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 Multi-tasking Capabilities Shown Off On Video

The Galaxy Note II was unveiled by Samsung at IFA on August 29th, and is hitting the retail stores of several countries as you read this post. If you thought that Samsung added a lot of new software tweaks to TouchWIZ, wait until you get your hands on the Galaxy Note II.

Samsung released the first teaser video of the Korean Galaxy Note II giving users an in-depth look into all the software features that the company has added to the handset. Samsung added the ability to multi-task with two different apps on the screen at the same time with the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, the implementation was broken and buggy and worked only with the pre-installed apps.

From the Galaxy Note II video, it looks like Samsung might have finally perfected it.

Even though this dual-window multi-tasking will only work for all the pre-loaded apps from Samsung, it is impressive and definitely makes use of the Note II’s big 5.5-inch screen. If you are a multi-tasking whore, the Galaxy Note II is for you.

Even though Samsung was heavily criticized for launching the original Galaxy Note, the device went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung may just easily double that figure thanks to the device impressive multi-tasking capabilities that may appeal to a lot of users out there.

Via – Reddit

Samsung Galaxy Camera Coming To India Next Month

Yesterday, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note II at an event in Hyderabad, India. During the same event, Samsung has also showcased and announced the availability of the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera. This device was announced last month at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. It is the company’s second device which runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

According to Samsung India, the much-awaited Galaxy Camera will arrive in India before Diwali. As we already know that Diwali is during mid-November, so the Android powered digital camera is expected to go on sale from late-October. I’m sure most of you might be eagerly waiting to get their hands on this amazing device. Sadly, Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device in India.

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, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI and a 1650mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is available in two variants – Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi + 4G. However, the manufacturer will only launch the Wi-Fi + 3G variant in India for obvious reasons. If you are looking for another Android powered digital camera, then check out the Nikon Coolpix S800c.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Launched In India For Rs.39,900

Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device and the successor of the highly popular Galaxy Note. This device was announced and showcased last month at IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display and a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. It is the manufacturer’s first device to run on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

After launching this device in its home country, Samsung went ahead and launched this powerful phablet in India. Currently, Samsung is selling the 16 GB variant of Galaxy Note II in India. The price is this device is similar to the 32 GB variant of company’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. If you are not familiar with the features of this device, then check out the complete specs below.

Mr B D Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics, said:
“The Galaxy Note II offers creative possibilities and opens up productivity to everybody. It’s easy and fun to use and allows users to express themselves with almost no boundaries. By delivering a complete mobile experience for creating content and by introducing new products and continuous enhancements to the Note category of devices, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications.”

samsung galaxy note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 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 comes with the new Air View feature that allows you to hover with the S-Pen over an email, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it. This device is currently available in Marble White and Titanium Gray color. Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a price tag of Rs.39,900 (approx. $760) in India.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Launched In Korea; Coming To UK On Oct 1

Last month, Samsung finally unveiled the company’s second phone/tablet (phablet) hybrid device, the Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012 event in Berlin. It is the successor of the highly popular Galaxy Note smartphone and the manufacturer’s first device to ship with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Today, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Note II in its home country, South Korea. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in Marble White and Titanium grey colors. Samsung has also announced the availability of this device in the UK. I’m sure most of you might be eagerly waiting to get your hands on this powerful device. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Samsung UK and Ireland said:
“With the Galaxy Note II, we’re not only expanding the category, we’re also evolving the technology to the point where it genuinely feels as though you’re using a traditional pen and paper. What’s more, it’s a device that everyone can use – whether that’s a fashion designer drawing a new design, or young professionals using the multiscreen and pop-up features to edit a document, send an email and browse the web – all at the same time.”

samsung galaxy note 2

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, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 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 will offer the Galaxy Note II across 260 carriers in 128 countries, including all major US and European carriers. This handset will go on sale from October 1 in the UK. Galaxy Note II will be available in UK across all major carriers including CPW and Phones4u in Marble White and Titanium Grey colors. Samsung will also officially launch this device tomorrow in India.

Galaxy S III And Other TouchWIZ Phones Can Be Easily Hard Reset Via The Web Browser

Own a Samsung made Android phone infested with TouchWIZ? A new exploit has been detected that will reset Samsung’s TouchWIZ factory data reset loop, simply by opening a link via the internal web browser, or by reading the code via any NFC tag or via any QR code. There is absolutely no way to reverse the factory data reset process once it is initiated, knowingly or unknowingly by the user.

The exploit works on a bunch of Galaxy series of phones from Samsung including the popular Galaxy S III including the AT&T variant but not the Verizon one, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Advance and the Galaxy Ace. The exploit is based on a USSD code, which when dialed directly into the phone, will also lead to a factory reset.

Below is a video of the exploit in action -:

One Android developer and hacker, TeamAndIRC, has tweeted that Samsung has already patched the loop hole in the International I9300 and the AT&T variant of the handset in a recent software update.

Hopefully, the company will fix the loophole in other handsets within a short time as well.

Update: According to TeamAndIRC, the issue is with the stock Android browser and is not related to the Samsung browser.

Samsung Lists Devices That Will Get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung has a good track record of updating its popular smartphones and tablets to the latest version of the Android Operating System. Previously, Samsung has updated the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III was shipped with the Android 4.0 OS, however the manufacturer has already started rolling out the much-awaited android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this handset.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be shipped with the Android 4.1 out of the box. But, there are a large number of smartphones and tablets such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 etc, which are still running on the old Android 4.0 OS. If you own one of these device, then there is no need to worry, since the manufacturer has recently revealed a complete list of devices which are scheduled to get the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. It includes 10 smartphones, 4 tablets and 1 media player. Check out the complete list after the break.

Smartphones:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy S Advance
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Chat
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Beam
  • Galaxy Ace Plus
  • Galaxy Mini II
  • Galaxy S DUOS

Tablets:

  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
  • Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Media Player:

  • Galaxy Player

The Android 4.1 update will be first rolled out to unlocked devices followed by the carrier specific variants. Samsung has not yet announced the exact date for the update, however you can expect it to arrive by the end of this year. Stay tuned for more updates!

Pink Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Korea This Week

Samsung Galaxy S III needs no introduction. It is the company’s latest flagship device, which was unveiled back in May. Within three months of its official launch, Samsung managed to sell 20 million units of this device worldwide. It seems that Galaxy S III will soon break the records of its predecessor in the next few months.

Samsung Galaxy S III was originally launched in just two colors – Polar White and Pebble Blue. Last month, the manufacturer unveiled 4 new color options – Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey. Samsung recently announced a new color specially targeted at the female smartphone users. You guessed it right! Samsung Galaxy S III will be soon available in Pink color. Thankfully, there are no changes in the specs of this device.

Pink Samsung Galaxy S III comes with the usual 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

This handset will be shipped with the old Android 4.0 OS, however the manufacturer has already started rolling out the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update. So, you won’t have to wait longer for updating your device to Jelly Bean. Pink Galaxy S III will be available starting this week in Korea. Samsung has not yet announced the availability of this variant in other countries.

[ via GSM Arena ]

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out In Poland

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. The official firmware update comes after tons of unofficial firmware leaked over the last few weeks. In fact, the Jelly Bean sources for the I9305 variant of the Galaxy S3 also made an appearance on the Internet a few days ago.

The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III brings an updated notification bar with expandable notifications, Project Butter for buttery smooth performance and UI interactions, Google Now, some minor UI changes, enhanced Face Unlock, and more. Samsung has also fixed some issues found in the previous Galaxy S III firmware along with updating some pre-installed apps including freeing up more RAM, replaced S Memo with S Note, new Camera and Gallery app, two different homescreen modes, and a bunch of other changes and tweaks.

As of now, Samsung is only rolling out the Jelly Bean update in Poland via its KIES software. The OTA update should not be far away, and a global roll-out should happen soon enough as well.

Via – SamMobile

 

Samsung Galaxy Note II Up For Pre-Order In India

Last month, Samsung finally unveiled the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note II at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. It is the successor of the company’s first phone/tablet (phablet) hybrid device, the Galaxy Note. This handset comes with a large 5.5 inch display and a powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. Unlike the Galaxy S III, this device runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box.

Samsung has already announced the availability of this device in the US. Now, it seems that the folks living in India will soon get their hands on the Galaxy Note II. Samsung India eStore is currently taking the pre-orders of this device. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

samsung galaxy note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, DLNA, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3100mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device in India. However, you can pre-order this device just by paying Rs.5000. The remaining amount has to be paid as soon as the device is available in stock. Samsung Galaxy Note II is currently available for pre-order in both Marble White and Titanium Gray colors. You will also get a free desktop dock worth Rs.2399. To pre-order this device, head over to this page at Samsung India eStore.