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  1. A "senior ARM official" has confirmed for Korean media that the chip architecture developer has been working with Samsung to bring a 64-bit processor to its smartphones and tablets next year. The CPU should belong to Samsung's Exynos family, and is likely planned as a direct response to the 64-bit Apple A7 chipset, as found in the iPhone 5s and the new iPads. “Executives from Samsung and ARM had a meeting today. They discussed the ARM 64-bit chip, which is expected to be used in Samsung’s smartphone next year,” were the senior manager's exact words. Cortex-M processors, for devices such as a smart home system, have been discussed during the meeting as well, where ARM’s executive vice president of commercial and global development, Antonio Viana, has allegedly been present. The insider also noted that 128-bit processors are being bandied about at ARM as a possibility, but not until two years from now. source
  2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the several great Android smartphones for power users, thanks to the convenience of its large 3,200mAh battery. However, if you want even more power, Mugen has you covered, as it has released a 6,500mAh extended battery for the Note 3. Since the Mugen extended Note 3 battery is thicker than the stock one, the company also provides a custom back cover to house it. It’s available in black or white, and the end result makes the Galaxy Note 3 a bit thicker than its usual 8.3mm waistline. Mugen states its extended Note 3 battery lasts 2.03 times as long, which is logical judging from the 6500mAh capacity rating. Happily, it also comes with NFC chip inside, so the Note 3 doesn’t loose points in the connectivity department. The battery currently sales for $98.50 on Mugen Power’s website. First shipments are expected to arrive on December 6. Source
  3. According to a report released by Bloomberg, Samsung has plans to release a smartphone with wraparound display at some point next year. The new screen tech will allow users to look up messages or stocks from an angle. The upcoming device is said to use updated version of proprietary Samsung technology called Youm. It was showcased during CES this year, and is currently featured in the Samsung Galaxy Round. Speculation points that the new three-sided display can be seen in ether a Galaxy S, or a Galaxy Note device. An altogether new model family is also not out of question. Curiously, the report about the yet to be released Samsung smartphone comes hot on the heels of similar news about Apple. A few days ago, word got out that Apple itself is working on two large-screen iPhone models with curved display. Original Article
  4. Mobile manufacturing companies like Samsung and LG are exploring the option of installing a killer switch in their handsets (Smartphones and Tablets) to make them non operable if stolen. "Data from the National Policy Agency show the number of reported smartphone thefts rose 457% to 31,075 last year from 5,575 in 2009. The Korea Customs Service also blocked attempts to smuggle 1,887 smartphones out of the country last year, more than 10 times the 2010 tally of 131 phones.” quoted WSJ. Most of the stolen devices are smuggled out the country and sold at a cheaper price. The functionality of the new feature can be guessed, the new killer switch would ensure that as soon as the phone is stolen it would erase all the data from the phone and become inaccessible to any carrier. When we use a phone it can be authenticated by our finger print scanning. This new technology can supposedly be used to develop the killer switch, which will be of a major requirement in the coming days. Pantech, a South Korean mobile manufacturer, has become the first to introduce this feature in to mobile phones. Through which we can privately secure messages and photos. But the spokesperson of the company believes that most of their user are not aware of this feature and more decent amounts of awareness regarding the safety issues need to be brought in user circles. And moreover there is a lot of pressure on mobile manufacturing companies from American prosecutors to adopt this feature by 2014. Information loss and threat due to theft is a huge concern in United States, which is generally considered as a mother market for any new idea or technology either to launch or test. Original Article
  5. A judge has determined that Samsung probably violated a court-ordered agreement to keep Apple documents secret, the latest snit in the epic patent battle between the companies that started in the summer of 2012. Judge Paul Grewal asked to look over the documents himself last month. Now, "having finally crawled out from under the boxes," he says it does look like the order was breached and "sanctions against Samsung and its attorneys are warranted." Apple gave Samsung copies of confidential patent licensing agreements with Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp, and Philips as part of the legal discovery process. The court issued a protective order that said the information could only be used by litigation counsel in the context of the patent case. But Samsung also used the information to gain a competitive advantage in the market, Apple claims, leaking the documents to more than 90 Samsung employees and 130 unauthorized lawyers. Samsung has admitted that proper protocol wasn't followed, but claims it was an "inadvertent disclosure" that "we deeply regret." Nokia joined Apple's motion for sanctions. Nokia's chief intellectual property officer, Paul Melin, says Samsung executive Dr. Seungho Ahn tried to use the Nokia-Apple licensing agreement as leverage in negotiating a Nokia-Samsung agreement. "All information leaks," Dr. Ahn allegedly told Melin. Judge Grewal has asked Apple and Nokia to present recommendations for punishment, and told Samsung to prepare a defense. A hearing is scheduled for December 9th. Source: theVerge
  6. A report in Korean media emerged, shedding light on Samsung’s future plans for Tizen. According to the head of Samsung Electronics’ visual display unit, the OS represents a “significant investment” for Samsung, and much progress has been achieved in its development. The company’s executive further iterated that a Tizen smartphone will be released before any other device. However, the launch of Samsung’s first handset has been pushed for 2014, not this year as initially expected. Original Article
  7. Today, Samsung confirmed that the cameras of the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 will be significantly improved. Of course, cameras tend to improve with every new generation of smartphone, but this time around, Samsung really means business. The cameras of the S5 and Note 4 will not be your typical, incremental improvements – Samsung is looking to take things up a couple of notches with new shooters that will, quite literally, blow minds. The improved camera will take the form of a new 16-megapixel module, and will, according to several reports, include specialized ISOCELL technology for better low-light performance and color reproduction. Many smartphone vendors have been looking to bump up the effectiveness of their cameras when natural light is not available, with Apple’s iPhone 5s featuring True Tone dual-LED flash for this very purpose. There are plenty of ways in which both devices could be improved next time around, but the camera would definitely be a good place for Samsung to start. Perhaps the shoddy sales this year will force the company into some kind of action, and I, for one, cannot wait to see the fruits of a Samsung backlash. Original Article
  8. Samsung has committed to bringing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to its Galaxy S III former flagship and the rollout should start in a few weeks’ time. If you know your way around flashing a ROM manually, though, you don’t even have to wait that long as a pre-release version of the Android 4.3 build has just surfaced. The beta version is reportedly stable enough to work as a daily driver, although it may have a bug or two. It brings a number of UI changes, including a new settings menu with tabbed interface as found on more recent Samsung flagships. The transparent notification bar is here too. Unfortunately the majority of the widgets in this build are still using the old design and Samsung Knox isn’t enabled. That should change in the final Android 4.3 ROM for the Galaxy S III, though, so you don’t have to worry about missing on the security feature. If you feel like giving the latest Jelly Bean version a trial run, download link here flash with Odin and enjoy. source: gsmarena
  9. It is official, guys – the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom is coming to AT&T and it won't be long until the handset lands on the carrier's shelves. Samsung's camera-centric smartphone (or camera that can also make calls, if you will) is scheduled to launch on November 8, priced at $199.99 on a 2-year contract. Alternatively, the device can be purchased via the carrier's frequent upgrade plan, AT&T Next. The latter option puts a Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom in your hands in exchange for 20 equal monthly payments of $25 each. The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom is an Android 4.2 smartphone that can easily put a basic point-and-shoot camera to shame. (Check out our S4 zoom camera comparison and see how it performs.) It features a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, 10x optical zoom, a dedicated 2-stage camera key, and manual camera controls that let you fine tune the image to your liking. The hardware under the hood, however, is not as impressive. There's a dual-core Exynos 4212 processor running the show and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels gracing the handset's front. Being an AT&T smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom can fly on the carrier's LTE network, allowing you to quickly post those super-awesome images right after you take them. Those who purchase a Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom on a 2-year contract or on an AT&T Next installment may take advantage of a promo letting them grab a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for free – be it on a 2-year contract or with it added to an existing mobile share plan for $10 per month extra. Also, trading in a used phone when purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom entitles you to an AT&T promotion card worth a minimum of $100. The credit can be used towards the purchase of a connected tablet, new accessories, or a wireless service bill. Interested, Watch the Promo video below source: phonearena
  10. Nokia sent out a presser that it has extended the secretive agreement it had with Samsung on mobile related patents for another five years. The kicker is that the price Samsung will have to pony up will not be known until 2015 rolls in. It will ultimately be settled in a binding arbitration then, likely with a lot of variables clearer, such as Samsung's total phone turnaround, and Nokia being a separate entity at the time, that will have the rights on the vast patent portfolio after Microsoft acquires the Devices & Services division next year. This extension and agreement to arbitrate represent a hallmark of constructive resolution of licensing disputes, and are expected to save significant transaction costs for both parties”, bragged Paul Melin, Chief Intellectual Property Officer for Nokia. source: phonearena
  11. The Tizen based OS, the Samsung Z9005 made another appearance. This time around, the smartphone showed up in an extensive hands-on video. It gives us a good glimpse of the device’s OS, including the settings and notifications menu, as well as the camera UI. See it below: Unsurprisingly, the OS of the Samsung Z9005 shares quite a few design bits with the Korean manufacturer’s TouchWiz UI for Android. The circular icons on the other hand, hark back to the MeeGo past of Samsung’s partner in the Tizen project – Intel. Previous reports point that the Samsung Z9005 is a developer-only device. We are yet to see a consumer-bound Tizen smartphone go official. source: gsmarena
  12. China Telecom currently enjoys a great working relationship with Samsung. The two companies have often partnered together to bring varying devices to the Chinese market and it isn’t any great secret that the telecom company is a big fan of luxury Samsung flip devices. If you like something and it works for you and your customers, then it makes perfect sense to continue the trend, which is exactly what has happened again as China Telecom and Samsung have introduce the new SCH-W2014 clamshell phone during a charity concert in Nanjing. The annual Heart Of The World concert may not be dedicated to technology but the South Korean and Chinese partnership deemed it the perfect platform to introduce the latest in a luxury line of clamshell designs. The handset immediately claims the title as the world’s most powerful dual-screen flip phone due to its 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The W2014 also comes with a generous 2GB on RAM as well as a whopping 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel forward-facing camera. As with a lot of devices in the Chinese market, the W2014 will ship with dual-SIM card capabilities and will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. Not the latest version of Google’s mobile OS but it’s as close as you can get until KitKat becomes available for the device. Samsung’s other clamshell style designs may not be immediately recognizable in the American and European markets but they’ve managed to shave a little off the weight of the device compared to earlier models in the range. This type of design may not appeal to everyone, but at an estimated cost of $1,640 Samsung must be pretty confident there’s a market in China for it. keep in mind that this is not the first time Samsung has introduced a clamshell Android smartphone. And it was the Samsung Hennessy which still holds the crown in this category, after which Samsung deemed it necessary to release another clamshell droid, the Galaxy Golden. source: redmondpie
  13. Samsung started its first developer conference this week in San Francisco and while talk of Android filled the air, Samsung also made sure that Tizen had a presence too. Most of the talk about Tizen took place between scheduled talks, amongst developers. The main focus of the conference was to push developers to make Android apps unique to Samsung models. One analyst sees this all being done in preparation for the day that Tizen is made available, to show developers that Samsung can take care of them even when they start writing for the OS developed by Samsung and Intel. This way, the transition to Tizen from Android will be a smooth one. Samsung is developing Tizen as an OS it can focus on if Google starts punishing Samsung for dominating the Android platform. Word is that problems with its app store has caused a delay in the launch of a Tizen powered handset. The latest buzz is that we will see a Tizen powered phone launch at CES 2014 in January. Meanwhile, both Sammy and Intel have been talking to code jockeys, trying to get them to commit to Tizen. Because Tizen apps are written in HTML5, a world class browser is being built for the platform. The lone Tizen talk on the schedule was sparsely attended even though positive features for Tizen were discussed. Alexis Menard and Kenneth Christiansen, two software engineers at Intel, said that the platform is responsive in that it can cover various screen sizes, and also has an API for features like the battery. Ebay says that it is considering building a Tizen powered app because it see the platform eventually being used in smartphones purchased in emerging markets. source: phonearena
  14. David Eun, executive vice president at Samsung, revealed today at Samsung's Developer Conference that Samsung sells some 1 million mobile devices every day. This includes smartphones, tablets, and anything that can be considered mobile. Eun's message to developers was that Samsung's next goal is getting them all to communicate with one another. "We know many of these devices and screens are connected. This is largely due to the fact that some 40 percent of the population connects to the internet. We hope to build along with you one of the largest platforms in the world for content, services, apps and ads. We call this the connoted home, and the connected life." - Eun Samsung has helped shape Android into the premiere platform for mobiles, and it's obvious it wants to extend this into other consumer applications as well. By putting out a million mobile devices daily, the Koreans certainly have a large client base at their fingertips to do just that. source: gsmarena
  15. After being caught paying for false praise and negative comments about competitors, Samsung has been fined just over $340,000. The issue first arose internationally in April, when Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) announced it was opening an investigation into the allegations. That investigation found the allegations were true: the FTC says Samsung used a "large number of hired writers and designated employees" to post in Taiwanese forums. The commission does add that the company did this through a third-party marketing company, just as Samsung originally claimed. Two local marketing firms were fined a combined total of over $100,000 for their part in the marketing ploy. When news first broke of Samsung's behavior, HTC was presented as the victim of a campaign of defamation from the Korean company's army of commenters, but the FTC's report into the matter doesn't mention the Taiwanese company by name. Instead, it only notes that the company paid people to "highlight the shortcomings of competing products." The commission did dig up a lot more nefarious activity related to Samsung's commenters, though. The list of infractions includes the "disinfection of negative news about Samsung products," "palindromic Samsung product marketing," and the positive evaluation of Samsung products. Both individually and collectively, these types of covert marketing are known in the industry as "astroturfing." While Samsung is by no means the first company to engage in astroturfing, it's been caught in the act twice this year alone. In relation to a later case, Samsung told The Verge that it remains "committed to engaging in transparent and honest communications with consumers." : - source - :
  16. Samsung is bringing the Galaxy S4 mini to the United States next month, where it'll be sold on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular. While pricing hasn't been announced, it's safe to assume that — like the Galaxy S III mini — it'll be offered as a less expensive option to the flagship smartphone from which the device gets its name. Between the value of the Galaxy S4's branding and the appeal of what'll presumably be a lower price, it's easy to imagine that the S4 mini will find some success when it debuts in the US. It is a distinctly lower-end smartphone though, having an older processor and a qHD resolution display. Oddly enough, the Galaxy S4 mini will be coming to the US just two months after the Galaxy S III mini landed on AT&T. AT&T currently sells that device for $0.99 with a two-year contract, though it's unclear if the S4 mini would take its place or be sold for more. The S4 mini itself was announced back in May, and since then has been made available, but only outside of the US so far. source
  17. the Apple iPhone 5s beat out rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S4 to earn the title as the world's fastest smartphone using the Geekbench benchmark tests. In single-core testing, the full-featured iPhone had a huge margin over the LG G2, the second place finisher. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was third. The HTC One was fourth, while the Apple iPhone 5c was fifth. A pair of mini-sized phones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini, were sixth and seventh. In multi-core testing, the Apple iPhone 5s still wound up on top, but the LG G2 finished a much closer second. While the Apple iPhone 5s uses a dual-core processor versus the quad-core silicon found on many of the other models, the number of cores doesn't necessarily correspond with the speed of the phone. The results mean that when you swipe through menus and open apps, the iPhone 5s feels snappier than its Android competition. "Apple iPhone 5s: 1410 (single core score), 2561 (multi core score) LG G2: 882 (single core score), 2355 (multi core score) Samsung Galaxy S4: 687 (single core score), 1939 (multi core score) HTC One: 643 (single core score), 1805 (multi core score) Apple iPhone 5c: 711 (single core score), 1281 (multi core score) Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: 649 (single core score), 1135 (multi core score) HTC One Mini: 477 (single core score), 880 (multi core score)"-scores from the Geekbench tests" source
  18. Samsung promised at its Mobile UNPACKED Episode 2 event that it will start rolling out Galaxy S4 updates in October and we are very pleased that Samsung has kept their promise. As Samsung has just started rolling out Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update to the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). Samsung is always a bit late with updating its devices to the latest version of Android but always manages to delivers the most bug free and stable software after a ton of R&D. Also, Samsung is the only OEM which gives its older devices the latest version of Android even after completing the usual 18 month update cycle. For example, Samsung provided Galaxy S II users 2 major Android updates (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean), a device which was released in April of 2011 and initially shipped with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and finally ended its support in May 2013 (25 Months). Now let’s talk about the new Android 4.3 update. There are not much visual changes but there are a ton of under the hood improvements and optimisations. The device simply feels much faster than before, and benchmark scores have significantly increased as well. In Antutu Benchmark we used to get a score of 25-26K with Android 4.2.2 and now with Android 4.3 we get around 29-30K. Samsung doesn’t provide an official change log for its updates but after testing a few internal builds and this official one, we can give you folks our own list of changes and improvements we have noticed. CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ANDROID 4.3 UPDATE - OpenGL 3.0 Support - GALAXY GEAR Support - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster) - ANT+ Support - Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application) - Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded - Improved RAM management - Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before) - Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag) - New Samsung Keyboard - New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more) - New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications) - New Camera firmware - Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc) The software update is being rolled out in phases, so it may not yet be available in your country at the moment but don’t worry it will arrive very soon. If your device is carrier branded then it might take sometime as the update has to get improved by the carrier first and only then Samsung will make it available for your device. To update your Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, connect your device to your computer and use Samsung KIES or simply use Samsung’s OTA service. To download and install the firmware via OTA, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update. All new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmwares for the Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) are present in our Firmware Section, as well. You can use our Firmware Section to manually update your device if for some reason you can’t officially update your device via Samsung Kies or via OTA as you might be using a Custom ROM or if your country has not yet received the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update. Also, bookmark this page as we will keep this page up to date with the latest information on countries and carriers releasing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update. To keep track of the countries and carriers receiving the new Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505); check it out below.
  19. hitminion

    Galaxy S2 Problem

    Hello Nsane, So I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone and I am having this frustrating problem. It's like this, my android is on the table and i press the Home Button to check for any notifications and I realize it's off so I Long Press the Power Button to turn it on nothing happens. The only way to turn it on is by removing the battery and putting it back again and then Long Pressing the Power Button will turn my S2 on. I honestly don't know what is causing this, if it is a hardware or a software problem. It's very annoying because sometime awaiting for an important call while your android is dead can have serious results. Model Number: GT-I9100G Android Version: 4.1.2 Baseband Version: I9100GXXLSP Kernel Version: 3.0.31-893450 [email protected] #2 Build Number: JZO54K.I9100GXXLSR Thank you.
  20. The Galaxy S5 – could be set to arrive as soon as January. If true, it would be a real break away from the spring-summer launches we’ve witnessed these past couple of years, and would leave Galaxy S4 users feeling more short-changed than they perhaps already do. The report arrives courtesy of Korean publication Naver, and suggests that the rushed release is a result of the Galaxy S 4 not shifting as many units as Samsung had anticipated. The device will, according to the report, be showcased in January of next year, with the release to consumers taking place in February. In terms of specs, the report talks of a 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor, as well as a 16-megapixel OIS camera. Sounds like overkill, of course, but then again, such is the case with the vast majority of smartphones on the market today. With Samsung already expressing its lack of interest in building a fingerprint sensor for its device range, could it be that the Korean outfit is planning to take at least one leaf from the Apple stork by going all 64-bit on us? Almost every facet of the report seems made up, but if, by some reach, Samsung is planning to unveil a new-year gift to the smartphone industry in January of next year, it stands to reason that we’ll start hearing about it pretty soon. SOURCE
  21. A mere handful of hours after press images of a purported curved device from Samsung leaked out, the manufacturer has released initial details on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Round. The device packs a 5.7-inch 1080p display just like the Galaxy Note 3, but this one has a not-so-subtle curve to the entire device that distinguishes it from other "flat" phones. Samsung says that it has also developed new software experiences to take advantage of the curved design such as tilting the phone while it's sitting on a table to check notifications, battery life and the time. Throughout the interface Samsung is working to make the software feel more at home on a curved display, offering tilt-based interfaces for some apps. Hit the break for more pictures and video of the new device from Samsung's official blog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UIEExKSjWi4 Beyond that wacky curved form factor, the Galaxy Round is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2800mAh battery. We're also looking at a 13MP camera and the same Android 4.3 software experience you know from other Samsung devices. The overall dimensions of the Galaxy Round come in at 151 x 79 x 7.9mm, which is nearly identical to the Galaxy Note 3. The device is exclusive to SK Telecom in Korea at the moment starting Oct. 10 in "Luxury Brown" with pricing set at 1.09 million won (about $1,015), with no details on a broader release at this point. :view: Original Article : Android Central
  22. Samsung have been falling over themselves making different statements to users about the controversial region-locking of the Note 3, now they may extend this to older devices such as the Galaxy S3. Last week we reported on the unpopular move made by Samsung to region-lock the Galaxy Note 3, and since then Samsung have attempted to clarify the move with even more confusing statements to the press and customers on the issue. One Samsung official said that if the Note was activated "the right way" in the region it was purchased, then sim cards from other regions could be used in the device; which just leaves us wondering what purpose a region lock serves at all. However in practice this doesn't seem to be the case; users on XDA have been complaining that even though the European model was activated correctly, the Note 3 would not accept cards from other regions such as Africa or Asia, which has resulted in anger from customers and some scathing reviews on Amazon UK. Another rep also told a customer over the phone that the European Galaxy Note 3 handsets are only meant to work in that region, and once Android 4.4 KitKat arrives the regional lock will be extended to some older Galaxy devices that include the Note 2 and Galaxy S3, even if they are over a year old. However, if the varying statements made by Samsung are anything to go by, things could change by the time Android 4.4 comes around - one would at least hope. Galaxy S4 units sold in Europe and Latin America have also been shipping with the same sticker that warns that the device can only be used with sim cards in that region. Samsung has defended the move by stating that the practice will help stop the illegal import of their devices in certain countries, but if their earlier claim is true in that people can still activate in the region it was purchased, and then be able to use a sim card in another region, this doesn't seem to align with their claims that they need this to stop the illegal imports. All this serves to do is anger customers, create a situation where Samsung owners are forced to accept the higher roaming charges, and possibly even deter those customers from buying another Samsung handset in the future. Backpedaling on older devices is also something that won't go down well with owners; is Samsung really that worried about illegal imports of the older Galaxy S3, or is something else at play here? News Source: http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2013/10/03/galaxy-note-3-region-lock-may-spread-with-4-4-kitkat-update/ & http://www.neowin.net/news/samsung-region-lock-may-be-extended-to-older-devices-with-kitkat-update
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