Samsung and Sony Announce New 4K TVs

CES 2013 officially kicks off today; however, some folks couldn’t just wait. Samsung, Nvidia, Sony, and many of the big names got the ball rolling yesterday itself. Judging from the day zero, if last year was the year of ultrabooks, this year can turn out to be the year of 4K television.

LG and Sony already have strong offerings in the Ultra-HD or 4K segment. Yesterday, Samsung announced its entry with a 85-inch monster. The Samsung UN85S9 takes away the crown of the world’s largest 4K television from LG and Sony by being an inch bigger. However, its reign at the top is bound to be short-lived as Westinghouse is expected to announce a 110-inch monster later on during the CES.

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The Samsung UN85S9 features a stunning “floating” design, which allows the display to be easily adjusted vertically. Samsung’s new UHD television is powered by a 1.35 GHz quad-core A15 processor, but unlike LG’s dual-core counterpart, it doesn’t support 3D.

The other 4K TV displayed yesterday came in a smaller package, but was equally wow-worthy. Sony showed off its 56-inch 4K OLED display. However, the display is currently in prototype stages, and no price or launch date information is available.

Sony did, however, have some good news for consumers looking to purchase 4K television. The Japanese giant will be leveraging its media portfolio to alleviate the lack of content issue. Sony will be bundling ten UHD movies sourced from Sony Pictures or its subsidiary Columbia Pictures with its 84-inch 4K TV. The selection includes the likes of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Karate Kid’. It is also planning to launch a download service, from where buyers of smaller 4K televisions, including the 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs that were announced yesterday, will be able to download 4K movies.

Toshiba Excite 10 Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Toshiba is not known for rolling out updates in a timely manner. However, it seems that the company is on a roll. After releasing the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Excite 7.7 tablet, the manufacturer has also started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for its 10 inch Excite 10 tablet.

This tablet was originally shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It comes with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM and much more. According to the reports, this update will be first rolled out in the US, followed by other regions of the world.

The latest update brings all the Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, Project Butter, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, offline text-to-speech, improved overall performance, improved power management, advanced expandable notifications, improved Face Unlock and so on

You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below.

Toshiba Excite 7.7 Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Back in April, Toshiba announced the Excite 7.7 tablet featuring a 7.7 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and much more. Later in June, this handset was finally shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Toshiba is not known for rolling out updates in a timely manner. But the manufacturer surprised us by rolling out a major update for the Excite 7.7 tablet. You heard it right! After waiting for nearly 8 months, Toshiba finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Excite 7.7 across the world.

The latest update is numbered JRO036 and it comes with Hybrid UI and other important Jelly Bean features such as Google Now, Project Butter, offline text-to-speech, improved overall performance, smart keyboard, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved power management, advanced notifications, improved Face Unlock and more.

The size of the update is 348 MB and it can be downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Goes On Sale At Verizon For $549.99

Back in August, Samsung unveiled the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera. This device runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Samsung has already launched this device in most of the European and Asian markets. The 3G variant of device is also available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. If you were looking for the 4G variant of Galaxy Camera, then we have good news for you.

Earlier this week, Verizon announced the availability of Galaxy Camera for its subscribers. Today, the big red wireless carrier has finally released the Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE in the US. This device will be available in the regular white as well as the Verizon’s exclusive Cobalt Black color.

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity and a 1650mAh battery.

AT&T is selling the HSPA+ version for $499.99, however you will need to shell out $549.99 for getting the 4G LTE version from Verizon Wireless. You will also need to subscribe to the Share Everything plan at $5 per month. If you are planning to buy this device, then just head over to this page.

Toshiba Unveils The Android 4.1 Powered Excite X10 SE Tablet

Toshiba recently announced the new Android powered Excite X10 SE tablet. This device is the successor of the Toshiba Excite X10, which was touted to be the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet. This device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. The affordable Excite X10 SE will be available only in 16 GB variant.

Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division, said,
“Our Excite family of tablets continues to grow with options to suit a wide range of consumer needs, from portability and gaming to versatility and power. We designed the Excite 10 SE to be a full featured tablet that offers a pure Android, Jelly Bean experience, while maintaining an attractive price point.”

Toshiba Excite X10 SE features a 10.1-inch diagonal AutoBrite HD touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, quad-core Tegra 3 Super 4-PLUS-1 processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and digital zoom, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, MicroSD card slot, Micro USB and much more.

This device measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 22.6 ounces. Toshiba Excite X10 SE will go on sale from December 6 for just $349.99.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Finally Gets The Android 4.0 Update

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the company’s first tablet device with an unique 8.9 inch display. This device was originally shipped with the forgotten Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. It packs a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 3G Connectivity and much more.

The mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has already got the Android 4.1 update, however the Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners were still waiting to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, Samsung finally rolled out the Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. This update is currently available in Austria and it will be rolled out to other countries in the coming days.

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This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If OTA update fails, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Samsung has already confused the customers by launching the Galaxy Tab 2 with 2 different screen size. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 comes with 7.0 inch display and 10.1 inch display respectively. The 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 is an entry-level tablet, which was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It packs a 7 inch WSVGA display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and more.

Back in September, Samsung has announced the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update plans for 12 smartphones and 4 tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. After waiting for a couple of months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.1 update for this device. Currently, this update is available only for the Wi-Fi variant of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

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The latest update is numbered XXCLK5 and it bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies including “Project Butter” software enhancements, predictive search capabilities through Google Now, smart keyboard and so on. This update is currently rolling out in France and it would be available in other countries in the next few days.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You can also manually update this device by connecting it to your computer and follow the instructions on the KIES software. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device.

ASUS Transformer Infinity Gets A Major Bug-Squashing Update

ASUS has started rolling out a new software update for the Transformer Pad Infinity that includes a bunch of bug-fixes. Before you start jumping with excitement, no, the update does not bring either Android 4.1.2 or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Anyways, the update fixes some really serious bugs which have been plaguing Infinity owners since quite sometime.

Below is the full change-log of the update via Android Police -:

Wi-Fi Direct

  • Fine-tune Wi-Fi Direct connection behavior.

Camera

  • Fix the issue that in certain “aspect ratio” and “picture size” photos, the pixel dimension of picture would be different if taken in landscape and portrait mode.

Settings

  • Fix the issue that, during HDMI output, the output screen will get cropped after user chooses “HDMI” item in “Settings.”
  • Fix the issue that there will be no items in HDMI setting page when output via HDMI Fix the issue that the screen may flicker when rotate the pad after adjust brightness bar in “Settings.”

Wi-Fi

  • Fix the issue that when user keeps on turning on/off Wi-Fi, sometimes it will stick in the “Turning Wi-Fi on… ” status for a while

Bluetooth

  • Improve Bluetooth compatibility.

App Backup

  • Fix the issue that it still shows backup success when user removes SD card during the backup process when App Backup is backing up applications to SD card.

Sound Recorder

  • Fix the issue that the file recorded via Sound Recorder cannot be played after inserted in Supernote.

Browser

  • Fix the issue that typing English after Chinese with Zuyin IME in the input field of Browser would cause what had been typed garbled.

3rd Party App

  • 高德導航Upgrade to 5.1.8001.0033.0033-20121010 (CN SKU only).
  • MyCloud Upgrade to 0.9.115.1493.
  • Polaris Upgrade to 3.5_5r14741FV06.
  • Remove掌上百度 (CN SKU only).

As of now, ASUS is not rolling out the update via OTA. Instead, users need to head over to ASUS website and download the update and install it manually on their tablet.

Panasonic Launches Windows 8 Powered Convertible Notebook for Outdoor Use

It has been barely a couple of weeks since Windows 8 was launched; however, we already have quite a few convertible Windows 8 laptops that can double up as tablets. Panasonic has just thrown its hat into the fray with the Toughbook CF-C2. However, unlike other OEMs, Panasonic isn’t really gunning for the consumer market.

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The Toughbook CF-C2 is a niche product that is designed as a work device. Panasonic describes its convertible notebook as ideal for professionals like field and service engineers, and healthcare workers. It believes that the CF-C2 can easily deal with the knocks and scrapes of a busy mobile workers day, and can withstand drops of up to 76cm (6angles). It comes with a water resistant keyboard and touchpad and strengthened glass on the LCD. The 12.5” HD IPS display is advertised to have excellent outdoor visibility and wide viewing angles. The display is capable of recognizing up to 5 simultaneous touches. The Toughbook is powered by Intel Core i5-3427U vPro, and ships with 4 GB RAM (extendable to 8 GB). For imaging needs, you have high definition (720p) front camera, with an optional HD rear cam. Business’ can optionally add modem, VGA port, and serial port to increase compatibility with legacy devices. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless LAN a/b/g/n and optional Sierra MC8305 3G module.

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The Panasonic Toughbook CF-C2 Is obviously not for everyone. However, business users seeking a flexible and powerful rugged laptop for outdoor use can purchase the CF-C2 starting January 2013. The base model will cost Rs. 1 lakh without taxes in India.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update Now Available

After rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in quite a few regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the Galaxy Note 10.1. Beginning from today, Samsung has started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in Germany.

The update is only available via OTA at the moment and weighs in a whopping 300MB, so make sure you are connected to a Wi-FI network before proceeding with the installation.

So what does the Jelly Bean update bring for the Galaxy Note 10.1? Early reports suggest that Project Butter is in full-flow here, giving the tablet and its user a lag-free experience. All other Jelly Bean enhancements like an enhanced notification bar, same S-Pen features as on the Note 2 including Air View, Pop-Up Play, and a bunch of new Mini apps from Samsung.

Samsung will be slowly rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in other regions of the world. This can take quite sometime, up to a couple of months, so please be a bit patient. if you are bold enough, you can always manually update your Note 10.1 to Jelly Bean.

Via – SamMobile