Two variants of the the Galaxy Note III showed up in GFXBench’s site revealing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. The models are SM-N900S and SM-N900L, destined for SKTelecom and LGU+ respectively. The other big news is that Android 4.3 is onboard just like we reported last week. The Galaxy Note III is shaping up to be a complete beast. We should get to see it in all it’s glory in about a month. Who’s excited?
Not to say that Samsung’s Exynos Octa Processor was marketed as an eight-core processor, but it certainly came off that way, and was probably part of the marketing strategy for the tech-giant. (Only four cores of the processor can be active at once, meaning that it truly isn’t an eight-core processor.) However, the company seems to be working on a true octa-core processor which is scheduled for mass production later this year, and is expected to compete with MediaTek’s new octa-core CPU.
Samsung’s new CPU is also rumored to feature custom ARM cores, which could make this processor an absolute beast. Although we don’t have any other information on it at this time, we can expect to find it in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 next year. (Yes, we are already talking about it.) It’ll be cool to see what Samsung can do this time, as their past processors haven’t really panned out to what they could have been.
Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.
A report out of China claims a Samsung Galaxy S 4 burst into flames while the owner, a gentleman identified as Du, was playing a game. At the time, Du had the device plugged into the wall. When the unit burst into flames, it was such a surprise to Du that he tossed it away. Unfortunately, he tossed it onto his couch which apparently was highly flammable. The resulting conflagration destroyed Du’s house. The good news is Du, his wife, and their pets escaped with only Du suffering some minor burns on his hands that did not require a trip to the hospital. Read more
Remember the Mac vs PC commercials that used to run on TV? Well, Samsung has been airing their own commercials to take jabs at the iPhone, and the latest one is pretty good. It takes place in an airplane, and it features an S4 user showing off features like Easy Mode, Smart Switch, and Smart Stay to convince an iPhone user that the S4 is the better device.
You can check out the commercial after the break. Read more
Samsung makes an effort to compete for the top spot in whatever market they get into, whether that’s smartphones, tablets, or mobile processors. Up until this point, Samsung has used several ARM designed processor cores in their mobile processors, but they’ve never invested into developing custom cores like Qualcomm has with their Krait cores. This is all about to change, however, as Samsung is looking to get away from the traditional Cortex-A15 and A7 cores that are currently used in their Exynos processors.
Samsung will reportedly begin designing their own custom ARMv7 cores for production soon and will hopefully be put into mobile devices sometime in 2014. This is definitely a bold move, especially in a market that’s so heavily dominated by Qualcomm processors (even in Samsung’s own devices), but if anyone has the money and resources to develop custom cores like this, it would be a company like Samsung.
What do you think? Do you think this will help Samsung devices’ performance in a few years? Let us know in the comments.
via: Android Authority
Apple continued to see erosion of its previously successful claims of patent infringement against Samsung after the US Patent Office rejected Apple patent claims included in the “pinch to zoom” patent. U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 (the 915 patent) was one of the patents included in Apple’s big lawsuit against Samsung last year in which Apple was initially awarded $1.05 Billion in damages. The 915 patent included 21 claims, all of which were rejected by the USPTO which determined the claims were anticipated by previous patents or unpatentable. Read more
Samsung may have heard some of the rumblings about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 being just an incremental step from the Galaxy S III based on news leaking out about some new devices in the pipeline. The one item that seems to be closest to reality is a new Samsung item with model number SM-V700, otherwise known as the Galaxy Watch, which is scheduled to be revealed at IFA 2013. Unfortunately, few details are available about the device, including whether it will be a standalone Android device or whether it has to be mated to another Android device. Read more
Just a heads up, part of this information is going to be the same thing we’ve been hearing for months. According to IDC data, Samsung accounted for the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 72.4 million units in Q2 of 2013, up from 50.3 million in 2012. This accounted for 30.4% of global marketshare, which was actually a slight dip in market share from last year but still a huge jump ahead of the next dog in the pile, Apple. Apple shipped 31.2 million devices and accounted for 13.1% of market share this past quarter.
The impressive part of this information concerns LG’s and Lenovo’s market share, however. They both increased their phone shipments year-over-year by over 100%, which is a very impressive feat. LG shipped 12.1 million devices accounting for 5.1% of the market, while Lenovo shipped 11.3 million, accounting for 4.7% of the market. It’s not enough to compete with the top two manufacturers, but they’re slowly and steadily gaining ground. ZTE filled out the pack by increasing shipments 57.8% year-over-year, which isn’t as great as LG and Lenovo, but still a bit better percentage-wise than Samsung and Apple.
This is all information we’ve been hearing a lot lately; smartphone growth is still booming pretty loudly, and although there’s two companies at the top of the heap, there’s a handful of other aggressive manufacturers that are doing a great job making a name for themselves.
In a recent research study by Harris Interactive it appears that Apple is top dog, even with Samsung’s devices selling like hotcakes. According to the research that polled over 38,000 people, Apple was the best brand. HTC edged over larger rival Samsung to take second. The results are as follows:
- Apple iPhone – 2013 Mobile Phone Brand of the Year (second year running)
Apple stole the show with its iPad as well. Google placed in the top three with their Nexus line but Amazon’s Kindle Fire took second place. The standings are:
- Apple iPad Series – 2013 Tablet Brand of the Year
- Kindle Fire Series
- Google Nexus Series
- Samsung Galaxy Series
- HP Slate Series
In a not so surprising conclusion Verizon beat out AT&T in best mobile network as well as best pre-paid network. AT&T did beat out TracFone in prepaid but I don’t know how much a win that actually is. We have the full presser after the break. With the debut of the new Nexus 7 and the hints of a new 10 inch version we may see these rankings change a bit next year. Only time will tell.