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
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.
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.
source: Sammy Hub
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.
Samsung has started advertising two new colors for their monster smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, in the South Korean market. Samsung seems to be fond of producing different color choices for their devices as the life cycle progresses. The two newest colors for the Galaxy Note II are Amber brown and Ruby wine, the latter of which is closer to being a red than anything else.
The color change goes beyond just slapping a different color cover on the back of the device. The front face bits are also produced in the new colors and even the S Pen matches. No word though from Samsung as to when alternative colors, including these two, may be rolled out to other markets.
source: Unwired Review
In December we reported on an exploit that had been discovered in Samsung’s Exynos chips. We have not heard of any malicious activity related to the security hole, though it became a popular vector for rooting devices. After looking into the issue, Samsung has started the process of issue a fix for the vulnerability. The devices and networks include:
- Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch: Sprint’s update FL24 will push out to customers over the course of the next month and will receive Sprint’s Connections Optimizer as part of the update.
- T-Mobile Galaxy Note II: The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is getting an update dubbed T889UVALL4. T-Mobile is pushing this out over-the-air or users can manually update via Kies.
There are other devices on several carriers that have the same chipset and are vulnerable to the exploit. We anticipate seeing patches and updates rolling out for these devices over the next several days as well now that the ball has started rolling.
source: Android Central
The Samsung Galaxy S III managed to get some love in the color department after a few months of availability, and it now seems that the company’s Galaxy Note II is destined for the same fate. A newly leaked image shows the recently released 5.5-inch behemoth in both sleek red and brown colors, solidifying rumors that the device would receive alternate color choices in the near future. There’s no word on which carriers the fresh colors will be headed to, though its entirely possible that they cold see a simultaneous worldwide launch like the originals. So, I suppose the only question left to answer is Amber Brown or Ruby Wine?
Sources: Unwired View, AndroidSlash
As Samsung continues to experience unprecedented success with its Galaxy Note II smartphone, it continues to experience unprecedented sales of the revolutionary device. Recent news has surfaced that the device despite the device being launched within the last few months, the Korean variant of the smartphone has officially surpassed the 1 million sale mark, selling three times as a fast as the original Galaxy Note smartphone. What’s even more fascinating is the original G-Note ended up selling 10 million devices worldwide in just a mere 10 months after its launch, but current forecasts have the Galaxy Note II reaching 10 million sales in just 4 to 5 months if it continues to keep up with its current pace.
You gotta hand it to Samsung— when it really believes in a product, it will do its very best to convince consumers to believe in it too. Feel free to chalk this one up as another notch under Samsung’s belt.
If you’re the owner of a shiny new Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II, you’ll be enthralled to know that Christmas isn’t over just yet. Samsung Mobile USA is holding a generous giveaway on its Facebook page, offering up a free bag of goodies for those owners who register their device. Included is an official pink, blue, orange, or guacamole-colored Flip Cover, as well as six individually programmable NFC TecTiles.
Samsung will also throw in a 50 percent off coupon code for your choice of accessory purchased through the company’s official online mobile store. Ole’ Sammy isn’t discriminating either; those who don’t own a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II can still register and receive the same 50 percent off coupon to use online. Be sure to hit the source link below to get in on the action.
Update: The offer appears to be over as of 10:00AM EST.
AT&T already announced that today would mark the initial rollout of an update for Galaxy Note II users, bringing the highly touted multi-window feature to eager multitaskers. Thankfully, things seem to be right on schedule as a large number of users are reporting a hefty update waiting to be downloaded.
Measuring in at 178MB, the update appears to be hitting devices in phases, so if you don’t see it straight away, you may have luck checking for the update manually by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. We’ll see you on the other side.
Source: Android Central