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Samsung To Update Galaxy S2 And Galaxy Note To Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

The folks over at SamMobile have received a list of devices that Samsung will be upgrading to Android 4.2.2, post which they will reach their EOL (End of Life). The Korean giant will be updating the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, its flagship devices for 2011, to Android 4.2.2 sometime this year.

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Samsung added a lot of new features to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note when it rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the devices. It was assumed that with this is going to be the last software update for these handsets, since they were pretty old anyway. However, Samsung thinks otherwise and will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to them, even though Android 4.2 does not really bring anything major to the table.

Other devices that Samsung will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to include the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express , Galaxy Grand DUOS and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung will also be updating the Galaxy S III and its various variants, along with the Note 2 and Galaxy Note 8/10.1 to Android 5.0, when Google launches it later this year at Google I/O. Keep in mind that this list is not final, and Samsung can change its decision anytime they want, so don’t get your hopes too high.

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note. The update comes nearly a month after the company started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S2.

The Jelly Bean update for the Korean company’s first phablet brings a lot of new features including many of the software gimmicks that are present on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Samsung has completely ditched the older TouchWIZ UI on the Note in favor of the new nature inspired TouchWIZ UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

Other features that the Galaxy Note gets from the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 include Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call, Page Buddy and an updated Gallery app. The usual Jelly Bean features like Project Butter for buttery smooth UI performance, Google Now, and enhanced voice-to-text input with offline mode are also present.

The update is being rolled out in batches and is currently only available in Hong Kong and Taiwan, with a wider push expected to happen soon. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is in all likely going to be the last major Android update for the Galaxy Note, which is now nearly 1.5 years old now. Samsung definitely made sure that the Galaxy Note reaches the end of its life in complete style with the Jelly Bean update.

Via – SamMobile

Galaxy Note 8.0 Photo Leaked

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A photograph of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been leaked via Twitter user @ClasificateArg.. The device is set to sport 2GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 16GB of internal storage. The device’s 8-inch screen will feature a resolution of 1200×800. The Note 8.0’s camera will include a resolution of 5 megapixels, which should be decent enough for a modern mid-range tablet. Finally, the device looks to be running Android 4.2 and will offer S-pen compatibility.

As far as design goes, you can tell that the device mimics a standard Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. The camera placement is the same and the front of the device looks almost identical to t the standard 5.5″ Galaxy Note II. The UI of the device also looks to be the same old smartphone UI found in the Note II and Galaxy S III with little to no tablet optimization.

I personally think the device looks way less than stellar. Because of this, I think the device will have a hard time competing with the iPad mini, which also uses the 8-inch screen size. People who want tablets don’t just want a cheap price-tag and high-performance, but they want something that will look good when brought to work or school. As of now, the Note 8.0’s pricing and launch date has not been unveiled.

Source: AndroidPit

Samsung Galaxy Note To Get Android 4.1 And Premium Suite Update

Samsung Galaxy Note is the Korean mobile phone manufacturer’s first phone/tablet hybrid device. It was not only the hottest selling device of 2011, but also created a new category of Android phablets. Samsung managed to sell more than 10 million units of this device in less than 8 months of its launch.

Similar to the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. As promised, the manufacturer has also rolled out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device. Now, Samsung will soon surprise the Galaxy Note owners with the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

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The latest update will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies along with the Galaxy Note premium suite. Yes, you head it right! This update will bring the multi-window (full-screen multitasking), pop-up video/browser/note apps, photo note/photo frame, easy clip, paper artist, new S Planner and email app. Galaxy note will be the company’s third device after Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III to feature the much useful multi-window multitasking.

Samsung has not yet announced the any release date for this update. However, the company has already updated their product page with the upcoming features. It might be an indication that the much awaited Jelly Bean update is already on its way. We will let you know as soon as the update starts rolling out. Stay tuned!

Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks; Brings Multi-View, Smart Stay And More!

Over the last couple of weeks, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked online for the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. Today, Galaxy Note owners get their fair share of Jelly Bean/Android 4.1.2 love with the latest leak from SamMobile.

While a Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Note had leaked earlier, it was not in an easy flashable state. The latest leak, however, can be easily flashed on a Galaxy Note using the usual ODIN way.

The XXSLA firmware brings a lot of Note 2 and Galaxy S3 features including Multi-View multitasking, Page Buddy, Smart Rotation, Smart Stay, Google Now, Project Butter, the ability to customize the notification panel, Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and more.

Interested Galaxy Note owners should head over to SamMobile for more information about the leaked firmware and the download link.

From A CM Developer – ‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ Or How Samsung Screwed All Galaxy Note Owners

At the beginning of this year, when Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000), a serious issue was found in the kernel level of the firmware. If any Note owner used the Factory Reset option or wiped the internal storage of his or her device using recovery, the eMMC chip inside the device would die. The issue was present in all the previous leaked ICS firmware for the Galaxy Note, and the community had promptly informed Samsung about the issue after Note owners started bricking their devices left, right and center. The issue was termed as ‘Superbrick’ in the XDA community, since there was no way to bring back these affected devices to life.

Now, a CyanogenMod developer – Andrew Dodd – has written his story on the ‘superbrick’ issue titled ‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ on Google+. The series of posts from Andrew Dodd show the real and harsh truth on how Samsung completely ignored the Superbrick issue, hardly cared about Note owners who had already bricked their devices and the meeting it setup with developers just for the sake of publicity. Worse? The ‘superbrick’ issue eventually found its way to many other Samsung devices even after Samsung knew about it and said that it was “working diligently” on it.

Some of the developers worked hard on finding the root cause of the issue, and even informed Samsung about it. Heck! They even provided Samsung with a workaround to this problem. Even then, in a somewhat shocking behavior, Samsung did not pay any heed to the Android developers and many firmware for other Samsung devices (AT&T and International SGS2) that leaked in the future were found to be plagued by the same kernel-level eMMC killing bug. Even official firmware release from Samsung had the ‘Superbrick’ issue, months after the community informed them about it.

On the flipside, his posts also shows how the Android community worked together to find the root cause of the issue and a fix for it, so as to prevent users from ‘Superbricking’ their devices and extent to which they went to try and save all those Notes that were already superbricked, The hero or the saviour of all the Galaxy Notes and Galaxy S2s out there, however, turned out to be an engineer from Google — Ken — who was later silenced by Samsung. As it turns out, independent Android developers and engineers at Google care more about your devices than Samsung itself does.

It has been more than six months since Samsung was made aware of the ‘superbrick’ issue and it promised that it was “working diligently” on it, and yet till date, the issue persists. Samsung fixed the issue on its newer devices like the Galaxy S3 that never had the issue, but has not made any effort to fix the problem on the device severely affected by it, the Galaxy Note.

Read: The “Superbrick” Nightmare

Samsung, the developers and community have played a large part in making you the largest mobile manufacturer out there. Stop screwing around with them. You are not going to stay at the top forever! HTC and Qualcomm have learnt from their mistakes and are now embrace the open-source community and its developers. Its about time you do the same!

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

A developer over at XDA forums – eybee1970 –  has managed to get his hands on a half-baked Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware for the original Galaxy Note. The firmware is in very early stages of development, and is not really usable as a daily driver.

The leaked Jelly Bean firmware confirms that Samsung will be bringing some of the software features of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 to the original Note. While the multi-window multi-tasking won’t be coming to the Note, Samsung will be bringing all the sensor based gestures from the S3/Note 2 to it.

As stated, the firmware is in very early stages of development and has a lot of bugs. It is not even available in a CWM flashable zip format, and the installation steps are pretty complex as well.

If you are willing to put the life of your Galaxy Note on risk for some Jelly Bean goodness, head over to this XDA thread and start searching for the download link and installation instructions.

Samsung will be rolling out the official Jelly Bean firmware update for the Note before the end of this year.

Firmware Update For Galaxy Note Brings Galaxy S III Like Gallery And App Drawer

Samsung has started rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Note that brings with it some new features and UI updates. The XLRQ firmware update brings with it some UI updates that Samsung had originally introduced in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2. The app drawer has received a make over in the update and now sports a similar UI as the Galaxy S III. The Gallery app from the Galaxy S III/Galaxy Note has also been added with this update

The Gallery app has also been updated to sport a new 3D look as on the Galaxy Note II. The whole unofficial change-log of the new LRQ firmware update from XDA member garytube can be found below -:

– new launcher (like the Galaxy S3)
– new gallery with fancy 3D effects
– new contact list
– pop-up video can now be resized
– slightly changed contact list layout
– you can now save contacts in the S-Clound (like google contacts)
– performance improved!
– added S-Cloud (there is no dedicated App but after flashing you will be asked if you want to sycn all your settings with samsung)
– added new motion: call contact currently displayed if you raise the phone
– added bloatware (NTV, Lieferheld, ChatOn, myTaxi)
– black clipping not fixed

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note had also brought some new features with it including the ability to unlock the device using a custom signature via S-Pen. While it is nice to see Samsung adding new features to the Galaxy Note from time to time, the Korean company has completely ignored the Galaxy S2. The handset has not received any new software features from Samsung ever since it was originally launched, while the Galaxy Note has got two such major updates from Samsung.

Samsung is slowly rolling out this update via KIES and OTA, and as of now the firmware update is only available in Germany.

Via – SamMobile

10 Million Samsung Galaxy Note Units Shipped Globally

Samsung Galaxy Note needs no introduction! It is the company’s first phone/tablet hybrid device. This handset was unveiled and showcased last year at the IFA 2011. Soon after the introduction, Galaxy Note was released in majority of the European and Asian markets. The initial sales of the device was below the expectations. Samsung managed to sell only 1 million units in the first two months.

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the availability of Galaxy Note LTE in the US at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US. The sales of this device was increased considerably after its introduction in the United States.

Within a few days of its launch in the US, Samsung sold 2 million units of this device globally. Samsung Galaxy Note was not only selling like hot cakes in the US, but it was also one of the best selling Android devices in most of the European and Asian countries including South Korea, France, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In just 5 months, Samsung sold 5 million units globally.

Earlier this month, Samsung Galaxy Note was released for the T-Mobile subscribers in the US. Today, Samsung has reached another milestone. Samsung recently announced that the company has managed to sell 10 million units of the Galaxy Note. You heard this right! It took nearly 8 months for the company to achieve this milestone. Samsung was expecting the device to hit the 10 million mark before the end of this year. However, the milestone has been achieved 5 months before the end of 2012.

Samsung is planning to unveil the successor of this phablet at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to come with a larger 5.5 inch display, powerful quad-core processor and the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. Do you think the original Galaxy Note will cross the 15 million mark before the end of this year? Or the sales will decrease due to the launch of Galaxy Note 2? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note 10.1 U.S Pricing and Release Date

As expected, Samsung has unveiled its latest tablet — the Galaxy Note 10.1 — at an event in the United States. The Note 10.1 was originally announced at Mobile World Congress this year, but packed mediocre specs. The Korean company never really released it, and instead silently worked on updating the tablet’s internals.

The new and updated Galaxy Note 10.1 packs in a 10.1-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 1280*800. Internally, the tablet is powered by the quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, and an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU. Other specs of the tablet include a 5MP snapper at the back, a 1.9MP front camera, microSD card slot, miniUSB port, an IR port, a beefy 7000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and a Galaxy Note like S-Pen stylus. The tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but Samsung will update it to Jelly Bean sooner than later.

“Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, with its pressure-sensitive S Pen, truly unleashes the power of Adobe Photoshop Touch and provides a great tool for creative expression,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “More than ever, people around the world want to create, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We look forward to seeing what they imagine with the S Pen and Photoshop Touch.”

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will come with an optimized version of Adobe Photoshop Touch, which is aimed to take advantage of the tablet’s S-Pen input. Thankfully, Samsung has priced the Note 10.1 sensibly with the 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the tablet retailing for $499, while the 32GB version will set users back by $549. The tablet will also be available since tomorrow across all the U.S. authorized retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct and Fry’s.

 

Samsung Finally Unveils The Updated Galaxy Note 10.1

Surprise surprise! Samsung has gone ahead and officially re-announced the new Galaxy Note 10.1. The updated Galaxy Note 10.1 was widely expected to be announced at the upcoming August 15th event from Samsung, but it looks like the Korean company let the ‘Note’ early from the bag.

The updated Note 10.1 packs in a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos SoC along with an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 10.1-inch screen with a disappointingly low 1280*800 resolution, and a beefy 7000mAh battery, all inside a thin 8.9mm body. Like the Galaxy Note, the Note 10.1 also comes with an S-Pen that can come useful for taking quick notes. The Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI joining the party with some bloat and features like Live Panel, AllShare etc.

The press release from Samsung states that the company expects to sell the Wi-Fi only and 3G variants of the Note 10.1 effective immediately in the United States, United Kingdom, Korea and Germany. The LTE variant of the tablet is expected to land later this year. The company has not announced the pricing of the tablet, but will presumably do so at its event on August 15th.

The resolution of the 10.1-inch screen of the Note is a real disappointment. With the Transformer Infinity and other tablets packing in 1920*1080 resolution or higher, the resolution of Note 10.1 looks downright awful. Hopefully, Samsung will price the tablet competitively to make up for the poor screen resolution.

Samsung Sends Out Press Invites For Note 2 Unveiling On August 29th

Last month, Samsung sent out invites for the unveiling of the next Galaxy at a special event to be held on August 15th. Rumors indicated that Samsung will finally unveil the long-awaited, rumoured, delayed and upgraded Galaxy Note 10.1. Samsung had originally announced the Note 10.1 at the beginning of this year at MWC, but the tablet had ‘FAIL’ written all over with it a older-generation Tegra 2 processor and a less than stellar display.

Today, Samsung has sent out press invites for another event on August 29th at Berlin, Germany. This pre-IFA event will be live streamed, and the teaser photo accompanied in the email confirms that Samsung will be unveiling the successor to the Galaxy Note, thanks to the S-Pen.

Rumors indicate that the Note 2 will sport a slightly bigger, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 720p resolution, and depending on the region of the world, will come with a 1.5GHz Exynos processor or the Snapdragon S4 SoC. It will be interesting to see what all software enhancements Samsung will include in the Note 2 that take advantage of the bundled S-Pen, and will the phablet include any surprising new feature or not.

Via – SamMobile

T-Mobile Finally Announces The Samsung Galaxy Note

Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally announced at the IFA 2011 in September and it was later released in October in most of the European and Asian markets. After waiting for a couple of months, Samsung announced the LTE variant of this device exclusively for the AT&T subscribers in the US. We have already seen the leaked pics of this device for T-Mobile. Now, the wireless carrier went ahead and announced the powerful Galaxy Note for its subscribers in the US.

Samsung has already managed to ship 5 million units of this device globally. It took nearly 5 months for the manufacturer to reach the 5 million milestone. This handset will ship with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, including all of the Premium Suite software such as S Pen, S Note, S Memo and Polaris Office. The international variant comes with one hardware button and 2 capacivite buttons. However, the T-Mobile’s variant will sport 4 capacivite buttons, similar to the AT&T’s Galaxy Note. There are no other changes in the specs of this device.

Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA, said:
“In addition to larger screens, today customers demand more from their devices — from having safeguarded access to corporate email and other productivity features to being able to rely on a speedy network for streaming content. With the unique and highly innovative Galaxy Note in our lineup, we are even better equipped to help our customers strike the perfect balance as they juggle both professional and personal activities.”

Samsung Galaxy Note features a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, S Pen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, SAFE – Samsung Approved for Enterprise, GPS with A-GPS, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Games Hub, Google Play Store and a 2500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, which is nothing but an aggregation of key applications such as Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn. This handset is expected to go on sale in the coming weeks. T-Mobile has not yet revealed the price of this device. Stay tuned for more updates!

Galaxy Note Android 4.0.4 Update Brings PopUp Play And Ability To Unlock The Device Using A Custom Signature

Apart from rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for a bunch of its handsets and tablet, Samsung also started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note. While the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy S2 does not bring any major changes or features, the Korean company has included some new features for the Android 4.0.4 update of the Galaxy Note.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note brings with it Samsung Galaxy S3’s PopUp Play feature. This feature will allow Note users to play a video on their phone in a floating window, while they message their friend or browse the internet. Perfect for the big screen of the Galaxy Note!

Apart from this, the update also brings the ability to unlock the phone using a custom signature, which makes use of the S-Pen that Samsung has bundled with the phablet. Definitely a unique way to unlock your Note! The update is available in certain regions of the world via Samsung’s KIES software.

While all these new features will definitely please a lot of Galaxy Note users, I’m not sure what Galaxy S2 owners will feel about it. The Galaxy S2 was and still is one of Samsung’s hottest selling handset, and the company never really added any new or noteworthy feature when it updated the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich. On the other hand, Galaxy Note owners first got access to a premium suite of apps with ICS and now PopUp Play along the ability to unlock their device using a custom signature with the Android 4.0.4 update.

A guide to manually install the update on your Galaxy Note can be found here.

AT&T Galaxy Note Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich With Premium Suite Of Apps

Here is some Ice Cream Sandwich filled news for AT&T Galaxy Note owners. Samsung and AT&T have finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the ‘phablet’. The Android 4.0.4 update for the Note barely brings any major UI changes that Google introduced in stock Android. There are a few minor UI changes though, including new Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle buttons, and a revamped Settings menu etc.

Apart from the visual changes, the Android 4.0 update brings with it quite a lot of new features including Face Unlock, a new lock screen with quick access to the camera, the ability to access the notification bar right from the lock screen, People’s app, enhanced copy and paste functionality and more. The ICS update for the Note will also enable the hidden NFC functionality in the phone, thus allowing access to features like Android Beam.

The update also brings with it Premium suite of apps specially optimized for the Galaxy Note and its S-Pen, including enhanced S-Note and S-Memo apps. The update is being rolled out via KIES at the moment, so if you own a Galaxy Note, you need to download and use Samsung’s KIES software to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your phone..err..tablet..phone.

A guide on how to manually install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on the AT&T Galaxy Note can be found here.