Virgin Mobile is poised to start offering the Samsung Galaxy S II this coming week. According to sources, Virgin will make the device available for $369.99 starting on Thursday, November 15th. The device will be available in titanium and white. Users can then opt for a $35 per month plan. Although the Galaxy S II is now a generation old, the device remains popular. As we saw last week, even Sprint is working on a refreshed version to make available. The Galaxy S II still a solid smartphone device and could be a good option for some users looking to upgrade even older devices.
Verizon’s Galaxy S III has seen no shortage of leaked software updates. Earlier this month we came across an unfinished build of Android 4.1 for the handset, though it contained several bugs that hindered the overall usability of the software.
Posted yesterday, the new leak manages to address a few issues which could potentially prove to be valuable for custom ROM developers. It remains unclear exactly what has been changed, but users are acknowledging its improved performance and stability. In fact, the poster of the leaked firmware says it very well could be the final OTA that is slated to arrive for Verizon customers later this year.
You can download the leaked ROM in both odexed and deodexed versions, as well as find instructions on how to install it at the source links below. If you’re the adventurous type, let us know what you think of the new firmware in the comments.
Source: Xda-Developers, (2)
Despite being announced back in August, Samsung’s latest flagship phablet is just now making its way to North American shores. Beginning today, the company’s new Galaxy Note II is available to purchase from AT&T, both online and in brick and mortar stores. The S Pen-wielding superphone will set you back $299 with a new two-year commitment.
While that price may seem a bit steep, keep in mind that you’re getting the latest and greatest in terms of hardware, including a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel rear camera. But with other appealing smartphones like the Nexus 4 on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly need a little insight before taking the plunge. So, why not check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II before making any final decisions?
After the recent ruling in Apple’s favor on that infamous patent case, Samsung asked the court to investigate whether jury foreman Velvin Hogan had concealed information about previous legal situations that would provide basis for an anti-Samsung bias. Naturally, a bias like that could have had a significant impact on the jury’s ruling. Judge Lucy Koh issued a statement that she would be willing to to hear out Samsung’s claims on December 6th. In that statement, she said “the Court will consider the questions of whether the jury foreperson concealed information during voir dire [jury selection], whether any concealed information was material, and whether any concealment constituted misconduct. An assessment of such issues is intertwined with the question of whether and when Apple had a duty to disclose the circumstances and timing of its discovery of information about the foreperson.”
That’s important for several reasons. If Apple had learned that Hogan had concealed information, that would be a pretty serious hurdle to jump to uphold that ruling in Apple’s favor. If Samsung succeeds in putting casting enough doubt onto the jury, and can prove that it would’ve changed the outcome of the case, the entire lawsuit will get a retrial, which could possibly swing in Samsung’s favor. After being ordered to pay out over a billion dollars, I can imagine Samsung is really hoping this pans out.
source: The Verge
The original Samsung Galaxy Note shocked the world with success when most thought it was just a flashing star. It was the first phone to sport a display bigger than 5-inches, 5.3 to be exact. Was it too big, was it a tablet, or was it a phablet? Nobody knew what to think about it, but it didn’t stop consumers from gobbling it up. Was it the S Pen or the large display that caught everyone’s attention? I lean towards the latter, but there’s no argument that the Galaxy Note was a hit for Samsung, and it’s now time for the next chapter. We already saw a tablet version called the Galaxy Note 10.1, but this is the second chapter for the phone. Called the Galaxy Note II, it sports an even bigger display along with a more powerful processor and a larger battery all in a body that is no bigger than it’s predecessor. Does the Galaxy Note II live up to the hype? Hit the break to find out
Great news for any AT&T Captivate Glide owners! According to AT&T’s consumer blog, users will be able to download Android 4.0 onto their devices starting on November 10th. From the wording on the blog, it doesn’t seem to be an OTA update, though. More than likely, the update will have to be done through Samsug Kies, since AT&T linked to a Samsung support page for instructions on the update.
Sure, it’s a pretty delayed update, but anything is better than being stuck on 2.2 or 2.3 like many other devices, right? Hit the source to read the full blog post from AT&T.
source: AT&T Consumer Blog
It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.
We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.
source: Brief Mobile
In what may no doubt be the best deal of the season, our friends over at TmoNews have come across a screenshot of an upcoming T-Mobile Samsung event going down on November 16th and 17th. Based on the screenshot, it looks like most major 4G Samsung devices will be free on a new two-year contract agreement – yes including the Galaxy S III. While the picture doesn’t specifically show the Note II, we’re holding out hope that it’ll be included, although at the same time, we’re not holding our breath.
A Galaxy S III for free is obviously a pretty sweet deal though. The only choice for those with visions of the Galaxy S III dancing in their heads will come down to network and coverage. Remember, there are a few other retailers offering the Galaxy S III for $50 on contract on other carriers. So what will it be – the Galaxy S III on T-Mobile for free, or on AT&T or Sprint for $50? Or will you go a totally different route? Let us know your plans this holiday season.
While not one of the most groundbreaking devices to be released this year, Samsung’s long-rumored Stratosphere 2 is expected to serve as a relatively decent entry-level handset on Verizon. A couple of images have revealed dummy units for Samsung’s upcoming QWERTY slider officially making their way to retailers across the country, signaling that a launch may not be too far off.
The device is expected to feature a 4-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As with all new devices released on Verizon, the handset will have access to the carrier’s nearly-completed 4G LTE network, boasting impressive data speeds. Pricing still remains up in the air, but we’re assuming $99 would be the sweet spot for what you’re getting here.
We’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 used for some pretty interesting things, but Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra may have just taken the cake. The symphony is among the first to entirely abandon paper-heavy sheet music in favor of an electronic substitution. The orchestra recently acquired 100 Galaxy Note 10.1s, courtesy of Samsung, to aid them in their symphonic endeavors.
Loesje De Vriese of Samsung says the addition of the tablets will inevitably save the orchestra nearly 25,000 euros ($32,000) in paper and adhesive alone, while reiterating the importance of the device’s touch and stylus input for musicians. With the Note 10.1, members of the orchestra can make notations on their electronic sheet music, allowing them ease-of-access and complete freedom over their own playing styles. Additionally, the custom software gives the conductor the ability to make alterations to the music, automatically sending the changes out to each musician’s tablet.
For more information and an in-depth look at the process, jump past the break for a behind the scenes video.