With the Galaxy Note 4 expected in just a few months, we are going to be learning more and more about the large handset. Today’s news has to do with the Galaxy Note’s most vital feature: the S Pen. A patent filing from Samsung reveals that they could be transitioning to a new technology. » Read the rest
While most of the newer devices have already received Android 4.4, owners of slightly older devices have kept waiting. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 3, that wait might not be much longer. A Samsung customer managed to get a hold of someone from tech support, who confirmed that Samsung is expecting to launch the Android 4.4 update on the Galaxy Note 2 somewhere in mid-April, and for the Galaxy S 3 by early May.
These time-frames are for the Korean variants of these devices, but devices in the rest of the world shouldn’t be that far behind.
Most of you already saw the celebrity-packed photo that Ellen Degeneres took during the oscars using a Samsung Galaxy Note. There was a lot of speculation about whether Ellen was paid to use it or not, however Samsung has since released a statement that even though the event was sponsored by Samsung, Ellen decided on her own to “organically incorporate the device into the moment.”
Despite the fact that Ellen decided herself to use the device, Samsung has been happy enough with the results to donate $1.5 million each to two charities of Ellen’s choosing, which will be the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Humane Society.
Source: Tech Crunch
Samsung just hit the ten million Galaxy Notes sold on its home turf. Since its debut back in 2011 the large smart phone has started the movement in larger devices, sometimes called phablets. As each generation debuted, the Korean company, has worked to refine the giant device in both hardware and software. Even as the market becomes saturated with bigger phones, such as the One Max, the Note 3 still remains the device to beat.
To celebrate the milestone, Samsung is sponsoring a celebration from January 17th to February 7th where domestic customers can win prizes such as tickets to musicals or even Samsung cameras. The device is also doing well globally, with over 50 million units sold.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Zauba, a logistics website that tracks imports and exports to and from India, showed us some pretty interesting information yesterday.
A data table shows two Samsung variants, both labeled SM-N7505, both shipping into India for “testing and evaluation.” One has a 5.7-inch screen, and the other with a 5.49-inch display. They could simply be test devices and never hit the open market, but the model number suggests some sort of Galaxy Note model.
The devices each have the same price, at 33,245 Rupees, which is $533 USD. Stay tuned for more information.
In recent years, we have seen Samsung continue along a path of producing larger and larger devices, whether it is the normal smartphone market where they have established a 5-inch screen as the standard for a top tier device or the large smartphone market whether their Galaxy Note line pushes to blur the lines between smartphones and tablet devices. However, one area where Samsung may not be too happy to know they are growing bigger is in the batteries of the devices they sell, especially when that growth occurs after the device is in the hands of the consumer. Last month Samsung had to acknowledge a problem with batteries swelling in their Galaxy S 4 devices, costing them some coin after they started offering free replacements. Today news of another swollen battery issue has surfaced, but this time it involves an older device.
South Korean TV station KBS1 has aired a report detailing problems some owners of the original Galaxy Note device, released in 2011, are having with their batteries. The batteries are growing larger and take on some rather odd dimensions causing them to no longer fit in the device. Thus far the impacted devices appear to be those from Samsung’s home market, South Korea. Owners of the devices have thus far had no luck in getting replacements out of Samsung like owners of the Galaxy S 4 were able to do when their batteries started to super size themselves. That may be because Samsung seems to think the swelling is just a normal part of a battery’s life and is just an indication the battery has reached the end of its life. However, this does not seem to be a problem for other manufacturers.
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source: Unwired View
Trying to satisfy consumers of all tastes, Samsung is likely producing a new tablet part of their Galaxy Note line. And in true Note fashion, the screen is going to be… bigger. This tablet is rumored to have a 12.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Powering it would be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 3GB of RAM. As you can see in the image above, LTE Band 5 is supported, pointing to Korean carriers; therefore, it is unknown if it will make it to U.S. shores. Keep your eyes open for this device. Then again, it’s so large it would be hard not to notice.
If you own a Galaxy Note II or about to buy a Galaxy Note 3, you might want to check out PEN.UP. This app is essentially a social network for S Pen creations. Categories range from animals to characters to food and more. Now you can not only share your works of art, you can check out what other Note owners are creating.
PEN.UP comes pre-installed on the Note 3, but if you have a Note II, you can download it now from the Play Store. Hit the break for screenshots and links.
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Right on the heels of the HTC One receiving Android 4.3, Samsung is preparing to push the latest version of Android to their own devices. This morning SamMobile tweeted (below) that testing has begun on last year’s Galaxy Note II. According to the Samsung-only site, the Korean company is concluding testing on other devices. They speculate that Android 4.3 will head to the Galaxy S 4 in October and the Galaxy S III near the end of October or early November. And since Samsung has just started testing on the Galaxy Note II, it isn’t expected to be lifted to Android 4.3 until the end of November or December.
Breaking: Samsung has just started testing Android 4.3 for the #GalaxyNoteII.
— SAMMobile (@SamMobiles) September 25, 2013
While the HTC One Mini is going to be a smaller, little-brother version of the original HTC one, the HTC One MAX is expected to be an enlarged version of HTC’s flagship device, quite similar to what Samsung is doing with their Galaxy series.
The device is expected to launch this September with a 6-inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage options and a 3,200 mAh battery.
Samsung is certainly going to have some devices to beat out this fall as this new HTC addition, as well as upcoming offerings from LG and Sony will certainly push consumers in many different directions.
Source: Mobile Geeks