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25 Dec 12 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 7 appears on GLBenchmark


Samsung has always been bullish about the 7-inch tablet segment and
seems like the company is now gearing up to launch Galaxy Note 7.

Earlier
this month, a model by the name GT-N5100 had surfaced in NenaMark2 and
now it has been spotted at GLBenchmark. According to grapevine this
device might be 7-inch Galaxy Note.

The benchmarks
seem to confirm that the Galaxy Note 7 will sport a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412
processor, a 1280 x 800 display resolution and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
right out of the box.

It is now a little too early to predict
whether Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be unveiled at the forthcoming CES
2013 or Mobile World Congress (MWC), or in fact any other time.

Samsung
has managed to taste success with its previous Note models. Samsung
Galaxy Note II managed to sell over 5 million units within two months
since the phablet started shipping. Currently, Samsung is also offering 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Note
800, (aka Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1) for Rs. 39,990 in India.

So
there are going to be plenty of expectations pegged around Samsung
Galaxy Note 7 when it launches and it will be interesting to see what
will be Samsung’s pricing strategy for this tablet. There are already
rumours doing the rounds that Asus and Acer may launch affordable 7-inch
tablets soon that will be available for $99. In order to compete with
them, Samsung too might have to price its forthcoming tablet on the
similar lines.

Another interesting Samsung device that might be
launched at the CES of MWC is Samsung Galaxy S IV. While the Samsung Galaxy S III was unveiled in May 2012,
there’s plenty of buzz that its successor may be unveiled a bit earlier
next year.

Article source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tablets/news/7-inch-samsung-galaxy-note-7-appears-on-glbenchmark-309334

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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.

New Chips

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.

Article source: http://tech2.in.com/news/smartphones/samsung-may-introduce-midrange-device-galaxy-frame-at-mwc-2013/660302

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28 May 12 Huawei’s Emotion UI for Android set to debut in July, will be detailed on June 9


Vlad Bobleanta  By on 28 May 12

Another Android phone maker is set to unveil a UI overlay sitting atop Google’s mobile operating system. This time it’s Huawei. Its Sense/TouchWiz competitor will be called Emotion UI and is going to arrive in July.

Just a few days ago, ZTE (the other big Chinese manufacturer) announced its very own 3D skin for Android, powered by Rightware’s Kanzi UI. This skin will be used from now on for ZTE’s smartphones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

ICS is also presumably Huawei’s ‘target’ for its Emotion UI, although details are scarce at the moment. The grand unveiling is set for June 9, and the interface will become available sometime in July. Still a mystery is whether Huawei plans to issue updates to already shipping Android smartphones in order to add the Emotion UI. However, it seems almost certain that all Huawei Android devices that will ship in or after July will come bearing this new overlay. That obviously includes the Ascend D quad, the company’s flagship smartphone for this year, which may have been delayed until July specifically in order to get the Emotion UI baked in.

At this point we don’t really know what the Emotion UI will look like, or what functionality it will add to Android. Huawei uses words such as “emotional”, “simple”, and “smart” in describing it, and says that it has listened carefully to the needs of users. Then again, they all say this. HTC even dared say it was ‘listening to its customers’ when it decided that extra-slim phones were preferable to better battery life – and that’s quite absurd.

In the picture above which speaks about the big event in which the Emotion UI will first be showcased, we can see what looks like the stock Android ICS launcher with no modifications whatsoever. So maybe Huawei’s UI really is subtle. Or maybe the company wanted to keep it a secret until said event.

It’s not 100% clear if the Emotion UI will make it outside of China, but it probably will given Huawei’s new global ambitions. The company is undergoing a massive transition from a manufacturer most widely regarded for its low-end price-competitive offerings to one that can compete on the high-end as well (with its own in-house designed processor even).

Apparently Huawei thought that part of this transition had to be adding its own UI to Android. I would have liked it to try to differentiate itself by becoming the only Android device maker not to have its own custom UI slapped on top of the OS, and as such deliver updates quicker than its competitors. But Huawei obviously disagrees. Sure, by designing it own UI, Huawei gets to use the words “user experience” in PR materials, but maybe the world’s had enough of all this gimmickry. Or maybe Emotion UI will prove to be subtle enough to be brilliant. Let’s wait and find out, shall we?

Via mobile.163.com



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27 Feb 12 Android this week: Chrome updated; MWC previewed; free 50 GB from Box


Google Chrome for Android arrived earlier this month and this week, it saw its first software update. The browser for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, devices gained a few new features, some bug fixes and availability in more countries; the complete list of supported regions is here. But some handset owners aren’t happy with the update because the browser no longer works on their device.

In the software release notes, Google points out that “Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met.” The browser is specifically made to run on Android 4.0, which at this point only runs officially on two commercially available devices here: the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Asus Transformer Prime tablet. Handset owners using custom Android 4.0 ROMs on other phones are experiencing problems: After this update, the browser no longer runs for them.

The issue can’t be specific to all custom ROMs, however. I know this because I’m running an Android 4.0.4 custom ROM on my own Galaxy Nexus. People using a CM9 ROM appear to be having an issue because that ROM appears to Chrome as a version of Gingerbread, not a version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully, these issues get resolved as needed because Chrome for Android is by far, my favorite browser on any mobile device. It’s shame that some folks are unable to experience these features in Chrome:

The annual Mobile World Congress event is kicking off this weekend and aside from some potential Windows Mobile developments, Android is certain to take center stage. Several manufacturers have already pre-announced some of their Android devices, including LG and ZTE to name a few. I have a complete rundown of what devices we know are debuting at MWC along with others that we suspect will appear.

Two big Android questions loom in my mind, however: Will Intel finally enter the mobile market with an actual device announcement and will Google introduce a small tablet of it’s own. I’d think Intel has to use MWC or the upcoming CTIA event in May to debut its first Android smartphone; likely with Lenovo or Motorola at this point. The company has the chip for such a device; I saw it running Android 4.0 in a tablet last month. The Google tablet is a rumor at this point, and I suspect that if Google is planning a 7-inch slate, it would introduce one at its mid-year Google I/O developer event.

Android device owners looking for more cloud storage gained a big chunk of free capacity this week: Box announced its updated Android client along with a whopping 50 GB of free storage for life to go with it. Found in the Android Market, the new Box 1.6 software adds bulk uploads, commenting on files, shared folders and support for new languages, making it a worthy upgrade.

Since my 16 GB Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a memory card expansion slot, I jumped on this deal right away; you can never have too much storage in the cloud! Even without the free 50 GB, the new client looks fantastic; take a peek at the interface and new productivity features:

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25 Feb 12 Android this week: Chrome updated; MWC previewed; free 50 GB from Box


Google Chrome for Android arrived earlier this month and this week, it saw its first software update. The browser for Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0, devices gained a few new features, some bug fixes and availability in more countries; the complete list of supported regions is here. But some handset owners aren’t happy with the update because the browser no longer works on their device.

In the software release notes, Google points out that “Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met.” The browser is specifically made to run on Android 4.0, which at this point only runs officially on two commercially available devices here: the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Asus Transformer Prime tablet. Handset owners using custom Android 4.0 ROMs on other phones are experiencing problems: After this update, the browser no longer runs for them.

The issue can’t be specific to all custom ROMs, however. I know this because I’m running an Android 4.0.4 custom ROM on my own Galaxy Nexus. People using a CM9 ROM appear to be having an issue because that ROM appears to Chrome as a version of Gingerbread, not a version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully, these issues get resolved as needed because Chrome for Android is by far, my favorite browser on any mobile device. It’s shame that some folks are unable to experience these features in Chrome:

The annual Mobile World Congress event is kicking off this weekend and aside from some potential Windows Mobile developments, Android is certain to take center stage. Several manufacturers have already pre-announced some of their Android devices, including LG and ZTE to name a few. I have a complete rundown of what devices we know are debuting at MWC along with others that we suspect will appear.

Two big Android questions loom in my mind, however: Will Intel finally enter the mobile market with an actual device announcement and will Google introduce a small tablet of it’s own. I’d think Intel has to use MWC or the upcoming CTIA event in May to debut its first Android smartphone; likely with Lenovo or Motorola at this point. The company has the chip for such a device; I saw it running Android 4.0 in a tablet last month. The Google tablet is a rumor at this point, and I suspect that if Google is planning a 7-inch slate, it would introduce one at its mid-year Google I/O developer event.

Android device owners looking for more cloud storage gained a big chunk of free capacity this week: Box announced its updated Android client along with a whopping 50 GB of free storage for life to go with it. Found in the Android Market, the new Box 1.6 software adds bulk uploads, commenting on files, shared folders and support for new languages, making it a worthy upgrade.

Since my 16 GB Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a memory card expansion slot, I jumped on this deal right away; you can never have too much storage in the cloud! Even without the free 50 GB, the new client looks fantastic; take a peek at the interface and new productivity features:

Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.

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08 Feb 12 Chrome Beta for Android impressions: Even in beta, it's our favorite new browser


Eventually Google’s Chrome Web browser had to come to Android. In my heart of hearts, I knew it would happen, but I never thought it would take so long. Senior Googlers have been quoted as far back as 2008, hinting that Chrome would come to Android. Today, it finally made the jump. This morning, Google released the first beta of Chrome for Android on all devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Since I happen to own just about the only Android 4.0 device on the market, the Galaxy Nexus, I downloaded the beta app from the Android Market and gave it a whirl. If you happen to have a device running ICS, you should be able to find Chrome Beta in the Market as well.

My hands-on impressions of the new browser are below.

Layout and tabbed browsing

Though most mobile browsers are trying really hard to get rid of any menus or items on the screen, the Chrome ‘omnibox’ combined Search and Address bar does not leave the screen at any time. It has a search box in it, a Refresh button, a tabs button, and that familiar elipsis button that indicates there are more options. In that menu, you can open new tabs, get to Bookmarks, and toy around with Settings. The new layout works pretty well. Oddly, the mobile browser that looks most like Chrome is Dolphin HD. The Dolphin team loved Chrome for PC so much that it completely copied almost everything about its appearance, right down to the way tabs look. 

Tabs in Chrome Beta are a bit different from the PC. Moving between open tabs is one of the best parts about the new UI. You can swipe from the side of any page to auto-move to the next open tab (this is a useful feature commonly found in WebOS and the BlackBerry PlayBook). Hitting the tabs button brings up a full menu of open pages. These are displayed in a stacked view that you can push up or down, as if grabbing pieces of paper inside a folder. If you swipe a page to the left or right, it is discarded off the screen. New tabs also have recently visited pages and links to Bookmarks and synced tabs from your PC (this feature did not work for me).

Incognito tabs

Incognito windows are here from the PC as well. These are private tabs that don’t save cookies or your search history. They’re pretty great if you’re looking up embarrassing stuff, though please keep in mind that even if Google isn’t recording your searches and browsing history your service provider is, whether that’s a phone company or cable company or whomever. Like Patrick Stewart, your ISP has seen it all; it’s seen everything. There is no true privacy unless you go to extremes.

In any case, Incognito tabs are still useful and can be opened just as easily as a regular tab. To access them, you go to the tabs page and swipe from the right. The Incognito tabs are colored dark blue and bundled together, but slightly separated from standard tabs so that you don’t flip through them unless you would like to do so.

It’s fast

The first thing I noticed about the new Chrome browser was it’s speed. While it could be my imagination, the browser seems to open faster and render pages much speedier than any other mobile browser, and today I’ve tested most of them: Dolphin, Firefox, Skyfire, Opera Mobile, and the default Android browser. Though it’s only in beta, Chrome already breezes past most of the competition. It starts up quicker and loads pages much faster.

Page rendering improved

Attempting to browse the Web on a phone has never been easy because it was originally designed for much larger screens. Each of the major Android mobile browsers attempt to help mobile users read text better on full Websites. Some of them load pages already zoomed in (Skyfire), while others attempt to wrap text so that it’s easier to read when you zoom in on a Web page. Chrome does modify text, but does so in a more elegant manner than most, simply upping the size of the text in every view, making it easier to read articles on a Web page from a zoomed out point of view and much easier once you zoom in with a double tap or pinch-to-zoom gesture. Zooming has a much smoother animation and flow to it as well. Did we mention that you can also search within a page to find a specific word or phrase? If you’re a journalist or blogger, you’ll love this feature — if you don’t already know about it. Try hitting CTRL+F in your PC browser. It’s awesome.  

Signing in with your Google account

Privacy worriers, you don’t have to log in with your Google account, but you now have the option. Doing so will let you sync your bookmarks and even active tabs between your PC and mobile phone or tablet. I couldn’t get the phone to sync up my open tabs, but I did immediately see a benefit from logging in to my account. The mobile Chrome now knows all of my autofill data, my saved passwords, and my search history, allowing it to know that when I start typing “Digital,” I’m probably going to finish that with “Trends.”

Better all around

After using the Chrome Beta for just a couple hours, I don’t think I’ll be switching to any other browser anytime soon. There are some good alternatives for Android, but the Chrome team has spent a lot of time optimizing this new browser for Android 4.0 and it shows. It allows me to easily multitask, it connects up to my PC browser, and it loads pages quickly and accurately. This browser may be in beta, but it’s already more polished than most of its competitors. 

Video impressions

Below is a video run through of the new browser.

This article was originally posted on Digital Trends

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Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/chrome-beta-android-impressions-even-beta-favorite-browser-230732643.html

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