Yesterday we reported on Samsung posting open source code for their Galaxy Tab 2 devices and AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s developers have continued their work today, making available the code for the new Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Those interested in grabbing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean code for the device can head over to the Samsung Open Source Release Center to find their copy. With this code now available, we expect it will not be long before the modders start releasing tweaks to the firmware, new ROMs based on the code, or even incorporating some Android 4.2 features for use on the Galaxy S III Mini.
Via their Open Source Release Center, Samsung has posted new updates to make open source files available for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and AT&T Galaxy Note II devices. The listings indicate these are files for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on these devices. In the case of the Galaxy Tab devices, this is noteworthy as the official Jelly Bean update has not yet been pushed out by Samsung to owners of these devices.
Had your eye on Samsung’s new 5.5-inch Galaxy Note, but been hesitant to embrace the unlocked model’s $799 price point? Well, eBay’s Daily Deals is having a sale on the newfangled phablet, offering the unlocked 16GB international model for $579.99 off-contract, in your choice of grey or white. This particular variant will support 3G on HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 bands, meaning both T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks will be suitable.
The Galaxy Note II sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 resolution and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The new model also comes equipped with a revitalized S-Pen, which has been enhanced to offer more precise and accurate functionality. As with most other Samsung handsets, the device’s storage is expandable via MicroSD, so having enough space shouldn’e be an issue. Hit the source link below to get in on the action.
Do you remember back in September when IDC predicted Android tablets would not see any significant growth in the share of the market that they command? IDC probably hopes you have forgotten that in light of their report today showing some significant changes in the tablet market during the third quarter of 2012. Perhaps the most stunning change was the worldwide market share for Apple devices, which slipped from a commanding 65.5% of the market in the second quarter to 50.4% in the third quarter. IDC attributes some of this to consumers holding off on purchases amidst rumors of the iPad mini. A bounce back is expected during the fourth quarter, but may be hampered by the iPad mini’s relatively high purchase price.
If you were among those that really wished the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 came with 4G connectivity, then AT&T has answered your prayers. This Friday AT&T customers will be able to add the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to their shared data plan. This will be just before Sprint releases an LTE version of the same tablet on November 11th. For those of you that don’t remember the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes with a dual core processor, 3 megapixel camera and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution screen. Not top of the line but a solid tablet, adding 4G connectivity certainly doesn’t hurt. What is really enticing is anyone looking to buy a Galaxy smartphone from AT&T might want to go for it soon because they are offering $100 off any other Samsung connected device when you buy a new Galaxy Smartphone, Galaxy Note II or Galaxy S III, on a two year contract. Hit the break to see the full press release.
The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Camera is officially making its UK debut this week. Retailer Clove has announced that it would begin selling the Android powered point-and-shoot on Wednesday, November 7th. Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, and Jessops are slated to put the Galaxy Camera on sale the following day for £399.00.
Interestingly, Samsung will be holding champagne receptions at their retail stores in celebration of the new camera’s European launch. As a refresher, the Galaxy Camera sports a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of on board storage, a 16.3MP sensor with a newfangled f2.8 lens.
Source: Clove (UK)
Clove UK is set to unleash the hottest variation yet of the Galaxy S III smartphone for its customers: the black 64GB model. Now available for pre-order, customers can expect to pay a King’s Ransom of £500 or £600 including VAT for the device. While it is a hefty price for a smartphone, Clove is banking on the fact that its offering will appeal to the masses since the special edition Galaxy S III will be the first smartphone in the UK to offer 128GB of storage (64GB onboard + 64GB from expandable memory).
Customers can expect the device to be available within two months’ time, but you’ll want to hurry though as it seems as if Clove will only be getting a small batch of these bad boys. Additional details can be found once you hit the source link.
source: Clove UK Blog
As original Galaxy Note owners eagerly await the possible arrival of Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on their devices, we are now beginning to see signs of which custom features will be found in the update. Similar to the Galaxy Note II smartphone and the incoming Android 4.1.2 update due to for the Galaxy S III next month, the original Galaxy Note will include the awesome TouchWiz Nature UI and the multi-window feature, allowing for true multitasking and the ability to use multiple apps at once on the Galaxy Note.
To corroborate this news is the surfacing of not one, but two preliminary Jelly Bean builds being spotted in the wild for the Galaxy Note. The first build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS3 and is currently being tested at Samsung bringing not only the TouchWiz Nature UI and multi-window feature; the second build has a firmware version of N7000XXLS7 which not only highlights the same mentioned custom Sammy features, but actually has video footage of those features in action. Of course Sammy has stayed mum on whether or not this evidence is actually factual or not, but considering these builds are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before— we’re willing to bet that these are not only authentic— but that we’ll likely see the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 updates announced for the Galaxy Note sooner than later.
Samsung might very well be known as a brand that happens to love pushing out devices to the masses, but despite all that— it certainly has some successful devices out there such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. Knowing that it has great devices and a solid sales’ figure to back it up, Sammy is potentially looking to take its brand to another level, as soon as next year. According to Channel News in Australia, anonymous sources claim that Sammy is planning a “more vibrant international brand image” of its company. As part of this upcoming change, the familiar blue Samsung logo will be changed, while each part of Samsung’s business will get its own individual color that will be used in its advertising— meaning we should expect to see a new Samsung Mobile advertising logo for example. The overall hope is that Samsung will move its brand from being identified around features and benefits to a focus instead on “lifestyle activities”.
Whatever it is that Samsung is trying to do, the technology world is eagerly awaiting and will see everything soon enough— by CES 2013 perhaps?
source: Digital Trends
Is that boring solid-color or ubiquitously-designed plastic case just not cutting it anymore? Well, perhaps it’s time to recycle and outfit it with a custom comic book theme.
This do it yourself project stems from the same style of paper mache-like tactics you used in elementary art class. The process is fairly straightforward. Simply cut out your desired pieces of reading material and attach them to your case via Mod Podge application finish. After it sets, just apply some matte or glossy sealer (hair spray works) and, when dry, the end product is a beautiful super-hero themed case not like anything you’d find at an accessory retailer.
For an in-depth guide explaining how to DIY or to order your own customized case, hit the source links below.