Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo expected release date now mid-February

galaxy_grand_2_launch_tweetThat Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite, that will be officially known as the Galaxy Grand Neo, will reportedly launch in the seventh week of this year. That gives us a rough estimated release date of February 10-16. The device was originally expected to launch between January 27 and February 2.

As a reminder, you can expect the Galaxy Grand Neo to have a 5-inch WVGA screen as well as a 1.2 GHz A7 CPU. It’ll have Android 4.3 out of the box, and of course you’ll see all of Samsung’s typical skins and enhancements. Pricing is set at €299, or around $405 USD.

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear could be used to control your car

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear has undergone a number of developments since it was first introduced, but there are still a number of developments to come. One of those is its ability to control your car.

Samsung has partnered with BMW to show off their new technology in the new BMW i3 electric car. The new technology is being displayed at CES 2014.

The device essentially connects to your car via the “i Remote” app, and is then able to display information about the car, as well as control certain aspects of it. You certainly won’t be able to drive from your watch, but there are definitely some cool features involved! Hit the break to read more and check out the press release!

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Samsung, LG, others in works to add fingerprint scanners to high-end phones

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According to a news report from Taiwan-based DigiTimes, a squeeze on fingerprint modules for smartphones is expected to occur during the first half of 2014. At least part of the reason for this is the expectation that Samsung is moving forward with plans to adopt fingerprint scanners from manufacturer Validity for their upcoming high-end models. This could potentially start with the Samsung Galaxy S5 expected to be released in the next few months. Given Samsung’s market success, the addition of fingerprint scanners to their devices will consume much of the supply chain given how many devices they produce and sell. Validity is the same manufacturer that supplied HTC with modules for the HTC One Max introduced last year.

Samsung is not the only company cited by DigiTimes as working on the inclusion of fingerprint scanners. LG is reported to be working on a similar strategy for their high-end phones, possibly the LG G3. LG appears to be sourcing their modules from FingerPrint Cards out of Sweden. Several Chinese manufacturers are also working on adding similar features to their phones, further putting the squeeze on module manufacturers. Outside of Android-based devices, Apple acquired AuthenTec which would appear to have taken then out of the supply loop.

For Taiwan-based companies, this does represent an opportunity though if they can ramp up to meet some of the expected demand.

source: DigiTimes

Hands on with the Samsung Smart Home app at CES 2014

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Heading into CES 2014, one of the areas Samsung is hoping to make push into is control of “smart home” devices like appliances, lights, TVs, video cameras, and other devices. Part of Samsung’s strategy is to create a standard protocol for communication with devices so third-party hardware will work with their app. We got to check out a little bit of how Samsung envisions this will work by spending some time with the app on the floor of CES 2014.

Home automation does not seem to be a very exciting market segment, but it could be big. It is an area where there is a lot of potential to make consumer’s lives less stressful. Check out how it works in our hands on video after the break. More CES 2014 news and hands on videos will be coming from TalkAndroid, so be sure to keep an eye on the site. Read more

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 at CES 2014

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Although it does not seem like a product that would attract buyers, Samsung must be on to something with their Galaxy Camera devices as they are getting ready to release the Galaxy Camera 2. We got to check out the newest Galaxy Camera device at CES 2014. This updated version comes with a 1.6 GHz processor; 2 GB of RAM, double the previous version; a larger, 2,000mAh battery; and Android 4.3 compared to Android 4.1 on the older model. The Galaxy Camera 2 comes with an assortment of connection options, although at this time Samsung is only committing to making a WiFi-only version available. Pricing and an expected date of availability have not yet been announced.

Check out our hands on video after the break and check back for more CES 2014 coverage. Read more

Images leak of what could be Samsung’s new smartphone user interface

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Early this morning, Twitter’s @evleaks leaked what could be an upcoming redesign of Samsung’s user interface for Android. Previously, the company used Nature UX; however, this looks comparable to their new UI being used with the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series tablets. Samsung calls it Magazine UI. The font is much lighter and everything seems flatter, albeit not on the same level as iOS. If Samsung does opt for this change, we will likely see it when the Galaxy S 5 is announced. The key to @evleaks‘ tweet is that Samsung is “exploring” this new user inferface. Read more

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 at CES 2014

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Along with the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 announced by Samsung at CES 2014, the company also announced three other tablets sans a stylus – the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO series with devices in 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 sizes. All three of these tablets run at 2560×1600 resolution and ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. In our hands on video, you can get an idea of how Samsung’s new Magazine UI works along with the “window” system used for running up to four applications at one time. That latter function could prove useful for buyers that opt for the larger sized tablets.

Hit the break for our hands on video and keep an eye on TalkAndroid throughout the day as we continue with our CES 2014 coverage. Read more

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 at CES 2014

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The Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro series’ went through a number of leaks, but the tablets have finally been made official after Samsung announced them at CES on Monday. A total of four new tablets were announced, with the LTE version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 featuring a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and the WiFi only version featuring an Exynos octa-core processor. It also has a 2560×1600 display resolution and will ship with Android 4.4 out of the box.

Hit the break to check out our hands on video, and make sure to check back here for all the latest CES 2014 coverage.

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Logitech announces keyboard case for Samsung’s two new 12.2-inch tablets

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If you are going to purchase a Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 or NotePRO, then here is an accessory that may be appealing. Logitech has just announced a new keyboard case that has a full-sized keyboard attached. One of the perks is that there is a full row for just app shortcuts. When Logitech releases the keyboard case next month, it will cost $130.

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Samsung’s Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series are official, four new tablets to choose from

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After many leaks, Samsung has finally made the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series tablets official. At their CES 2014 keynote, they unveiled four new tablets to join to be released this year. The NotePRO is a single device that has a 12.2-inch display. The TabPRO series has three devices with displays measuring 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2 inches. Every single tablet features a 2560×1600 display resolution and will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. As for the cameras, an 8MP one is on the back and a 2MP for the front. WiFi and LTE variants will be available. Depending upon which variant you pick up, you will get either Samsung’s octa-core Exynos or Snapdragon’s quad-core processor.

On the software side, the NotePRO and 12.2-inch TabPRO are capable of having four apps open in each corner of the screen. The other devices will rely on the already-used window panel design for multitasking. Samsung is adding a Magazine UX to display apps and information through tiles (but not quite like Windows). Just like the Galaxy Note 3, each tablet will feature a faux leather backing. Also, the company has yet to move away from on-screen buttons. The usual home button is there; however, while the back button remains, it looks likes there is now a dedicated multitasking button.

Click here for Talk Android’s CES coverage. We’ll be sure to get our hands on these devices at some point. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more