Samsung To Update Galaxy S2 And Galaxy Note To Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

The folks over at SamMobile have received a list of devices that Samsung will be upgrading to Android 4.2.2, post which they will reach their EOL (End of Life). The Korean giant will be updating the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, its flagship devices for 2011, to Android 4.2.2 sometime this year.

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Samsung added a lot of new features to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note when it rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the devices. It was assumed that with this is going to be the last software update for these handsets, since they were pretty old anyway. However, Samsung thinks otherwise and will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to them, even though Android 4.2 does not really bring anything major to the table.

Other devices that Samsung will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to include the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express , Galaxy Grand DUOS and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung will also be updating the Galaxy S III and its various variants, along with the Note 2 and Galaxy Note 8/10.1 to Android 5.0, when Google launches it later this year at Google I/O. Keep in mind that this list is not final, and Samsung can change its decision anytime they want, so don’t get your hopes too high.

Chinese Variant Of Samsung Galaxy S4 Shown Off On Video

A couple of days ago, a few pictures of what was allegedly the Chinese variant of the Galaxy S4 made its way on the Internet. Today, a video of the same Chinese variant of the SGS4 has surfaced online on a Chinese forum giving us a sneak peek of what the Galaxy S4 might look like and its TouchWIZ UI.

While it is not confirmed whether this is the final variant of the Galaxy S4, the device in question does sport a design language similar to the Galaxy S3. The video also confirms that the Galaxy S4 will be having a microSD card slot along with a beefy 2600mAh removable battery.

The latest version of TouchWIZ UI does not seem to look that different from the current nature inspired version found on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but does have a new white color scheme. The white color of the UI may suggest that Samsung is using a different form of OLED technology or maybe even an SLCD, since AMOLED displays are not that battery efficient while displaying white elements on screen.

 It might very well be possible that the above device in question is one of the prototypes of the Galaxy S4, and the final device may look completely different.

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.

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Grand – Comes With a 5-Inch WVGA Display And Dual-SIM Support

Samsung has just announced a new Galaxy branded smartphone – the Galaxy Grand. The handset comes with a massive 5-inch TFT LCD display with a disappointingly low WVGA resolution. Don’t be fool by the big size of the screen though. The Grand is nothing but a mid-range handset that looks like the Galaxy S3/Note 2.

Internally, the Galaxy Grand is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. Other features of the Galaxy Grand include a microSD card slot, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and a 21oomAh battery, all inside a 9.6mm thin body. At the back of the Grand is an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front.

On the software side, the Grand will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s nature inspired TouchWIZ UI on top of it for some extra bells and whistles.

The Galaxy Grand will be available in two version – Dual SIM (I9082) and a single SIM version (I9080). The Dual-SIM variant will be released first followed by the single SIM version. The press release from Samsung does not mention anything about the release date or pricing of the handset.

Galaxy Note 10.1 Jelly Bean Update To Bring Premium Suite Upgrade With it

Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out a Premium Suite upgrade for the Galaxy Note 10.1 with the Jelly Bean update for the tablet. Along with the announcement, the company has also released a video detailing all the new features that the Premium Suite upgrade will bring.

The Premium Suite Upgrade will consist of Multi-Window multi-tasking like on the Note 2, Dual view, Air View, improved S-Pen functionality and S-Note app, and much more.

Below is the video that shows all the new functionality in action on the Galaxy Note 10.1 -:

While most companies are clearly struggling to update their devices to the latest version of Android, Samsung keeps adding a bunch of new software features and enhancements to its devices with every new software update.

Via – SammyHub

DoCoMo’s Galaxy S III Features Galaxy Note II Like Multi-View Multitasking

The new multi-view multi-tasking implemented by Samsung in the Note II has bowled many people over. This hybrid of a phone and tablet device has won the hearts of many people with its software tweaks, despite its huge size and being panned by the critics.

Now, it looks like Samsung might just bring the multi-view multi-tasking feature to the Galaxy S III as well. The Japanese/DoCoMo variant of the Galaxy  S III, which packs in a slightly faster 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM, features the same multi-view multi-tasking feature as on the Note II.

 

It will be interesting to see whether Samsung decides to bring this feature to the international Galaxy S III or not. The I9300 variant of the S III already suffers from poor RAM management issue, and the multi-view multitasking feature requires oodles of free RAM to work smoothly and properly.

The U.S variant of the Galaxy S III contain 2GB of RAM, but packs in half the number of processing cores. If Samsung does not bring this multi-view multitasking feature to the International version of the S3, the chances of the feature making it only to the U.S variants are nearly zero.

Via – Reddit

Galaxy S III And Other TouchWIZ Phones Can Be Easily Hard Reset Via The Web Browser

Own a Samsung made Android phone infested with TouchWIZ? A new exploit has been detected that will reset Samsung’s TouchWIZ factory data reset loop, simply by opening a link via the internal web browser, or by reading the code via any NFC tag or via any QR code. There is absolutely no way to reverse the factory data reset process once it is initiated, knowingly or unknowingly by the user.

The exploit works on a bunch of Galaxy series of phones from Samsung including the popular Galaxy S III including the AT&T variant but not the Verizon one, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Advance and the Galaxy Ace. The exploit is based on a USSD code, which when dialed directly into the phone, will also lead to a factory reset.

Below is a video of the exploit in action -:

One Android developer and hacker, TeamAndIRC, has tweeted that Samsung has already patched the loop hole in the International I9300 and the AT&T variant of the handset in a recent software update.

Hopefully, the company will fix the loophole in other handsets within a short time as well.

Update: According to TeamAndIRC, the issue is with the stock Android browser and is not related to the Samsung browser.

Samsung Re-Evaluating Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

Late last week, Samsung announced that it won’t be updating the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, even though both the devices are more than perfectly capable of running it. The company stated that it cannot fit all its TouchWIZ related enhancements and Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy S and Tab.  The Nexus S packs similar internals as the Galaxy S and Tab, and is  receiving  its Ice Cream Sandwich update at the moment.

The company faced quite heavy criticism from more than 15 million Galaxy S customers. In fact, ever since Samsung’s announcement, Galaxy S/Tab owners all over the globe have started online petitions so as to force Samsung to update both the devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now, according to a Korean website – ajnews – Samsung has backtracked its statement and is currently evaluating to see if it can manage to install Ice Cream Sandwich on the limited memory available on the Galaxy S and Tab.

Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Touting A 720p HD Screen Announced

Along with the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Sammy also announced the Galaxy S II HD LTE. The HD LTE is similar to the S II LTE, except for the screen. The S II HD LTE is the first Android phone to sport a massive 4.65-inch screen with a 720p (1280×720) HD resolution. This makes the S II HD LTE the first Android phone to have a eye-busting PPI of 316. As its name suggests, the S II HD LTE also supports the blazing-fast LTE network.

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Like the S II LTE, the S II HD LTE is also powered by a blazing fast 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos processor, and packs 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage capacity. The usual connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM Radio, a microSD card slot, MHL port, NFC along with a bunch of sensors like Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor and Accelerometer etc.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. Like the S II LTE, the HD LTE is also powered by a 1850mAh battery. The Galaxy S II HD LTE will be available under all the three Korean networks SK Telecom, KT Telecom and LG U+. Sammy did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the device.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II Coming On 2nd October

Back in the beginning of September, Samsung finally announced the much-awaited and hyped operators’ variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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While, the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II is already available, no specific date was announced for the T-Mobile and AT&T version. In fact, the complete specs of the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II were also not fully revealed.

Earlier, it was rumored that the AT&T version of the Galaxy S II would be released on 18th September. However, AT&T never confirmed that date, and as expected, the phone was not available in AT&T stores on 18th September.

Nevertheless, AT&T has finally confirmed via Twitter that the Galaxy S II will finally hit their retail stores on October 2nd, for $199.99 on a 2-year contract.

For the unknown, here is a quick reminder of the Samsung Galaxy S II specs for AT&T. Like the European version of SGS2, the AT&T version also has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, MHL port, 8MP camera in the back with a 2MP camera in the front, and a NFC chip. The usual bunch of sensors, and connectivity features are also on-board.