Samsung Launches Drive Link App For Drivers

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Samsung is looking to make things just a little easier for drivers with its Drive Link app— especially for those of us who have the habit of using our devices while driving. Drive Link gives users access to the most popular apps while driving like talking hands-free, navigation and listening to music. In addition, some of the cool Drive Link features includ having the ability to utilize Text-to-Speech technology— which will allow the system to read text messages, emails and stories via a car’s infotainment system or the navigation system utilizing GPS features, allowing the user to select preset, recent or favorite destinations, or search for a specific address.

The innovative app will be available for the international version of the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) smartphone first, followed by other Android 4.0-powered smartphones shortly afterwards. For those of you that care– Samsung has plans to launch the app in 21 countries… none of which includes the US.

source: Samsung Tomorrow




Apple-Samsung jury foreman Vel Hogan on the jury: ‘Nobody owned an iPhone’ [Video]

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There has been a lot of talk about Apple getting “home field advantage” in the recent Apple vs. Samsung case on patent infringement. Recently jury foreman Vel Hogan sat down with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West”, and said that none of the jury members owned an iPhone. Of course that wasn’t all as the interview was roughly 17 minutes long. You may wonder what evidence seemed the most damaging, and Hogan mentions the fact that Google warned Samsung that their prototypes resembled Apple’s, but Samsung ignored it. He also mentioned J.K. Shin’s internal email that said the comparison between the iPhone and Samsung’s prototypes was that of “heaven and earth.”

source: bloomberg


LG Officially Announces The LG Optimus G LTE Smartphone, Features Snapdragon S4 Pro And Android 4.0 Goodness

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Well we can’t say that we’re too surprised here. After hearing about a certain LG quad-core device being worked on behind the scenes, it took a few more hints like Qualcomm being all giddy and even a tease from LG to really generate more interest and excitement. Of course, after seeing the device in plain view would naturally cause LG to go ahead and spill the beans on the LG Optimus G. The superphone has features that you would expect in a premium device: a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a whopping 13MP camera + 1.3MP front camera, 2,100mAh battery and a 4.7-inch True HD IPS 1280 x 768 display. Oh and the device will feature Android 4.0.

The LTE-powered device will launch in Korea next month, followed by a global launch by the end of the year. All that’s left to see now is how many customers would be willing to take a gamble on the questionable history of the LG brand and go for what will unquestionably be one of the best (if not, the best) smartphones of 2012.

source: LG Newsroom


New Jelly Bean ROM Now Available For… The Original Droid?

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In November, the original DROID turns three. That makes it officially “long in the tooth” when it comes to smartphones. It’s the phone that really put Android on the map, and for that it holds a special place in many developers’ hearts. One such XDA developer, kfazz, has just extended the life of the DROID by releasing a pretty stable Jelly Bean ROM.

The ROM seems to run quite well. Obviously, the three year old hardware can’t keep up with today’s devices, but Project Butter shows through even on lesser hardware. The only thing not quite working yet is the camera, but give it time.

Hit the break to see a video of Jelly Bean running on the DROID, and head on over to XDA for the download link.

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HTC Proto re-emerges in leaked retail documents and photos as the Desire X

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HTC’s rumored Proto smartphone has been outed in a set of leaked retail documents and photos as the Desire X. The device is slated to take over as the company’s entry-level smartphone, effectively replacing the uniquely-styled One V. In terms of specs, the Desire X won’t break any records, though it seems to pack quite the bang for your buck.

  • 4 inch WVGA (Super LCD)
  • 5-megapixel camera with Auto focus and LED Flash
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • MicroSD Slot
  • Dropbox 25GB for 2 years
  • 1650 mAh battery(removable)
  • Beats Audio
  • Android 4.0.4
  • Sense 4.1

Motorola DROID RAZR M 4G LTE leaks for Verizon, packs 4.3-inch qHD display and Android 4.0

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Earlier this week, we discovered Motorola’s intention to announce a new phone alongside the Droid RAZR HD at its event on September 5th, but new evidence has prematurely revealed Motorola’s secret. Dubbed the Droid RAZR M 4G LTE, the new handset will feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED Advanced display, a dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chipset and 1GB of RAM. Users will also get an 8-megapixel rear shooter capable of recording 1080p video, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, full GSM / HSPA+ global roaming capabilities and 8GB of internal storage with room for expansion via MicroSD. The RAZR M 4G LTE will launch with Motorola’s customized version of Android 4.0, complete with virtual soft keys.

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New Google TV box, Hisense Pulse, set for mid-November release at under $99

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As we reported earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Hisense is set to reveal a new sub-$100 Google TV box at IFA starting later this week. Hisense has now released an official press release with more details regarding their forthcoming device. Set to be named the Pulse, Hisense says it will be priced at $99 or less. The new set top box will have support for up to 1080p high definition and comes with a variety of connection options including USB, HDMI, Ethernet and wifi. Hisense indicates the remote will be two-sided, with one side getting a dedicated Netflix button and the other side getting a full QWERTY keyboard. Hisense indicates the device will be available from major retailers starting in mid-November. Hit the break for the press release on this latest entrant into the Google TV set top box market. » Read the rest

Samsung Shares Drop $12 billion In Light of Verdict and Potential Ban

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Samsung Electronics Co.’s market value dropped a whopping $12 billion today in lieu of Friday’s ruling which ordered the Korean electronics company to pay over $1B in damages from patent infringement. Despite Samsung’s wide array of products and services, phones and tablets make up roughly 70% of the company’s earnings.

The ruling isn’t the only factor affecting the plummeted shares as Apple is currently seeking a ban on eight of Samsung’s smartphones, among them the widely popular Galaxy S II. In addition there is growing concern that the verdict may lead to Apple bringing on a second lawsuit which could lead to a ban of Samsung’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, which has already accounted for sales over 10 million units since its May debut. Apple is planning to file a sales injunction against Samsung on September 20.

According to an internal memo sent this morning to its employees and the media, Samsung is trying to rally its employees and hasn’t given up the fight. What do you think? Is this a hurdle Samsung can easily jump over? Will this hurt Samsung, Google, and the Android operating system? Tell us what you think!

Source: Reuters

Samsung SCH-I200 (aka Jasper) for Verizon gets official name outed through Best Buy product page: Samsung Galaxy Stellar

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If you recall recently, we finally saw a glimpse of the mysterious entry-level Samsung SCH-I200 (aka “Jasper”) smartphone shortly after passing through the FCC. Thanks to Best Buy jumping the gun, the official name of the phone has been outed, courtesy of a leaked product page. According to the Best Buy product page for the device, we now have proof that the Samsung SCH-I200 will hit retail stores as the Samsung Galaxy Stellar. Although no specifics are mentioned on Best Buy’s site regarding the device’s storage or type of CPU, we do know it’ll run $99 with a 2-year contract and will sport the following specs:

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
  • LTE
  • 4″ 800×480 display
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
  • Bluetooth
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Android, iOS adoption dwarfs PC adoption of the 80’s by factor of 10

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Flurry Analytics, a research firm studying technology adoption, announced results of a study they recently completed looking at adoption rates for the Android and iOS operating systems. Based on data from the first five years of widespread adoption, the study revealed some interesting insights. Compared to adoption of PC technology in the 80’s, Android and iOS adoption is occurring at a rate that is 10 times faster. Of the previous technologies studied, adoption of web technologies came closest to the two smartphone operating systems at one half the growth rate. More recently, Android and iOS grew at a rate three times faster than the explosion of social networking sites. » Read the rest