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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note on sale today at noon at Union Square Best Buy

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We're live at Samsung's U.S. Galaxy Note 10.1 launch event, where it's just been announced that the stylus-toting tablet will be released early at New York City's Union Square Best Buy store! This means folks in NYC will be the first to get their hands on the Note 10.1, ahead of tomorrow's general availability across the world.

Stay tuned to AC this week, as we'll be giving you the chance to win one of two Galaxy Note 10.1s in the days ahead!

More: Galaxy Note 10.1 preview

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2 years ago

The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - first look (updated with hands-on video)

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Reworked since its announcement six months ago​, we take the new Galaxy Note 10.1 for a spin.

Hey, look at that. Some six months after we first got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it's finally time for this touchable tablet to hit the streets. We're live at Samsung's launch event this morning in New York City, but we've already gotten a second -- and much more fresh -- look at the tablet.

When I reviewed Acer’s latest Iconia Tab last month, one of the things that left a bad taste in my mouth was the A700’s lack of innovation-- with a seemingly endless onslaught of tablets flooding the market, nothing seems to differentiate one from the other. Sure, Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 and RAM and ROM look impressive on paper, but in hand, the latest beefed-up tablet has almost no difference from the older models. With the Galaxy Note 10.1, however, the tides have turned, and dare I say Samsung has finally released a tablet that stands out among its competitors.

Read on for our latest look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 availability

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Update: Folks in New York City will be able to pick the Note 10.1 up at the Union Square Best Buy a day early!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has arrived, and it'll be launching tomorrow, Aug. 16, around the world. Available in white and blue flavors, the S-Pen-enabled Android 4.0 tablet will sell in the U.S. for $499 for the 16GB model and $549 for the 32GB version at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Office Depot, Amazon, and Tiger Direct.

Elsewhere, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will make its international debut at Samsung's flagship brand store at the Westfield shopping center in Stratford, London on the same day. UK pricing is expected to come in at around £450 for the Wifi and 3G/HSPA model, though there's been no specific announcement for international pricing.

For more info on the Samsing Galaxy Note 10.1, check out our extensive hands-on preview

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2 years ago

Live from Samsung's U.S. launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1

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Well, folks. Looks like it's official. We're live at the U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It's an all-new GNote, revamped from what we saw in February at Mobile World Congress.

Want all the deets? Hit the break for the liveblog! Show gets going about 11 a.m. EDT.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Acro S heading to the U.S, bringing Xperia Advance and Tipo Dual along too

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Losing track of all these Sony Mobile devices? We wouldn't say that we blame you. U.S. customers will soon have another three to choose from, as Sony has posted coming soon links to their U.S. website for the Xperia Acro S, Tipo Dual and Advance. 

If you're not so familiar with any of these, here's a quick rundown of each device:

  • Xperia Acro S - 4.3-inch HD display with Mobile Bravia Engine and wet finger tracking at 1280x720, 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, Android 4.0, 12.1MP rear camera with LED flash, NFC, microSD card slot, Playstation certified and available in white and black.
  • Xperia Tipo Dual - Dual SIM, 3.2-inch TFT display at 320x480, 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2.5GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 3.2MP rear camera, Android 4.0 and available in white and black.
  • Xperia Advance - U.S. version of the Xperia Go, 3.5-inch HVGA display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, ruggedized. 

Of the three, the Xperia Acro S is clearly the standout model. While not particularly groundbreaking, it stacks up pretty well spec wise against the current higher end offerings from competitor OEM's. We are though expecting a whole new crop of Sony Xperia devices to be unveiled in 2 weeks time at IFA 2012 in Berlin -- where we'll be to bring you every last morsel -- so even the Acro S could soon find itself outdated. 

No pricing or release date is given at this time, and as this is the official Sony site, expect unsubsidized prices when they do arrive. 

Source: Sony

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2 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 goes on sale in the UK SIM-free

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If you've been looking forward to picking up the Huawei Ascend P1 SIM-free, today is your lucky day. The device is now in stock at UK retailer Clove and will set you back a respectable £309 + VAT. The Ascend P1 may not have been getting the same attention as the likes of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 but specs wise it is a pretty decent piece of hardware.

Running Android 4.0 and powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU the Huawei Ascend P1 isn't to be sniffed at. With a 4.3 Super AMOLED screen, an 8MP BSI camera and Dolby Sound System new P1 owners should have plenty to get excited about. It may not be the biggest and the best in todays fast-paced smartphone market, but we gave it a great review and sales should be pretty good.

More info from Clove at the source link below.

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

Verizon announces Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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Verizon Wireless is to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the carrier has announced. The Tab 2 7.0 is the 7-inch version of Samsung's second-generation Galaxy Tab, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz on a 1024x600 display. Unlike other versions of the Tab 2, Verizon's model will run on its 4G LTE network. Its specs are relatively unremarkable, with a 1GHz dual-core CPU inside and 1GB of RAM, however if you're after a decent, small tablet with LTE connectivity, you could certainly do worse.

Verizon will offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from this Friday, Aug. 17, for $349.99. The carrier's usual "Share Everything" data plan is available for the device, starting at $40 for 4GB of 4G LTE data.

We're seeing more and more competitively-priced 7-inch tablets as the year progresses. With this latest release, Verizon and Samsung will be hoping that the additional bonus of 4G LTE data will tempt consumers over to the Tab 2, rather than Google's Nexus 7 or Apple's upcoming 7-inch iPad.

For fans of press releases, there's more info on the Verizon Tab 2 7.0 to be found in the official presser after the break.

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2 years ago

Purported Samsung Galaxy Note 2 front panel photo leaks

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Today brings more Galaxy Note 2 leakage, though we'd put more stock in this latest photo than the questionable render that showed up 24 hours ago. The latest leaked photo comes from French site Nowhereelse, and claims to show the front panel and screen of the upcoming large form factor phone. From the setting and the way the two figures in the background are dressed, it looks like this sample may have just rolled off the production line. What's more, the ruler indicates that this screen is approximately 14cm -- or 5.5 inches -- diagonally, tying in with earlier rumors that a bump up to a 5.5-inch panel was on the cards.

More interesting is the fact that if you measure the aspect ratio of the screen, it's 16:9, not 16:10, indicating a transition to a full widescreen resolution. That, combined with the minimal amount of bezel on show, suggests that this device should be easier to hold than the original Note, or competitors like LG's squarish Optimus Vu. It also looks like Samsung's opted for a similar button setup to the Galaxy S3 and international Galaxy Note, with a large central home button and capacitive keys at either side.

However, we should mention that Samsung is now well-versed in the art of foiling online leakers and rumor-mongers. The company even designed and manufactured several alternate designs for the Galaxy S3, one of which leaked out multiple times, and bore no resemblance to the device we now know as the Samsung Galaxy S3. So while we expect the basic dimensions and aspect ratio of the Note 2 to resemble what we see here, this might not exactly match what we see in Berlin in a couple of weeks.

Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of the Galaxy Note 2 as we approach the Aug. 29 announcement event.

Source Nowhereelse, via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Black Galaxy S3 appears on T-Mobile USA site, still no word on official release

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For a device that hasn't yet been officially announced, the black Samsung Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) is certainly getting its share of exposure. It first appeared on Samsung's Facebook page, then at various retailers in the UK, and now it seems it may be heading stateside on T-Mobile.

Eagle-eyed Tmo fans have spotted the black Galaxy S3 on the carrier's comparison site, which showcases its range of smartphones while telling viewers how awesome its network is. And the first device to appear on the carrier's virtual podium is none other than the Galaxy S3 in black. Unlike earlier promotional images, there's no room for confusion here -- this is definitely a black Galaxy S3, rather than the pebble blue variant that we first saw back in May.

There's no indication of when the black S3 might arrive on T-Mobile, but the some UK retailers are expecting stock of the international S3 in black in the next 4-6 weeks, so we wouldn't be too surprised to see T-Mobile's version launch around the same time.

Tmo subscribers, would you be tempted by a Galaxy S3 in black on your network? Hit the comments and let us know!

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

LG hails 5 million LTE smartphones sold worldwide

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Optimus Vu also reaches half a million units sold

LG has announced that it’s reached a total of five million 4G LTE smartphones sold worldwide, up from four million a month ago. Announcing the milestone today, LG notes that it now has more than ten LTE smartphones on the market in South Korea, Japan, the U.S. and certain European countries. A traditional area of strength for LG, its LTE sales are lead by its flagship Optimus LTE, which contributed more than two million to the overall total.

The manufacturer also says it’s shifted more than 500,000 units of the Optimus Vu, its 5-inch slab that aims to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note (check out our review for more on the Vu). That number’s sure to increase when the Vu arrives in the U.S. later this quarter. In addition, LG is expected to launch the Optimus LTE II on Verizon in the U.S. around the same time, under the name “LG Spectrum II.”

For more numbers and back-patting, check LG’s full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

EISA announces mobile device awards, HTC and Samsung among winners

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The EISA (European Imaging Sound Association) has revealed its mobile device award winners for 2012-13, and two leading Android manufacturers have found themselves among the winners.  Samsung’s Galaxy S III (Galaxy S3) won best mobile device, an unsurprising win given the hype surrounding that device, and the quality Samsung’s been able to bring across the board. Elsewhere, HTC has been honored by the  EISA for the second year running, with the HTC One S winning the “Social Media Phone of 2012-13” award, the company has announced. The accolade was awarded to HTC’s keyboard-toting Facebook phone, the ChaCha, in 2011.

The EISA is group made up of representatives of multimedia magazines from 19 European countries. Each year they honor the best products in certain categories with their annual awards. Another of this year’s notable mobile winner was Nokia, with its PureView Pro imaging technology (Best Mobile Photo Achievement).

HTC was the first Android manufacturer to integrate direct social media functionality in its HTC Sense software, something it’s continued in phones like the HTC One S, powered by the latest Sense 4.x. We also imagine the One S’s sleek design and exemplary build quality played some part in the phone’s victory in this category. As we noted in our full review back in April, the One S’s thin aluminum chassis means it looks great and fits easily in the hand.

Samsung, on the other hand, has already convinced millions of consumers that its Galaxy S3is the best phone on the market, as it’s sold more than 10 million of the devices worldwide. As we said in our review of the device back in May, the S3 represents a near-ideal balance of hardware, build quality, aesthetics and battery life.

For more on the HTC One S and Samsung Galaxy S3, check out our full reviews.

More: EISA.eu

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2 years ago

Latest Dropbox beta reveals new features, UI improvements for Nexus 7

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The folks at Dropbox are always letting users in on the latest app betas, and they've just dropped a new one on us with a few basic but welcome features.

  • Thumbnails for video files
  • Better video playback for both ICS and Jelly Bean
  • UI improvements on the Nexus 7
  • Ability to open Dropbox files directly in other apps
  • Various bug fixes

Probably the most important item of the list is updated Nexus 7 support, which shows that the developers over at Dropbox see the importance in properly supporting the latest Google platform release. Take a look after the break for a few screenshots of the latest beta update, and be sure to follow the source link below if you're interested in getting in on the pre-release action.

Source: Dropbox Forums

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2 years ago

Pinterest finally releases an official Android app

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Pinterest finally has an official Android app. The popular social network is currently in the middle of an event where they're showing off brand new mobile apps for their platform. The network that relies on users pinning items for their friends has grown enormously in the past year, which has contributed to the impatience users have felt about an official mobile app. We got a hands-on preview of the app back at Google I/O, but there was no release date at that time.

The official app looks a lot like the website and has been done really well. You see your tiled homepage with all of your friends' pins. You can search for items to pin yourself, re-pin someone else's, like a pin,  and comment on a pin as well. You can also find new friends to follow directly from the app. It's done very well and the app appears very fast in the small amount of time I've been playing with it.

Check it out for yourself at the Google Play Store link, and we've got screenshots after the break.

Source: Pinterest

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2 years ago

Jelly Bean coming to the S3, Nexus 7 or Samsung 7.7? [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: Qmadix Xpression Cover cases for the Samsung Galaxy S3

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up during the week. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to the winners!

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