Samsung seems to be taking over the world (or galaxy?) with yet another smartphone set to be released, this time on US Cellular. The phone leaked by @evleaks is reportedly called the Galaxy Axiom, which is basically a renamed variant of the Galaxy S III Mini, sporting the same 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a measly 4 gigabytes of onboard storage. This phone will take advantage of US Cellular’s growing LTE network and will run Android 4.0 with Samsung’s Nature UX skin on top (you aren’t surprised are you?). As for cameras, it will have a 5 megapixel shooter on the back with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for some fairly decent video-chatting capabilities. All in all, not a bad little offering from Samsung for US Cellular subscribers. If the price is right, this thing could be a hit!
Anyone out there interested in picking this little guy up?
Mobile tech giant, Samsung, has always been one to push the envelope when it comes to developing exciting new advancements in technology, but its latest plans just might alter the future of the modern smartphone as we know it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is now in the final phase of development for its new flexible display technology, with plans to use them in consumer products in the first half of 2013. Samsung has accomplished this amazing feat by opting for plastic over glass, which not only makes the displays flexible, but lighter and less likely to shatter. The new screens are said to use Samsung’s OLED Technology which it is currently using in its top tier devices such as the Galaxy S III.
Following up on the story from last week regarding the supposed T-Mobile two-day sale that begins Friday November 16th; it turns out there’s definitely some truth to the sale. Today we’re getting wind of the full device rundown as well as the official pricing of each Samsung device, given you sign on the dotted line for that two-year contract.
First the bad news: These prices are after a mail-in rebate. Now, what we’re looking at is the Galaxy Note II and the 32GB Galaxy S III for $199.99 each with a two-year classic plan after rebate. All other Samsung devices will be free on contract after rebate including but not limited to the 16GB Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, Relay, and Blaze 4G amongst a slew of others. Additionally, you can pick up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $299.99, after rebate of course.
Granted, the contracts aren’t for everyone, especially this day and age. However, there are still a ton of folks out there that rely on these sales every couple of years to score a nice device at a great price.
Nexus fans in the US only have a few more hours to wait to place their orders for a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 device. Fans who have been watching overnight or who checked first thing this morning may have been disheartened a bit to see ordering open in places like Australia and the U.K. According to sources, Google’s support team is indicating U.S. customers will be able to start placing their orders at 9:00 am PST. So users on the East Coast will likely be taking lunch breaks at noon on the dot. Customers located in points west will surely try to squeeze in a quick break sometime this morning.
It does appear the devices, especially the Nexus 4, are selling out quickly once ordering does open. If you want to be one of the first to get the new device, act fast. Be sure to let us know if you are able to get your order in.
source: Android Police
Following the exclusive first go-around by the Australians, the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 have officially gone on sale in the UK and other select European territories. If your country has access to a Google Play devices store, you can now place your order for either of the two devices, with your choice of storage capacity.
Users are reporting that Google is currently having technical issues handling the intensive load of web traffic within the Play Store, though others have confirmed that they are having success after repeatedly trying to get through. So, if you can’t place your order immediately, we suggest you give it another go.
Have you managed to place an order? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments below.
Update: And that’s that. It appears as though both versions of the Nexus 4 have sold out while the Nexus 10 is still available to purchase.
Source: Play Store
As we wait for the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, Google has taken it upon themselves to begin rolling out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (build JOP40C) to GSM Galaxy Nexus smartphones. It appears as though the OTA is being pushed to unlocked Takju versions of the device to begin with, meaning if you didn’t purchase your device from the Play Store you’re out of luck, for now. The new firmware brings along several new enhancements including magnification gestures and an enhanced Google Now platform.
If you haven’t received the update already, you can attempt to pull the software manually from Google’s servers by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Alternatively, you can download the official .zip file directly from Google via the download link below. Keep in mind you’ll need to be on build number JZ054K and have a custom recovery on your Takju variant in order to flash the software. We’ll see you on the other side.
Since the demo units started arriving in stores last week, it’s only a matter of time that we will see the actual Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II on display and ready for sale. Samsung and Verizon just released a presser stating that it will be available in the coming weeks and it will be priced at $129 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The original Stratosphere wasn’t a bad device for the money and the second chapter steps it up a bit with the Snapdragon S4 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I would say if you’re looking for a budget phone on Verizon, the DROID RAZR M is the best bet, but if a QWERTY slide-out is your thing, then this just might be the phone for you.
Full press release after the break:
Many of our readers will likely go to bed this evening with plans to wake up in the morning and place their order for a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 device from the Google Play Store. That is, if they don’t stay up late repeatedly refreshing the storefront with hopes that an ordering option lights up at midnight.
As many of you know, Samsung supplies several important pieces to some of Apple’s devices, including the processors. Recently, Samsung decided to ask 20% more for the cost of those processors. According to sources, Apple disapproved at first, but they could not find another source for the chips and had to accept the price increase. The report also listed the number of processors that Apple has bought from Samsung, a staggering amount of 130 million chips last year and more than 200 million this year. That price increase is going to sting a little with those numbers.
Now this could just be a purely business move, reflecting changes in the supply and demand chain between Apple and Samsung. And it’s definitely a lucrative move for Samsung, because Apple has no choice but to buy the chips from Samsung, at least until 2014 when Samsung’s contract to sell processors to Apple ends. But hopefully I’m not too crazy in thinking that Apple’s constant litigation against Samsung might have played a small part in Samsung’s price hike.
In an attempt to keep up with its incredibly quick release schedule, Samsung has officially delivered the source code for a duo of new devices. Both the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile are the newest members to join the kernel source club, meaning stable custom ROMs could be on the foreseeable horizon. So, if you’ve got either of these two devices and consider yourself a tinkerer, you can hit the source link below to get in on the developmental action.
Source: Samsung, (2)