AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon versions of Samsung Galaxy Note II may be in FCC pipeline

As we reported earlier, AT&T and Samsung have released a joint statement regarding the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This followed news that Samsung was working with several major carriers to bring the device to the U.S. market. Samsung has scheduled an event for October 24th in New York where it is anticipated a more detailed announcement regarding the Galaxy Note II will be made.

Although no dates for availability in the U.S. and Canadien markets have been made yet, interest in the imminent release will be fueled by the discovery of what appears to be the Galaxy Note II wending its way through the FCC approval process for three different carriers. The first device spotted is an SGH-i317 with specifications that appear to be consistent with AT&T and possible Canadien carriers. Another device going by model number SCH-i605 has CDMA and GSM antennas along with a 700 MHz LTE band appears to be headed to Verizon as a dual-band device. Finally, an SGH-T889 might be headed to T-Mobile based on the inclusion of a 1700 MHz AWS frequency.

source: Engadget

Judge Lucy Koh To Be Reunited With Her Favorite Friends Again, Court Orders Her To Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Injunction

 

It looks as if Judge Lucy Koh isn’t quite finished yet in regards to the Apple vs. Samsung saga. If you recall, we mentioned that Samsung confirmed its intentions to appeal notable items such as the injunctions of its tablets— and it now appears that it has gotten its wish thanks to the U.S. courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently granted Samsung’s request to have the injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remanded in order for the trial court to re-consider Samsung’s motion to terminate the injunction. So what does all this mean? Well— while nothing is for sure, but this decision will allow Samsung to have additional time and present an effective argument highlighting why the injunction should be lifted since the jury did not find any type of tablet design patent infringement.

In essence, the Appeals Court is forcing Judge Koh to sit down for yet another day and hear why Samsung is right and Apple is wrong. Of course there’s a slim (or major) chance that Judge Koh probably won’t lift the injunction, but hey— anything can happen in this wacky world.

source: FOSS Patents

Samsung Galaxy S III hits C Spire Wireless for $199

Regional carrier C Spire Wireless has finally announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The handset arrives just in time for C Spire’s major 4G LTE push, which should come as great news for those looking for faster data speeds in the southeast. The Galaxy S III is the second device on the network to take advantage of the quicker 4G speeds, though the carrier is planning to release many more LTE-capable devices in the near future.

The Galaxy S III is now available in both Marble White and Pebble Blue with 16GB of storage for $199 along with a new 2-year commitment.  For the full run-down, hit the source link below.

Source: CSpire

 

AT&T Android portfolio to grow with new Samsung devices including Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and other devices

In a joint announcement issued by AT&T and Samsung, the two shared information on some devices slated to be available “in the coming months” for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The devices include three smartphones powered by Android and one tablet device.

Headlining the list of forthcoming devices is the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the eagerly awaited for successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Unveiled earlier this month, the “phablet” device will sport a 5.5-inch screen and a quad-core Exynos processor to power Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s S-Pen apps.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt continues to speak for the people and opposes “patent wars”

Is it just me, or do you guys see Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt as the mobile worlds essential “white knight?” He seems to always say the right things and gives respect where its due. In a recent interview during his tour in Korea, Schmidt had several pleasing things to say about their rival Apple:

Apple is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything. With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts and I don’t want to go beyond that…

Such a far cry compared to Apple’s late founder (Steve Jobs) who publicly waged war against Android, don’t you think? Schmidt also added in several of his opinions on the current patent wars that Apple and a couple of Android’s biggest vendors are currently in:

Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars. I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 patent that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices.

In ending, Eric took some time to commend Samsung while he was in Korea. He raved on their ability to reach the top when just 3 years ago Samsung had zero smartphones to offer. Now Samsung is obviously Google’s number one vendor for their Android operating system and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon with their impending release of their Galaxy Note 2 in the US.

What do you guys think about Eric’s words? Do you agree or disagree with anything he said, or is he pretty much spot on on what the general public thinks. Let us know!

source: 9to5Mac

Images and specs leaked for new Samsung Galaxy Music devices

Foreign site Telekom Presse obtained some images and specifications for a pair of Samsung devices that are in the works. The devices are the Samsung Galaxy Music and the Samsung Galaxy Music DUOS. Contrary to the bigger is better trend, these devices will come with 3.0-inch screens, an A9 850 MHz processor and 4GB of internal memory that can be increased via the addition of 32GB microSD cards. The pair of phones will initially come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DUOS version will be dual-sim capable. Definitely not a device for those interested in powerhouse devices and maybe not even for those interested in a device for typical smartphone duties.

However, the devices may be of interest to users who are into music. Each will come equipped with an FM radio receiver and antenna along with the ability to record FM broadcasts. Samsung has built in speakers at both ends of the device to improve sound quality and numerous music based applications will be preloaded.

It is not entirely clear what market Samsung hopes to tap into with these devices. They are similar to portable media players and thus will probably suffer from some of the issues other devices in that niche experience, although the addition of phone functionality may help. However, the hardware specs and small size seem to work against the devices for a smartphone buyer who may be wooed by the addition of nice music features.

No word on pricing or availability. Do you think pricing and availability will really matter with either of these devices?

source: SamMobile

Samsung to celebrate the U.S. launch of the Galaxy Note II on October 24

Samsung just sent us a “save the date” for an event on October 24th in New York City. The invitation clearly shows the S Pen, so we fully expect this to be some sort of launch party for the U.S. release of the Galaxy Note II. The original Galaxy Note sold more units than most expected, and the Galaxy Note II is supposed to triple that success. We will be live at the event so if there’s anything major to report we will let you know.

 

Samsung: Galaxy Note II to sell three times faster than the original

When Samsung revealed the original Galaxy Note last year, consumers were undecided as to whether or not it was a viable option for the everyday smartphone owner. And, while that question may still not be answered, we’ve witnessed the device’s success first-hand. Regardless, Samsung introduced its successor last month in Berlin at IFA 2012, and the device packs quite the punch. With a 5.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II is destined to be a powerhouse.

At a company briefing today in Korea, J.K. Shin, head of the manufacturer’s mobile division, speculated that the Note II would sell three times faster than the original, considering the numerous additional carriers that will be offering the device this time around. In terms of raw numbers, Samsung’s new flagship is slated to go on sale in 128 markets, and be available on 260 different network operators. The original Galaxy Note was only available on AT&T in the US, with an extremely brief stint of availability on T-Mobile. The Galaxy Note II  is set to arrive later this year on at least five major US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint an US Cellular.

Source: Bloomberg

Samsung Galaxy S III launches on MetroPCS in October

Today MetroPCS announced that sometime in October they would be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S III to their customers. The MetroPCS version is very similar to Verizon’s version of the phone, packing a 1900MHz radio in addition to 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera. For those of you who are looking for a good 4G device that doesn’t come with an expensive contract plan from Verizon or AT&T, this might be your best option.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can head on over to MetroPCS’s website to sign up to win a Galaxy S III.

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Samsung releases two more ‘Next Big Thing’ advertisements

There are many things that Android fans have in common. Indeed good taste in phones, great conversions, and support are among the common ones, but they also enjoy “bashing” Apple products in advertisements. The variety of people that watch television have probably seen Samsung’s new Galaxy S III ad, called “The Next Big Thing is Already Here“. The 90 second-long commercial features a simple story:

People are waiting in line for a new device (in this case the iPhone 5), and see Galaxy S III users showing off their features, like Android beam and the spacious 4.8″ display.

To go along with that, a man waiting in line is teased by iPhone fans that his “Galaxy S III didn’t work out for him”… while he is actually saving the spot in line for his parents.


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