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Security Hole In Samsung Exynos 4 Devices Discovered; Allows Root Access And Access To Physical Memory Via An APK

Some of the developers over at XDA forums have discovered a very serious security exploit in all Samsung devices powered by the Exynos 4xxx SoC. The exploit can allow a malicious app to easily root gain access to the RAM/physical memory of your device. This can lead to some serious implications including an app stealing all your data, or put your device in an endless reboot.

The list of affected devices include all Samsung devices powered by the Exynos 4 SoC including the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, international Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Many of the developers in the Android community have already informed Samsung about the exploit, and the company should hopefully come out with a fix soon.

The plus side of this exploit is that it also allows advanced users to gain root access to their Samsung device without using ODIN. Chainfire, a very renowned Android developer, has already released an APK – ExynosAbsue – that allows owners of affected devices to easily gain root access on their handset.

Supercurio, another popular Android developer, has released an APK that fixes this vulnerability. However, fixing the vulnerability might break the front camera on your device which might be a deal breaker for many.

Via – XDA

Verizon Galaxy S III Gets The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the unlocked variant of this device across the globe. However, the owners of the carrier locked Galaxy S III are still waiting for their respective carrier to approve and roll out this update.

Luckily, T-Mobile and Sprint customers were the first ones in the US to get this update. On the other hand, Verizon failed to roll out the update on time. Now, the disappointed Verizon subscribers has a reason to cheer. The big red carrier has finally rolled out the Android 4.1 update for the Galaxy S III.

The latest update is numbered JRO03L.I535VRBLK3 and it bumps the Galaxy S III to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This update brings smart keyboard, improved S Voice, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, new Photo Effect Filters, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Global Support

Device is enabled for Global Roaming. Now take advantage of voice and data services in over 205 countries worldwide.

  • Isis Mobile Wallet

Device now includes support for the Isis Mobile Wallet; Shop, pay, and save with your phone using the Isis Mobile Wallet. The Isis Mobile Wallet holds virtual versions of most things your existing wallet does such as payment cards, loyalty cards and coupons. Just tap your phone to pay at any Isis Ready merchant.

  • Improved connectivity and reliability when syncing Google and POP-3 e-mail accounts.
  • Enhancements made to improve accuracy of predictive text.
  • Automatic Set Up option has been enabled when setting up a Road Runner email account.
  • Improved accuracy and runs reliability of Weather application.
  • Visual Voicemail has been updated to ensure proper delivery of notifications.
  • Fixed resets that were sometimes seen when trying to connect to a VPN client.
  • Support for opening attachments in .ics format.
  • Now supports Software Upgrade Assistant; installs and runs automatically when plugged in to your computer’s USB port.
  • Missed Call Log has been updated to ensure accuracy.
  • Enhancements have been made to ensure the reliability of Back Up Assistant Plus.
  • Improvements made to automatically reconnect to known previously used Wi-Fi sources hot spots.
  • Verizon Accessories Application has been added as a preload.

This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device has at least 50% or more battery. It is advised to backup all your data before updating this device. You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.

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.

Galaxy Note II Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Samsung has been on a roll lately! The company recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 that brought with it tons of new features including Multi-View multitasking, Smart Rotation, a new low-light mode for Camera and more.

Today, the Korean company has also started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note II. The update does not bring many new major features, but does bring some minor changes and enhancements that would be appreciated by Note 2 owners.

Below is the list of changes in Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy Note 2 via SamMobile -:

  • Android 4.1.2 – JZO54K
  • New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
  • Multi-View Can now be disabled
  • Browser Is Smoother Then Before
  • Status Bar has been changed from Grey to Black
  • Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
  • New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
  • New Group Cast Application

The firmware update is only available in Poland as of now, and will be rolled out to other regions by Samsung slowly over the next few weeks. The update is being rolled out only for the international Galaxy Note II (N7100), along with the LTE variant (N7105). Note 2 owners in the United States need to wait until the update is approved by their carriers.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Premium Suite Upgrade Part 2 Features Posted; Brings Paper Artist, Low Light Shot And More!

Last week, Samsung listed all the new features that will be coming to the Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 Premium Suite upgrade. Today, the company has posted the second part of all the new features that the Premium Suite upgrade will bring including a a new low-light mode for the Camera, Paper Buddy and more.

Below is the second list of all the new features that the Premium Suite Upgrade brings to the Galaxy S3 -:

Powerful Multimedia

(1) Paper Artist: You can make a picture like a pop artist! Change the moods of your pictures whenever you want!

(2) Camera, Low Light Shot: It’s always tough to take pictures in dark places. So the GALAXY S III with Premium Suite has a Low-Light-Shot  function. Get your hands on one and check out the difference!

(3) Camera, Best Face: The problem with group pictures? Somebody always, ALWAYS blinks. Well, Best Face is your solution to that.  Best Face takes 5 consecutive pictures and lets you choose the best face for each person among those shots.

New Features & Better Accessibility

(1) Easy Mode: For first-time smartphone users and/or those who are really really, well, lazy. This function helps you set up the most five frequently used widgets on the home screen, so you don’t have to be tired of looking everywhere to find those apps.

(2) Sound Balance: You can adjust the balance of volume one each side of earphones.

(3) Setup Wizard: After turning on your cell phone, you can see the accessibility menu right away on the screen.

(4) Camera Easy Snap: With ‘talk back’ and ‘face detection’ on your settings menu, the GALAXY S III tells you how many faces it can detect on the camera preview.

The Korean company has started rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade only in Poland and other neighboring regions for now, but should start the update on a wider basis sometime soon.

Samsung Hints At Something New For CES; No, It’s Not The Galaxy S4!

“Get Ready” – That’s the title of the teaser video that Samsung has posted on its blog, Samsung Tomorrow. The teaser video from the company hints at “something new” from the Korean giant at CES 2013, which is to be held from January 8-11th at Las Vegas.

The video does not show or hints at any new device in particular, but most people are assuming that Samsung might just unveil the Galaxy S4 at CES. Considering that the Galaxy S3 was unveiled only in May this year, it is highly unlikely that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S4 so soon. If the company was going to unveil the Galaxy S4 at CES, at least some amount of info would have leaked about the handset, which has not, clearly indicating that the S4 is not coming to the market anytime soon.

The company’s CEO had earlier hinted that Samsung will be going through a huge brand make-over and the teaser video might just be hinting about that.

Below is the teaser video for our readers to decide for themselves -:

So what do you think? Is Samsung going to unveil the Galaxy S4 or a new tablet at CES, or will it be something completely new and revolutionary or just a brand make-over?

Reports: Samsung to Release Flexible Phones in 2013

Flexible, wearable phones – stuff from sci-fi flicks that we have all drooled over, might show up in the market as early as next year. Flexible OLED displays have earlier been demoed by several display manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and Sony. Some of them, like Sony, have been researching on bendable displays for nearly a decade; however, none of them have been able to simplify the process to make them suitable for manufacturing in bulk.

Now, reports from BBC and WSJ suggest that Samsung might be in the last phase of development of flexible OLEDS. Devices using these next generation displays will be extremely light and unbreakable, as they will be using plastic instead of glass. Lee Chang-hoon, Vice President of Samsung’s display unit, confirmed that the company is currently sampling the displays with a few customers. A big challenge in creating flexible phones is that the entire assembly, including the display, battery, chipset, and the housing needs to be flexible. Mass producing such units have so far proved to be prohibitively expensive.

Samsung-Flexible-OLED

Reports suggest that the new flexible phones will be showcased in the first half of 2013. If that pans out, then chances are that Samsung might reveal something exciting in next year’s CES and MWC.

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.

Galaxy Tab 8.9

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 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

Samsung Galaxy Camera Launched In India For Rs.29,990

Samsung Galaxy Camera is the company’s first Android powered digital camera. It runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. Samsung Galaxy Camera was originally unveiled and showcased at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. Last month, during the launch of Galaxy Note II, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Camera will go on sale from mid-November.

This device was already up for pre-order at the Samsung India’s online store, but the price was not revealed. Today, Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Galaxy Camera in India. This unique Android powered digital camera is specially designed for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video directly from their camera.

samsung galaxy camera

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.

Samsung allows you to send text messages directly from this device. However, the voice calling feature has been disabled. Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a price-tag of Rs.29,990 (approx. $540) in India.