October was supposed to be a very exciting month for mobile enthusiasts. Apple was supposed to unveil the rumored new iPhones on October 4. Apple, however, didn’t launch the much anticipated iPhone 5. It launched only an upgraded version of the iPhone 4 – the iPhone 4S.
Google was supposed to launch the next version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich — on October 11, but it postponed the launch event following news of Steve Jobs’ demise.
Today, Google and Samsung have sent out invitations again, saying that they will be holding the launch event on October 19. Strangely, the event will be held in Hong Kong, not in the U.S. Here’s the invite, courtesy BGR.
Google will be launching the next Nexus device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, at the event.
The Galaxy Nexus is expected to be the most powerful Android device yet. It is rumored to have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, a 4.65 inch touchscreen display and will support 4G connectivity. It’ll likely sport an 8 MP or 12 MP camera and have 1-2 GB of RAM.
Last week, Samsung announced its latest smartphone, the Samsung Stratosphere. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It comes with a large touchscreen display as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. It is Verizon’s first 4G LTE smartphone with a full physical QWERTY keyboard. Verizon has finally started selling this handset in the US. If you are planning to buy one, please check out the complete specs below.
Samsung Stratosphere comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz UI, five-row QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, HD (720p) video playback, DVD-quality (480p) video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 4 GB memory card bundled, Mobile Hotspot Capability, DLNA connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Bluetooth 3.0, 4G Connectivity, Android Market, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN.
Samsung Stratosphere allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is available for $149.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. To purchase this smartphone, head over to this page at Verizon.
A new patent which could help shut down the sale of any Android product in Australia may be one of the best gifts that Steve Jobs gave to Apple. Steve Jobs had more than 300 patents with his name on it, and one of them may be instrumental in shutting down the sales of every Android device in Australia.
If Apple wins the case in the end, it could sue any Android device manufacturer and prevent it from selling any Android device in Australia.
Even if Samsung wins this lawsuit, it’s unlikely that it will be able to do it in time for the holiday season, which means a lot of lost sales for Samsung.
The ruling in favor of Apple could also have some impact on the decision of the U.S. court, which is expected to announce its decision soon.
Samsung, the most popular Android device manufacturer has been on the receiving end of many patent lawsuits. It recently agreed to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for every Android device sold in the U.S.
Google hasn’t been able to defend its hardware partners at all, despite acquiring Motorola for $12.5 billion, primarily for its patents.
As we all know by now, Apple and Samsung are in a patent battle. A month ago, it was reported that Steve Jobs was said to have contacted Samsung in July of 2010, initiating negotiations between the two companies regarding the patent disputes. The effort proved to be unsuccessful, which caused Apple to file mutiple patent lawsuits against Samsung.
At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung agreed to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was considered by the court. The company even proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Unsurprisingly, Apple rejected that offer from Samsung which would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
Today, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled on Thursday that Apple had presented sufficient evidence of alleged infringement by Samsung on two of its touchscreen and multitouch related patents to issue a preliminary injunction. The suit will proceed a full hearing, but even if Samsung prevails, the company will have lost valuable time in the tablet market.
Justice Annabelle Bennett today said Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them.
In a statement, Samsung Electronics said it was disappointed with the ruling and would be seeking legal advice on its options.
“Samsung will continue its legal proceeding against Apple’s claim in order to ensure our innovative products remain available to consumers,” it said.
“This is a part of our ongoing legal proceeding against Apple’s claim. Samsung is also confident it can prove Apple’s violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents through a cross-claim filed on September 16, 2011 with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales.
Apple has previously won an injunction blocking the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Germany. Honestly, if you ask me, Samsung isn’t copying Apple at all. Nope, not at all.
Samsung recently announced the new Samsung Stratosphere smartphone. This handset comes with a large 4 inch touchscreen display as well as a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard. Samsung Stratosphere runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. This handset will be exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US.
Samsung Stratosphere features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz UI, five-row QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, HD (720p) video playback, DVD-quality (480p) video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Mobile Hotspot Capability, DLNA connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Bluetooth 3.0, 4G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Android Market, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 4 GB memory card bundled, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN.
This handset comes with the mobile hotspot capability, which allows you to share your 4G connection with up to 8 WiFi enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 WiFi enabled devices. You can get this handset for $149.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. Samsung Stratosphere will be available for purchase from October 13.
Up until the beginning of this month, AT&T had released 14 new Android phones under their network since the beginning of this year. Today, the company has announced five new Droid phones, taking its tally of Android phones in 2011 to 19.
First and foremost, the company announced the Motorola ATRIX 2. The original Atrix was released at the beginning of this year at CES 2011, and was among the first phones with a Tegra 2 SoC. Its successor also sports a 1GHz dual-core SoC of unknown manufacturer, and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Atrix 2 now sports a bigger 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution, which thankfully is not PenTile.
Other key features of the Atrix 2 includes 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, mini-HDMI port, On-Device Encryption, Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync, IPSec VPN, and WebTop support. At the back of the Atrix 2 is an 8MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, accompanied by a front-facing camera of unknown resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s fake 4G’ network HSPA+ 21Mbps.
Along with the Atrix 2, the company also announced the Captivate Glide. The Captivate Glide is powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 SoC, packs 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory and sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Glide has an 8MP camera with a front-facing 1.3MP as well. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 1080p videos. The usual array of connectivity features including support for HSPA+ 21Mbps is also present. The Glide also has some enhanced security features like Device and SD card encryption, VPN support, MDM, and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync.
Both the Atrix 2 and the Glide run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is going to get stale by the end of this month.
The other three Droids announced by AT&T are the Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket and AT&T Avail. Interested readers can find the specifications of these handsets here.
A Revolution in LED fabrication technology has allowed Samsung to paint its own picture of the future.
Samsung has announced a major breakthrough with LED technology. They promise to make ordinary glass screens act as LED screens. They even predict touch sensitive screens made of ordinary glass. The glass panes in windows can double up as entertainment devices, display or even lighting screens.
The great breakthrough is that the company’s R&D has discovered how to fabricate crystalline Gallium Nitride, the standard wide bandgap semiconductor used for LED screens, on an amorphous glass substrate, rather than crystalline Sapphire substrate.
This breakthrough will also help Samsung develop bigger LED screens at very low prices. Your window screen can function as an LED screen that you can use for advertising, lighting or even watching a movie. Soon you might be able to see entire building lit up, with the windows acting as LED screens. Samsung predicts about a 400 times increase in the size of LEDs available in the market now. A 2 inch LED could swell up to 800 inches!
It’s still some time away
The technology is in its infancy, however. Samsung thinks that it could take upto 10 years to make the product commercially available to everyone. Don’t get excited about the touchscreen promise just yet! There’s a long way to go.
Did Samsung just answer its own question: Next is What?
Due to Steve Jobs death a couple of days ago, Samsung and Google today decided to postpone the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement from October 11th, to an unspecified date. This news definitely disappointed a lot of Droid lovers out there, since they can hardly wait to get their eyes and hands on the next Nexus branded handset.
Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have some good news for us Droid lovers. They have somehow managed to get their hands on the Nexus Prime boot animation, a video of ICS running on the Prime and a whole lot of screenshots.
Below is the video of the upcoming Nexus handset from Google running Ice Cream Sandwich :
From the leaked video, it’s clearly visible that the next Nexus handset will not have any touch keys. Instead the bottom part of the screen will act as the Menu, Home and Back buttons, which change according to the app requirement. Also, from the video the next-gen Nexus handset seems to be blazing fast. In fact, I think it’s faster than my Samsung Galaxy S II, which is no small feat. All thanks to the GPU rendered UI I guess.
The leaked screenshots also show that ICS will have an MIUI 2-way lock screen. The whole UI is mainly black, with a futuristic theme. The multi-tasking UI is similar to the one found in Honeycomb.
If the snapshot above looks a bit too curvy, it’s because it’s emphasised by the contrast and then drawn out by a razor-thin light shining from behind. We can easily make out 3 contact pins which are likely for a dock, a camera shutter button and a rather bulbous housing at the rear. Chances are, you’re going to watch the video again and pause it to try and make out some more detail. Don’t bother.
A cleaned up and modified image from the Samsung Teaser video has been floating around the web. Some kind chap took the liberty of putting his photoshopping skills to work. After removing the backdrop, punching up some color compensation and I’m sure a bit of the clone tool was used, the image left is one to behold.
If the rumoured specifications are true, the next Google flagship is going to absolutely be the next clamoured-after device. BGR, having a penchant for posting ‘sourced’ exclusive rumours, has published full specs of the upcoming device.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
1GB of RAM
32GB of built-in storage
5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
1080p HD video capture support
LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
1,750 mAh battery
The specs are nothing crazy, making them that much more believable…except the powerhouse stuffed inside the Android slab. TI’s OMAP 4460 is a beast of a SoC to dump into a phone, but OMAP4 is the reference platform for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) so, again, it’s very likely believable. The screen size and resolution are perfectly aligned with what’s been trending in the industry. Competitor devices, such as the recently announced HTC Sensation XL, are hitting 10mm measurements and come packed with the full gamut of connectivity. Huge batteries are getting shoved inside small phones in order to power larger screens and NFC chips, while still allowing you to get a day’s worth of work done on a single charge.
Even if none of the extremely likely, highly believable and trending rumours are true, one thing is for sure, Samsung’s UNPACKED event is highly anticipated and I hope they can deliver.
Last month, Samsung announced the entry-level Android smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy Y. This handset is the company’s cheapest Android phone. Samsung has recently launched this device for the mobile phone users in India. This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Until last week, Samsung Galaxy Pop was the company’s cheapest Android phone, but the title has now been transferred to the Samsung Galaxy Y. This handset is specially targeted at the youth in India.
Samsung Galaxy Y features a 3 inch QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 Ã— 240 pixels, 883 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 160 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card included, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies 2.0, up to 300 mins talk-time, up to 350 hours stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.
This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.7830, but you can easily get this device for around Rs.7200 in India. Even though, Samsung Galaxy Y offers decent specs and various connectivity options, but it lacks a front-facing camera for video calls. This handset will compete with other entry-level Android phones such as Micromax A70, LG Optimus Me, Motorola Charm, etc, in the Indian market.