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Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note. The update comes nearly a month after the company started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S2.

The Jelly Bean update for the Korean company’s first phablet brings a lot of new features including many of the software gimmicks that are present on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Samsung has completely ditched the older TouchWIZ UI on the Note in favor of the new nature inspired TouchWIZ UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

Other features that the Galaxy Note gets from the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 include Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call, Page Buddy and an updated Gallery app. The usual Jelly Bean features like Project Butter for buttery smooth UI performance, Google Now, and enhanced voice-to-text input with offline mode are also present.

The update is being rolled out in batches and is currently only available in Hong Kong and Taiwan, with a wider push expected to happen soon. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is in all likely going to be the last major Android update for the Galaxy Note, which is now nearly 1.5 years old now. Samsung definitely made sure that the Galaxy Note reaches the end of its life in complete style with the Jelly Bean update.

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Unveils Rex 60, 70, 80 And 90 Feature Phones In India

Samsung recently announced 4 new touchscreen feature-phones in India. As the name suggests, Rex 60, Rex 70, Rex 80 and Rex 90 are the part of the new Rex family and it will directly compete with the Nokia’s successful Asha range of entry-level phones. These handsets are powered by Java based Operating System and packs some useful social networking apps such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger, Samsung ChatOn and more.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“As the number one mobile leader and innovator, we are committed to developing the best possible mobile solutions to suit all lifestyles and budgets, which is why we are so excited to launch the Rex series across a number of the world’s fastest growing markets. Rex devices are designed to seamlessly prioritize and consolidate essential mobile functions that matter most to customers across diverse markets. The result is an extraordinary end-to-end mobile experience with the best value for money.”

Samsung Rex 60 Specs:

  • 2.8 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM
  • Samsung TouchWiz Lite UI
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 30 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 70 Specs:

  • 3 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM with hot swap
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 80 Specs:

  • 3 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM
  • Samsung TouchWiz Lite UI
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Samsung ChatOn
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 20 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 90 Specs:

  • 3.5 inch HVGA display
  • Dual SIM with hot swap
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Facebook Chat
  • Opera Mini
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

These handsets will be available in the price range from Rs.4,280 to Rs.6,490. Tata Docomo subscribers will get double data usage on standard data recharges until August 31, 2013 with the purchase of these handsets.

Framaroot Roots Exynos Powered Samsung Devices In One-Click

An XDA member, alephazin, has released a new application that is capable of rooting all the Exynos and OMAP running Android devices in just a single-click. The application uses a new frodo exploit to gain root access.

According to the developer, the application can successfully root the following Samsung devices -:

  • Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch – SPH-D710
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
  • Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE GT-N7105
  • AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317
  • Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus GT-P6210
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, GT-N8010, GT-N8013, GT-N8020

Until Samsung fixes the exploit, you can successfully use Framaroot to gain root access on your Samsung device. The application also works on OMAP powered devices, but until now, has only been tested on some of the Archos tablets.

Samsung devices have generally been ridiculously easy to root, usually requiring the use of ODIN and a pre-rooted kernel. Sometimes, the method is made even more easier, thanks to some exploit, like the recent security bug that was found in all the Exynos powered devices from Samsung. The exploit allowed users to root their Galaxy device by simply installing and running an APK from XDA. The exploit was patched within a few weeks by Samsung in nearly all the affected devices.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-Fi Goes On Sale In India For Rs.13,900

Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 2 3G as well as Tab 2 Wi-Fi at the Mobile World Congress (2012) in Barcelona. The South Korean manufacturer has already launched the 3G variant of this tablet in India, however the company failed to launch the Wi-Fi variant due to unknown reasons. In the meantime, Indian as well as global manufacturers has launched a number of Android tablets in the Indian market.

Exactly one year after its official announcement, Samsung finally launched the Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi in the Indian market. Thankfully, this device is shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. If you don’t want to spend a few thousand bucks for the 3G Connectivity and looking for an great Android tablet in the sub-15k range, then you should definitely have a look at this device.

samsung galaxy tab 2 wifi

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 Wi-Fi features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Full HD (1080p) video playback, VGA front facing camera for video chats and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung is selling the out-dated Galaxy Tab 2 Wi-fi in India for Rs.13,900 (approx. $260). We are not sure if anyone will be willing to buy this device, when you can get a much powerful device from Asus, Acer, Micromax and Lava at a cheaper price. Moreover, the next generation of tablets from Samsung is expected to be announced at the end of this month in Barcelona. If you still want to get this tablet, head over to Samsung India’s eStore.

Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100G Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Samsung has silently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the I9100G variant of the Galaxy S2. Visibly, the I9100G and I9100 variant of the Galaxy S2 may look the same, but internally, the I9100G sports a slightly weaker OMAP4430 SoC (CPU+GPU).

The Jelly Bean update for the I9100G brings all the goodies that Samsung introduced on the I9100 including Smart Stay, a new version of TouchWIZ as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, updated Gallery app, Project Butter for silky-smooth UI interactions, and Google Now. Other changes include slight UI changes, a new lockscreen, Samsung’s Suite of Cloud services, gesture based features as seen on the Galaxy S3/Note 2 like Direct Call, Pop-Up Play and two new homescreen modes.

The update is available via OTA as well as via Samsung’s KIES application in several regions of the world.

The Jelly Bean update literally breathes a new life in the Galaxy S2, which is nearly two-years old now. Android OEMs rarely release such a huge software update for an aging handset so late in its lifetime. Kudos to Samsung for the update!

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy Pop Announced In South Korea; Quad-Core Version Of Galaxy Premier

Back in November, Samsung unveiled the Android powered Galaxy Premier smartphone for international markets. Today, the South Korean manufacturer launched this smartphone in its home country. However, the device has been renamed from Galaxy Premier to Galaxy Pop. Samsung has also upgraded the dual-core processor to quad-core processor. Apart from that, there are no major changes in the specs of this device.

I’m sure some of you might get confused with the previously launched Android Gingerbread powered Galaxy Pop. However, the new Galaxy Pop (SHV-E220S) looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S III smartphone and runs on the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy Pop features a 4.65 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 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.

It also comes with 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, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, up to 790 hours of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Pop is currently available for 700,000 South Korean Won (approx. $650). Samsung has also bundled a Flip Cover right in the box.

Garnet Red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Coming To The US For $219.99

Last year, Samsung launched the 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. This device was already available in classic Black and White colors. However, Samsung went ahead and announced the new Garnet Red edition of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. This device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, instead of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 limited edition is designed for consumers who want to stay connected and entertained on-the-go, and are seeking a unique color offering.

Michael Abary, Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics America, Inc, said,
“This new eye-catching version of the Galaxy Tab 2 offers endless entertainment in the palm of your hand, while the stylish Garnet Red look will set you apart from the crowd. The Garnet Red version of the Galaxy® S III has been incredibly well-received, so we are happy to make the same brilliant color available for our Galaxy Tab 2 as well.”

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition features a 7 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 4000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition comes with a price tag of just $219.99 without any contract. This device will go on sale starting this week at Walmart, Amazon.com, Office Depot, Fry’s, Tiger Direct, Toys“R”Us and other retailers in the US.

Samsung Galaxy Express Announced; Comes With 4.5 Inch Display, 4G LTE

Samsung recently announced the entry-level Galaxy Express smartphone. It is the company’s most affordable 4G LTE device. The Samsung Galaxy Express packs some pretty decent specs including a 4.5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 2000 mAh battery and so on. This handset will be shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Express comes with AllShare Play which enables a device-to-device remote sharing to freely share and play content across Samsung Smart TV and Smart mobile devices through a single account. The S Beam feature allows you to easily touch and transfer your favorite movie or the latest songs just by touching another device.

Samsung Galaxy Express features a 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, S Beam, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi hot-spot, Wi-Fi Direct, MHL, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Express measures 132.2 mm x 69.1 mm x 9.3 mm and weighs just 139.1 grams. The price and availability of this handset will be announced soon.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Premium Suite Update Available In India

Samsung India has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in India. While the jump from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.1.2 does not bring any new major features, Samsung has taken this opportunity to bring a truck loads of features to the Galaxy S3.

Galaxy S3 users can now enjoy Multi-Windows multitasking as originally seen on the Galaxy Note 2. This feature will allow Galaxy S3 owners to simultaneously use two apps on their screen. Other new features that have been ported from the Galaxy Note 2 include an enhanced camera app with a new Night mode, a new Gallery app, Group Cast, Paper Artist, Smart Rotation, Page Buddy, the ability to customize the notification toggles, and much more.

The OTA update is being rolled out in stages, and a notification about the update should pop-up when you connect your Galaxy S3 to a Wi-Fi network.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Xcover 2 Rugged Smartphone

Last year, Samsung launched the Android powered Galaxy Xcover smartphone. This year, the Korean Mobile phone manufacturer is back with its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2. This handset is specially designed for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is an IP67 certified device. It is not only dust proof and sand proof, but it is also a water resistant smartphone. This handset also allows you to take pictures under water with the help of its dedicated camera key. It also packs a pre-downloaded Google map data, an enhanced GPS + GLONASS which shortens the satellite signal detection by up to 20% to tracks your location more accurately.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 features a 4 inch WVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Cardio Trainer Pro, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 1,700 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 comes pre-loaded with the Cardio Trainer Pro workout app which will help you achieve your fitness goals by creating a training program, checking your progress and recording your track and speed. The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet.

Samsung Galaxy Grand With 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor Announced In South Korea

Samsung has already announced the international variant of the Galaxy Grand smartphone. Earlier this week, the South Korean manufacturer has even launched this device in India. Today, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Grand for its home market. However, this variant is slightly different from the international variant. The Samsung Galaxy Grand will comes with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and VoLTE connectivity, instead of 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 3G connectivity. Sadly, there is no change to the disappointing screen resolution.

The South Korean variant of Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.4 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.

It also comes with 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, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, VoLTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be slightly higher than the international variant. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in Marble White color.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey Goes On Sale At Verizon For $49.99

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the mid-ranged Ativ Odyssey smartphone. This device runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. If you are planning to buy one, then don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.

samsung ativ odssey

Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.

Verizon Wireless subscribers can get the Samsung Ativ Odyssey for just $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. This handset is definitely useful for those, who want to experience the new Windows Phone OS without burning a hole in their pocket. To get this device, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Galaxy S2 owners, here is some Jelly Bean goodness for you. After months of waiting, Samsung has now officially started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your handset.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2 barely brought any new features or UI experience. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is an altogether different story though. The update brings not only the latest TouchWIZ Nature UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but some other new features as well like Smart Stay, Direct Call, improved camera features, Samsung’s Cloud services, new lockscreen customizations, two homescreen modes, and new widgets.

The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter for ultra-smooth UI browsing experience, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present. Samsung has also taken this opportunity to load more bloatware on the Galaxy S II.

Samsung had initially stated that installing the Jelly Bean update will re-partition and format the internal SD card. However, the current Jelly Bean firmware rolling out does not wipe or re-partition the internal SD.

The Jelly Bean update is going to breathe a new lease of life on this nearly two-year old flagship phone from Samsung. Considering how other OEMs completely forget their flagship handsets a year after its release, it is refreshing to see Samsung releasing a major update to the Galaxy S2 nearly 2 years after its release.

Via – Sammobile

Samsung Galaxy Grand Launched In India For Rs.21,500

Samsung recently launched the mid-range Galaxy Grand in India. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with some decent specs including a 5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset also sports the Multi-Window, Smart Stay and Direct Call features, which was first seen in the Galaxy Note II.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, said,
“Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market .The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition. I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the Smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a great Smart Dual SIM phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-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, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 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, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with a price tag of just Rs.21,500. For a limited time, Samsung will bundle a Flip Cover right in the box. You will also get the new ‘My Services’ worth Rs.8000 for free along with 50 GB of Dropbox space. Additionally, Vodafone users will get 2 GB data download per month for the first 2 months.

Galaxy Note 8.0 Photo Leaked

Galaxy Note 8 Leaked

A photograph of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been leaked via Twitter user @ClasificateArg.. The device is set to sport 2GB of RAM, a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 16GB of internal storage. The device’s 8-inch screen will feature a resolution of 1200×800. The Note 8.0’s camera will include a resolution of 5 megapixels, which should be decent enough for a modern mid-range tablet. Finally, the device looks to be running Android 4.2 and will offer S-pen compatibility.

As far as design goes, you can tell that the device mimics a standard Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. The camera placement is the same and the front of the device looks almost identical to t the standard 5.5″ Galaxy Note II. The UI of the device also looks to be the same old smartphone UI found in the Note II and Galaxy S III with little to no tablet optimization.

I personally think the device looks way less than stellar. Because of this, I think the device will have a hard time competing with the iPad mini, which also uses the 8-inch screen size. People who want tablets don’t just want a cheap price-tag and high-performance, but they want something that will look good when brought to work or school. As of now, the Note 8.0’s pricing and launch date has not been unveiled.

Source: AndroidPit