Today, Samsung reported that it has managed to sell more than 700,000 units of the Galaxy Note in Korea. Considering Samsung has ‘sold’ these units to distributors, the actual sales figure might be a bit lower. Since Korea is Samsung’s home market, it should not come as a surprise that the company totally dominates the market.
The Samsung Galaxy S II was without any doubt, the most popular Android handset of 2011. The phone has managed to break all the previous sales record of Samsung, and is still selling like hot cakes.
When Samsung had announced the Galaxy Note last year, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen and a S-Pen (Stylus) feature, many people argued that this tablet cum smartphone would meet the same fate as the Dell Streak 5.
However, the Galaxy Note managed to prove the critics wrong, and has been selling well right from day one. The handset managed to cross the 1 million mark in December, last year. The Galaxy Note is yet to be released in the United States, which will further boost its sale.
Samsung and AT&T have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Infuse 4G. The Infuse 4G was among the first phone’s on AT&T network to support its 21MBps HSPA+ network, and to use a mammoth 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen.
Along with the bump in the Android version, there are quite a few other goodies as well included in the update. Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Improved Copy and Paste functionality
• Redesigned Multi Touch Software Keyboard
• Download manager for long running HTTP downloads
• Improved power management and application control
• Notification Shade: “Flight Mode” added (“Silent” removed)
• New Fonts options added include Choco Cooky, Cool Jazz, Rosemary
• Keyboard Changes: Android Keyboard with Wider Spaced keys and Quick Keys at the top
• New Widgets: The name of the content provider will be listed on the widget list along with the widget name. Previously only the widget name was provided.
• New Widget: Traffic (Android) added to list of available widgets
• Menu Changes/New Apps: Downloads and Google Books added new, Promotional pre-load of Angry Birds removed*.
The update is not being rolled out via OTA. Instead, Infuse owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset, which is only available for Windows. So, if you use a Mac and own an Infuse 4G, you are out of luck!
Also, Infuse owners who are hoping that their phone will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, should give up the hope! I am pretty sure AT&T and Samsung will not roll out any further software updates for the handset, forget OS updates.
Samsung has just announced a new and advanced version of the Galaxy S – the Galaxy S Advance. Including the original Galaxy S, Samsung has until now released 4 different variants of the handset – Galaxy S, S L, S Plus and now the Galaxy S Advance.
The Galaxy S Advance is aimed at the mid-range market, and comes with a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. It also packs in 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution, a 5MP camera with an LED flash at the back, a VGA cam in the front, and the usual bunch of radios and sensors. The display on the Galaxy S Advance is also curved, like on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, to facilitate easy handling of the phone.
The Galaxy S Advance will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box, with no clear indication from Sammy whether the handset will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update or not.
Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset, but since the Advance is a mid-range device, it should cost around $100-150 less than the high-end smartphones.
While it is nice to see Samsung trying to re-define the mid-range market with a dual-core handset, the company needs to realize that it is announcing too many phones, which will ultimately create confusion among the consumers.
The folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on an upcoming Android 2.3.6 update for the Verizon Droid RAZR. It is not yet confirmed whether the update is an upcoming official one, or an internal test build.
Nevertheless, the leaked update does bring in quite a lot of changes, which many Droid RAZR owners will appreciate. Apart from the minor bump in the Android version, the update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone. Some of the icons have also been changed in the update, and have been given a colourful treatment. The build also includes a new radio, which according to many Razr owners, has improved the 3G/4G download/upload and the 3G to 4G hand-off. The web browser and the WebTop also feel much faster and smoother.
Razr owners who are interested in installing this leaked build on their phone should keep in mind that it breaks root access. So, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper before installing this leaked update. The download link and installation instructions for the leaked update can be found here.
LG was among the first Android handset manufacturers to come out with 3D screens on phone. While 3D phones have not really been a hit among the consumers, as the Korean company would have liked, the company is still not giving up on the technology.
According to the folks over at PocketNow, LG will be announcing the successor to the LG Optimus 3D – the Optimus 3D 2. Compared to the Optimus 3D, the 3D 2 will have a minor hardware bump, including a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The 4.3-inch WVGA LCD display will be replaced by an N.O.V.A display of the same size and resolution for better brightness and contrast. The PocketNow tipster also stated that this time the difference between the 2D and the 3D mode on the handset would be somewhat significant.
The 3D 2 will also be much slimmer than its predecessor, pack in more radios and sensors, and feature an improved dual-5MP cameras. Sadly, the handset will be running on Gingerbread whenever LG releases the handsets to the public. LG will be announcing the Optimus 3D 2 at Mobile World Congress next month.
At CES 2012, Sony (Formerly Sony Ericsson) announced two new Android phones meant only for their home market – Japan – the Xperia NX and the Xperia acro HD. Both the handsets are similar to the other two handsets announced by Sony, the Xperia S and Xperia Ion.
Both the Xperia (NX and acro) branded handsets feature a 4.6-inch LED Backlit Reality Display with mobile Bravia engine, and come with a whopping 720 (1280×720) resolution. Internally, both the handsets are powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM.
At the back of both the handsets is a 12.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, which is also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing camera in the front of the handsets for video calling. Sadly, the handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but will get the Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in Q2 of this year. The acro HD comes with a TV Tuner, an infrared port and NFC as well.
Other features include a micro-HDMI port, 16GB of on-board memory and an 1840mAh battery on the handsets.
The Xperia NX will be available on NTT DoCoMo’s Network beginning from February this year, while the acro HD will be available sometime in March.
It was just yesterday that Sprint had started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for its greenest Android phone – the Replenish.
Now, Boost Mobile, a local network operator in the United States, has announced that it will also be offering the Replenish under its network. For the unknown, here is a quick reminder about the specs of the handset – 600MHz processor, 2.8-inch HVGA resolution screen, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 512MB RAM, 2MP camera, and a QWERTY keypad.
Like on the Sprint’s network, the Replenish is also the greenest handset on the Boost network, and consists of up to 83% recyclable materials.
Boost will also be offering a “green benefit” program, where users can trade-in their old handset for the new Replenish or by making on-time payments with the carrier’s $55 unlimited monthly plan. The company will give a $5 discount to the user for every 6 on-time payments. Eventually, the Boost mobile user can enjoy unlimited text, data and calls on his Replenish for $40.
The Replenish will hit the Boost network on January 16th, and will be the carrier’s first sub-100$ phone.
LG and Verizon have just announced the company’s second phone with LTE capability to hit the United States biggest carrier, the Spectrum.
The Spectrum comes with a massive 4.5-inch True HD IPS display with a whopping 720p (1280×720) resolution screen, with a eye-popping 329pixels-per-inch Unlike the Galaxy Nexus 720p HD PenTile display, the IPS display on the Spectrum has a RGB pixel arrangement. Internally, the handset packs in a 1.5GHz S3 processor from Qualcomm and an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and an microSD card slot with 16GB microSD card pre-installed.
The Spectrum also has all the other usual features like GPS with A-GPS, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and the usual bunch of sensors. At the back of the Spectrum is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. Like all other high-end Droid handsets, the Spectrum is also capable of shooting videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.
The handset is powered by a 1830mAh battery, and will also come with an extended 3000mAh battery at its launch. Sadly, the Spectrum will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich later on. However, looking at LG’s history, I don’t think the Spectrum will get the update anytime before late Q2 of 2012.
The Spectrum will hit Verizon’s 4G network on January 19th, and should cost $299 on a two-year contract.
The Android Developers blog has just released updated statistics about the various versions of Android running on different Android devices. The data was collected based on the number of Android devices which accessed Android Market in a 14 day period, a sample large enough to be representative of the actual statistics.
Around 0.6% of all devices now run the latest version of Android – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is probably due to just two devices, the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S, which have officially received the ICS upgrade.
Android 3.x Honeycomb, the first tablet version of Android, runs on 3.3% of all Android devices, which seems about right considering that almost all Honeycomb tablets were flops and hardly saw any sales.
Android 2.3.x Gingerbread is now on around 55.5% of all Android devices, which means that Google has been rather successful in pushing Gingerbread updates to most new devices.
Android 2.2 Froyo is still on around 30.4% of all Android devices, most of which are likely budget smartphones which cannot be upgraded to Gingerbread.
Android 2.1 Eclair is still alive and kicking, and is on around 8.5% of all Android devices.
The ancient versions of Android – Cupcake and Donut – are still on around 2% of all Android devices. Thankfully, Android 1.0 isn’t on any devices now, at least not those accessing Android Market.
These stats show how severe the problem of fragmentation is, in Android-land. However, Google is trying hard to fight it, by nudging manufacturers and carriers to push updates out quickly. Even Microsoft has tackled the fragmentation problem much better than Google, with Windows Phone 7.
Samsung and Sprint have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the carrier’s greenest Android phone – the Replenish. This news might come as a surprise for the Replenish users out there, since I am sure they never really expected the Gingerbread update to land on their phone.
For the unknown, the Replenish comes with a 2.8-inch HVGA resolution screen, and is powered by a 600MHz processor. While certainly not the most powerful phone in Sprint’s line-up, it is the most eco-friendly and the greenest phone in its lineup.
Anyways, below is the full change-log of the update -:
– Upgraded OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
– Increased operationg system spped and efficiency
– One touch word selection and copy/past
– Improved power management
– Downloads Management
– SMS messaging fix
– Software version is: EK18
– Download and install time is approximately 10 minutes
The update is being rolled out via an OTA and in stages, so it will not immediately show up on your phone. However, Sprint aims to complete the roll-out within the next 10 days.
Oh! and if any Replenish owners are hoping they would get the Ice Cream Sandwich update as well – Better give up the hope guys!