Samsung Confirms The Galaxy Note II Will Land In U.S. By “Later In 2012″

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As great as the recent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note II was yesterday, many of you out here in the States are wondering when the device will land in U.S. retailers, right? Well Samsung confirmed yesterday that the 5.5-inch behemoth will indeed be available “later in 2012″. Here’s the full statement below:

 

“Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Building on the success of the original Galaxy Note, we’re confident that the Galaxy Note II continues to redefine what consumers should expect from their smartphone and delivers a powerful, innovative and unique experience. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available”.

 

Considering we’re nearing the end of Q3, it shouldn’t be too much longer of a wait and we won’t have to wait as long as we did for the original Galaxy Note to hit U.S. shores. Any of you folks plan on copping on the Galaxy Note II?

source: The Verge

 

Amazon Launches Appstore For European Countries

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We here in the States may have taken advantage of Amazon’s Appstore for a while now, but those abroad in Europe have not had the luxury of enjoying the alternative marketplace— until today. After what’s seemed like an eternity, Amazon announced today that it’s bringing its famed Appstore to the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain and gives those European customers access to Amazon’s selection of Android apps from phones and tablets. As an added bonus, Amazon will also be including those famed “Free App of the Day” like Angry Birds.

Hopefully Amazon’s increased exposure from the Appstore will give it a leg up on the European marketplace. We know you’re itching for more details, so hit the break to find the full presser from Amazon.

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Apple’s Recent Victory Is A Blessing In Disguise For Samsung: Research Shows Increased Galaxy S III Sales Since Verdict

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Samsung may have a recent $1 billion verdict against itself, but it looks like the recent dogfight it had against Apple has had a rather profound benefit: increased Galaxy S III sales. According to Trip Chowdhry who is the managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research, customers “rushed” to buy the Galaxy S III smartphone after the verdict was announced. In terms of specifics— Chowdhry used a sample of three Costco stores and found two of three Costco stores were completely sold out of the AT&T version of the smartphone. In addition, Chowdhry found that out of a sample of 5 AT&T stores, every store experienced “significant sales” of the smartphone and more importantly— outsold the Apple iPhone 4S.

Talk about the recent ruling backfiring against Apple, sheesh. Samsung has yet another reason to smile on top of its existing millions upon millions of sales and maybe consumers aren’t so blind after all.

source: Forbes

HTC makes the Desire X official

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We’ve been hearing a lot of about the Desire X (aka Proto) for a while now, so it’s no surprise that HTC just officially announced it. This one is going to be a lower to mid-level phone, but it packs a lot for the price. It features a 4-inch (800 x 480) display, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 5MP rear camera, Beats integration, 4GB of storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sense 4.0. Unlike the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, the Desire X will sport HTC’s image chip, and it’s paired with a f/2.0, 28mm wide-angle lens. This means you should be able to take some pretty nice photos even though it’s only 5MP. Just like most HTC phones, users will get 25GB of Free storage via Dropbox.

As far as availability goes, it will be available in selected markets across EMEA and Asia Pacific from September 2012. No pricing was specified.

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Samsung’s Unpacked at IFA 2012 event now available to watch online

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Did you miss out on Samsung’s action-filled IFA keynote earlier today? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The entire Unpacked event is now available to stream online, so you can relive the magic as Samsung unveils its Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera and much, much more. If you’ve already watched the Galaxy Note II announcement video, you can skip to the 45-minute mark to catch the rest of the show. However, if you’re interested in watching the full presentation, including the unveiling of the company’s new line of Windows 8-powered Ativ products, you can watch the full video after the break.

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Google Search App Gets Updated To Include Even More Functionality For Google Now

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A major update has just launched for us Jelly Bean users who use Google’s Search app, which helps users to keep track of our important information better than ever. The Search app has been updated to version 2.0.5.443668 and brings impressive features to Google Now such as:

 

  • Movies – see movie showtimes and more 
  • Public alerts – receive emergency messages such as storm warnings and earthquake alerts
  • The ability to add favorite sports teams  from over 140 soccer, football (finally!!!!), hockey and baseball teams to follow in real time, right from Settings
  • Support for Korea

 

The ability to add your favorite sports teams is probably the biggest feature yet— especially for the football fanatics out there. In case you’re wondering, app is available in the Play Store today for all Jelly Bean users, so be sure to grab the latest version of the app when possible so you can you know, stay on top of those showtimes or important games/matches.

 

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Audiobooks.com App For Android Lets You Listen To Unlimited Books On Your Smartphone, Gives You Another Reason To “Read” The Hunger Games

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Audiobooks are loved by many— especially those of us who happen to have long commutes to and from work or school. While audiobooks aim to make things just a little easier for individuals on the go, the more traditional forms of audiobooks can be very expensive with an average price of $20 – $30 for each one. Fortunately, relief is at hand as the up and coming audiobook service Audiobooks.com has unveiled its new Android app which provides a unique interface for navigating the book library and controlling playback, while also giving users the ability to download up to two books at a time to listen offline– which may be helpful especially to those of you on those tightened data plans. Among the 15,000 available titles include The Hunger Games and Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio.

For those of you who are interested— the Audiobooks.com subscription will run you about $25 per month but again— you get unlimited access to its entire library of titles. So if you’re a Froyo 2.2+ user and have a hankering for some good books to read listen to, be sure to grab the app today in the Play Store or by scanning the QR code below.

 

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Google releases new Nexus 7 commercial

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The Nexus 7 has taken the entry-level tablet market by storm, and Google has just released a brand new advertisement for the 7-inch powerhouse. The commercial, titled “Curious” plays off the same emotions as the company’s first commercial, showing how useful the media-centric tablet can be for a younger audience. Additionally, this is the first time Google has shown off its Google Now platform on video, which is something that could potentially spark massive interest with the public. Rather than me spoil the video for you, we’ve embedded it after the break. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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CyanogenMod 9.1 now being pushed out with SimplyTapp NFC integration

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Mobile payments have yet to catch on with the majority of smartphone users, but CyanogenMod is trying to change that through its partnership with SimplyTapp. Starting today, official builds of CyanogenMod 9.1 are being pushed out with SimplyTapp NFC integration, allowing users to make payments from their smartphones with a single tap. Currently, the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S II are supported, as well as a wide range of devices that have built-in NFC. Builds are rolling out right now, so if you’re interested in hopping on the mobile payment bandwagon, catch the official instructions and downloads after the break.

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Beats Audio to introduce its own smartphone, TV and iTunes-like service

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Beats Audio has come along way since the launch of its first pair of headphones in 2010, but a new report suggests the company could be expanding its offerings. According to sources familiar with the matter, Beats is in the process of developing its very own Android-powered smartphone. While it’s rumored that HTC will manufacture the handset, there will be no branding on the phone to indicate so. Additionally, the company will be creating its own custom UI, exclusively designed for the new hardware. This news comes just weeks after HTC decided to sell back half of its stake in the audio equipment producer.

Interestingly, a smartphone isn’t the only thing in development, as the same source has also confirmed that the company will launch a smart TV in collaboration with Samsung. The television set will feature “Beats connect”, which is designed to compete head-to-head with the Apple TV. The idea is to allow users to be able to stream music from a smartphone or laptop to a nearby TV, similar to the way AirPlay functions. This new feature will complement Beats Audio’s upcoming music outlet, code-named Daisy, which will offer a subscription-based model for media streaming.

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