About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.
It seems like it will never end. Patent wars between Samsung and Apple are set to continue, with the second trial between the two companies beginning tomorrow. The end of the first trial saw Apple winning $928.8 million from Samsung, which is $450 million less than the original amount. Both companies are appealing that decision.
This next trial will likely have more on the line because the devices involved will also include newer models. According to Apple, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2 also violate five patents each. These patents include “slide-to-unlock” and universal search.
A new report suggests Samsung may be prepping a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Tab 2 models to launch later this year. While we’ve already heard (and seen) a hefty amount of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0, rumors of successors to the company’s cheaper Tab line have been few and far between.
The Korean company is reportedly gearing up to release several tablet models, including the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The more robust 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is also slated to arrive later this year with LTE. There’s no word on a release date, though we’re bound to hear some news at MWC next month.
Over the course of the past week owners of Samsung Galaxy tablets, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, have been receiving an Android update to bring them up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For the Galaxy Note 10.1, the upgrade includes not only the Jelly Bean improvements, but Samsung’s Premium Suite as well. All of the devices also benefit from a variety of Touchwiz improvements.
For more details about the improvements, check the press release after the break. Read more
Owners of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 are in for a tasty treat today (and we’re not talking about your Thanksgiving turkey and gravy). Reports are rolling in that Samsung has begun its much anticipated Android 4.1.1 update for its popular tablet. The update is only available for the carrier-less WiFi model, and strangely enough seems to be relegated only to France for now. We’ll keep you posted as the update rolls out to other areas.
If you’re in France and have a WiFi Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, you can manually check for the update by going into your settings menu an clicking “About phone”, then “System updates”. The update is also available via Samsung Kies.
Enjoy the Jelly Bean…and your turkey and gravy! Happy Thanksgiving!
As we move further into the holiday season, we’re going to start hearing more rumors about phones, tablets, and the occasional Black Friday ad. Sam’s Club has recently leaked an ad for November 23rd with a few interesting deals, especially if you’re interested in picking up a new Android phone or tablet at a great price. Read more
T-Mobile seems to often be late to the party when rolling out devices, or maybe it’s just my perception as an 11-year customer when they don’t offer a device I want on day-one like other carriers. However, T-Mobile seems to end up getting most of the same nice devices as the other major carriers eventually. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is no exception in this case. Revealed through FCC filing, the newest tablet in T-Mobile’s stable will be released as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-T779). As is usually the case with device sightings on FCC, we will most likely see the Tab 2 on Magenta’s network within the next couple of months if not late next month. Is anyone looking forward to this particular tablet from T-Mobile? Let us know.
Android devs take note… Samsung released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1. Here’s a list of model numberes covered:
Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch
Devs, hit the source link to start downloading and cook us up something yummy!
What’s this we have here, another Galaxy leak? Thankfully the Galaxy S III is now official and that rollercoaster ride has closed so this new leak is for the Galaxy SCH-I705 which is said to be the Tab 2 for Verizon. BriefMobile received the above image from a tipster who told them that the SCH-I705 will be a 7 inch, 4G tablet running Android 4.0.4 with Samsung TouchWiz. The mystery tablet will run a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor with an Adreno 225 GPU.
We have no more specifics at this time however stay tuned to TalkAndroid and we’ll being you the updates as soon as we have them.
source : BriefMobile
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 2 a couple of months ago in both 7 and 10.1-inch varieties, the specs were mildly disappointing with a 1GHz dual-core processor. Apparently, Samsung was also disappointed with the specs and decided to stop production of the 10.1-inch tablet to give it an upgrade, according to a Korean Samsung insider.
The new Galaxy Tab 2, codenamed “Espresso”, will now come with a quad-core CPU. Which processor specifically is not yet known, and neither is whether this will affect the U.S. version of the tablet which has already passed through the FCC as a dual-core device.
This is the second Samsung tablet to get an upgrade before launch, with the Galaxy Note 10.1 being the first earlier this month. The Note is also getting a quad-core upgrade, specifically the Exynos 4412. It’s entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that the Galaxy Tab 2 will also be getting the Exynos 4412, which is the rumored processor for the upcoming Galaxy S III phone. Samsung must really love that processor.
Unfortunately, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 will not be getting the upgrade and will remain a dual-core device.