Today’s a joyous day for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 operating on Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE network— Verizon has officially announced the Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to roll out to the masses. The update will bring the Android version to 4.0.4 and the software version to i815.LP10, while also bringing items like facial unlock, an updated Music app, revamped Calculator app and a desktop view in the stock browser. For now— only the change log is available for view, but Verizon should begin rolling out the 289MB update within the next week or too, so there’s no need to fret too much.
So there you have it: the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be getting a new lease on life after all.
source: Verizon Wireless
We previously reported that some Samsung Galaxy Note II’s didn’t have the advertised multi-window support, but an update that is rolling out today will fix that. This will allow Galaxy Note II owners to split the 5.5″ screen in half and run two android apps at the same time. The original Galaxy Note had a similar feature, but it was limited to only Samsung apps. This time around there is support for not only Samsung apps but some Google apps as well as select third party apps such as Twitter. This update is version XXALIJ1 and it also includes a new baseband version of Chrome. The Galaxy Note II will be available in the states later this month.
The 2012 Mobile Choice Awards was held last night in London, and Samsung came out on top with the Galaxy S III winning best smartphone for 2012. We should note that the iPhone 5 wasn’t part of the festivities, but I’m confident the GSIII would still be the winner. As to tablets, not surprisingly the iPad won, but the Nexus 7 was a close second. Hit the break for all the results.
It’s no secret that Samsung’s Kies desktop software isn’t the most intuitive or user-friendly, but Samsung took some time anyways to make the new update just a little better. From the surface, it looks like Sammy has gone ahead and tweaked the UI significantly in this latest update— which allows for a more organized, yet simplified appearance for users. Unfortunately there’s no change log or anything of note that lists all that’s changed in the latest update, but hey— change is always good for us picky folk.
The new update is available for both Windows and Mac users, so if you’re on a Sammy device, head on down to the source link to grab your download today.
We recently saw the Galaxy Camera pass through the FCC with AT&T radios in it, so it’s no surprise that AT&T just announced that it will offer it in the coming weeks. This is the same camera that was introduced at last month’s Unpacked Event. It’s 16-megapixels and features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, a quad-core Exynos processor, 21x optical zoom, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With AT&T 4G connectivity you will be able to share your photos via various social networks on the go. The Galaxy Camera also features the same features you would find on a Galaxy S III like Share Shot, AllShare Play, and Buddy Photo Share. Plus you have the Google Play Store for whatever apps you need to enhance your experience.
Pricing wasn’t specified, but they did say they would reveal it when it’s released in the “coming weeks.”
Full press release after the break
T-Mobile customers can breathe a sigh of relief today. Not just because the Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted with T-Mobile branding, but because the device doesn’t seem to feature the same carrier branded home button as the Verizon variant that we saw last month. While T-Mobile has already confirmed that the Note II would be arriving later this year, a recent FCC filing suggests the launch may not be too far off. Either way, be sure to take a look at some additional images of the Titan Grey Galaxy Note II after the break.
According to a leak from UK based phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, our Nexus 7 storage problems are soon to be over. The image above clearly lists a 32gb version of the flagship Google tablet and although it doesn’t say how much the new version will cost, I’m willing to bet it’ll be around $300, which is still less than its rival, the 32gb iPad. So it finally seems Google is listening to our complaints.
There’s more news too. Right above the aforementioned Nexus 7 leak is a line that reads: “Invisishield for Samsung Nexus 2″. Woah. This is hardly the first time a Galaxy Nexus successor has been mentioned, but so far most of the previous rumors have been proclaimed as bunk. Now we actually have a semi-reliable leak to drool over as we anxiously await Google to unveil the next iteration of the pure Google experience, and as we have seen from the early iPhone 5 leaks, these accessory manufactures are generally pretty reliable when it comes to leaks.
This single photo of a blue and yellow inventory system has officially started me salivating for the next wave of Google products to drool over.
We already know that Samsung is appealing the big decision that landed in August involving Apple patents, and we already had an idea that they would go after the jury foreman, but now we have a clearer picture. Samsung has a dozen exhibits involving jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, and his public statements. He made himself available for several interviews after the trial and it seems as though he made a lot of misstatements. For example, he said design patents are based on “look and feel” and that prior art must be “interchangeable” in order to invalidate a patent. “These incorrect and extraneous legal standards had no place in the jury room,” wrote Samsung in its brief.
Well it’s not too early to start the Galaxy S IV rumors is it? The first rumor was about a possible announcement at next year’s Mobile World Congress, which was quickly denied by Samsung. Now we have reports that a 13MP camera module for the Galaxy S IV was spotted, which isn’t anything earth-shattering. We actually thought the Galaxy S III and/or the Galaxy Note II would have a 13MP shooter, and interestingly enough, this lens was actually intended for those devices. For whatever reason, it was scrapped in favor of the current 8MP shooters.
I never thought sales of the Galaxy S III would suffer dramatically, but honestly, I thought that they would have slowed right after the Apple vs. Samsung verdict and right after the announcement of the iPhone 5, but neither did. If anything, they helped. The above chart is from Localytics, and it shows an average weekly growth of 9% from July 31 through October 1.
What’s most interesting is the two biggest spikes. The first one was a 16 percent jump during the period of August 21 to August 27 (Tuesday to Monday). On August 24, the verdict came down in the famous Apple vs. Samsung case, and you can clearly see it was the best week. The second example was during the period of September 11 to September 17, which showed 15 percent growth. It was on September 12 that Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5, but growth was the second biggest.