Latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean test build for the international Galaxy Note II leaks

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The latest test build for the International Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) just leaked. It’s Android 4.1.2 and its firmware version is N7100XXDLJ2. Unfortunately the 2 in the Android version number is not in the second position, so don’t expect the latest and greatest that the Nexus devices are rocking. However there are some changes which include:

  • New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
  • New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
  • New Group Cast Application

Again this is not the final build, and the official and final build will probably drop in December or January. You can install it if you wish, but there could be some bugs. Hit the break  for flashing instructions.

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Vodafone Red Hot offers new pricing twist for smartphone buyers

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Vodafone UK has come up with a new twist for potential buyers of smartphones on their network. Dubbed Vodafone Red Hot, users sign up for a pair of 12-month contracts. The first is for a typical data plan that includes unlimited voice and text and up to 2GB of data. The second contract is to “hire” the device you select. Effectively, the plan is like an auto lease as you have to turn the phone back in to Vodafone at the end of the year unless you decide to pony up and pay for the device or switch to a month to month plan with continuing “lease” payments. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note II now available from AT&T

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Despite being announced back in August, Samsung’s latest flagship phablet is just now making its way to North American shores. Beginning today, the company’s new Galaxy Note II is available to purchase from AT&T, both online and in brick and mortar stores. The S Pen-wielding superphone will set you back $299 with a new two-year commitment.

While that price may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that you’re getting the latest and greatest in terms of hardware, including a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. But with other appealing smartphones like the Nexus 4 on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly need a little insight before taking the plunge. So, why not check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II before making any final decisions?

Source: AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Note II review and hands on: Being noteworthy just got better

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The original Samsung Galaxy Note shocked the world with success when most thought it was just a flashing star. It was the first phone to sport a display bigger than 5-inches, 5.3 to be exact. Was it too big, was it a tablet, or was it a phablet? Nobody knew what to think about it, but it didn’t stop consumers from gobbling it up. Was it the S Pen or the large display that caught everyone’s attention? I lean towards the latter, but there’s no argument that the Galaxy Note was a hit for Samsung, and it’s now time for the next chapter. We already saw a tablet version called the Galaxy Note 10.1, but this is the second chapter for the phone. Called the Galaxy Note II, it sports an even bigger display along with a more powerful processor and a larger battery all in a body that is no bigger than it’s predecessor. Does the Galaxy Note II live up to the hype? Hit the break to find out

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Multi-Window OTA update for Sprint’s Galaxy Note II rolling out

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One of the unique features of Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the multi-window feature. It is so popular that Samsung decided to make it available on their Galaxy S III device. Oddly enough, when Samsung made the Galaxy Note II available for the U.S. market, the Jelly Bean build that shipped did not include the multi-window function, even though it was available on international versions. » Read the rest

T-Mobile Set For Major Price Drops For All Of Its Most Popular Devices

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As the holiday season quickly approaches, most wireless carriers are gearing up major promotions and sales in order to entice customers and T-Mobile is no different. According to Brief Mobile, T-Mo is all set to announce major price drops for many of its most popular devices like the One S, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. All in all here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will see a price change as early as tomorrow:

 

  • HTC One S: Will drop from $149.99 to $99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II: Will drop from $369.99 to $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze: Will drop from $99.99 to $49.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S II: Will drop from $149.99 to $79.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: Will drop from $279.99 to $129.99

 

This certainly isn’t a bad way to usher in the holiday season, so it will be exciting to see how many customers T-Mo can woo with the sweet prices of its popular devices.

source: Brief Mobile

Samsung posts open source files for Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Tab devices, AT&T Galaxy Note II

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Via their Open Source Release Center, Samsung has posted new updates to make open source files available for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and AT&T Galaxy Note II devices. The listings indicate these are files for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on these devices. In the case of the Galaxy Tab devices, this is noteworthy as the official Jelly Bean update has not yet been pushed out by Samsung to owners of these devices. » Read the rest

Deal: 16GB unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note II for $579

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Had your eye on Samsung’s new 5.5-inch Galaxy Note, but been hesitant to embrace the unlocked model’s $799 price point? Well, eBay’s Daily Deals is having a sale on the newfangled phablet, offering the unlocked 16GB international model for $579.99 off-contract, in your choice of grey or white. This particular variant will support 3G on HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 bands, meaning both T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks will be suitable.

The Galaxy Note II sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 resolution and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The new model also comes equipped with a revitalized S-Pen, which has been enhanced to offer more precise and accurate functionality. As with most other Samsung handsets, the device’s storage is expandable via MicroSD, so having enough space shouldn’e be an issue. Hit the source link below to get in on the action.

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Samsung Rumored To Create A “More Vibrant International Brand Image” As Early As 2013

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Samsung might very well be known as a brand that happens to love pushing out devices to the masses, but despite all that— it certainly has some successful devices out there such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. Knowing that it has great devices and a solid sales’ figure to back it up, Sammy is potentially looking to take its brand to another level, as soon as next year. According to Channel News in Australia, anonymous sources claim that Sammy is planning a “more vibrant international brand image” of its company. As part of this upcoming change, the familiar blue Samsung logo will be changed, while each part of Samsung’s business will get its own individual color that will be used in its advertising— meaning we should expect to see a new Samsung Mobile advertising logo for example. The overall hope is that Samsung will move its brand from being identified around features and benefits to a focus instead on “lifestyle activities”.

Whatever it is that Samsung is trying to do, the technology world is eagerly awaiting and will see everything soon enough— by CES 2013 perhaps?

source: Digital Trends

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has already moved 3 million units worldwide

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Samsung’s original Galaxy Note is an odd device. Many consumers think it’s too big to actually use as an everyday smartphone, and with good reason. Then again, 10 million other people think differently, and the Galaxy Note had no problems moving off the shelves. On the heels of that success, Samsung predicted that the Note’s successor would sell three times faster than the original Note, and so far, they’re right on track because they already sold 3 million units. » Read the rest