With Black Friday just around the corner, knowing about the best deals that are available to you is key. If you’re planning on grabbing an Android powered device this Black Friday season, there’s some awesome choices for you to look at. TalkAndroid has your back with a list of some of the best deals out there that you can take advantage of on or around Friday!
Keep in mind that these are just some of what you can find this Black Friday. If you guys have any other info on some great deals, feel free to use the comments section. As more info comes to us this page will be updated. There’s also other stores worth mentioning such as Target and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will be offering $100 gift cards if you purchase a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S III (on contract), so keep your eye out for those kind of deals! Or you can also grab the Black Friday app to help you find the best deals possible.
If you’re looking for a tablet this Black Friday, you can check out our round up of great Android tablet deals!
Hope you all get what you want this Black Friday and shop safely. And of course, have a Happy Thanksgiving from the TalkAndroid crew!
Following a brief stint in the Play Store, Samsung and Google’s 32GB Nexus 10 sold out in record time, later superseded by the attenuated 16GB model. Well, after taking a trip to the Play Store, it seems as though Google has managed to roll out another batch of the 10-inch slates, as both variants are showing up with the option “add to cart.”
There’s no telling how long they’ll be available for, so if you’re interested it’d be wise to act fast. Are you planning on picking one up?
Source: Nexus 10 (32GB), Nexus 10 (16GB)
According to EE Times, Samsung is preparing to describe a mobile processor using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture at ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference) in February 2013. This big.LITTLE concept is kind of genius. You take a couple quad-core clusters and assign one to run the OS and other less resource-intensive tasks and have the other cluster focus on the heavy lifting. The “little” cluster can be light and efficient while the “big” cluster can house the battery-draining big guns.
EE Times breaks it down like so: “Samsung will detail a 28-nm SoC with two quad-core clusters. One cluster runs at 1. 8 GHz, has a 2 MByte L2 cache and is geared for high performance apps; the other runs at 1.2 GHz and is tuned for energy efficiency.” Kevin Krewell, senior analyst with market watcher Linley Group said, “The A7 cores should be capable of handling most [smartphone] tasks, with the A15 cores only required for maximum performance needs, like video games.”
Am I the only one wondering if this will be the type of processor we’ll see when Samsung finally starts pumping out flexible display devices?
Source: EE Times
With the era of 1080p, quad-core phones approaching us, Samsung appears ready to unveil the next iteration of its extremely successful Galaxy series: the Galaxy S IV. Samsung’s latest entry to its Galaxy S line is rumored to sport a 5-inch, 1080p display, quad-core Exynos Adonis processor and a 13MP camera. The specs alone positions it to rival HTC’s DROID DNA and LG’s Optimus G series.
In addition to the news of the S IV, a Galaxy S II Plus is also mentioned. Among the noteworthy features of the Galaxy S II Plus are items like a qHD display and Jellybean running the show. For most customers, it should satisfy those looking for a lower cost alternative to the pricier top-tier phones of today. Its announcement is slated for late December to January.
Source: Unwired View
The latest test build for the International Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) just leaked. It’s Android 4.1.2 and its firmware version is N7100XXDLJ2. Unfortunately the 2 in the Android version number is not in the second position, so don’t expect the latest and greatest that the Nexus devices are rocking. However there are some changes which include:
- New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
- Notification Panel can now be customized
- Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
- New Group Cast Application
Again this is not the final build, and the official and final build will probably drop in December or January. You can install it if you wish, but there could be some bugs. Hit the break for flashing instructions.
Samsung has recently decided to revamp its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for Korean markets to include VoLTE, or voice-over-LTE. That will give users fast data speeds, as well as the ability to make voice calls. I can’t imagine too many people holding that monster up to their ear, but speaker phone always works.
The Samsung-LG rivalry is back at it again. Samsung is retaliating for LG’s September lawsuit with a suit of their own. This time, Samsung is seeking to have seven patents granted to LG rendered invalid based upon previous infringement with some of their own. Samsung has long been producing Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays, and many of their current gen Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode displays (AMOLED) are being used is products around the world. This type of screen is immensely popular because of its ability to function without a backlight that many other kinds of displays require.
While both LG and Samsung produce similar displays. The function of them is quite different; LG uses their screens mainly for TV’s while Samsung focuses mainly upon mobile devices. Recently, with LG’s Optimus G line of phones and Samsung’s latest line of TV’s both companies have been stepping into each other’s territories. This dispute could potentially setting the boundary between these two markets for display technology and grant Samsung a strong monopoly in the mobile display market.
Source: Yonhap News
There’s nothing better in life than variety, right? Samsung also seems to think so and is planning on doing just that to make their most successful device to date even better. Starting “around” January (just in time for Valentine’s day) Samsung is planning on releasing a La Fleur edition to the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace DUOS and Galaxy S DUOS. These devices will essentially have a flower print on both the front and back of the device. Certainly a nice touch and gift to give to a girlfriend or wife.
In other news, Samsung also plans on release 3 new colors for the Galaxy S Mini and Galaxy Note 2. The new colors for the Galaxy S III mini are: Titan Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. Samsung expects these new colors sometime in December. As for the Note 2: Amber Brown, Topaz Blue and Ruby Wine. These colors won’t be available till early 2013.
So what do you all think about these new colors and La Fleur edition of Samsung devices? Certainly, variety can’t hurt right?
source: SamMobile & SamMobile
By now, most of us are aware of HTC’s licensing deal with Apple that’s speculated to pay out between $6 and $8 per HTC phone. Samsung wants to exactly what that licensing deal covered. Why, you ask? If Apple licensed it’s “user-experience patents” to HTC, it could completely change these patent wars. Before, Apple has refused to license those user-experience patents, but if they were licensed to HTC but not offered to Samsung, well… I’m sure you can imagine that doesn’t look too great in the courtroom.
Our two favorite legal teams from Samsung and Apple have both been given the green light on adding more products to their newest patent lawsuit. This is the lawsuit that includes the iPhone 5′s LTE and Apple’s addition of the Galaxy Note 10.1, US Galaxy S III, and Jelly Bean, in case you lost track. According to this ruling Samsung and Apple will both be allowed to add those new devices to the patent suit. To clarify, when Apple added Jelly Bean to the lawsuit, that’s limited exclusively to the software on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Although since that is still technically Google software and not Samsung software, I’m just as confused as you are.
This lawsuit is set to take place in 2014 and targets the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, as well as 19 Samsung products. Realistically, neither of these companies will be promoting these same products come 2014, assuming no more products are added over time, but it’s always disappointing to see this constant litigation.