Last week we reported on Samsung’s position regarding the U.S. rollout of a Jelly Bean update for their Samsung Galaxy S III devices. Samsung had previously indicated they would provide the update for the devices and deployments had started in different areas around the world. In response to increasing rancor from U.S. owners of the Galaxy S III, Samsung issued a statement indicating the U.S. market would get Jelly Bean in “the coming months.”
If you own an NFC-equipped device like the Galaxy S III, then you’ve no doubt utilized the interesting TecTiles technology at some point, which definitely needed some improvements and all. Well Samsung has worked behind the scenes and presented a new TecTiles that’s better than ever. TecTiles 3.0 now allows users to write multiple actions to one tag (as opposed to having one action for each tag), customize your profiles and even create a private TecTile that only a specific smartphone can read. The update is pretty extensive and lengthy– so if you’re interested in checking out the specific details, hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
Owners of the American version of a particular device may be seething at this time— but if you’re an owner of a carrier-branded variant of the Galaxy S III, try not to be too angry: owners of the unlocked model in the UK can now look forward to the 284MB Jelly Bean update being pushed to their devices or via Kies Desktop software. Reports indicate that in addition to the latest version of Android (as of now), TouchWiz has been updated to include a “blocking mode” and “easy mode”— both of which offers better overall management of the device. If you live in the UK and own the unlocked variant of the device— head on down to your settings -> About Device -> Software update to get the latest update today. Oh and try not to rub it in the rest of our faces, pretty please?
source: Android Central
Well guys, it’s now October 24th and you know what that means? T-Mobile is now the first American carrier to release Samsung’s next powerhouse in the Galaxy Note 2. You can order the device online for a hefty price of $369.99 on a new 2-year agreement. Here’s an array of specs you should expect on the Note 2:
- 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display
- 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- 2GB RAM
- microSD slot for storage expansion
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.9MP front camera
- 3100mAh battery
- Available in both HSPA+ and LTE
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 9.4mm thick
- 180 grams
Also keep in note that this will have LTE bands for T-Mobile’s future implementation of 4G LTE. So you can bet this phone is as future proof as it gets! Will any of you guys run out and grab this device?
We’ve all been there. You’re sitting with a friend who whips out their iPhone, ultimately leading you to pull out your very own Android powered smartphone. From there you begin making snotty remarks, claiming superiority with your allegiance to Android. Well, a new YouTube video accurately depicts the “sh*t Android fans say” on a daily basis. The subject matter is appropriate, so grab a snack and hit the break for the full video.
Full HD displays seem to be the next logical step in mobile device advancement. While HTC is one of the only manufacturers with an upcoming, listed device sporting such high resolution, Samsung and LG look to get in the game soon. Not surprisingly, according to “industry sources,” Samsung and LG will launch devices with full HD AMOLED and LCD displays in the first half of next year. With the boost in resolution comes a nice boost in ppi. We’ll be looking at over 400ppi with these devices. That will obviously yield a gorgeous display. At this point, we can only speculate as to which devices from Samsung and LG will be the first to incorporate the displays. Will we see the Galaxy S IV rocking full HD? The rumored timeline certainly makes sense.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will land on all major U.S. carriers in time for the holidays, and if you’re an AT&T customer, they just announced that you can grab yours on November 9. It will be priced at $299 and pre-orders will start on October 25th. It will carry the same specs as the international Galaxy Note II, which include the whopping 5.5-inch (1280 x 720) display, quad-core Exynos processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Note II will be the second quad-core LTE phone to hit AT&T, while the LG Optimus G will be the first because it will debut one week earlier. The upcoming HTC One X+ will be the third. It’s going to be one speedy holiday season.
Full press release after the break:
You may recall that there’s a ton of things (like this or this too) you can in with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but an artist just took things to a different level. An artist named Gérémy Arène took the tablet and when paired with Sketchbook Mobile, he created a masterpiece from scratch. Don’t take our word for it— hit the source link below to check out the art piece used solely with the S Pen in action.
source: Android Central
In a stunning turn of events, the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple’s rubber-banding patent invalid. If you recall, the patent focuses on an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen on a mobile device. While this ruling isn’t final, this means that all 20 claims of Apple’s patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid— which includes an important one used against Samsung during their epic battle in the U.S. courts. The effect of this is major too: while we have a long way to go during the appeals process, this is perhaps the first step needed for Samsung to have the courts potentially overrule at least some of the major rulings.
source: The Next Web
In news that I’m sure many of you will be excited to hear (or read in this case); it looks like the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s network is imminent – as in Wednesday, October 24th. We caught wind of this possibility two weeks ago via an internal T-Mobile screenshot, however, as always, we tempered that enthusiasm and had to file it under “rumor status.” However, the good news is now confirmed as T-Mobile stores have begun to receive shipments for the October 24th release.