We’ve heard off-and-on rumors about when Samsung will put OIS (optical image stabilization) cameras in their smartphones, since some OEMs like LG do use OIS chips but Samsung doesn’t. We’ve also heard that Samsung may be using an OIS-enabled camera on their next flagship Galaxy S phone, but the latest rumor says that may not be the case. In fact, it may not even be up to Samsung. Read more
Seems like those leaked target dates for the Galaxy S 4’s Android 4.3 update are lining up perfectly. The leaked date suggested that Verizon’s would get Android 4.3 starting on Monday and Sprint today. Turns out, both variants of the GS4 are getting the update right now. Head over to the About Phone section in Settings and check for the update. As you know, however, it can take days for your device to have the update pushed to it. Last night, my brother’s Verizon Galaxy S 4 received the update (NYC area).
If you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, who generally receive the updates first, those variants are expected to get Android 4.3 beginning on November 13 and 18, respectively. So yes, Verizon actually beat out someone for a software update. Incredible.
Source: Android Central
So, how popular has the Galaxy Note 3 been since its launch? Well, lets consult the facts. According to Korea’s JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, 5 million devices have been reported shipped in the span of one month. This figure includes shipments to various carriers and sales channels distributing the popular device, not individual sales. Nevertheless, that’s extremely impressive.
And while most of us expected the popular device to ship in large quantities, it’s always a surprise to see some of the outrageous figures that follow samsung products on any given day. Just to compare from previous versions of the G-Note, the original Note saw a reach on this figure after five months. The Note II took two months to get there. According to JK Shin, he attributes the rapid success of the device to its newly implemented features, such as the Air Command feature and newly improved S-Pen functionality. In any event, it’s pretty difficult nowadays not to think of Samsung as being synonymous with Android. What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Samsung, the company that has no problem marketing its products is still at it and this time they’ve brought MVP LeBron James back for some more Samsung promo love. It was announced earlier this week that Samsung and the NBA struck a $100 million dollar deal where the association will use and promote Samsung products. To kick things off, Sammy is showcasing their new commercial which aired on opening night for the Miami Heat, touting their products with LeBron’s help.
The two minute spot shows off the four-time MVP using his Note 3 Galaxy Gear and Note 10.1 tab to capture personal and profession interactions with family and fellow NBA players. You can see LeBron tank a golf shot in the drink, video chatting with his son and even a little driveway B-ball for the NBA championship winning shot. Check out the video below in full and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
This week of Halloween is perhaps an appropriate time for Samsung’s attempt to piece together a DSLR type camera with an Android smartphone to resurface. The Samsung Galaxy NX, announced this past August as being on its way to market in October, has shown up in the FCC database with support for AT&T’s LTE and HSPA data services. When first announced, the device was projected to retail for $1,599. The FCC filing suggests its availability from AT&T is imminent, so we will see whether that is still the price it will go for. We still have no word on whether the device will make the promised October release date for this mash up of devices. We also do not know whether any other carriers may have opted to include the Galaxy NX in their portfolios.
More news on the Samsung Galaxy S 5 front, once again dealing with the possible processor that may come in the device. As we previously covered, the next iteration of Samsung’s flagship device is expected to come equipped with a new, 64-bit processor tentatively dubbed the 6 series in the Exynos line. Word from a South Korean site is that the architecture of this new chip will allow Samsung to address bigger quantities of RAM and at least initially, the Galaxy S 5 will come with 4GB of RAM out of the box.
According to the earlier reports, the Exynos 6 line of processors is slated to commence production by the end of 2013 so it can be included in the Galaxy S 5. It is unclear whether any other chip manufacturers, notably Qualcomm, would have something comparable so that Samsung could continue their strategy of producing its devices with different chipsets for different markets. If the new Galaxy S 5 comes out with some devices getting the Exynos 6 plus 4GB of RAM versus current configurations, like the Snapdragon 800 mated with 3GB of RAM found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, that may be too much of a difference for some buyers to jump on the new smartphone.
Do you see the option of a 64-bit processor with 4GB of RAM as offering anything meaningful to consumers or is it just a feather in Samsung’s hat that can be leveraged for marketing purposes?
My Magazine is Samsung’s take on HTC’s BlinkFeed, and it also appears to be a Flipboard fork. It’s accessed by swiping up from one of your homescreens or by pressing the home button while you are on your main home screen. You will also find Flipboard pre-installed on the Note 3, but don’t be mistaken, this is a completely separate app. My Magazine offers a more simplified approach to adding content to your stream as in you can’t fine tune exact sites to follow.
It has 4 categories: News, Personal, Here and Now, and Social. “News” consists of everything from politics, sports, technology, food, etc. “Personal” consists of your calendar, gallery, emails, scrapbook, etc. “Here and Now” is all about local events and “Social” includes your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and more. You can quickly switch between these main categories by swiping right or left. My Magazine works very well for those that are new to using a news aggregator.
Hit the break for my video showing you how it works and be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.
Samsung has been a leader when it comes to multitasking, and the Galaxy Note 3’s Pen Window adds a little more flair. First, open Air Command by hovering your S Pen close to the screen and pressing the button on the S Pen. When the Air Command fan opens, choose the last option, Pen Window. Then draw a rectangle anywhere on the screen and choose the app you want to appear in the window (your rectangle).
App choices are the Calculator, Clock, YouTube, Phone, Contacts, ChatON, Hangouts, and Internet (sorry no Chrome). Once your app appears, it’s not only functional, it also floats over whatever else you’re doing. You can move the app window freely or you can go full screen by maximizing it. You can even minimize it, which transforms it to a floating chathead-like icon that is also movable. When you’re ready to reopen it, just tap on the chathead-like icon. Want to float multiple Pen Windows? No problem, plus you can have multiple chathead-like icons (minimized Pen Windows) for fast access.
Hit the break to see how it works and be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.
S Finder might be the coolest feature on the Galaxy Note 3. It’s the ultimate tool for searching for anything on your device. It will not only find music and videos, but it will also search for both text and handwriting in your Scrapbook and Notes. If you have a lot of items in your Scrapbook and/or you have a lot of Notes, you are going to rely on S Finder a lot. You can even fine tune the parameters such as tags and/or date ranges.
It’s easy to get to S Finder. Just open the Air Command by hovering your S Pen over any screen. Then press the button on the S Pen and the Air Command fan will appear. Just select the 4th option, S Finder. You can then type or write whatever term you want to search for and set the parameters.
Hit the break for my video showing you how it works. Also, be sure to check out our other Galaxy Note 3 guides.
One of the main criticisms of the Galaxy Gear at launch was that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Now, Samsung has begun adding support for the device to many other phones in the United States. The support will come via software update, which will soon come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S III.
For some, the software update will come today, but it should go out to everyone over the coming weeks depending on exact model and carrier.