Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has been announced and since released, at least in the UK, it would only be a matter of time before we saw official accessories come out. Items like cases, screen protectors and even extra S-Pens should be apart of the mix and all we would have to do is sit and wait for that fateful day to come. It looks like that fateful day is today as GearZap, part of Mobile Fun Limited, is the first to offer these official accessories. Right now they’re only available for pre-order but they should be released quite soon. We see the standard assortment of accessories as well as a few unique ones. Besides the book covers and S-pens we see a car dock and a pouch stand. The pouch keeps your device protected when not in use, while giving you the ability to prop up the tablet for hands free use. Hit the break to check them out.
One of the big challenges for any consumer buying cellular service is trying to figure out whether the service really is better than what they currently have. Invariably it seems that no matter what network one is on, there is always that friend or family member that seems to have better coverage with their carrier, but researching the matter usually yields conflicting information. Wireless carrier U.S. Cellular hopes to address this problem with a new program that lets potential customers test their coverage for a week with no strings attached. » Read the rest
Facebook is rarely on the right side of the fence when it comes to privacy, so it’s natural to be a little cautious when buying a phone that’s completely run by Facebook. Fortunately, Facebook looks to be trying to clear up some of the scary privacy concerns right out of the gate. » Read the rest
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The Galaxy Axiom, US Cellular’s branded version of the Galaxy S III Mini, is beginning to see an OTA update to Android 4.1, complete with Project Butter enhancements and Google Now. You’ll need to be connected to WiFi for the update, and then check for updates in your phone’s About Device settings menu.
This is the second Jelly Bean update we’ve seen to Samsung devices today, so Samsung’s starting off April on a high note. Any Axiom owners that have gotten the update? Let us know in the comments.
source: US Cellular
If you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in Austria, you should be receiving a notification shortly to update your tablet to Android 4.1.2. Hopefully that also means that the update is pretty close to being released in other countries, as well. The tablet has already been updated from Android 3.2 to 4.0, so this is definitely a good example of Samsung keeping their older devices relevant through software updates.
HTC has already been pretty clear that they’re going to put their best marketing foot forward with the HTC One to help boost sales. We’ve seen some commercials for the One, but now we’re hearing that HTC’s marketing campaign will include “Live Experience Tours” in several cities in the US. These stops will include pop up shops to demonstrate the key features of the HTC One, like BlinkFeed, Zoe, and BoomSound. HTC wants to show you that the One is “everything your phone isn’t.” Very
arrogant confident marketing slogan.
In addition to the showrooms for the One, BoomSound lounges will begin popping up in locations starting today. The showrooms won’t hit until April 11th, but they’ll be up for around three months, so you’ll have plenty of time to check it out. HTC is also planning a few tie-in shows to their BoomSound lounges and showrooms with some performances by popular artists in certain locations; Pharrell in New York, Grouplove in Chicago and Manchester Orchestra in Los Angeles. HTC is definitely pulling out all the stops to try to kick this phone off right.
Hopefully HTC will see some significant returns from a marketing blitz of this scale, because I’m sure it’s not cheap. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest
Todoist has always been one of the best personal task managers, but it was only available on the desktop until November of last year. That’s when Doist released native apps for both Android and iOS, which brought Todoist’s robust elements to users for on-the-go task management. With the addition of the app, Todoist users are now synced across nine platforms, which include Android, iOS, Web, Chrome, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows, and Mac.
I generally don’t use the desktop to manage my tasks, although it’s important to me that the tasks are synced and accessible from various platforms. With that said, the desktop Web interface is a tremendous application for those that really need a lot of control for their tasks. The Todoist app for Android brings most of those features to your phone or tablet.
The HTC First was announced at Facebook’s event yesterday and is the first device to feature Facebook Home. Previously, we’ve talked about the HTC M4 who’s specs are almost identical to the First. Now, there are some new details about the M4 and here are the rumored specs:
- 4.3-inch 720p display at 1280 x 720
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- UltraPixel rear-facing camera
- 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Sense 5.0 on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
There is no mention of Facebook Home so there is a good chance that the HTC M4 will simply ship running the latest version of Sense.
Samsung is just weeks away from the release of the Galaxy S 4 and thanks to strong mobile sales, increased its first quarter profit by 53 percent to 8.7 trillion won or $7.7 billion. These numbers were released ahead of full first quarter results on April 26 and beat analyst estimates by 400 billion won or $353,466,000. Samsung’s mobile division continues to grow with this being the fifth straight quarter in a row with record-breaking profits. As far as how many smartphones were sold, the South Korean company estimates anywhere between 68 and 70 million. However, Samsung isn’t planning on stopping there. According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung has set a goal of 500 million handsets shipped in 2013.