Next Galaxy Note 3 may have 5.99-inch display, 4+4 CPU
A new rumor has the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packing a 5.99-inch 1080p display. As with many of Samsung’s mobile product iterations, the new display will be larger than the displays on the original Galaxy Note (5.3-inches) and the Galaxy Note 2 (5.5-inches). Each of the earlier versions of the device carried Super AMOLED displays, although the new rumor doesn’t specify whether it will follow suit, or carry an LCD panel.
Phablet said to be more powerful than Samsung's offering
Nokia is planning to make a phablet in order to compete with other similar devices and to suppliment a relatively slow growth in Lumia sales, according to a report. The new device is suggested to be similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy Note, but with a higher specification, and will also run Windows Phone as its operating system.
Galaxy Note 8.0 set to arrive in Charcoal Black as well as white
Although Samsung revealed its iPad mini-challenging Galaxy Note 8.0 last week at MWC, it only revealed a white version, which was slightly unusual given its propensity to offer models in at least two color variants. A leak courtesy of Phone Arena suggests that anomaly will soon be corrected, as it looks set to be joined by ‘Charcoal Black’ model as well. No details about specifications have been revealed, but it is safe to assume that they should be identical to the white variant.
Samsung adds another display size
Samsung chose to delay its Galaxy S IV unveiling until several weeks after Mobile World Congress, though the company did bring along a few new devices to show off this week in Barcelona. We dropped by the company's booth to handle the Galaxy Note 8.0, a new tablet that fits squarely between the Galaxy Note II smartphone and larger Note 10.1 tablet.
Midsize tablet focuses on S Pen functionality
Samsung has introduced a new tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, that adds yet another display size to the company's tablet offerings. As part of the Note family, the eight-inch device bridges the gap between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the full-size 10.1-inch tablet, though it appears to serve primarily as a successor to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the company's direct competitor to the iPad mini.
South Korean suffers second-degree burns to thigh
A man in South Korea was injured on Saturday after his Samsung Galaxy Note exploded. The 55-year-old man apparently suffered second-degree burns to his right thigh, after the smartphone and spare battery he stored in his pants pocket suddenly ruptured and caused damage to his body and clothing.
Eight-inch tablet to directly compete with iPad mini
Samsung vice president JK Shin has revealed the electronics giant will be unveiling a new version of the Galaxy Note at Mobile World Congress next month. The Galaxy Note 8.0 with an 8-inch display will apparently retain many of the Galaxy Note 10.1's features, and is expected to be a direct competitor with the iPad mini.
Note successor on track for 10 million in five months
Samsung's Galaxy Note II continues to see strong sales in the manufacturer's native country, as well as around the world. The South Korean conglomerate announced today that its stylus-enabled handset has passed the one million unit mark in South Korea and continues to outpace its predecessor in terms of consumer adoption. The original Galaxy Note was released to respectable sales, moving 10 million units in the 10 months after its launch, but its successor is on pace to hit that mark in under half the time.
Smartphone rumored to merge Galaxy S, Galaxy Note lines
Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S IV Android smartphone in April, according to rumors. The South Korean company is also said to be merging its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series in the successor to the Galaxy S III, and will allegedly be the first in the Galaxy S series to launch with the S Pen stylus.
Galaxy Note to gain Multi Window support, Paper Artist app
Samsung has confirmed it will be putting Jelly Bean onto the original Galaxy Note, confirming a rumor leaked back in August. The news of the Android upgrade comes at the same time as that of the company's premium suite, which it previously confirmed would head to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Samsung Exynos 4-based processors vulnerable to serious
Devices running Samsung’s Exynos 4-based processors (4210 and 4412) including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II have been shown to be vulnerable to a hack with potentially serious ramifications. A developer on the XDA Developers forum @alephzain uncovered the vulnerability, which could give a malicious app the ability to wipe data, brick a device or access a user’s data without their knowledge.
Mobile OLED panels reason for push away from LCD technology
Samsung is to ship its next version of the Galaxy Note with a 6.3-inch OLED-based display, according to a rumor sourced from component suppliers to the company. The Galaxy Note III will apparently dwarf the Note II's 5.5-inch screen, itself being larger than the original 5.3-inch Note, and is suggested to come out in the next year.
Wii U, Surface among other list entries
Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn't included in his top-ten list despite the presence of the Galaxy Note II in eighth place. "When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," McCracken argues.
Mugen Power battery case more than doubles life of Galaxy Note II
Power-using Galaxy Note II owners may want to take a look at Mugen Power's latest offering. The HLI-N7100XL more than doubles the phone's standard run time and its built-in battery's 3,100mAh capacity. What's more, the NFC capabilities of the handset are retained.
Case against Samsung only going to trial next year
Acting via a court in San Jose, California, Apple has filed to add the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Android 4.1 to a list of infringing products in a US lawsuit against Samsung, Bloomberg reports. The case is notably distinct from one Apple won in August, in which a jury awarded the company damages of $1.05 billion. Instead, the suit involved today is only scheduled to go to trial in 2014.
Samsung may double down in 7-inch segment with stylus device
Samsung may be preparing a new entry for the increasingly crowded 7-inch tablet segment, as the South Korean electronics powerhouse is thought to be working on a smaller version of its stylus-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The size of the device is not yet certain, but entries in the DLNA certification logs show an as yet unrevealed Samsung device that bears the same prefix in its model number as previous Galaxy Note devices. Should the device materialize, it would give Samsung three S Pen-enabled devices on the market, including the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note II.
Galaxy Note II at AT&T on November 9 for $300, Galaxy Note will stay, cost $200
AT&T revealed it will begin offering the Galaxy Note II smartphone on November 9 both online and in stores, priced at $300 on a two-year voice and data contract. A pre-order page will go live on Thursday, October 25, letting buyers reserve their 5.5-inch smartphone. The LTE-capable phone is slightly larger than the original, 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.
TomTom Android app is lacking support for some of the latest Android devices
TomTom has gone ahead and delivered its promised navigation app ($50, Google Play) for Android-powered mobile devices. The app brings offline navigation capability as well, making it suitable for driving to new and remote places. It's largely the same app as the one offered for iOS users, and includes radar camera warnings in some countries, free map updates, and traffic guidance, among others.
Handhelds will have passenger, flight information
American Airlines' flight attendants will soon be assisting passengers with the help of Samsung's Galaxy Note. The airline has announced that all 17,000 of its flight attendants will be getting one of Samsung's stylus-enabled phablets to help them access passenger information, track food and beverage preferences and purchases, and stay up-to-date on travel conditions.
New version adds hover, context-sensitivity
Samsung has released an update to the Galaxy Note S Pen SDK to implement the pen's new features in third party applications. Version 2.2 allows developers applications to respond to a hovering stylus, where an application can recognize the pen near the screen and react to the gesture, similar to the Note II pen.
Galaxy Note 2 will support 4G networks, sport a more rounded design: source
The Galaxy Note 2 that's due for release on August 29 will have a 5.5-inch touchscreen with 1280x720 resolution, a Korean newspaper reported. While this technical detail, among others, has been rumored before, the paper does seem to have had an early look at the actual device and thus confirms the official specs. The phone, known by the GT-N7100 model name, will also have an integrated stylus and support 3G as well as 4G networks.
Supplies dwindle ahead of Note II launch
Despite having only launched earlier this month, Samsung's Galaxy Note phablet has vanished from carrier T-Mobile's web site. An examination of the carrier's Android product page shows no sign of the large-screen Samsung phone, and posts on the T-Mobile support board show some customers expressing confusion over how to get the device. It is possible that T-Mobile has simply exhausted its supply of the device, but the timing could indicate that Samsung is throttling back supplies of the device ahead of the launch of its successor.
Modular design, clips, Phillips screws welcomed by iFixit
A teardown of the recently-released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 shows the tablet to be fairly easy to repair. The iFixit team notes that the process is relatively simple compared to the iPad, since Samsung has opted to use Phillips screws and a number of clips and connectors. The Note 10.1 gets a repairability score of 8 out of 10, versus 2 for the iPad.
Galaxy Note II gets teaser video ahead of official reveal
Samsung has again teased its forthcoming successor to the 10 million plus selling Galaxy Note. The Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event for the Galaxy Note II will take place on August in Berlin where the new device will be revealed in full ahead of IFA. The new teaser video (embedded below) features director Wim Wenders, known for his imaginative films, talking about the virtues of the new device.
Galaxy Note II may stay on Android 4.0 for release
Unconfirmed information regarding Android 4.1 upgrades for Samsung's Galaxy line has surfaced, fueling speculation of possible release dates. Sources of Sam Mobile claim that initial firmware for the Galaxy S III had passed testing, enabling developers to focus on the public release. The handset is expected to receive the update by the end of the third quarter this year, pending final approval and any other unexpected delays.
Galaxy Note sequel confirmed for late August reveal
Samsung has confirmed that its Samsung Mobile Unpacked event just ahead of IFA on August 29 will be headlined by the launch of its Galaxy Note 5.3 sequel. "We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note…in Berlin on August 29," a Samsung spokesman told Reuters. The revelation confirms rumors that surfaced in early July that Samsung was prepping a next-generation Galaxy Note following the success of the original.
T-Mobile confirms Galaxy Note coming to its stores, online on August 8
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Confirms previous rumors via official Twitter feed
T-Mobile has confirmed plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy Note on its network. The carrier made the indirect announcement on its support Twitter account earlier today, in a tweet that also promised more information on the handset's arrival in the future. This follows two separate occasions within the last few months in which images of the device, complete with T-Mobile branding, surfaced online ahead of an official confirmation.
Galaxy Nexus, Note updates highlight Android fragmentation
Two major Android updates have arrived overnight. International Samsung Galaxy Nexus users with HSPA+ handsets are now getting an update to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean). Highlighting the fragmentation plaguing the Android ecosystem, just as the plain vanilla Galaxy Nexus gets the latest OS update, the Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T has coincidentally just received an update to the superseded Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Contest to build Galaxy Tab, Note, S Pen apps
Samsung is calling out for entries to its Smart App Challenge. The contest is running until the end of September and will distribute $4.08 million in cash and prizes to 80 apps built with the Galaxy Tab and Note in mind. The ultimate aim of the contest is for Samsung to bolster its App Store, with all entries to the competition required to use it.
Samsung set to reveal sequel to Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin
A corroborating rumor has surfaced from Korea's MK Business News lending credence to an earlier report suggesting that the Galaxy Note 2 will sport a larger 5.5-inch display. The publication also suggests that it will appear as soon as August with a formal unveiling to take place at the Berlin IFA 2012 consumer electronics show. Despite the larger display, the 'phablet' is expected to arrive in a form factor comparable to the existing 5 million plus selling Galaxy Note with 5.3-inch display.
New Galaxy Note to sport Super AMOLED screen, new design
Samsung may be working on a successor to its Galaxy Note phablet, one is said to sport a bigger screen. An "insider source" has told GSMArena that the new device will feature a slightly larger screen and a revamped design. The source also revealed that the release date for the Note refresh may be moved up to beat the expected release of Apple's next iPhone.
Still no release date, but images show T-Mobile branding
Prior rumors of a T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note have been seemingly confirmed today, as press images showing the device have emerged online. The photos, leaked to TmoNews, show Samsung's "phablet" device sporting T-Mobile branding. Little else has been officially released concerning the Note variant, but the leak seems to make it all but certain that the device will appear on the carrier sometime in the near future.
New color variant said bound for T-Mobile
A new color variant of Samsung's Galaxy Note "phablet" may be making its way to T-Mobile's shelves. TmoNews has gotten hold of an inventory sheet from the carrier, and a navy blue Galaxy Note demo model is listed among the devices soon to appear on T-Mobile's network. The leaked sheet would seem to confirm earlier rumors that the phone-tablet hybrid with a novel stylus input would soon be appearing on T-Mobile.
Samsung brings new content, premium apps
Samsung has begun rolling out an Android 4.0 update for UK owners of the Galaxy Note. The update is available for the unlocked Galaxy Note, while Note owners with a handset tied to a carrier will have to wait for carrier approval. The update, which became available for German and Dutch Note owners last month, will bring the latest Android operating system to Samsung's "phablet," as well as specially-designed software meant to take advantage of the Note's novel stylus peripheral.
Amazon to take aim with Kindle Fire against Apple iPad
Amazon may delay the rumored 8.9-inch Kindle Fire and launch a 10.1-inch model instead. According to DigiTimes, sources speculate that the larger screen will help compete with the iPad, whereas the 8.9-inch variant was said to be designed to go against the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Galaxy S III places near top in two of three tests
The crew over at GSMarena have got their hands on Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone and tested its battery performance. They came away impressed, comparing it to the performance of 31 other handsets in the process. The 2,100mAh battery managed to provide 10 hours and 20 minutes of 3G talk time on a single charge, placing fourth and behind the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX and Samsung's own Galaxy Note and Wave 3 S8600, in that order.
Samsung Galaxy Note gets ICS, Premium Suite, multi-core support
The Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000) has received its long promised update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The revised firmware (XXLPY 4.0.3, build date May 4) is rolling out to users over-the-air in Germany and the Netherlands at the time of writing. It brings with it Samsung’s revamped TouchWiz UI and its new Premium Suite of S-pen based apps including S Note, Shape Match and My Story.
Newcomer dives into Android arena
While wandering around the CTIA show floor this week, we noticed that a newcomer to the smartphone arena, Plum Mobile, brought along several intriguing devices. One of the new models, the Might, appears to be a cheap clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. We had a chance to try out the device and see how it stacks up against the competition.
Phablet crosses two million mark in just five months
Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note has sold two million units since its release five months ago. The stylus-enabled "phablet" hit the two million mark in the shortest period for any Korean LTE phone to date.
Experimental CyanogenMod 9 brings Android 4.0 to Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note has now received an experimental CyanogenMod 9 ROM that brings Android 4.0 to the half-phone, half-tablet. Team Hacksung has detailed the process and provided all the necessary files over on the XDA Developers forums, but cautions that only experienced developers apply the software to their 5.3-inch smartphones. There is also a list of known issues available online.
Samsung updates most Galaxy hardware
Samsung carried on its Android 4.0 updates by pushing them out to Canadians. The Galaxy S II and its LTE, HD LTE, and X variants should all start getting the new OS as of today. The Galaxy Note, as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.0, and 7.0 Plus, well get their update in a similar interval.
Our look at HTC's 2012 Android 4 flagship phone
For HTC, 2011 was sometimes considered a write-off: what looked to be a promising year with an early 4G lead saw the company overwhelmed by Apple and Samsung, and even by its own at times confusing lineup with problematic phones like the Thunderbolt. The One series for 2012 is the reboot, a return to basics with an emphasis on high-end design and even stripping back the custom Sense interface layer. We'll determine in our review of the HTC One X in 4G LTE trim, and to some extent the Evo 4G LTE, whether HTC is back to being a fierce competitor for the iPhone and Galaxy roster.
Ace Metrix says iPhone 4S, Gal Note ads get impact
Apple's new turn towards celebrity iPhone 4S ads is having an effect on viewers, Ace Metrix gauged Friday. The Zooey Deschanel and Samuel L. Jackson TV spots were the most effective ads of the week of April 20, beating out two Samsung Galaxy Note ads. They weren't the most effective ads so far in 2012, as one of Samsung's earliest feature-focused Galaxy Note ads from February just slightly pulled ahead.
Strategy Analytics sees Samsung take top spot
Samsung has achieved a milestone in toppling Nokia for the crown of top cellphone maker, Strategy Analytics estimated in a new study. Using unofficial figures for Samsung as well as official data elsewhere, it had Samsung leading with 93.5 million cellphones sold, or 25.4 percent of the entire space. Nokia's rapid decline in smartphones saw it tumble from 108.5 million phones at the start of 2011 to 82.7 million a year later, or 22.5 percent.
Samsung Q1 2012 hits new high, but mum on details
Samsung reported a best-ever first quarter profit equal to $5.2 billion on Thursday. The company singled out strong smartphone shipments as the core factor behind the 81 percent jump, both in established models as well as new "high-end strategic models" like the Galaxy Note. It wouldn't reveal shipments, but did say that shipments were higher in all areas, most of all in the developing world.
T-Mobile set to get Galaxy Note
Hints that Samsung could be prepping a version of the Galaxy Note for T-Mobile appear to have been confirmed with photos of the device surfacing in the wild. The photos, which passed through the in-box of the team at Tmo News, also show a number of T-Mobile apps preinstalled on the device. Pre-loaded apps include T-Mobile Name ID, Mall, TV and My T-Mobile.
White Optimus Vu expected to appeal to women
LG has promised to offer a white version of its Optimus Vu smartphone at SK Telecom in its home market of South Korea. The large, five-inch display of the Optimus Vu nearly rivals the 5.3-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note, but sports a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the Note's 16:10. LG expects the white Vu to appeal to younger users and women.
Samsung to upgrade most, but leasves T-Mo open
Samsung has posted an upgrade guide for the US that shows just which devices in the country will get an Android 4.0 update. Galaxy S II variants at AT&T, including the regular and Skyrocket versions as well as the Epic 4G Touch, are slated to get the new OS. The Galaxy Note also gets an update, while the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G either have or already are getting their upgrades.
User agent points to Galaxy Note update
Samsung may be readying a version of the Galaxy Note for T-Mobile. A discovery of a browser user agent string for a previously unseen SGH-T879 device by TmoNews both has the characteristic Txx9 naming of a Samsung-made T-Mobile device and the 1280x800 resolution of the 5.3-inch Note. While a small chance exists that it's a tablet, the naming scheme, user agent, and listings both at the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance (PDF) suggest a smartphone like the Note instead.