If you have ever been holding your smartphone and thought to yourself, “I wish I could flip this thing open like we did with flip phones back in the day in order to use an old style number pad,” Samsung may have just what you need. Over the past few weeks we have seen a couple rumors about a Samsung device with a clamshell form factor going by the name “Samsung Galaxy Folder.” A new image has surfaced confirming such a device is real. Sources indicate “Galaxy Golden” is the name Samsung may use to market the device.
The most recently pictured device, the SHV-E400K, is reported to be equipped with a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and is LTE capable. The two screens are both WVGA.
You may have noticed the model number for this latest device differs from previous reports of the clamshell smartphone. Previous leaks had the model designation as SCH-W789, so it is not clear whether this is the same device or whether Samsung may have two clamshell devices in the works.
The Galaxy Golden is supposedly headed to the South Korean markets with carriers SKT and KT. There is a chance it could land on China Mobile as well. Outside of those markets, it is not clear whether Samsung will send it anywhere else.
Sure the sweet-looking HTC One mini has been announced, but most Americans don’t quite know if they’ll have a shot of getting the intriguing new device. Fortunately, AT&T users who are in the market for a new device can start scraping up a spare buck or two thanks to a mystery variant of the smartphone that hit the FCC hallways recently. This PO58220 variant of the device features what seems to be AT&T-compatible HSPA+ and LTE frequencies, all but confirming that the fine customers on Ma Bell will have yet another juicy smartphone to choose from. Sadly, as exciting as this tidbit of news is for AT&T customers, it’s still looking like the rest of you probably shouldn’t hold your breath and expect this device to hit your network anytime soon.
If you’re a Verizon customer and praying for the little brother of the Galaxy S 4, your prayers are going to be answered. Leaked images show the Galaxy S 4 Mini (SCH-i435) with the Verizon logo. Unfortunately, we have no idea when Big Red plans on releasing it. With the DROIDs and the Moto X hitting in August, we might not see this one until September.
So far, Verizon appears to be the only U.S. carrier willing to offer the Galaxy S 4 Mini. With the DROID Mini launching in a few weeks, I wouldn’t have put my money on Verizon, but they constantly amaze me. Hit the break for another pic of the Mini posing with the iPhone 5.
It wasn’t a huge win for Samsung, but at least it was something. Back in June, the U.S. International Trade Commission awarded Samsung a sales ban on AT&T models of the iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G. Yes, I know these are older devices, but it was one of the very few wins for Samsung.
Apparently the Obama Administration seems to be fans of the Romper Room style iOS because they just vetoed the ban. Hit the break for the full text.
If you thought Android’s strong performance in the tablet market was impressive, check out these quarterly results for smartphone shipments. According to Strategy Analytics, Android devices account for an incredible 79.50% of devices shipped in Q2 of 2013. Four out of every 5 devices shipped ran some version of Android. That’s beyond impressive. It’s a growth of exactly 10% from 69.50% last year in Q2, and most of the growth came at the expense of 3% of Apple’s marketshare and 7% of the remaining “Other” category. Read more
We’ve been hearing rumors and details about Samsung’s own smartwatch since before the Galaxy S 4 was even released, but nothing concrete ever popped up. However, Samsung appears to have trademarked “Galaxy Gear,” which is for a “wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch.” Galaxy smartwatch, anyone?
Most manufacturers are at least toying with the idea of a smartwatch, so it shouldn’t surprise any of us to see Samsung moving forward with those plans. And personally, I think Galaxy Gear is a really cool name. Hopefully we’ll some solid details of this in the next few weeks whenever we hear about the Note III.
HTC is supposed to released the HTC Max (codenamed T6) during the 3rd quarter, and we finally have some pictures of it. Unsurprisingly, it looks a lot like an HTC One, only bigger. The HTC Max is a phablet if you will, with a 5.9-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display. It will also have the latest and greatest form Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 2MP front camera, and 3,300mAh battery. It is also supposed to be 9.4mm thick.
Three variants are being created for China: TD-SCDMA for China Mobile, CDMA for China Telecom, and WCDMA for China Unicom. I would expect to see this one in the states as well, but don’t expect it on all four carriers at the start. With Verizon not even launching the HTC One yet, this could end up being their 4th quarter HTC device.
One more pic after the break.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. By far the biggest news this week has to be the unveiling of the Moto X. It’s was one of the most hyped up phones, but did it deliver? We also saw Chromecast get root, but in a flash, it was taken away. The new Kindle Fire specs leaked, but seriously folks, why would you consider a Kindle Fire when you can grab the new Nexus 7? Google announced the much needed Android Device Manager for tracking and wiping/locking lost devices.
It was definitely a busy week, but things aren’t slowing down anytime soon with the big LG G2 announcement next week. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Some recent documents have emerged that detail a few slightly invasive things the FBI can do to access Android devices, and it’s some pretty scary stuff. Apparently, in an effort to keep up with criminals and technology, the FBI has developed a few techniques that blur ethical boundaries, including developing software that basically acts like malware to mine data from computers, as well as some technology that would allow them to remotely activate the microphone on a laptop or Android device without user knowledge. PRISM part 2, anyone?
Naturally, no parties involved have publicly said anything about any of these documents or accusations. A former US official did say that these techniques were generally only used in cases related to terrorism or child pornography, so there’s really no reason to think the FBI wants to listen in on your phone calls to make plans with your buddies for the weekend. Still, though, the potential is there, and that’s a pretty scary thought, especially with all the privacy concerns that have been leaking all over the internet every week. Rule of thumb: if you don’t want anyone to find out about it, don’t use your phone to tell others about it. Better safe than sorry, right?
source: Wall Street Journal
When the Google Play Edition devices were announced there was much speculation as to how soon after the Nexus family received an update that they themselves would receive updates. If latest update from Google is any indication the answer is quite quickly. Just a little over a week after Android 4.3 was announced and pushed to the Nexus tree the GPe devices are starting to see the update hit. The download is 150MB and 180MB for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One respectively. The update will bring your device to build JWR66V.
The folks over at AnandTech have done some digging and from what it appears, there are some significant changes with this update. Besides increased icon sizes on widget panels the HTC One now has working IR. The S 4 now has Bluetooth tethering which should make you Google Glass wearers out there happy. Besides that there are a few aesthetic changes with the solid black background in the S4 settings being changed to the vanilla Android 4.x gradient.
So if you have one of these two devices you can check for the update in the Settings > About Phone > System updates section. After you get the update you’ll be able to experience the buttery goodness they remelted into Android 4.3. Enjoy!