T-Mobile Confirms Snapdragon S4 Chip In Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

We previously thought that the Galaxy S Relay 4G would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip, but T-Mobile confirmed that it will actually have the Snapdragon S4 chip. The improved technology should make the phone more appealing to T-Mobile customers looking for something in Samsung’s Galaxy line. The rest of the specs are the same as previously reported with a 4-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich and NFC capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will be in stores on September 19 for $150 after the rebate. Does the improved technology make you want this phone more? Does it even make a difference?

Source: TmoNews

See how Apple’s iPhone 5 stacks up against its Android competitors

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Apple announced its redesigned iPhone 5 earlier today at an event in San Francisco. The newest iteration brings a slew of enhancements, including a larger 4-inch screen and a thinner 7.6mm body. To get a better feel as to how the new handset matches up against its Android competitors, we’ve included a comparison chart outlining the specs of Apple’s iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and Motorola’s new Droid RAZR HD. Be sure to take a gander after the break.


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Samsung Bulgaria Claims The Galaxy Ace 2 And Galaxy S Advance Smartphones Will Not Get Android 4.0 Update… Will Go Straight To Jelly Bean Instead

 

Samsung Bulgaria has just provided an interesting tidbit of news for owners of the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance smartphones. According to the gang at GSM Arena, when asked if both devices would get Android 4.0 on its Facebook page, Samsung Bulgaria surprised all and confirmed both devices would not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich— instead both would be updated to Jelly Bean. Of course there’s the understandable speculation that Samsung Bulgaria may be out of its mind and is providing incorrect information. However if this is true (and that’s a BIG if), then Samsung is confirming its intentions of being the top Android manufacturer when it comes to updating and providing support for its devices.

While this is exciting and all, first things’ first— we need to see Samsung roll out the Jelly Bean update for its flagship device first. Once that’s done, then we’ll wait and see if or when Samsung rolls out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance smartphones.

source: GSM Arena

 

Samsung Announces the Hello Kitty Edition of the Galaxy Y

Ever wish you had a phone that truly portrayed your passion for Hello Kitty? Well Samsung has answered your prayers with the Hello Kitty edition of the Samsung Galaxy Y. The Hello Kitty edition will only be available in Germany and will cost approximately 229 euros.

This phone is full on kitty not only with the logo on the back, but it’s loaded with Hello Kitty ringtones, wallpapers and even a special home button. Other than the obvious customization this is the same Galaxy Y as before. Are any of you interested in this phone? What type of custom phone do you wish Samsung would make?

Source: SammyHub

Early Reports Indicate Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Receiving Jelly Bean Update In Canada

 

Today is a joyous day for Galaxy Nexus owners in Canada. Various reports are indicating the coveted Android 4.1.1 update is finally reaching devices operating on wireless carriers Rogers, Telus, Fido and Wind. It seems like this is an early rollout of the update, so if you haven’t received the coveted update yet, be sure to check your System Software Updates as soon as possible to manually push it through to your Galaxy Nexus. Oh and do tell us how all that buttery goodness is working out for you all.

source: Mobile Syrup

Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to hit 30 million in 2012, Galaxy Note II to hit 20 million by next year

While speaking to Korean news agency, Yonhap, Samsung’s head of mobile JK Shin said that he expects Galaxy S III sales to hit 30 million by year’s end. That’s a pretty big deal when you consider the Galaxy S II peaked at 20 million. The Galaxy Note II will also show amazing growth as compared to the original. The original moved 10 million units, but the new version will double that by hitting 20 million. JK Shin doesn’t expect that to happen this year though, but it would still be amazing. If you’re doing the math, that’s 50 million units between the two phones.


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Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung has prompted Google to rethink their stance on patents

Google’s stance on patents has always been relaxed, as opposed to Apple’s much documented “war” style when it comes to defending their patents. Due to Apple’s constant bombardment of lawsuits against some of Android’s top manufacturers, mainly Samsung and HTC, Google has prompted themselves to change their stance on patents and how they plan on dealing with them. According to David Lawee, Google’s VP in corporate development:

“We actually didn’t invest in the patent ecosystem. We weren’t patenting things as aggressively as we should have been. We didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable. We just didn’t buy into that notion of protecting your IP, and it (referring to Samsung’s landslide loss to Apple) was a wake-up call.”

While Google and Lawlee would much prefer peace than war, Apple has essentially given Google (or anyone for that matter) no choice but to strictly defend any patent they own. Lawlee also added:

“I’m hoping that we’re kinda over the hump in terms of how people value patents, and the ‘thermonuclear’ world is not the world we’re going to live in.”

It’s clear that Google and Lawlee wishes Apple would stop all of this nonsense, but at the same time realizes that it’s just wishful thinking when it comes to Apple and their patents. Let’s also not forget the power Google has with all of their patents, especially with the ones they acquired from the Motorola purchase.

It’s time for Google to take the gloves off and finally fight back against Apple. They can’t continue to let some of their most powerful vendors such as Samsung get clobbered in court battles. What do you guys think?

source: All Things D

 

Samsung confirms Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update arriving in October

Samsung hasn’t offered the most timely updates in the past, with some customers still waiting for Android 4.0 to hit their Galaxy S II handsets. This can’t be blamed entirely on ole’ Sammy, though, as carriers tend to be the ones who delay updates. However, in the spirit of keeping its customers happy, the Korean manufacturer announced today that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”

Considering the news comes directly from Samsung, it’s most likely that the update will roll out to international handsets first. As always, individual carriers will have to approve the update before it is allowed to be sent out OTA. There’s no word on the exact day in October the update will be available, though that’s probably for the best seeing as Samsung has struggled to meet its deadlines more often than not.

This news comes after EE (Everything Everywhere) revealed that it would be bringing the Galaxy S III to its new 4G network. EE’s version of the device will come pre-loaded with Jelly Bean, so users won’t have to worry about waiting for a pesky update.

Source: CNET

Verizon Wireless Galaxy S III gets a ported TouchWiz Jelly Bean ROM

With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.

Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.

Just hit the source link below to get started.

source: xda

 

[Deal] Grab the Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III for $99 at Amazon Wireless

If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S III, then you might want to head over to Amazon Wireless because you can grab either the Verizon Wirlesss, AT&T, or the Sprint version for $99. Unfortunately that’s for new contracts or lines only, but if you happen to be upgrading, it will only be $50 more. Just hit the source link below to get started.

source: amazon wireless