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1 year ago

Rumor mill hints at upcoming Samsung phones and tablets

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It should come as no surprise that Samsung is working on next-gen smartphones and tablets -- after all, every major manufacturer is engaged in the development of new products. But the latest round of rumors from SamMobile could shed some light on specific details of Samsung's upcoming tablets and phones. The site has proved accurate with earlier Samsung leaks, so we're inclined to give these reports a bit more time than the average Internet rumor.

Citing sources in Samsung's native South Korea, SamMobile claims the next-generation Galaxy S device (think Galaxy S4) is known internally as "Project J," and that current timetables call for an announcement in April 2013. As the Galaxy S3 was unveiled in London in early May this year, that means we could see a successor launch as the S3 turns one year old.

A new, budget-friendly Galaxy Note variant is also reportedly in the works. Apparently aimed at the European market and lacking S Pen support, the device likely won't wear the "Galaxy Note" branding if and when it appears. SamMobile speculates that Samsung might not use its leading HD SuperAMOLED display tech in this device.

Finally, a 13.3-inch ASUS Transformer-style device -- a tablet with QWERTY keyboard dock -- is also said to be planned, though there's no word on whether this will run Android, Windows or some other OS.

The "Galaxy S4" or "Project J" reports aren't particularly surprising; most manufacturers tend to release a new flagship phone every twelve months. But the introduction of a large-screen device with a more budget-oriented price tag would be an interesting development indeed -- right now, more affordable devices tend to top out at around 4.3 inches.

We'd take these latest rumors with a pinch of salt in any case. No doubt we'll learn more about Samsung's upcoming mobile devices at the CES and MWC shows over the next few months.

Source: SamMobile

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1 year ago

Verizon Galaxy Note 2 rooted

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The Verizon edition of the Galaxy Note 2 now has a root method.  As is par for the course with Samsung phones, you'll need to use ODIN and flash a rooted image file, but that's not nearly as difficult as it sounds. 

It's worth noting that this method introduces a couple bugs, namely a broken signal indicator (data still works, just the indicator is broken) and some folks say the phone isn't as smooth as it was with the factory image. 

These issues are both being worked on, and we imagine a rooted factory image will soon be available that keeps everything as it should be while just adding files needed for root

It's also worth mentioning that this is just root, not a custom recovery or a full bootloader unlock. Chances are someone with access will show up with files needed to rectify this, but in the meantime know that you won't be able to flash ROMs and kernels until some work-arounds are figured out.

In our own forums, DroidXcon is back and will soon have the newbie friendly version ready if you're a bit lost on some of the methods and commands used.

 We'll keep a close eye on this one, and let you know as things progress.

Source: XDA; via Android Central forums

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1 year ago

AT&T's HTC One VX should finally be available by Dec. 7

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It's tough to sell a smartphone if you're not selling the smartphone. That tongue-twister refers to AT&T's HTC One VX, a mid-level Android smartphone that was supposed to have been released back on Nov. 16. Only, it wasn't. No sign of it on AT&T's website, and stores we've contacted seemed to have never heard of the thing. (We gave them a stern lecture about reading Android Central at least twice a day.)

The details surrounding the absence of the One VX still aren't entirely clear. AT&T plainly said that it was to launch alongside the One X+. One phone made, the other didn't. But an AT&T spokesperson today told us the carrier "expects to be fully stocked in all channels by Dec. 7."

So if after seeing our hands-on with the One VX you can't wait to get yours on one as well, you're going to need a little more patience. And hope this new date plays out.

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1 year ago

Just a couple logos shy of a NASCAR uniform ...

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1 year ago

Jelly Bean nigh for the Droid RAZR HD/MAXX (Update starts next week)

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Verizon's adding the Amazon suite of applications along with Android 4.1 improvements

We've known an Android 4.1 update has been in the works for the Droid RAZR HD (and its beefcake "MAXX" cousin) -- that leaked out at the beginning of the month. Looks like things are cranking up, though, as the update documentation just went live. It's a hefty update -- about 276 megabytes -- but you'll get the early Jelly Bean features (such as Google Now) along with it.

Plus, Verizon's promising better voice and data connectivity, along with some other bugfixes. Also of note is that it's removed the preloaded Color application (which recently was bought by Apple), along with Verizon video, and it's added in the Amazon suite of apps, same as what we've seen on the Droid DNA.

No word on exactly when we can expect the update, so keep an eye out. Update: Verizon now says the update will start next week.

Source: Verizon 1, 2; more: Droid RAZR HD (and MAXX) forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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1 year ago

HTC Droid DNA source code now available

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Verizon's Droid DNA is one of the hottest Android phones around right now, so developers are surely waiting to get stuck into the device's hardware. To that end -- and because the open-source gods demand it -- HTC has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for the Droid DNA.

The code, based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is available on the manufacturer's HTCDev site, and should help custom ROM developers get a better handle on the DNA's beastly hardware, which includes a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro and a 1080p display.

There's no need to download this if you're not a developer, and it'll likely be a while before regular users see any benefit from the release of this code. Nevertheless, it's always good to see OEMs meeting their open-source obligations without any delay.

Source: HTCDev

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy Advance due for Jelly Bean update in January

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Despite the size of its Android smartphone portfolio, Samsung's doing a pretty good job keeping popular handsets up-to-date with OS upgrades. That's further evidenced by today's news that the humble Galaxy S Advance, a recent mid-range offering from the Korean manufacturer, will be getting its Jelly Bean update sometime in January 2013.

Roughly translated, a message posted on Samsung's German Facebook page reads --

Dear fans, more and more devices will now receive the update to Android Jelly Bean. Even the Galaxy S I9070 Advance will get this update in January, through Kies and over-the-air.

There's no word on which version of Jelly Bean will be heading to the Galaxy S Advance, but as the Android 4.2 source code hasn't been available for long, we'd imagine 4.1 will be what's on offer here.

Still, it's a substantial upgrade from the Gingerbread-based ROM that ships on the Advance.

Samsung is expected to push out Jelly Bean upgrades for the Galaxy S2 and original Galaxy Note, though no timetable has been offered for these updates. Equally, whether these updates make it to U.S. variants of these phones remains to be seen.

Source: Samsung Germany Facebook; via: SamMobile

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available on Verizon Wireless

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Hey, how about that -- it's Nov. 29, and that means Verizon Wireless' Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now available to buy online and in stores. Verizon's Note 2 sells for $299 with a two-year service plan, and comes with a rather ridiculous home button bearing the carrier's logo.

Besides the cosmetic differences, this is the same Galaxy Note 2 we've been seeing since its debut at IFA -- it rocks a massive 5.5-inch non-PenTile HD SuperAMOLED screen, a Wacom-powered S Pen, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU and 2GB of RAM. And it's running on Verizon's 4G LTE network, of course.

If you're buying today, you may want to think about a sticker to cover up that unsightly home button. If you're still on the fence, check out our review of the international Galaxy Note 2.

Anyone picking up a Note 2 on Big Red today? Shout out in the comments!

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1 year ago

Pioneer updates AV receivers with HTC Connect support

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Pioneer has announced that it's updating firmware on its range of 2012 networked AV receivers with support for HTC Connect streaming capabilities. Announced back in June, Pioneer's HTC Connect support lets users with HTC smartphones stream multimedia content to supporting Pioneer devices, similar to the way HTC's own Media Link HD works.

Pioneer is the first manufacturer to roll out HTC Connect support. Currently-supported AV receiver models include VSX-822-K, VSX-1022-K, VSX-1122-K, VSX-42, VSX-60, SC-1222-K, SX-1522-K, SC-61, SC-63, SC-65, SC-67 and SC-68.

On the HTC side, phones supporting HTC Connect include the One X, One S, EVO 4G LTE, Droid Incredible 4G LTE, One X+, One VX and Droid DNA. On early 2012 phones like the original One X and One S, you'll want to make sure you're running the latest firmware update before attempting to use HTC Connect.

Pioneer says supported devices can be updated through a network update or via a manual update method using a USB drive.

More details in today's presser after the break.

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1 year ago

Jelly Bean 4.1.2 leaks for the original Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000

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Folks with the OG Galaxy Note (the world version GT-N7000 -- the one with the home button) are in for a treat, as SamMobile has a leak of 4.1.2 for the big gal. Be aware that this is a testing version, and may not be up to release standards. Known issues are the lack of S-Pen features.

The list of enhancements and what is working is a good read though. According the the source, here's what to expect.

  • Android 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
  • Project Butter
  • Multi-View (can also be disabled)
  • Page Buddy
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • New Additions in Notification Panel
  • Smart Rotation
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • Samsung’s Cloud services
  • Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play Features
  • New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notifications bar
  • Google Now

As for when to expect this one to become official, the sources think that will happen near the end of he year or early 2013. There's no word on when we may see anything for the US versions of the Note. For more instruction and the download links, hit the source link below.

Source: SamMobile

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