Google CEO Larry Page unscathed by Apple’s supposed “Thermonuclear War” against Android

In a recent interview conducted by The Wire on Google’s CEO Larry Page, he was asked to respond to the late Steve Jobs’ statement that Apple was going to have a “Thermonuclear War” against Android. Page simply replied with, “How’s that working out so far?”

It’s no secret that Android has been on a recent tear, especially this past year with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 7. With Android exponentially rising, this gives Page no reason to worry about Apple’s constant battle with their OS regardless of their recent court wins against Samsung and Android’s other vendors.

Page also added, “Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.” We’re all very much excited about Android as well, especially for what it has to offer in this year.

Taking court battles aside, do you think Apple ever has a chance at bringing Android down? Or is it far too late for that now? Sound off in the comments!

source: The Wired

Specs Leaked On Samsung GT-N5100, Dubbed Galaxy Note 8.0

SamMobile is saying they’ve confirmed specs for Samsung’s next Note device, the GT-N5100. The un-cited report offers very specific information, including a name change to the Galaxy Note 8.0. As the name implies, it’s an 8-inch tablet to compete with the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and iPad Mini. It would fill the stylus gap between the Note II and Note 10.1 for those hooked on the S-Pen.

The Note 8.0 will run Android 4.2,  feature a 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display, front and rear-facing cameras (5 MP rear, 1.3 MP front), 4600 mAh battery, 2 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 16 & 32 GB of internal storage and a lovely MicroSD slot.  The tablet, measuring 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm, will be offered in a WiFi only (GT-N5110) and GSM version (GT-N5100). Samsung’s official announcement is expected in just over a month at Mobile World Congress.

Source: SamMobile

Android 4.2 Update Has Been Leaked And Is Available For Sprint Galaxy Nexus Owners

 

It’s been a long time coming for you owners of the Sprint variation of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone— but Android 4.2 glory is now available and ready for you to conquer… sort of. Reports are coming in that a 100MB update file that is identified as JOP40D has been leaked on Google servers and can be accessed and download simply by clicking a link. Once the file is downloaded, all that’s needed is to simply flash the update to your phone and bam!— you’re in business.

Unfortunately there is no indication of when the update will be available over-the-air for all Sprint G-Nex owners, but we suspect it will be out sooner than later. All we need now is to see the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus seeing its Android 4.2 update and we’ll be in business…

source: XDA Forums

Samsung Looking To Make The Galaxy Note III Bigger And Better Than The Competition, Rumored To Feature 6.3-Inch Display And 8-Core Processor

 

Not content to let Huawei steal all the attention in the phablet world, Samsung seems intent on making its upcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone bigger than better than not only its predecessors– but better than the competition as well. Similar to what we’ve already heard before, early reports are indicating that Sammy is going to thread the needle a bit further in terms of the Galaxy Note’s sheer size and will push it well past the 5-inch mark. Rumor has it that the device will check in at a whopping 6.3-inches in size! Oh and what’s more is that the device will also feature Samsung’s newly-announced superchip helping to purr things along. Size + speed? Oh yes please!

Naturally this is all speculation and rumor for now, but knowing Sammy— it certainly tries to push the envelope with its upcoming products, so these rumors shouldn’t be too farfetched. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we try and get more deets for you about the interesting device.

source: Eurodroid

 

AT&T Galaxy S III now receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA

For those of you who own the Galaxy S III on AT&T and absolutely despise Samsung’s Kies desktop software (you have every right to), you’ll be excited to know that the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now officially rolling out to handsets over-the-air. As expected, users can expect all the new features that come with the dot upgrade, including a refreshed TouchWiz, Google Now integration and the incredible smoothness of Project Butter. 

If the update hasn’t already shown up, you’ll need to manually check for the new firmware by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. You’re going to need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the file and at least 30% battery life to complete the process. Godspeed. We’ll see you on the other side.

Dutch court rules Samsung tablets do not infringe on Apple’s design patents

The holidays have slowed down the news about Samsung and Apple trying to litigate each other out of existence, but now that we’ve got CES and Christmas out of the way, it’s sure to pick back up. The latest ruling comes from a Dutch court that ruled in Samsung’s favor; according to this ruling, Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s patented design of a rounded square shaped tablet. Samsung agreed with the ruling, naturally, saying “We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples.” At least we know common sense still exists somewhere.

source: Reuters

Exynos kernel exploit patch starting to roll out for some devices

In December we reported on an exploit that had been discovered in Samsung’s Exynos chips. We have not heard of any malicious activity related to the security hole, though it became a popular vector for rooting devices. After looking into the issue, Samsung has started the process of issue a fix for the vulnerability. The devices and networks include:

  • Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch: Sprint’s update FL24 will push out to customers over the course of the next month and will receive Sprint’s Connections Optimizer as part of the update.
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note II: The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is getting an update dubbed T889UVALL4. T-Mobile is pushing this out over-the-air or users can manually update via Kies.

There are other devices on several carriers that have the same chipset and are vulnerable to the exploit. We anticipate seeing patches and updates rolling out for these devices over the next several days as well now that the ball has started rolling.

source: Android Central

Images of new Samsung “Godiva” phone for Verizon show up

A couple days ago we reported on a new Samsung smartphone that showed up in GLBenchmark with the codename “Godiva.” The new device sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 cpu and a 720p display. Despite the codename, there was speculation this may be a new slider type phone for the folks out there who like a physical keyboard. That would position the new device to be marketed as the Verizon Stratosphere III.
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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Plus to launch in the coming months

A new leak suggests Samsung could be gearing up to launch the Galaxy Pocket Plus, the follow up to the Galaxy Pocket and an incredibly budget-oriented smartphone, very soon. The report claims Samsung could release the device globally at some point in the fist half of this year. While the Pocket Plus is aimed at the lower-end and prepaid market, it will sport some pretty modest specs.

  • Android IceCream Sandwich (4.0.4)
  • BCM21654, 850Mhz Broadcom SoC
  • GSM (GSM850/ EGSM900/ DCS1800/ PCS1900), WCDMA (W850/ W1900)
  • 4G Bytes (eMMC) + 4G bits (RAM) memory
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 2.8″ QVGA TFT (C-type, Multi Touch)
  • 1200mAh standard battery
  • A-GPS / BT v3.0 / USB v2.0 HS / WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) / FM Radio
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass

Source: SamMobile

AT&T rolling out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Rugby Pro

The people who found themselves in the position of needing a phone leaning more toward the physically rugged side than the highest end hardware may have purchased a model like the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro. Even though they may have given up a bit in the hardware department, they are getting some good news today as AT&T is rolling out an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update brings with it all the features of of Jelly Bean like camera enhancements, easy mode, blocking mode, and multiple keyboard options.

Users can wait to be notified of the over-the-air update or go to Settings -> About device -> Software update to check for it manually. AT&T also provides instructions for sideloading on their support page found at the source link below.

source: AT&T Wireless