Samsung kicks off the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge with over $200,000 in prizes

With the Samsung Galaxy Note now available worldwide, Samsung is looking to get more developers on board. We already covered some really cool apps, but as cool as they are, it’s only the tip of the iceberg because the possibilities with the Galaxy Note are endless. Basically, Samsung delivered the coolest phone in the land, but it’s the developer community that will make the Note extra special.

Samsung is kicking off the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge to entice developers to come up with some really innovative stuff. It actually kicks off today and will run through April 2. Over $200,000 in prizes will be given out with the grand prize being $100,000 cash. Samsung will even host a S Pen SDK training webinar to help you get started.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Receives Hands-on Treatment At MWC 2012

We’re not sure where Samsung thinks they’re not doing very well in the tablet market, because I think their products are some of the most innovative out there.  Maybe if Apple would stop suing them for 5 seconds they’d recognize they’re doing just fine. While we don’t have any numbers to determine just how well or how poorly they’re doing in the tablet space, we do have a cool hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which in essence is a Galaxy Tab with better stylus functionality.  In any event, we say keep ‘em coming Sammy.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  Personally, I live a life where functionality and productivity are a daily necessity. So the thought of having integrated stylus functionality is a plus.

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source: Coolsmartphone 

Verizon Wireless will launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE on March 1

The world’s thinnest LTE tablet is going to land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday March 1. At only 7.9mm thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE features a 7.7-inch (1280 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera capable of recording video at 720p, 2MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, 1080p video playback through the HDMI dock or adapter, and microSD for up to an additional 32GB of extra storage. It’s also approved for Enterprise SAFEand Android 3.2 Honeycomb is on board. Pricing will be $499 with a new 2-year contract.

Full press release after the break:


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Hands On with the ASUS Padfone [Video]

Hot on the heels of the ASUS Padfone announcement at Mobile World Congress, we now have a nice hands on video thanks to our friends at PhoneArena. While this phone and tablet accessory have been in the works for a quite a long time now, it looks like it will actually start to arrive to unsaid markets in April. One thing I am happy to see is that ASUS opted for the onscreen ICS buttons rather than the hardware buttons we have seen on earlier prototypes – it definitely makes for a cleaner look in my opinion. The Padfone combo also has an optional keyboard dock much like the Transformer series of tablets and ASUS is even including their neat ICS tablet widgets on the phone as well. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is the Padfone something you could dig?

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LG’s L-Style Devices, L3, L5 and L7 Receive The Hands-On Treatment

As expected, LG kicked off their L-Style devices, the L3, L5 and L7 at MWC 2012 and thanks to our friends over at Coolsmartphone.com, the devices have been given the hands-on treatment for our viewing pleasure.  While the L3 and L5 aren’t much to scream about, running Gingerbread, it’s the L7 that has really caught our attention.  The 4.3-inch device is coming out of the gate with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and the hardware looks pretty decent.  Here’s LG’s chance to prove whether or not they are cable of building a quality device for Google’s next iteration in the Nexus lineup.  Hit the break to check out a quick hands-on for all three devices and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Samsung Makes It Clear: “We’re Not Doing Very Well In The Tablet Market”

 

Samsung is dominating smartphone sales, it’s not doing as well in the tablet market. While participating at a discussion at MWC, Product Strategy Executive Hankil Yoon offered a blunt and straightforward summary of Sammy’s products in the tablet market:

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market.”

We don’t have the numbers to verify Yoon’s comments, but there are a few reasons why he would make that statement. Perhaps it may be the industry-leading iPad or the lackluster, yet popular Kindle Fire which has found the way into consumers’ hearts and wallets. Whatever the reason may be, Samsung just has not been able to distinguish its tablets from Apple and Amazon’s offerings, despite having several Galaxy Tab models.

Despite Yoon’s comments, there’s reason for optimism for Samsung’s future direction. For starters, it has the intriguing Galaxy Note, which can be considered the most popular “phablet” to date. 10 million Galaxy Note units are expected to ship and Yoon believes the S-Pen (Stylus pen) “allows users to more easily create content, rather than consume it.” In addition, there is the newly introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 which brings you a bigger tablet, but with an S-Pen. This is something that much of the competition cannot claim at this time. Yoon sums it up best:

“Samsung wanted to do something different in the category… Even if the design is similar, how you use the Note is totally different.”
Expect Samsung to make a continued push into the tablet market by continuing to introduce unique and innovative features.
 
(Photo courtesy of C Net)
 
source: C Net

US Cellular Offering $100 Activation Credit For Android Devices… For A Limited Time Only

US Cellular just announced an attractive incentive in order to draw more customers to its mobile service. The mobile carrier is set to offer a welcome $100 activation credit toward any Android device when you sign up for a plan— meaning you may have yet another reason to splurge on that upcoming Sammy Galaxy S II phone. Unfortunately, this offer is for a limited time, so you’ll have to jump on it ASAP if you want to take advantage. In addition, it will waive any of those pesky activation fees. The offer is web-only, but at least you’ll get to have free shipping on any Android purchase you make. Oh and US Cellular may also offer you up to a $150 additional credit if you leave your current mobile provider for its services. Sounds like a nice deal indeed. If you’re interested on over to US Cellular’s website today before it’s too late!

source: Android Central

HTC One X Pre-Orders Starting Today at Best Buy

 

The latest superstar that’s taking Barcelona by storm is the HTC One X with its 4.7-inch screen, ICS, and 720p resolution. This LTE-enabled, Beats Audio-packing device will be coming to AT&T, but no release date has been announced yet.

The folks over at androidlife have attained information that Best Buy will begin taking pre-orders for the AT&T-bound phone today. Since the price has not yet been announced, it is possible Best Buy will just take a deposit as low as $50 as a pre-order.

Check out the Best Buy screenshot after the break.


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Sprint Raising $2 Billion From Investors

Sprint, the third largest carrier in the U.S., announced today that they plan to sell notes to raise $2 billion from investors. This will help pay for refinancing, network upgrades and possibly fund wireless partner Clearwire. This news comes at the heels of the abrupt cancellation of Sprint’s acquisition of the smaller MetroPCS.

Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO, will be doing his first Mobile World Congress keynote in Barcelona on March 1st. It is unsure if he will discuss plans for their LTE rollout, which will presumably use a chunk of the $2 billion, or if he plans to mention anything about the fund raising. We’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.

Read the full press release after the break.


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