The Samsung Galaxy Note II will land on all major U.S. carriers in time for the holidays, and if you’re an AT&T customer, they just announced that you can grab yours on November 9. It will be priced at $299 and pre-orders will start on October 25th. It will carry the same specs as the international Galaxy Note II, which include the whopping 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) display, quad-core Exynos processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Note II will be the second quad-core LTE phone to hit AT&T, while the LG Optimus G will be the first because it will debut one week earlier. The upcoming HTC One X+ will be the third. It’s going to be one speedy holiday season.
Full press release after the break:
You may recall that there’s a ton of things (like this or this too) you can in with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but an artist just took things to a different level. An artist named Gérémy Arène took the tablet and when paired with Sketchbook Mobile, he created a masterpiece from scratch. Don’t take our word for it— hit the source link below to check out the art piece used solely with the S Pen in action.
source: Android Central
Sony definitely has a few aces up its sleeve for its devices, thanks to a listing on the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) in Europe. According to the listing, Sony has successfully trademarked “MyXperia”, which provides a means to “upload, storage, retrieval, download, transmission and delivery of digital content and media“. All in all– this clearly points to Sony likely set on introducing its own type of cloud storage solution for its wide range of Xperia devices, but we won’t assume too much until we hear what “MyXperia” is exactly directly from Sony.
source: Xperia Blog
In a stunning turn of events, the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid. If you recall, the patent focuses on an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen on a mobile device. While this ruling isn’t final, this means that all 20 claims of Apple’s patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid— which includes an important one used against Samsung during their epic battle in the U.S. courts. The effect of this is major too: while we have a long way to go during the appeals process, this is perhaps the first step needed for Samsung to have the courts potentially overrule at least some of the major rulings.
source: The Next Web
I know the Optimus G on AT&T and Sprint is on many an Android fan’s wish list this fall. However, this bit of news may curb that enthusiasm just a bit. Our pals over at Android Central have personally written LG and received this response from LG themselves:
The Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader.
Straight and to the point. I can’t say that this comes as a huge surprise, it’s just a little perplexing why manufacturers continue to do this. But there it is, right there in black and white. How will this decision affect your decision on a new device, if at all? LG Nexus anyone?
source: Android Central
Amazon has just announced that its brand-new Kindle Fire HD has become its best selling product since launch. No specific number of sales was mentioned, but the company did reveal that a fresh OTA update would be arriving soon, bringing with it a new feature called “FreeTime”. The new FreeTime service will allow parents to restrict their child’s access to specific applications, inevitably allowing for complete control over their children’s tablet use. Parents can create a list of restricted applications and set a time limit on those that aren’t. We suspect this will be a huge benefit for families that share their Kindles.
The Kindle Fire HD has undoubtedly proven itself to be a major competitor in the inexpensive tablet game. Although, with the impending release of a 10-inch Nexus tablet, it’s hard to recommend that anybody purchase one. Additionally, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will be making its way to market on November 20th, so if your mind is set on a Kindle Fire you may want to wait until then. For more information you can read the full PR after the jump.
Last week Google announced they were re-introducing their Google Chromebook laptop. Today the device appeared in the Google Play Store with a price of $249. Interested buyers can sign up to be notified when it is ready for purchase, which is expected to be in only a few days.
In news that I’m sure many of you will be excited to hear (or read in this case); it looks like the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s network is imminent – as in Wednesday, October 24th. We caught wind of this possibility two weeks ago via an internal T-Mobile screenshot, however, as always, we tempered that enthusiasm and had to file it under “rumor status.” However, the good news is now confirmed as T-Mobile stores have begun to receive shipments for the October 24th release.
Google kind of, sort of, in a way revealed a new Google Wallet today. Google made a new web page available where users can sign up for an invite to their new Google Wallet app. After signing in at the landing page, users are presented with a choice as to what kind of device they have. Two options other than Android are included – iOS and Other. So it looks like Google Wallet is expanding beyond the Android ecosystem. Beyond the choices presented Google gives no other information in letting those signing up know what to expect or when to expect it other than they will receive an invite “when it’s ready.”
What do you think? Is expansion beyond Android mobile devices all there is to this or does Google have some other improvements planned? If you want to sign-up for an invite, hit the source link.
source: New Google Wallet Sign-up
Camera Zoom FX has consistently proven itself to be the go-to replacement camera application for Android smartphones, and today the app has been given a major overhaul. The update to version 4.0 brings a brand new user interface and several enhancements to the software’s photo capturing functionality.
New features include:
- Portrait mode
- Brightness, exposure
- ISO, metering
- Horizon and Stable indicators
- Golden spiral grid
- New timer UI
- Pinch zoom
- Set review durn
- Prevent screen timeout
- Light leaks + bokeh
- New frames: elegant
- Gallery to view, share and delete
- Support for xhdpi
- Facebook sharing
- Flip photo
The developers behind Camera Zoom FX
have also reassured us that the overall speed of the application has been improved, thanks to support for hardware acceleration. So, if you’re a user of the camera replacement app, be sure to download the update from the Play Store and let us know what you think in the comments.
Play Store Download Link