I know this comes as welcome news this morning for AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III after reading about the T-Mobile version receiving Jelly Bean in mid-November. It looks multiple users have reported today that you can grab the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T Galaxy S III via Kies Desktop Software. Give it a shot and let us know if you’re able to grab the update.
source: Android Central
It’s pretty obvious that handset makers think the bigger the phone, the better. We’ve seen phones slowly climb in screen size, up from 3.5 inches to 4 inches to 4.7 inches, and now even past 5 inches. These bigger screens are fantastic, but it’s easy to see how people who prefer smaller phones may feel a little left out. So the point of this guide is going to help you find the right size phone on your carrier without carrying around what you consider a small tablet. Read on to find our best pick after the break.
The first Samsung Galaxy Note featured a display of 5.3-inches, which many considered half phone half tablet (or phablet). Then came an actual tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, sported a 10.1-inch display. Of course more recently the original Note was upgraded to the Galaxy Note II with a slightly bigger display, at 5.5-inches. There has to be a 7-inch tablet in the works right? Well it looks like if that’s what is in your dreams, they just might be fulfilled. A recent NenaMark2 benchmark test has revealed the GT-N5100. Based on that model number it should be a Note device, and it happens to sport a 7-inch display. Other notables include a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 (same as Note II) and a Mali-400MP GPU. It will also come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We will most likely see this at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year. Anybody want to guess the price of this bad boy? I’m going with $299 for 16GB.
Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.
The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!
And while we’re on the topic of Samsung currently developing a faster processor, it’s only natural that we share some additional tidbits of news regarding some upcoming devices for the new year. According to SamMobile, Samsung currently has no fewer than three devices that are in the works and primed for an upcoming release. The biggest item in development is Samsung’s “Project J”— which is Samsung’s codename for its new Galaxy S line (presumably the Galaxy S IV). Although SamMobile’s insider could not provide specific details of the upcoming device, there are existing rumors indicating the new smartphone will have a new quad-core processor, a whopping 13MP camera and a 5-inch screen size, giving us a nice reference point to start out with.
The next few devices are certainly intriguing ones as well. First off, Samsung has plans on developing a new tablet which is primed to compete directly with the ASUS Transformer line of tablets. The device will come in at 13.3-inches and have a full QWERTY dock as an option, for those of you who prefer that sort of thing. The next device up is a watered-down Galaxy Note II-type device, which will have a larger-than-life screen, but will feature modest specs like a slower processor and likely a reduced screen resolution, etc.
Of course we can’t take this to be factual for now, so we’ll just wait and see for this latest news to unfold.
Considering Samsung continues to churn out powerhouse after powerhouse, it’s fairly conceivable that it has its sights on developing even better and more powerful processors for future devices, right? It sure seems to be the case as Sammy is rumored to be developing an even faster version of its quad-core Exynos processor line. According to the gang at SamMobile, Sammy is currently developing a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor dubbed the Exynos 5440— which is based off ARM’s new Cortex A15 technology. The processor has a reference board identified as “SSDK5440″ and should be head and shoulders above the Exynos 5250 processor— which is also Cortex-A15-based, but “only” a dual-core processor. Indeed it looks like the latest information seems to line up with earlier rumors involving Sammy’s “next big thing”.
Unfortunately there are no additional details like what the processor speed will be or what GPU will compliment the processor, but the thought of an even faster processor sure will many mouths salivating. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get them.
The Note 2 has been available on Verizon for less than a week and it’s already been rooted to join the rest of the family. Like other Samsung phones, it involves using ODIN to flash a rooted image file. Unlike the other versions of the Note 2, there are a few bugs. The phone signal indicator breaks, although data does still work, and some users report that it’s not quite as fast as the stock image. Regardless, I’m sure the bugs will be worked out soon.
The bootloader is still locked, so no custom ROMs (yet) but it doesn’t usually take too long to solve these “problems.” If you’re a Verizon Note 2 owner, hit the link below to get started.
Most of us by now are a little spoiled having enjoyed at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for a while now. However, there are still numerous owners with devices that still haven’t been officially upgraded to the newer Android OS. You can now put a check beside the 3G version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7300) as being officially on the list of devices with Android 4.0. Updates are beginning to roll out via OTA and reportedly are available through Samsung Kies. The update should definitely make your tablet run more efficiently, quicker, and also boost battery life.
Worse than Devine Brown, worse than Monica Lewinsky. worse than whatever her name is with the Director of the CIA: you had to cheat with the iPhone! Just a few short months ago David Beckham and Samsung were two lovebirds frolicking about London. Their video homage to the Galaxy Note was much hotter than anything put out by Paris or Kim. And now the soccer star has been caught with another smartphone manufacturer. At least he had the good sense to say, “It’s not a Samsung, sorry.” We’re hopeful the two can put this indiscretion behind them.
Hit the break to see Beckham caught red handed. The phone rings during an LA Galaxy press conference for the MLS Cup on Saturday. He jokes about answering but must remember he signed a contract to promote Samsung NOT Apple handsets.
Update: It turns out Posh Spice has nothing to worry about. Number 23 is NOT a cheater. The iPhone belonged to a member of the press. Beckham is still true to Samsung.
It’s no secret that many of you may find the Samsung Galaxy Camera interesting, but loathe the fact that it’s currently limited to AT&T for now and it’s faux-g speeds as opposed to something else a little ummm, faster. Well potential customers may finally have a reason to smile, especially if you’re on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Samsung recently sent a new variation of its camera called the A3LEKGC120 through the FCC hallways and we now know it will come decorated with a unique difference from the original variant. According to the FCC filing, the EKGC120 variant of the Galaxy Camera will feature an LTE radio on a 700MHz frequency, giving the clear indication it will likely land come dressed in Verizon colors. Of course Verizon (and Sammy for that matter) will be mum about whether or not a camera is headed for 4G LTE glory, but in the meantime— let’s just hope we see this device sooner than later. Maybe we’ll see this toy headed for Verizon stores sometime this holiday season? Perhaps.