Judge Lucy Koh lifts ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Judge Lucy Koh has reneged on her previous decision to stop sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, and has officially lifted the sales injunction on the device. This change of heart has come after a California Court of Appeals found that the tablet did not infringe on any of Apple’s trade dress patents.

As expected, Samsung is thrilled with the decision, saying:

“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for.”

Apple’s $2.6 million bond could also potentially be issued to Samsung due to the wrongful accusation. While this decision is certainly good news, Apple should undoubtedly be held responsible for Samsung’s inability to sell its product. Besides, that’s what the bond was posted for in the first place. At this point, though, it’s not even that big of a deal, seeing as the company is already selling its third iteration of the device.

Source: Reuters

Garnet red Galaxy S III now available in the UK for a sweet deal

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The Galaxy S III is undoubtedly one of the most powerful smartphones  manufactured. With the international version featuring a quad-core Exynos processor, it is hard not to love. In addition, Samsung creatively gave consumers a variety of different color choices including blue, white, and the infamous garnet red.

The blue and white models have made up the majority of Galaxy S III sales, while the garnet red color has been very limited. Unfortunately, due to AT&T’s agreement with Samsung Mobile, the premier color was exclusively sold through their network only. This was kind of a let down for fans who craved the red design.

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Peel Smart Remote app will give Samsung tablet users an interactive experience during Presidential debates

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Every four years the Presidential election becomes the thing to talk about in the United States. There are countless commercials, ads, news stories and debates. This time around, Samsung and Peel want their customers to be more proactive in the process. Peel is adding a new interactive feature which will allow their customers to give immediate feedback during the Presidential debates starting on October 3. Peel comes preloaded on Samsung tablets like the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1,  and the Galaxy Note 10.1 so they want to flourish that partnership.

With the Peel app you will be able to cheer or boo what either candidate says in the middle of the debate and then look at what everyone else using the app is thinking. If you feel especially moved by any of the comments you can even donate to one of the candidates on the spot. We have seen other interactive devices that let you take over the living room, but this would be an interesting step in interactive tv. The Peel app is available in the Google Play Store, hit the break for the full press release.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera passes by FCC and will likely be featured on AT&T’s 3G network

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Samsung continues their connected devices push by adding the Galaxy Camera. A variation of the Galaxy Camera made it through the FCC with 3G connectivity and looks like it will be on the AT&T network. This likely won’t be the only variation released in the US and there is already one available for pre-order in the UK. There is a likelihood that the camera will also be available on other LTE networks, but those devices just haven’t made it to the FCC yet. With the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Camera, Samsung hopes to start a new era of  Smart Cameras. It is not known when the Galaxy Camera will be available on this side of the pond, but if Samsung has their way, it will be the first of many more android powered devices on the horizon.

Source: FCC

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update leaked

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Over the weekend XDA forum member freeza posted information about a leaked build of Sprint’s pending Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. The leaked ROM includes Samsung’s custom TouchWiz interface. Unfortunately, it also includes a few items not quite working right like the stock browser, Google Now and some issues with the device’s gyroscope sensor. Nevertheless, it is clear that build JRO03L is close to complete, which means we may see it rolling out to users soon.

If you are not willing to wait for Sprint to make it available and you can live with the issues, you can hit the source link to pull down the leaked file or one of the custom ROMs the XDA community has already generated. Trying out any of these is subject to the usual warnings about messing up your device.

For those content to wait for the update via Sprint, hopefully this leak may help create some pressure for Samsung and Sprint to accelerate their schedule a bit.

source: XDA Developer Forum

Samsung Highlights Multitasking Feature On Galaxy Note II Smartphone In New Promo Video

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It’s no secret the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II is going to be one heck of a phone. In addition to the quad-core power and S Pen, it’s the multitasking that’s noteworthy on the device. No, we’re not talking about the traditional multitasking found in most Android devices— we’re talking about Sammy’s special variation of multitasking. As seen in the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note II will have split-screen multitasking that is unique, compared to other Android devices. In a special promo video released by Sammy recently, it highlights the potential of multitasking on a Galaxy Note II through a simulated demonstration. Using an apps bar that’s tiled vertically or horizontally, the S Pen can drag and drop various apps which opens a new app above or below an existing app that’s already running. What this means is users will be able to see two live apps simultaneously and literally do two things at the same time. That’s an awfully cool feature if you ask me.

While the multitasking feature is pretty cool, you’ll want to note that the feature demonstrated in the promo video is for the Korean version of the device. Then again, we suspect that Samsung will certainly include this in the other versions of the device when we see them around mid-November or so. Hit the source link to check out the demonstration in all its glory.

source: Android Authority

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon versions of Samsung Galaxy Note II may be in FCC pipeline

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As we reported earlier, AT&T and Samsung have released a joint statement regarding the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This followed news that Samsung was working with several major carriers to bring the device to the U.S. market. Samsung has scheduled an event for October 24th in New York where it is anticipated a more detailed announcement regarding the Galaxy Note II will be made.

Although no dates for availability in the U.S. and Canadien markets have been made yet, interest in the imminent release will be fueled by the discovery of what appears to be the Galaxy Note II wending its way through the FCC approval process for three different carriers. The first device spotted is an SGH-i317 with specifications that appear to be consistent with AT&T and possible Canadien carriers. Another device going by model number SCH-i605 has CDMA and GSM antennas along with a 700 MHz LTE band appears to be headed to Verizon as a dual-band device. Finally, an SGH-T889 might be headed to T-Mobile based on the inclusion of a 1700 MHz AWS frequency.

source: Engadget

Judge Lucy Koh To Be Reunited With Her Favorite Friends Again, Court Orders Her To Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction

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It looks as if Judge Lucy Koh isn’t quite finished yet in regards to the Apple vs. Samsung saga. If you recall, we mentioned that Samsung confirmed its intentions to appeal notable items such as the injunctions of its tablets— and it now appears that it has gotten its wish thanks to the U.S. courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently granted Samsung’s request to have the injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remanded in order for the trial court to re-consider Samsung’s motion to terminate the injunction. So what does all this mean? Well— while nothing is for sure, but this decision will allow Samsung to have additional time and present an effective argument highlighting why the injunction should be lifted since the jury did not find any type of tablet design patent infringement.

In essence, the Appeals Court is forcing Judge Koh to sit down for yet another day and hear why Samsung is right and Apple is wrong. Of course there’s a slim (or major) chance that Judge Koh probably won’t lift the injunction, but hey— anything can happen in this wacky world.

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Samsung Galaxy S III hits C Spire Wireless for $199

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Regional carrier C Spire Wireless has finally announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The handset arrives just in time for C Spire’s major 4G LTE push, which should come as great news for those looking for faster data speeds in the southeast. The Galaxy S III is the second device on the network to take advantage of the quicker 4G speeds, though the carrier is planning to release many more LTE-capable devices in the near future.

The Galaxy S III is now available in both Marble White and Pebble Blue with 16GB of storage for $199 along with a new 2-year commitment.  For the full run-down, hit the source link below.

Source: CSpire

 

AT&T Android portfolio to grow with new Samsung devices including Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and other devices

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In a joint announcement issued by AT&T and Samsung, the two shared information on some devices slated to be available “in the coming months” for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The devices include three smartphones powered by Android and one tablet device.

Headlining the list of forthcoming devices is the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the eagerly awaited for successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Unveiled earlier this month, the “phablet” device will sport a 5.5-inch screen and a quad-core Exynos processor to power Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s S-Pen apps.
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