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  1. It's no news that the 3200mAh stock battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stores more than enough juice for a day or two of moderate usage. It faired pretty well in our custom script battery test, which replicates the power consumption of typical real-life usage. Still, there are some folks out there who'd love to reminisce about the old days when they owned a feature phone and had to charge it once or twice a week. For all those who own Samsung's latest phablet and find its battery life unsatisfactory, ZeroLemon has come up with a $59.99 solution – the 10000mAh Tri-Cell Extended Battery case set, which is claimed to be the world's largest capacity battery with NFC support on board. In order to use this custom ZeroLemon accessory, you will have to take out the stock battery of your Note 3 and put the ZeroLemon one in its place. Due to its enormous size you can't just put your stock rear cover back on – you'll have to use the universal fit case which is included in the ZeroLemon set. Well, yes, this will make your Note 3 noticeably thicker, but the 10000mAh battery will most probably double or even triple the battery life of your Samsung phablet. The Note 3 is not a small device, but when outfitted with the ZeroLemon 10000mAh battery and case, it looks quite huge. Fortunately, the set comes with a belt clip holster, which doubles as a kickstand. The ZeroLemon case also offers some improved resilience for the battery and the Note 3 itself. The case comes with double polycarbonate and a single thermoplastic polyurethane protective layers, which will allegedly fully absorb the major impacts your device might experience. There are built-in protective tabs for the SPen stylus and the microUSB port on the bottom as well. The ZeroLemon 10000mAh Tri-Cell Extended Battery case set is currently available on Amazon for $59.99 and comes with a 180-day warranty (link provided at the source). It is compatible with all versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - N9000, N9005, Sm-n900t, Sm-n900w8, Sm-n900p, Sm-n900v and Sm-n900a. Source
  2. The Galaxy J has been officially launched. The phone will be available in red and white colors (the blue variant will remain exclusive to Japan) between mid-December and early January for 21,900 TWD ($740) off-contract, or for 7,990 TWD ($270) on carrier contracts with a 1,343 TWD ($45) fee every month. The Galaxy J sports a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage and a microSD slot, a 2600 mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean; as we’ve said before, it’s more or less a Galaxy Note 3 inside a Galaxy S4-sized body, and it should be a great buy for those who want a Samsung flagship that’s not too big or unwieldy. A launch in other markets isn’t certain, though we’ll keep our fingers crossed that happens in the near future. Source
  3. Samsung this evening announced it will launch the industry’s first 1-terabyte (1TB) mSATA SSD this month. That doubles the capacity (512GB) of some of the largest-capacity mSATA SSDs generally available today. As such, the 1TB 840 EVO mSATA SSD is poised to bring unprecedented large-capacity hard storage to some of the market’s thinnest portables. The 1TB mSATA SSD uses four flash memory packages, each with 16 layers of 128Gb chips. It’s just 3.85mm thick — about 60% thinner than an average hard disk drive — and weighs just 8.5 grams. That’s about 92% lighter than a typical HHD. It yields 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS, while pulling 540MB/s sequential read speeds and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds. The announcement of the ginormous-capacity storage device was part of the reveal for the company’s new lineup of 840 EVO mSATA SSDs, which come in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities. The whole line uses 128 Gb NAND flash memory, and they all use Samsung’s own controller with TurboWrite. No exact release date was mentioned — just that it will come out sometime in December. That may be pushing the holiday shopping season a bit late, but as a high-end storage device it’s less a gift item than an upgrade for computer users who like their storage huge, fast, and as physically compact as humanly possible. It will also likely cost a pretty penny. Keep an eye on SlashGear for news about the giant flash-based drive’s pricing against performance. Our SSD portal should serve you nicely. Source
  4. Early benchmark results are often a good way of discovering whether a new device is being tested out, and with talk currently rife regarding Samsung’s next batch of flagship smartphones, benchmarks found over at GFXBench could already show the full list of specs of the Galaxy S5. The S4 only arrived in the late spring, but with sales having not reached expectations, the Korean company is said to be working doubly hard on its eventual successor. According to the GFXBench results, the device will boast the latest and greatest Android 4.4 KitKat, a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz as well as a potentially jaw-dropping 2560 x 1440 resolution, or 2K HD display. Both the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note ranges boast the very highest level of available hardware, and even though the former has been around for a number of months now, you’d be hard pushed to find anything on the market with as much power. But nobody ever doubted the power of the Galaxy S4 or Note 3, and the processing beef is not the reason why either device has failed to make the kind of impression of those before it. Many consumers felt that both handsets were all-but the same as those released in 2012 aside from some improved interior hardware, and although this was enough for some, asking for nigh-on $1000 for a mediocre upgrade was perhaps a step too far for others. The fact that Samsung insists on creating its handsets with plastic fascia has also been cited as a reason for consumers baulking at the Galaxy range in recent times. The iPhone, for example, has made the transition to an aluminum unibody, and with HTC following suit with the One to offer Android users a similarly elegant finish, Samsung has, it seems, been caught out. There’s reason to believe that Samsung will offer at least one aluminum smartphone next year, and although ardent fans of the handset will probably purchase regardless, adding a touch of finesse to the S5 will certainly help the darling of the Android community to retain its dominant position. A 2K display, aluminum finish, 3GB of RAM and Samsung’s usual wealth of high-end hardware could be a big hit in the smartphone industry, and with HTC having clawed back some of the ground it was beginning to lose, the South Korean giant will need to make some big statements with whatever it does decide to release next year. Source
  5. Samsung might release as many as five phones in the first quarter of 2014 alone, including the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, according to Korean publication ET News. We’ve already heard whispers about the Galaxy S5 arriving earlier than its usual April-May roll out, and this here rumor reiterates that Samsung might speed up the launch this year. Other rumors about the Galaxy S5 mention the possibility of an even sharper screen with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, a new, more resolute camera and even a metal body. Take a look at our Galaxy S5 rumor round-up to learn more. Other devices that Samsung could start the year with include a Galaxy Note 3 Lite of sorts as well as a Galaxy Grand Lite, both devices with large displays, but the Note series is known for bundling in a stylus. The Lite versions would obviously be short on specs and most importantly - cheaper. Source Samsung is also likely to roll out new entry-level devices and the goal is to cover all users with all their different demands. Some of the new launches might include dual-SIM devices.
  6. 16 MP camera modules with low-light friendly ISOCELL technology aren't the only thing brewing at Samsung for next year's flagships, it seems. Korean media is reporting on an even more resolute, 20 MP sensor being in the pipeline. The source claims that December 1st marked the date when Samsung's R&D department commenced a project to develop such sensor from scratch, including the autofocus actuators and the elaborate lens set. There's no word as to whether this 20 MP unit will also utilize the space-saving ISOCELL tech, or have optical image stabilization. For Samsung to adopt OIS in flagships like the S5 would mean at least 50 million suspensions mechanisms for the camera have to be procured, and there is not nearly enough yield for that yet. Perhaps that is why the sources mention that the new 20 MP sensor won't be ready until the second half of 2014, and maybe even reach Samsung flagships in 2015. As for next year, the 16 MP ISOCELL sensor is expected to land on 25% of Samsung handsets sold, which would peg its production to about 90 million units, which probably will include both the Galaxy S5 and the Note 4. There is a big batch of 13 MP and 16 MP Sony sensors procured by Samsung for next year, say the sources, so we can expect the megapixel race to be kept alive by the Koreans, in order to offset somewhat the ever more resolute and elaborate phone cameras with OIS that the competition is and will be bringing. With the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 Samsung proved it can create a phone that takes very good low-light pictures even without OIS tech, so we keep out hopes high for the 16 MP editions next year, too. Source
  7. Android 4.4, also known as KitKat, is the most recent version of Google’s popular operating system, and it’s already shipping in several new devices around the world. But what about the 900 million or so Android devices that have been sold to date? How do you know if your phone or tablet will get a sweet KitKat upgrade? Here's a guide to the major manufacturers and their KitKat roadmaps so far. Google The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, will all receive the KitKat upgrade. Motorola Motorola is primed to show off the latest and greatest facets of Android and the new KitKat operating system. It’s no surprise then that they’ve got one of the clearer plans for finding out when your device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.4. The Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM processor powered Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will all get upgraded to Android 4.4, though no official availability date has been set. As well, the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, and Droid Razr Maxx HD all have the status of "future plan to come soon." You can check for updated information by entering your device information on the Motorola's upgrade website. HTC If you're a subscriber on one of the four major U.S. carriers, your HTC One will receive the KitKat upgrade within the next 90 days. If you're using an unlocked or developer version of the handset, your HTC One will get an update in 30 days. Samsung Samsung has announced that the GALAXY S4 Google Play Edition will be upgraded "in the coming weeks." The venerable Galaxy Nexus, built in partnership with Google, will not receive an upgrade. Other device upgrade plans have yet to be announced. Sony Sony announced they will be first serving up Android 4.3 updates to most of their Xperia devices, with Android 4.4 upgrades to follow for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Tablet Z. LG Nothing official has been announced for other LG devices. though other devices are likely to be upgraded including the LG G2. Source
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    Samsung announces Galaxy Grand 2

    Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone that features several improvements over its predecessor. To start off, it features a new design that is similar to the new Galaxy Note 3 with a stitching pattern around the faux leather back. On the front is a new 5.25-inch LCD with a resolution of 1280x720, an improvement over the WVGA display on the previous model. On the inside, the Galaxy Grand 2 runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space with a microSD card slot. The battery has been upgraded and now has a capacity of 2,600mAh. The larger display means the new model is slightly taller and wider than its predecessor. It still has a dual-SIM slot and the same 8 megapixel camera on the back. The Galaxy Grand 2 comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone will be available primarily in white, with black and pink offered in select regions. Source
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    Galaxy S5 Metal Frame Leaks

    The frame arrives courtesy of notorious leaker Nowhereelse.fr, a French blog with a rich history in getting hold of products and parts before during the very early stages. One reason, perhaps, why the Galaxy S4 has not sold in the vast numbers Samsung might have hoped, is cited by many to be the cheap, plastic body. Many other companies competed with the Galaxy S / S2 / S3 in terms of hardware, but most of these rivaling handsets also sported a fairly underwhelming finish. This all changed earlier on in the year with the HTC One, a handset with an uber-sharp display, quad-core Snapdragon processor and, notably, a slick aluminum finish. Many Samsung fans have been crying out for the high-end handset to be afforded an equally high quality finish, and this metal frame suggests this could finally be the case with the S5. Of course, this leak cannot be verified, and it’s also very much possible that the rest of the device could be comprised of plastic, but for those hoping Samsung comes through with something vastly different from the S 4, this should be taken as an encouraging sign. Nowhereelse.fr’s sources claim Samsung will be bringing an aluminum smartphone in the future, and with the HTC One and iPhone 5s both the subject of much acclaim from design experts and fans in general, it will be interesting to see whether the South Korean company does feel like breaking a habit of a lifetime. The frame also points to a slightly larger display than that of the S4, but we’d expect this to be the case anyway. We’ve also been hearing that Samsung plans to really push the envelope with regards to the cameras of both the Note 4 and Galaxy S5, and we certainly cannot wait to hear more about these two eagerly-awaited handsets. Source
  10. We heard through the grapevine during Samsung's Analyst Day not long ago that the company might be releasing a 560ppi mobile display next year, which we immediately thought would be a perfect fit for a flagship phone like the Galaxy S5 or even an eventual Note 4. There were no reporters allowed during the Analyst Day presentations given by Samsung head honchos, so most of the rumors what's in the pipeline were hearsay from Korean analysts that were present at the events. Now, however, we have the whole presentation of Samsung Display's CEO Kinam Kim leaking out, and on slide number 11 below 2014 is clearly marked as the year Samsung will reach 560ppi phone displays, and of the Super AMOLED variety at that. Next up in the lofty goals is making such displays with plastic substrate, like on the Galaxy Round, but mass producing such panels is probably some time off still. Nevertheless, a 560ppi AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S5 would be pretty amazing, as it would mean resolutions in the 2600x1440 pixels ballpark at a 5.3" size. That's roughly the so-called WQHD resolution that you see mentioned in one of the slides as ready for next year, whose standard is exactly a 2560x1440 resolution, or 3.7 million pixels at your disposal on a small phone screen, pretty crazy. Not that we have any problem with the current Full HD 1080p screens, but if the new panels also sport some fancy new energy-saving tech like during the jump from 720p to 1080p screens, we are all for it. In any case, this is just speculation at this point, though we doubt that if Samsung has heard plans for 2600x1440ppi smartphone screens from competitors, it will leave next year's flagships to chance. Meanwhile, Samsung has some great plans for bendable, foldable, and even stretchable displays going forward, on anything from wearables, through cars, to fashion even. The whole presentation can be found at the source link, but take a look below at the handpicked slides from it, which refer to mobile displays, and marvel at what's ahead. In any case, it looks like Vivo's Xplay 3S phone might hit the market with a WQHD display first, but it won't be the only one for long. source
  11. Apple and Samsung's legal skirmish has reached another milestone, where the latter has now been asked to pay $290 million to Apple for infringing on patents. As you may already know the court found Samsung guilty of infringing upon Apple's patents once in the past, for which Samsung was fined $1 billion as fine but was then dropped down to $599 million after reconsideration. Now another jury has found Samsung guilty of infringing on additional Apple patents, for which the Korean giant now has to pay $290 million, or $290,456,793, to be precise.Apple had requested a fine of $380 million, so Samsung should be glad the court didn't agree to that, even if the $290 million amount is higher than their own estimate of $52 million. The final amount now stands at just under $890 million for Samsung.Samsung will obviously be appealing to the court to reduce the amount further, and Apple will try to get it raised, so this thing is far from over. But as of now things don't seem too good for Samsung. Regarding the decision, Apple and Samsung released the following statements. Source
  12. A senior official for ARM has confirmed that Samsung is on track to release a smartphone equipped with a 64-bit Exynos chip in 2014. While speaking to reporters at the ARM Technology Symposia 2013 in Seoul, the senior manager at ARM, said that, “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.” The official also mentioned that a 128-bit processor could be released within the next two years but insisted that it is just a possibility and not a plan. Samsung has been rumored to be readying their next flagship, the Galaxy S5, with a 64-bit Exynos Octa processor for launch in January but no other information about their plans has been revealed yet. The meeting with ARM executives confirms that there is a possibility of a 64-bit chip making it into the next Samsung flagship. Apple launched the iPhone 5s last month which uses the 64-bit A7 SoC, making it the first smartphone to feature the architecture. Samsung's mobile head JK Shin had made a statement to Korea Times that, "our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing capability," when talking about the Apple chip at that time. Source
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  14. Samsung report plans to launch its first Tizen smartphone early next year, and while its efforts with this new platform will initially be local to the Far East, Samsung undoubtedly hopes it will grow into something more — and reinforcements will definitely help. Headed by both Samsung and Intel, the Tizen Association announced this week that it has added 36 new partners from “all segments of the mobile and connected device ecosystems” to help bolster the platform moving forward. New additions to the Tizen camp include eBay, Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, Sharp and TrendMicro, and the Association’s full press release follows below. TIZEN ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES PARTNER PROGRAM WITH 36 NEW MEMBERS AIMED AT ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF THE TIZEN OPERATING SYSTEM Companies from All Segments of the Mobile and Connected Device Ecosystems Become Tizen Association Partners to Collaborate on the Ongoing Development of the Tizen Project and Platform Seoul, Korea-November 11, 2013 – Today the Tizen Association announced the launch of a partner program aimed at broadening support of the Tizen Platform across a more diverse set of connected device manufacturers, operators, application developers and independent software vendors (ISVs). The Tizen Association is an industry consortium that supports the development of an open source software platform and operating system – Tizen. Tizen supports a wide range of connected devices. The program launched today at the Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul, Korea with 36 new members. Each of the new members has the potential to join relevant Tizen Association Working Groups and to participate in Tizen Association meetings, giving them more insight and potential input into the development of the Tizen Operating System (OS). “The Tizen OS is attracting support from all segments of the connected device ecosystem, with manufacturers, operators, developers and ISVs joining to add their voice and expertise to the development of this open and collaborative platform,” said Ryoichi Sugimura, a Tizen Association Board Member from NTT DOCOMO. “One of the biggest benefits of Tizen to partners is the absence of application or feature mandates, allowing the OS to be customized based on what it is best for the end customer. This allows operators and some device manufacturers to select the provider of features and services that makes the most sense given the type of device, the location of the customer and the most popular use cases for that device. By democratizing this portion of the product development, Tizen is driving increased innovation and competition in the industry.” The 36 new members, alphabetically, are: 11 Bit Studios ACCESS appbackr AppCarousel ArtSpark Holdings Celsys Inc. Citymaps Crucial Tec eBay [email protected] Communications Goo Technologies HERE, a Nokia business HI Corporation Igalia S.L. KeyPoint Technologies KONAMI Konantech McAfee Mobica Monotype Imaging Inc. Mutecsoft Neos Corporation NTT Data MSE Open Mobile Panasonic PCPhase Quixey Reaktor Fusion Sharp Symphony Teleca Systena The Weather Channel Tieto TrendMicro TuneIn Radio YoYo Games “The Tizen OS promises to be the most open and comprehensive software platform available for those companies wishing to target the consumers of connected devices,” said Trevor Cornwell, Founder and CEO, appbackr inc., a Tizen Association Partner. “The Association’s commitment to support HTML5 applications, combined with their vision that extends beyond the smartphone and tablet ecosystem to a wider array of other connected device segments, makes it attractive to all types of companies. We look forward to collaborating with the Tizen Association to ensure that all stakeholders can contribute to the development of a platform for this growing market opportunity.” Original Article
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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