Next generation Galaxy Notes could use handwriting actions on the lockscreen

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Samsung-handwriting-unlock-screen-Galaxy-Note-2Given that the S-Pen is one of the biggest selling features of the Galaxy Note series, it would make sense for Samsung to want to push every use of the stylus it can. A recent patent application suggests that the Korean company is looking to do just that.

US 20140038557 A1 suggests that Samsung will be adding a way to unlock your Note through handwriting. The feature will do so by recognizing your handwriting. Of course, like fingerprints and voice recognition, you will have to train your Note to recognize your handwriting. While current generations of the Note series do this already, allowing you to unlock your device with your signature, this would expand on that. The patent will allow actions to be performed based on hand written commands. For instance, if you wanted to call mom or dad, all you’d have to do is write “Call Mom” or “Call Dad” on the lock screen and the device would do so.

Whether or not we’ll see this in the Galaxy Note 4 is yet to be determined, but expanded S-pen functionality is something to be excited about. If you’re up for the technical details you can check out the patent application from the source link below.

source: USPTO
via: Phone Arena

Samsung focusing on smartphone accessories, peripherals in 2014

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A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.

Source: ET News
Via: G 4 Games

Samsung releases PEN.UP in the Play Store, allows Note II and Note 3 owners to share S Pen artwork

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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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Samsung releases 6.5 minute video showcasing brand new Galaxy Note 3 in all its glory

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Samsung just released a video which displays the recently unveiled, gorgeous Galaxy Note 3— the 6.5 minute clip highlights some of the main features included on the device, like Action Memo, Multi Window, and Scrapbook. It also shows off the S Pen and goes over the S Finder interface for a bit as well.

The Galaxy Note 3 will be widely available around the world in 120 countries come September 25, but we’ll have to wait and see to find out which carriers will be offering the device and for how much.

Be sure to check out the video below!

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Samsung buys up 5% of Wacom to back up the stylus fad

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Personally, I think the stylus is awesome. Fortunately for those of you that agree with me, Samsung thinks so, too. And considering the amount of marketing power Samsung has invested in their Note brand, it’s pretty easy to see why they just bought 5% of Wacom, the manufacturer of the Note’s S-Pen. That 5% turned out to be around 58 million dollars, which is pocket change for Samsung, but it’s clear that Samsung is intending to evolve the stylus into a pretty large part of their smartphone and tablet lineup. Hit the source below to read up on Wacom’s side of the story.

source: Wacom

Galaxy S IV Rumored To Launch In April With S Pen

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Let’s take a moment to reflect on the best phones of 2012… OK, done. Now we’re free to drool over look at what’s coming in 2013. The latest Samsung Galaxy S IV rumor says it will be released in April equipped with Galaxy Note II-like S Pen functionality. This may explain why early leaks have suggested the phone will be bigger (up from 4.8-inch to a 5-inch display) and slightly thicker (from 8.6mm to 9.2mm). It doesn’t, however, explain why we always use imperial measurements for screen size and metric for thickness. From what we’ve seen so far the S IV is shaping up to to be a worthy successor to the S III. The rumored 2GHz quad-core processor will pack quite a punch, especially if it incorporates the big.LITTLE architecture Samsung  has been working on.

Source: Enuri

Artist Uses Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 To Create An Artistic Masterpiece

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You may recall that there’s a ton of things (like this or this too) you can in with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but an artist just took things to a different level. An artist named Gérémy Arène took the tablet and when paired with Sketchbook Mobile, he created a masterpiece from scratch. Don’t take our word for it— hit the source link below to check out the art piece used solely with the S Pen in action.

source: Android Central

Samsung Patent Highlights New Stylus Pen Accessory Complete With Integrated Headset

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It was only a matter of time before we saw the evolution of Samsung’s impressive lineup of accessories. While it’s no stranger to having stylus pens on its products, it recently filed a patent application that turns a stylus pen into a bonafide headset accessory. This patent would cover a pen meant for capacative screens like those found in the Galaxy Note, while incorporating a wireless headset into its body as well (presumably of the Bluetooth standard).
Hmmm if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that Samsung is at the very least considering following in the footsteps of ASUS— which recently teased consumers with a similar accessory of its own. But in the meantime, let’s just wait and see if Sammy will actually follow-up this newly filed patent with a new accessory for owners of its devices to be excited for.

source: Patent Bolt
via: The Verge

Remixed Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Makes Its Video Debut

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has gone through some changes since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress in February. Benchmarks seen in early May suggested a quad-core upgrade, later confirmed late May when the tablet was seen at a Samsung event. The formerly homeless S-Pen also found a place to live inside the tablet.

XDA forum member floiancu scored a prototype of this updated tablet and managed to shoot some great videos of the device in action. Check them out after the break.

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