Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch in Australia Delayed Again Due to Apple Suit

About a month ago, Apple got approval for a temporary ban against Samsung tablets in Australia. Australia became the first market to see Apple win over Samsung in the patent dispute between the two companies. Samsung agreed to delaying the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country and provide Apple with samples of a version of the device specific for that country at least one week ahead of the launch.

Galaxy Tab 10.1Today, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Samsung has again agreed to delay the launch of the device in Australia. The company was originally set to launch the Galaxy Tab on September 12th, but now the date has been pushed back to September 30th. The agreement was made after Samsung provided Apple with samples of the Australian version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple undoubtely still considered Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to still infringe upon its intellectual property rights. In addition, Apple requested new injunctions to prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 until the dispute can be resolved.

Apple’s counsel said that while the modified version had “some reduced functionality” it “will still infringe”. They sought orders from the court re-affirming the previous block on sales of the US model and asked for a new order to prevent the sale of the Australian version at least until a hearing can take place at the end of September.

Samsung has also shown intresest to invalidate Apple’s design patents and will be filing claims against Apple for infringement by the iPad. A formal hearing in Apple’s case against Samsung has been scheduled for September 26th and 29th.

[Rumor] Verizon To Offer Exclusive Samsung Nexus Prime

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Verizon will not offer the Samsung Galaxy S II in US. This news surprised many because the latest flagship handset of Samsung, the Galaxy S II, has been a hit all over the world. According to reports, Samsung has sold 5 million Galaxy S II in 85 days. But now, things are appearing to make sense after the latest report by BGR.


According to BGR, Verizon has given up the offer of launching the Samsung Galaxy S II in return of getting a bigger and better offer. The report suggests that Verizon will launch the much awaited successor of Google’s Nexus S, the Nexus Prime (reports suggest it will be called DROID Prime) as exclusive, which will be made by Samsung. The device is suggested to be launched by Verizon as soon as October. The Nexus Prime/ DROID Prime will be the first device to sport Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. The model number of the device will be SCH-i515.


Verizon probably made this move because the Samsung Galaxy S II may find hard to stand against Apple’s iPhone 5, when it will launch in near future. And having the device, which will be the first device to sport Android 4.0, that too as an exclusive is a huge boost. It seems that Verizon’s subscribers will have the bragging rights in the end.


Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch Leaked Press Shots Emerge

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular Android smartphones. This handset has been launched in most of the European and Asian countries including the UK, South Korea and India. But, the smartphone users in the United States are still waiting for the launch of this amazing device. Samsung will finally announce the much-awaited Galaxy S II, tomorrow at an event in New York. Samsung Galaxy S II will be available in three different variants, exclusively for the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers.

samsung epic 4G touch

The Sprint version of the Galaxy S II will be called as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. The guys at PocketNow recently shared the leaked press shot of the new Samsung Epic 4G Touch. The design of the device is quite similar as compared to the original Galaxy S II, except the four capacitive buttons below the display, instead of the large home button and two capacitive buttons.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will also come with a large 4.5 inch touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz dual core application processor, latest Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System and the additional 4G connectivity options. There are no other changes in the specs of this device. It will come with the same 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 3D user interface, Bluetooth 3.0, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC and so on.

The T-Mobile and AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S II will be called as the Samsung Hercules and Samsung Attain respectively. The complete specs, features, price and release date will be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned for more info!

Samsung Planning to Buy webOS from HP?

Since HP’s announcement that it was planning to spin off its PC business and discontinue webOS, there have been some major developments in the technology industry. First of all, the HP fire sale proved that there was a market for cheap tablets, and a chance for other tablet manufacturers to fight off the iPad’s dominance. Amazon is apparently already working on it, and will launch a tablet soon.

We also heard rumors that Oracle was planning a takeover bid for HP, and that Samsung was planning to acquire HP’s PC business.

Today, Digitimes reported that Samsung wasn’t actually interested in HP’s PC business. Instead, Samsung is planning to buy webOS from HP, in order to hedge its bets on the Android platform.

Samsung has been the top Android smartphone and tablet manufacturer since the Galaxy series of devices. However, with Google buying Motorola, it is feeling increasingly threatened about its status as the top dog in the mobile arena.

Samsung already has Bada, as an alternative to Android, and it’s also doing quite well in certain countries.

There may be another reason why Samsung is contemplating buying webOS – patents. Palm had a pretty solid portfolio of patents which could help Samsung fight off the patent infringement lawsuits filed by Apple over the Galaxy devices.

None of these reports have been confirmed by Samsung, but if there is any truth to them, we should see an official announcement soon.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

Samsung recently announced a new LTE version of its popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 8.9. It is the company’s third tablet device and it runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices. The original Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes with different connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0 and MicroUSB, but the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE comes with an added LTE connectivity option.

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

samsung galaxy tab 8.9 lte

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE features a 8.9 inch WXGA display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz dual core application processor, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UX, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, LTE Connectivity, Android Market, Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6000 mAh battery.

Theoretically, the LTE technology allows you to download files at speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload at speeds of up to 50 Mbps. It means that you can download an entire film in less than two minutes. The LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 measures just 8.6mm and weighs only 455g. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE will be showcased at the IFA 2011, along with the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.

Samsung Unveils The ChatON Messenger

Samsung recently launched the new ChatON messaging service. It allows you to communicate instantly with any mobile phone and share text, pictures, calendar, contacts, emotions, hand-written notes and videos instantly with your friends. ChatON will also be available on all major smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs and Samsung feature phones.

With ChatON, Samsung has vastly simplified mobile communication by allowing users to connect to our upcoming feature phones and all major Smartphones in the market,said Ho Soo Lee, Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. Users around the world can now enjoy easier and richer interactivity with whoever they want, in the format they want—this is mobile communication reinvented and democratized.

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The new Samsung ChatON service will be available in more than 120 countries, supporting up to 62 languages. It will come with with two functionality options – basic and advanced. The basic functionality option will be available only for feature phone users. It will allow them to share text, pictures, calendar, contacts and emotions through an easy-to-access client.

On the other hand, advanced functionality will be available for smartphone users. You can easily share photos and videos with your friends. You can view all the photos and videos in an automatically-generated content sharing ‘Trunk’. Smartphone users can also create their own content by adding texts, audio, background, etc, and share them as an ‘Animation message’.

Samsung will include the ChatON IM client in all th forthcoming devices showcased at IFA 2011. The Samsung ChatON messaging service will be available from October. Until then, check out the video below.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most popular smartphone in recent times. This handset was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Samsung already managed to sell more than 5 million units of this powerful smartphone in just 55 days. I have been using this device from the last 3 months and it works like magic, thanks to the latest version of Android OS, 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 1.2 Ghz processor, 8 megapixel camera and more.

On the connectivity side, Galaxy S II offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi Direct, but it lacks the LTE connectivity option. To solve this problem, Samsung recently announced the new LTE variant of the Galaxy S II. This handset not only comes with the additional LTE connectivity options, but it also features a large 4.5 inch touchscreen display and a powerful 1.5 GHz processor. Even the design of the device is slightly changed.

samsung galaxy s ii lte

“This is a milestone in our commitment to lead the charge in 4G mobile telephony around the world, both in terms of back-end network solutions for service providers and the development of powerful consumer handsets,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE features a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 3D user interface, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, LTE Connectivity, Android Market, Social Hub Premium, Readers Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Kies Air, NFC (Near Field Communication) and more.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE can also be connected with up to eight devices via WiFi. The price and release date of this handset is still unknown. But, the device is expected to be available from September in European and Asian markets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note and Wave 3 Leaked

Remember that Samsung event at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which is going to be held on September 1? Of course, you do.

Samsung is expected to reveal a few new devices at the event, probably hoping to grab some limelight before Apple does the iPhone 5 launch event and steals it all.

Until now, we were thinking that Samsung might be launching a few new Android smartphones at the event, possibly an upgraded version of the Galaxy S 2. But today, according to a report by the guys at TIMN, Samsung is planning to launch three new devices. The information about these new devices was apparently hidden within Samsung’s own teaser app for Android.

Samsung Unpacked

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

This will be the 7 inch version of the new Galaxy Tab. It will likely run Android 3.2 Honeycomb and will have specifications similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung Wave 3

This will be a smartphone running the new version of the Bada OS, Samsung’s pet project. With Google buying Motorola, most Android manufacturers must be feeling pretty insecure right now, but at least Samsung has an alternative – its own homegrown OS. Expect the Wave 3 to rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications, similar to the Wave and the Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Now this is the most interesting part. I think it may be an ebook reader, possibly powered by Android, but I’m not sure. With Amazon planning to enter the tablet space, Samsung may be planning to take the fight to Amazon. It will probably be an inexpensive device, which will compete with Amazon’s rumored tablet and serve the budget end of the market, which we know is a potential gold mine for anyone who figures out how to manufacture good, cheap tablets.

The Samsung Unpacked event is just a week away; we will keep you updated.

Did Samsung Miss The Memo? Forging Forward with Bada, 2.0 SDK Released

Samsung isn’t scared of the Google and Motorola Mobility buyout, right? Maybe they simply knew it was inevitable. Back at Mobile World Congress 2010, Samsung announced the Wave, their first Bada powered smartphone. They wanted to bring their own apps, their own little ecosystem and their own proprietary experience to users, in the form of TouchWiz on Bada.

After more than a year of working on the platform, Samsung has finally released their second iteration of the software development kit. The SDK brings along support for NFC, multitasking, HTML5 and push notifications. For developers, there is a new API for advertising, a framework built around web technologies and increased platform security.

I’m not sure if Samsung realizes this, but mobile platforms have been dropping likes flies. The Symbian Foundation closed up back in November, Nokia pulled out of MeeGo, went to Windows Phone and left Intel blowing in the wind, RIM decided to use QNX going forward from the PlayBook and HP has killed webOS. What’s even worse is that these companies have been in the business of software development for decades. Nokia’s been making phones since 1970 and RIM has been forwarding emails since the mid 90s. Samsung? They made my fridge and washing machine. They did a damn fine job too.

So they now have some platform features that iOS and Android have supported for years. They have some budget phones. They have an interface that is a complete gypsy of iOS and quite frankly, nobody likes TouchWiz. They have a defunct “app store” filled with themes and ringtones. Sounds like what they have is Symbian circa 2005 which is, surprisingly, poised to make a comeback with Nokia breathing life into it while working on Windows Phone.

Samsung has been licensing both Windows Phone and Android for their devices. Now that Microsoft is in the fold with Nokia to produce hardware, and Google has Motorola Mobility under their thumb to churn out top-tier devices, what can Samsung turn to? Looks like they’ll be bringing Bada to bat.

In a world where Nokia, RIM and Palm can’t get their software right, what chance does Samsung stand? Good luck to them. Hopefully they can jump off the Android platform and bask in the bada (it’s korean, for ocean).


Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update In India

samsung galaxy tabThe original Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the most popular Android tablet device. Samsung managed to sell more than 2 million units of the Galaxy Tab in just 4 months. It was launched in India last year during November. Samsung Galaxy Tab originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Galaxy Tab owners in the US and most of the European countries has already got the Android 2.3 update in May. Last month, Samsung rolled out the Gingerbread update in UK. Now, after waiting for almost 3 months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Galaxy Tab in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and a 4000mAH battery.

Samsung has not released the official changelog, but it is expected to come with Skype videos calls, improvements in camera and battery life, etc. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is available only via Samsung Kies. You cannot update the device using the OTA (Over-The-Air) feature. You will need to connect the device to the computer and then update it using the Samsung Kies desktop software. If you find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments below.