While the Nexus 7 is a resounding success, speculation has surfaced that Google is currently partnering with Samsung for yet another Nexus device— this time a 10-inch tablet. According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, this new Nexus tablet will measure in at exactly 10.1 inches and feature a display of 2,560×1,600 display with a PPI (pixels per inch) of about 299– which would trump even the Retina Display found on the iPad. Oh and unlike the the existing Nexus 7, this new 10.1-inch tablet will be positioned as a high-end tablet featuring all the bells and whistles poised to take a major bite out of the iPad’s market share.
Considering Samsung has an excellent track record with the development of past Nexus devices (see Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones), we can expect a solid offering from this collaboration with Google. Unfortunately, there are no additional details for now, but as soon as we dig up any additional info, we’ll be sure to let you know.
For those Samsung Galaxy S III owners residing in Italy that think 32GB just isn’t enough internal storage, you’re in luck. We can’t exactly say that we’re surprised at this finding. After all, we got wind of the 64GB Galaxy S III back in July and August, but the details were a little vague. However, now the 64GB Galaxy S III behemoth has popped up on the Italian retail site, ePrice. True to the Samsung spokesperson’s word back in July, the “market availability” will indeed be limited – at least initially. Obviously available in Italy via ePrice, there’s still no word on UK or US availability. As for the price of the device in Italy, you’re looking at an eye-popping, wallet-crushing €800 ($1,040). Samsung may be testing the waters in Italy so to speak, or they may have a well laid out worldwide release. We shall see in the coming weeks.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably been following the ferocious legal battle between Samsung and Apple. Despite a guilty verdict, new documentation has revealed that Samsung may not have told its designers to copy the iPhone.
Documents that were initially redacted during the trial have been released in their full form, and what is contained within them is disheartening. While early reports surfaced claiming that a Samsung executive told the company’s designers to “make something like the iPhone”, the actual document quotes the senior executive as saying, “I hear things like this: Let’s make something like the iPhone.” When everybody (both consumers and the industry) talk about UX, they weigh it against the iPhone. The iPhone has become the standard. That’s how things are already.”
Unlike previous accusations, there is no actual wording to suggest that Samsung intentionally copied the iPhone. Instead, the executive lamented that in order to be successful, “you must think at least six months ahead; be the solution to the problems that related departments come looking for. Be people with creativity. Designers rightly must make their own designs with conviction and confidence; do not strive to do designs to please me (the president); instead make designs with faces that are creative and diverse.”
Samsung clearly defends its “original” industrial design in the statements above, going on to state, “our biggest asset is our screen. It is very important that we make screen size bigger, and in the future mobile phones will absorb even the function of e-books.” However, the company did admit that at one point its team faced a “a crisis of design,” as it told its designers to “do their best not to create a plastic feeling and instead create a metallic feel.”
So, if Samsung clearly touted its much larger display as a differentiator from a branding standpoint, how could the jury accurately conclude that it purposely copied the iPhone? It’s believed to be the way that Apple’s lawyers presented the evidence that swayed the jurors’ opinions, neglecting to bring up important evidence and selecting minuscule pieces of what would obviously favor the Cupertino-based company.
Regardless, there will undoubtedly be more drama in the legal battle, as things aren’t expected to cool off anytime soon.
Source: CNET, Groklaw
Good news for those T-Mobile customers wanting somewhat concrete evidence of the Galaxy Note II‘s release: According to TmoNews, they’ve come across a screen capture of an internal T-Mobile memo outlining their plans for the Note II release. According to the “unofficial blog of T-Mobile”, it looks like we’ll see this beast in the wild beginning October 24th which, maybe not so coincidentally, coincides with that little Samsung event in New York. Furthermore, it’ll supposedly come in two colors – white and gray. Please remember that we should still treat this solely as a rumor at this point.
As a refresher, the Note II on T-Mobile’s network will be its first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, as well as their first Samsung quad-core device. The device will also ship with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface sitting atop of Android 4.1 to go along with its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display, 1.6GHz processor, and a beefy 2GB of RAM. Let’s just hope the battery can somewhat keep up. According to the screen capture, it looks like we may find out more on October 15th. Stay tuned.
Visitors to the Verizon web site today were greeted with an offer to sign up for notifications about a couple new colors for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. Both black and brown will be available from Verizon, joining blue and white versions. No word on pricing, though it is hard to imagine they would sell for anything other than what the current versions go for. No word on a projected release date either, but it is probably not too far in the future.
source: Droid Life
Today’s a joyous day for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 operating on Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE network— Verizon has officially announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to roll out to the masses. The update will bring the Android version to 4.0.4 and the software version to i815.LP10, while also bringing items like facial unlock, an updated Music app, revamped Calculator app and a desktop view in the stock browser. For now— only the change log is available for view, but Verizon should begin rolling out the 289MB update within the next week or too, so there’s no need to fret too much.
So there you have it: the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be getting a new lease on life after all.
source: Verizon Wireless
We previously reported that some Samsung Galaxy Note II’s didn’t have the advertised multi-window support, but an update that is rolling out today will fix that. This will allow Galaxy Note II owners to split the 5.5″ screen in half and run two android apps at the same time. The original Galaxy Note had a similar feature, but it was limited to only Samsung apps. This time around there is support for not only Samsung apps but some Google apps as well as select third party apps such as Twitter. This update is version XXALIJ1 and it also includes a new baseband version of Chrome. The Galaxy Note II will be available in the states later this month.
The 2012 Mobile Choice Awards was held last night in London, and Samsung came out on top with the Galaxy S III winning best smartphone for 2012. We should note that the iPhone 5 wasn’t part of the festivities, but I’m confident the GSIII would still be the winner. As to tablets, not surprisingly the iPad won, but the Nexus 7 was a close second. Hit the break for all the results.
It’s no secret that Samsung’s Kies desktop software isn’t the most intuitive or user-friendly, but Samsung took some time anyways to make the new update just a little better. From the surface, it looks like Sammy has gone ahead and tweaked the UI significantly in this latest update— which allows for a more organized, yet simplified appearance for users. Unfortunately there’s no change log or anything of note that lists all that’s changed in the latest update, but hey— change is always good for us picky folk.
The new update is available for both Windows and Mac users, so if you’re on a Sammy device, head on down to the source link to grab your download today.
We recently saw the Galaxy Camera pass through the FCC with AT&T radios in it, so it’s no surprise that AT&T just announced that it will offer it in the coming weeks. This is the same camera that was introduced at last month’s Unpacked Event. It’s 16-megapixels and features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, a quad-core Exynos processor, 21x optical zoom, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With AT&T 4G connectivity you will be able to share your photos via various social networks on the go. The Galaxy Camera also features the same features you would find on a Galaxy S III like Share Shot, AllShare Play, and Buddy Photo Share. Plus you have the Google Play Store for whatever apps you need to enhance your experience.
Pricing wasn’t specified, but they did say they would reveal it when it’s released in the “coming weeks.”
Full press release after the break