Samsung Galaxy Star And Galaxy Pocket Neo Announced

Samsung recently announced Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo entry-level Android phones. These devices will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM versions. Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo users can scan the Bluetooth connected devices or wireless access points by simply shaking the devices. These smartphones run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Star:

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Samsung Galaxy Star features a 3 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS/EDGE, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatOn and a 1200 mAh battery. It measures 104.95 x 58 x 11.9 mm and weighs 100.5 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo:

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo features a 3 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 850 MHz application processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, Dual SIM capabilites with Multi SIM widget, 2 megapixel rear facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatOn, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS+GLONASS, 512 MB RAM and a 1200 mAh battery. This handset measures 105 x 57.8 x 11.8 mm and weighs 100.5 grams.

Samsung has not yet announced the price and availability of these devices. Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo will compete with Nokia’s Asha smartphones and other entry-level Android phones.

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets The Android 4.1.2 Update In India

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction! It is the successor of the popular Galaxy S smartphone. The Korean mobile phone manufacturer has already managed to sell more than 20 million units of this device globally. Samsung Galaxy S II was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Last year, Samsung Galaxy S II users have also received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update.

Earlier this year, Samsung started rolling out the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device in Europe. After waiting for nearly 3 months, Indian Galaxy S II users can finally taste the Jelly Bean. This update brings the usual Android 4.1 goodies along with the Touchwiz Nature UX, which was previously seen in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Check out the changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Google Now, enhanced notifications, Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play.
  • Nature UX similar to Galaxy S III.
  • Richer content & services.
  • Social hub will be removed.
  • Real-time mail delivery won’t be supported, but email client will still support EAS, IMAP and POP access.
  • Email, SMS and SNS in social hub can be used a separate apps.
  • Polaris Office, Photo Editor, and Video maker will be downloadable via Samsung Apps.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. Samsung has also promised to roll out the latest Android 4.2 update during the Q4 of 2013.

Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Available Now

Sprint and Samsung have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 – the Epic 4G Touch. The update will bring with it quite a bunch of new features as seen on the international Galaxy S2, including Smart Stay, Direct Call and more.

The usual Android 4.1 Jelly Bean enhancements are also present including Google Now, Project Butter for buttery-smooth UI, enhanced speech-to-text with offline mode support, and expandable notifications among other things.

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Samsung is not rolling out the update via OTA, and Sprint SGS2 owners need to use KIES on a Windows XP or Windows 7 based PC to get the update. The update needs to be manually downloaded from here, and weighs in a whopping 520MB+. Your data will be left untouched, but it is highly recommended that you make a backup before proceeding with the update. While KIES does not officially support Windows 8, the application and the update process works flawlessly on the latest OS from Microsoft.

Hopefully, AT&T and other U.S operators will soon release the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the Galaxy S2 as well.

US Cellular Galaxy S4 Pre-Sales Begins From April 16

Earlier this week, Three UK has started accepting the pre-orders of the Galaxy S4. After some days, it was announced that AT&T will start the pre-sales from April 16 in the US. Now, US Cellular is the country’s second wireless carrier to join the bandwagon. Samsung has already announced that the Galaxy S4 will not be released before April-end.

Samsung has sold more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S III. This handset is expected to even break the record of its predecessor. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

US Cellular subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 from April 16. The price and release date has not been announced yet. You can sign-up at the US Cellular’s website to receive an email reminder about the online pre-order offer.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Stratosphere II smartphone exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. As the name suggests, this handset is the successor of the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere. This unique smartphone comes with a touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Verizon has recently announced that the carrier will soon roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for this device. As usual, this update will brings Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, new Gallery app, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, improved power management and advanced notifications.

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Changelog:

Device Features and Enhancements:

  • Polaris and Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added
  • VZ Apps, Verizon Video, Zappos, Color App, and VPN Client (icon only) have been removed
  • Quick Office application has been updated to allow users to use S-Beam without downloading any external app
  • Connectivity while streaming music on Pandora has been improved
  • Improvements have been made for sending and receiving text messages
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity

Verizon will roll out this update in the coming days via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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.

AT&T Galaxy S4 Pre-Orders Begins From April 16th

Today, AT&T announced that it will start taking pre-orders for the latest and greatest Samsung flagship – the Galaxy S4 – beginning from April 16th. The handset will cost users back by $249.99 with a two-year contract. This makes AT&T the first U.S carrier to announce the pre-order of the handset.

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The Galaxy S4 is the successor to the massively popular Galaxy S3, and sports a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED screen inside a body that is actually thinner and smaller than the Galaxy S3. While Samsung and AT&T have not confirmed yet, the AT&T version of the Galaxy S4 will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal memory.

Other specs of the Galaxy S4 include a 13MP camera in the back, a 2MP snapper in the front, an IR blaster, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE and the usual bunch of sensors. The Galaxy S4 is the first handset to pack in some new sensors including a thermometer, hygroscope and a barometer. It also runs on Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX 2.0 on top of it that contains a truck load of software gimmicks including Air View, Multi Window, Group Play, Smart Scrolling and much more.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Up For Pre-Order At Three UK

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sadly, the Korean manufacturer will start shipping this device from April-end in Europe and Asia. I’m sure almost everyone is eagerly waiting to get their hands-on this device. However, Three subscribers in the UK can finally pre-order the much-awaited Galaxy S4 and begin the countdown. As expected, Three UK’s variant will come with the 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 octa-core processor.

Tom Malleschitz, Marketing Director at Three said,
“Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S III we’re very excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S4 to Three. With so many great features, the Galaxy S4 is a sure fire crowd pleaser. We have every confidence that customers will be able to enjoy great speeds and get the ultimate mobile internet experience without a hefty price tag.”

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Three UK subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 right now. However, the wireless carrier will ship this device from April 26. This handset will be available for free with a two year service agreement. You will need to subscribe to the £35 per month Ultimate Internet 500 plan or £37 per month The One Plan. What are you waiting for? Just head over to this page and pre-order the powerful Galaxy S4.

Steve Kondik A.K.A CyanogenMod Posts His First Impression On The Galaxy S4, Quits Samsung As Well

Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, has given his first impression on the Galaxy S4, and has also announced that he is no longer working for Samsung.

Like the Galaxy S3, Steve’s impression on the Galaxy S4 is mostly positive with near instant GPS lock, its hovering touch screen, the IR blaster, the blazing fast performance (40K score in Quadrant), and the decent cameras.

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Regarding TouchWIZ, this is what Steve had to say -:

TouchWiz has become a bit more consistent with the latest upgrade. There are no more jarring mismatches in different parts of the OS, and it’s been lightened up a bit and has a clean “flat” feel. Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days. Say goodbye to all of the nice touch-friendly ViewPagers and say hello again to a fully tabbed UI. You’ll also enjoy the seemingly endless onslaught of popup windows and modal “Loading…” dialogs. UI performance is average. It’s better and worse at the same time, depending on your viewpoint I suppose.

On the features side, it’s absolutely loaded with stuff. Some of the new features are very useful like the “hover” preview where you can just point at an email message without touching the screen and it shows a preview of the message. The multi-window feature is present here, and is nice to have around when you need it. The camera app has seen some significant upgrades too, with live previews of the postprocessing effects and a new UI. My least favorite new feature is “Smart Scroll” which is supposed to scroll based on face detection + tilt, but it mostly serves to anger me into disabling it.

You can read Steve’s detailed impression on the Galaxy S4 over at his Google+ page.

Steve did not explicitly say as to why he has left Samsung or where he is current employed, except  that he will reveal his new employer in a couple of months.

Via – +Steve Kondik

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Goes On Sale In India For Rs.22,900

Back in January, Samsung announced the Galaxy S II Plus smartphone. This handset packs almost same specs from the original Galaxy S II, except the fact that this device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and Samsung’s latest Touchwiz Nature UX out-of-the-box. It also comes with a popup video feature which allows you to play a video anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while simultaneously running other tasks.

There are no changes in the design of this device, however the mesh like back cover is replaced with the glossy back cover. Samsung has also reduced the internal storage from 16 GB to 8 GB. Infibeam, a popular online retailer has already started selling this device in India. Even the price of this device is similar to the original Galaxy S II. Check out the specs below.

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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 UI, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, 1 GB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Direct, up to 610 hrs of stand-by time, up to 8 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 1650 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus comes with a price-tag of Rs.23,999. However, Infibeam is currently selling this device for just Rs.22,900 (approx. $420). If you are planning to buy one, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

Samsung recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. I’m sure most of you might be eagerly waiting to get your hands on this device. However, we have a new surprise for you. The guys at SamMobile recently spotted the leaked pics of the less powerful Galaxy S4 variant. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about the upcoming Galaxy S4 Mini. This handset looks strikingly similar to its big brother.

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Unlike Galaxy S4, this handset will feature a slightly smaller 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display with a pixel density of 256 ppi. Samsung has also packed a less powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor. The complete specs of this device is still unknown.

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The Galaxy S4 Mini will ship with the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. As usual, this handset will be skinned with the Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 over Android. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. This handset is expected to launch during summer in June/July.