Android 4.1 TouchWiz Jelly Bean spotted running on Samsung Galaxy S III (i9300) [Video]


Back in July, we reported that we should all expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to hit the Samsung Galaxy S III sometime in Q4. It looks like Samsung is very well on that track as a leaked version of a TouchWiz based Jelly Bean ROM (XADLG4) has been spotted running on a Galaxy S III (i9300). As you can see in the video below, you’re greeted with the standard Jelly Bean intro and you soon see all of Jelly Bean’s goodness paired with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. Some notable things that I liked seeing were the presence of notification toggles in the new Jelly Bean style notification shade, as well as Google Now. I can only hope that Samsung got rid of that horrid S-Voice app in Jelly Bean now that Google Now is present.

So far there’s no word as to when this will be available to the masses, but we’re hoping it’ll be sooner than later. As for Androids beloved rooted users, this leaked ROM has yet to hit XDA, but I have no doubt that someone will get their hands on this ROM and upload it on XDA in no time. As soon as that happens, we’ll be sure to inform you.

What do you all think of Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III thus far?

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 [Video]

We’re in New York City with Samsung celebrating the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1. It will be in stores tomorrow priced at $499 for the 16GB version or $549 for the 32GB version. You can also grab one today at the Best Buy at Union Square in New York City.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 appears to be the first and only tablet that truly lets you multitask thanks to the 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Here’s our quick hands on, but stay tuned because we have some more cool stuff to show you.

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Swiftkey announces new themes, voice typing, and bug fixes

Swiftkey announced today an update to their popular keyboard app for Android devices. For users who like to dictate instead of type, Swiftkey has enabled use of the Google voice typing tool that is available in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. For those into themes, Swiftkey has introduced two new ones – Sky (a blue theme) and Fuschia (a pink theme). They have also added two new languages – Malay and Urdu – to bring the number of available languages up to 44.

Users who have been experiencing problems with Swiftkey, including those with Samsung Galaxy S III devices, running Jelly Bean, or who frequently use Chrome will benefit from numerous bug fixes. The new version, Swiftkey 3.0.1, is available from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and AndroidPIT. Hit the source link for more information on all of the bug fixes and a video on how to change themes.

source: Swiftkey
via: Android Police

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 10.1 for the U.S. Market, Available tomorrow for $499/16GB or $549/16GB

We’re live at the Samsung event in NYC and as expected, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10.1. The heart of this tab is the advanced S Pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity. If you remember, when we first saw the Note 10.1, it was at Mobile World Congress, but there wasn’t a slot for the S Pen. This version has been completely revamped to include a slot, but most interesting is that when a user removes the S Pen, it activates a taskbar for quick access to optimized S Pen apps such as S Note, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Polaris Office.

We’ve seen the S Note application in the original Galaxy Note, but this is an updated version in that it has Shape Match, which converts hand-drawn shapes into perfect versions for charts. You can even hand-write a formula and Match will solve it for you. S Note also has knowledge search engine integration so you can easily search for whatever you want by writing it with the S Pen.

The other major change from Mobile World Congress is a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor (as opposed to a dual-core) and 2GB of RAM. The quad-core and extra RAM is going to make the Galaxy Note 10.1 a multitasking dream. The Multiscreen feature allows you to utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously. This means you can view Web pages or videos (or any other application) on one side of the screen while you’re writing notes or sketching with the S Pen on the other side of the screen. You can even capture or crop images from an app on one side and drag it to the app on the other side. For now, apps that support the Multiscreen include S Note, Internet Browser, Video Player, Email, Gallery, and Polaris Office. This is something we saw back at MWC, but will work much better with more horsepower.

You will also find Pop up Play, which was introduced in the Galaxy S III. It allows you to play back videos in a floating window that can be moved to anywhere on the screen. This makes it easy for you to watch a video and write an email at the same time.

Users will find Adobe Photoshop Touch pre-installed, a $9.99 value. It also happens to be S Pen optimized so users can control brush size and opacity by adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen.

Don’t forget about reading books because the Note 10.1 can handle that as well. Kno’s e-textbook platform will be preloaded. This means k-12 or higher education students can download thousands of interactive textbooks. Not only that, the new Social Sharing feature lets users highlight and annotate text with the S Pen as well as share those annotations with other students and teachers. You will also find the NOOK free reading app from Barnes & Noble preloaded as well as a customized NOOK for Android widget.

Samsung has been including IR emitters along with the Peel Remote software in their most recent tablets, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 is no exception. This allows users to use the Note 10.1 as a universal remote control for their home theater and get recommended programs.

Dropbox users will be happy to know that Samsung continues their partnership by including 50GB of storage for Free for two years.

Last but not least, you will also find some of the newer features that were introduced with the Galaxy S III like Smart Stay, AllShare Play, and Group Cast.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available nationwide in stores and online at retailers such as Best Buy, HH Gregg, Amazon, CDW, and TigerDirect. For those of you in New York City, you can grab one at BBY’s Union Square store beginning at noon EST today. Pricing will be $499 for 16GB or $549 for 32GB, and you will have your choice of white or dark gray. As far as accessories, they include the S Pen replacement, S Pen Holder Kit, Book Cover in gray or white, Travel Charger, USB connection Kit for thumb drives and other USB peripherals, HDMI adapter, and a Universal Desktop Dock.

As far as the hardware specs go, here’s the full list:

  • 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD display + Digitizer
  • 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • 16GB or 32GB of storage
  • microSD for up to an additional 32GB
  • Bluetooth 4.0 / WiFi / WiFi Direct
  • USB 2.o Host / mHL / iR LED
  • 7,000mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8.9mm thick / 597 grams

Full Press Release

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Has Arrived

Game-Changing Device Hits U.S. Store Shelves Tomorrow;

New York, April 15, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced its highly anticipated GALAXY Note 10.1 for the U.S. market. The device will be available for purchase tomorrow – August 16th, 2012 – across the authorized retailers.

At a launch event in New York City, Samsung will be joined by fashion designer Zac Posen, who has created looks for the most elite stars, and acclaimed writer, producer, director Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge and the forthcoming The Great Gatsby). Each will provide a window into their own creative process, and how the Galaxy Note 10.1 will unleash new levels of inspiration in their work.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 extends the GALAXY Note category, building on the success of last year’s worldwide hit smartphone – and delivering the functionality and precision of a pen and paper by combining the S Pen with a 10.1-inch large display.

Adobe’s premium creative application, Photoshop® Touch is preloaded and optimized for Samsung’s S Pen to deliver unprecedented precision and control.

The device also introduces the game changing Multiscreen feature, which allows users to actually operate two different apps side-by-side, simultaneously, on the same screen.

Thanks to a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can handle it all without missing a beat.

“Our goal with the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 was simple – redefine the tablet experience,” said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. “The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption, while the Multiscreen capability finally enables true multitasking. For the user, the resulting experience is completely new and quite unexpected.”


True Multitasking with Multiscreen Feature


With GALAXY Note 10.1’s Multiscreen feature, users can effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen – no need to toggle back and forth between apps.

Further, users can even capture and crop images from an app on one side, and drag them to an app on the side – for enhanced creativity and productivity.

Apps supported for Multiscreen are S Note, Internet Browser, Video Player, Email, Gallery and Polaris Office . The Galaxy Note 10.1 thus meets the increasing needs of a growing mobile workforce, from interfacing with customers to creative sharing.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 also offers the Pop up Play feature first introduced on the GALAXY S III Smartphone. With it, users can play back videos in a floating window that can be overlaid anywhere on the screen, providing a “picture in picture” experience. New for the GALAXY Note 10.1 is the ability to adjust the size of the video window.

In addition, GALAXY Note 10.1 offers a mini-apps tray that can launch a selection of mini-app on top of others apps and freely moved around the screen. These include Alarm, S Note, Music Player, Email, Calculator, World Clock.


S Pen & S Note Make it Personal


Featuring an advanced S Pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity, GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed for natural and intuitive content creation. The S Pen is embedded directly into a slot in the device and when removed, activates a taskbar with quick access to optimized S Pen apps such as S Note, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch and Polaris Office.  Alternatively, users can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly.

The S Note application is a unique tool that gives users the ability to combine notes and sketches with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. Shape Match converts hand-drawn shapes such a square and lines into clean and perfect versions – perfect for creating charts.formula Match can actually solve formulas hand-written with the S Pen.

S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that users can search for content, obtain information, and easily drag and drop content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens.


Adobe Photoshop Touch – Edit Photos Like Never Before


Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, normally a $9.99 purchase, is preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1. Further, since it is optimized for S Pen, users are able to control brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen.

“Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, with its pressure-sensitive S Pen, truly unleashes the power of Adobe Photoshop Touch and provides a great tool for creative expression,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “More than ever, people around the world want to create, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We’re excited to be working with Samsung and look forward to seeing what they with the S Pen and Photoshop Touch.”

Users can also use popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images, or use the high quality GALAXY Note 10.1 camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.

With Photoshop Touch, it’s also a snap to add or remove people or objects from a photo, or blend two photos together.

To get users started quickly, in-depth step-by-step tutorials are provided to help users learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.

Photoshop Touch is integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud providing users free access to powerful file syncing and sharing features and 2GB of storage space. Files can be synched to the Creative Cloud and opened in Photoshop on the desktop or laptop for further refinement.


The Ultimate ebook Experience

Samsung is adding even more value through a range of partners.

Kno, a pioneer in education software, will offer its e-textbook platform preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1. With it, k-12 or higher education students can say goodbye to heavy backpacks filled with books and instead, download any of thousands of interactive textbooks. Even better, with the new Social Sharing feature announced today, they can utilize the S Pen to highlight and annotate the texts, and share those annotations with other students and teachers in the context of their book.

The popular NOOK® free reading app from Barnes & Noble will also be preloaded on the GALAXY Note as well as a customized NOOK for Android Widget allowing quick and easy access to titles directly from the desktop.

A range of other partners are involved as well, delivering a complete solution.

To allow seamless collaboration with others, the GALAXY Note 10.1 offers a free two-year subscription to Dropbox, giving users 50 GB of storage space – a $100 value.**

Samsung Smart Remote, powered by Peel, utilizes the built-in IR emitter in the GALAXY Note 10.1 to transform the device into a sophisticated universal remote control that can control an entire home entertainment system and even recommend programs.

Finally, Polaris Office lets provides robust word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities, while S Pen support makes it a snap to mark up and annotate documents.


Superior Hardware Performance and Connectivity


GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of GALAXY Note 10.1. The device also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 carries over several features first introduced with the hit GALAXY S III smartphone, making it an ideal companion tablet for owners of that devices. ShareShot which makes it a snap to automatically share photos in real time between the GALAXY Note 10.1 and the GALAXY S III.

Smart Stay, first introduced with the GALAXY S III, uses the camera in the GALAXY Note 10.1 to prevent the device from going into standby mode while it detects a user in front of the device.

Finally, with AllShare® Play, users can share content with a large group in real-time by connecting GALAXY Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, phones, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With Group Cast, users can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images in real time, without loading the files separately.


Available Aug 16th Across the U.S.


GALAXY Note 10.1 will be available beginning Aug 16th nationwide in store and online at retailers including Best Buy, HH Gregg, Amazon, CDW and TigerDirect.

In a special promotion, Samsung will also be making the Galaxy Tab 10.1 available at BBY’s Union Square store in NYC beginning at noon EST today, Aug 15th.

The device will be available in choice of white or dark gray, and in 16 GB or 32 GB memory configurations, for $499 or $549 SRP, respectively.

Available accessories include replacement S Pen, S Pen Holder Kit, Book Cover in Grey or White, Travel Charger, USB Connection Kit to allow usage of thumb drives or USB peripherals, HDMI adapter and Universal Desktop Dock.

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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Product Specifications



 1.4 GHz quad-core processor


 255.8mm (10.1”) WXGA(1280×800) LCD + Digitizer


Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)


Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED FlashSub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera


Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8,  WMV9, VP8Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebMFull HD(1080p) Playback & HD Recording


Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, FlacMusic Player with SoundAlive3.5mm Ear Jack

S Pen Optimized Features

S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner)(* more S Pen optimized apps are available via Samsung Apps)
Adobe® Photoshop® Touch
Shape Match, Formula Match
Polaris Office

Sharing Features

Samsung AllShare Play / Samsung AllShare Cast / ShareShot
Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air

Content Features & Services

Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
Samsung Apps
Samsung Hub-        Music Hub / Game Hub / Media Hub
Samsung S Suggest
Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Play Music
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Enterprise Solutions

Exchange ActiveSyncOn-Device EncryptionCisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)Juniper Junos Pulse VPN


Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)USB 2.0 HostWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel BondingmHL, 3.5mm, IR LED(Smart Remote: Universal Remote Control)


Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope


16/32 GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)microSD (up to 32 GB)


262 x 180 x 8.9 mm, 597g


Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh

All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.

* See for terms and conditions of Dropbox offer.

Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries

About Samsung Electronics America

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit for information.

Verizon to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with 4G LTE starting August 17

This morning Verizon announced that on Friday, August 17th, they will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 both online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. This Verizon version of the 7-inch tablet includes 4G LTE network capabilities for on-the-go access. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be priced at $349 which is $100 more than a wifi only version of the tablet.

It appears Verizon and Samsung have made some slight improvements to the device since we reviewed an earlier version. The processor is now running at 1.2 GHz compared to the original 1.0 GHz and Bluetooth has been bumped up from 3.0 to 4.0. External memory support has also increased from 32 GB to 64 GB via microSD card. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is not quite the powerhouse tablet of the Google Nexus 7, but it does have a nice set of features. Whether the ability to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE is enough to justify the extra cost remains to be seen. Hit the break for the full press release from Verizon.
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Supposed Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Bezel Smiles For The Camera


We know the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is very much real and on it’s way, but the actual design of the upcoming device is a mystery to say the least. Well friends, we may have an idea of what this thing may look like. A supposed picture of the Galaxy Note 2′s bezel has surfaced and low and behold— shows a squarish design as opposed to the curvy profile we’d previously expected. On the other hand, the bezel “seems” to match up well with the device’s rumored 5.5-inch screen.

Naturally this may be just some made up image, but boy you gotta admit— it sure looks real!

source: Nowhereelse
via: Engadget


EISA Award Winners Announced For 2012-13, Samsung Galaxy S III And HTC One S Grab Honors


The Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One S smartphones continues to gain critical acclaim. The European Imaging Sound Association (EISA) is a group made up of representatives of multimedia magazines from 19 European countries that comes together annually to honor the best products in certain categories. So naturally of course, EISA came together to award two well-known devices won awards which could come as no surprise considering they are featured devices in our Fall Buyer’s Guide. In the category of “Social Media Phone of 2012-2013″, the award went to the HTC One S smartphone due to its awesome social integration in HTC’s Sense 4.0 software. As mentioned in our review, the software is topnotch— and it doesn’t hurt to have easily one of the best cameras around to help users share those precious moments.

The winner of “Best Mobile Device” went to (surprise, surprise) the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Sammy’s new flagship went above and beyond in integrating a superior user experience, coupled with an impressive design— which gives the Galaxy S III a complete package. And hey— it doesn’t hurt that millions and millions of consumers worldwide agree.


Latest Dropbox beta reveals new features and UI improvements for Nexus 7


It’s nice when Dropbox always lets us in on what they’re up to. In this case, they’ve revealed several new updated features on their Android app:

  • Thumbnails for video files
  • Better video playback for both ICS and Jelly Bean
  • UI improvements on the Nexus 7
  • Ability to open Dropbox files directly in other apps
  • Various bug fixes

While bug fixes are always nice and welcomed, the most interesting part of this updated beta build has to be the UI improvements for the Nexus 7. It’s always great to see a Google Nexus device being supported in a big way. You can get your hands on this beta in the source link!

source: Dropbox Forums

Apple survey reveals top reasons why customers who considered an iPhone bought an Android

I honestly don’t see why Apple even did this and used this in their court preceding. I don’t see how this helps their case, and I also have to mention to take these numbers with a grain of salt as we don’t know how big the sample size was. Either way, it’s still a bit interesting to see these numbers, right?

You can expect more and more documents from this court battle to leak out as the days and weeks go by, and we’ll be sure to inform you as soon as we know.

source: The Verge

At last, official Pinterest app finally hits Google Play Store

Pinterest has seen a huge explosion in popularity in the past year. Thus it was only natural for users of the ever growing social media giant to want an official app for their smartphone. The app was initially unveiled this past June at Google IO and now the wait is over folks, as Pinterest has officially released their official app for both iOS and Android. The released version is 1.0.0 and from what I can see, it already has a nice and fluid UI that will appeal to every Pinterest junkie. Here’s some of the features you can expect:

  • Pin what you love from around the web
  • Discover content by browsing interest categories
  • Explore pins and boards curated by pinners you follow
  • Repin, like and comment on your favorite pins
  • Pin with your camera

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