A minor iteration of Samsung’s flagship smartphone will soon be making its way to Australian carriers Telstra and Optus with 4G LTE in tow. Dubbed the Galaxy S III 4G, it will be the first LTE-version of the device to launch outside of Korea with the company’s very own quad-core Exynos processor on board. If that isn’t enough, users will have access to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
The 4.8-inch superphone will launch on both carriers in October with two color options for each network – white and blue on Optus, and grey and black on Telstra. Optus notes that customers who pre-order the GSIII online can expect to receive theirs by September 20th. Hit the source links below for the full low-down.
Source: Optus, Telstra
Well, folks, the July 2012 ComScore numbers are in and we’re seeing more of the same… Samsung and Android are both still leading in market share. Sammy posted a 25.6 percent lead in the U.S. market, down 0.3 percent from April, but still dominant overall. Samsung nemesis Apple went up 1.9 percent for a total of 16.3 percent in the U.S.
On the OS front it’s what you’d expect… Android is up 1.4 percent to 52.2 percent overall and Apple is also up 2 percent to 33.4 percent overall. Microsoft dropped 0.4 percent and owns 3.6 percent of the market, and poor RIM took the biggest hit with a 2.1 percent drop and holds only 9.5 percent of the market.
Really no surprises here. The trends continue. For a more detailed analysis, hit the source link.
T-Mobile and Walmart have just announced an exclusive retail offer for the Samsung Galaxy S II, giving customers the option to purchase the device outright for $300. Because it’s contract-free, subscribers can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Monthly4G plan, which offers unlimited data, unlimited text and 100 minutes of talk time for just $30 per month.
The deal is enticing, but for just $50 more you can purchase an unlocked Galaxy Nexus on the Play Store. And, while the Galaxy S II may have seen the last of its updates, the Galaxy Nexus will continue to live on for quite some time thanks to its Nexus branding. However, if you’re the kind of person who goes nuts for TouchWiz, then be sure to catch the full press release after the break.
HTC has just sent out invitations to members of the press for an event scheduled for September 19th in New York City. Not to be overshadowed by the likes of Nokia, Motorola and Apple, it is expected that the company will unveil brand new hardware.
Rumors strongly suggest that HTC could very well be prepping a new Windows Phone 8-based device. Although it’s possible that the manufacturer could be showing off its most recently leaked 10-inch tablet. Additionally, the event may have nothing to do with either of the aforementioned rumors, and could inevitably provide a better look at the elusive black and red-colored One X lookalike destined for Verizon Wireless we saw last week.
Without any relevant details, it looks like we’ll have to wait patiently to find out what HTC has up its sleeve.
Following up on his television interview last week regarding the Apple v Samsung case, earlier today the jury foreman agreed to field live questions on the Gizmodo web site. In the course of the interview, he admitted the jury never considered the validity of the patents claiming Judge Koh instructed the jury not to consider the validity and instead to assume their validity.
A quick read of the jury instructions shows just how mistaken the foreman was. On line 7, page 35, Judge Koh’s instructions state, “the decisions regarding infringement and invalidity are yours to make.” Further, entire sections of the instructions deal with determining the validity of patents. Instruction No 33 involves utility patents and obviousness, while instructions 43, 48 and 52 all deal with the validity of design patents. Lengthy guidance is provided regarding the standards the jury should apply in deciding whether the patents are valid, since an invalid patent would provide a defense for either party against the allegations of infringement.
As the Groklaw site suggests, the foreman’s reasoning creates a never-ending circle of passing the buck on deciding whether patents are valid. The USPTO issues patents on the assumption their validity will be reviewed by the courts while courts would operate on the assumption the USPTO issued a valid patent. No one ever decides whether the patents are actually valid though, as appears to have happened in this case.
What Samsung can do with these statements now is unclear, but there is probably a good chance you may be seeing them again in future filings as part of Samsung’s appeal.
Last week we were hit with a triple-shot of news from Sony at IFA regarding their upcoming devices, and one of those devices was the announcement of their flagship phone – the Xperia T. While the beans were spilled at IFA regarding the specs for Sony’s upcoming beast, we were left wondering about specific U.S. release information. Well, today that picture became clearer by way of a promo shot posted on a UK retailer’s product page for the Xperia T. In the shot, you can clearly see the AT&T logo below the Home key on the phone. On the product page itself, there are three images used in the description of the phone. The first two images simply show the same “Xperia” logo that we saw at IFA, however the last image replaces the Xperia logo with the AT&T logo. AT&T hasn’t released an official comment regarding the image, but we’ll keep you posted if they release a statement regarding the revealing shot.
As Sprint has launched bigger and better smartphones for 2012, it’s only natural that we see an entrant in the QWERTY arena and that’s why Sprint decided to bring its customers the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. Now many of you are thinking wait a minute— the original Photon 4G was neither an LTE smartphone nor a phone with a slide-out keyboard. While those two points are certainly true, the 2012 refresh of the Photon Q certainly has a lot going for it. There’s a fast processor, gorgeous ColorBoost display and a pretty slick design. Moreover, it doesn’t hurt the physical keyboard is possibly one of the best keyboards on an Android phone.
The Photon Q has internals that competes quite nicely with other premium phones, but the phone is priced at a princely sum of $200. That’s certainly a far cry from Motorola’s Atrix HD which is essentially a premium smartphone priced at $100. Then again Sprint’s other QWERTY smartphones currently in its lineup are the Samsung Epic 4G that is priced at $100— despite it being a two-year old device and the Kyocera Rise smartphone priced at $20. So in essence, the Photon Q certainly has an edge over the other QWERTY devices because of the fact that well, there’s virtually no other phone to compete with in Sprint’s lineup as far as pure specs and raw power. So is Sprint’s newest Motorola toy worth the price? Join us after the break to see if the phone is indeed worth the money.
AT&T has announced their new entry-level Android handset, the Pantech Flex. As the name suggests, the device is “flex-ible” to the users needs. While the device offers Android’s 4.0 ICS interface, users do have a choice to select “Easy Experience” mode if ICS is too difficult to use. Does this feature seem familiar to you? If you can recollect, Samsung has a similar device in Verizon’s Galaxy Stellar in which the user can choose between “Starter Mode” and “Standard Mode” depending on what they want. Seems like both carriers are attempting to cater to the “less technologically advanced” consumer.
As for the specs, the Flex offers a 4.3 inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and more. AT&T will offer the device for $49.99 starting September 16th. You can watch the introductory video of the device below.
Full press release after the break.
Well what do we have here? It looks like a mystery Samsung device has popped up in GL benchmarking touting an HD (1280×720) display, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and a max CPU frequency of 1600MHz (amount of CPU cores unknown). The device is dubbed as the SGH-I317, which indicates either an AT&T or Canadian handset.
Sadly, not much else is known about the device and we can only speculate what it may be. The obvious guess would either be a Galaxy S III for a Canadian carrier, or perhaps a Galaxy S III variant for AT&T (this I highly doubt). Another possibility would be the device being AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note 2 that was just unveiled last week. After all, Samsung did say the Note 2 would arrive in States side sometime this Fall/Winter.
Either way, this is definitely a device to keep an eye on. As we get more information on this, we’ll be sure to let you know!
The NFL has released an app for Android tablets to accompany their NFL Game Rewind subscription service. NFL Game Rewind lets users watch replays of NFL games in HD after the game has aired on regular television. You can watch either the whole game commercial free or a condensed version in about 30 minutes. Other features include things like Big Play Markers and dual/quad view options.
In addition to the basic service, you can upgrade to access other features. One that seems like it might be especially popular is the Coaches Film feature which gives you access to all 22 camera angles plus the endzone camera for a game. On an Android tablet, this can be combined with the tablet-only feature of a telestrator.
If you can’t get enough NFL football coverage, this may be the solution for you. Check out the Game Rewind subscription service. If you sign up, be sure to download the app using one of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link