iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III in Durability Test

First there was that poster-like, anti-iPhone 5 ad that Samsung published in print ads making it look like a “tale of the tape” fittingly before a fight. Well, now we’re about to find out who wins. Only in the arbitrary world of durability tests. Granted, we all like to know how durable that expensive piece of hardware that we’re laying down hard-earned cash for really is. However, with all due respect, this “test” is more for entertainment purposes. Dropping phones from human hands with numerous variables involved is far from scientific and can only be taken as entertainment. Without further ado, check the video for your entertainment and you be the judge.  Hit the break for the video.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II confirmed for October 1 in the UK

We already had an idea of when the Galaxy Note II would release, but Samsung just made it official for the UK. It will officially release on Monday, October 1 in the Samsung Brand Store in Westfield, Stratford City and across all major networks.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We were delighted by the hugely positive response we received when we first announced the Galaxy Note II at IFA back in August. The Galaxy Note II is a whole new level of innovation and we are confident users are going to enjoy the updated features and design of our latest Galaxy device when it hits the shelves on the 1st of October.”

Full presser after the break:

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Samsung Officially Launches The Martian Pink Galaxy S III Smartphone


We knew there was a sexy new color on the way for the Galaxy S III smartphone, but now Samsung has made it officially official. Samsung has officially launched the limited-edition “Martian Pink” color variation of the Galaxy S III– it only plans on making just 100,000 units available for the general public. Here’s Samsung expressing its delight and excitement of its newest edition:


“The Martian pink Galaxy S III is refined and sensuous. With its distinctive style, we expect a great response from the younger generation and women.”


As of now, the limited-edition color can only be found in Korea across Korean wireless carriers. This means those of us out here Stateside won’t be able to own the unique color of the Galaxy S III… much like we weren’t able to enjoy the pink Galaxy S II or the pink Galaxy Note. Ah well, one can dream, right?

source: Samsung
via: Android Central

ChatONV App Highlighted On Samsung Galaxy Camera, Indicates Voice & Video Calling To App Is On The Way


Samsung’s ChatON messenger service is already growing at a steady pace among Samsung users, but it looks like Samsung is ready for the service to take the next step in its evolution. A leaked screenshot on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Camera highlights a refreshed ChatON app with wait for it— a separate app called ChatONV, which indicates voice calling support. What this means is not only does Samsung plan on integrating voice calling at some point very soon, but perhaps video calling as well.

No additional details for now, but we’ll share additional info for you as we get it.

source: Sammy Hub

New Findings Show Broken Promises From The Jury Selection Process Of The Apple vs. Samsung Trial


It’s no surprise that the recent Apple vs. Samsung verdict drew massive ire and certainly no secret that Samsung not only disagrees with it, but plans to fight Apple to the very death. It now appears that Samsung has the additional ammunition needed to contest the court’s ruling and be granted a retrial. During the jury selection process (also known as voir dire),  a foreman who happened to be part of the jury selection pool as a prospective juror was originally asked if he will set aside all that he knew of patent law from his personal experience, while following the court’s instructions and make an objective judgment based off evidence alone. The prospective juror who was eventually selected to be part of the jury answered yes to the questions, as he promised to follow the law and not use what he knew from previous cases.

As a precaution, lawyers on both sides extensively check and analyze the responses based off the participants of the voir dire. But naturally, the foreman did the complete opposite and broke his promise to follow the law and not have any sort of bias— based off his responses and interviews to the media after the verdict was handed down. Now that this is out in the open, this observation paints a bigger picture. Seeing the different legal experts present these facts and information again gives Samsung a reason to aggressively contest and appeal the recent verdict. However as Groklaw points out, there is “The tendency is for jury verdicts to stand, even if there is a problem“. Samsung will have a long battle ahead if it wants to win.

source: Groklaw


Android Open Kang Project reaches Build 3, now available for select devices

The AOKP team has just released the third build for its highly popular aftermarket firmware. Based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the software features some incredibly powerful additions not found in AOSP. Currently builds are available for  some of the most popular devices, including the Crespo4G, i9100, i9100g, i9300, and Toroplus. Due to lack of maintainers, Wingray and Stingray devices have been given the axe, and will no longer be supported. However, if you don’t fall into that category and are anxious to get your device onto the latest build, hit the download link below.

Download AOKP Build 3

Source: Google+

Google Play Books updated, receives translation and highlighting tools

Google is rolling out a minor update to its official Play Books application. Available today, the new version adds some key enhancements that are sure to make your reading experience more enjoyable. Firstly, Google has brought over the ingenious capabilities of its translation service, which is now built directly into the Play Books application. This means users can now translate words or phrases with a simple tap, thanks to an all-new button in the top action bar.

Additionally, Google has now made it possible to take notes and highlight passages using several different colors. The best part, though, is that everything is stored in the cloud, meaning your highlights and notes will sync across your devices. Also new is an optional Sepia theme, as well as 2D page turn animation. If that isn’t enough to excite your inner-geek, Japanese books can now be read in a vertical or right-to-left format, something that many users have been asking for since the initial launch of the app. So, if you like what you see, hit the Play Store link after the break.

Source: Official Android Blog


Play Store download link

DROID RAZR M teardown video now available

The DROID RAZR M has only been available for about week and the folks at DirectFix just released a teardown video. In the event that you ever have to open your device, this video will give you all the information to fix whatever needs fixing. I really prefer the videos as opposed to just pictures because it’s much easier to follow along. Of course your inner geek might actually like watching the video anyway because the DROID RAZR M is one of the best Android phones in terms of build. Hit the break to check it out.

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LG Optimus Vu II Specs Leaked Ahead of Release

Another day, another spec leak. Today we’ll be discussing the LG Optimus Vu II leak. You have to wonder about these “leaks” sometimes. After all, it was announced in August that we should see this beast in the wild in September, so the specs are inevitable at this point. Plus there’s that Samsung Galaxy Note II, right around the corner. LG may have gotten a little antsy and “leaked” the specs, not to be outdone.

The leak itself reveals a dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Qualcomm MSM8960) processor with 2GB of RAM. Other niceties include an 8MP camera, NFC, LTE, and a slightly larger 2150mAh battery than its predecessor. The screen size will stay the same, as will the resolution with a 1024×768, 5-inch display. The device will also ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. On paper, it seems like the Vu II won’t be on par with the Note II, however it hopes to narrow the gap by offering a universal remote feature. We’ll have to see how they both perform in the real world however. Do you plan on purchasing one of these “phablets” soon? Let us know either way as I find the many opinions on this niche type of device fascinating.


source:  IT tong