Here is some good news for AT&T Captivate Glide users. Beginning from tomorrow i.e. the 10th of November, AT&T and Samsung will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handset.
The update comes more than a year after Google had originally announced Ice Cream Sandwich. Anyways, the good news is that the Ice Cream Sandwich update brings with it quite a lot of new features including a data monitoring tool, face unlock, a re-designed People’s app, enhanced lock screen, the ability to dismiss notifications by swiping them, an updated Recents app UI and much more.
The sad part is that the biggest change introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich — the updated UI with the introduction of the Holo theme — will be missing in action, all thanks to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI.
AT&T and Samsung are not rolling out the software update via OTA. Instead, users will need to use the traditional method of using their PC to install the update on their handset. Head over to this website for instructions on how to update your Captivate Glide to Ice Cream Sandwich.
After rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in quite a few regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the Galaxy Note 10.1. Beginning from today, Samsung has started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in Germany.
The update is only available via OTA at the moment and weighs in a whopping 300MB, so make sure you are connected to a Wi-FI network before proceeding with the installation.
So what does the Jelly Bean update bring for the Galaxy Note 10.1? Early reports suggest that Project Butter is in full-flow here, giving the tablet and its user a lag-free experience. All other Jelly Bean enhancements like an enhanced notification bar, same S-Pen features as on the Note 2 including Air View, Pop-Up Play, and a bunch of new Mini apps from Samsung.
Samsung will be slowly rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in other regions of the world. This can take quite sometime, up to a couple of months, so please be a bit patient. if you are bold enough, you can always manually update your Note 10.1 to Jelly Bean.
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.
Yesterday, Samsung Poland announced via their Twitter account that the Korean company has managed to ship more than 30 million units of the Galaxy S III since it was originally launched.
It was only less than two months ago that Samsung announced that it had sold 20 million units of the Galaxy S3. Considering that the iPhone 5 was launched in the last two months, shipping 10 million units in the same time span is not an easy task.
Keep in mind that Samsung has not confirmed whether it has actually managed to sell or ship 30 million units of Galaxy S3s. If its the latter, the overall sales figure of the handset will be just a bit shy of the 30 million mark.
With the holiday season coming up, Samsung might just be able to sell more than 40 million units of the Galaxy S3 in less than a year of its launch. The handset is all set to overtake the sales figure of the Galaxy S2 and become the highest selling smartphone to be released by Samsung, ever.
Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device. This handset was announced in September at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. It is the successor of the popular Galaxy Note phablet and the company’s first device to run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.
Even before the release of this device, Samsung was already sure that the Galaxy Note II will be a clear winner in the phablet category. Some of you might even remember that during the launch of this device Samsung’s JK Shin said that the company will sell more than 20 million units of Galaxy Note II globally within 12 months. Today, Samsung announced that the company managed to sell 3 million units of this device in just 37 days!
Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC and a 3100mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently up for pre-order at AT&T and Verizon. We won’t be surprised if the device hit the 10 million mark before the end of this year.
Samsung keeps announcing new phones every passing week that look similar to its current flagship, the Galaxy S3. If the Galaxy S3 Mini was not enough, yesterday Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Premier.
The Galaxy Premier is a successor of the Galaxy Nexus with design cues borrowed from the Galaxy S3. The specs of the handset include a 4.65-inch Super-AMOLED HD (1280×720) display, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and a beefy 2100mAh battery. The dual-core OMAP 4470 processor inside the Premier is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
At the back of the handset is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, while a 1.9MP camera in the front takes care of all your video calling needs.
Even though the Galaxy Premier is a successor to the Galaxy Nexus, it does not carry the Nexus brand with it. Samsung has made full use of this opportunity and has infested Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with its TouchWIZ enhancements like S-Beam, Pop-Up Play, S-Voice, Smart Stay and more.
The Galaxy Premier will go on sale from next month in Ukraine and other surrounding regions for around 5,555UAH ((650$). It is not yet clear whether Samsung will be releasing this handset in other regions of the world or not.
Along with the Nexus 4, Google announced a new 10-inch Nexus tablet manufactured by Samsung. The tablet is a powerhouse with a retina busting 10.1-inch display sporting a resolution of 2560×1600.
Internally, the Nexus 10 packs in the next-generation Cortex-A15 based SoC — Exynos 5 — which also includes an ARM Mali-T604 GPU. Other specs include front-facing stereo speakers, 2GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, and the usual stuffs. The press release from Google states that the Nexus 10 is capable of playing back videos for up to 9 hours or up to 500 hours of standby time, all thanks to its beefy 9000mAh battery.
On the software side, Nexus 10 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that includes multiple user profiles, a swype like keyboard and other tablet related enhancements. The 16GB version of the tablet will only cost $399 while the 32GB variant will set you back by $499. It will be available for purchase directly from Google Play on November 13th in the U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
Up until now, the Nexus 10 was just a rumored tablet from Samsung and Google that sported a Retina display like resolution and an Exynos 5 processor.
Today, the folks over at BriefMobile have got their hands on some pictures of the Nexus 10 running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean confirming that the tablet is indeed real, and will be unveiled by Google at its event on October 29th.
The Nexus 10 is going to be a complete destroy all other tablets in the market whenever it is launched. Below are the ‘confirmed’ specs of the tablet -:
Dual-core Exynos 5 SoC based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture clocked at 1.7GHz
ARM Mali-T604 GPU
10.1-inch Super-AMOLED display with a Retina busting resolution of 2560×1600
5MP rear camera, LED Flash, NFC, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi
On the software side, the Nexus 10 will be running on Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”. The tipster also confirmed all the features which were earlier leaked including quick settings in the notification bar, multiple user profiles, a re-designed Gallery and updated Camera app.
If Google and Samsung manage to price the Nexus 10 right, we might just see Android tablets pose a serious threat to iPad’s market domination.
Head over to BriefMobile for more pictures and other tid-bits about the Nexus 10.
P.S. – Yes, those bottom navigation buttons really look out of place and I really hope they are not final.
The two largest consumer technology giants in the world posted their results yesterday. They were Apple and Samsung. While Apple’s results were very impressive, as expected, even Samsung posted really good numbers.
Samsung reported a quarterly operating profit of $7.4 billion, with profits almost doubling year-over-year.
Its smartphone shipments have been estimated to be around 58 million in Q3, which is much higher than Apple’s 27 million iPhones. Samsung’s mobile division accounted for around two-thirds of its total operating profit. Samsung may have shipped close to 18-20 million Galaxy S III units in the last quarter. Samsung and Apple account for half the total smartphone shipments globally.
On the flip side, Samsung’s profits from its chip division dipped 28% as prices of DRAM chips declined, partly offset by increasing sales of its NAND flash chips.
Even its TV business isn’t doing all that well. Smartphones are expected to be its business growth driver in the coming years.
Recently, Samsung has received a lot of criticism from the Android modding community and developers for the relatively closed source nature of its Exynos platform. The Exynos platform powers all the high-end products from Samsung including the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2, and the closed source nature of the platform hinders development for these devices.
After a lot of complaints and negative feedback, Samsung promised that it is looking into the situation of open-sourcing its Exynos platform.
Today, the company announced via its Twitter account that it will be open-sourcing the “integrated source code” of its Exynos 4 family of processors by the end of 2012. The company will also setup a git server which will be available to the public by November 2012.
Don’t jump to any conclusions and start praising Samsung here. The company will only be open-sourcing the source code for its OrigenBoard development board. The problem is that CyanogenMod developers still need the source code for other parts of the phone such as the Yamaha audio chip on the Galaxy S2, the Camera on the S3 and more to get a stable AOSP ROM on the S3 and the S2.
Until and unless Samsung open-sources or release AOSP compatible binaries for other closed source parts used on its handsets, getting a stable AOSP ROM on Exynos powered Samsung devices is going to be quite a challenge for developers.