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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on


We get our first official look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 live at IFA in Berlin!

So, its official. We're live in Berlin at Samsung Unpacked where the next generation Galaxy Note has just been announced. The 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 is a definite bump on last years original, and we know there's a lot of you guys out there that have been waiting on this one. We've had a little time to play with the device and see what's what. 

The Note 2 has a 5.5 inch HD SuperAMOLED 16:9 display at 1280x720, a 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. Powering the whole show is a pretty sizeable 3100mAh battery, and we also get NFC and Samsung's latest Touchwix Nature UX based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. At only 9.4mm thick and weighing in at 180g the Note 2 doesn't feel as large in the hand as its massive screen would possibly lead you to believe. The overall design of the Note 2 lends very much from the smaller Galaxy S 3, which in turn sets it apart from the 2011 Galaxy Note. 

The Note 2 will be available in a choice of two colors, Marble White and Titanium Grey, and is pegged for a Q4 2012 launch date. There is also support for 4G LTE as well as 3G/HSPA+.

It feels pretty good in the hand, but lets not forget that this is a big phone. A really big phone. As with the original, you aren't likely to be one handing the Note 2 all that often. The key component once again is the inclusion of the S-Pen. For the Note 2, the S-Pen has been redesigned a little. It's now taller and thicker, has a textured button on the side and a rubber tip on the end now which creates a subtly different interaction with the screen from its predecessor.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gallery


​Here it is everybody, the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Enjoy

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4 years ago

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 2!


We're live at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin, where Samsung has just announced the latest device in its Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy Note 2! The Note 2 is the widely-anticipated successor to last year's original Galaxy Note, and Samsung's improved upon that device with souped-up internals, re-vamped software and a brand new design.

The Galaxy Note 2 sports a 9.4mm thin chassis with a 5.5-inch 16:9 display at 1280x720 resolution. The screen itself is an HD SuperAMOLED panel, similar to what Samsung's included on the Galaxy S3. Visually the Galaxy Note is similar to the Galaxy S 3. The home button, the rear of the phone, the overall shape all strike a resemblance to the smaller sibling. Like its predecessor, the Note 2 sports a Wacom-based pressure-sensitive "S Pen," which has been redesigned. The pen is now taller and thicker, the button on the side now has texture to it, and it has a rubber tip which creates a subtly different action on the screen.  

On the inside, the Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad CPU -- the same CPU found inside the S3, only at a higher frequency. That's backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16,32, and 64GB of storage. Samsung will offer the device in both 3G/HSPA and 4G LTE flavors, though for the moment there's no info on which version will be offered in which markets. On the software side, there's Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, backed up by Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. And like the original Note, pen-centric apps like S Note have been included to take advantage of the new Note's unique hardware.

Availability has yet to be announced, but we'll update you just as soon as any announcement is made. In the meantime, keep it locked to AC for continuing live coverage of the event, and hands-on reports with more info on the device itself.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs


Complete specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:​

Looking to get all the latest specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? We've got 'em.

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4 years ago

Live in Berlin: Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012


Join us for live coverage of Samsung's big pre-IFA event

We're live in Berlin, Germany, where Samsung will shortly be holding its second Mobile Unpacked event of the year. If you recall, the first one took us to London, where we first got to see the Galaxy S3. This time around, the company's promised fans a new Galaxy Note smartphone, and so all signs point to a Note successor being unveiled at the pre-IFA event.

The original Note was revealed almost a year ago at Samsung's last Berlin get-together, and after proving a surprise hit around the world, we're about due a follow-up to the big-screen, stylus-toting smartphone. And as we learned last week, we could be in for a few surprises, too.

Here's the best part: You get to be here with us for the entire event!  You'll find all our live coverage after the break, plus keep checking the front page for the major announcements as they land!

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4 years ago

Want Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus?


I know. It's a silly question to ask. A more appropriate question would be are you willing to jump through the hoops necessary to get it? If so, we have just the guide that will help you get it taken care of. Courtesy of dmmarck in our very own forums, there is now a end-to-end guide to help you along provided you're willing to give it a go. You'll need to take care of some prerequisites but they're not all that hard to follow:

  • Go completely back to stock 4.0.4/IMM76K by using either Wug's Toolkit or my Return to Stock guide.
  • Unlock the device (if you relocked it) and install a custom recovery--either ClockworkMod or TWRP.
  • Flash the IMM76Q package using the custom recovery.
  • Flash the JRO03O update using the custom recovery.

That's the basics, for a more in depth guide with the full details you'll want to click the link below to head on into the Android Central forums. If you have questions or need help, sing out in there and someone will be able to help out for sure!

[OTA] Semi-Official Jelly Bean JRO03O for the Verizon GNex

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4 years ago

ARCHOS introduces its Android-powered GamePad


ARCHOS introduced its GamePad today, the company's first 7-inch Android-powered gaming tablet. The GamePad comes equipped with physical control buttons, joysticks, and a capacitive display, along with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and Mali 400mp quad-core GPU underneath the hood. The GamePad is unlike anything we've seen in the Android world so far, and is more akin to a PSP than a tradition Android tablet. The GamePad comes equipped with Ice Cream Sandwich and access to the Google Play store, though it looks like most will purchase the GamePad strictly for gaming. ARCHOS says that it'll include tools to enable the physical controls to take the place of virtual navigation on current Android games, and will work with developers to design games specifically for the GamePad. 

We took a look at ARCHOS' latest flagship tablet, the 101 XS, earlier this month, and coupled with the new GamePad, ARCHOS looks to be thinking outside of the box to make a name for itself in the tablet market. The GamePad is scheduled late October release with a pricetag of "less than 150€ (or $188)". ARCHOS' full presser can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony unveils three new devices at IFA - Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia J


Sitting in on Sony's live IFA conference today, they've gone ahead and given the official stamp on three new devices. In order the Sony Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia J will all be coming to market each offering their own individual features and price points. 

The Xperia T will be the flagship leader here and as we've seen in previous leaks runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with an upgrade to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean shortly after launch. It also has a 720p display, 13MP camera and built-in NFC along with a 1.5GHz dual core processor

The Xperia V will be coming with LTE connectivity and NFC that allows for interaction with a wide array of upcoming Sony accessories. A 13MP camera will allow for HD video recording while the 1.5GHz dual core processor will keep Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich going until it gets upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and if that's not enough, it's also water and dust resistant.

To close out their smartphone announcements, Sony introduced the Xperia J, which is their entry level offering running Android 4.0 out of the box with a 5MP shooter and only 512MB of RAM. The display leaves a lot to be desired, as it does not share the Bravia engine powered like the others instead, packs a 4.0” FWVGA Display. Videos, full specs and more of all can be found below. Xperia T will launch globally over the next few weeks. Xperia V and Xperia J will launch globally in calendar Q4 2012.

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4 years ago

James Bond will use the Sony Xperia T in Skyfall


James Bond has run the gamut of sweet tech over the years, from kitchy, no-name Q-special, to Nokia -- and back to Sony. Sony Mobile president and CEO Hazuo Hirai today at IFA in Berlin announced that 007 will sport the Sony Xperia T in the upcoming "Skyfall" movie.

Seen the Skyfall trailer yet? Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony announces splash-proof Xperia Tablet S



At IFA 2012, Sony has announced the splash-proof Xperia Tablet S. Details are scarce for now, but it looks an awful lot like Sony's first tablet and includes the same infrared blaster. There's going to be a whole suite of compatible accessories, including covers with built-in keyboards, stands, and dock speakers. The Xperia Tablet S has a 9.4-inch HD display with OptiContrast and runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor with Android 4.0.3. There's an 8 megapixel camera on the back and 1 megapixel front-facing shooter. 

One neat addition on the software side is something called Small Apps, which can run on top of standard apps in tiny windows. These include an audio recorder, calculator, remote control, timer, and even a mini web browser. There's also a new Socialife which ties together multiple social networks into a single app.

Keep an eye on our Sony IFA press conference liveblog for all of the latest news! A closer look is available here at Sony's product page

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4 years ago

Live in Berlin: Sony IFA 2012 Press Conference



Android Central's IFA coverage kicks off with the Sony press conference

Our week of IFA 2012 coverage begins today, as Sony prepares to launch a bunch of new smartphones and tablets at its big press conference. We'll be live from the Messe Berlin exhibition center later today, where we're expecting new devices like the Xperia TX, Xperia T and Xperia Tablet to be publicly unveiled for the first time.

We're in for a whole lot of Sony later today, and you'll get to be here with us for the entire event. -

Check past the break for the live stuff, which kicks off at 10 a.m. EDT -- or right about now!

Remember we'll also be covering Samsung's big Mobile Unpacked event later in the day, where we're expecting to get our first look at the Galaxy Note 2!

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4 years ago

Sprint adds four new cities to its LTE roster, revamps 3G in others


Sprint's slowly been ramping up its 4G LTE service, and today the carrier has announced four new cities with LTE coverage. They are:

  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Gainesville, Ga.
  • Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.
  • Sedalia, Mo.

Also, Sprint says it's turned on its revamped 3G service (this is all part of its Network Vision initiative) in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Sprint has a number of LTE-capable Android smartphones, including the LG Vipre, Motorola Photon Q, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC EVO 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE update brings fixes - and Sense 4.1


Some good news out of the Sprint EVO 4G LTE camp this morning. An update apparently is rolling out that not only fixes a bit of wonk (that's the technical term, by the way) but also brings the updated Sense 4.1 along for the ride! That should be the same Sense 4.1 se showed you in a little preview on the HTC One X a few weeks ago. The Android version also gets bumped to 4.0.4, but that means it's still Ice Cream Sandwich, and so we'll resume the wait for some Jelly Bean love.

We'll update when we get a more complete changelog. In the meantime, hit the links below to see what everyone else is seeing in the update!

Update: And here's the changelog:

  • Browser no longer randomly closes from bookmarks
  • Bluetooth fix (minor)
  • Latest Version of Google Wallet
  • Latest Version of Visual Voicemail
  • LTE Scanning Improvement

Source: EVO 4G LTE forums 1, 2

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4 years ago

Motorola, Intel taking us to the edge in London Sept. 18


Intel and Motorola joined forces earlier this year - now it's time to see the fruits of their labor.

That's a big announcement, eh? Motorola and Intel, the marriage first announced way back in January at CES, finally appears to be coming to fruition. (Right on schedule, actually.) So what will we see when the two companies "take us to the edge" on Sept. 18 in London? Most likely, it'll be a production-caliber Android smartphone based off Intel's Medfield platform that it's been teasing us with lo these many months, with its speed, power and promised battery savings that come from the Atom SOC.

Smartphone? Tablet? As always, we'll be there to bring you the whole thing as it happens. Set your calendars, folks!

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4 years ago

TomTom coming to Android - possibly as soon as October


When it comes to voice guided satellite navigation the one company that springs to mind for most people is TomTom, but sadly we haven't had any Android love - until now. Today at IFA in Berlin TomTom are previewing their long awaited Android version. Pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed but clearly it needs to be an attractive package to tempt us away from using Google's own solution, although Tom Tom will certainly have more features.

“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director at TomTom. “Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us.”

TomTom for Android will include the following features:

  • World-class navigation - The latest, most accurate TomTom maps available – with no need for a mobile signal or data plan.
  • Lifetime maps – Free updates that ensure access to the latest maps and fastest routes.
  • IQ Routes - Arrival times that drivers can rely on – at all times of day.
  • Advanced lane guidance – Gives drivers extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions.
  • Spoken street names – Makes turnings even clearer.
  • 2D / 3D driving view – The clearest display for the safest driving.
  • TomTom HD Traffic – Available as an in-app purchase. It’s the quickest way through traffic. Proven.
  • TomTom Speed Cameras – Available as an in-app purchase. Save money and drive safely with real-time mobile and fixed camera alerts.

We will of course bring your further TomTom news as we get it.

Source: Business Wire

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