US Cellular Rolls Out Multi-Window Update For Galaxy Note II

Verizon was the only carrier in the US which shipped Galaxy Note II with the multi-window feature out-of-the-box. Other major carriers such as Sprint and AT&T recently started rolling out this update. Now, US Cellular finally joined the bandwagon and rolled out the multi-window update for the Galaxy Note II owners.

The latest update is numbered R950VXALL1 and it bumps the Galaxy Note II to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). Apart from that, it brings split screen functionality, minor UI changes, fixed Burst mode issues and a number of preloaded apps such as City ID, Daily Perks, Your Navigator Deluxe, Amazon Shopping, Amazon MP3 and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Split screen functionality (Multi-Window)

Issues Fixed:

  • When taking pictures using “Burst” mode sometimes when you go to gallery, pictures would not be displayed.
  • Device would occasionally toggle between 3G and 1X
  • Could not search images by search option in My files

Pre-loaded Apps:

  • City ID – v. 1.25.1
  • Daily Perks – v. 4.5.14
  • Your Navigator Deluxe – v. 3.1.4
  • Tone Room Deluxe – v. 2.0.31
  • Gameloft Portal – v. 2.1.1
  • Mobi TV – v. 5.1.1.6-216355
  • Amazon Apps – v. 2.6.53
  • Amazon Audible – v. 1.3.9
  • Amazon IMDB – v. 2.7.3.102730110
  • Amazon MP3 – v. 2.7.5
  • Amazon Shopping – v. 2.0.2
  • Amazon Zappos – v. 2.5.1
  • Amazon Kindle – v. 3.7.1.8
  • Slacker Radio – v. 3.2.1062

UI Changes:

  • In drop down menu “Sync” was replaced with “Multi-Window” option
  • Sound icon color was changed from Fray to Green.

The latest can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It is advised 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 Note II Coming Soon In Black

Black has been synonymous in the gadget world. It is generally taken for granted that a company will usually launch its latest technological marvel in black, which depending on the demand, is followed by a white colored variant. However, in the last couple of years, the trend has changed with companies and consumers preferring white or other colored variant of their smartphone or tablet.

Samsung launched its iconic Galaxy S III in Grey and White colors, and followed it with a few more colors including red and black a few months later. The Korean company seems to be following a similar strategy with the Galaxy Note II as pictures of a black colored variant of the Note II has surfaced online. all thanks to Android Slash.

 

Samsung is expected to release some new color variants of the Galaxy Note II at MWC in Barcelona in late-February.

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 Multi-View Update Coming Tomorrow

After T-Mobile started rolling out the multi-view multitasking update for the Galaxy Note 2, it is now time for the AT&T Note 2 owners to enjoy the update. AT&T is the only major carrier that has not yet rolled out the multi-view update for the Galaxy Note 2 in the United States. Verizon’s Note 2 shipped with the feature out of the box, while Sprint and T-Mobile rolled out a software update to enable the feature.

Below is the full statement from AT&T regarding the software update -:

AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.

AT&T confirmed the news about the roll-out in an email to none other than Engadget themselves. The update will be rolled out via OTA and in batches so don’t get impatient if you don’t get the update tomorrow.

Top 10 Smartphones Of 2012

2012 has been a crazy year in the mobile industry. The industry was mainly dominated by Samsung and Apple this year, with the likes of HTC and Sony struggling to stay afloat. Earlier this year, Google shocked everyone buy buying Motorola for 12.5$ billion. Later on, Apple shocked everyone and caused a lot of trouble to its iDevices owners by ditching Google Maps for its own in-house mapping system, Apple Maps. This eventually led to Tim Cook firing Scott Forstall, who was the senior vice-president of iOS software.

In 2012, smartphones were all about big screens with 720p resolution, oodles of RAM, quad-core processors and, thankfully, nearly all day battery life. Like in 2011, Android phones absolutely dominated the sales chart, especially Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

Now, that the year is going to end and the holiday season is fast approaching, we list down our top 10 phones of 2012.

10) Motorola RAZR i – Motorola promotes the RAZR i with an edge-to-edge display, and rightly so. The RAZR i packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD display with dimensions that are the same as the iPhone.

The RAZR i is also the first handset from a major OEM to pack in an Intel Atom processor clocked at a whopping 2GHz, along with an outdated PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and 1GB of RAM. If you don’t want a phone that does not have a massive 4.7-inch+ display, the RAZR i will be your best option.

Under Google’s keen eye, expect Motorola to come up with a stellar handset in 2013 that will shock and surprise every tech enthusiast out there.

9) HTC One S – The HTC One S is the perfect upper mid-range Android handset out there. It has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, 16GB of internal storage, absolutely stellar build quality and a decent 8MP camera.

If the One S failed to set the sales on fire, it was because of the lack of its microSD card slot, and HTC swapping the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor with the older-generation S3 processor in some markets.

8) LG Optimus G – Google’s Nexus 4 is based on the LG Optimus G. Both the devices share the same internal specifications – a 1.5GHz Quad-core Krait processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch IPS HD 768p display, and an 8MP camera (13MP in some variants). It even has a back that has the same disco-ball effect as on the Nexus 4.

The Optimus G was the first Android smartphone to make use of Qualcomm’s quad-core Krait processor. While the handset is not bad by any means, it is not going to be as successful as LG might have hoped for, all thanks to the Nexus 4, that packs in similar specs for half the price.

7) Nokia Lumia 920 – While the verdict is not yet out if the Lumia 920 is as successful as Nokia might have hoped for, the handset definitely has all the ingredients needed to make it a hit.  The 4.5-inch ClearBlackDisplay comes with PureMotion HD+ technology that gives the screen on the Lumia 920 a higher refresh rate than other competing screen technologies out there.

However, the selling point of the Lumia 920, and the reason why it has made it to this list, is because of its 8.7MP PureView camera, which has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

With Windows Phone 8 adding some much needed features to the mobile OS from the Redmond based company, the Lumia 920 might just be enough to pull back Nokia into profitability.

6) HTC One X – The One X is nearly 10 months old, but is still one of the most stunning phones available in the market. The handset sports a stunning 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 32GB of storage space, and an 8MP F/2.0 camera with ImageSense. The AT&T version of the One X swapped the Tegra 3 quad-core processor with a dual-core Krait processor from Qualcomm, which is no slow-couch either.

While the One X might not have sold in large numbers as HTC might have hoped for, the handset did prove that HTC is going on the right way. If the DNA is any indication, the HTC One X2 might just bring back HTC in the game.

5) Google Nexus 4 – When rumors started leaking on the Internet that LG is going to make the next Nexus handset, everyone was doubtful about the handset’s quality and its reliability. Ironically, after the Nexus One, the Nexus 4 is the only Nexus branded device from Google to pack in bleeding-edge specifications. Right from the 768p IPS HD display to the quad-core Krait processor to the 2GB of RAM or the build quality of the handset, the Nexus 4 screams of premium/quality. The disco-ball effect at the back of the phone is a nice addition as well, and makes the phone stand out from the crowd.

What, however, is not premium is its pricing. For only $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version, the Nexus 4 is well worth it just because of its stellar price tag. The Nexus branding means that owners will be the first in line to get future Android updates. With Android 4.2 already on-board, the Nexus 4 is already running the latest version of Android, which includes Photosphere, an enhanced keyboard, lock screen widgets, multiple user profiles and more.

4) HTC DROID DNA – The DROID DNA from HTC is only available in the United States under Verizon’s network and as the Butterfly in Japan. The phone was supposed to be launched in Europe but rumors indicate that HTC might have had a change of heart. The DROID DNA/Butterfly is the first Android smartphone to sport a 5-inch screen with a whopping 1080p screen resolution. Apart from the screen, the DNA/Butterfly includes a blazing fast 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP F/2.0 camera and more.

After quite sometime, HTC is struggling to meet the demands of the handset in Japan, which should come as a sigh of relief for the Taiwanese maker. If the DROID DNA is anything to go by, the One X successor from HTC that will be unveiled next year at MWC, is going to set the bar high for the Galaxy S4 and others.

3) Apple iPhone 5 – With even budget oriented phones coming with a 4-inch+ display, Apple had to increase the size of the display on the iPhone, and it did with the iPhone 5. Instead of making the display wider and taller, the Cupertino company only made it taller so as to facilitate one-hand usage.

Apart from the bigger screen, the iPhone 5 also packed in LTE in a much slimmer (7.6mm) body. The usual generational updates were also present including a blazing fast custom-core A6 SoC from Apple, improved GPU performance, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera with improved low-light performance.

However, the iPhone 5 along with iOS 6 lacked any kind of innovation or the ‘new’ factor. The new version of iOS only brought about minor enhancements and nothing else. Even then, the lack of innovation did not stop Apple from selling more than 5 million units of the handset in its first weekend in the United States. The iPhone 5 might have lacked innovation, but it can beat the combined sales figure of the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 in just a month.

2) Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Samsung has been on a roll with its Galaxy series. If the Galaxy S series is aimed at smartphones lovers, the Korean company has successfully managed to please people out there who want a ‘phablet’ with its Note series. When Samsung initially unveiled the Galaxy Note, it was ridiculed for releasing a device with such a big screen. The Galaxy Note, then, went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. The Galaxy Note 2 has gone a level further and reached the 5 million sales mark within 2 months of its release.

For a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2 packs in everything that once can imagine including a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen, an 8MP camera, oodles of storage, a bunch of sensors and a beefy 3100mAh battery for an all-day battery life even with heavy usage.

1) Samsung Galaxy S3 – If the Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 made Samsung popular, the Galaxy S3 confirmed Samsung’s prowess in the mobile industry. Not only is the Galaxy S3 loaded to the brim specs wise with a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 720p HD Super-AMOLED screen, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot, it can also last nearly a day of moderate to heavy usage thanks to its beefy 2100mAh battery and 32nm-HKMG fabrication process based SoC.

If the hardware of the phone is impressive, the list of all the features that Samsung has included in this phone is exhaustive. While the nature inspired version of TouchWIZ in Galaxy S3 is still ugly and not to everyone’s liking, Samsung has added so many features to it, that it is tough to not use it. These features include Pop-up play, pop-up browser, multi-view multitasking, Smart stay, Smart rotation and much more.

While the phone does look ugly and is still made of plastic, it has been selling like hot cakes all over the world. No wonder Samsung managed to sell more than 30 million Galaxy S3s within 5 months of its launch.

Don’t agree with our list? Feel free to drop in a comment and let us know which are your top 10 smartphones of 2012.

Verizon Unveils The “Developer Edition” Galaxy Note 2

Put this under the ‘No one gives a damn category’. Samsung and Verizon today have unveiled the developer edition of the Galaxy Note 2 for the big Red network. Compared to the normal Galaxy Note 2 that is already selling on the big red’s network for the last few weeks, the “Developer Edition” only features an unlocked bootloader.

Apart from this, the “Developer Edition” packs the same specs as the normal version, which means that potential buyers would still get the same quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, S-Pen, a mammoth 5.5-inch 720p Super-AMOLED HD screen, and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

The “Developer Edition” is aimed at..well..developers who are interested in tinkering around with their devices. The normal Galaxy Note 2 comes with a locked down bootloader that makes it tough for developers to tinker around with. The “Developer Edition” Galaxy Note 2 needs to be purchased at its full retail price directly from Verizon without any contract and it does not come with any warranty, which does not really make it that much more attractive, especially considering that the Galaxy Note 2 bootloader was just unlocked last week.

Via – Samsung

 

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 Software Update Brings Multi-View And Bug-Fixes

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 owners, here is some good news for you. Beginning from tomorrow, Samsung and T-Mobile will start rolling out a new software update for your device that will bring with it some multi-view multi-tasking goodness.

For the lesser known, the multi-view feature will allow Note 2 owners to simultaneously use two apps at once on their screen. Samsung recently rolled out the same feature to the international Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 update. Below is a video of the multi-view feature in action -:

In addition to the multi-window feature, the update will also fix some Exchange related bugs and other issues with Google Apps. The update will be available to all T-Mobile Note 2 owners via OTA as well as via KIES from 19th December.

If the Android 4.1.2 update for the international Galaxy Note 2 is anything to go by, the U.S variants of the Note 2 should also get a lot of new features whenever the update arrives for them.

Via – T-Mobile

Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note 2 In Just Two Months!

At the beginning of this month, Samsung announced that it had managed to ship around 3 million Galaxy Note II units since its launch. Now, just a couple of weeks later, Samsung has announced that it has managed to ship mor ethan 5 million units of the Galaxy Note II within two months of its release.

The Galaxy Note II is already available in more than 120+ countries, including the United States, which has played a major role in this hybrid device success. The original Galaxy Note took around 5 months to reach the 5 million units mark, and its successor achieved the same milestone in less than half the time.

The Galaxy Note was originally criticized for its big size and was termed as a niche device. However, Samsung has proved everyone wrong with strong sales of the Note as well as the Note 2. With the Galaxy S3 sales already exceeding the 30 million mark, Samsung is all set for another big quarter, in terms of profit as well as volume of devices shipped.

Via – SammyHub

Sprint Galaxy Note 2 Gets Multi-Window Feature Via Software Update

One of the key new features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the multi-window multi-tasking. This feature allows Note 2 users to simultaneously use two different apps on their device at the same time.

However, the recently released U.S variants of the Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T lack this feature out of the box. Since, this is a software feature, it is bound to be available to all the U.S variants of the Note 2 down the line via a software update.

Today, Sprint became the first operator to offer this software update to its brand new Note 2 users. Along with multi-window multi-tasking, the update also brings a bunch of other bug-fixes and minor enhancements including GPS improvements and SMS notification improvements.

The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint and most users will be automatically notified once the update hits their phone.

Via – Engadget

First Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Firmware Update Rolling Out; Brings Multi-Window Multi-Tasking

Samsung has started rolling out the first firmware update for the Galaxy Note 2, which recently hit the retail stores in certain regions of the world.

Remember the teaser video from Samsung Korea demonstrating the multi-window multi-tasking on the Galaxy Note 2? The firmware update from Samsung adds this feature to Note 2’s that did not ship with it right out of the box.

If you somehow missed watching that video earlier, I would really suggest you watch it now. Samsung has taken multi-tasking to the next level with the Galaxy Note 2. Users can open two apps side-by-side on the Note 2 and work on them simultaneously, without either of the app going in the background.

This feature only works with the in-built apps from Samsung, and some of the Google Apps, but is downright useful. If you need a device for out and out multi-tasking, the Galaxy Note 2 will be perfect for you!

As of now, the firmware update is rolling out to Galaxy Note 2 owners in the United Kingdom and France via OTA.

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy Note II Coming To Five Major U.S Carriers Mid-November

Samsung has just announced that the U.S availability of the Galaxy Note II. As the leaks suggested, the Galaxy Note II will be available on all the five major carriers in the United States – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S Cellular. The release date of the handset-tablet hybrid is a vague ”mid-November” though with no word on pricing from the Korean company.

If the launch of the Galaxy S III in the United States is anything to go by, all the carriers will soon announce the pricing, release date and the colors the Galaxy Note II will be available in.

The Galaxy Note II will launch with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on-board, and will pack in a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED (not PenTile), an updated S-Pen, LTE radio, a bunch of S-Pen optimized apps, an 8MP camera at the back, a 1.9MP snapper in the front and a nature inspired version of TouchWIZ.