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19 Dec 12 Samsung announces Galaxy Grand: 5-inch Jelly Bean-powered smartphone


Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand: an Android ‘Jelly Bean’-powered 5-inch smartphone with a dual-core processor.


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Samsung today unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Grand smartphone, which runs the
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system and sports a 5-inch WVGA display.

The smartphone also features a powerful dual-core 1.2GHz processor, along with 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera offering 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel front camera.

It also includes 8GB of internal memory with a microSD memory expansion slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS functionality, and the usual perks, such as an accelerometer, compass, and gyroscopic sensor.

The Galaxy Grand also connects to high-speed HSPA+ networks, but falls short of offering 4G LTE connectivity.

The Korean smartphone giant said the smartphone will be sold in two variants: the I9080, which offers single SIM service, while the I9082 will offer dual-SIM functionality, allowing users to use two separate cell numbers from the same device, such as work and personal numbers.

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand comes with a range of features, including the latest Android ‘Jelly Bean’ operating system.


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The smartphone also includes built-in features, such as Direct Call, Popup Video, Smart Alert, and S-Voice, the Samsung’s rival to Apple’s Siri voice-activated assistant.

Announced in the midst of the December holiday season, only days before many businesses finish for the year and consumer holiday spending reaches its peak, the Galaxy Grand is leaping into the public consciousness with no pricing or availability information.

We’ve put in questions to Samsung, but did not hear back at the time of writing. It is expected that the smartphone will be shown off at the consumer showcase
CES 2013 in January.

Update 8:31 a.m. PT: Samsung had little to offer in response to our U.K.-based writer: “Samsung UK availability of the Galaxy Grand is yet to be announced, a statement regarding UK launch confirmation will be made in due course.”

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57559717-94/samsung-announces-galaxy-grand-5-inch-jelly-bean-powered-smartphone/

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14 Dec 12 Google Nexus 4 now available on Three as O2 exclusivity ends | News …


Google Nexus 4 owners reporting strange ‘buzzing’ issue

  • Google Nexus 4 exclusive to O2 in UK
  • Google Nexus 4 back on sale at 5pm today
  • The sought-after Google Nexus 4 smartphone is now available to buy from UK network Three.

    The 4.7-inch, Android Jelly Bean handset had been solely available through the Google Play Store and on contract through a one-month exclusive with rival network O2.

    That period has now come to an end, meaning Three subscribers can pick up the handset for £35 a month over two years, plus a £29 one-off fee for the handset.

    With users struggling to get a Nexus 4 directly from Google in time for Christmas, the Three contract offer, which includes unlimited data, will be a good test of just how popular this phone really is.

    Cost ineffective

    Most of the buzz around the Google Nexus 4, made by LG and unveiled at the end of October, was surrounding the price.

    Google has been offering the 8GB model for just £239, while the 16GB version is only £279 SIM-free.

    Early supplies were extinguished within half an hour, while those who were able to snap up a device when new stocks arrived face a wait of over a month for their handsets.

    With Three’s offering works out at £870 over the two year contact, and there’s no bargain whatsoever to be had, we’ll see whether it was the cost or the fine feature set that was really motivating buyers.

    Via Trusted Reviews

    Article source: http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/google-nexus-4-now-available-on-three-as-o2-exclusivity-ends-1119010

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    31 May 12 Android 5 Jelly Bean: I Say Innovation, You Say Fragmentation…


    Ah, June. The beginning of summer, when the kids are finally released from school, and Gadgets are finally released from the Purgatory between Digitimes Taiwan rumor and Midwestern Best Buy store shelf.

    The hottest gadget rumor, lately even hotter than the iPhone 5, and wayyy hotter than the quickly-dismissed Facebook phone, is the Google Nexus tablet. This would be Google’s second attempt at mobile hardware – its Google Nexus smartphone was a non-starter. It will allegedly be built by Asus, not Google’s recently-swallowed Motorola Mobility, and run Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. It will be 7 inches, cost a Kindle-matching $200 and be the debut of the latest Android update, version 5.0, aka Jelly Bean.

    For consumers, Jelly Bean should indeed be sweet. Rumors say goodies include a Siri-like voice assistant, Google’s suddenly market-leading Chrome Web browser, better touch keyboard, more integration with Google services and more tablet-specific features.

    For enterprises, rumored features they would care about include the ability to run on laptops (and possibly even dual-boot with Microsoft Windows), a file system, increased protection from malware, including the dumping of Adobe’s already-dying mobile Flash player.

    The other good news for enterprises is that Jelly Bean heralds a new era wherein Google will only release one major Android update per year.

    How sweet will Android Jelly Bean be for enterprises?

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    Google started off frenetically, taking the ’ship early, ship often’ mantra literally. In 2009, Google released three updates to Android (Cupcake, Donut and Eclair). After complaints, it slowed the pace to bi-annual updates in the last two years.

    The problem is that Google’s hardware partners still haven’t caught up. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is only running on about 5% of devices today. Almost two-thirds of devices are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Even Android 2.1 Eclair, released 2.5 years ago, has more users than ICS.

    The Samsungs and HTCs of this world remain slow about releasing their newest hardware with the latest Android update installed (though the vendors would retort that Google’s processes are to blame). They are also excruciatingly slow about making Android updates available to devices already out in the field (if at all).

    By going to one update a year, providing better previews to key hardware and software partners, and clamping down on roadmap rumors, Cupertino-style, Google can go a long way towards turning a negative (fragmentation) into a positive (sustained, regular innovation).

    I am also hoping that the lack of leaks about hard-core enterprise features in Jelly Bean are only because these kinds of features aren’t sexy enough for the Rumor Mill.

    Broadly speaking, Android remains the least secure and manageable of the major mobile platforms, partly because it lacks those features itself, but mostly because it doesn’t allow third-party developers to easily implement them.

    If Google opens up a significant number of Android APIs related to securing and managing devices, this would improve its reputation immensely, and overnight turn it into a true enterprise and BYOD contender versus iOS.

    In the meantime, enterprises wanting to deploy Android should turn to devices like the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Samsung has done special engineering work to enable certain Mobile Device Management (MDM) software like SAP Afaria to have more control and security features. As a result, SAP has approved Galaxy devices for employee use, and now has more than 1,000 workers using them.

    Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/android-5-jelly-bean-i-say-innovation-you-say-fragmentation/3253

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    30 May 12 Android 5 Jelly Bean: I Say Innovation, You Say Fragmentation…


    Ah, June. The beginning of summer, when the kids are finally released from school, and Gadgets are finally released from the Purgatory between Digitimes Taiwan rumor and Midwestern Best Buy store shelf.

    The hottest gadget rumor, lately even hotter than the iPhone 5, and wayyy hotter than the quickly-dismissed Facebook phone, is the Google Nexus tablet. This would be Google’s second attempt at mobile hardware – its Google Nexus smartphone was a non-starter. It will allegedly be built by Asus, not Google’s recently-swallowed Motorola Mobility, and run Nvidia‘s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. It will be 7 inches, cost a Kindle-matching $200 and be the debut of the latest Android update, version 5.0, aka Jelly Bean.

    For consumers, Jelly Bean should indeed be sweet. Rumors say goodies include a Siri-like voice assistant, Google’s suddenly market-leading Chrome Web browser, better touch keyboard, more integration with Google services and more tablet-specific features.

    For enterprises, rumored features they would care about include the ability to run on laptops (and possibly even dual-boot with Microsoft Windows), a file system, increased protection from malware, including the dumping of Adobe’s already-dying mobile Flash player.

    The other good news for enterprises is that Jelly Bean heralds a new era wherein Google will only release one major Android update per year.

    How sweet will Android Jelly Bean be for enterprises?

    Credit: Shutterstock.com

    Google started off frenetically, taking the ‘ship early, ship often’ mantra literally. In 2009, Google released three updates to Android (Cupcake, Donut and Eclair). After complaints, it slowed the pace to bi-annual updates in the last two years.

    The problem is that Google’s hardware partners still haven’t caught up. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is only running on about 5% of devices today. Almost two-thirds of devices are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Even Android 2.1 Eclair, released 2.5 years ago, has more users than ICS.

    The Samsungs and HTCs of this world remain slow about releasing their newest hardware with the latest Android update installed (though the vendors would retort that Google’s processes are to blame). They are also excruciatingly slow about making Android updates available to devices already out in the field (if at all).

    Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2012/05/30/android-5-jelly-bean-i-say-innovation-you-say-fragmentation/

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