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1 year ago

Dual-core Galaxy S3 to be offered in some territories with Snapdragon S4 and LTE

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In addition to the quad-core HSPA+ version of its upcoming Galaxy S3, Samsung will launch a dual-core variant with LTE connectivity and a Snapdragon S4 chip for LTE markets outside of Korea. Reports from The Korea Times, which match what we’ve been told by our own sources, indicate that the the quad-core Exynos/HSPA+ version will see broad international availability, while the Snapdragon S4 model will launch in other countries with LTE, including the United States. KT reports that inside of Korea, Samsung will offer a CDMA/LTE model based on its own quad-core chip, though we haven’t been able to verify this specifically.

According to our sources, LTE radio compatibility was behind the decision to move to the S4 chip for the international 4G version of the Galaxy S3, and this makes sense if you look at the differences in LTE frequencies between the U.S. and Korea (and much of the rest of the world, in fact).

So it appears the situation will be similar to that of the AT&T HTC One X, where the manufacturer opts for a dual-core S4 instead of a competing quad-core chip, for the sake of LTE connectivity. This is nothing new, however -- we saw a similar situation last year with LTE variants of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II, which used Snapdragon S3 chips. So once again it’s a choice between LTE and quad-core. But despite “only” being a dual-core chip, Qualcomm’s S4 is based upon the newer (and speedier) ARM Cortex A15 architecture, compared to Exynos’s A9, and we’ve already been impressed by the chip’s performance in the HTC One S.

Be sure to keep watching AC over the next week, as we rapidly approach the Galaxy S3’s London launch event.

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 forums

via: The Korea Times

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1 year ago

Android 4.0 now available down under on Telstra's Galaxy S II

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Good news for our friends in Australia today as the official Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for Telstra's  Samsung Galaxy S II. The update to Android 4.0.3 is available OTA through either an update prompt or a manual pull, though if that hasn’t hit your phone Kies will do the trick. The update is around 200 MB, and comes fully equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Galaxy S II 4G owners are still out of luck, but if you’re a proud owner Telstra’s OG GSII, be sure to let us know below how the update process is going for you.

  Source: Telstra forums via Ausdroid

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1 year ago

Motorola preparing Photon 4G update, looking for test participants

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Motorola Photon 4G owners haven't had a whole lot of updates come across for their device though, that may be all the more reason Motorola is seeking out participants for their latest soak test. As posted today, Motorola is looking for some fine folks to help out with the process:

4/25/2012

Motorola and Sprint are happy to announce a future pre-release* update opportunity for PHOTON 4G, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 PHOTON 4G owners to test and provide feedback on a future update.

Please register for the Motorola Feedback Network to be considered.

Motorola and Sprint Community Managers

At this point, it's hard to say what the update will be exactly considering Motorola hasn't exactly been pumping out those ICS updates but it's an update and updates are good for everyone. You can hit the Android Central forums link below to discuss it some more or head on over to the source link to get yourself hopefully signed up for the update. Remember, only 1,000 slots are open.

Source: Motorola, via: Android Central Forums Thanks, SandersJC64!

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1 year ago

Motorola RAZR MAXX hits UK in May

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Motorola has announced that the RAZR MAXX will be making its way to the UK from next month. We'd already heard the MAXX was headed to Europe in the weeks ahead, but today it's official -- British buyers will get the chance to pick it up starting in May. With the same 3300mAh battery as the Droid RAZR MAXX and a more battery-friedly UMTS/HSPA radio setup, we're eager to see what kind of battery life we can get out of the GSM RAZR MAXX. Moto's promising 17.6 hours of continuous talk time, if you're into using your phone for actual phone calls.

Besides the battery boost (and the accompanying increase in thickness), the specs are identical to the GSM RAZR -- Android 2.3 on a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and a qHD SuperAMOLED display. A quick glance at UK retailers reveals a price point of £430 including VAT.

Check past the break for the full press release.

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1 year ago

Purported Samsung Galaxy S3 service manual and device render leak online

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Another day, another batch of tantalizing Samsung Galaxy S3 details. Today it's a scan from the service manual for the device, along with a purported list of specs, which comes from unofficial Samsung blog SamMobile. If you've been following all the various leaks, the image above will be instantly recognizable from a handful of leaked photos we've seen over the past couple of weeks. Specifically, it's the spitting image of what one of these devices might look like with its plastic dummy shell removed. The phone's profile is also an exact match for the shape teased by Samsung Denmark on Facebook last week. So it's entirely possible this is our first look at the real, actual, final design for Samsung's new flagship phone.

What's particularly interesting is the inclusion of physical buttons -- absent in some leaked images we've seen, but alive and well in others. However, we've heard rumors that Samsung was considering both buttoned and buttonless designs for the Galaxy S3, so it makes sense that prototypes of both sorts might exist. Besides that, it looks like a thin, sleek phone, not a million miles away from the Galaxy Nexus.

As for the spec list, there's nothing too surprising there. A quad-core CPU had been rumored (and has now been confirmed by Samsung), though the 1.5GHz number seems a little off to us. The reported 4.8-inch screen is also interesting, as earlier leaks had indicated a 4.6 to 4.65-inch panel.

Despite the genuine appearance of the image, and ​SamMobile's​ strong track record when it comes to leaking this sort of thing, we're still inclined to take things with a pinch of salt for the time being. With many different pre-release leaks floating around, the actual Galaxy S3 design remains shrouded in mystery, and there's no guarantee this isn't just some intermediary render. In any case, there's not long to wait now -- we'll be live from London in just seven days to bring you full coverage of exactly what Samsung unveils.

Source: SamMobile

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1 year ago

Samsung announces the Exynos 4 Quad, coming to the 'next Galaxy'

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Samsung couldn't contain the excitement, and just had to let us know the details about the chip powering the "Next Galaxy" that's coming on May 3.  It's called the Exynos 4 Quad, and it looks impressive. What, exactly, makes it so special?  It's built on a 32nm HKMG process, which is geek talk for high-performance with low power consumption. How good is the performance? Samsung claims it's twice as fast as it's predecessor, the 45nm Exynos 4 Dual, while consuming 20 percent less power. To further help power consumption, each core can be turned off when it's not needed, and the ones that are running can adjust their clock speed to match the demands of what you're doing.

Each core will be running at 1.4 HGHz, and are based on the Cortex A9 architecture. It has the other essentials as well, with support for 1080p/30fps recording, boasts an embedded image signal processor, and has support for HDMI 1.4 output. They didn't give any specifics as to what GPU they are pairing it with, though, but it's sure to be impressive. Excited yet? I know some of you are.

Discuss it in the Android Hardware forum!

Source: Samsung

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1 year ago

Ask AC: Looking for a full-screen agenda widget for the Galaxy Note

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Chucky1 asks in the Android forums,

I've been looking for a full screen or close to a full screen agenda widget for the Note. Has anyone come across one by chance?

Thanks

There's few things we can all agree on here at Android Central -- listen to a podcast or two and see what I mean. But this, we have covered. We love Pure Calendar widget. It comes with about a million different sizes and configurations (including a full screen version), and themes will make it fit in with any setup you could dream up.

Besides your calendar entries, it will sync tasks with Astrid, Ultimate To-Do List, TaskSync, CalenGoo, DGT Gtd, gTasks, Got To Do, Task Organizer, Due Today, TouchDown, and Pocket Informant. To top it all off, it's scrollable on supported launchers or Ice Cream Sandwich, and the configuration options for syncing and calendar views make it easy on your battery. It's one of the first apps we install on a new phone. It's $1.99 in the Play Store, and there's a link after the break.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

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1 year ago

Great things, like the Android OS, change with the times

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Suddenly today, the Internet is all a buzz with the prototype version of Android devices from the mid-2000s. Maybe it has something to do the millionaires at Oracle and Google fighting each other in court today over the money in our pockets. Or maybe it's because Android is so awesome that every little thing about it makes for a great headline. Probably a little of both. In any case, we figured we'd have a look ourselves at how things that are great go through changes. Back in '06, Android looked a lot like the ChaCha BlackBerry. Pretty much all good smartphones did. That prototype phone was called the Sooner, and there are still a few of them floating around today. I wish I had one myself. That's a picture of one above, courtesy Mike and Maaike. At the time, that's what smartphone users wanted -- an easy way to see content, and communicate quickly via text. Hence the QWERTY. I've never used one, but I imagine for things like e-mail and texting they were awesome. My old BlackBerry was, and sometimes I miss it. But again, things change. 

Then, in late 2006 LG introduced the LG KE850, also known as the LG Prada. It was a 3-inch capacitive touch screen phone that put multimedia content into a smartphone. After winning multiple awards for design, and selling over a million units (which was an amazing feat back then), things had to change. On the heels of the debut of the KE850, a little company called Apple decided to try their hand at a touchscreen based smartphone. That changed everything, for just about everybody -- including Google. The anticipated 2007 release of the Sooner didn't happen, and instead we had to wait for Google and T-Mobile to have a love fest and deliver us the T-Mobile G1, which incorporated the QWERTY with a touch screen. Other companies didn't rest on their heels either, phones like the HTC Touch Diamond and BlackBerry Storm showed up with varying degrees of success. It was obvious that capacitive touch screens could add multimedia to the user experience, and the modern smartphone was born.

Change is good. As long as it's done right, most of us can get on board. Heck, even old dinosaurs like myself now use touch screen phones with no keyboard, and secretly we enjoy it. It's significant because products that don't change to reflect what users want will slowly wither on the vine, and great engineers and designers keep a finger on the pulse of the users and deliver. Android, and all modern smartphone operating systems owe much to the pioneers of media-centric smartphones, and we hope things never stop changing for the better.

More: The Verge

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1 year ago

Galaxy S3 spotted in Samsung Kies software

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The latest appearance -- if you can call it that -- of Samsung's next Galaxy phone seems to give further weight to the possibility that it'll be called the "Samsung Galaxy S3". The name has appeared today in Samsung's Kies PC software, which is used for synchronizing personal media to Samsung smartphones and tablets. The entry is found in a very specific place -- you'll need to go to "Samsung Apps", select "France" as your region and then track it down in the list of phones that appears.

There appear to be two variants of the device -- GT-i9300 (which we're already familiar with) and GT-i9300T. Unfortunately, though, there's no way of telling what separates the two devices at this stage. Also, don't get too excited about the tiny thumbnail image up there, it's just a Galaxy Note (compare it to the Note image directly below).

So it's looking increasingly likely that "Galaxy S3" is indeed the name. But however things play out at the May 3 announcement event, we'll be there to bring you full coverage. In the meantime, you can chat it up in the Galaxy S3 forums.

via SamMobile

More: Samsung Galaxy S3 forums

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1 year ago

Angry Birds Space updated with 10 new levels, could Simpsons tie-in be next?

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Rovio's updated its interstellar swine-smashing simulator Angry Birds Space with 10 new levels. The new challenges can be found within the 'Fry Me To The Moon' chapter, which sees the classic pig-versus-bird battle re-enacted on a series of icy worlds. Fortunately the new levels are available in the free and ad-supported phone versions of the app, as well as the tablet-only HD version, so everyone gets to play. If you've already got Angry Birds Space installed, you can grab the latest version by hitting that update button in the Google Play Store. If not, we've got links after the break.

In an interesting twist, this latest update also adds a teaser zone to the main menu -- an unmistakable pink Simpsons-style donut. Could a Springfieldian crossover be in the future for one of the leading mobile gaming franchises? We'll have to wait and see.

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