Eldar Murtazin, the Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review.com, has come forward and made bold claims that the reason why the highly anticipated Samsung/Google ICS event was canceled was a result of patent wars, not out of respect for Jobs passing away. Today, at CTIA, Google was supposed to unveil their latest and greatest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich jointly with Samsung’s Nexus Prime device. According to Mertazin:
“Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 are under question“
Murtazin claims that Google requires the removal of certain features which are subject to patent war and that there is “no timeline for this job“. This could go either way if you ask me and there is really no ultimate way to verify the claim, of course. So, we’ll see how things pan out as we anticipate the next opportunity/event Google and Samsung will spill the beans on the device and the OS. One would think if Google did infringe on some patent, all that would be required is a simple firmware update (ie. Android 2.3.5 which changes the scrolling mechanism) What are your thoughts on the matter? Feel free to fire away in the comments below.
According to the folks over 9to5Google, Eldar is mistaken and thanks to a highly trusted source, Google plans to hand out invites “in the next day or so and there is no patent delay“
And according to T3.com, shortly after crowning the Galaxy S II as Phone of the year, Samsung’s Andrew Glass, a sales director had this to say:
“You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think“.
Motorola quietly introduced a teaser video on their Facebook page and sent out invites for an event on October 18 in New York City. The first thoughts that came to mind are the new XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition, and XOOM Family Edition tablets we have been telling you about, or maybe even the RAZR. It so happens that the image above was sent via email and was saved as “spyderlaunchinvite,” so it’s obvious that we will see the Spyder. The question is if it will be marketed as the Spyder, the RAZR, or even have some DROID branding (the red light in the picture hints at this).
It’s possible that we could still see the tablets as well since they should be launching in November or December. For now it’s just a guess, but we will be sure to give you the full scoop next Tuesday, or if anything breaks before then.
Teaser video after the break
Clues may have surfaced about the device Samsung will showcase for their Unpacked event at the CTIA next month and the prime suspect seems to be the Nexus Prime. Check out this image of finalists from the CTIA 2011 Hot for the Holidays Awards and notice especially the “Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast” category where “a product to be announced from Samsung” is cryptically listed. Let’s now consider that the event takes place on October 11th, the same month as the rumored release of Ice Cream Sandwich, the very Android OS that the next Nexus device will run and of which will pack a very gamer-friendly 4.65-inch display (720p HD resolution) and 1.5 GHz dual core processor.
Do we have winner? Maybe, although these details hardly amount to a smoking gun. What do you think?
Samsung will hold an Unpacked event on October 11th at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show being held in San Diego. Some are speculating that Samsung may be preparing an American launch of the Galaxy Note, a device Samsung just showed at the IFA conference in Berlin earlier this month. Others hope Google’s Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus) may get the spotlight at the event. It’s way too early to do much more than guess at this point, but stay with us as we track this and other developments from the trade show next month.
We just got word that Samsung will be hosting a Galaxy Portfolio Event next Monday, September 26th in New York City. It looks like they are going to show off the upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9. Right now you can pre-order one at Best Buy for $469.99 for the 16GB version and $569.99 for the 32GB version.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (boy that’s a mouthful) has finally arrived and is dressed to impress. Today at Samsung’s GSII launch event in New York Talk Android was able to get a hands-on look at the hardware and software that’s currently driving this device to be one of hottest and sexiest (sorry TechCrunch) devices of the year. Samsung brought their A-game today when they released the device on three of the four major carriers in the US. The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and it’s only a matter of weeks until we can stick this slim thin bad boy in our pockets. And although the device was already announced before the event here and here, it’s just not the same unless you can hold this power horse in your hand and play with it. The device is slated for a Sept 16th release date, making Sprint the official first carrier to launch it and will be available for $199 on contract. Hit the break for the full list of features and to check out some hands-on pics. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
And the Samsung Galaxy S II news just keeps on rolling in. Talk Android was present at Samsung’s launch event in New York and we were able to get a quick hands-on look at AT&T’s version of the popular Galaxy S II device. And as you can imagine, the device is super thin (8.89 mm) with a beautiful and vibrant Super AMOLED Plus display. However, unlike its brethren over at Sprint and T-Mobile, the device is only sporting a 4.3-inch screen. This is most likely because its big brother, the Infuse 4G, already has a 4.5-inch touch display. Nevertheless, the device is still impressive and is sure to be a must have handset or this year. This is as close as you’re going to get to the original Galaxy S II released overseas. Hit the break for the full list of specs and some hands-on shots of the device.
As we’ve been touting all day, Samsung finally revealed their US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II and Talk Android was there to cover it like a warm blanket on cold winter night. Devices were released on three of the four major carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T & Sprint). However, T-Mobile was the only carrier to slap any hand that came near the device’s plastic casing. As per their sales team, T-Mobile will most likely be holding their own launch event “some time in the fall” where they’ll unveil official specs, a release date and the official name of the device. It’s speculated that the device’s software wasn’t ready yet, but we’ll give T-Mo the benefit of the doubt here.
However, based just on appearances, and what we pretty much already know, the device seems to be on par with the AT&T and Sprint version. Expect the massive 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Samsung’s Exynos 1.2 dual-core CPU (C210). In addition, and there’s no fighting it, expect TouchWiz to run over Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s too bad we couldn’t get our paws on this one, as Im kind of favoring its rounded edges which gives the device an overall big Nexus S feel, only abnormally thinner. Hit the break to check out a few shots of the impressive handset and to check out the behind the
scenes glass look. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Today Samsung unveiled their highly popular Galaxy S II device for three of the four major carriers. Their event in New York kicked off with a bang as AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint opened the curtain on what appears to be the biggest smartphone of the year thus far. And when we say big, we mean big. Aside from the AT&T version, which sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, all other devices are sporting a whopping 4.5-inch display. Check out the slides of the main points in the presentation for the US version of the Galaxy S II and note the new features added which the original Galaxy S II device doesn’t have. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Stay tuned for quick looks and hands on coming shortly.
Craving all that new Samsung Galaxy S II goodness in the states? Fortunately for you, the reader, our very own Joseph Sirianni will be covering the event, and will be bringing you more photos and videos than you can shake a phone at. Be sure to hit the website tonight (8/30/11) starting at 6PM EST to see what’s abuzz in the Samsung world, as well as get some sneak peeks at the GSII! Let us know what you’d like to see covered at tonight’s event below, and keep your eyes glued to TalkAndroid.com!