Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note II in official hands-on video

After unveiling its Galaxy Note II earlier this week at IFA 2012, Samsung has decided that hands-on videos from countless technology publications wasn’t enough. The company has taken to YouTube to show off its very own hands-on video, detailing every feature the 5.5-inch behemoth has to offer. The 13-minute video dives into some of the incredible new enhancements that Samsung has made to its traditional TouchWiz Nature UX software. Don’t take our word for it. Instead, you can catch the official video after the break.

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Samsung strikes back, vows to sue Apple if next iPhone features 4G LTE

While Samsung may have suffered a massive blow in its lawsuit against Apple, the Korean-based manufacturer isn’t giving in anytime soon. A new report has confirmed that Samsung will immediately sue Apple if its next iPhone utilizes long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

Samsung has been a major player in the development of 4G LTE and holds a vast portfolio of relevant patents, equating to 10% of all LTE patents in existence. Considering Apple has already introduced an iPad with LTE, it’s almost guaranteed that the company’s  upcoming iPhone will feature the same connectivity option.

Unfortunately for Samsung, this task may not be as easy as it sounds. LTE is a market-wide standard, which means Samsung’s patents could (and probably will) be subject to FRAND law. Either way, if Apple chooses to incorporate LTE into the iPhone 4S successor, things are sure to get heated.

Source: Korea Times
Via: Phandroid 

Still time to celebrate National Marshmallow Toasting Day with Android

It is getting late in the day, but there is still time to celebrate National Marshmallow Toasting Day. Yes, this is a real “holiday” celebrating the yummy goodness of marshmallows toasted lightly or heavily over the flames of a campfire. To help commemorate the day, Android Foundry has produced a nice wallpaper in several sizes to adorn your mobile or not-so-mobile devices.

After downloading one of the wallpapers you can find at the source link, go find your wood, matches, skewers, marshmallows, and any goodies you like to dress the melted gooey treats with and start celebrating!

source: Android Foundry

Leaked image of the Kindle Fire 2 surfaces

Amazon is expected to unveil the follow up to the Kindle Fire next week in New York City. It’s also possible they will announce both 7-inch and 10-inch versions. As far as leaked images go, things have been quiet, but The Verge just received one. We can’t be positive that this is a 7-inch or 10-inch version, but it does look like a 7-inch based on the scale of the keyboard.

The Verge also received another image, but was asked to not share it. According to them, it shows a streamlined user interface with less “chrome.”


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Featured Play Store Review: Horn [Arcade & Action]

Horn is priced at $6.99 and is well worth every penny when you consider the quality of this game. One thing you should know is that since it has console-like quality, it requires more storage than most games. Be prepared to give up 2GB of storage for this bad boy. The initial download from the Play Store is minimal, but when you open the game, it will download the remaining 1.9 or so gigabytes.

For an idea of the game play, check out our hands on video below and if you like what you see, hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

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Lenovo Announces Three New Android Tablets

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The Nexus 7, upcoming Windows 8 tablets, and the mythical iPad Mini seem to be getting all the tablet spotlight these days. That hasn’t stopped Lenovo from competing in a tightly crowded space by announcing three new Android 4.0 powered tablets. The new IdeaTab A2109 and S2110 will be joining the frey this fall while the release date of the S2107 is unknown.

The A2107 is a 7″ model, the smallest of the new trio. It will sport an MTK Cortex A9 processor (clock speed unknown), 16GB of built-in memory with an expandable microSD card slot, a built-in FM radio tuner, and a built-in roll cage for added durability.


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ZTE announces the ZTE Grand X IN for Europe, features Intel Inside

 

ZTE, best known for their mid-range mobile devices, announced today their newest flagship device – the ZTE Grand X IN. This announcement comes just a little over two weeks after the announcement of the ZTE Grand X, but the highlight of the Grand X IN is that it’s the first Ice Cream Sandwich device in Europe powered by Intel Inside. The Intel Atom Z2460 processor with Intel Hyper-Threading should provide a more efficient and snappier experience than the Grand X. The device will share the same screen size as the Grand X (4.3-inches), however it will nearly double the RAM bringing it up to 1GB, and also pack an 8MP camera compared to the 5MP on the Grand X. Other features include a 1650 mAh battery, HSPA+ 21Mbps, and an expandable SD slot up to 32GB.

The device is planned for release in Europe in September. There is no word on pricing at this time, but as a comparison, the Grand X sits just short of the £200 mark on “pay as you go” so we can obviously expect the Grand X IN to come in a little north of that figure. Hit the break for the full spec list and press release.
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Samsung Galaxy Note II headed to Vodafone with LTE, pricing revealed

Samsung didn’t offer any information regarding carrier availability for the Galaxy Note II during its keynote yesterday, but a new sign spotted on the show floor of IFA 2012 could give us some insight as to how much the phone might cost. According to the placard, when the superphone makes its way to Germany in the coming months, it will be priced at €639.90 on Vodafone, equal to about $803 in the United States. Keep in mind that’s the unsubsidized price, meaning customers wont be locked into a 2-year commitment. For comparison, AT&T’s original Galaxy Note costs $549 off-contract. Lets just hope Samsung can can collaborate with carriers to shed a few dollars before it brings the device to the North American market.

Source: Engadget

Half a gigameter of bike routes added to Google Maps for Android

On the Google Lat Long Blog, Google Maps Software Engineer Larry Powelson announced the addition of new mobile biking directions and navigation to the Google Maps for Android app. Ten countries have received new biking directions including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. In addition to the biking directions, Google added turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation to the Google Maps Navigation (beta) app for every country with biking directions.

Biking routes in Google Maps will show up as different shades or styles of green lines. Dark green lines indicate dedicated bike trails or paths or streets with no traffic. Light green lines designate street with bike lanes. Dashed green lines mark other recommended bike routes.

Users in areas covered by the Google Map Maker feature can add new trails and paths to Google’s database and help their fellow bikers. In all, Google now has over 330,000 miles of bike routes mapped. That translates to over 530,000 kilometers or the half a gigameter mark. If you are ready to hit one of those trails on you bike, just strap your Android device to your handlebars and enjoy a map showing your route or get voice directions.

source: Google Lat Long Blog