A mystery Samsung device has been spotted in Europe with the model number SM-G7105, much like the Chinese one that had the model number SM-G7106. This new leak has the 5.25-inch smartphone packing 4G LTE radios, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The cameras come in at 1.9MP for the front and 8MP on the back. There are no additional details, but we think it’s safe to say that this is slated to be a mid-range smartphone.
We knew Verizon was going to offer the Galaxy S III Mini eventually, but today, they’ve added both the S 4 Mini and S III Mini to their phone selection. It’s a weird move, since they’re both pretty similar phones at similar price points that already have some competition from the now-cheaper Galaxy S III, but I guess more phone selection never hurts. Although, both of these phones appear to have that horrible Verizon logo on the home button, so keep that in mind when looking at these two.
The S 4 Mini has a 4.3 inch screen will run $99.99 after a $50 MIR, and the S III Mini with a slightly smaller 4-inch screen will run $49.99 after a $50 MIR. The specs are identical to what the normal versions of these phones have, so aside from the home button, Verizon hasn’t done much to tinker with either device.
source: Verizon Wireless
Just last month, there was a leak that showed that Verizon would be offering Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini. Today, a listing on Samsung’s website confirmed the information. Verizon will join AT&T as the official major US carriers of the device, which will go for $49.99 on Verizon. The Galaxy S III mini will come with Android 4.2.2, and Samsung’s software including S Voice, Easy Mode, Group Play, and Share Shot.
The device comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, a 5MP camera, 8GB memory, a microSD card slot that can support up to 64GB of storage. The battery has a capacity of 2,000mAh.
Release date hasn’t yet been announced, but it should show up any day now.
After some recent incidents in which Samsung was found to have engineered their devices to perform in an exceptionally strong manner when being measured for benchmark tests with common tools, some folks have been searching for a way to minimize what they see as “cheating” by smartphone manufacturers. One of those searching for a better way is a startup company called GameBench. They claim to have created a test that focuses on gaming capabilities, primarily screen performance and battery drain, that cannot be tricked because it uses actual game titles for the testing. The app is still in beta with a projected release date sometime during the first quarter of 2014. However, GameBench has already put the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One through the paces. » Read the rest
In recent years, we have seen Samsung continue along a path of producing larger and larger devices, whether it is the normal smartphone market where they have established a 5-inch screen as the standard for a top tier device or the large smartphone market whether their Galaxy Note line pushes to blur the lines between smartphones and tablet devices. However, one area where Samsung may not be too happy to know they are growing bigger is in the batteries of the devices they sell, especially when that growth occurs after the device is in the hands of the consumer. Last month Samsung had to acknowledge a problem with batteries swelling in their Galaxy S 4 devices, costing them some coin after they started offering free replacements. Today news of another swollen battery issue has surfaced, but this time it involves an older device.
South Korean TV station KBS1 has aired a report detailing problems some owners of the original Galaxy Note device, released in 2011, are having with their batteries. The batteries are growing larger and take on some rather odd dimensions causing them to no longer fit in the device. Thus far the impacted devices appear to be those from Samsung’s home market, South Korea. Owners of the devices have thus far had no luck in getting replacements out of Samsung like owners of the Galaxy S 4 were able to do when their batteries started to super size themselves. That may be because Samsung seems to think the swelling is just a normal part of a battery’s life and is just an indication the battery has reached the end of its life. However, this does not seem to be a problem for other manufacturers.
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source: Unwired View
Well here is a nice little gift for this fine Wednesday morning. If you own a Galaxy Note 3, Samsung will give you $50 in Google Play Store credit. Plus, if you’re thinking of buying a Note 3 soon, you will still be able to be part of this promotion since it doesn’t expire until January 6. Unfortunately this is only good for U.S. owners.
All you have to do is click on the source link below and enter your phone number, address, email, and IMEI number from your phone. It’s a simple as that. What are you waiting for? Hit the link and go get some new apps, games, movies, books, or whatever you’re in the mood for.
A lot of time patents give us a clue of what direction manufacturers are going in, but then again, we live in a world in which everybody wants to patent everything imaginable, even if there is no intention to actually implement it. We have already heard reports that Samsung is having a difficult time adopting a fingerprint scanner in their flagship phones because the technology is still at its infancy. According to a patent, Samsung might be heading into a completely different direction, eye scanning.
Samsung would implement iris scanning, which hasn’t been adopted all that much because of costs and that the success rate can be low because of different levels of melanin pigments from person to person. In other words…for some people, illumination is needed, and for other times, not. Still, iris scanning is more advanced than fingerprint or retina scanning, plus a person doesn’t need to take off their sunglasses.
Patent wars between Samsung and Apple continue to rage on, with both sides presenting their closing arguments for the current retrial on Monday. The matter is very complicated, but essentially in the original trial between Apple and Samsung, the jury found that multiple Samsung devices did indeed infringe on Apple’s patents. Despite the fact that multiple Apple patents were infringed upon, damages were only awarded for one patent, and what should have been awarded to Apple was miscalculated.
Samsung has paid $400 million of the original $1.05 billion that Apple was awarded, and Apple is now seeking a further $380 million on top of the remaining $650 million that Apple is owed. Samsung, however, believes that they are only responsible for a further $52 million.
Samsung’s Galaxy NX, the Android-phone-camera-DSLR-thing, is finally available to the public. It didn’t make the original October release date, but unfortunately, it kept the hefty price tag; expect to shell out $1,599 for this niche device. It’s a 20.3 megapixel camera complete with a quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean with a TouchWiz overlay, and the option to purchase some additional interchangeable lenses. The standard kit comes with 16 – 55 mm lens, which is standard for other DSLRs, although not always at this price point.
As far as I can tell, this isn’t the one with AT&T version, however. If you were interested in picking up one of these to add to your cell phone plan, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. If you were interested in picking up one of these anyway, you should probably wait a bit longer, too, because I feel like there are probably better things to spend your $1,600 bucks on.
Frustrated at the lack of Galaxy Gear device compatibility? You might be interested in a new ROM that’s popped up on XDA for the Gear that not only allows it to connect to any Android device via Bluetooth, but also adds in the Play Store as well as a ton of other features.
The ROM throws in CM 10.2′s web browser so you can freely browse the internet on the device, Bluetooth tethering for internet access for the smartwatch, a native email client, and it’s completely rooted. It’s definitely a huge step up from what Samsung was offering in the device, so if you’re interested, you can find the files and instructions at the link below.