Samsung has officially revealed its plans to announce a miniature-sized Galaxy S III on October 11th. In a Korean press conference earlier today, head of Samsung Mobile Communications JK Shin, told reporters that the company would be unveiling a 4-inch version of its current Galaxy S III smartphone.
“We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on the 11th in Germany. There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.”
Unfortunately, details remain scarce, as Shin neglected to talk about any of the device’s specifications. However, it was made clear that the move was brought on by a massive demand for smaller devices in Europe. Shin went on to reiterate that the device would not be entry-level device, but rather a “mini” Galaxy S III with a “full form factor.”
Source: INEWS 24 (Korean)
Via: The Verge
As a leading Android device manufacturer, the pressure is on Samsung to do some leading by example and help the open source community that has done so much to promote the adoption of Android. Being a large corporation though means some issues may occasionally get overlooked despite their importance to the developer community. An example of this that is panning out over the past couple days involves Samsung’s support for developers working on some of Samsung’s Exynos 4 chips. Criticism and complaints have been mounting about the lack of documentation and source code examples. This makes it difficult for developers to create mods for Exynos 4 powered devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the developers become frustrated enough, they could abandon a device like some CyanogenMod developers are doing with the Galaxy S III.
Sprint has announced the addition of four new devices to its 4G LTE portfolio. They indicate the devices will be available for customers to order sometime this fall. The devices include:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 able to access both Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, the 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich;
- LG Optimus G running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running a 4.7-inch HD display;
- LG Mach, an entry level QWERTY slider device capable of full HD video recording and playback;
- Plug-in-Connect, a tri-mode USB device that users can plug into their computers to enjoy broadband wireless connectivity.
Buyers of these new devices will have to sign up for a Sprint Everything Data plan. Hit the break to read the full press release from Sprint about these new options for their customers.
Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Galaxy Music and also revealed a dual-SIM version called the Galaxy Music Duos. This one isn’t going to impress you as far as specs, but it might be a great phone for the kids. What I like most about it is the front-facing stereo speakers that we have seen on recent Galaxy Tabs. It has a 3-inch QVGA (320 x 240) display and an unknown processor, but would be surprised if it’s not a single-core. On the plus side, it has a microSD slot, advanced audio features such as Sound Alive & SRS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with TouchWiz Nature UX), and a WVGA (800 x 480) projector.
No word on pricing or availability, but trust me, it will be cheap.
In something that should really come as no surprise, Samsung’s fastest selling device ever is now T-Mobile’s fastest selling device ever. T-Mobile took some and made this historic announcement on its Twitter page for all the world to see. Coupled with T-Mobile’s extensive 4G and Samsung’s own Next Big Thing campaigns, the Galaxy S III represents itself as T-Mobile’s phone to beat and flagship phone. One has to wonder though how the Galaxy S III will do once the intriguing (and sleek I may add) Galaxy Note II hits shelves in about a month’s time.
source: T-Mobile Twitter
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