T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Appears on FCC As SGH-T779

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T-Mobile seems to often be late to the party when rolling out devices, or maybe it’s just my perception as an 11-year customer when they don’t offer a device I want on day-one like other carriers. However, T-Mobile seems to end up getting most of the same nice devices as the other major carriers eventually. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is no exception in this case. Revealed through FCC filing, the newest tablet in T-Mobile’s stable will be released as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-T779). As is usually the case with device sightings on FCC, we will most likely see the Tab 2 on Magenta’s network within the next couple of months if not late next month. Is anyone looking forward to this particular tablet from T-Mobile? Let us know.

source:  FCC

Samsung says Galaxy S III is safe from USSD exploit and is conducting an internal review for other phones

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Yesterday we told you about a major security vulnerability with Samsung phones like the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, and Galaxy Ace. This vulnerability could cause your phone to conduct a factory reset from visiting a website containing malicious code. Samsung just confirmed that the Galaxy S III should be removed from this list, well at least ones running the latest software.

“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”

So make sure your GSIII is up to date. As for owners of the other phones, Samsung said they are “currently in the process of conducting an internal review.” I’m sure Samsung will get updates to all phones affected so stay tuned.

source: androidcentral

New vulnerability found in Samsung devices, TouchWiz to blame

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Today a rather catastrophic exploit was found in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The new hack allows websites to run a USSD code commanding the device to wipe itself back to factory state, and possibly even damage the SIM card. This means that just by simply visiting a infected website could remove all your pictures, contacts, apps and most importantly: your high score on Temple Run.

Luckily this piece of malicious code will only interface with the TouchWiz interface, so if you’re running CyanogenMod or any other custom ROMs, you’re most likely safe. The current list of affected device include the aforementioned Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S Advance.

Source: SmartDroid

iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III in Durability Test

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First there was that poster-like, anti-iPhone 5 ad that Samsung published in print ads making it look like a “tale of the tape” fittingly before a fight. Well, now we’re about to find out who wins. Only in the arbitrary world of durability tests. Granted, we all like to know how durable that expensive piece of hardware that we’re laying down hard-earned cash for really is. However, with all due respect, this “test” is more for entertainment purposes. Dropping phones from human hands with numerous variables involved is far from scientific and can only be taken as entertainment. Without further ado, check the video for your entertainment and you be the judge.  Hit the break for the video.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II confirmed for October 1 in the UK

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We already had an idea of when the Galaxy Note II would release, but Samsung just made it official for the UK. It will officially release on Monday, October 1 in the Samsung Brand Store in Westfield, Stratford City and across all major networks.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We were delighted by the hugely positive response we received when we first announced the Galaxy Note II at IFA back in August. The Galaxy Note II is a whole new level of innovation and we are confident users are going to enjoy the updated features and design of our latest Galaxy device when it hits the shelves on the 1st of October.”

Full presser after the break:

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Samsung Officially Launches The Martian Pink Galaxy S III Smartphone

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We knew there was a sexy new color on the way for the Galaxy S III smartphone, but now Samsung has made it officially official. Samsung has officially launched the limited-edition “Martian Pink” color variation of the Galaxy S III– it only plans on making just 100,000 units available for the general public. Here’s Samsung expressing its delight and excitement of its newest edition:

 

“The Martian pink Galaxy S III is refined and sensuous. With its distinctive style, we expect a great response from the younger generation and women.”

 

As of now, the limited-edition color can only be found in Korea across Korean wireless carriers. This means those of us out here Stateside won’t be able to own the unique color of the Galaxy S III… much like we weren’t able to enjoy the pink Galaxy S II or the pink Galaxy Note. Ah well, one can dream, right?

source: Samsung
via: Android Central

ChatONV App Highlighted On Samsung Galaxy Camera, Indicates Voice & Video Calling To App Is On The Way

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Samsung’s ChatON messenger service is already growing at a steady pace among Samsung users, but it looks like Samsung is ready for the service to take the next step in its evolution. A leaked screenshot on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Camera highlights a refreshed ChatON app with wait for it— a separate app called ChatONV, which indicates voice calling support. What this means is not only does Samsung plan on integrating voice calling at some point very soon, but perhaps video calling as well.

No additional details for now, but we’ll share additional info for you as we get it.

source: Sammy Hub

New Findings Show Broken Promises From The Jury Selection Process Of The Apple vs. Samsung Trial

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It’s no surprise that the recent Apple vs. Samsung verdict drew massive ire and certainly no secret that Samsung not only disagrees with it, but plans to fight Apple to the very death. It now appears that Samsung has the additional ammunition needed to contest the court’s ruling and be granted a retrial. During the jury selection process (also known as voir dire),  a foreman who happened to be part of the jury selection pool as a prospective juror was originally asked if he will set aside all that he knew of patent law from his personal experience, while following the court’s instructions and make an objective judgment based off evidence alone. The prospective juror who was eventually selected to be part of the jury answered yes to the questions, as he promised to follow the law and not use what he knew from previous cases.

As a precaution, lawyers on both sides extensively check and analyze the responses based off the participants of the voir dire. But naturally, the foreman did the complete opposite and broke his promise to follow the law and not have any sort of bias— based off his responses and interviews to the media after the verdict was handed down. Now that this is out in the open, this observation paints a bigger picture. Seeing the different legal experts present these facts and information again gives Samsung a reason to aggressively contest and appeal the recent verdict. However as Groklaw points out, there is “The tendency is for jury verdicts to stand, even if there is a problem“. Samsung will have a long battle ahead if it wants to win.

source: Groklaw

 

Samsung Provides Updated Jelly Bean Update Roadmap To The Masses

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In addition to the utter joy of the Jelly Bean update getting out to select Galaxy S III owners, Samsung has announced its latest roadmap highlighting which additional devices are slated for that buttery goodness. As of right now, Samsung has confirmed 15 of its popular devices will indeed receive the Android 4.1 update either “soon” or at some point in the future:

 

GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 & 10.1, GALAXY Note 10.1, GALAXY SII, GALAXY Note, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, GALAXY S Advance, GALAXY SII LTE, GALAXY Music, GALAXY Chat, GALAXY Ace 2, GALAXY Beam, GALAXY Ace Plus, GALAXY mini II and GALAXY S DUOS

 

Most of the devices we see listed shouldn’t be after too much of a surprise. After all, Samsung did say that some devices would skip Ice Cream Sandwich and go straight to Jelly Bean, while other successful devices would without a doubt get the Jelly Bean update. Hopefully owners of some Sammy devices won’t be too scorned since Jelly Bean will not be pushed to those respective devices. But then again, all is not too bad in reality because after all– it could be a lot worse as other manufacturers can attest to.

source: Android Central

 

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update for Galaxy S III Rolling Out, Poland Up First

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Samsung Galaxy S III owners rejoice.  It looks like Samsung is making good on that promise of an October timeline of rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III, and even a little earlier for some. Samsung has officially rolled out the update for the international Galaxy S III (GT-i9300) in Poland, available through Samsung Kies initially. As a reminder for those that may be a little foggy on what Android 4.1 brings, there’s the addition of Google Now, Project Butter, and a revamped notification system which is very nice. The update will also bring new TouchWiz functions amongst other features to the Galaxy S III. As we’ve seen in the past with these rollouts, other countries should be following suit in the next few days. Owners of the Galaxy S III in the U.S. may have to wait a bit longer since there’s typically more certification to go through.  However, this is obviously a good sign for for all Galaxy S III owners. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on how 4.1 is performing on Samsung’s flagship device.

source:  XDA Forums