Samsung rumored to bring 4 additional tablets for 2013

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If you know Samsung when it comes to its tablets (or any of its devices), then you’ll know that it is not happy unless it has unleashed an onslaught of various models for the masses. Following the newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3, it’s looking like Samsung will have no fewer than 4 additional tablet models— the Galaxy Tab Duos 7.0, Galaxy Tab AMOLED 8.0, Galaxy Tab 11 and the Nexus 11— that will arrive for 2013. Each tablet model will range from 7-inch to 11-inch models and come jam-packed with features like rumored expandable microSD slots and 2MP front-facing cameras. The real intriguing device among the bunch is the Nexus 11— which will build upon the largely successful Nexus 10 and is possibly slated to feature an octa-core processor and wait for it— a microSD slot capable of up to 64GB of extra memory. Considering Google is pretty strict with microSD slots on its Nexus line, we’ll go ahead and hold our breath until it actually happens.

Hit the flip to see the full list and specs of each upcoming device.

Samsung announces the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3

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The speculation on the Galaxy Tab 3 can finally end because Samsung finally unveiled it. As expected, this isn’t going to be a high-end offering so that they can keep the price point as low as possible. The biggest change from the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the smaller bezel and the same hardware buttons that you find on their phones. The specs include a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 3MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front camera.

No pricing was announced, but you can expect to see the WiFi version in May along with a 3G / WiFI version in June. Hit the break for the presser.

LG announces the Optimus G Pro’s little brother, the Optimus GK

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LG just pulled the wraps off of the Optimus GK in Korea. This is for those that really want an Optimus G Pro, but think a 5.5-inch display is just a tad too big. Now they can opt for this 5-inch Full HD IPS version, but still enjoy some pretty hefty specs. They include a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 3,100mAh battery. It looks like this one will only be available on Korean carrier KT. For those of you in the U.S., you still can opt for the full fledged Optimus G Pro on AT&T very soon.

source: LG

Samsung talks about why the Galaxy S 4 is your life companion [Video]

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Samsung may sell the most phones, but they have never been regarded as having the best designs. Still, a lot of thought goes into each and every phone, and they released a video of the design team talking about the Galaxy S 4 or what they believe is your life companion. This video isn’t just about the physical style of the phone, it’s also about the UI and features. Hit the break to check it out.

Old Samsung NFC TecTile tags don’t work with the Samsung Galaxy S 4

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Samsung has upgraded the Galaxy S 4’s NFC chipset in a way that it no longer communicates with older Samsung NFC tags called TecTiles. When asked about this problem Samsung had this to say:

Samsung is introducing TecTile 2, an update to the original TecTile NFC programmable tags, which will be available in the coming weeks. TecTile 2 will use the current NFC technology on the market, allowing Samsung customers to further incorporate NFC into their daily lives and to use with the latest Samsung Mobile products and services, including the Galaxy S 4. As industry standards continue to evolve, Samsung remains committed to meeting those standards and adapting its technologies if necessary. Samsung customers can also fully utilize TecTiles 2 with existing Samsung Mobile NFC-enabled Android smartphones currently in market.

Samsung Galaxy Note III to feature 3GB of RAM and 5.99-inch display

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The phone on the left in the picture above is reported to be the Samsung Galaxy Note III, but it probably isn’t. The rumored specs seem real though: a 5.99 inch full HD display, an Exynos Octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz for the A15 processor and 1.7GHz  for the A7 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. Reportedly the model number on the device is GT-I9500, which isn’t part of the traditional Note model numbers since there is usually an “N” as part of it. Who’s looking forward to this one?

Source: News My Drivers
Via: Sam Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available at AT&T and Sprint

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Sprint and AT&T customers can now get their hands on the “Next Big Thing”, i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sprint Customers can pick one up for $249.99 with an eligible upgrade, and if you are a new customer willing to bring your number to Sprint, then you too can grab it for $149.99. If you just want to pony up $599.99 you can own the phone outright without a two year contract. The website does say in-store availability is limited, so I would take that as a hint to buy online for a better chance at getting one.

Current AT&T customers and prospective customers can pick up the phone for $199 with a two year contract, or $639.99 off contract. Both offer the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Black Mist and White Frost. For those of you thinking about grabbing the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we have guides to help you get setup.

Sources: AT&T /  Sprint

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 22 – April 28, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We finally published our review of the HTC One and the Galaxy S 4 review is coming very soon. Meanwhile we published a slew of GS4 guides to help you with all those new features that Samsung introduced with their latest and greatest phone. We had tons of Google Glass news, and it appears Google might not introduce Key Lime Pie at Google I/O afterwall. Finally, we posted a couple of app reviews. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Contests

Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O

Guides

How to set up and use HTC TV and the IR blaster on the HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S 4 initial setup and changes to TouchWiz

How to set up and use Air View and Air Gestures on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

How to set up and use Smart Pause and Smart Scroll on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

For the beginner: How to set the Galaxy S 4 to Easy Mode

Samsung Galaxy 4 camera overview and how to use the Dual Camera function

How to take a Drama Shot and Erase unwanted objects with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 camera

How to make Animated GIFs and add sound to pictures on the Galaxy S 4

How to set up and use WatchON along with the IR blaster on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

How to create and share a Story Album on the Galaxy S 4

Reviews

HTC One review: The best phone on the planet, but is it good enough?

Blood Runner [Arcade & Action]

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 caught creeping through the FCC with LTE frequencies

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Why hello there Samsung Galaxy Mega, we meet again! The behemoth member of Samsung’s happy family has just been caught tip-toeing through the FCC hallways— this time in 4G LTE colors. This special Galaxy Mega 6.3-based model— which is identified as the GT-i9205— has the usual frequencies including a standard LTE Band 5, full GSM frequencies and of course, WiFi. Generally speaking— whenever a new device such as the Galaxy Mega is caught at the FCC, it’s usually an indicator that the device is very much on the way for an imminent arrival.

Here’s hoping that those of us here in the States will be able to see the large device at some point soon.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

LG unleashes its Optimus F5 smartphone, headed for France on April 29th

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LG has officially unveiled its latest mid-range device— the Optimus F5 smartphone. Sandwiched in between devices such as the Optimum G (Pro) and the Optimus L9 series, the Optimus F5 arrives with modest features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 running the show. Oh and while the device doesn’t have much to scream at, it at least features 4G LTE, which allows customers to enjoy the simple pleasures of fast internet data on their handsets. The Optimus F5’s trump card compared to other mid-rangers is the inclusion of custom LG software like QSlide and Live Zooming running the show.

So now that the device is out in the open, it’s time to give the most eager details— its availability. As of now, the device is expected to arrive in French retailers on April 29th, while other markets will follow shortly after. While there’s no overt mention of when we can expect to see the device out here in the States, we’ve already seen indications suggesting that it won’t be long for Verizon customers to see this puppy as well.

Hit the break for the full presser.

Cringeworthy drop tests pit Samsung Galaxy S 4 against Galaxy S III and iPhone 5

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A new flagship device from any manufacturer means it is time for drop tests to see how it might hold up against the inevitable slips of the hand that users deal with in the real world. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is hitting the market now, so we are subjected to viewing the results of these tests if you have the intestinal fortitude to see a brand new device hitting hard concrete. Testing the Galaxy S 4 may be of particular interest to those who have followed the debate about Samsung’s choice of materials for their devices and claims that plastic bodies help smartphones survive accidents better.

Android 4.3 spotted in the wild and no it’s not Key Lime Pie

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While everybody is anxiously waiting for Google to hit us with new tech, software and the like at Google I/O this year, we’ve been hoping to hear about the next version of our favorite OS. Signs have pointed to Key Lime Pie being the next version and rumors show it to be Android 5.x.x. Even though it’s safe to expect Google to show off a new flavor of Android at the conference this year, another rumor suggests that KLP won’t be ready for prime time by then. Not to rain on everyone’s parade, but new information discovered by Artem Russakovskii of Android Police may add some weight to the latter of the two rumors.

CPU and RAM specs discovered for Google Glass

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With the influx of people receiving their Google Glass Explorer Edition glasses Google decided to release some of the specs behind their newest tech. Among the 5MP camera and “all day battery on normal use” we saw 12GB of usable memory. What was missing was information about the CPU and the RAM the device was packing. However thanks to tinkerers Jay Lee and Liam McLoughlin we have those now. They were able to use USB debugging and ADB to find the following:

  • Android 4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • OMAP 4430 CPU – Dual Core
  • 1GB Ram (682mb not used by hardware)

While I’m sure the specs will be updated for the retail release of the device these specs aren’t bad. There isn’t an exact measurement on just how fast the processor is though. For those of you that are more technical you’re more than welcome to wade through the details here. Either way it’s enough to go on until we get official word from Mountain View. Hit the source link to take part in the discussion about all this information. Otherwise keep it locked here as we’ll update you when we find out more.

 

source: Jay Lee – Google Plus
via: Gizmodo

Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets torn down by iFixit

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We love it when the crew over at ifixit get their hands on the latest device. For those of you who don’t know what iFixit is, they are a group of individuals who like to take shinny new smartphones apart just to see what makes them tick. Now I know some of you may be thinking why on earth would anyone do that to such an expensive device. Well it’s simple really, for you of course. Their exploration helps you fix your new phone instead of having to buy a new one after a crazy weekend of fun, or bad luck.

Their new victim is the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and except for the glass this phone is rather easy to repair. As with all phones torn done by the ifixit crew, they give each a repairability score, and the Galaxy S 4 received an 8 out of 10. None of this should come as a surprise because Techno Buffalo did their teardown not too long ago and came up with the same answer. This phone is really repairable. Hit the break for all the teardown goodness and let us know if it changed your decision to buy the Galaxy S 4 or not.