ATT (T) has announced that a software update will begin rolling out to its Galaxy Note II beginning December 27th. The arrival of the new software makes ATT the last of the four major nationwide wireless carriers to bring multi-windows support to its Samsung (005930) “phablet,” a feature that allows users to open and operate several different apps at once. “ATT plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active ‘windows’ creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications,” ATT said in a statement. “The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.” BGR reviewed the Galaxy Note II in October and called it the best supersized smartphone on the market.
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The software is expected to be ready for a release in November, sources tell Boy Genius Report. This would match up with a previous report from The Daily, which claimed to have seen a working prototype of Office on an iPad.
Microsoft was quick to deny, calling the report “inaccurate rumors and speculation.” So much for that: BGR’s source claims that the Office they saw looked “almost identical” to a picture shown by The Daily, so maybe the folks in Redmond weren’t entirely truthful.
In any case, releasing a mobile version of Office for both Android and iOS makes a lot of sense. Windows Phone is behind its larger competitors in terms of market share and, although Windows 8 is supposed to be tablet-friendly, there’s no guarantee that those tablets will be able to compete with the market-leading iPad.
If you need more evidence of the public’s desire for mobile Office, look at the top paid apps in the iTunes App Store. In the Productivity category, Apple’s Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps are consistently in the list of top ten bestsellers, and have been since iWork for iPad’s launch in January 2010. As of Wednesday evening, Pages was third, Keynote ninth, and Numbers is 11th in that category.
These apps serve their purpose, but are far from perfect. iWork does not natively save documents to Office formats, and its export function trips up sometimes when it comes to formatting. Microsoft can obviously build better support for Office in its own productivity suite than Apple could.
Microsoft is silent this time when asked about the rumors. While it was quick in February to deny, this time it declined to comment. That silence speaks volumes about Redmond’s future plans.
Samsung on Wednesday announced pricing and availability details for three upcoming Android-powered devices that will soon join the vendor’s ever expanding lineup of Galaxy-brand devices.
Continuing its efforts to address a variety of price ranges and screen sizes in order to give consumers as many options as possible, Samsung will launch two new Galaxy Player devices and two new Galaxy Tab tablets between now and mid-May.
Already available nationwide at Best Buy, Samsung‘s entry-level Galaxy Player 3.6 offers a 3.65-inch HVGA display, a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage expandable to 40GB, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The budget Wi-Fi-only player aims to take on Apple’s iPod touch at an iPod nano price point, costing just $149.99.
Samsung‘s Galaxy Player 4.2 is a new addition to the Player family, featuring a 4.2-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 8GB of internal storage expandable to 40GB, Samsung‘s SoundAlive audio enhancement engine, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the TouchWiz UI.
The vendor announced on Wednesday that pre-orders will be made available for the Galaxy Player 4.2 beginning May 4th, and it will launch on May 13th for $199.99.
Finally, Samsung has announced pricing and availability for two of its next-generation Galaxy tablets. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 features a 7-inch 1,024 x 600-pixel display, 8GB of internal storage expandable to 40GB, 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year, a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the TouchWiz UI.
It will launch on April 22nd for $249.99, and pre-orders begin on April 12th.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 includes a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800-pixel display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, microSDHC support, 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year, a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the TouchWiz UI. Like the 7-inch model, the tablet features a built-in IR blaster and Samsung‘s Smart Remote software capable of controlling a huge range of HDTVs and components, as well as any other device that can be controlled with a universal remote.
Pre-sales kick off on May 4th and the Tab 2 10.1 will launch on May 13th for $399.99.
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Android has not been as financially successful as Google has been leading investors to believe. Larry Page announced in October during an earnings call, that Google’s mobile products would generate $2.5 billion in revenue. The Guardian reports that just a fraction of that amount is actually from Android. Legal documents from its upcoming hearing with Oracle, state that between 2008 and 2011, Android generated less then $550 million in revenue for Google. The documents also suggest that iOS devices have generated more than four time as much revenue as Android has.
Experts estimate the amount Google earns per Android handset at around $10. Google has been averaging 850,000 activations per day since the beginning of the year. Google’s CEO statements claiming that that Google had generated $2.5 billion from mobile devices were a bit misleading. If Android only accounts for around $550 million of Google’s mobile revenue, most of it must be coming from outside the Android ecosystem.
Google has had a licensing deal with Apple since the first iPhone for some of its products. These iOS devices utilize Google for search and map capabilities. It is believed that this agreement with Apple accounts for most of the mobile revenue Google generates. Google now depends on iOS’s success for its own.
This comes to light just as Larry Paige disputes Steve Jobs’s war on Android. Apple’s late CEO, Steve Jobs, purportedly had vowed to destroy Android because it was a stolen product. Recently however, this notion of war between the two platforms has been denied by Google’s CEO Larry Paige, he is now claiming that the “war” was all for show. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Google CEO Larry Page stated that despite Steve’s rather public hatred, “the Android differences were actually for show.” Page asserted that, “It’s useful for them to feel like they have an obvious competitor and to rally around that. I personally believe that it’s better to shoot higher. You don’t want to be looking at your competitors. You want to be looking at what’s possible and how to make the world better.” Paige dismissed rumors that he and Job’s were rivals, instead saying “I had a relationship with Steve.” That despites Jobs’s deterioration health, Steve reached out to Paige for a casual conversation. Paige assured Businessweek that Jobs only meant to generate controversy, to create buzz. Jobs aimed to polarize the market by drawing a line in the sand, and it worked, many people today have a firm stance on iOS vs. Android. This only goes to generate more popularity around both.