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Samsung Hints At Something New For CES; No, It’s Not The Galaxy S4!

“Get Ready” – That’s the title of the teaser video that Samsung has posted on its blog, Samsung Tomorrow. The teaser video from the company hints at “something new” from the Korean giant at CES 2013, which is to be held from January 8-11th at Las Vegas.

The video does not show or hints at any new device in particular, but most people are assuming that Samsung might just unveil the Galaxy S4 at CES. Considering that the Galaxy S3 was unveiled only in May this year, it is highly unlikely that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S4 so soon. If the company was going to unveil the Galaxy S4 at CES, at least some amount of info would have leaked about the handset, which has not, clearly indicating that the S4 is not coming to the market anytime soon.

The company’s CEO had earlier hinted that Samsung will be going through a huge brand make-over and the teaser video might just be hinting about that.

Below is the teaser video for our readers to decide for themselves -:

So what do you think? Is Samsung going to unveil the Galaxy S4 or a new tablet at CES, or will it be something completely new and revolutionary or just a brand make-over?

Reports: Samsung to Release Flexible Phones in 2013

Flexible, wearable phones – stuff from sci-fi flicks that we have all drooled over, might show up in the market as early as next year. Flexible OLED displays have earlier been demoed by several display manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and Sony. Some of them, like Sony, have been researching on bendable displays for nearly a decade; however, none of them have been able to simplify the process to make them suitable for manufacturing in bulk.

Now, reports from BBC and WSJ suggest that Samsung might be in the last phase of development of flexible OLEDS. Devices using these next generation displays will be extremely light and unbreakable, as they will be using plastic instead of glass. Lee Chang-hoon, Vice President of Samsung’s display unit, confirmed that the company is currently sampling the displays with a few customers. A big challenge in creating flexible phones is that the entire assembly, including the display, battery, chipset, and the housing needs to be flexible. Mass producing such units have so far proved to be prohibitively expensive.

Samsung-Flexible-OLED

Reports suggest that the new flexible phones will be showcased in the first half of 2013. If that pans out, then chances are that Samsung might reveal something exciting in next year’s CES and MWC.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Finally Gets The Android 4.0 Update

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the company’s first tablet device with an unique 8.9 inch display. This device was originally shipped with the forgotten Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. It packs a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 3G Connectivity and much more.

The mid-range Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has already got the Android 4.1 update, however the Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners were still waiting to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, Samsung finally rolled out the Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. This update is currently available in Austria and it will be rolled out to other countries in the coming days.

Galaxy Tab 8.9

This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If OTA update fails, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.

Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note 2 In Just Two Months!

At the beginning of this month, Samsung announced that it had managed to ship around 3 million Galaxy Note II units since its launch. Now, just a couple of weeks later, Samsung has announced that it has managed to ship mor ethan 5 million units of the Galaxy Note II within two months of its release.

The Galaxy Note II is already available in more than 120+ countries, including the United States, which has played a major role in this hybrid device success. The original Galaxy Note took around 5 months to reach the 5 million units mark, and its successor achieved the same milestone in less than half the time.

The Galaxy Note was originally criticized for its big size and was termed as a niche device. However, Samsung has proved everyone wrong with strong sales of the Note as well as the Note 2. With the Galaxy S3 sales already exceeding the 30 million mark, Samsung is all set for another big quarter, in terms of profit as well as volume of devices shipped.

Via – SammyHub

Samsung Galaxy Camera Launched In India For Rs.29,990

Samsung Galaxy Camera is the company’s first Android powered digital camera. It runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box. Samsung Galaxy Camera was originally unveiled and showcased at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. Last month, during the launch of Galaxy Note II, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Camera will go on sale from mid-November.

This device was already up for pre-order at the Samsung India’s online store, but the price was not revealed. Today, Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Galaxy Camera in India. This unique Android powered digital camera is specially designed for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video directly from their camera.

samsung galaxy camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 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, 3G/4G Connectivity and a 1650mAh battery.

Samsung allows you to send text messages directly from this device. However, the voice calling feature has been disabled. Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with a price-tag of Rs.29,990 (approx. $540) in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.1 Update

Samsung has already confused the customers by launching the Galaxy Tab 2 with 2 different screen size. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 comes with 7.0 inch display and 10.1 inch display respectively. The 7 inch Galaxy Tab 2 is an entry-level tablet, which was shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. It packs a 7 inch WSVGA display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n and more.

Back in September, Samsung has announced the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update plans for 12 smartphones and 4 tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. After waiting for a couple of months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.1 update for this device. Currently, this update is available only for the Wi-Fi variant of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

galaxy tab 2

The latest update is numbered XXCLK5 and it bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies including “Project Butter” software enhancements, predictive search capabilities through Google Now, smart keyboard and so on. This update is currently rolling out in France and it would be available in other countries in the next few days.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You can also manually update this device by connecting it to your computer and follow the instructions on the KIES software. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device.

Samsung Launches The Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II In China

Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device. It was unveiled in September at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. This device is selling like hot cakes in most of the Asian and European markets. Samsung already managed to sell 3 million units of this device in just 37 days. Cashing in on the success of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung went a step ahead and announced the dual-SIM variant of this popular phablet.

The Dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note II will ship with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This device packs a micro-SIM slot as well as a full-size SIM slot. It comes with radios for GSM 850/900/1, 800/1,900, and WCDMA 850/900/1,900/2100 MHz. Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II will go on sale starting next month in China. There are no major changes in the specs of this device.

Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II comes with the usual 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC and a 3100 mAh battery.

Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II comes with a price tag of 5699 Chinese Yuan (approx. $900). This device will go on sale from December 3 in China. Samsung has not yet announced the availability of this device for other major markets.

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Based Firmware Leaks For The Galaxy Note II

Earlier this week, an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy S3 leaked online. The leaked firmware brought about a lot of new features to both the handsets including Smart Stay, Multi-View multitasking, new Gallery app for the S3 and a new TouchWIZ version, some gesture features and more to the S2.

Now, joining the list of leaked Android 4.1.2 firmware is the Galaxy Note II. The new test firmware does not bring as much new features as introduced in S3 or S2, but does include some minor new additions including the ability to select the notification toggles, a new Swype-like continuous input and a new animation for the lock screen.

The firmware does not contain any major bugs, indicating that Samsung is in near final stages of development of the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy Note II.

Head over to SamMobile for the download link and other information about the leaked ROM.

Sony To Release A Direct Galaxy S3 Competitor Next Year; Fails To Realize The Galaxy S4 Will Be Around The Corner By Then

Sony has been struggling with its mobile division for quite sometime now. The company has failed to release remarkable handsets that woo in customers. Sony, however, aims to change all that with its next flagship Android smartphone that will be competing directly with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5.

Sony CVP of Sales & marketing, Dennis van Schie said “We will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III”.

In all probability, Sony is talking about its already leaked smartphone – the Yuga – which will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and more. Sony expects to unveil this handset sometime at CES or MWC early next year.

What Sony fails to realize here is that the Galaxy S III has already been in the market for nearly 6 months, and by the time Sony actually releases its Galaxy S3/iPhone 5 competitor to the general consumer, the iPhone 5 would also be nearly 6 months old.

People would be eagerly waiting for the One X successor from HTC and the Galaxy S IV will just be around the corner. By then, no one would be interestedin this Galaxy S3 competitor from Sony. The company’s phone has been consistently behind HTC and Samsung in terms of both software and hardware, which has what led to its downfall.

Even now, the latest and greatest phone from Sony — the Xperia T — comes with a dual-core Krait processor and 1GB of RAM, while Samsung and HTC phones are coming with quad-core Krait processors and 2GB of RAM. Before you guys jump in and say that hardware is only one part of the story, let me tell you Sony is not really doing well on the software side. The company expects to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to the majority of its devices only in early-2013. By that time, Samsung and HTC would have already updated their flagship handsets to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Via – PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy S2 First Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks; Brings Tons Of New Features

Along with the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S3, the first Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S2 has also leaked online, thanks to an XDA member — izap .

The leaked firmware – I9100XXLSJ – is surprisingly bug-free and stable, which means that Samsung is in the final stages of finalizing the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S2. While Samsung has not included the Multi-view multitasking feature of the Note 2 on the Galaxy S2, there are still a lot of new features and enhancements onboard.

The list of features include the new TouchWIZ Nature UI/UX, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, butter-y smooth performance thanks to Project Butter, new widgets, Direct Call, Smart Stay, Pop-Up Play, two different homescreen modes and more.

Samsung did not really add any new features to the Galaxy S2 when it rolled out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset. However, the company kept adding new features to the Galaxy Note with continuous software updates, thus making S2 owners feel left out. Thankfully, with the Jelly Bean update, Samsung is finally showing some attention to the S2 owners out there.

Head over to this XDA thread for more information about the firmware and the download links.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Firmware Leak Brings Multi-View And More

A new Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S3 has leaked online that includes quite a lot of new features. Most importantly, the leaked firmware includes Samsung’s unique multitasking implementation as seen on the Note II, Multi-View.

Other new features in the ROM include Page Buddy, the ability to customize the notification toggles/panel, Smart Rotation, Continuous Input in Keyboard like on Android 4.2 or Swype, Paper Artist App, and the new Gallery app. More information about the firmware, along with the download link can be found here.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Korean company’s flagship handset for 2012 and has been selling like hot-cakes all over the world. No wonder the software updates for the Galaxy S3 is the top priority.

After Samsung rolled out the Multi-View multitasking to the Galaxy Note II, rumors started floating around the Internet that it will be bringing the same feature to the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S3.

Via – XDA

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 Gets The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung and T-Mobile have started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy S3. This makes T-Mobile the second major U.S carrier, after Sprint, to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in the United States.

The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 brings with it Project Butter for a lag-free UI experience, slightly updated UI, re-organized Settings menu, ‘Blocking’ mode, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, two homescreen modes, some bug-fixes and more.

The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all T-Mobile Galaxy S3 owners within a couple of weeks.

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Not Interested in Settlement with Apple over Patent Issues

Recently Apple and HTC announced a settlement between their patent dispute. Following that announcement, a Samsung executive has hinted at that the company has no intention of agreeing to a similar deal. In a conversation with Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung’s mobile and IT division said that the company does not intend to negotiate “at all.”

“We have no such intention,” J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung Electronics’ mobile unit, told reporters on Wednesday when asked if Samsung would seek a similar settlement.

Samsung and Apple have engaged in a number of lawsuits in multiple countries around the world. In August, Apple saw its biggest victory against Samsung when a jury in California ruled that Samsung had violated Apple’s patented inventions. The jury suggested that Samsung should be required to pay Apple nearly $1.05 billion in damages.

From A CM Developer – ‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ Or How Samsung Screwed All Galaxy Note Owners

At the beginning of this year, when Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000), a serious issue was found in the kernel level of the firmware. If any Note owner used the Factory Reset option or wiped the internal storage of his or her device using recovery, the eMMC chip inside the device would die. The issue was present in all the previous leaked ICS firmware for the Galaxy Note, and the community had promptly informed Samsung about the issue after Note owners started bricking their devices left, right and center. The issue was termed as ‘Superbrick’ in the XDA community, since there was no way to bring back these affected devices to life.

Now, a CyanogenMod developer – Andrew Dodd – has written his story on the ‘superbrick’ issue titled ‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ on Google+. The series of posts from Andrew Dodd show the real and harsh truth on how Samsung completely ignored the Superbrick issue, hardly cared about Note owners who had already bricked their devices and the meeting it setup with developers just for the sake of publicity. Worse? The ‘superbrick’ issue eventually found its way to many other Samsung devices even after Samsung knew about it and said that it was “working diligently” on it.

Some of the developers worked hard on finding the root cause of the issue, and even informed Samsung about it. Heck! They even provided Samsung with a workaround to this problem. Even then, in a somewhat shocking behavior, Samsung did not pay any heed to the Android developers and many firmware for other Samsung devices (AT&T and International SGS2) that leaked in the future were found to be plagued by the same kernel-level eMMC killing bug. Even official firmware release from Samsung had the ‘Superbrick’ issue, months after the community informed them about it.

On the flipside, his posts also shows how the Android community worked together to find the root cause of the issue and a fix for it, so as to prevent users from ‘Superbricking’ their devices and extent to which they went to try and save all those Notes that were already superbricked, The hero or the saviour of all the Galaxy Notes and Galaxy S2s out there, however, turned out to be an engineer from Google — Ken — who was later silenced by Samsung. As it turns out, independent Android developers and engineers at Google care more about your devices than Samsung itself does.

It has been more than six months since Samsung was made aware of the ‘superbrick’ issue and it promised that it was “working diligently” on it, and yet till date, the issue persists. Samsung fixed the issue on its newer devices like the Galaxy S3 that never had the issue, but has not made any effort to fix the problem on the device severely affected by it, the Galaxy Note.

Read: The “Superbrick” Nightmare

Samsung, the developers and community have played a large part in making you the largest mobile manufacturer out there. Stop screwing around with them. You are not going to stay at the top forever! HTC and Qualcomm have learnt from their mistakes and are now embrace the open-source community and its developers. Its about time you do the same!

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Camera Up For Pre-Order In India

Back in August, Samsung unveiled the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera. This device was showcased at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. Last month, during the launch of Galaxy Note II, Samsung promised to release the Galaxy Camera before Diwali. Now, it seems that the company will shortly launch this unique Android powered camera in the Indian market.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is specially designed for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video directly from their digital camera. Thankfully, this device will ship with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Samsung India’s online store has already started taking the pre-orders of the Galaxy Camera in India. Planning to buy one? Don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.

samsung galaxy camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 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, 3G/4G Connectivity and a 1650mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in both Black and White colors. You can pre-book this device from Samsung India’s eStore just by paying Rs.3000 in advance. You will also get a 16 GB MicroSD card for free with this device. To pre-order the amazing Galaxy Camera, head over to this page.