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28 Dec 12 Multi-window update comes to AT&T Galaxy Note II starting today

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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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22 Dec 12 Samsung may introduce mid-range device Galaxy Frame at MWC 2013

If a report by tech site Sammobile is anything to go by, then Samsung may introduce its mid-range Galaxy device Samsung GT-S6810 Galaxy Frame at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. In fact, the report suggests that the smartphone is expected to hit store shelves at the end of the first quarter of 2013. Only other substantial information known at the moment is that the specifications of the Frame will be around the same level as the Galaxy Ace or Galaxy Mini smartphones, says Sammobile. The Frame reportedly will only be available in the Pearl White colour. 


Samsung also recently unveiled the Galaxy Grand smartphone, which it claimed to be an ideal smartphone for users with fast-paced mobile lifestyles who demand more from their phone.

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Galaxy Frame coming at MWC 2013?



Samsung Galaxy Grand smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), Google’s latest operating system. It sports a 5-inch display, which the company claims provides an expansive viewing experience, presenting messaging, multimedia and web content in brilliant colour and clarity. Samsung adds that despite the large screen, the phone is still slim, ergonomic and comfortable to hold. You can also enjoy true multitasking by running multiple apps simultaneously and without switching screens using the Multi Window feature.


The Samsung Galaxy Grand is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor that supports seamless multitasking, faster web browsing, lightning-fast screen transitions and superior graphics for some of the most demanding apps and games.


The camera on the Galaxy Grand smartphone is one with zero shutter-lag and ultra-quick start-up. It includes a backside illumination sensor to ensure clear shots even in dark conditions, as well as full HD video recording.


Samsung Galaxy Grand also includes intuitive features that make the phone easy to use. For example, Direct Call enables users to automatically dial a call by raising the device up to the ear; while users can also shake the phone to trigger status updates, or pan it to zoom into a screen. Smart Alert shows missed events such as missed calls and new messages just by picking up the phone. Popup Video, for example, lets users watch video in a pop-up window anywhere on the screen while running other tasks; S Voice lets you control the phone using your voice; and AllShare Play lets you share content across Samsung devices using a single account.


The phone is pre-loaded with the latest versions of Samsung Hubs to deliver the most popular games, movies and music direct to the user on demand.


Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Galaxy Grand smartphone:

  • 5-inch WVGA TFT LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi capabilities
  • A-GPS Glonass
  • Bluetooth
  • 8MP camera
  • 8GB + microSD expandable up to 64GB


The Galaxy Grand will be available in two versions – the dual-SIM version (GT-I9082) will launch first and the single SIM version (GT-I9080) will follow. For the dual SIM version, Samsung claims that its innovative dual-SIM feature provides total communication flexibility, allowing users to manage two phone numbers from a single phone. It is possible to receive calls on one SIM number, while taking a call from the other, ensuring efficient management of personal and work commitments without ever missing a call. It goes on to add that dual-SIM also offers the flexibility of selecting different billing plans for either SIM, switching between them to make the most of cheaper call and data plans.

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