Samsung has introduced HomeSync Lite, a new software service that allows users to use their home computers as storage for all of their mobile devices. This is a great service if all of your personal devices are Samsung-made, as it eliminates the cost and need for a physical external drive. The software will install on your home PC, and provide a central location for all of your multimedia storage, absolutely free. Content on the PC will be available to stream seamlessly on each of your Samsung devices, whether it’s a phone, tablet, or smart camera.
HomeSync Lite supports up to five Samsung accounts, and six Samsung devices. As your media keeps racking up in Samsung’s cloud, you can use your own external devices to increase storage.
Source: Samsung Mobile Press
To start off the second half of 2013, Samsung Mobile released a new video on their YouTube channel showcasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 device. Trying to hit the sweet spot for 8-inch tablet devices, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 8.0 earlier this year to fill in the gap between their Galaxy Note II “phablet” devices and the 10-inch class Galaxy Note 10.1.
The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini is finally available in the UK. From carrier Three UK, the S4 Mini is available for free with a two-year, £26 and above contract, or with Three’s new pay-as-you-go plan for £349.99, or around $531.77 USD.
As a reminder, the S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Touchwiz UX. Not amazing specs, but still pretty good for a reliable, mid-grade phone.
via: Android Central
Although not generating any recent buzz as a leader in the mobile chip market, Intel is rattling things up a bit as Intel Korea’s CEO Lee Hee-sung came out with some comments in a recent interview about increasing aggressiveness in the mobile device field. The current target of Intel’s partnership efforts is Samsung, which has started advertising their upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 devices with Intel chips.
Once the Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4 hit stores last week, owners of the carrier based S4 were immediately jealous. Now Verizon S4 users don’t have to be, as developers have made the stock Android Galaxy S4 ROM available for their devices. The developer says it is a port from the GT-I9505, but it isn’t specified if it’s from the Android 4.3 or 4.2.2 build.
There are many versions of the ROM available, including one with blacked out Google Apps. You can go make your Verizon S4 stock through download via the source link below. While the Verizon S4 is the first lucky device to get a port, it surely won’t be the last.
Source: XDA Developers Forum
In other not-so-surprising news, Android is the dominant platform in most major markets worldwide. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android-based devices are away and by far the dominant devices in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany— countries which account for over 70% of the European market. Oh and don’t think Android’s dominance is limited to just Europe either— Kantar Worldpanel indicates that over 70% of all Chinese smartphones run Android, also placing Android head and shoulders above iOS and Windows Phone devices. The perceived culprits for the explosive growth? In Europe, it’s Samsung as it is responsible for almost half of all smartphones sold in the top-5 countries; in China, it’s probable that the likes of ZTE and Huawei help to spark the growth of the Android platform.
While Android has a healthy lead outside the States, it is still worth noting that the other platforms are still alive and kicking as well. Kantar highlights iOS-based devices currently hold a 41.9% market share in the U.S., an increase of 3.5% over the same period last quarter. Conversely, Android saw its existing market share lead grow only marginally, from 51.9% to 52.0% over the same period last year. Oh and despite Windows Phone’s lack of popularity out here in the States, it too is experiencing significant growth in Europe as it saw its market share grow an average of 2.5 percent points in the measured top-5 European countries.
source: Kantar Worldwide
We’ve been seeing an awful lot of Galaxy Note 3 news lately, so it’s only fitting that we hear more about the upcoming device’s imminent release date. If you recall, we previously indicated to you that the phablet would be released at IFA 2013, which is sometime in September. Well according to the gang at Android Geeks, we won’t see the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013. Instead, the Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled on September 4th at a Samsung Unpacked event, slightly ahead of IFA 2013. Considering Apple will also unveil its iPhone 5S around that time, Samsung will roll the dice and hope its upcoming device will be the phone to beat for the Fall and holiday seasons.
So yes friends, it’s looking like the mouthwatering
Android 4.3 Android 4.2.2 phablet will be seen in only 2 months’ time. You folks getting warm and fuzzy yet?
source: Android Geeks
Once Samsung announced their Galaxy S 4 Zoom earlier this month, questions immediately arose of when and for how much it would be available. It looks like a UK release could be coming very soon. UK retailer Clove has begun to take pre-orders for the S4 Zoom, with shipments going out beginning July 8. The price for the camera-based phone is currently £369, which is about $561.40 in the US. We don’t yet have a US release date yet, but hopefully it will be soon.
As a reminder, the S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display, with a pixel density of 256 PPI, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWi, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expandability (up to 64GB), and a 2330 mAh battery. Camera features include a 16-megapixel camera with 10x Optical Zoom and an Xenon Flash on the back, and a 1.9-megapixel camera on the front of the device.
Via: Android Authority
When most people buy a new smartphone, part of the equation that helps make it affordable to put a small computer in their pocket is the subsidy provided by the carrier. A new analysis of device subsidies by ABI Research shows that Samsung was the highest in terms of percentage when compared to HTC and Apple. Clocking in at 84%, Samsung topped HTC’s implied rate of 80% and Apple’s 74%. This may be surprising to some who have heard carriers are not especially enamored with Apple’s devices due to the squeeze Apple puts on their profits. While Samsung and HTC are worse for carriers from a percentage standpoint, Apple still leads the way with a higher $110 average subsidy cost in actual value.
Yes friends, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has made another appearance through the FCC hallways– this time highlighting a unique cellular modem. The SM-T315 variant was recently spotted featuring HSPA+ frequencies, but an LTE frequency that is currently not compatible with American technologies. So as a result, it appears that the only American LTE variant of the device will be made for AT&T stores, though we’re hopeful that Sammy will surprise us and come out with another LTE variant for Stateside consumers who happen to be with other wireless carriers.