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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III getting SAFE in the U.S.

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It looks like Samsung are treading on RIM's toes a little with this latest announcement.  From July 2012, Sammy will be offering the Galaxy S III SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise). Available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular customers the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies. This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

There will even be a SAFE2SWITCH trade-up program to encourage both consumers and enterprise users to swap qualifying smartphones for their SAFE equivalents.

If you're big on enterprise security, you can check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Samsung CEO plans to improve software, user experience and design

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Anyone who's used a Samsung smartphone over the past few years will be aware that the company's approach to software design can be a little scattershot at times. And it seems there's an awareness of this issue at the highest levels of the company, as new Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun delivered his inaugural speech.

According to reports from The Wall Street Journal​, Kwon told Samsung employees --

"A particular focus must be given to serving new customer experience and value by strengthening soft capabilities in software, user experience, design, and solutions."

As we pointed out in our review of the company's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, software design is one area in which Samsung lags behind competitors like HTC. Where HTC's Sense 4 has a clear and consistent design language, TouchWiz is more a disparate set of apps with few common design cues. 

With the manufacturer putting increasing emphasis on the importance of improving software, users will be hoping for prettier, more intuitive software in future Samsung smartphones. However, given that the latest version of TouchWiz, dubbed the "TouchWiz Nature UX", has just debuted on the Galaxy S III, smartphone buyers will likely have to wait for next year's Samsung flagship before they see any tangible changes.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK announces new European data roaming plans

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Following similar statements from O2, Vodafone and Three over the past few weeks, T-Mobile UK is the latest British network to announce new European roaming rates. The announcement comes in the wake of a EU ruling that imposes a new cap on European roaming charges.

From tomorrow, T-Mo UK customers will be able to purchase one of three "Euro Internet boosters," allowing them to use 3MB per day for £1, 20MB per week for £5 or 50MB per month for £10. Customers can buy boosters online or via text, and once the allowance or time period expires, another booster can be purchased. It's a slightly different setup to what's being offered by the likes of Vodafone and Three, and it might not represent the best value for heavy data users. However, it's a significant improvement on earlier rates of multiple pounds per megabyte.

For the full breakdown of charges and terms, check the source link.

Source: T-Mobile UK Support

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3 years ago

HTC acknowledges Wifi hardware issues some have on the One X

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One of the games folks like to play when a new phone comes out is "spot the defect." And in the case of the HTC One X, a small but vocal number of HOX owners have run into a particularly annoying problem with Wifi. We've known that HTC was still tweaking things on the software side, but this one seemed to involve some internal antennae connections. Squeeze a part of the phone, and your Wifi connection improves.

We alerted HTC to the XDA thread in question a couple weeks ago, and now we've finally got an officially acknowledgement from HTC Europe that something indeed is awry. Here's the statement in full.

"After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation."

That doesn't quite answer all our questions, though. It's still unclear how widespread the issue is, whether we're talking about European phones only, and exactly what the remedial process entails. (We all love shipping phones internationally for repairs. Oy.) That said, good on HTC for doing its due diligence on this one. Let's hope for everyone's sake that the Wifi fault doesn't affect too many devices.

More: HTC One X forums

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3 years ago

First CyanogenMod 9 nightly build available for international Samsung Galaxy S III

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The first nightly build of popular custom ROM CyanogenMod 9 for the Samsung Galaxy S III  is now available for download. Following the release of several unofficial builds since the S III's international launch in late May, the first official nightly is available at the CyanogenMod download site. CyanogenMod 9, which is based on the Android Open Source Project, offers an experience closer to stock Android 4.0, as opposed to Samsung's TouchWiz UX.

Initial feedback from early adopters has been positive, and the list of known issues point out only a couple of minor issues with FM radio and camera flash. But as with any unofficial custom ROM, you'll need a rooted phone with a custom recovery to flash this, and you'll void your warranty in the process, so proceed at your own risk. Check the source link below for download links and more information. We should also note that this ROM is for the international Galaxy S III only -- that's the one that's on sale in Europe and Asia right now, with the product code GT-i9300. The North American LTE version, due for release in the next few days, uses a different chipset and is not compatible.

If you've already bitten the bullet and installed CM9 on your Galaxy S III, be sure to let us know how you're getting on down in the comments!

Source: CyanogenMod, XDA

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3 years ago

EXIF data possibly outs 'Nexus 7' tablet

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Normally we couldn't care less about stories born from lurking on photo-sharing sites, spying new devices from EXIF data embedded in images. But in this case we'll make an exception. An ASUS "Nexus 7" has popped up on Picasa, lending credence to the generally accepted rumor that we'll be seeing a 7-inch tablet from ASUS in just a couple short weeks at Google's annual developer conference.

The picture, which we've buried after the break, isn't anything special -- just some ceiling tiles and a couple florescent lights. It's shot at 1280x960 resolution, meaning it's probably from a front-facing camera. Really, it's the existence of the tablet that's of any interest here, but neither is it all that much of a surprise. And the question remains: What will separate it from all the other tablets out there today?

Anyhoo. Be sure to bookmark our Google IO page, and we'll be bringing the whole thing from June 27-29 in San Francisco.

Source: Picasa; via HDBlog.it

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3 years ago

LG Optimus L5 launches in Europe this month

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Earlier this month we saw the LG Optimus L7, the pinnacle of the Korean manufacturer's 2012 line, make its debut in Canada. And now LG's announced that the Optimus L5, the middle brother, will be available in a number of European nations in the coming weeks. ("This month," actually, is what was announced.)

The initial launches will be in the UK, Germany and France, LG says, followed by the CIS, Middle East and Asia. Central and South America will follow thereafter.

The Optimus L5, as you no doubt remember from our hands-on at Mobile World Congress in February, is a 4-inch HVGA Ice Cream Sandwich device. It's rocking a Qualcomm A5 processor at 800 MHz, has 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card to supplant it, along with a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash. Powering it is a 1,500 mAh battery.

Top of the line? Nope. But the L5's still likely to turn a few heads. We've got the full presser and our MWC hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony's new Google TV set-top box available for pre-order at a modest $199

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The Sony NSZ-GS7, their new Google TV set-top box, is up for pre-orders at the J&R website. The name may be difficult to remember, but the $199 price-tag makes up for it. One of our biggest complaints about the Logitech Revue was the original price, and it's nice to see second generation units checking in at a lower price point. 

The NSZ-GS7 will ship with the latest version of Google TV, has a pretty slick remote with a QWERTY on one side and a trackpad/button combo on the other. Sony has also shown they will stand behind and support their GTV units, so we're itching to have a look at these again, in the comfort of our own living rooms. If you are as well, hit the link below for pre-order information.

Pre-order the NSZ-GS7 at J&R. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Fathers of techies

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I'd wondered how long it'd take before I ended up linking to my wife from this space. That time has come.

Today, as hopefully you've remembered, is Father's Day. I've got two daughters. I've got more smartphones and tablets and computers and other geeky stuff than probably one person should have -- even one with my job. Inevitably, this tech ends up in dirty, sticky, little hands, to sometimes disastrous, sometime hilarious results.

It's amazing to watch a child not yet 2 years old swipe to unlock a phone. Whether she figured it out on her own, or saw her sister or mother or me do it, I'm not sure. But here's a kid who can't say more than a dozen words and for whom not falling down that many times a day is quite the accomplishment. To watch her pick up a phone with purpose, quickly unlock it and then proceed to rearrange the home screen beyond all recognition is worth the aggravation of taking an hour trying to restore things to a semi-usable state.

It's also interesting to see how far a toddler can throw a glass smartphone, much to the chagrin of the device in question.

Yes. My kids, like yours, are geniuses, smarter than any kids before them. They swipe to unlock. They use apps. They watch videos. They fling birds at pigs. They draw. They learn.

Back to my wife, though. She's now the local columnist at the newspaper where I worked for nearly a decade. (She's been there for 13 years or so now, previously as an editor.) She's also inundated with the ridiculous amount of tech in this house. Her most frequent question to me after "What the hell is that?" usually is "OK, then what does it do?" But, like any good wife out there, she helps this over-teched dad keep things in perspective. From her column today:

I want (the dads of my generation) to get credit for teaching their kids that picking on someone just because you can, or because everyone else is doing it, is wrong every time, on the playground and online.

I want them to get credit for teaching their kids to use a computer and an iPad and for making them put those things down and go play outside for an equal number of minutes.

... I want them to get credit for teaching their kids that without the Pixies, there never would have been Nirvana.

Well said, wife. Happy Father's Day, y'all.

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3 years ago

Samsung confirms all Canadian Galaxy S III models will include 50GB Dropbox promotion

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In a statement to the fine folks at MobileSyrup, Samsung has verified that all Canadian models of the Galaxy S III will include free (for two years) an extra 48GB Dropbox storage

New GS III users will receive a basic 2GB of free space with Dropbox (It is permanent). When they create their own Dropbox account or link their existing account to Samsung Apps, the user will receive 48GB more space through a promotional offer, for a total of 50GB. This is available for 2yrs.

This leaves us with two questions -- what happens to your files at the end of two years if you decide not to continue the 50GB plan, and why Verizon and AT&T decided against it. We can guess at the answer to the first -- you'll likely be given a grace period to get anything from the cloud you want to keep before you lose 48GB worth of your storage. Dropbox wants your love, and your money, and they know they won't get either if they delete your files willy-nilly.

The answer to the second part, well, that just escapes us. 

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 caught on video bearing Telcel wallpaper

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is rightly so an interesting, and anticipated device. First shown off at Mobile World Congress back in February, what we're seeing here, and ultimately we're supposedly seeing at launch, is something different to the initial device we went hands on with. There's talk of the Note 10.1 going quad-core, as well as there having been a slight design change with a slot for the S-Pen being included now.

We thought the launch was getting closer only to be told that Amazon made a boo-boo. There is though a new, unofficial, video out there on the interwebs, of the Note 10.1 bearing a Telcel wallpaper. If nothing else on that front, it gives a bit of a clue as to one place it'll be heading when it eventually is released.

It's a pretty detailed video, and we won't spoil it for you. All the text is -- expectedly being Telcel anyway -- in Spanish, but reading isn't really necessary. The one spoiler we will throw in, is that at one point in the video, there is clearly a phone dialer on the screen. Absolutely enormous phone anyone? 

via GigaOM

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for June 16, 2012

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Here we are, back again. With the wedding behind me last week things are back to normal (for the most part) and here we are with quite a list. Without any further delay let's hit the break and check out some of our favorite picks from this week -- there are a bunch here! -- and as always be sure to let us know about your favorites as well!

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3 years ago

Future T-Mobile Samsung QWERTY slider snapped in the wild

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Well well well, what do we have here? Seems that Sprint might not be the only ones with a new QWERTY slider in the pipeline. The folks over at ​TmoNews ​have been sent this snapshot of what is purported to be the SGH-T699, a future Samsung smartphone heading to T-Mobile

Details on specs are a little scarce, but it's supposed to be housing some form of Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5MP rear camera, a front facing camera and an LED notification light. Whatever this may be is also supposed to be running Android 4.0.4 out of the box. Oh, and the traditional -- at least internationally anyway -- Samsung home button. 

It probably isn't going to be the highest end device some would maybe hope for, but allegedly it does run really smoothly. QWERTY keyboards might well be going the way of the dinosaurs, but variety is still a good thing. Some people really like their keyboards after all. We'll have to keep our eyes open for more on this one.

Source: Tmonews

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3 years ago

TELUS Samsung Galaxy Note due for some Ice Cream Sandwich July 13, Galaxy Tab 8.9 slips to August

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A couple of weeks ago, we got a look at a TELUS document detailing their revised Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule for their Android devices. There's another updated document out there now, detailing in particular a specific "in market" date for the Samsung Galaxy Note of July 13. The ICS update for the Note brings among other things enhanced S-Pen applications, and is well worth the upgrade. 

Of other Samsung devices on the list, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remains pencilled for late July, but it's smaller sibling, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, has now slipped to August. 

Source: TELUS via Mobilesyrup

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