Samsung reaches 20 million units sold milestone in record time for Samsung Galaxy S III

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In a press release issued today, Samsung has announced the popular Samsung Galaxy S III phone has achieved 20 million unit sales. This milestone was reached in only 100 days since its debut in May 2012. This pace is faster than any predecessor model from Samsung. Popularity of the model may have been helped by Samsung’s release schedule for the device which was well ahead of many other manufacturers. During 2011 Samsung overtook Apple in worldwide smartphone shipments according to Strategy Analytics. The outstanding sales performance of the Galaxy S III will help Samsung in trying to maintain that position in spite of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone update. Hit the break to read the press release. » Read the rest

T-Mobile finally announces the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, available in the “coming weeks”

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T-Mobile has finally officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, although we’ve known about this device for a while now it took T-Mobile quite some time to finally unveil it. Either way, the phone should be a great mid-range device and offers some decent specs.

  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 Processor
  • 4.0″ display
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Mobile hotspot capable of up to 8 devices
  • S-Voice
  • NFC Capable
  • Same gestures as Galaxy S III
  • 50GB Dropbox offer for 2 years

Considering the device is a physical slide-out QWERTY phone, this will definitely appeal to many. Sadly, the press release had no word on the availability date on the Relay 4G, but it should be relatively soon as T-Mobile did state it’s “a couple weeks” away. Will this be a device that might interest you?

Full press release after the break.

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Sprint rolling out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G starting September 6th

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Sprint customers who own Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S 4G devices will be happy to know they are about to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sources have confirmed Sprint plans to rollout the update for the devices starting September 6th. According to Sprint’s internal information, Galaxy Nexus devices will receive update FH05 while Nexus S 4G owners will receive update JRO03R. It appears the updates will be “clean” versions of Jelly Bean with no overlays or OEM changes. The updates will be initiated by Google; users will not be able to download and install on their own.

source: Android Central

Samsung seeks injunction against LG Display to prevent use of stolen technology

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A story that sounds like the plotline from an industrial espionage thriller with hidden thumb drives, secretly taken photos, and corporate spies, entered the Seoul Central District Court when Samsung Mobile Display, a subsidiary of Samsung, filed a request for an injunction against LG Display. Samsung alleges LG used or passed “leaked” information on to third parties after Samsung’s own employees or former employees stole the information when given access to a plant to inspect for equipment defects.

The technology in question involves Samsung’s OLED screen technology, especially a forthcoming 55-inch AMOLED TV screen. Samsung alleges LG had access to 18 “confidential technologies” and 21 other items of detailed information related to the technologies. In addition to the injunction, Samsung is asking for 1 billion won (≈ $880,500 USD) for each instance where LG used the technology or passed it on to a third party.

Samsung currently controls about 99% of the world OLED market. LG claims they use a different technology for their display screens and therefore have no need or interest in Samsung’s technology. Neither Samsung nor LG Display provided any comment or response to the filing.

source: c|net

Original Samsung Galaxy Note to get Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III features via software update

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With the launch of the Galaxy Note II just around the corner, the last thing we’d expect for the original Samsung Galaxy Notebesides a full 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade – is feature-rich update. However, an update is indeed rolling out today for the international version of the Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) packing a host of features and UI enhancements plucked straight from the Galaxy S III and Note II. The update is still based on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), however the updated features themselves are the stars of the show here.

International Note owners will now get to enjoy features like “Pop up Play” (mentioned in the Galaxy Note II link above), a Note II-style 3D gallery, the Galaxy S III launcher, and S Cloud contact backup just to highlight a few. This official update to version XXLRQ can be grabbed either over-the-air or through Kies for unlocked Galaxy Note devices in Germany. Other territories should follow suit with the update in the coming weeks.

source:  XDA Forums

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review: This time it’s a tablet

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The Galaxy Note was a huge success despite many critics saying it was too big. Many wondered if it was a phone or a tablet. Some even called it a phablet, but it didn’t matter because sales were much stronger than anticipated. It’s no surprise that Samsung would try to capitalize on that success by coming out with a full-fledged tablet. Samsung is promising the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is a multitasking powerhouse with features you won’t find on any other device. Is it original enough, do these features actually work, and do you need them? Hit the break to find out, but you can also check out our hands on from the launch event here.

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Could this Samsung SGH-T889 leaked image be T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2?

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Looks like this screenshot image could very well be T-Mobile’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The image shows SGH-T889, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and the UA proof also tells us it has a display of 1280×720. Let’s keep in mind that T-Mobile’s original Note was dubbed as the SGH-T879, so it wouldn’t be inconceivable that this slightly higher number will be the Note 2.

According to TMONEWS, T-Mobile’s Note 2 will keep the powerful quad-core Exynos processor made by Samsung and will run on the 42MB HSPA+ network. This would be great considering it will be one of the rare Samsung US devices that is able to retain the Exynos rather than using the Snapdragon processors.

I’m actually quite surprised that a leak of this magnitude (if legitimate) has surfaced so quickly. Perhaps this is the reason T-Mobile’s original Note was short lived. Either way I’m excited for this device to hit T-Mobile sometime this Fall. Would the Note 2 be something you guys wait for, or is the Galaxy S III powerful enough for you?

source: TMONEWS

Samsung and Android Still King According To ComScore Numbers

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Well, folks, the July 2012 ComScore numbers are in and we’re seeing more of the same… Samsung and Android are both still leading in market share. Sammy posted a 25.6 percent lead in the U.S. market, down 0.3 percent from April, but still dominant overall. Samsung nemesis Apple went up 1.9 percent for a total of 16.3 percent in the U.S.

On the OS front it’s what you’d expect… Android is up 1.4 percent to 52.2 percent overall and Apple is also up 2 percent to 33.4 percent overall. Microsoft dropped 0.4 percent and owns 3.6 percent of the market, and poor RIM took the biggest hit with a 2.1 percent drop and holds only 9.5 percent of the market.

Really no surprises here. The trends continue. For a more detailed analysis, hit the source link.

source: comscore

A Samsung mystery device pops up in GL benchmarking dubbed as SGH-I317, sports JB and HD display

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Well what do we have here? It looks like a mystery Samsung device has popped up in GL benchmarking touting an HD (1280×720) display, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and a max CPU frequency of 1600MHz (amount of CPU cores unknown). The device is dubbed as the SGH-I317, which indicates either an AT&T or Canadian handset.

Sadly, not much else is known about the device and we can only speculate what it may be. The obvious guess would either be a Galaxy S III for a Canadian carrier, or perhaps a Galaxy S III variant for AT&T (this I highly doubt). Another possibility would be the device being AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note 2 that was just unveiled last week. After all, Samsung did say the Note 2 would arrive in States side sometime this Fall/Winter.

Either way, this is definitely a device to keep an eye on. As we get more information on this, we’ll be sure to let you know!

source: GLBenchmarking

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Stellar for Verizon Wireless, Available Sept 6th for Free after rebate

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As we reported over the weekend, Samsung just made the Galaxy Stellar (SCH-i200) official. It’s a lower-level phone that will be available at Verizon Wireless starting on September 6th for Free after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The Stellar features a dual interface so customers can choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode. Those new to Android will appreciate the Starter Mode since the interface will be a simplified home screen with preset widgets for favorite apps, favorite contacts, and favorite settings. There’s even a Help App that features guided tours, walkthroughs, tips, and more. Experienced customers will opt for the Standard Mode since it will be more traditional.

The specs include:

  • 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 )
  • 1.2 dual-core GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat and 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus
  • microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Suite of Amazon apps includes Kindle, Shopping, MP3, Zappos, IMDB and Audible
  • Wi-Fi® Connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – support for Google Mobile™ Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Maps™ and access to more than 600,000 apps available to download from Google™ Play Store
  • Backup Assistant Plus – media management and online storage service designed to help customers store and access media content such as music, videos, pictures documents and contacts.

Full press release after the break:

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