Recent top-tier phones from Samsung have managed to propagate to major U.S. and international carriers while retaining their model names, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As one moves down into the mid-tier range, we are starting to see carriers renaming Samsung devices to be more carrier specific. The most recent example is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini which has surfaced on the FCC web site in a filing for T-Mobile with the model name listed as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. US Cellular has released the same phone with the Samsung Galaxy Axiom name.
Apparently originality in names is not a major requirement for carriers seeking to bring a new product to market, even one like the Galaxy S III Mini with its scaled down hardware and price tag relative to its “bigger” sibling. In the past carriers have branded devices as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G, the Samsung Exhibit II, and the Samsung Exhibit 4G.
via: Unwired View
This one is for the really really skeptical. The ones who just don’t believe anything until they see it for real. With a major event coming up in two weeks in London and New York City, there is no doubt the HTC M7 will be unveiled. Still, I am sure there are a few of you that need more convincing. Well look no further then the inventory systems of both Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse because both show the M7.
Seriously though, the biggest part of this news is not the existence but the name. It has been believed the “M7″ was just a codename. Now inventory systems do use codenames, but Carphone Warehouse usually doesn’t. I think there is a good chance that M7 is the final name. That actually surprises me since I thought HTC was trying to simplify their products and come up with a name and go with it, like the Galaxy S or Note series. Of course, I’m not really sure what you would call the second One X other than the One 2X or the Two X, and neither one sounds all that great.
It’s a great time to be an owner of the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone as there is a big time update that is finally on the way. According to Samsung Canada’s Twitter account, the official multi-window update is set to be pushed to owners starting this Wednesday, February 6th:
“TheNextBigThing arrives Wed for GALAXY Note II owners as we begin rolling out the Multi Window & Chinese language support update.”
In addition to the multi-window update which brings the ability to have a few windows open at a time, the update also brings Chinese language support– giving even more functionality to an already sweet device. Naturally we expect the update to roll out to devices in phases– but here’s hoping that it doesn’t too long for the update to hit all devices.
source: Samsung Canada Twitter
About a year and half ago a Samsung Galaxy Q surfaced, but at that time it was a lower-end QWERTY phone. Fast forward to now and it features a foldable dual Super AMOLED HD (1920 x 1080) display. This one recently hit the GLBenchmarks with the model GT-B9150, so it’s definitely in existence, but will it really be the first Samsung phone to feature a flexible display?
Other specs include an Exynos 5 dual core clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and a 3500mAh battery. It’s unclear of the screen(s) size, but in looking at the battery size, this won’t be small. It could come in at a total of 6-inches or two 3-inch displays. The most interesting news is that it’s rumored to be unveiled at MWC later this month. I’m not buying it. I think they might show a prototype, but Samsung would want their own event for something like this.
sources: GLBenchmark, Mobile Geeks
Just last month ASUS announced the 7-inch MeMO Pad, which isn’t a bad little device for $149. What’s so special about it? Well other than the price, not too much. It will feature a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1GHz CPU, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 1MP front camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Probably the biggest negative, other than the display, is the battery life which is only 7 hours.
If you find yourself clamoring for one, ASUS put together a short video highlighting the features of it such has the amazing ability to take notes with just your finger. Yes that was sarcasm. As to the video itself, unfortunately you get still images of the tab instead of pure video. Hit the break to see what all the fuss is about!!
Several months ago I reviewed TunnelBear VPN, and I just came across a similar app called Hideman VPN. Connecting to a secure VPN from your mobile device serves two purposes. The first is security. If you frequent public WiFis, anyone on the same network could steal passwords or any data that you send via the network. Now I don’t say that to make you panic. Chances are you will be okay, but being extra safe never hurt anyone. That’s where a secure VPN comes into play, or in this case Hideman VPN. After you’ve connected to the public WiFi, you simply connect to Hideman VPN and everything you do will be completely secure and nobody will have access. Hideman VPN uses AES-256 bit encryption, which is as good as it gets.
More HTC M7 news as we close in on HTC’s New York City event next week where the device is expected to officially debut. This bit of news involves the camera technology HTC is incorporating into the M7. Traditionally buyers have become used to assessing the quality of a phone based on the megapixels, with a larger number generally regarded as better. Leaked specifications indicate the M7 will have a 13-megapixel camera, which is not too shabby. However, reports now indicate that HTC will actually use a camera measured in “Ultrapixels.” Read more
Last week HTC threw a big party for employees to celebrate the start of a new year. CEO Peter Chou was excited to show off the HTC M7 for those in attendance. The big question that still continues to float out there for everyone is whether Chou’s confidence in HTC and their ability to turn things around in 2013 will materialize on the back of new devices or is it too little too late. The new year got off to a rocky start as HTC released new numbers for their first quarter sales projections, and the numbers are not good. HTC is projecting revenues to slip by as much as 17 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Keep in mind the fourth quarter of 2012 was a terrible one for HTC, coming in as the lowest quarter of profit in eight years for the company. Their net sales of approximately $34.4 million USD represented a stunning drop of 91% compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. The march to improved profitably during 2013 will begin in earnest next week when HTC has slated the likely unveiling of the M7 at an event in New York City.
source: The Next Web
It was almost a year ago when we thought Carbon For Twitter, not to be confused with Carbon App Sync & Backup, looked very promising. Normally I tend to think if you want to get into the least exciting Android apps then let’s talk about Twitter clients. Carbon surprised me. It doesn’t reinvent Twitter, it just delivers it in a sharp package with smooth animations. Scrolling is nice and quick and it even incorporates two-fingered scrolling to jump to the top or bottom of your feed. It has an easy and clean method for accessing lists, filtering for people and hash tags. The only thing I didn’t see was a widget (for the lock screen or home screen). I’ve been pretty happy with Tweetdeck but it might be time to jump ship.
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It appears that another Jelly Bean build is now on the way folks. Now before you all go thinking this would bring the version at 4.3 or even a 4.2.2— you may want to think again. Google published its Android-4.2.1_r1.1 and Android-4.2.1_r1.2 open source codes which correspond with the JOP40G and JOP40F Android builds. For now, it appears that the new open source codes bring some very minor bug fixes— but there may be a surprise or two trickled in there somewhere.
You’ll find additional details once you hit the source links.
source: AOSP 1 | AOSP 2