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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stellar shows its mid-range face at Best Buy

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  The Samsung SCH-i200 Jasper had been teased earlier this summer as a mid-range phone due for Verizon. It has now slipped its way quietly into Best Buy Mobile as the Galaxy Stellar with nary a peep from Verizon nor Samsung.   The Samsung Galaxy Stellar boasts a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, LTE connectivity, a 4-inch 800 x 480 display, and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. While those specs hardly conjure up the descriptor of "stellar", it is back-to-school season, and there are plenty of kids looking for something with LTE and a forgiving pricetag.    Anyhoo, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is available over here for $449.99 without a contract. Other leaks suggest that it'll be available for $99.99 with a two-year agreement on Verizon. That leak also says there's going to be some kind of "Starter Mode", presumably to help new folks learn their way around a smartphone, and pimps out availability of Amazon apps for some reason. Anyone looking for a cheap phone with LTE and ICS?   Source: Best Buy; via Android Police

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Vu 2 with infrared announced for Korea

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While we're still waiting on the Optimus Vu in North America, LG has gone ahead and announced a second one in Korea. Details on specs for the LG Optimus Vu 2 are scarce, but the big selling point is the infrared sensor with a dedicated Q Remote app to control home entertainment systems.

Infrared is a pretty cool feature, and I definitely enjoyed using the one built into the Sony Tablet S awhile back. Still, LG isn't showing anything other than screenshots; it's entirely possible that the Optimus Vu II will at least look like (if not have most of the same guts as) the original Optimus Vu. 

The LG Optimus Vu 2 is due to land in Korea next month - who even knows if we'll see it elsewhere in the foreseeable future. Anyone really hankering for an IR blaster in their phone? 

Source: LG

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4 years ago

LG Intuition press shot leaks, hints at September 15 release

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Verizon's LTE-enabled version of the LG Optimus Vu is showing more signs of life. Aside from the $199 pricetag that we already know about, some fresh images of the device have bubbled up. Although it's far from a guarantee, the home screen weather widget suggests a launch day of September 15 - a sensible time to get the back-to-school rush and LG has announced that the Vu would have a global launch in September, but pencil that date in your calendars lightly.

While the specs of the U.S. variant haven't been confirmed, the one that has launched across Japan and Korea has a  a 5-inch 768 x 1024 touch display, 8 megapixel camera (plus secondary 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front), 32 GB of local storage, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

As far LG handsets go, most eyes are on the upcoming Optimus G and its gapless display, which we're likely to see sooner than later with IFA right around the corner. Have any of you guys been hurting for a version of the Optimus Vu on Verizon, or will it be worth holding out for the Optimus G?

Source: DroidDog

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4 years ago

Google issues statement, Samsung releases internal memo on $1 billion U.S. patent verdict

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Yeah, we're all way past done with the Apple vs Samsung vs Apple $1 billion patent verdict, but when Google releases an official statement, and Samsung posts an internal memo, well, we can't exactly ignore 'em.

Here's what Samsung has posted:

We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.

And here's what Google had to say:

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

No big surprises, and nothing we didn't expect them to say. No doubt Samsung is saving the rest of their talking for when court reconvenes, when yet more motions get filed, when the verdict gets argued, and when the battle over final damages begins.

If you haven't already, check out our patent podcast from the weekend, and in the meantime you'll forgive us if we get back to writing about phones and tablets for a while...

Source: Samsung Today, The Verge

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4 years ago

Google issues statement, Samsung releases memo on $1 billion U.S. patent verdict

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Yeah, we're all way past done with the Apple vs Samsung vs Apple $1 billion patent verdict, but when Google releases an official statement, and Samsung posts an internal memo, well, we can't exactly ignore 'em.

Here's what Samsung has posted:

We initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court, as they had been one of our most important customers. However, Apple pressed on with a lawsuit, and we have had little choice but to counter-sue, so that we can protect our company.

Certainly, we are very disappointed by the verdict at the US District Court for the Northern District of California (NDCA), and it is regrettable that the verdict has caused concern amongst our employees, as well as our loyal customers.

However, the judge’s final ruling remains, along with a number of other procedures. We will continue to do our utmost until our arguments have been accepted.

The NDCA verdict starkly contrasts decisions made by courts in a number of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea, which have previously ruled that we did not copy Apple’s designs. These courts also recognized our arguments concerning our standards patents.

History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth, when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.

We trust that the consumers and the market will side with those who prioritize innovation over litigation, and we will prove this beyond doubt.

And here's what Google had to say:

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

No big surprises, and nothing we didn't expect them to say. If you haven't already, check out our patent podcast from the weekend, and now you'll forgive us if we get back to writing about phones and tablets for a while...

Source: Samsung Today, The Verge

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4 years ago

Latest Galaxy Note 2 leakage suggests two colors at launch, early October release

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We’re just over two days away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 announcement at IFA 2012, but we still know almost nothing about the upcoming phone/tablet hybrid. Nevertheless, some small details are starting to leak out as the public unveiling approaches. The latest of these comes from SamMobile, which has a pretty good track record with Samsung leaks.

The report, which seems to have come from a retailer spreadsheet, lists the official branding as “GALAXY Note II,” alongside the model number GT-N7100 (the original note was GT-N7000). Also reported are two color variations -- “ceramic white” and another marked as TBD (to be determined), though black would be a good bet in our opinion.

According to the site’s sources, the Note 2 will appear during week 40 (Oct. 1-7), alongside a new “titan grey” Galaxy S3. This also coincides with when we’re expecting to see the elusive black Galaxy S3 land on store shelves, so it’s possible that “titan grey” is the official marketing name for this new S3 color.

Of course, we’re still operating within rumor territory here, so we’ll maintain a healthy skepticism until we see the Galaxy Note 2 for ourselves later this week. Keep it locked to AC for live coverage from Berlin as it happens!

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

Samsung 'Galaxy S Camera' rumored for IFA unveiling

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We're all familiar with Nikon's plans to launch an Android-powered camera in the next month, but it seems Samsung may also be bringing its smartphone software and hardware to a point-and-shoot, if the latest round of rumors are to be believed. Reports form GSMArena suggest that Samsung may be working on a point-and-shoot based on Galaxy S3 internals.

The "Galaxy S Camera," which the site's source claims to have seen first-hand, is said to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with an S3-class 4.8-inch SuperAMOLED display on the back, and a 16MP image sensor on the front, with 10X optical zoom and pop-out Xenon flash. Wifi and 3G/HSPA versions are rumored to be unveiled at IFA 2012 alongside the Galaxy Note 2.

The device is purportedly 1.5 to 2 times thicker than a Galaxy S3, which still makes it remarkably thin for a camera, and we have to wonder where the apparatus for that 10X zoom is being stored.

No direct evidence of the Galaxy S Camera's existence is offered, but the decision to offer an Android-based camera could be seen as a natural continuation of the company's earlier Wifi-connected camera offerings. What's more, Samsung's smartphones already have a wide range of software that could be useful on a point-and-shoot, such as on-device video and photo editing, not to mention Android's built-in sharing intents.

It certainly sounds plausible, but in the absence of evidence we'll have to take this one with a pinch of salt. Regardless, we'll be on the ground in Berlin later this week to bring you full coverage of whatever Samsung announces at IFA.

Source: GSMArena

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4 years ago

Google reacts to Samsung trial: Most claims 'don't relate' to core Android OS

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"We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that."

The dust is still setting following Friday's $1.049 billion ruling against Samsung in its patent trial with Apple., and now Google is weighing in with its own official statement  The short statement, sent to The Verge, distances Android itself from the patents Samsung was found to be infringing, saying most don't relate to the "core Android operating system." That's true of features like bounce-back scrolling in the original Galaxy S, but of course there are a few notable exceptions, such as tap-to-zoom. Google also brings into question the validity of other patents, saying they're being "re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office."

There's also a comment on the fast-moving nature of the mobile world, and Google says that all involved in the industry are "building upon ideas that have been around for decades." Of course, we already know Google's not much of a fan of software patents in general. The company's public policy director recently remarked that they're "not helpful to the marketplace."

Here's today's statement from Google in full.

The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office. The mobile industry is moving fast and all players — including newcomers — are building upon ideas that have been around for decades. We work with our partners to give consumers innovative and affordable products, and we don't want anything to limit that.

Source: The Verge, via: iMore

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4 years ago

Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Player 5.8, pockets get ready to strain

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While the world -- including us -- will continue to question how successful a PMP can be in todays smartphone world, Samsung has gone ahead and introduced a new one. Following leaked information on the device just over a week ago, Samsung has made the Galaxy Player 5.8 official. And yes, the 5.8 does stand for 5.8-inch. This thing is huge. It also shares more than a hint of the same design language as Samsung's current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 3

That 5.8-inch display has a 960x540 resolution, which sounds pretty poor in comparison to the company's smartphone displays, but to keep something such as the Galaxy Player affordable, compromises must be made. Like the phones however, the Galaxy Player 5.8 runs Android 4.0 and the latest version of Touchwiz. On-board storage is either 16GB or 32GB with the option to also add a microSD card to squeeze even more of your music and movies onto this thing.

There's also a front facing VGA camera, and a pretty sizeable 2500mAh battery powering the whole show. Without a cellular radio to drain it, battery life shouldn't be too terrible.

There are still details not confirmed, such as whether the rumored dual-core 1GHz processor is inside but given the accuracy thus far of the earlier leak, it isn't too hard to believe. And, there isn't a release schedule as yet. Given the timing of this announcement though, we wouldn't be at all surprised to see this behemoth gracing the Samsung booth at IFA 2012 when it kicks off later this week. 

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Translated)

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4 years ago

Nexus 7 now available in France, Germany and Spain

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Good news lands this morning of expanded European availability of the Google Nexus 7. The Asus made tablet is now available from Google Play in France, Germany and Spain. This is the first market expansion we've seen from the device since its initial launch in July, and while it may have taken some time, the end result is what's important. 

Pricing is set to match UK prices, so the two variants are priced at €199 for the 8GB model and €249 for the 16GB. Ordering one at the moment should see a Nexus 7 on your doorstep within 3-5 days. 

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Weather HD now available on Android

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One of the more popular weather apps on iOS, Weather HD, has finally come to Android. It provides all of the usual weather data you'd want -- current temperature / humidity / precipitation / wind, 7-day forecasts and a few other customizable odds and ends. What's nice about Weather HD is the interface. It's the simplicity of gray and white text on a nicely animated background image, which changes with the current weather conditions, that really helps set this apart from some of the cluttered and busy weather apps. Unfortunately, Weather HD doesn't include a widget, though we'd expect it to soon if they want to stay competitive with the other popular weather apps out there.

Weather HD is available in the Google Play Store at the link above. It'll set you back 99 cents, or is free with advertisements.

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4 years ago

Latest Dropbox beta adds 2-step verification

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Many of us use Dropbox in varying capacities (see what I did there?), and when we do, we often use it as crucial backup storage for data that's important to us. If it wasn't important, we probably wouldn't bother backing it up now would we? If you take your security seriously, and by now we hope you all do, you should be jumping for joy that Dropbox has added 2-step verification sign in to its latest betas.

The latest Dropbox beta follows the same principle that Google's 2-step verification does. In order to access your account you need two things: 1) something you know -- your password and 2) something you have -- your phone. And there's really no reason not to take security into your own hands and add that second level in order to help prevent the worst from happening. If you haven't already, go pick up the Dropbox app from the Google Play Store at the link above, and if you're interested in setting up 2-step verification for your account, see us after the break for a better in-depth explanation

Source: Dropbox forums; via The Verge

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Verdict fatigue; Motorola sends pigs into the air; how to really hate a device

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I'm supposed to take this more personally, I've been told. I'm supposed to hate Apple and what it's litigious self with every fiber of my being. I'm supposed to cry in my beer for Samsung, for HTC, for anyone who's ever had an injunction handed down. I'm suppose to hate the player, as well as the game.

That's just not me. I don't set my hair on fire, especially about things over which I have no control.

Here's what I do hate, in no particular order:

  • I hate that patent litigation has become the focus of the past several months. (It almost makes me long for the bad old, sky-is-falling days of Carrier IQ.)
  • I hate that instead of writing and talking about phones and tablets, we have to concentrate on lawsuits about phones and tablets.
  • I hate that it takes the focus away from the developers, without whom none of this would matter anyway.
  • Most of all, I hate that it's come this far.

That patents should be granted for software certainly should be debated. That patents are granted far too easily hardly is up for debate. Let's hope by this time next year we'll be talking about new and innovative products, and not this mess. I'm sick and tired of patents.

If you've yet to do so, check out the podcast I did with Rene Ritchie from iMore.com on Saturday.

And now, for some more good (and bad) from the past week in Android.

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4 years ago

Hisense preparing sub-$100 Google TV box, promises to show it at IFA

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The success of the Vizio Co-Star has proved that Google TV still has life in it, especially when the price is right. Jumping on the sub-$100 bandwagon now is Hisense, a Chinese OEM that has partnered with Google to produce a new budget Google TV set-top box. 

In a statement, Mickey Kim, Google TV parner manager said of the collaboration: 

Hisense adds even more innovation to the growing list of Google TV-powered devices available around the world. We're working closely with partners like Hisense to bring services from Google and multiple other providers to your TV with an experience tailored for the living room.

Better yet, the box is ready to be shown off to the world and is promised to be on display during next weeks IFA show in Berlin. Hopefully that means that unlike the Vizio offering, the Hisense box will ship in Europe. Android Central will be on the ground from the show all week, so keep it locked to the site and our IFA portal for all the best. 

Source: PC World

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