Samsung Galaxy S III Security Flaw Allows Potential Hackers Free Reign on Your Home Screen

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SECLISTS.ORG has recently disclosed a potential security flaw on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the report, “It is possible to bypass the lock screen on the GSIII allowing an individual full access to the phones features.” We previously reported a similar screen lock bug relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

It appears that when Samsung messes up with security, they go BIG or go home! Similar to the Note II Security flaw, it takes pressing a combination of buttons in the correct sequence to get it to work. Here’s how to do it on the GSIII: » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note II has a potentially serious security flaw allowing hackers to view homescreen apps

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Uh oh— it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II may have security flaw. While operating a G-Note II with Android 4.1.2, Terence Eden, recently discovered that the homescreen can actually be accessed by pressing the “Emergency Call” icon, followed by the ICE button and finally pressing the physical home key for several seconds. Although the homescreen does appear for a short period, it is enough time for any hacker to actually click and open one of the homescreen apps— which is especially bad if one of the homescreen apps performs an action at launch (think of a direct dial widget that can make phone calls for example). All of this can certainly cause major issues for owners that may end up with their devices falling into the wrong hands.

Unfortunately Samsung has yet to comment, but we’ll be sure it will want to patch this potentially major little snafu as soon as possible.

source: Engadget

AT&T Delivers Security Patch For Exynos Kernel Exploit On Galaxy Note II

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An over the air software update is available for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update, which became available February 15, serves as a security patch for the Exynos kernel exploit discovered in December.  As with most OTA updates, the carrier recommends downloading via WiFi. Make sure you have plenty of battery power as well. There’s no easier way to brick a phone than by losing power mid software install. It will push the firmware version to I317UCAMA4 but leave Android on 4.1.2.

Source: AT&T

Fitbit adds wireless sync via Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support for Fitbit Flex device

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A few days ago we reported on Nike’s decision to ignore the majority of smartphone users by opting not to bring an app to the Android market to support their fuel band device. In contrast, Fitbit provides Android support for their Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and upcoming Fitbit Flex wireless activity trackers. They recently updated their Fitbit app for Android to include wireless sync capability using Bluetooth 4.0. The feature will only work with Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II devices. Using Bluetooth 4.0 sync keeps the Fitbit dashboard updated in real-time and the app can provide motivational notifications and social interaction with friends.

In addition to the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 sync capabilities, Fitbit has added NFC compatibility for their upcoming Fitbit Flex device. A tap on the Flex with an Android phone will automatically launch the Fitbit for Android app. You can read the full press release after the break and grab the app using one of the Google Play Store links. The app is free and only requires Android 2.1 or higher to get the basic functionality. » Read the rest

Samsung working on three devices as part of Project J

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More news from the folks over at SamMobile indicates Samsung’s Project J actually constitutes three devices. According to previous reports, Project J was the code name for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Over the past few months as we have watched for information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, we have seen the Galaxy S IV referred to as Project J, Altius and by the model number GT-I9500. The assumption has been that Project J referred to that one device, the Galaxy S IV. Based on upcoming accessories, SamMobile now reports the code name actually refers to three devices. » Read the rest

Samsung unveils pink Galaxy Note II

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Fans of the color pink rejoice! Samsung has unveiled a new color variant of their popular Galaxy Note II and this time it’s pretty in pink. The specs of this phone are exactly the same as the other colors: a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an S-Pen stylus, LTE, NFC capability,  an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, a quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 3,100 mAh battery, and ships with Jelly Bean.

Currently the pink Galaxy Note II can only be seen on the official Samsung Taiwan website and there is no mention of availability for any of the markets. However since Valentines day is around the corner, Samsung might release it during that time. Samsung has sold over 5 million of it’s Galaxy Note II units and with the implementation of a pink version, there’s sure to be even more buyers ready to snatch one up. Hit the break for one more pic. » Read the rest

Multi-Window Update Imminent For The Samsung Galaxy Note II In Canada

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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

Samsung Shows Off Extended Version Of Its Next Big Thing Super Bowl Commercial

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We know that most of you Android fanatics out there were no doubt tickled seeing Sammy’s Super Bowl teaser last week— but viewers of the Big Game were treated to an even better version of the ad. In this extended version of the advertisement, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen each take some time to go back and forth about who should be featured in the ad and why they should be featured, while highlighting a typical Samsung device’s noteworthy feature (i.e. being able to take a photo and scribble on the photo with the Galaxy Note II). Of course when given the opportunity, they are each given the chance to pitch their reasoning to a top Samsung exec on what should be featured in the ad— only to realize that the advertisement should feature the world’s greatest basketball player featured as opposed to something with Rogen and Rudd in the ad.

Of course only reading about the funny ad is only half the story— hit the flip to get a good chuckle from the 2:00 min ad.

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Samsung to release Music Hub service to other devices and countries

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After Samsung acquired mSpot in 2012, they revamped the music locker service and released it as Music Hub on the Galaxy S III. Up to this point, Music Hub has been exclusive to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, but Samsung is reportedly planning to release the application to more devices, as well as to devices outside of the US. Older Samsung devices will get the honors of being first in line, and other non-Samsung devices will receive it afterwards. No word on exactly when this is happening, but with the success Samsung is having, I can’t imagine it’s going to take too much longer.

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Mystery shoppers find Samsung recommended over Apple in U.K.

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A recent mystery shopper survey conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media found Samsung Galaxy devices were the most likely smartphones to be recommended by major British retailers. Leading the pack as the most recommended phone is the Samsung Galaxy S III despite being one of the older phones on the market now. Another popular choice was the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with Apple’s iPhone 5 drawing a few recommendations and other manufacturer’s devices seeing little action. » Read the rest