the end of the year.
If you own a One V, unfortunately it wasn’t mentioned as receiving the upgrade, which isn’t good news at all. I guess that’s going to be a trait for all economy phones moving forward. Manufacturers just aren’t going to put the time into them as they assume those customers aren’t as concerned with those that buy mid to upper tier phones.
HTC finally took the wraps off of the One X+, and as expected, it’s going to have more speed, more storage, and more battery life. There’s nothing shocking about the specs only because most of the rumors came true. It will sport a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 AP37 processor, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 8MP rear camera with ImageSense, 1.6MP front camera, a 2100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Sense 4+. Originally the rumors showed an 1800mAh battery, but we heard it would actually be larger so that’s a good thing. As far as RAM, nobody was ever sure, but we were hoping for 2GB. I guess HTC feels that 1GB will be enough to handle Sense 4+ on top of stock Jelly Bean.
The One X+ will launch in Europe and North Asia in early October and South Asia in November. We fully expect it to arrive in North America as well, but nothing was mentioned other than a separate announcement will take place. No pricing was specified, so we will have to wait till the carriers post something.
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A new ROM labeled as I535VRALHD has leaked for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III. This new ROM includes a new baseband radio that is supposed to improve 4G signal strength and includes several other improvements such as battery life. Sadly, the ROM is still ICS 4.0.4 and not a Jelly Bean build, but any improvement is still good nonetheless. If you’re interested in installing this onto your device then follow the instructions in the source link provided.
Also, let us know your experience with the new version and if you’ve noticed any noticeable improvements!
The Galaxy S III is undoubtedly one of the most powerful smartphones manufactured. With the international version featuring a quad-core Exynos processor, it is hard not to love. In addition, Samsung creatively gave consumers a variety of different color choices including blue, white, and the infamous garnet red.
The blue and white models have made up the majority of Galaxy S III sales, while the garnet red color has been very limited. Unfortunately, due to AT&T’s agreement with Samsung Mobile, the premier color was exclusively sold through their network only. This was kind of a let down for fans who craved the red design.