Apple CEO Tim Cook says Steve Jobs overruled him on patent suits against Samsung

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple and Samsung have been in a patent war since 2011. Current CEO Tim Cook has been on record as saying that he does not like to participate in what he calls “patent litigation” and apparently he wasn’t lying. According to a lengthy article provided by Reuters, Cook claims that the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, opposed and overruled him on the decision to go after Samsung in court for patent infringement.


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Three UK Launches Samsung Galaxy S III “Ultrafast” Smartphone

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In an effort to distinguish its wireless networks from its competition, Three UK has formally launched the “Ultrafast” Galaxy S III smartphone. The phone is easily distinguished from its HSPA+ sibling because of the simple fact that it features full DC-HSDPA and LTE capabilities. So essentially, users of the device will be treated to even faster data speeds when using the device compared to those using plain ol’ 3G. Aside from the faster modems— the device will be like other typical Galaxy S III models by coming in Marble White and Pebble Blue colors, feature a quad-core processor and an awesome 8MP camera. The device will cost a pretty penny as it will run customers about £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £29. Conversely, customers can go for the Pay As You Go for £449.99 plus a top up and go for one of the many all-you-can eat data plans.

Three UK is pretty excited about this, so why not just hit the break and check out the full presser.


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Samsung Galaxy S IV to utilize touchless gestures for screen’s navigation

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We already know the Galaxy S IV will have some pretty awesome specs— but we are hearing whispers that the smartphone will feature a revolutionary feature that aims to separate itself from most of the competition. According to Korean website DDaily, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is utilizing Atmel’s newest maXTouch S controllers for mixed signal inputs which would allow gesture-based navigation on the Galaxy S IV’s UI without needing to make actual contact with the screen. So essentially, Samsung is potentially pushing the envelope and is thinking big by enabling us to do general actions like answer phone calls or scroll through screens and windows all by making a gesture as opposed to touching the actual screen. Very cool indeed.

Of course this is all speculation for now— but if this is true (and we are certainly inclined to believe it is true)— then Samsung is all but certain to have yet another hit on its hands once the new smartphone is released to the masses.

source: DDaily
via: phonearena

Samsung unveils pink Galaxy Note II

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Fans of the color pink rejoice! Samsung has unveiled a new color variant of their popular Galaxy Note II and this time it’s pretty in pink. The specs of this phone are exactly the same as the other colors: a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, an S-Pen stylus, LTE, NFC capability,  an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, a quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 3,100 mAh battery, and ships with Jelly Bean.

Currently the pink Galaxy Note II can only be seen on the official Samsung Taiwan website and there is no mention of availability for any of the markets. However since Valentines day is around the corner, Samsung might release it during that time. Samsung has sold over 5 million of it’s Galaxy Note II units and with the implementation of a pink version, there’s sure to be even more buyers ready to snatch one up. Hit the break for one more pic.
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Samsung rumored to soon begin production of 5-inch AMOLED HD Displays

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It appears that Sammy finally is ready to get the ball rolling for its newest displays for its smartphones. According to some unidentified sources courtesy of DDaily, Samsung is all set and will begin mass production of its next-generation 5-inch AMOLED HD display that was seen at CES earlier this year. Production is set to begin from the end of this month and the panels are set to reach Sammy’s Display division by sometime in March. While Sammy hasn’t come out and said anything overtly, the new display is expect to be featured on flagship devices such as the upcoming Galaxy S IV flagship— which is expected to be announced sometime within the next few months.

source: SammyHub

More rumors of specific Galaxy S IV dates come to light

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If this pace keeps up, Galaxy S IV rumors are going to steal all the hype from Mobile World Congress before it even starts. Okay, maybe not, but the rumors are definitely distracting. The latest today comes from SamMobile, who claims to have confirmation from an inside source that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy S IV on March 15th, which gives them just enough time after MWC to send out some invitations and keep the spotlight on their new flagship. After the announcement, the phone will be released at the start of April, which is a little earlier than the mid-April dates we’ve been seeing.

Like always, European and Asian countries get their hands on the S IV first, while American, Canadian, and Australian carriers will sell the S IV later in May or June. There’s also the standard assortment of accessories Samsung offers with their devices that are slated for a week 15 release in the year, which fits nicely with that early April release. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully you guys are more patient than I am.

source: SamMobile

Unconvincing Galaxy S IV render pops up on Twitter

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This newest Galaxy S IV leak is both awesome and incredibly disappointing. It’s an extremely attractive design with absolute top-of-the-line specs for a smartphone, and it’s also extremely fake. While the bottom stereo speakers on the metal frame would be a fantastic addition to Samsung’s newest flagship, it’s extremely unconventional and very unlike Samsung’s traditional plastic designs. The angles on those speakers and the bottom USB port are weird, to say the least, especially since they’re viewable from the front and the very bottom, and the lighting and shadows are completely impossible. But who knows, maybe Samsung’s figured out how to defy physics with their S IV? We can hope, right?

It’s also worth noting that the Samsung logo uses a weird, non-Samsung font, and Bluetooth 5.0 isn’t a thing. It is possible that this was just an early mock-up at the beginning of the design phase for the phone, and if that’s the case, I hope metal frame, dedicated camera button, and ridiculous specs managed to make it to the end product. We’ll just have to wait a little longer to find out.

source: Twitter

Samsung introduces the entry-level Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame

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Samsung just pulled the wraps off two entry-level devices called the Galaxy Young and the Galaxy Fame. They both resemble the Galaxy S III, but are much smaller. The Galaxy Young (above left) will feature a 3.27-inch (480 x 320)  display and a 3MP camera while the Galaxy Fame (above right) will sport a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display and a 5MP camera. The Fame will also get NFC. The rest of the specs are identical for both phones: 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD slot, 1300mAh battery, and Android 4.2.1.

The Galaxy Young will be offered in white, deep blue, wine red, and metallic silver and the Galaxy Fame will be offered in pearl white and metallic blue. Last but not least, both phones will be offered in either dual or single SIM versions. No word on pricing, but we hear that they will become available in March.


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Verizon Galaxy S III Gets Leaked Android 4.1.2 Build

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We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.

We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.

source: XDA

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini coming to T-Mobile as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

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Recent top-tier phones from Samsung have managed to propagate to major U.S. and international carriers while retaining their model names, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As one moves down into the mid-tier range, we are starting to see carriers renaming Samsung devices to be more carrier specific. The most recent example is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini which has surfaced on the FCC web site in a filing for T-Mobile with the model name listed as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. US Cellular has released the same phone with the Samsung Galaxy Axiom name.

Apparently originality in names is not a major requirement for carriers seeking to bring a new product to market, even one like the Galaxy S III Mini with its scaled down hardware and price tag relative to its “bigger” sibling. In the past carriers have branded devices as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G, the Samsung Exhibit II, and the Samsung Exhibit 4G.

source: FCC

via: Unwired View