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Verizon Rolling Out Android 4.1.2 Update For The Galaxy S III

Samsung has already rolled out the Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy S III. Sadly, most of the carrier locked variant of Galaxy S III in the US has not yet received this update. Sprint was the first carrier to roll out this update. Now, Verizon Wireless has finally joined the bandwagon. The big red carrier has recently posted the complete changelog and it reveals a number of enhancements and bug fixes. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • Keyboard Predictive Text feature has been improved
  • User can take pictures while on a call
  • Manual refresh button has been added to lock screen stock ticker
  • Email syncing has been improved
  • Bluetooth performance has been improved
  • VZ Navigator and Amazon have been added to stub applications

Sadly, this update does not bring the Samsung’s much-awaited Premium Suite to the Verizon’s Galaxy S III. The Premium Suite includes Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, updated gallery app, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call and Page Buddy which was first seen in the Galaxy Note 2, followed by the international variant of Galaxy S III. To learn more, head over to this page.

Samsung Posts First Teaser Video Of Galaxy S4

Samsung has released the first trailer of the Galaxy S4, before it officially unveils the handset on March 14th in New York. The trailer does not provide any glimpse or actual information about the handset, and instead is about a young Jeremy Maxwell, who is guarding the box that contains the Galaxy S4.

Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S4 will be packing in an Octa-core Exynos SoC that will be using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture to provide the best of battery life and performance. On the GPU side, Samsung is expected to use PowerVR’s SGX544MP4 running at quite high speeds. Other rumored specs include a 13MP camera, a 4.99-inch 1080p (Full HD) Super-AMOLED display and 32/64GB of internal storage.

Eldar Murtazin, a popular mobile phone analyst, recently also tweeted that the Galaxy S4 will be made of plastic, killing hopes of Samsung using premium materials on the next-generation Galaxy S handset once again.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) In India

Today, Samsung announced the new Samsung Galaxy Note 510 at the Samsung Forum event in Hyderabad. Don’t get confused with the name of this device. Galaxy Note 510 is nothing but the same Galaxy Note 8.0 which was unveiled earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Samsung India has a long history of launching Android tablets in India with different names. Last year, the Galaxy Note 10.1 was introduced as Galaxy Note 800 in the Indian market.

As the name suggests, Galaxy Note (510) 8.0 comes with an 8 inch display and the innovative S-Pen. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. There are no major changes in the Indian variant of the Galaxy Note 8.0. Samsung has also pre-loaded the upgraded ChatOn, Awesome Note, Flipboard and Smart Remote on this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 4600 mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet revealed the exact price and release date of the Galaxy Note 510. We will let you know as soon as the device is up for pre-order in India. Stay tuned!

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE Goes On Sale At Virgin Mobile For $299.99

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is not a new smartphone for the folks living in the US. This handset was launched last year for the Sprint subscribers. Now, Virgin Mobile has introduced this Android powered smartphone for its no-contract customers. Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is Virgin Mobile’s first LTE device. This handset is shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Mark Lederman, Director, Virgin Mobile USA, said,
“With the phones customers want, unlimited data and messaging included on all plans, and now 4G LTE capable devices, we continue to provoke customers to ask themselves why they haven’t switched from postpaid to a better deal with Virgin Mobile.”

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE features a 4 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, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung Hub, Google Play Store, NFC (Near Field Communication), Samsung Media Hub, Android Beam, 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability, up to 9 hours of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 121.9 mm x 63.5 mm x 12.7 mm and weighs 138.9 grams.

Virgin Mobile subscribers can get the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for $299.99 without any service agreement. However, you will need to subscribe to the Virgin Mobile’s No-Contract Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans which start at $35 per month. This handset is currently available at Virgin Mobile’s official site and it will be available in retail outlets from next month.

Samsung To Unveil The Galaxy S IV On March 14th; Sends Out Press Invites

Samsung has confirmed that it will be unveiling the next Galaxy S handset at an event to be held in New York on March 14th. The company just sent out media invites for the event in New York. This is perhaps the first time that Samsung will be holding a Galaxy S launch event exclusively in New York. Samsung even handed out paper invites to its March 14th event at its booth in Mobile World Congress.

Rumors have suggested that Samsung will be using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC inside the Galaxy S IV, instead of its own Exynos SoC. Rumors also suggest that the Korean giant may even ditch its Super-AMOLED screen in favor of a 4.99-inch full HD So-Lux LCD. Other specs of the Galaxy S IV are rumored to include a 13MP camera, a new and hopefully less cartoonish version of TouchWIZ, microSD card slot, and a removable battery.

 

Samsung HomeSync is an Android Jelly Bean Powered Set Top Box with 1 TB Storage

Samsung is expected to launch its flagship Android smartphone in an exclusive event on March 14. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to show off at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Besides unveiling the Galaxy Note 8.0, the Korean giant also quietly announced something called the HomeSync. HomeSync is a media streamer, which is in many ways identical to the Apple TV. It’s essentially an Android powered set top box that hooks up to your television.

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The HomeSync is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor of unknown make, 1 gigs of ram, and runs Android Jelly Bean (probably Android 4.1). It provides full access to the Play store, unlike many other similar products which only support apps that are optimized for the idiot box. HomeSync supports streaming of games, audio, and video from your Galaxy device to the TV wirelessly at full HD (1080p). The biggest draw of the Samsung HomeSync is its 1 TB storage that supports up to 8 different profiles, with password protection of content, and easy sharing.

The HomeSync is slated to go on sale in April 2013; however, Samsung provided no inputs on the expected market price.

Samsung Finally Unveils The Galaxy Note 8.0

It was already rumored that, Samsung might announce an 8 inch tablet to compete with the Apple’s iPad Mini. The rumors turned out to be true. Samsung has finally unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It also comes with the S-Pen, which was previously bundled with Galaxy Note 10.1. Removing S-Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus.

JK Shin, President of the Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung Galaxy Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life. The Galaxy Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 4600 mAh battery.

This device measures 210.8 mm x 135.9 mm and weighs 338 grams. The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with S Note templates and S Planner app which helps you to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. It also comes pre-loaded with content and apps, including the upgraded ChatOn, which provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats — images, video and voice. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will go on sale from Q2 of 2013. The price of this tablet will be announced soon.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

The folks over at SamMobile have managed to get their hands on an Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S3. Samsung is still testing Android 4.2.1 on the Galaxy S3, and the leaked firmware is nowhere near final even though it is relatively bug-free.

The Android 4.1.2 update brought with it a lot of new features to the Galaxy S3. However, it looks like the Android 4.2.1 update will only bring minor new features including voice actions for controlling the Camera, Radio, Music playback and call.

While Samsung has included all the features that Google introduced in Android 4.2.1 including Quick Settings, Lock screen widgets and Daydreams. Notably absent is the Photosphere feature from the Camera app. However, it may be possible that Samsung will add this feature in the final version of the firmware. Samsung has slightly changed the lock screen ripple effect, along with slightly tweaking the toggles in the notification bar to accommodate Quick Settings. How useful the voice commands feature that Samsung will introduce in the final build of the firmware only remains to be seen.

SamMobile states that Samsung will be releasing the Android 4.2 update for the Galaxy S3 only after it unveils the Galaxy S4. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S4 at an event to be held on March 15th.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases Leaked, Suggests SII Like Design

Samsung is the undisputed champion of the Android world, and the only manufacturer that can even come close to the hype and marketing blitzkrieg of Apple. The Korean giant squashed its Android competition with the Galaxy SIII, which helped it solidify its spot as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer. However, it will be facing stiffer competition this year from the likes of HTC and Sony, which seem to have finally got their acts together.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be unveiled in an exclusive event in New York on March 14. So far, the Korean giant has done well to keep its next flagship under the wraps. It is rumored to have a 5” full-HD (1080p) AMOLED display, with an Exynos Octa 5 (8-cores) processor powering the latest version of Android (Android 4.2 – Jelly Bean). Rumors also suggest that the US kit might ship with Samsung Exynos 5440 (quad core). However, what we don’t know is exactly how the phone looks.

Now, thanks to Mobilefun, we can get some idea about the design and size of the new Galaxy S4. Mobilefun has published snaps of a bunch of Galaxy S4 cases, which we have faithfully reproduced below for your viewing pleasure. The cases suggest a design that is more in line with the Galaxy SII than the Galaxy SIII, which was famously dubbed as ‘the phone designed by lawyers’ by AndroidPolice. The button and port placements are quite similar to its predecessor. The Galaxy S4 will feature the volume control buttons on the left, the power button on the right, the micro-USB port at the bottom, and the headphone jack at the top. The back case suggests the presence of a big camera (reportedly 13 megapixel), LED flash, and a rear speaker.

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Pictures of Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases

Samsung Announces WiFi-Only Galaxy Camera

Last year, Samsung launched its first Android powered digital camera. This device offers various connectivity options including 3G as well as 4G LTE in select markets. The Samsung Galaxy Camera was shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, Samsung went ahead and announced the new WiFi-only Galaxy Camera.

As the name suggest, the latest variant of Galaxy Camera won’t pack a cellular radio. You will need to find a stable Wi-Fi connection before uploading your photos to Facebook, Instagram and other social networking sites. Apart from that, there are no major changes in the specs of this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a 1650mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be much lower than the previously launched Galaxy Camera with 3G/4G connectivity. This handset will go on sale in the coming weeks.