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  1. Samsung's US team released a list of devices that are getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update, putting their users' minds at ease. What about the international versions of the phones though? A blogger in Poland got in touch with a local Samsung representative and found out. Here's the list: Samsung Galaxy Note 3Samsung Galaxy S4Samsung Galaxy S4 ActiveSamsung Galaxy S4 MiniSamsung Galaxy S4 ZoomSamsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8Samsung Galaxy GrandSamsung Galaxy Express 2 The Samsung Galaxy S III is conspicuously missing from the list, even though its phablet counterpart – the Note II – is on it. Reportedly, the reason is the amount of RAM, the Galaxy S III has "only" 1GB. That can't be the real reason though – the Galaxy Grand has 1GB RAM too. Plus, KitKat is optimized for 512MB devices, it's more memory efficient than Jelly Bean so even the weight of TouchWiz can't be it (and again, the Grand has the same amount of RAM). Note that the US version of the Galaxy S III will be getting KitKat, though that one has 2GB of RAM. Whatever the reason, this puts Samsung's 2012 flagship in the same boat as the international HTC One X (though HTC blamed NVIDIA's chipsets) - remaining on Jelly Bean or go the unofficial ROM way. Source
  2. Those of you who've eyed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, mark your calendars. We've spoken to a Samsung executive, who has confirmed the Galaxy S5 will go on sale in three weeks. Samsung's Unpacked 5 event at the Mobile World Congress is scheduled for next week - February 24, Monday at 20:00 CET. This gives Samsung just two weeks to get the device in stores before it's finally ready for customers to purchase in the middle of March. The information was also confirmed by other trustworthy sources of ours. Earlier in January, we also received information that aligns with what we now know. The specs of Samsung's next flagship suggest 3 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 or 805 chipset, with a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, 16 or 21 MP camera, 5.25" QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Soon enough we'll see if it's a bezel-free one. The TouchWiz user interface will receive a plethora of enhancements with the introduction of a new cleaner and flatter look. Source
  3. Looking to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2? Well you’ll be able to buy it next month for $450. The 16MP Android-powered camera has Jelly Bean out of the box, and is supposed to be a zippy performer. The Galaxy Camera 2 also comes with a 4.8” 720P display, 2,000 mAh battery, and WiFi data only. It also packs a 21x zoom, and an f/2.8-5.9 max aperture range. Samsung also revealed that they will be shipping their NX30 camera today, which comes with a 18-55mm kit lens. The price, however, is a bit steep: $1,000. Source
  4. Gold is back in fashion, haven't you heard? We obtained a snapshot of the Vodafone's inventory system, which confirms that the mobile carrier will indeed be selling a gold version of Samsung's upcoming flagship: the Galaxy S5. The proof is in the pudding: you can see the Gold S5's name and model number amongst its other golden smartphone brethren: the iPhone 5S and HTC One 4G. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also got a couple of gold versions, but those only arrived a few months after the smartphone went on sale. This time however it appears that the third hue will be available from day 1. Anybody interested in picking up a bling'ed-out Galaxy S5? Source
  5. Samsung is teasing a chipset announcement by means of its official Exynos Twitter client. The teaser shows a bull going after a red flag, Corrida style. The name Exynos Infinity and a description entailing Samsung's latest innovations are all we got from the teaser, though. As for the architecture, we've heard Samsung will include 64-bit ARMv8 processors into its 2014 flagships, but it's unclear if those will be of the Cortex-A5x series or some custom developed ones. There's an outside chance that this will be the new chip powering the Galaxy S5 smartphone, although it's far more likely that the flagship settles for a Snapdragon 805 or an older-gen Exynos. Apple took the mobile world by surprise with its 64-bit A7 chip and so far Qualcomm has only responded in the form of an mid-range 64-bit Snapdragon 410 so it seems logical that Samsung will counter with a powerful next-gen 64-bit Exynos of its own. Source
  6. Requirements: This tutorial is for advanced users, if you don’t understand what you are doing, do not proceed or you will brick your phone.The devise has to be Rooted and the CWM Recovery needs to be installed on it.USB Debugging from the Developer Options must be enabled.Your phone’s battery must have enough power left. In case your device powers off while you’re flashing the new ROM, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial once again.Pre-Installation Notes: Installed Apps, SMS, Call Logs, etc ... will be removed, so you can use Helium app or Titanium Backup to backup your installed apps and SMS backup & restore, Call Logs backup & restore and APN Settings Backup & Restore to backup your SMS, Call logs and APN Internet Settings. (Root access must be granted for some oh these tools).Remember to sync your Contacts info with your Gmail account. This will backup all your saved phone numbers to your Google profile so you can restore them after the new ROM is flashed with success.Tutorial: Download the latest build of Cyanogen Mod version Here. (Do not extract the files). Download Gapps for Android custom ROMs Here. (Do not extract the files). Connect the smartphone to your computer using the USB cable. Copy & paste Cyanogen Mod and Gapps to your smartphone internal storage. Disconnect the smartphone from your computer. Power off your smartphone. Boot the Galaxy S2 I9100G into Custom Recovery Mode by pressing Volume Up + Home Button + Power Button together. Once the Samsung Galaxy logo appears release all buttons. Once the CWM menu is shown you need to create a Nandroid Backup of your current ROM. Select “Backup and Restore” option then use “Backup” and save the nandroid file to your device’s internal /external storage. Now you have to apply a factory reset. select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” then confirm. Install the Cyanogen Mod custom ROM. select “Install zip from sdcard” or “Install zip from Internal Storage” if you don’t have an external SD Card mounted to your smartphone then find the Cyanogen Mod ROM file and install it then confirm the process. After the ROM is installed you need to flash the Gapps file. Use the same actions as in step 10 but instead of flashing the ROM file you need to flash Gapps. When the installation is complete you will need to get back to the main CWM recovery screen and reboot the device. The Cyanogen Mod first boot process will take at most ten minutes to complete then you will see the Cyanogen Mod home screen.Post-Installation Notes: If the device doesn’t boot into normal mode with the new ROM and you didn’t apply factory reset, then you should return to step 9 and apply it.You shouldn’t press any buttons while Cyanogen Mod and Gapps are installing, just wait for the process to finish before applying the next step.In case you don’t like the Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100G performance while running Cyanogen Mod ROM, then you should use the Nandroid backup file created in step 8 and restore your device to its previous ROM.You can check for updates by navigating to Settings > About Phone > Cyanogen Mod Updates.
  7. By Zach Epstein on Feb 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM When Samsung unveils its highly anticipated flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone later this month, it will likely be one of the most impressive handsets the world has ever seen. Rumors suggest it will have an amazing Super AMOLED display that measures 5.25 inches diagonally and packs 2K resolution for crystal-clear viewing. It will also supposedly feature either a cutting-edge quad-core Snapdragon chipset or Samsung’s own eight-core Exynos processor, as well as a huge battery, an impressive 16- or 20-megapixel camera and the latest version of the Android operating system. As great as that all sounds, however, you probably shouldn’t buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 when it launches in the weeks to come. Samsung plans to take the wraps off of the new Galaxy S5 during a press conference in Barcelona, just before the annual Mobile World Congress trade show gets underway. Millions of smartphone fans around the world are waiting with bated breath, and it will undoubtedly be a gorgeous device. But those who can fight the urge to purchase one the instant it launches will be rewarded, according to the results of a recent study. Consumer electronics price comparison specialist Idealo on Wednesday published the results of its research into the price trends of recent Galaxy S flagship phones in the months following each release. By analyzing the data it gathered, the firm was able to predict that the Galaxy S5′s price will decline substantially following its launch, which is expected to take place next month. Samsung’s Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 all followed remarkably similar trend lines in the long run in terms of unlocked price trends following launch. In the short term, however, the prices of Samsung’s flagship phones have been dropping faster with each new generation. Within three months of being released, the prices of the S II and S III had each dropped by more than 10%, and the S4 fell by nearly 20%. According to Idealo’s projections, the average retail price of the Galaxy S5 will dip by 24% after just three months on the market. That’s a discount of nearly one-quarter for those who can manage to wait just three months. “The average price of the Samsung Galaxy S2 had reduced by 13% of its initial value after three months of being on sale,” Idealo explained in a post on its blog. “Its successor, the Galaxy S3, experienced a price decline of 14%. One generation down the line, we notice an even more significant price decline. The Galaxy S4, which was released in May 2013, was 18% cheaper by August 2013.” The post continued, “Based on this data, we can predict that after just 3 months, the new Galaxy S5 could be available for just 76% of its original release price, which makes up a price reduction of almost a quarter, just three months on from market release.” It’s always difficult for gadget enthusiasts to hold off on purchasing a new device the moment it launches, especially one that’s as highly anticipated as the Galaxy S5. Those who can exercise some self-control and wait a bit, however, stand to be handsomely rewarded. http://bgr.com/2014/02/12/galaxy-s5-price-details-sale
  8. Queens’s University and a non-profit Canadian organization called PARTEQ have leveled an accusation against Samsung Electronics claiming technology theft. The technology in question is what Samsung calls “Smart Pause,” which basically allows for videos to be paused midway when the user looks away from the screen. It is claimed that Samsung was in talks to acquire the patent from these two parties, but later backed out. However, the South Korean electronics giant then went ahead and used this very feature in the Galaxy S4 and other smartphones and tablets anyway. The patent holders are adamant they gave Samsung the opportunity to license their intellectual property, but Samsung failed to oblige, and so they were forced into taking the legal route. The courts will now decide if Samsung is in the wrong here. The patent suit was filed on January 31, 2014, so it’s still very early days; we don’t yet have a date for any trial. Source
  9. Rumors indicate that this month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona could see more than one announcement from Samsung. Besides the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, sources indicate that new editions of their popular Galaxy Tab series of tablets and Galaxy Gear smartwatch could get announced. Although Samsung has kept the upcoming Galaxy Tab 4 appearance at MWC under wraps, there are indications that as many as three variants of the new tablet will grace Samsung’s booth at this month’s trade show – a 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch model. All will be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, feature up to 64GB of internal memory and Android 4.4 KitKat. Also rumored is a Galaxy Gear smartwatch successor. The Galaxy Gear 2 will feature a flexible OLED display and a refreshed design, and is expected to have way more features compared to its predecessor. Source
  10. According to analysts at Gartner, smartphones sales have exceeded featurephone sales for the first time in 2013. Smartphones accounted for 53.6% of sales in 2013, but in the fourth quarter alone they had a 57.6% share, showing their numbers are still growing. Samsung remains the biggest smartphone vendor and even managed to gain some more market share in 2013, though the final quarter of a year marked a small decline for the company. The Gartner analysts believe Samsung needs to push its technology leadership in the high-end and better bang for the buck in the mid-range to maintain its leading position. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Apple, declined several percentage points in 2013 and in the final quarter, even though at the end of the year the company added both NTT DoCoMo and China Mobile to its roster (the biggest carriers in Japan and China, respectively). Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 4Q13 (Thousands of Units) Huawei maintained the third spot, but will face increased competition from Number 4, Lenovo, which just bought Motorola from Google. Lenovo's smartphone sales in 2013 doubled and Motorola will help the company expand its overseas presence and enter the US market. The breakdown by smartphone OSes shows Android keeps growing, Windows Phone managed nearly double the sales but it still has a tiny share of the market. It did surpass BlackBerry OS though, which is quickly becoming extinct. Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Worldwide phones sales were 1.8 billion, of which nearly 1 billion was smartphones. Nokia still holds the second position behind Samsung in total phone sales, but it's quickly declining. Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2013 (Thousands of Units) Featurephones are declining in general, but smartphones have problems too – they've practically hit the saturation point in developed markets. Still, emerging markets are showing huge growth. India, for example, posted a 166.8% growth in smartphone sales during the final quarter. Source
  11. All of our questions about the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be answered come February 24th in Barcelona, but that hasn't stopped more rumors and speculations about the device from circulating the media. In fact, a newest piece of data from AnTuTu suggests that there will be two different Galaxy S5 devices with significantly disparate technical specifications: SM-G900H and SM-G900R4. The SM-G900R4 is packing a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM, Andreno 330 GPU, 32GB internal storage, 16MP primary camera, 2.1MP front-facing unit, a QHD display, and will have KitKit 4.4.2 out of the box. The SM-G900H version comes with much different specs: a 1.5GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 522 CPU, 2GB RAM, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 16GB internal storage, and an HD Display. The camera and Android versions are identical to the G900R4. Which version are you more excited for? Source
  12. Samsung made the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini Black Editions official in a press release sent out on Friday. The launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 is just weeks away, but there’s still no indication from Samsung that the torrent of Galaxy S4 models will taper off any time soon. The Galaxy S4 Black Edition is virtually identical to previous releases: 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S4 mini Black Edition will feature the same specs as former models as well: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The only pronounced difference between the Black Editions and every other Galaxy S4 release is that the Black Editions will “sport a high-quality leather-like textured black back cover and bezel” and also “come preloaded with a suite of eight dedicated wallpapers for both the home and lock screens as well as several new and exclusive ringtones.” Source
  13. Samsung Galaxy S5 benchmark screenshots have allegedly appeared on AnTuTu, confirming a 16 MP camera on the back, but the rest of the specs listed are underwhelming, at least compared to the rumors bandied about. What we see is a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 - powered device with 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a 16 MP camera on the back, and 2 MP at the front. Temperature and humidity sensors are also conspicuously absent, and these are an integral part of Samsung's S Health app. However, the source confirms that the benchmark is done on one of Samsung's engineering sample "mules", though, which are distributed for testing purposes to carriers and the like, prior to release. These are usually stuffed in generic chassis, and the externals, as well as some internals, aren't the final deal, so it's too early to deduce anything from the benchmark system info and final results below. Another possibility is that this is a carrier version, but at least a 16 MP camera seems to be a done deal, if the AnTuTu leak holds water. Source
  14. A recent study put a bunch of different pieces of tech to the test to see which of them would be the most likely to break. The top of that list? The iPad Mini. Following close behind was the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, Apple and Samsung products dominated almost all of the list. The tests consisted of dropping the devices onto concrete and dipping them into water. The results of the drop and dip tests were then reconciled with other factors: the design of the devices and how likely they were to fall out of your hands and how much each device weighed. The tests were conducted by SquareTrade Europe. Kevin Gillan, managing director of the firm, had this to say about their research and why it’s so important to consumers: “We are all investing in more and more technology, so when we do we want to make sure that we are going to get our money’s worth. By putting devices through tests that replicate real life situations, we want to help people make smart choices when it comes to choosing gadgets and ensure they are covered against accidental damage.” Here’s the entire list below, the higher the number, the more likely the device will break: 1. iPad Mini – 7.52. Samsung Galaxy S4 – 73. iPad Air – 6.54. Samsung Galaxy S3 – 6.55. iPhone 5C – 66. Nexus 7.1 – 67. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 5.58. iPhone 5S – 5.59. Nexus 7.2 – 510. Moto X – 4.5 Is durability a factor that guides your purchasing decisions? Or do you slap a case on your device and forget about it? Let us know in the comments. Source
  15. Beyond its big presence in Best Buy stores across the country, Samsung also has a few showrooms of its own scattered about. One such location was visited recently by Kontra, an anonymous “veteran design and management surgeon” who is well-known by Apple bloggers and enthusiasts. Kontra has been sharing his smart and snarky takes on Apple and its competition for quite some time now, and his most recent escapade took him to a Samsung Galaxy store in New York. As you can imagine, he had some thoughts to share regarding his experience there. “One step into the store, there is an extremely awkward concrete step with yellow-black warning stripes for a grand entrance,” Kontra noted in a post on his blog. “This would have never happened if Steve Jobs were alive or Judge Judy Koh wasn’t on vacation.” He shared 14 thoughts about the Samsung Galaxy store on his blog, some of which are merely quips and some of which offer interesting insights. Kontra said that the crowd in the store was a fraction of what one might find in an Apple Store at any given time, and he says the location would be “an ideal venue for students of store design and merchandizing to study (and compare to Apple Stores) matters of attention to detail, purpose, focus, traffic management, customer care and, dare I say, profitability.” Why profitability? As Kontra noted, Samsung doesn’t actually sell any merchandise in the store. He continued, “As you’d expect, the whole Samsung Galaxy experience is gamified. You get a check-in card (see above), NFC-activated on the spot via a Galaxy phablet, to harvest your contact info. If you get enough points (by familiarizing yourself with various store sections) you get freebies like food, t-shirts and ‘a chance to win Samsung products.’” “The unsurprising thing about the store was that I encountered absolutely nothing that failed to unsurprise me,” Kontra concluded, joking that perhaps he should return to the Samsung store every day, as his check-in card suggests, in order to better understand its purpose. Source
  16. Although Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has failed to make much of an impression within tech circles during its short lifespan, the Korean company has never been one to back down in the face of adversary. As such, it should come as very little surprise that according to a New York Times report, a second-gen version of the wrist-worn gadget is being lined up for the special Unpacked 5 2014 event later on this month at the Mobile World Congress.] Smartwatches are not exactly a new idea, but it took the Kickstarter-fuelled Pebble to really get things going in this industry. Since its release, we’ve heard reports that some of the biggest names in tech – including Apple and Google – may be planning something similar of their own, but while the speculation continues, Samsung and Sony are the only household names to have come through with anything tangible. Unfortunately, despite a fair amount of attention during the pre-release build-up, the Galaxy Gear has been a bit of a failure. Issues with functionality, battery life and a sky-high price have prevented most consumers from going anywhere near it, and those who have gone ahead and purchased it haven’t exactly been eager to offer any glowing testimonials. But this could all be about to change if, as the New York Times article suggests, Samsung decides to release a Galaxy Gear 2 alongside the main event of the Galaxy S5. The tone of the report seems to indicate that the Gear will be getting a refresh rather than a solid upgrade, but considering the various issues with the current model, one suspects that any change would be more than welcome. At this point, however, we don’t know exactly what kinds of changes Samsung is planning to announce. It’s bulky, overpriced, and the battery is fairly abysmal compared to the likes of the Pebble, so there are three categories that could do with some amendment, but whether or not Samsung has been paying attention to the forums and the blogs is anybody’s guess. Samsung’s "Unpacked 5 2014 event" will kick off the Mobile World Congress, which commences from 24th, at which point, we will finally be able to see the products that Samsung is trying so desperately to keep under wraps. Source
  17. Samsung, as you’ll likely be aware, has a colossal advertising budget, regularly throwing tens of millions into new ad campaigns. While some, like the Samsung Style dance, have left us cringing, the company has regularly taken the more traditional approach of involving itself in major sporting events, and having been a major partner in the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the company is also looking to capitalize on Moscow’s 2014 Winter Games. But while its tactic of giving away a free Galaxy Note 3 to every athlete may equate to some decent coverage when the TV feeds are beamed worldwide, there’s a catch, in that recipients of the free Note must obscure the Apple logo if they plan on using an iPhone during the opening ceremony. With social media being what it is, and fans able to get closer to the stars through mediums like Twitter and Instagram, participants of the Winter Olympics will likely be using their smartphones to take snaps of their personal highlights and share them with the world. But while a free Galaxy Note 3 will be offered to each and every athlete, they’ll have to essentially hide their affinity to the Apple iPhone, or indeed any other brand, as part of the deal. I’m sure many of us would happily hide our beloved handset – whatever its denomination – for a couple of hours if there was going to be an expensive, highly sought-after new smartphone on the other side. With that said, quite a few Olympians are wealthy enough to rebuff such an offer, and with Samsung’s requirement that Apple logos be covered up seeming a bit extreme, it will be interesting to see how many Galaxy Notes we can spot once the Games begin. The ban on logos does extend to any other brand of smartphone aside from Samsung, although since the Cupertino company is its main industry rival – allied to the fact that there’s certainly no love lost between them – means there’s little doubt that these guidelines have been set mainly to quell the ubiquitous bitten Apple logo. Supposing you were an athlete competing in Moscow, would you hide your iPhone / Lumia / Xperia in order to play along with Samsung’s rampant ad campaign? Do share your thoughts below! Source
  18. A rumour from a few weeks ago suggested that Samsung will unveil a successor for the smartphone/camera hybrid, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Things might be quite far along as the company imported a number of SM-C115 "mobile camera" devices into India for testing. The significance here is that the Galaxy S4 Zoom carries the model numbers SM-C101 or SM-C105. According to the initial rumor, the Galaxy S5 Zoom will have a 4.8" Super AMOLED screen with qHD resolution and will be launched in May. Unfortunately, unlike some other Zauba listings there's no mention of screen size here. Anyway, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled at the Unpacked event at the MWC (that conspicuous "5" really stirred things up). The Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced about three months after the S4 phone, so the timeframe works out for a May unveiling if the S5 really arrives at the MWC. Source
  19. Samsung announced the time and date of its next Unpacked event. The Korean giant’s next major mobile product announcement will take place this month, on February 24 in Barcelona, right at the MWC kickoff. The invitations contain more than a subtle hint that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will break cover during the event. They have the number 5 on display which is as clear a suggestion as it gets in our book. A potential appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress guarantees it a great deal of spotlight. Samsung was relatively quiet during last year’s MWC and did not announce any flagship products. Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5 include a 2K display and 16MP f/2.2 camera. The smartphone is tipped to launch with a revamped TouchWiz user interface sitting on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Source
  20. An upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device has been leaked via famous Twitter-based leaker @evleaks, showing off what appears to be the first new WP device from Samsung in over a year. Evleaks has reported on their twitter account that a Samsung handset, codenamed “Huron” with the model number SM-W750V, will be headed to Verizon. The SM-W750V Huron, which looks eerily like a Samsung Galaxy S, will be based on Windows Phone 8.1, and apparently run on Verizon in the US. Besides the impressively thin bezels, the Huron is rumored to feature a fullHD display and a 13MP shooter. The SM-W750V codename has also shown up on the site of the famous GFXBench benchmarking tool, which lists the screen resolution at 720 x 1280. This last bit is claimed by several sources as being incorrect, as GFXBench will sometimes display inaccurate display resolution. Also revealed by GFXBench is the presence of a quad-core CPU and Adreno 305 graphics. No word on pricing and availability of the Huron just yet. Source
  21. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo and Note 3 Neo LTE+ got officially unveiled (by Samsung Poland). The Neo is the long rumored budget version of the Note 3. It provides the well-known S Pen experience at a lower price tag. Compared to the original Galaxy Note 3, Both smartphones have pretty much the same weight, thickness and battery capacity, but the Neo is slightly shorter in lenght and width. Design-wise, the new smartphone is almost a complete match of the original Note 3, complete with the faux-leather plastic back. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo however has a slightly smaller screen (5.5-inch vs. 5.7-inch) with only 720p resolution (as opposed to 1080p) and the camera is only 8MP with 1080p video recording (as opposed to 13MP with 4K video recording). There are differences in the used chipset as well. In fact it's under the hood that we find the most notable difference between the two newly announced Note 3 Neo models. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ will ship with a hexa-core chipset, which consists of two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex A7 cores. Users of the HSPA+ version on the other hand, will have to make do with a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU. Chipset differences aside, the two versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo both feature a 5.5” 720p Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in memory (about 11GB will be available to the user), and a microSD card slot. The main camera is an 8MP unit with BSI sensor, capable of capturing 1080p videos. A 2MP front-facing unit will be in charge of video calls and selfies. Connectivity is fully covered on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo. In addition to LTE+ (up to 150Mbps) or HSPA+, the phablet features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC, GPS/GLONASS, and an IR blaster. The latter is listed as market-specific so it won't be available everywhere. The Note 3 Neo will come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. The usual plethora of TouchWiz tricks will also be present, as well as the full S Pen functionality of its bigger brother. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo measures 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6mm, while its weight tips the scale at 162.5 grams. The phablet is powered by a 3100mAh battery. Source
  22. Samsung may be planning to cut back on its oft-criticized Android customizations. A new report from Recode claims that the company recently met with Google to begin working out an agreement that could see Samsung's software move closer to Google's vision of Android. Discussions reportedly began after Samsung unveiled its Galaxy TabPro at CES. Google executives were apparently so displeased with the major changes in the tablet's Magazine UX — which has been compared to Flipboard and Windows 8 — that they felt compelled to open a dialogue with the number one Android manufacturer. It's unclear what the exact outcome of those talks will be, but Re/Code's sources say Samsung may consider dumping Magazine UX entirely in future hardware. It may also put a greater spotlight on Google's own applications rather than pushing in-house apps like ChatON on its customers. A source told Re/Code that the Samsung–Google relationship has gone through "a huge change, a sea change in the last few weeks." On Sunday, the two companies announced a broad patent cross-licensing deal that will see them share key intellectual property — another indication of an improved relationship. We've reached out to Samsung for comment. Update: Samsung tells us that it "will continue to identify and provide differentiated and innovative service and content offerings on our mobile devices." The company's full statement follows below. "Samsung strives to deliver great user experiences through our mobile devices and, as such, we also offer consumers a wide selection of differentiated service and content offerings. On Samsung’s Android devices, these offerings include Google services in addition to a variety of services offered by carrier providers as well as Samsung's own proprietary services. To continue our momentum of delivering great user experiences and bringing greater value to people’s lives, Samsung will continue to identify and provide differentiated and innovative service and content offerings on our mobile devices." Source
  23. Samsung is accused regularly of copying various aspects of Apple products, from their designs and aesthetic to various patented technologies contained within them. Sometimes, the allegations are founded — Samsung once created a secret 132-page guide to help engineers copy Apple’s iPhone interface — and a judge recently awarded Apple nearly $1 billion when it sued Samsung for stealing its intellectual property. Plenty of the ripoff accusations are unfounded of course, but this time around it looks like Samsung has taken yet another page out of Apple’s playbook. The image above, posted to Twitter on Thursday by SamMobile, shows what the blog claims to be Samsung’s redesigned S Voice application. S Voice, for those unfamiliar with it, is the voice assistant that Samsung launched following Apple’s introduction of Siri. It doesn’t work quite as well in all cases — we detailed how frustrating it is to use on the Galaxy Gear in our review last October — but it is certainly handy sometimes. Interestingly, the first thing you’ll notice about Samsung’s new S Voice design is that it’s much “flatter.” Flatter… flatter… where have we heard that descriptor before? Samsung’s new S Voice design, which may debut in the coming months alongside the launch of the highly anticipated flagship Galaxy S5, essentially looks like iOS 7 without the translucent layering effect Apple uses in its software. Samsung’s much-rumored new Android user interface borrows from a number of different software platforms though, not just iOS 7. From the look of recent leaks, however, the end result is gorgeous. Software makers borrow things from each other all the time — the Notification Center (Android ripoff) and app switcher (webOS ripoff) in iOS 7 sure do look familiar — so Samsung’s new UI just keeps with that common theme. Source
  24. Another day, another dose of Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors. Today's spicy bit of insider info comes straight from @evleaks who managed to obtain two of the Android application packages (or their names, at least) supposedly built for Samsung's upcoming flagship device. The bad news is that we aren't exactly sure what these APKs do. The good news, however, is that these packages' names seem to reveal some of the features that the Galaxy S5 will brag with once it is released. One of these packages is called FingerprintService.apk, suggesting that Samsung may place a fingerprint scanner of some kind on the Galaxy S5. With analysts claiming that the biometric feature will indeed be present on the device, today's rumor is definitely shaping up as a credible one. Let us not forget, however, that an APK of that same name was supposedly meant to be pre-loaded onto the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, yet ultimately, the device launched without an embedded fingerprint scanner. The second package is named 3DTourViewer_WQHD_K.apk, which gives us a clue as to what the phone's screen resolution could be – WQHD (or simply known as QHD) is another name for a pixel count of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Again, it has been suggested by analysts before that a 5.2-inch AMOLED display of this resolution is indeed to be used for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Of course, it would be wise to take all of the above information with a huge grain of salt. Galaxy S5 rumors are a dime a dozen, and some of them are bound to turn out totally incorrect. Thankfully, it won't be that long until we get to see the Galaxy S5 in the flesh. Samsung is expected to announce its next flagship Android device in February or March of this year, and that can't come soon enough. Source
  25. It’s no secret that Samsung is planning a big tablet push this year. The South Korean company already unveiled four new high-end tablets, plus a fifth one that’s targeted at users on a budget. And more are yet to come. Not long after we discovered the existence of the SM-T535, SM-T531 and SM-T530, now another previously unannounced Samsung device caught our New 8-inch Samsung SM-T330 tablet discovered - is it a Galaxy Tab 4? attention: the SM-T330. This was approved by the Bluetooth SIG today, and that’s how we know it’s a tablet. The SM-T330 also popped up at Zauba (the Indian import-export database that keeps on revealing new devices lately), where we can see that it has an 8-inch display. SM-T330 is a model number that’s related to the SM-T310 / SM-T311 / SM-T315 (this is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 launched in 2013) and the SM-T320 / SM-T325 (this is the new Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 announced earlier in January at CES). SammyToday argues that the SM-T330 could be released as the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. We’ll add that the new slate may have an AMOLED display - since Samsung seems to be ready to start mass-producing AMOLED panels for tablets next month. Of course, this is pure speculation. But perhaps we're going to see some of Samsung's alleged new tablets at MWC 2014 in late February - and we'll know more then. Source
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