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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update: Clue Of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 System Roll-Out Retracted; Has The Update Been Canceled?


The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for older Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may be in jeopardy as one clue of the prospective update has been retracted by its source.

Those anxious to see the Galaxy Note 2 get what would be its first update since its September 2012 release were pleased when the Australian carrier Telstra announced on its support page that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 2 had been “withdrawn” in favor of a new Android version. Though no other details were given, many believed this was an indication that the Galaxy Note 2 would update to Android 4.3.

But now Telstra has updated its support page and information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its update schedule has notably been removed.  It is unclear why the carrier removed this information about the Galaxy Note 2 update, and many fear it could mean the Android 4.3 update for the device might be canceled.

Mid-July reports suggested that older yet still popular Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be skipping the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor for Android 4.3. Both devices have been stuck at various iterations of Android 4.1 for some time, and users have been anxious to see what treatment these devices would get in the wake of newer flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, which released with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to ship with Android 4.3.

In addition to Telstra’s vague announcement, the German carrier Deutsche Telekom also announced on its official forum that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be receiving an Android 4.3 update at some point. Many took this news as confirmation that plans for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 where similar, but with the release schedule for Android 4.3 on Telstra now uncertain, we wonder what will happen to the update on Deutsche Telekom.

Meanwhile, a rival flagship, the HTC One, is now confirmed for an Android 4.3 update. HTC president Jason Mackenzie divulged that the handset will similarly skip Android 4.2.2 in favor for Android 4.3 because it is a particularly minimal update between the two versions.

It is likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will be updated to a new Android Jelly Bean version at some point, but the matter of which Jelly Bean version it will get and when it will roll out may continue to be a mystery for some time.

However, with U.S. models of the HTC One expected to be running Android 4.3 by the end of September, we can assume that Samsung will ensure an update for its older flagships to keep up with the competition.

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Samsung Revisits Flip Phone Era, Launches Galaxy Golden Dual-Screen Smartphone


It looks like Samsung is trying to get flip phones back in style this year. The company has now launched another Android flip phone, called the Samsung Galaxy Golden, which comes with twice the touchscreen capabilities, according to CNET.

The new phone comes with two 3.7-inch AMOLED screens. Apart from that, the smartphone comes with Android 4.2 running the show. Internally, the Galaxy Golden comes with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. The smartphone also sports an 8 megapixel primary camera and a 1.9 megapixel front shooter.

Users who might want to pick this smartphone up, though, will likely find their desire dampened. The new offering will only see release in South Korea, according to the report. Be that as it may, the dual-screen flip phone definitely feels like a blast from the past, especially if your first phone was a hand-me-down Samsung or Motorola.

Samsung recently launched another Android flip phone, the Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy, which is now available in China. The Hennessy comes with a 3.3-inch screen with a resolution ratio of 320 x 480 on the outside and a similar screen on the inside as well. Additionally, the Hennessy comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. Rounding up the package is a traditional numeric keypad, only on the inside.

The flip phone era, which saw some great handsets in it’s heyday, like the Motorola Razr V3, died out soon after the touchscreen concept began picking up. With most companies now dishing out smartphones with humongous displays, it can be wondered if the flip phone era has passed its prime, despite what Samsung is trying to do.

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS Gets Android 4.2 Update


Even as Android 4.3 Jelly Bean starts to make its way into Nexus devices and the latest smartphone models, some slightly older phones are still being updated to Android 4.2. The latest to join these is Samsung’s Galaxy Grand DUOS, which Samsung updated last week.

Announced initially for India last January, the Galaxy Grand DUOS is simply a dual SIM variant of the Galaxy Grand which, in turn, was announced in December 2012. Despite the name, the phone’s specs are not so grand but not so terrible either. Running on an unnamed 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, the phone’s biggest drawback is it’s 5.0-inch display, which only supports a resolution of 480×800 pixels.

The Galaxy Grand DUOS launched with Android 4.1.2 and is now being updated to 4.2.2. Among the improvements included in the update are lockscreen widgets, dedicated status bar toggles menu, daydream screensaver mode, and performance improvements. There are also some new features that have been ported from the Galaxy S4 version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface like new widgets and homescreens.

The update for the Galaxy Grand DUOS first appeared in Russia but is probably already rolling out to other regions as well. It might take a few days to reach owners depending on the market or the carrier. As with any major Android upgrade, be sure to backup your data and keep the phone properly charged when performing the update.

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Top 10 Samsung Phones To Get Android 4.2 Update


Android’s Jelly Bean operating system is currently one of the most functional and user friendly in the market and with every successive build, it keeps getting better and better. Samsung is one of the most popular makers of Android handsets and is slowly but surely bringing the Android 4.2 build to its lineup. Take a look at the top 10 Samsung smartphones most likely to receive Android Jelly Bean’s version 4.2 in the near future.

1. Galaxy Grand Duos: Currently running Android Jelly Bean version 4.1, the Galaxy Grand Duos is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, a 2100 mAh battery and a 1 GB RAM. The dual-Sim, 3G enabled handset packs in an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. Its 5-inch display comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 187ppi. Samsung has given the phone 8 GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 64 GB externally. The Grand Duos also ships with cloud storage of 50 GB in Dropbox.

2. Galaxy Grand: The single-Sim version of the Galaxy Grand Duos, this handset also runs on a 1.2 GHz processor, Android Jelly Bean version 4.1, a 1 GB RAM and a 2100 mAh battery. The phone ships with 8 GB of internal memory which is expandable externally by 64 GB. Its 5-inch display is equipped with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 187ppi. The 3G enabled phone houses an 8-megapixel primary snapper and a 2-megapixel front-facer.

3. Galaxy S2 Plus: Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, this smartphone packs in a 4.3-inch display. Its screen offers users a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 217ppi. The phone is also equipped with an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a 2-megapxiel front facing snapper. A 1 GB RAM and a 1650 mAh battery help power the device. This 3G and NFC enabled handset comes with 8 GB of in-built storage with external memory expansion support for up to 64 GB.

4. Galaxy S3 Mini: The smaller, more compact version of the popular Galaxy S3 high-ender, the Galaxy S3 Mini runs on a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, a 1 GB RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1500 mAh battery. Connectivity options on the handset include NFC and 3G. The smartphone houses a 4-inch display that packs in a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 233ppi. Its primary 5-megapixel camera is accompanied by a smaller VGA front-facer. 16 GB of its internal memory is expandable by up to 32 GB externally.

5. Galaxy S3: The tech world is abuzz with rumours about whether Samsung will or will not upgrade this best seller to the Android 4.2 build. Speculation is rife that the handset might directly move to Android 4.3 in the coming months but till this news is confirmed, the phone stays on our top 10 list.

The NFC enabled Galaxy S3 is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 chipset, a Mali 400MP GPU, a 2100 mAh battery and a 1 GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now. The best seller packs in a 4.8-inch display that sports a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 306ppi. Samsung has given the phone an 8-megapixel primary sensor and a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera. The handset ships in variants of 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, each with support for external memory expansion by up to 64 GB.

6. Galaxy Note 2: Like the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note 2’s upgrade status is under debate. Word around the tech world is that the phablet might skip the Android 4.2 update and jump directly on to the Android 4.3 bandwagon. Till more is known about the handset, it stays on your list.

A 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, a 2 GB RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 3000 mAh battery power the 4G LTE and NFC enabled Galaxy Note 2. It is equipped with a 5.5-inch display that sports a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 267ppi, which works well with its S Pen stylus. 16 GB of its internal storage is externally expandable by up to 64 GB. The phone also ships with 50 GB of Dropbox cloud storage. Samsung has given its phablet an 8-megapixel rear sensor and a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera.

7. Galaxy S2: The fate of Samsung’s 2011 flagship hangs in the air as well. While ideally it is in line for the crossover to Android 4.2, the handset is apparently facing trouble running the updated build. Hopefully, we should get some clarity about the Galaxy S2’s update soon.

A 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, a 1650 mAh battery and a 1 GB RAM power the handset. It houses a 4.3-inch display which packs in a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is also equipped with an 8-megapixel camera. 16 GB of in-built storage can be expanded externally by another 32 GB on the 3G enabled handset. The Galaxy S2 received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update earlier this year.

8. Galaxy Note: The device that made the phablet the next best thing in mobile communication is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor, a 1 GB RAM and a 2500 mAh battery. It houses a 5.3-inch display that sports a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The stylus compatible handset also comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel front snapper. The Galaxy Note ships in variants of 16 or 32 GB and supports external memory expansion by up to 32 GB.

Although the phablet has already received its update to version 4.1 of the Jelly Bean operating system, its move to the 4.2 build is still unclear. Ideally, it should be receiving the new Jelly Bean update but delays and compatibility issues have left the tech world wondering when that will be.

9. Galaxy Express: Currently running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Express works on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 1 GB RAM and a 2000 mAh battery. It ships with 8 GB of storage built in which can be expanded by up to 32 GB externally. The handset is equipped with a 4.5 inch screen which packs in a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 207ppi. Samsung has given the Galaxy Express a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 1.3-megapixel front snapper. The phone is 4G LTE and NFC enabled.

10. Galaxy Young: Samsung’s Galaxy Young gets its juice from a 1 GHz single-core processor, a 768 MB RAM and a 1300 mAh battery. The phone currently runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean build. 4 GB of its internal memory is expandable by up to 64 GB externally. It houses a 3.27-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels along with a 3-megapixel camera. The device is 3G and NFC enabled.

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Phones, Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Mega Hitting AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular This Month (Updated)


Duck and cover – Samsung announced this morning that its latest monster handset, the Galaxy Mega, will be arriving on our shores this month. The 6.3-inch monolith will be coming to AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. Beyond that, availability information is one thing about this phone that’s still on the small side — as the company explains in a press release this morning (which you can find in all of its PRy glory below), “each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.” We do know that it’ll have Android 4.2.2 and a 1.7GHz dual core processor. Expect more info on the only smartphone visible from space to follow soon from each of the aforementioned carriers.

Update: As expected, the carrier announcements have begun trickling in. You can find Sprint’s below. It adds…a little information to what we already knew, namely the fact that the Now Network will be offering up unlimited data with the handset.

Update 2: More info now from the AT&T camp, and this time out, it’s stuff we can really use namely price and date. The carrier’s got the massive handset arriving the 23rd, priced at $150 (with, you guessed it, a two-year contract). The rest of that release is after the break beneath all the other releases, naturally.

Samsung Brings the Galaxy Mega to U.S. Consumers:-

Continuing its commitment to provide choice to consumers, Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announces the Samsung Galaxy Mega™ for the U.S. market. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega is the ideal hybrid mobile device for those who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet.

“We continue to bring innovation with our Galaxy family of devices, with the Galaxy Mega representing a manifestation of consumer’s enthusiasm for our thin, large screen designs,” said Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Mega combines exceptional features from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone family with a 6.3-inch screen, making it an optimal device for movies, books, music and games.”

* Superior Galaxy® Features

The Galaxy Mega allows users to enjoy many of the benefits of Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S® 4, on an even larger screen. The Galaxy Mega’s big-screen experience enhances everything you do on a smartphone – whether it’s watching a video, browsing web pages or composing an email.
· Air View™: Explore information and content on your Galaxy Mega without ever touching the screen. Simply hover your finger an inch above the screen to preview emails and photos, initiate speed-dial and even magnify text.

· Multi Window: Multi Window split screen multitasking allows users to seamlessly run multiple apps on one screen simultaneously, and is now better than ever on the 6.3-inch HD screen of the Galaxy Mega. Watch a movie on Samsung Hub™ and check email at the same time, all by dragging and dropping apps on the same screen.

· WatchON™: Control your television using the Galaxy Mega as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with the Integrated Infrared (IR) controller that makes Smart Remote functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy Mega to a TV effortlessly, as well as channel surf in a smart, new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.

· Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy Mega, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.

* Captivating Camera

At 8-megapixels, the Galaxy Mega rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag to capture life’s memorable moments without delay. The Galaxy Mega is equipped with the easy-to-navigate Galaxy Camera™ user interface which supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer. Galaxy Mega users can also create photo albums on the fly with Story Album™ – a unique way to group content by event or date. With the spacious display and a variety of filters and editing tools, smartphone photos have never looked better.

* Powerful Performance

The Galaxy Mega has 6.3 inches of screen real estate with a HD Super Clear LCD (720×1280) display that beautifully showcases photos, e-books and magazines, or PowerPoint presentations. Wide viewing angles mean that users can maximize productivity and never sacrifice their experience.

The Galaxy Mega runs Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core CPU and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Users can store large libraries of photos, music and videos with expandable storage of up to 64 GB of memory with an external microSD™ card.

The Galaxy Mega is also SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise), allowing users to work and play with confidence that their photos, emails and contacts are protected. Built with enough power to get you through the longest work days, the Galaxy Mega is powered by a removable 3,200 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge.

Protect the Galaxy Mega with an assortment of cover options, such as the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover with a clear window to answer or reject a call and view battery status. The traditional Flip Cover provides similar functionality without a viewing window, and the Protective Cover + fits snugly around the Galaxy Mega to protect against bumps and falls. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover, Flip Cover and Protective Cover + come in a variety of vibrant colors to add personality and style, all while protecting the Galaxy Mega.

The Galaxy Mega comes in Nova Black and Polaris White color options and will be available beginning this month. AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular will carry the device – each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.

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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Galaxy, Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Mega: New 6.3-inch Samsung Phone Approaches Tablet Size (Update 2)


Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big.

With a screen measuring 6.3 inches (16-centimeter) diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.
Samsung says the Mega is a hybrid that combines the portability of a smartphone with the immersive experience that a tablet offers for movies, books, music and games. Phones of this size are typically referred to as phablets.

Samsung Electronics Co. is known for big phones. Its flagship Galaxy S4 is 5 inches (12.5 centimeters), while the Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5 inches (14 centimeters). Apple’s iPhone 5 is 4 inches (10 centimeters).
Samsung is also known for offering a variety of devices, with different screen sizes and prices, to target a range of consumers. Because of that, it’s now the leading maker of phones. Apple, by contrast, has been releasing one model a year that targets high-end consumers. A new iPhone is expected this fall.

The Mega includes many features available in other recent Galaxy phones. That includes Multi Window, which allows multitasking in a split screen, and Easy Mode, which reduces the number of features and choices for new smartphone users.

AT&T Inc. says it will start selling the Mega on Friday for $150 with a two-year service contract. The Mega is also coming to Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Dates and prices weren’t available for those carriers. The Mega made its debut in Europe and Russia in May, but hasn’t been available in the U.S. until now.

As Samsung’s phones get larger, at least one of HTC Corp.’s is getting smaller. AT&T announced Monday that it will start selling a smaller version of the HTC One. Called the HTC One Mini, it will have a 4.3-inch (10.9-centimeter) screen, compared with 4.7 inches (11.9 centimeters) on the standard model. It’s also lighter, at 4.3 ounces (122 grams). The One is 5 ounces (141 grams). The One Mini will be about $100 cheaper than its big brother. It will be available starting Friday for $100 with a two-year service agreement.

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Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Galaxy, Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs Revealed


The supposed final spec list for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, set to launch at a Samsung Unpacked event ahead of IFA 2013 on September 4 in Berlin, Germany, has emerged online.

According to SamMobile, a previously reliably source for accurate Samsung leaks, a ‘trusted insider’ has revealed two variants for the Galaxy Note 3.

The first of these is the SM-N900, which will run a 1.8GHz Samsung Exynos 5420 octa-core chip with a Mali-T628 MP6 graphics processing unit. This model will not have 4G LTE connectivity and it’s not known how much RAM wit will have.

Both versions will have 5.68-inch full HD Super AMOLED displays with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution, plus a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS). They’ll also share options for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage and microSD support for cards up to 64GB, plus a 3,200mAh battery pack.

The other model, the SM-N9005, has a number of spec details missing: the processor and GPU have not yet been identified, but it’s known to be carrying 3GB of RAM and to have 4G LTE support. Our money is on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

Both handsets run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the only difference being slightly different firmware variants. The N900 uses N900XXEBMH5/N900OXABMH5/N900XXUBMH5, while the N9005 is on N9005XXEBMH9/N9005OXABMH9/N9005XXUBMH9. There is probably little difference other than being tailored to the different processor chips.

SamMobile also added that the Galaxy Note 3 variants will be most widely available as the 32GB storage option and only a limited selection of markets will receive the 64GB model. It was also revealed the physical size and dimensions of the Galaxy Note 3 will be very close, if not identical to, the current Galaxy Note 2, but with a larger display squeezed in. This would mimic the changes from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S4.

The Galaxy S4 launch has set a precedent on Samsung’s design and launch behaviour. The company released a version running its Exynos octa-core chip only in Asian markets, contrary to earlier expectations. The rest of the world got the Qualcomm 600-based model and it seems pretty likely the same scenario will happen again with the company’s iconic phablet.

We’ll be in attendance at IFA 2013 to see Samsung’s big launch on September 4, stay tuned for all the juicy details.

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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Galaxy, Samsung

 

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