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Samsung Galaxy Camera Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for its first Android powered camera – the Galaxy Camera. The update does not really bring any new features except for some bug fixes, and slight improvement in performance and stability.

For the unknown, the Galaxy Camera from Samsung packs in a 4.8-inch Super Clear LCD with 720p HD resolution, a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G and all the other usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features. The 16MP sensor on the Galaxy Camera is accompanied by a 28-48mm (35mm) optical lens which allows for up 21x optical zoom.

Samsung released the Galaxy Camera with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and its own nature inspired TouchWIZ UI. As of now, Samsung has started rolling out the update only in the United Kingdom. Galaxy Camera owners can update their device either by using Samsung’s KIES software or via OTA.

Via – SamMobile

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.

10 Million Samsung Galaxy Devices Sold In India

It all started with the Galaxy S! Back in 2010, Samsung decided to group all the Android smartphones under the Galaxy brand and Bada smartphones under the Wave brand. The first smartphone in the Galaxy family to reach India was none other than the original Galaxy S.

This handset went on to become the largest selling smartphone in the history of Android. Later next year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S II which broke the previous record in just few months of its launch. This record was once again broken this year by yet another Galaxy smartphone. No prizes for guessing the answer.

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note and created a new category of phone/tablet hybrid device. Today, almost all of the major Mobile phone manufacturers has already launched their own phablet or in the process of unveiling it next month at the CES 2012. Sadly, none of them managed to compete with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II.

galaxy s 3

Samsung has not only launched hi-end smartphones and phablets under the Galaxy brand, but also launched the entry-level Android smartphones such as Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace and so on. These handsets were specially target at the youngster as well as for those who do not want to burn their pockets for the Android experience.

As expected, Samsung recently announced that the company managed to sell 10 million units of Galaxy devices in India right from the beginning till date. This number includes Galaxy smartphones as well as tablets. The Galaxy brand not only changed the fortunes of the company, but also took the Korean mobile phone maker to the top spot in less than 3 years.

Asim Warsi, Samsung VP (Mobile), said,
“Innovative devices like the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy SII and SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Y have caught the imagination of customers and helped us democratise the smartphone experience in the Indian market. Through our series of consistent smartphone launches, Samsung has fuelled the growth of the smartphone market in India and has been a category leader since last year. Samsung’s portfolio of 13 Galaxy devices in the Indian market are priced between Rs. 6,790 to Rs. 39,990.”

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.

samsung galaxy note

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!

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,199

Back in October, Samsung announced the Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos. These entry-level smartphones runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Galaxy Music and Music Duos features a dual frontal stereo speakers along with advanced audio features such as Sound Alive and SRS. These devices are specially targeted at music lovers.

Samsung has not yet launched these devices in major markets across Asia. However, folks living in India can finally get their hands on the Galaxy Music Duos. Samsung’s official online store has recently started selling this handset in India. If you are planning to buy a sub-10k smartphone powered by the Android 4.0 OS, then you should definitely take a look at this handset.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos features a 3.0 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 850 Mhz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, dual-SIM (GSM+GSM capabilities), Samsung Touchwiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA video recording, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub, MicroUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Document Viewer, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 370 hrs of stand-by time, up to 6 hours of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Music Duos comes with a price tag of Rs.9,199 (approx. $165). To get this handset, head over to this page.

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

 

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Grand – Comes With a 5-Inch WVGA Display And Dual-SIM Support

Samsung has just announced a new Galaxy branded smartphone – the Galaxy Grand. The handset comes with a massive 5-inch TFT LCD display with a disappointingly low WVGA resolution. Don’t be fool by the big size of the screen though. The Grand is nothing but a mid-range handset that looks like the Galaxy S3/Note 2.

Internally, the Galaxy Grand is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. Other features of the Galaxy Grand include a microSD card slot, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and a 21oomAh battery, all inside a 9.6mm thin body. At the back of the Grand is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front.

On the software side, the Grand will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s nature inspired TouchWIZ UI on top of it for some extra bells and whistles.

The Galaxy Grand will be available in two version – Dual SIM (I9082) and a single SIM version (I9080). The Dual-SIM variant will be released first followed by the single SIM version. The press release from Samsung does not mention anything about the release date or pricing of the handset.

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