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Samsung Galaxy Note II update brings multi-window support

We previously reported that some Samsung Galaxy Note II’s didn’t have the advertised multi-window support, but an update that is rolling out today will fix that. This will allow Galaxy Note II owners to split the 5.5″ screen in half and run two android apps at the same time. The original Galaxy Note had a similar feature, but it was limited to only Samsung apps. This time around there is support for not only Samsung apps but some Google apps as well as select third party apps such as Twitter. This update is version XXALIJ1 and it also includes a new baseband version of Chrome. The Galaxy Note II will be available in the states later this month.

Samsung Highlights Multitasking Feature On Galaxy Note II Smartphone In New Promo Video


It’s no secret the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II is going to be one heck of a phone. In addition to the quad-core power and S Pen, it’s the multitasking that’s noteworthy on the device. No, we’re not talking about the traditional multitasking found in most Android devices— we’re talking about Sammy’s special variation of multitasking. As seen in the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note II will have split-screen multitasking that is unique, compared to other Android devices. In a special promo video released by Sammy recently, it highlights the potential of multitasking on a Galaxy Note II through a simulated demonstration. Using an apps bar that’s tiled vertically or horizontally, the S Pen can drag and drop various apps which opens a new app above or below an existing app that’s already running. What this means is users will be able to see two live apps simultaneously and literally do two things at the same time. That’s an awfully cool feature if you ask me.

While the multitasking feature is pretty cool, you’ll want to note that the feature demonstrated in the promo video is for the Korean version of the device. Then again, we suspect that Samsung will certainly include this in the other versions of the device when we see them around mid-November or so. Hit the source link to check out the demonstration in all its glory.

source: Android Authority

Could this Samsung SGH-T889 leaked image be T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2?


Looks like this screenshot image could very well be T-Mobile’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The image shows SGH-T889, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and the UA proof also tells us it has a display of 1280×720. Let’s keep in mind that T-Mobile’s original Note was dubbed as the SGH-T879, so it wouldn’t be inconceivable that this slightly higher number will be the Note 2.

According to TMONEWS, T-Mobile’s Note 2 will keep the powerful quad-core Exynos processor made by Samsung and will run on the 42MB HSPA+ network. This would be great considering it will be one of the rare Samsung US devices that is able to retain the Exynos rather than using the Snapdragon processors.

I’m actually quite surprised that a leak of this magnitude (if legitimate) has surfaced so quickly. Perhaps this is the reason T-Mobile’s original Note was short lived. Either way I’m excited for this device to hit T-Mobile sometime this Fall. Would the Note 2 be something you guys wait for, or is the Galaxy S III powerful enough for you?

source: TMONEWS

A Samsung mystery device pops up in GL benchmarking dubbed as SGH-I317, sports JB and HD display

Well what do we have here? It looks like a mystery Samsung device has popped up in GL benchmarking touting an HD (1280×720) display, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and a max CPU frequency of 1600MHz (amount of CPU cores unknown). The device is dubbed as the SGH-I317, which indicates either an AT&T or Canadian handset.

Sadly, not much else is known about the device and we can only speculate what it may be. The obvious guess would either be a Galaxy S III for a Canadian carrier, or perhaps a Galaxy S III variant for AT&T (this I highly doubt). Another possibility would be the device being AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note 2 that was just unveiled last week. After all, Samsung did say the Note 2 would arrive in States side sometime this Fall/Winter.

Either way, this is definitely a device to keep an eye on. As we get more information on this, we’ll be sure to let you know!

source: GLBenchmarking

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 image and specs leak just before Unpacked Event

We are only moments away from the Samsung Unpacked event in which we will finally see the Galaxy Note 2 unveiled, but the image and specs just leaked. As you can see in the image, it carries the same design as the Galaxy S III, which isn’t surprising. As far as specs go, there aren’t any surprises, but it has been confirmed to have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, a whopping 3,100mAh battery. It will also be a little thinner than the original Note, coming at 9.4mm as opposed to 9.65mm. You will have your choice of 16, 32, or 64GB for internal storage and color options will be Marble White and Titanium Gray. As far as radios go, they will offer both HSPA+ 21mbps and LTE.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leak ahead of Unpacked Event

We’re only a few days away from Unpacked and the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100). We are expecting it to sport a 5.5-inch display and a quad-core processor.  A newspaper in Seoul confirmed that the Note 2 will indeed have a 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display and a 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor. What about the camera? Some were hoping for a 12MP, but it looks like it will definitely sport an 8MP shooter.

The other very interesting news is that it will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I guess this isn’t a shocker since the international Galaxy S III will get Jelly Bean shortly after the event. Other minor details are that you will have your choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage and the edges are more rounded than the original Note. We already heard that there will be two color options.

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Samsung Plans On Launching Two Colors For Galaxy Note 2, New Titan Grey For Galaxy S III


As Samsung prepares for perhaps a major announcement this week, we’ve just gotten word of some additional tidbits of news regarding the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III smartphones. According to a leaked database photo obtained by the gang at SamMobile, Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone in 2 color variations: Ceramic White and the other TBD (for now). Meanwhile, it appears Samsung plans on launching yet another color for its successful Galaxy S III smartphone called Titan Grey. While it’s great that we have an idea of what colors each device will come in, the real question is when they will be available. SamMobile reports the new Titan Grey color will be available from Week 37 (Week of September 10th), while the other Galaxy Note 2 colors should be available by Week 40 (First week of October).

source: SamMobile

T-Mobile cancels Samsung Galaxy Note

Earlier today, web surfers started noticing something odd about the Samsung Galaxy Note for T-Mobile. The intrigue began when the Galaxy Note’s status on the T-Mobile site started showing up as not available. Checking other sites resulted in similar dead-ends – “out of stock” on Wirefly, “Closeout” on Costco, and “Backordered” on Amazon Wireless.

As it turns out, T-Mobile does appear to be in the process of putting the Galaxy Note in “end of life” (EOL) status, with the projected final date around November 1st according to anonymous sources. This probably should not be a major surprise to potential buyers considering the Galaxy Note has been out for close to a year and the successor Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is poised for release.

Now T-Mobile users who are interested in one of Samsung’s Note devices need to hope T-Mobile is a little more on the ball in getting the Galaxy Note 2 into their pipeline.

source: Android Police

Samsung Releases Galaxy Note 2 Teaser Video Ahead of IFA

Let the official hype machine begin. Samsung released a short teaser video of the new Galaxy Note 2 ahead of the IFA show in Berlin, which is a little over a week from now. The video obviously doesn’t reveal too much, however in normal teaser fashion, you do get a few extreme closeups and it also includes a cameo of  “Wings of Desire” director Wim Wenders. One of the closeups is of the included S-Pen, but you will also find a rapid succession of screen shots of included apps. One of those apps clearly looks like the media player app packed with the Galaxy S III. I’m definitely excited for this one, and we will be sure to let you know about all the juicy details from the unveiling on August 29th. Hit the break to check out the video.

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Here we go again! Another Samsung Galaxy Note 2 image leaks [Update – It’s a confirmed fake]

The unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) takes place in about two weeks and everyone’s trying to get the real scoop. A couple of days ago an image popped up and then we had a nice image of the bezel. Today we get another glimpse and it looks similar to the image we saw a couple of days ago, but this time it’s not a press shot. It’s supposedly the actual device.

Remember the story we ran about how tight security was around the Galaxy S III? I’m sure the same shenanigans is going on with the Note 2. It might not be as coveted as the Galaxy S III, but it’s far from a dog as well.  This image is probably a very close representation of it even if it’s not the real one. I just wish Samsung would get rid of that home button, but it doesn’t appear that way. Maybe I will be surprised.


Yup it’s a Photoshop fake by Daniel Uy. It’s a mockup based on the bezel that leaked on Wednesday. I still think it will look similar based on the fact that it was created from the bezel leak. Personally, I’m expecting it to look much like the Galaxy S III, only bigger. I will be shocked if it looks any different.

source: knowyourmobile