One thing is certain, Samsung are the World’s #1 Phone Maker for a reason. Constantly innovating and keeping the market exciting and alive with a constant array of updated models is just what we love and need.
We just received word from MK News in Korea that the Note II (successor to the popular 5.3″ Note), is due to be released by the Korean company at IFA 2012.
Some details have also been announced by a Samsung official, mentioning a 5.5″ screen, Quad Core cpu (Exynos we would assume), a 12MP camera and Jelly Bean as standard.
Unfortunately the Note II will not ship with the UPB Unbreakable Plane Display as rumoured, with Samsung advising this has been reserved for a future unspecified model.
None the less, it appears Samsung are well on track for an October release with Note II, just in time to match Apple blow for blow with the iPhone 5.
Have you owned a Galaxy Note? How excited would you be for Note II? I know I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
The App all ‘Droiders have been waiting for is finally here – almost!
For those lucky enough to have a Galaxy SIII, you will find it preinstalled, and there have been ways and means of obtaining the leaked version for a while now, however we can now confirm the Beta version is now officially available to those that just can’t wait for the delicious app’s arrival in the Play Store.
We have had it running for some time now on our in house Galaxy Note with TouchwizUX, and call upon it every day.
If you, like us, just can’t wait for the final product and want to jump in, go right ahead and grab it here or hit the scan below.
It seems everyone is getting their hands on to the Galaxy SIII’s launcher, TouchwizUX now.
First we reported the update was available to Galaxy SII users and now XDA member PETKING has made the launcher available on his custom ROM, Kingdroid 1.6.
Of course, this ROM is only available to Galaxy Note owners who are willing to Root their devices (please take care and seek advice on Rooting if you are not comfortable with this action).
This changelog reports:
V-1.6 Changelog:ROM FULL + UPDATE_NEW(no wipe)
-Added Weather Widget (sgs3)
-Removed TouchWiz 4.0 launcher
-Added TouchWiz launcher 5.0 (sgs3) thanks @smando
-Optimiced for TouchWiz 5.0
-Updated S-Voice with all its libraries and linked files tanks @wanam
We are currently downloading the necessary files in order to load this up and will report back with our findings.
Galaxy Note users have been promised their taste of the icey goodness that is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for some time now.
First scheduled to land in January, users were disappointed to learn the update had been pushed back to “Q2″ 2012.
Well we are happy to report the update has now landed and is slowly making its way around the OTA Globe.
For users too inpatient to wait, maybe Google up Sammobile.com or XDA Developers and manually load away, this does come at your own risk of course.
The update is well worth the almost 700MB download though, bringing much snappier and smoother responses as well as a raft of system and app updates.
The upgraded S Note and S Memo are also very welcomed. There is also a Rooted Kernel already available for the more adventurous as well.
Still not officially outed yet, here we have the full details on the final and long-awaited, Samsung Galaxy SIII.
Perhaps not up to the specifications a lot of us were hoping for, the Galaxy SIII is none the less a sleek, modern and powerful powerhouse of a phone, certainly designed with the future in mind.
Taking somewhat from the Nexus parts bin, the specifications list reads almost the same.
Of interest though, are that tasty 1.4Ghz Exynos Quad Core CPU, 720×1280 4.8inch Gorilla Glass screen, Multi Touch up to 10 fingers and Android 4.04.
Weighing in at slightly heavier than its forebear Galaxy SII, the SIII tips the scales at 133grams compared with 116grams for the smaller SII. The III is also .01mm thicker than the SII, nothing we will notice in our hands I am sure.
See below for a full spec list!
Another interesting point of difference, is that Samsung and Dropbox have teamed up to offer all Samsung Galaxy SIII owners a 50GB Dropbox account! This is significant as we see mobile manufacturers looking to the Cloud to provide further storage options.
Samsung will ship the Galaxy SIII in white and blue, reminiscent of the choices available for the Galaxy Note phablet device.
Available in all markets soon, the device will ship first in the UK it seems for a lofty 600 pounds!
We certainly can’t wait to get our hands on one, how about you?
Hit the break below our video reviews, for the full spec list!
Samsung Galaxy SIII Full Specifications List
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE (regional)
Release Date: May, 2012
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
Weight 133 g
Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16.7M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, Up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
UI TouchWiz v4.0
Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack Yes
Card slot microSDXC, up to 64 GB
Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Zero Shutter Lag & BIS
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP, 720p@30fps
OS Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Chipset Exynos 4212
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
- S Beam, Buddy photo share, Share shot
- AllShare Play, AllShare Cast
- Smart stay, Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Dropbox (50 GB storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Image/video editor
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Predictive text input (Swype)
Li-Ion 2100 mAh
Could it be true?
Samsung have dropped a monumental post via their Norway Facebook Page saying the Galaxy Note would not be updated until at least the second half of the year!
This surely is in stark contradiction to recent other updates by Samsung, promising the update in Q1 of this year.
As we know, Samsung were first with the code, building the Galaxy Nexus, then updating the Galaxy S II.
One thing for sure, this will cement the Note as one of the most desired Android products on the market, when it does get its taste of the cold chocolatey sandwich.