A new leak suggests Samsung could be gearing up to launch the Galaxy Pocket Plus, the follow up to the Galaxy Pocket and an incredibly budget-oriented smartphone, very soon. The report claims Samsung could release the device globally at some point in the fist half of this year. While the Pocket Plus is aimed at the lower-end and prepaid market, it will sport some pretty modest specs.
- Android IceCream Sandwich (4.0.4)
- BCM21654, 850Mhz Broadcom SoC
- GSM (GSM850/ EGSM900/ DCS1800/ PCS1900), WCDMA (W850/ W1900)
- 4G Bytes (eMMC) + 4G bits (RAM) memory
- 2 megapixel camera
- 2.8″ QVGA TFT (C-type, Multi Touch)
- 1200mAh standard battery
- A-GPS / BT v3.0 / USB v2.0 HS / WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) / FM Radio
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass
The people who found themselves in the position of needing a phone leaning more toward the physically rugged side than the highest end hardware may have purchased a model like the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro. Even though they may have given up a bit in the hardware department, they are getting some good news today as AT&T is rolling out an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update brings with it all the features of of Jelly Bean like camera enhancements, easy mode, blocking mode, and multiple keyboard options.
Users can wait to be notified of the over-the-air update or go to Settings -> About device -> Software update to check for it manually. AT&T also provides instructions for sideloading on their support page found at the source link below.
source: AT&T Wireless
If you’re an owner of the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you will probably be all smiles after hearing this news. Reports are coming in that Sammy has begun pushing out the long-awaited and coveted Jelly Bean update to owners of the tablet. The update brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and brings with it some nice little goodies such as the multi-window multitasking feature. The update is just now being pushed out to the masses— so if you don’t see anything now don’t fret— it’s probably a good bet that you’ll see it sooner than later.
source: Android Central
Samsung inadvertently stole the show with the announcement of its Exynos 5 Octa at CES 2013. The eight-core processor features a combination of four ARM Cortex A7s and four ARM Cortex A15 chips. Considering Samsung’s historic reliance on ARM’s Mali-T604 GPU, we jumped to the conclusion that the company would incorporate the newest iteration of the Mali graphics component.
As it turns out, ‘multiple sources’ have confirmed that Samsung will instead be opting for the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU clocked at 533MHz. Anandtech reports that the new choice of GPU will result in significantly improved performance equal to somewhere in between Apple’s A5X and the A6X processor.
Inside Samsung’s booth at CES 2013, the company’s AMOLED display roadmap was spotted, effectively outing its plans to release a 5-inch 1080p display at some point in Q1 of this year. Interestingly, the same board shows current HD screens matching the sizes of both the currently manufactured Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. And while no devices have been officially announced sporting a 5-inch 1080p display (440ppi), that sized screen would line up nicely with the projected specs of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV.
Popup Browser for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 allows users to browse the interwebs via a re-sizable browser that floats over the desktop. The floating app produces a very similar result as the multi-window feature found on the Galaxy Note II. XDA user pidio1 created the app for the Galaxy Tab 2 running stock ROM. Another user tried installing the app on a custom ROM but did not fare so well.
I tried flashing the app on the original Galaxy Note but was unable to get it to run. Another XDA user reported the app ran perfectly on a Galaxy S III. Here’s the Download Link if you want to give it a go or hit the source below. Although it doesn’t specifically say you need to be rooted for the app to work, those flashing through ClockworkMod recovery are experiencing the best results. If you change your mind about it, just delete PopupBrowser.apk from /system/app. Good luck!
Well friends it’s finally happened. Samsung’s all-powerful Galaxy S line has officially passed the 100 million mark. The astonishing fact is how little time it took for Samsung to reach that historic figure. From the original Galaxy S’s launch back in May 2010, it has only taken 2 years and 7 months for overall sales to break past the 100 million mark, while the Galaxy S III is selling even faster rate as Samsung has sold 30 million units in only 5 months and 40 million in only 7 months. Considering Samsung is continuing to push the envelope by introducing more speed as well as new and innovative technologies in its devices, it probably won’t take too long for us to see Sammy eventually reach the 200 million mark. Until then— we’ll just sit back and continue to see Sammy just rake in all those profits.
A couple of days ago we reported on new wireless technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP). Wireless charging isn’t anything new, but one thing we can all agree on is that it hasn’t been widely adopted. Actually there is second thing we can agree on and that’s that we really want it. The problem is there really hasn’t been a standard and current pads are too clunky.
The Alliance For Wireless Power consists of key members from the tech community including Qualcomm, Samsung, Powermat, Texas Instruments, and others. Their goal is to bring a format along with marketing that will hopefully push wireless charging to the next level and then some. I had a chance to sit down with key members from the alliance as well as some of the top writers in the tech community to get a demo utilizing a newer technology that utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 LE. They chose it because Bluetooth is already widely adopted so it’s a natural fit.
Missed out on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa and flexible display announcements? There’s no need to worry, the whole event is now available to stream over the intrawebs. While there may have not been too many Android-related announcements, most of the technology on tap will inevitably make its way into the palm of our hands in the near future. Hit the break to watch the full 1-hour video.
Well, the Galaxy S II Plus certainly isn’t going to blow you away after what we’ve been seeing at CES, but this newly unveiled mid-range device is definitely going to pad Samsung’s smartphone selection. Essentially, it’s a Galaxy S II that’s adopted a few of the characteristics of the Galaxy S III, most notably the home button and an upgrade to Android 4.1.2 with Samsung’s Nature UX. It still packs a dual-core processor, 4.3 inch WVGA screen, and an 8 megapixel camera. It does offer zero lag shutter speed on the camera, though, which is always a welcome addition. Anyone going to pick one of these up when it drops?