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?
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
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
Peacock Imports promised Android/Linux dual boot devices to backers who pledged $99 or more on indiegogo.com, a kickstarter-like site. They received 517 backers and easily met the $49,000 goal with a total of $72,707. The campaign ended yesterday but PengPod is taking pre-orders on the 7-inch (PenPod 700) and 10-inch (PengPod 1000) tablets as well as the 3.5-inch miniPC (PengStick). Pre-orders are live now and will ship in January 2013.
All three devices are powered by a 1.2ghz Cortex A8 ARM single core processor and have hdmi and USB ports. The tablets have front facing cameras and a 3300 mAh battery for the 7-inch and 6000 mAh for the 10-inch. For comparison’s sake, the Nexus 7 comes with a 4,325 mAh battery and the Nexus 10 comes with a 9,000 mAh battery. The PengPods and PengStick will run Android 4.0 and KDE Plasma Active to help with the Linux touch interface. Android will be installed on internal memory while Linux will boot from an SD card.
The first Samsung Galaxy Note featured a display of 5.3-inches, which many considered half phone half tablet (or phablet). Then came an actual tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, sported a 10.1-inch display. Of course more recently the original Note was upgraded to the Galaxy Note II with a slightly bigger display, at 5.5-inches. There has to be a 7-inch tablet in the works right? Well it looks like if that’s what is in your dreams, they just might be fulfilled. A recent NenaMark2 benchmark test has revealed the GT-N5100. Based on that model number it should be a Note device, and it happens to sport a 7-inch display. Other notables include a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 (same as Note II) and a Mali-400MP GPU. It will also come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We will most likely see this at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year. Anybody want to guess the price of this bad boy? I’m going with $299 for 16GB.
Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.
The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!
The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000′s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.
source: xda / donate
In some surprising news, it looks like we’ll be seeing more and more devices powered by MediaTek processors in the near-future. Hot off the heels of ZTE potentially developing a smartphone featuring a MediaTek 8-core processor, Sony has requested samples of MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core SoC. This specialized chip is an ARM Cortex A7-based unit that can be clocked up to 1.2GHz and has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU that can handle 1,280 x 720 displays— but the catch is the quad-core chip is relatively affordable compared to other units like those from Qualcomm, NVIDIA and even Samsung.What this means is that Sony may be trying to implement the processors into potential new designs and support the possibility that consumers may see some new (budget-minded) devices as soon as next year.
Bear in mind, however– that while Sony has requested SoC samples for testing– this doesn’t necessarily mean it will actually produce new smartphones utilizing MediaTek’s quad-core processors– it is only in the preliminary stages… for now. However, if testing does indeed go well, don’t be surprised if we see some new (budget-minded) Sony smartphones on the horizon.
source: Phone Arena
And while we’re on the topic of Samsung currently developing a faster processor, it’s only natural that we share some additional tidbits of news regarding some upcoming devices for the new year. According to SamMobile, Samsung currently has no fewer than three devices that are in the works and primed for an upcoming release. The biggest item in development is Samsung’s “Project J”— which is Samsung’s codename for its new Galaxy S line (presumably the Galaxy S IV). Although SamMobile’s insider could not provide specific details of the upcoming device, there are existing rumors indicating the new smartphone will have a new quad-core processor, a whopping 13MP camera and a 5-inch screen size, giving us a nice reference point to start out with.
The next few devices are certainly intriguing ones as well. First off, Samsung has plans on developing a new tablet which is primed to compete directly with the ASUS Transformer line of tablets. The device will come in at 13.3-inches and have a full QWERTY dock as an option, for those of you who prefer that sort of thing. The next device up is a watered-down Galaxy Note II-type device, which will have a larger-than-life screen, but will feature modest specs like a slower processor and likely a reduced screen resolution, etc.
Of course we can’t take this to be factual for now, so we’ll just wait and see for this latest news to unfold.
Considering Samsung continues to churn out powerhouse after powerhouse, it’s fairly conceivable that it has its sights on developing even better and more powerful processors for future devices, right? It sure seems to be the case as Sammy is rumored to be developing an even faster version of its quad-core Exynos processor line. According to the gang at SamMobile, Sammy is currently developing a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor dubbed the Exynos 5440— which is based off ARM’s new Cortex A15 technology. The processor has a reference board identified as “SSDK5440″ and should be head and shoulders above the Exynos 5250 processor— which is also Cortex-A15-based, but “only” a dual-core processor. Indeed it looks like the latest information seems to line up with earlier rumors involving Sammy’s “next big thing”.
Unfortunately there are no additional details like what the processor speed will be or what GPU will compliment the processor, but the thought of an even faster processor sure will many mouths salivating. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get them.