We get to see a lot of new stuff at CES, but apparently there are a few things not shown publicly as well. According to Korean media, Samsung showed a foldable display for smartphones to VIPs at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas during CES.
If you remember, Samsung recently had a patent for a foldable display, so this is no surprise. According to sources, the display is AMOLED, measures 5.68-inches, and is made with a film-like polymide substrate. The display is touch sensitive and might support pen recognition.
The Android 4.4.2 update for the global Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaked over the weekend, which apparently was a sign that the official update was right around the corner. Just like that, the official update is now rolling.
This is the Snapdragon version of the device and the build number is N9005XXUENA6. So far, it has only hit devices in Poland via Kies, but we imagine it will hit other regions in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully over-the-air as well. We can only assume the Galaxy S 4 won’t be far behind. Hit the break for the changelog.
Samsung’s next flagship, presumably the Galaxy S 5, could be revealed at an event held in London in mid-March. According to Italian journalist Flavio, a reliable source has said that Samsung is holding a “global launch (S5?) event” in two months. This makes sense as the company chose to launch the GS4 in New York City last year. It seems as if they want to separate themselves from Mobile World Congress’ crowded field.
As for the device’s specifications, we have heard that it could feature iris scanning technology and a 2K display. Samsung has said it wants to return to the same approach it took with the Galaxy S III. When the Galaxy S 4 was released, many felt it was too similar to its predecessor. Look for the Galaxy S 5 to feature a new design, potentially a metal body. Also, it will launch beside the next Galaxy Gear smart watch. Read more
We do know that Nokia has been working on a forked Android device codenamed Normandy. We do know that it sports many colors just as all of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices do. We do (sort of) know what the user interface looks like. We even know some specs thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark leak. And now we know what the engineering prototype looks like. The image above was tweeted by @seamissu earlier today and @evleaks was kind enough to retweet it, likely meaning that this is valid.
If Nokia releases the budget-friendly Normandy, will you be interested? Read more
This afternoon, @evleaks tweeted an image of what is Motorola’s DROID Ultra with a different look. The image above shows the Ultra with a red stripe going down the center and the capacitive buttons lit red. This is the same device that leaked on eBay in September. @evleaks asks his followers if they remember this “Employee Edition” of the device. What could it mean? Well, perhaps Verizon is considering releasing this Limited Edition model to the general public. Read more
Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?
Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.
How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.
The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.
Source: Phone Arena
Asus is expected to launch its Transformer Pad TF502T soon— the tablet will be extremely similar to the company’s VivoTab RT TF600T in design and specs, but will run Android rather than Windows 8.
It is expected to be 8.3mm-thin, will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, a keyboard dock, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NFC capabilities, an 8MP shooter,2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 32GB of Asus WebStorage for three years, and will ship with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.
The Windows counterpart of the device is currently going for $299.99 on Amazon, so the Android-powered version, considering its similar specs, should go for around the same price. Release/announcement date is still unannounced.
Source: Phone Arena
HTC finally caught a break! One of Nokia’s patent lawsuits against HTC in Germany has been dismissed. Wondering what the lawsuit was about? Apparently Nokia owns a patent on receiving phone calls on a device while it’s updating. We’ll argue about how silly that patent is later.
HTC was clearly thrilled about the news, and they believe that it may eventually lead to Nokia’s patent being invalidated. Nokia, on the other hand, may try to appeal the case, but I can’t imagine they’d have much more luck a second time around.
We finally have some good patent lawsuit news. Hopefully we’ll see more of that in 2014.
source: FOSS Patents
via: Android Authority
Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…
Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.
It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.