Samsung Galaxy Note II hits AT&T on November 9 for $299, pre-orders to begin October 25

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will land on all major U.S. carriers in time for the holidays, and if you’re an AT&T customer, they just announced that you can grab yours on November 9. It will be priced at $299 and pre-orders will start on October 25th. It will carry the same specs as the international Galaxy Note II, which include the whopping 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) display, quad-core Exynos processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Note II will be the second quad-core LTE phone to hit AT&T, while the LG Optimus G will be the first because it will debut one week earlier. The upcoming HTC One X+ will be the third. It’s going to be one speedy holiday season.

Full press release after the break:

Artist Uses Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 To Create An Artistic Masterpiece

 

You may recall that there’s a ton of things (like this or this too) you can in with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but an artist just took things to a different level. An artist named Gérémy Arène took the tablet and when paired with Sketchbook Mobile, he created a masterpiece from scratch. Don’t take our word for it— hit the source link below to check out the art piece used solely with the S Pen in action.

source: Android Central

Sony Trademarks “MyXperia” Name, Indicates Possible Cloud Storage Solution Is On The Way

 

Sony definitely has a few aces up its sleeve for its devices, thanks to a listing on the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) in Europe. According to the listing, Sony has successfully trademarked “MyXperia”, which provides a means to “upload, storage, retrieval, download, transmission and delivery of digital content and media“. All in all– this clearly points to Sony likely set on introducing its own type of cloud storage solution for its wide range of Xperia devices, but we won’t assume too much until we hear what “MyXperia” is exactly directly from Sony.

source: Xperia Blog

USPTO Find’s Apple’s Rubber-Banding Patent Invalid

 

In a stunning turn of events, the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid. If you recall, the patent focuses on an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen on a mobile device. While this ruling isn’t final, this means that all 20 claims of Apple’s patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid— which includes an important one used against Samsung during their epic battle in the U.S. courts. The effect of this is major too: while we have a long way to go during the appeals process, this is perhaps the first step needed for Samsung to have the courts potentially overrule at least some of the major rulings.

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source: The Next Web

LG Optimus G to officially have locked bootloader

I know the Optimus G on AT&T and Sprint is on many an Android fan’s wish list this fall. However, this bit of news may curb that enthusiasm just a bit. Our pals over at Android Central have personally written LG and received this response from LG themselves:

 

The Optimus G doesn’t support an unlocked bootloader.

 

Straight and to the point. I can’t say that this comes as a huge surprise, it’s just a little perplexing why manufacturers continue to do this.  But there it is, right there in black and white. How will this decision affect your decision on a new device, if at all? LG Nexus anyone?

 

source: Android Central

 

 

 

Kindle Fire HD earns best-seller title at Amazon, receives OTA update to celebrate

Amazon has just announced that its brand-new Kindle Fire HD has become its best selling product since launch. No specific number of sales was mentioned, but the company did reveal that a fresh OTA update would be arriving soon, bringing with it a new feature called “FreeTime”. The new FreeTime service will allow parents to restrict their child’s access to specific applications, inevitably allowing for complete control over their children’s tablet use. Parents can create a list of restricted applications and set a time limit on those that aren’t. We suspect this will be a huge benefit for families that share their Kindles.

The Kindle Fire HD has undoubtedly proven itself to be a major competitor in the inexpensive tablet game. Although, with the impending release of a 10-inch Nexus tablet, it’s hard to recommend that anybody purchase one. Additionally, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire  HD will be making its way to market on November 20th, so if your mind is set on a Kindle Fire you may want to wait until then. For more information you can read the full PR after the jump.

Samsung Galaxy Note II now shipping to T-Mobile stores, primed for October 24th release

In news that I’m sure many of you will be excited to hear (or read in this case); it looks like the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s network is imminent – as in Wednesday, October 24th. We caught wind of this possibility two weeks ago via an internal T-Mobile screenshot, however, as always, we tempered that enthusiasm and had to file it under “rumor status.” However, the good news is now confirmed as T-Mobile stores have begun to receive shipments for the October 24th release.

Google accepting sign-ups for new Google Wallet

Google kind of, sort of, in a way revealed a new Google Wallet today. Google made a new web page available where users can sign up for an invite to their new Google Wallet app. After signing in at the landing page, users are presented with a choice as to what kind of device they have. Two options other than Android are included – iOS and Other. So it looks like Google Wallet is expanding beyond the Android ecosystem. Beyond the choices presented Google gives no other information in letting those signing up know what to expect or when to expect it other than they will receive an invite “when it’s ready.”

What do you think? Is expansion beyond Android mobile devices all there is to this or does Google have some other improvements planned? If you want to sign-up for an invite, hit the source link.

source: New Google Wallet Sign-up

Camera Zoom FX update brings fresh UI and new features

Camera Zoom FX has consistently proven itself to be the go-to replacement camera application for Android smartphones, and today the app has been given a major overhaul. The update to version 4.0 brings a brand new user interface and several enhancements to the software’s photo capturing functionality.

New features include:

  • Portrait mode
  • Brightness, exposure
  • ISO, metering
  • Horizon and Stable indicators
  • Golden spiral grid
  • New timer UI
  • Pinch zoom
  • Set review durn
  • Prevent screen timeout
  • Light leaks + bokeh
  • New frames: elegant
  • Gallery to view, share and delete
  • Support for xhdpi
  • Facebook sharing
  • Flip photo
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Pre-owned Verizon Galaxy Nexus on sale for $230 off-contract

As we inch closer to the impending launch of LG’s Nexus 4, Verizon has put the Galaxy Nexus on sale. Last year’s Nexus smartphone is now available for $230, with no need to sign up for a painful new contract. Keep in mind the units in question are “Certified Pre-owned”, but Verizon claims that each phone has passed over 100 quality checkpoints to assure the utmost condition. And, each device comes with a full 1-year warranty, meaning if something happens to the device, Verizon will replace it free of charge.

Sure, the Galaxy Nexus may not be the latest and greatest, or even sport relatively fresh hardware, but at just $230 it’s difficult to pass up this opportunity. For comparison, Sony’s unlocked Xperia Activ –which sports a single core processor, a 3-inch display (320×480) and 3G– costs $250. Add this to the fact that this deal won’t affect your contract or future upgrades, and you’re left with one incredible deal. Hit the source link below before they’re sold out.

Source: Verizon

[Deal] Modern Combat 3 on sale for 99 cents to celebrate expansion on Major League Gaming

Gamers who enjoy the combat genre may want to head over to the Google Play Store today to grab a copy of Modern Combat 3 for only 99 cents. Gameloft is offering the title at this special rate for today only to celebrate the international launch of Modern Combat 3 on Major League Gaming. Both Modern Combat 3 and N.O.V.A. 3 have been available on Major League Gaming, but only in certain geographic areas. The two Gameloft titles are now available for play from anywhere on Major League Gaming, but only Modern Combat 3 is getting the special sale treatment. Major League Gaming runs tournaments every couple weeks with $250 awarded for first place, $150 for second, and $50 for third place. In addition, thanks to Sony’s support via Xperia Play and the PlayStation Mobile brand, players using an Xperia device can win an extra $50.

Even if you are not interested in the Major League Gaming aspect, this is still a great deal for a popular title. To take advantage of the offer, just use one of the links below.

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LG exec outs Nexus branded phone, the world feigns surprise

The rumor mill has been correct yet again: For months we have seen numerous leaks concerning an LG produced Nexus phone, and it seems these leaks have been spot on. Today, LG’s Head of Mobile Product Planning, Amit Gujral, announced that the LG Nexus will be unveiled (I use the term loosely) on October 29th pending a yet unannounced Google event. LG might have jumped the gun on this, or maybe this was just a gaff by Amit Gujral, but all the information released lines up with all the leaked data we’ve seen.

Gujral also detailed specifications of the device: a 4.7 inch display, 1.5GHz quad core cpu and Android 4.2 will be packed into this “LG Nexus”, although he failed to mention whether Android 4.2 will be called Key Lime Pie, or continue with the Jelly Bean monicker. Now, practice your best surprised expression for October 29th so we dont hurt Google’s pride too much for the big launch that we’ve known about for months.

Source: IBN Live

T-Mobile LG Optimus L9 dropping October 31st

Two weeks ago we revealed that the LG Optimus L9 would be available on T-Mobile’s network after a few leaked shots were revealed. Today, T-Mobile confirmed what we all like to hear – launch date and pricing. The Optimus L9 will launch on October 31st for $79.99 on a two-year contract with a $50 mail-in rebate. For this mid-range device, you’ll get modest specs:

  • 4.7-inch 540 x 960 display
  • Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 2,150 mAh battery

 

There’s certainly a lot of competition in the mid-range market these days. What are your thoughts on this LG device? Will you opt for a different mid-range, or will you splurge for a premium device? After all, ’tis the season.

 

source:  T-Mobile

Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with TunnelBear VPN [Tools]

TunnelBear VPN is one of those apps that’s extremely simple, but is very powerful. There are two really important reasons why you need to download TunnelBear VPN today, and many of you will fall into both. The first if for those who frequently use public WiFi hotspots. Everything you do on a public WiFi is available to hackers and that includes passwords and just about anything else. You can’t always avoid public WiFi’s so how do you safely take care of your business? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the only way. Now you can set up your own personal VPN, but who has the time to mess with that. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something safe and secure without all the hassle? Well TunnelBear VPN is just that. It provides “safe-passage and privacy” for Android tablets and smartphones with a secure, encrypted connection to either a U.S. or UK server (more on that in a bit). What this means is that if you are utilizing TunnelBear on an open WiFi network, anyone who intercepts your data won’t be able to read it thanks to the AES 128-bit encryption.