Galaxy Note II set to receive first major update
Owners of Samsung's Galaxy Note II will likely be receiving an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the very near future. A screenshot showed up on the Twitter account @bhanusoi, clearly displaying that the device in question was running Android 4.3. Observers have noted that the Android build is likely already in the hands of Samsung's service centers, and it may be rolling out to assorted carriers in a short period.
Oddly, iPhone 4S and 5 also drop slightly in resale value
Analysts at investment firm Piper Jaffray, after monitoring online auctions for Apple and Samsung smartphones, have found that the three-year-old iPhone 4 has actually gained in resale value by just over 10 percent, while the later iPhone 4S and 5 models dropped in resale value -- but nowhere near as much as Samsung's former flagships the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. A similar study conducted in China looking at resale auctions there saw similar results, with the iPhone 4 gaining resale value while newer iPhones and Galaxy products dropped.
Picture may be from forthcoming Galaxy Note device
A new image has appeared online that could have been taken by an as yet announced Samsung Galaxy Note III. The image appeared on SmartFan over the weekend, showing nothing of much interest. What was notable was the image's EXIF data, which lists the device taking the picture as GT-N7200.
Software update pushed to Galaxy Note II enables LTE
T-Mobile will be activating its 4G LTE network in the United States by the end of this month, according to reports. An over-the-air update is being sent to Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones to activate the LTE radio in preparation for the LTE turn-on, which is expected to be at the same time as the BlackBerry Z10 becomes available through the carrier.
British retailers recommending Samsung phones over iPhone
Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones may be getting an extra bit of sales push from retail attendants in the United Kingdom. This according to a survey by Informa Telecoms and Media, which found that the two Samsung handsets were the most recommended smartphones among eight of Britain's leading electronics retailers. The two Samsung phones were recommended more often than any other devices, including Apple's iPhone 5, even though much of their competition is newer to the market.
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.
Galaxy Note II to come in black
Samsung appears to be preparing to release a new color variant of its Galaxy Note II. Purported press images found by AndroidSlash appear to show an all-black model of the fast-selling handset. There is no word on when exactly the all black Note II might debut or on which carriers it may appear.
Samsung adds the Grand to the Galaxy line of smartphones
Samsung has taken the covers off the Galaxy Grand, the latest in its ever-expanding array of devices wearing the Galaxy brand. The new device continues the current design language seen in the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. The Galaxy Grand also sits between the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III and the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II with a 5-inch display.
Muse syncs with Galaxy devices to play MP3s
Samsung today announced the availability of a new miniature music player, the Galaxy Muse. The Galaxy Muse can sync with Galaxy devices in order to give owners a lightweight way to keep their tunes with them when on the go. Thanks to the new Muse Sync Android app, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners can sync music to the Muse without having to connect to their PC at all.
Multi-window Gmail 'available soon'
In the near future, a software update will give owners of Samsung's Galaxy Note II versions of YouTube and Gmail that are compatible with the device's novel multi-window feature. This according to the Twitter account for Samsung Support USA, which confirmed that the feature would be "available soon." The multi-window feature allows users to split their screens to show multiple apps at the same time, but not all apps are compatible with it.
Stylus-enabled phone now on sale for $300
Verizon announced today that Samsung's Galaxy Note II is now available for purchase online and will be in stores starting tomorrow. Verizon customers can pick up the hot-selling phone-tablet hybrid for $300 with the activation of a new two-year contract. Verizon carries the Note II in two color models, Marble White and Titanium Grey.
Samsung Galaxy Note II sales pass five million
After announcing that it had passed the three million units sold mark in early November, Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Note II has passed 5 million units in sales. The increasing availability of the device around the globe as more carriers pick it up is likely the reason for the acceleration of sales. The original Galaxy Note ‘phablet’ passed 10 million sales before the new model replaced it in early October.
Note II update also brings email, notification changes
Owners of Sprint's Galaxy Note II will soon receive an over-the-air system update that will give the handset improved multitasking capabilities. The Multi Window feature was absent from the Note II when it was released, but today's update will bring the feature to Samsung's 'phablet,' allowing them to run two applications on the screen at the same time. It also brings slight changes to email and message notifications.
Note II sells three times faster than original
Samsung's previous optimism about sales for its Galaxy Note II "phablet" appears to have been borne out since its launch, as the South Korean manufacturer says the device has hit the three million unit mark just 30 days after its international release. The company made the announcement earlier today, pointing out that the new Note hit the three million mark in just a third of the time it took for the original Note to do so. The Note II has a number of advantages over the original, including that it has launched on more carriers in the United States than did its predecessor.
The new Note is quite noteworthy
When the Galaxy Note debuted last year, it did so largely to confused reviews from the tech press. Was this a phone? A tablet? Some misbegotten amalgamation of the two? Soon enough, a portmanteau emerged to describe Samsung's creation: phablet. The phablet quickly went on to solid sales, and Samsung expects no less from its follow-up, the Galaxy Note II. So is the new Note anything noteworthy? Check out Electronista's full review to find out.
Galaxy Note II $300 on two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is now officially up for pre-order with both AT&T and Verizon. The latest genre-bending 5.5-inch ‘phablet’ can be had for $300 on a two-year contract with both carriers. AT&T customers who pre-order now can expect receive their order by November 6, while Verizon customers will have to hold out to November 27.
Galaxy Note II now at T-Mobile, priced at $370 on two-year contract
With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II in its stores and online on Wednesday, T-Mobile has become the first carrier to offer it. This will come at a price however, as the handset will cost $370 on a qualifying voice and data plan, while other carriers are pricing it at $300 on similar plans. The minimum required plan costs at $70 per month and includes 500 minutes of talk, unlimited texting and unlimited data on T-Mobile social networking and navigating and 2GB of data per month for everything else.
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.
Note II will cost $300 on a two-year contract when it arrives on October 25
Sprint on Tuesday revealed the shipping date and pricing scheme for the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note II. The 5.5-inch Android smartphone will ship earlier than previously expected, arriving on October 25 at the carrier. The phone will cost $300 on a two-year contract to new customers and existing ones who are eligible for an upgrade.
Note II to be available in two color models
T-Mobile and Samsung announced today that, as expected, the Galaxy Note II would be coming to T-Mobile's network this fall. The follow up to last year's surprise hit phablet will come to T-Mobile sporting a bigger screen than the original, while managing a slimmer form factor. The device will be compatible with T-Mobile's 4G network, and it will come preloaded with a number of T-Mobile specific apps.
Multi-window, action customization demonstrated
Earlier this week, Samsung released a firmware update for the European version of the Galaxy Note II, bringing increased multitasking abilities, as well as the ability to customize actions on the device according to user preferences. Electronista got a peek at how those features are going to look when they're available at release on the American version of the Note II, and we've now got video of them in action.
New multitasking feature comes with firmware update
Samsung has released a firmware update for the European version of the Galaxy Note II, one that brings a new feature that greatly increases the phablet's multitasking capabilities. The updates were spotted by SamMobile, and they are available for Galaxy Note II units in France and the UK. The update brings a capability known as multi-view, which allows users to have two windows open on one screen, allowing for more computer-like multitasking.
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.
Note successor sports LTE
The T-Mobile version of Samsung's Galaxy Note II has received FCC approval. According to the FCC's documents, the new Note will feature compatibility with a number of different wireless frequencies, and it will be LTE compatible, particularly with T-Mobile's forthcoming LTE network. That network is set to debut in 2013, and the new Note will be one of the first devices to take advantage of T-Mobile's LTE capability.
Galaxy Express, Galaxy Rugby Pro, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab
AT&T announced today that it would be adding four new devices to the range of 4G LTE compatible gadgets it supports: three Samsung smartphones and one Samsung tablet. The wireless provider will, over the next few months, be supporting the Samsung Galaxy Express, Galaxy Rugby Pro, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. The carrier has not given specific dates for the rollout of each device, but they are all expected to debut in the coming months.
Samsung says iPhone unlikely to impact Note 2 sales
Samsung expects its Galaxy Note II smartphone will debut to even swifter sales than did its predecessor. As Bloomberg details, Samsung executives gave their optimistic projections for the new phablet yesterday at a press briefing, though they stopped short of any precise figure. The South Korean manufacturer expects that the new Note could sell three times as quickly as the first version did.
Invitation includes image of Samsung stylus
Samsung has sent out invites to a special event later next month. Invites asking to “Save the Date” of October 24th have been sent to media outlets, with the event being located somewhere in New York City. Despite the lack of a named product, the invite does still provide a few clues for what is to be revealed to the press.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular all to get new Note
Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note successor it revealed in August would be hitting US carriers in time for the holidays this year. The Galaxy Note II will be coming to the US, with pricing and retail availability to be announced by each individual carrier. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular will all be getting the new Note by mid-November. The news confirms previous reports that had the phablet coming to AT&T, as well as leaked images that showed a Galaxy Note with Verizon branding.
Verizon version sports carrier branding on home button
Images have emerged that appear to confirm reports that Samsung's Galaxy Note II will be coming to Verizon, the United States' largest wireless carrier. The images, obtained by Droid Life, show a Verizon-branded version of Samsung's forthcoming phablet. The images are notable in that, apparently, the Verizon model will feature significant carrier branding, possibly extending even to the device's home button.
Samsung, Nokia models' release dates leaked
Neither Nokia's Lumia 920 nor Samsung's Galaxy Note II were given specific US launch dates when they were unveiled, but leaked information points to an October arrival. Unnamed sources within the carrier have confirmed to BGR that both the 920 and Note II are slated to launch on October 21. AT&T has not commented on the report.
New phablet shows improvement over original
Just under two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note II, the follow-up to last year's surprise hit phablet. Samsung is hoping to repeat the success of the original Galaxy Note, beefing up the internals of the newest version and giving it a bigger screen even as it sports improved battery life. Samsung invited Electronista up to New York for a sneak peek at the international version of the Note II, and we've got hands-on pics and impressions.
Phablet may launch on multiple carriers, Samsung silent
Samsung's recently-revealed Galaxy Note II will be coming to AT&T at least when it launches in the United States later this year. The South Korean manufacturer has been less than forthcoming with details on the North American launch of the Galaxy Note II, but BriefMobile uncovered screenshots showing the device running on AT&T's network, with variants for other carriers expected to follow soon after. Information on a North American launch window for the successor to Samsung's popular phablet remains unavailable.
Bigger screen, October launch outside US
At IFA in Berlin, Samsung unveiled the follow-up to its popular phone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note II. The newest iteration of the Galaxy Note, as previously rumored, comes with a larger screen but retains the same form factor. Samsung has upgraded the Note's capabilities and improved its battery life, and the device will debut running the newest version of Android.
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.
New device's screen said to be tougher than usual
In the run-up to the late-August launch for Samsung's Galaxy Note II, yet another rumor has emerged, one claiming that the new phablet will feature a flexible AMOLED display. Korea IT Times carries a report that Samsung will finally be bringing the flexible AMOLED technology it has been working on for some time now to a wide-release consumer product. The technology is expected to result in a much tougher handset less susceptible to shocks and breakage.