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Samsung Profits Jump To $5.9 Billion While HTC Manages A Measly $247 Million

Back when Android was still gaining traction in the mobile market, HTC was the Android OEM manufacturer to reckon with. Thanks to Android’s ever growing popularity, HTC had a monumental growth and posted some staggering profits back in late-2009 and 2010.

However, things changed drastically in 2011 as HTC failed to launch a remarkable device, and Samsung won the heart of million of owners thanks to its Galaxy S II. HTC is trying hard to save its plunging profits and market share by releasing the One series earlier this year. However, it looks like things still have not favored the Taiwanese maker.

In an unaudited Q2, 2012 report released by the company, HTC managed to make a profit of only $247.7 million down from a whopping $582.5 million in the same quarter in previous year. The only silver lining here is that compared to the Q1 profit of $150 million, a near about $100 million jump in profit definitely looks good. Revenue for the quarter was around $3 million.

On the other hand, Samsung has released partial financial report of Q2, and the numbers are staggering. The Korean company has had a record quarter and amassed nearly $5.9 billion in profits, all thanks to the strong sales of its Galaxy series of handsets. The company, however, expressed concerns over the weak euro and how it has been eating into its profits.

“Europe is our biggest consumer electronics market and we may have to initiate cost cuts and product price increases should the euro fall further from the current level,” said one executive who didn’t want to be named as the plan is internal.

“Our smartphones are flying off the shelves, with some outlets reporting 40-60 percent sales growth, but that’s distorting the overall trading outlook which is more challenging due to the weak global economy and a weak euro.”

With the Galaxy S III just hitting the U.S shores, Samsung is all set for another record-breaking Q3, while HTC can just hope its profit does not plummet further.

Via – Reuters

Samsung Galaxy Chat Announced; Comes With Android 4.0, QWERTY Keyboard

Samsung recently announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Chat. This handset comes with a touchscreen display and a full QWERTY keyboard, similar to the previously launched Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos and HTC ChaCha. The interesting part is the Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Chat runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This handset is specially targeted at the youth looking for a great smartphone with touchscreen display as well as a hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Galaxy Chat is the first smartphone to launch with the Android 4.0 as well as a full QWERTY keypad. However, other mid-range smartphone such as the Sony Xperia Mini Pro with slide-out QWERTY keypad have already been upgraded from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to the latest Android 4.0 ICS. This handset is preloaded with Game Hub which offers the most popular social games. Sounds interesting? If yes, then check out the complete specs below.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat features a 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Android 4.0 ICS OS, full QWERTY keyboard, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Google Play Store and a 1200 mAh battery. Sadly, Samsung hasn’t yet provided any information regarding the processor speed and RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat comes with a dedicated Samsung ChatOn key which allows you to share text, animations and images with your friends from any phone platform. This handset is also pre-loaded with the Samsung’s AllShare Play and S Planner app which allows you to play multimedia from other connected devices and manage your schedule in an easy way respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy Chat will go on sale in Spain from this month, followed by Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia in the coming weeks. Samsung has not yet revealed the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be around $200.

Google Nexus S 4G Now Fully Supported In AOSP

Even though the Sprint Nexus S 4G sports the ‘Nexus’ branding from Google, it took nearly 4 months for the official Ice Cream Sandwich update to be available for the phone. Thanks to some proprietary WiMAX and CDMA files, the Nexus S 4G was not supported by AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The same stands true for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, as Google had clarified earlier this year.

We’ve been able to resolve the issues around Nexus S 4G, and we can now properly distribute its CDMA and WiMAX binaries. That allows Nexus S 4G to work with AOSP just as well as Nexus S.

As a result, we now consider Nexus S 4G to be fully supported in AOSP, with no restrictions. Overall, Nexus S is the preferred platform for AOSP work.

Earlier today, Jean-Baptiste Queru announced that henceforth the Nexus S 4G will be “fully supported in AOSP, with no restrictions”. This means that whenever Google pushed the Jelly Bean source code to AOSP, it will just be a matter of time before fully functional stock Android 4.1 ROMs show up for the handset. No need to wait for Sprint to push the OTA update, if you are comfortable using adb and/or fastboot.  This move from Google will definitely be appreciated by a lot of Nexus S 4G owners, who had to wait frustratingly long for the Ice Cream Sandwich update to be available for their phone.

In regards to the Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus being supported by AOSP, Jean said that there are still a lot of proprietary files of GPS, Camera and NFC that break AOSP support for the device. Bad luck VZW Nexus owners!

Via – Google Groups

Galaxy Nexus No Longer Available In The Play Store; OTA Update Coming Soon To Remove Universal Search

Remember the preliminary injunction that Apple got against the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States? Apple had appealed that the Galaxy Nexus infringes on four of its patents, and the judge agreed to it, and handed a preliminary injunction on the sale of the Galaxy Nexus in the United States on the basis of the four patent – universal search.

Well, things just went from bad to worse for Samsung as the judge has ruled out Samsung’s request to remove the ban on the sale of the handset in the U.S. Soon after this decision, the Galaxy Nexus was also taken off from sale from Google’s Play Store.

The good news is that both Samsung and Google are working hard on releasing an OTA update that will remove the universal search feature from the Galaxy Nexus. The OTA update should take only a few days before it’s ready for a roll-out. Samsung can once again file for a motion to dissolve the injunction once the OTA update is live in the United States.

What truly saddens me is that Judge Koh instead of bashing both the companies for their stupidity, is banning the sales of products left and right. She had earlier granted Apple an injunction against the sale of the Galaxy Tab in the United States. This patent war is getting out of hand, and it’s high time something is done to fix it.

Via – AllThingsD

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note, Samsung has finally turned its attention to its Honeycomb powered tablets. The Korean company has started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in certain regions of the world.

While the ICS update for the Tab 7.7 will not bring major visual changes, it will definitely bring a nice improvement in the overall performance and stability of the tablet. The firmware also fixes quite a few bugs present in the previous firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, including the ability to transfer data from the internal memory to the external SD card without any corruption or permission issues.

At the moment the update is only available for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and is available via OTA as well as via Samsung’s KIES software. Samsung should hopefully show some Ice Cream Sandwich love on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Tab 8.9 within the next one month.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.29,900

Back in 2010, Samsung announced the world’s first smartphone with built-in pico projector. Yes, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy Beam I8520. After the company’s earlier efforts at releasing a phone with a projector has failed miserably, Samsung went ahead and unveiled a new projector phone with the same name, but a different model number. The Samsung Galaxy Beam I8530 was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

The built-in nHD projector on this handset is capable of beaming a wide range of multimedia content up to 50 inch wide. The Samsung Galaxy Beam runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. It might also get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months. However, you should not expect this device to get the recently announced Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update. Samsung India’s online store is currently taking pre-orders of this unique smartphone. Planning to buy one? Don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.

Samsung Galaxy Beam features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Samsung Touchwiz 4 UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, built-in nHD projector, Swype, Document Viewer, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 768 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, up to 760 hrs of stand-by time, up to 9 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Beam is currently up for pre-order in India for Rs.29,900 (apprx. $525). This handset is expected to go on sale in early-July. To pre-order the Galaxy Beam, head over to this page at Samsung India eStore.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus Price Drops To $349.99

Earlier today, Google unveiled the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS along with the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q at the Google I/O 2012 event in San Francisco. Apart from unveiling these amazing products and services, Google has also reduced the price of its popular smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It is the third Nexus branded phone from Google and the second Nexus phone manufactured by Samsung. The Galaxy Nexus was the first smartphone to ship with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Now, it will be the first smartphone to get the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in mid-July.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core application processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), 5 megapixel camera with zero-shutter lag, auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Google Play Store, HTML5 Web browser, 4G LTE connectivity, Mobile Hotspot capability, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB on-board memory, Face Unlock, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1850 mAh battery.

Last year, Samsung Galaxy Nexus was launched with a price-tag of $649. However, the price was later reduced to $400. Now, Google went ahead and further reduced the price of this device to just $349.99 without any service agreements. Since, this device will get the Jelly Bean update in mid-July, this is a great deal for the those who are planning to get a new smartphone in the coming days. To get this device, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets A Software Update In India

Earlier this month, Samsung started rolling out a new software update in the United Kingdom for its recently released flagship droid – the Samsung Galaxy S III. While Samsung did not provide any official change-log for the update, users who installed the update suggested that it included a new radio, an updated kernel, some bug fixes and more.

Now, it looks like Samsung is slowly rolling out the update in India as well. I got the 21MB update notification on my Galaxy S III earlier today via OTA. I did not notice any immediate change in the performance or stability of the handset post the update though. Considering the size difference between the OTA update being rolled out in the U.K and in India (9MB vs 21MB), I am not sure if the OTA update in India brings more bug-fixes and changes with it or not.

If you live in India, and have not already got the OTA update notification, head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the Software Update option. The phone should then automatically notify you of a new software update. Alternatively, users can also use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset to install this update.

Apple Wins U.S. Injunction Against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab

On the eve of Google I/O, a U.S. judge has issued a preliminary injunction against all sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which gives Apple a huge advantage on its ongoing legal battle against its handset rival. Reuters reports that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request to block sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. This decision comes after Samsung’s petition to rehear the patent case was denied. The report also says that the injunction will be effective once Apple puts up a $2.6 million bond set aside for Samsung if the sales ban is later found to have been in error.

Haha, at the bond Apple had to put down. It is like Apple said “yah, we’ve got that, let me get out my wallet” to Samsung. After all, the company does have over $100 billion in cash.

AllThingsD received a statement from Apple that reemphasized their previous claims that Samsung had copied the iPad:

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Nope, copy-cat Samsung was not copying Apple at all. Not at all. If Microsoft was able to create its own design for the Surface, why wasn’t Samsung able to do the same for the Galaxy Tab?

Samsung Expects to Sell 10 Million Galaxy S3 Units by Next Month

The Galaxy S3 is selling like hot cakes, but you probably already knew that. Even as most other Android manufacturers are struggling to eke out a profit, Samsung is raking in the dough. Now the Korean giant has come out, and revealed that it expects to sell as many as 10 million units by the end of July.

It’s worth nothing that Samsung typically labels units shipped to retailers as units sold, so the actual number of units purchased by customers will be lower. However, given that the S3 has been more or less flying off the shelves, the difference shouldn’t be huge.

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In any case, it’s clear that the S3 is living up to the hype, and Samsung has another blockbuster in its hands. If anything, the new Galaxy flagship cements Samsung’s position as the leading Android handset manufacturer. The S3 is not the best looking smartphone, nor does it have the most exquisite finish; however, none of that clearly matters for most consumers. They are more than willing to sacrifice on looks to get their hands on what is undoubtedly the best performing smartphone till date. The S3 is yet to be released in the US, but it should be available with various carriers by the end of this week.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Finally Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich

After quite a few months of testing, AT&T has finally started rolling out the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its variant of the Galaxy S II. The European Galaxy S II got its Android 4.0 update back in March, and considering the similarities between the European and AT&T Galaxy S II, the update for the former should not have taken so long.

AT&T was however busy testing the update and making sure it delays it by at least a couple of months. Anyways, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy S II brings with it lots of new features including an inbuilt data monitoring tool, a slightly new jazzed up TouchWIZ UI, new Google Apps, improved copy and paste system, and the usual performance and stability improvements.

The update is not being rolled out via OTA though. AT&T Galaxy S II owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update on their handset.

Tip – If you have not already, go ahead and install CM9 on your AT&T Galaxy S II. Not only is the performance much better than the official stock firmware, it will also give you a taste of stock Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos Launched In India For Rs.15,090

Last month, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Ace Duos smartphone. It is the dual-SIM variant of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Ace. Some of you might get confused with the Galaxy Ace Duos I589 (GSM+CDMA), which was launched in February for Rs.16,990. However, the new Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 comes with the GSM+GSM dual-SIM functionality. This handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos users are not required to turn off the phone, reboot or switch out the SIM cards, thanks to the Smart Dual SIM technology. Samsung recently launched this amazing smartphone in the Indian market.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile & IT, said:
“Keeping up with Galaxy Ace’s reputation of premium performance with advanced features, the Galaxy Ace Duos is conceptualized to enable the users to create an optimum work life balance. Based on the Android Gingerbread platform, the Galaxy Ace Duos, allows users to manage their work and personal calls with the Smart Dual SIM while availing the best pricing plans. Besides getting flexibility, the users also enjoy more expansive coverage especially when traveling. With the launch of the Galaxy Ace Duos, we have strengthened our innovative portfolio of Smart Dual SIM category.”

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 832 MHz Processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Samsung Touchwiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, single shot, smile shot and panorama shot, VGA video recording and playback, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Social Hub and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player with SoundAlive, FM Radio with RDS, stereo speaker, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Swype, Document Viewer, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Google Play Store, 512 MB RAM, 3 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 520 hrs of stand-by time, up to 390 mins of talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 112.74 x 61.5 x 11.5 mm and weighs just 122g.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos GT-S6802 allows the users to manage their work and personal lives with one smartphone. You can even access more than 400,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.15,090 (approx. $270) in India.

Samsung Galaxy S III Get Its First Software Update – Improves RAM Management, Updates Kernel and More!

Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the Galaxy S III. The new update bumps the firmware version to LF2, but does not bring any major or noticeable changes along with it.

The official change-log from Samsung only states that the update brings about some stability and performance improvements. Users who have already got the update are reporting that the OTA update also includes a new updated kernel. The update also fixes the slow response time of the Home button, making it much more usable.

The update is around 9MB in size, and also improves the RAM management and the Cell standby battery drain issue as reported by many Galaxy S III owners over at XDA.

At the moment, the update is being rolled out only to the unlocked/unbranded variants of the Galaxy S III in United Kingdom. Galaxy S III owners can update their handset either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Dropbox 50GB Free Space Promo Not Available For Verizon and AT&T’s Galaxy S3

When HTC unveiled the One X, it also announced that all One series owners are going to get 25GB of free space on Dropbox for Twitter. Samsung up’d HTC when it announced that all Galaxy S III owners will be getting 50GB of free space on Dropbox for two years.

Sadly, it looks like this offer from Samsung won’t be valid for the U.S variants of the Galaxy S III. Quite a few people in the United States who have already managed to get their hands on the Galaxy S III in the United States complained about not getting the free storage space after signing up on the Dropbox forums. This is when a Dropbox forum moderator chimed in and announced that some of the U.S carriers have opted out of this promotional offer.

For some unknown reason, Verizon and AT&T have both opted-out of this promotion offer with their variant of the Galaxy S III. It is still not confirmed whether Sprint or T-Mobile have also opted-out of this promotional offer or not. I am not really sure as to why AT&T and Verizon opted-out of this offer, when the promotional offer is still valid for the HTC One X in the United States.

Via – Droid-Life

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE With Quad-Core SoC and 2GB Of RAM Heading To Korea

Until now, Samsung has announced two different variant of the Galaxy S III. The European variant comes with a quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, a Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. On the other hands, the U.S variant comes with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a relatively slower Adreno 225 GPU, and a whopping 2GB of RAM.

The folks over at PhoneArena managed to get their hands on an upcoming Galaxy S III variant for Korea that is going to offer the best of the European and U.S variant. Apparently, the Galaxy S III LTE will be sporting a Exynos 4412 SoC, ARM Mali-400 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Sadly, the handset is only meant for the Samsung’s home market, so if someone really wants this variant of the Galaxy S III, they will need to blow a big hole in their wallet and get it imported.

Other specs of the Galaxy S III LTE remain the same as its European and U.S variant including a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p resolution, an 8MP camera, and all the other usual sensors and connectivity features. The Galaxy S III LTE is expected to launch in Korea sometime in July under SK Telecom’s network sometime in July at an unknown price.