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28 Dec 12 LG wants Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 banned in Korea


LG Display has fired back at Samsung in the ongoing patent skirmish between the two Korean companies.

An injunction filed today by LG seeks to ban Samsung’s
Galaxy Note 10.1 in Korea based on allegations that the
tablet ‘s display panel violates certain LG patents. LG said it filed the suit over Samsung’s use of OLED displays, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

The patents in question are related to the viewing technology used in OLED displays, which helps people better see the screen from any angle. In addition to halting sales of the Galaxy Note, LG is also looking for damages of 1 billion won ($933,000) each day in the event of “continued non-compliance,” Dow Jones added.

This suit marks the latest action in the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) patent wars between the two display manufacturers.

In September, LG filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung, claiming infringement of seven of its OLED patents. Alleging that Samsung violated the design, driver circuitry, and device design of its OLED panels, that suit wanted an an unspecified amount in damages and a permanent ban on five products, including the Galaxy S3 phone, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, and the smaller Galaxy Note.

In November, Samsung retaliated by filing its own suit against LG seeking to invalidate the patents in question on the grounds that they “lack innovation.”

The bad blood between the two goes back even further.

Earlier this year, 11 current and former Samsung Mobile employees were arrested on charges that they allegedly stole and leaked details to LG about a Samsung AMOLED TV. Six of LG’s own workers were also reportedly involved in the theft.

As Korea’s top two display manufacturers, LG and Samsung have been jockeying for dominant market share, especially in the area of OLED panels, which are used for smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

Shim Jaeboo, a Samsung Display vice president, told Dow Jones that his company did not infringe on LG’s patents and that it will respond to “unjustified claims” made by LG.

CNET contacted both LG and Samsung for comment and will update the story if we receive any information.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57561093-38/lg-wants-samsung-galaxy-note-10.1-banned-in-korea/

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25 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 And Huawei Ascend Mate Push Displays Past 6 Inches


(Photo : Samsung) The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 already sports a 5.55-inch display. Samsung and other companies are planning on making smartphones even bigger in 2013

Smartphone companies, especially those manufacturing Android phones, are all beginning to jump on the “bigger is better” bandwagon after the initial success of the original Samsung Galaxy Note proved there are customers out there who enjoy massive screens. While 2012 gave us the 5.55-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2, 2013 will give us our first taste of 6-inch smartphones with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Huawei Ascend Mate.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to be pushing the screen size set by its predecessors the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 by utilizing a 6.3-inch display that is expected to display 1080p. No other details are known, although there is a slim chance Samsung might use flexible, unbreakable displays for the Galaxy Note 3.

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The Huawei Ascend Mate will be making its official debut at CES 2013 in January, but senior vice president of Huawei, Yu Chengdong, recently whipped out an Ascend Mate to show to a crowd at a Huawei store.

Turns out that the Ascend Mate will be coming with a 6.1-inch 1080p display with 316 pixels per inch and a 1.8GHz quad-core processor. To power that massive screen and powerful processor Huawei is sticking a 4,000mAh battery into the Ascend Mate. The phablet will also be fairly big, measuring 9.6mm thick.

While more screen space is great on the eyes, there are many consumers for whom a 6-inch smartphone is simply unwieldy and space consuming. A lot of people have pockets to house such large devices, but there are also a lot of people who don’t, and let’s hope that in their rush to offer more eye candy, tech companies don’t forget about those who still prefer a compact cell phone with a display around 4 inches.

Article source: http://www.latinospost.com/articles/8594/20121224/samsung-galaxy-note-3-huawei-ascend-mate.htm

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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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23 Dec 12 Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 Gets Android 4.2.1 Via Official CyanogenMod 10.1 …


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Pre-requisites

1) Download USB Drivers for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and enable USB Debugging mode.

2) Back up all your important data before proceeding.

3) Ensure the Galaxy Note is rooted and ClockworkMod Recovery is installed.

4) Ensure the device is factory unlocked.

5) The battery of the device should have more than 80 per cent charge.  

Steps to install CM10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on Galaxy Note 10.1

1) Download CM10.1 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean for Galaxy Note 10.1 to your computer [for alternative link click here]

2) Download Google Apps package

3) Connect the Galaxy Note to the computer using USB cable and transfer both the downloaded zip files to the SD card of your device

4) Turn off the Note. Now reboot into recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up and Power buttons together until the screen turns on. Then leave the Power button and continue holding the Volume Up button until you enter CWM Recovery

5) In recovery mode, perform a Nandroid back-up of your existing ROM, which you can restore later. To do so select ‘Backup and Restore’ and select Backup again. Once the action is completed, return to the main recovery menu

6) Perform data wiping by selecting Wipe Data/Factory Reset and confirm the action on the next screen. Wait until the data wipe is complete and return to the main recovery menu   

7) Using the Power button, select ‘Install zip from SD card’ and again press the Power button to select ‘Choose zip from SD card’ and locate the Jelly Bean ROM. Select it using the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen

8) Once the ROM is installed, repeat the same procedure to install Google Apps package

9) Once the installation is completed return to the main recovery menu and select ‘Reboot System now’ in order to reboot the device and boot up into the customised ROM

CM10.1 based on Android 4.2.1 is now installed and running on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000. Navigate to Settings About Phone to verify the software running on your device.  

[Source: Android Egis]

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Article source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/417872/20121223/galaxy-note101-n8000-android421-jellybean-cyanogenmod101-official.htm

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23 Dec 12 Hands on: The 5.9-inch Android smartphone ‘Karbonn A30′


If you thought Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 was big, what would you say about Karbonn’s latest phablet Karbonn A30, which comes with a 5.9 inch screen? The phone is really big, though in the hand it does fit as well as the Note 2.

However, at Rs 11,500 it is really something to look out for. So when we got a chance to get an exclusive hands on of the phone we couldn’t refuse the offer. The device, incidentally, is available at Saholic.com.

Karbonn A30 is based on Android 4.0 and offers dual SIM connectivity and all the sensors that you normally expect from an Android phone. Here is what we felt about the device after spending a couple of hours with it.

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Karbonn A30 is based on Android 4.0 and offers dual SIM connectivity and all the sensors that you normally expect from an Android phone.

Hands on: The 5.9-inch Android smartphone 'Karbonn A30'

Design

The phone is big, though it’s not a 7 inch tablet and can still be used like a phone without being an embarrassment. It measures 165 x 90 x 10 mm, which makes it not very bulky.

It is just about 10 mm wider than Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and about 0.6 mm thicker and 14 mm longer. However, the downside is its weight, which, at approximately 260 grams, makes it the heaviest phone in the market. The device comes with a very fine textured leather case, though it is white in colour, which makes it easy to soil.

However, it looks elegant and not very flashy. The USB port is at the bottom and there is a 3.5 mm jack on top. The power/lock button is located on the right side, which makes it easier to operate.

The button would have been difficult to reach had it been at the top as the phone is quite a bit longer than its nearest rival. The volume rocker is placed on the left side. The back cover gets a matte finish (in case of a leather cover it is finished in aluminium,) making it easier to grip. When you put on the leather cover, you can hold the phone like a small book, making it really easy to hold with one hand and operate with the other.

A large size, however, means that single-handed operation is not a good option. Inside the cover you have the battery, two SIM slots and a micro SD card slot, for which you do not need to remove the battery. The quality of the plastic is good, with just the right amount of flex to avoid cracks in case the phone is dropped (we did not drop it, and therefore can’t testify to this).

Display

Karbonn has used a WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) resolution screen, which is fairly standard across budget tablets and phablets with very few exceptions getting higher resolution. The display’s brightness is good and so is the colour reproduction and sharpness, and though it is not the best it is certainly not something that we can complain about, given the kind of screen real estate it offers at such a remarkable price.

Karbonn has also stated that it has used a toughened glass that is scratch resistant, though it is not Gorilla Glass.

Performance

The tablet has a 1 GHz dual core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. The processor offers decent speeds, although a 1 GB RAM would have done better justice to the processor’s power. We played Temple Run on the phone and it worked just great, with no lag at all. However, the device we used was a new one and was not yet loaded with apps and user data, which means that the RAM was still mostly free.

Once the user starts to load the phone with apps, the RAM will tend to run out faster, slowing down the device. There are very few phones in the budget category that offer anything more than 512 MB RAM and therefore it doesn’t take away anything from this phone. A smart user who chooses apps well and deletes useless apps regularly will be able to get decent performance from the phone.

Camera

Karbonn has put in an 8 megapixel camera along with a single LED flash at the back, and a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front. The camera, though, gets grainy while used in low light when you zoom into a picture. Other than that the picture quality of the phone was above average as compared with phones like Micromax Canvas 2 A110 and other budget phones with 8 megapixel shooters.

The colour reproduction and sharpness levels were good and in small rooms the flash worked well so that even in low light the pictures were reasonably good. The front camera is good for video calls and for taking self portraits to be used on Facebook etc, though they would be unfit for printing.

Battery

The phone gets a 2500 mAh battery, which is required given its large display. We tried to drain the battery in the two hours that we had the phone for, and we managed to drain only about 10 per cent, which indicates an average battery life of one and a half days.

However, we will wait to get the phone for a longer period to better assess its battery life.

Verdict

In the limited time we had the phone for we were impressed with Karbonn’s effort. It is a pocketable device that offers a tablet-like screen. The phone is price well and offers all the bells and whistles that you expect from an Android phone, with connectivity features like 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and micro USB. You get 2 GB usable internal memory and 32 GB expandable memory. The quality of the product is also good.

On the downside the phone is slightly heavy, and would have been better if it had slightly more RAM. Even with these two drawbacks the phone is well worth considering, but do first take the dummy in your hand and decide if it fits well in your palm before you buy the phone.

We will publish a full review once we get the phone in our office. In the meantime we can only say it feels good, though long term performance is something we still need to access. If you want to buy this phone you can do so at Saholic.com.

Article source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/hands-on-the-59inch-android-smartphone-karbonn-a30/311884-11.html

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20 Dec 12 Samsung aims to fix severe Android device vulnerability


Samsung is working on a fix for a serious security flaw that affects popular devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

The vulnerability, revealed earlier this week, can give malicious apps root access, potentially allowing data theft or manipulation. It seems to affect two particular models of the Exynos system-on-a-chip, namely the 4210 and 4412.

Samsung told ZDNet in a statement on Thursday that it was “aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible”.

“The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications,” the company said. “Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.”

That list includes these devices:

• Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
• Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
• Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
• Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
• Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
• Verizon-based Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605
• Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus GT-P6210
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8020

The disclosure of the flaw on a forum has been controversial, particularly as someone also used the forum to offer up an app that could exploit the flaw.

The affected devices are Samsung’s flagships and, given that the company is now the world’s top mobile phone manufacturer, the vulnerability could cause widespread problems if exploited.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-aims-to-fix-severe-android-device-vulnerability-7000009076/

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20 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S4 Release Date in Mid-2013 with Android Key Lime Pie OS?


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In either case, the new build of Android will almost certainly debut with a new Nexus Smartphone before being made available for use with other devices, which could see the wait for the Galaxy S4 launch stretch even further.

Another rumor claimed that Samsung Galaxy S4 will sport a flexible OLED 1080p HD displays. This technology will likely also be featured with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This contradicts the previous report that the device will be equipped with an indestructible screen display.

It was previously reported that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will sport a 5-inch full HD display with full 1080p and a whopping 440 pixels per inch. The device will be powered by two quad core chips.

The Galaxy S4 might also sport a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, which will intimate other smartphones with 8MP back shooters.

The handset should come with a minimum of 2GB RAM, although there are reports that Samsung is testing an unidentified smartphone with 3GB RAM.

Samsung also began mass producing 128GB memory chips for smartphones and tablets earlier this year, and we could see storage capacities that high as early as next year. With this, the Samsung will continue its reign in producing devices with large storage capacity.

Samsung kept mum on the rumors surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. There is no official comment from the South Korea’s tech giant.

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Article source: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/416969/20121220/samsung-galaxy-s4-release-date-launch-specs.htm

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19 Dec 12 Official Galaxy S3 Extended Battery Offers Galaxy Note 2 Size Battery


Those looking to add more battery life to the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be happy to know that Samsung’s official Galaxy S3 extended battery is now available to pre-order, half a year after the device first went on sale.

The accessory is now on sale through resellers like UK retailer MobileFun who currently has the Galaxy S3′s official extended battery up for a mere $64.99. That’s not a bad deal for those who need a little more juice out of their Galaxy S3.

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 official extended battery has arrived.

Samsung’s official battery kit provides a massive 3000 mAh battery that nearly puts it on par with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which offers a large 3100 mAh battery right from the start. The battery in the Galaxy S3 at the moment is a measley 2100 mAh battery which means that owners of the Galaxy S3 who pick up the official battery kit, will be adding a whole 900 mAh’s of power to the device.

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14 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Galaxy S II Plus surface online


Pictures of two new Samsung Galaxy smartphones have been spotted in the wild. There have been rumours in regards to the Korean handset maker working on Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Galaxy S II Plus and both these smartphones were caught on camera going through China’s TENAA certification process.

Both Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos and Galaxy S II Plus are expected to feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

According to Unwired.com Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is expected to feature a 4.3-inch WVGA display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Earlier reports had indicated the Galaxy S II Plus will come with Android 4.0, 4.52-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera and 16GB of internal storage.

The Galaxy S II Plus GT-i9105, which could be officially unveiled later this month, looks a lot like the original Galaxy S II i9100 (launched in the first half of 2011).

The second new Samsung handset is the Galaxy Grand Duos GT-i9082. We’ve heard this would pack a 5-inch display and a quad-core processor, but that doesn’t seem to be true. Instead, the handset should feature a 4.5 inch WVGA screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.1Jelly Bean.
 
Obviously – as its name suggests – the Grand Duos is a dual SIM device.

There have been rumours about Samsung Galaxy Grand even in the past. It is expected to be an affordable Samsung phablet for the consumers who are fascinated by large screen phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Note II but don’t want to splurge as much on a smartphone. Grand Duos seems be the dual-SIM variant of this smartphone but the 4.5-inch screen instead of a 5-inch screen might be a bummer for some.

Additionally, as Galaxy S II Plus reportedly does not support 3G, it is a possibility that this smartphone might be targeted at developing markets such as India.

Article source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/samsung-galaxy-grand-duos-and-galaxy-s-ii-plus-surface-online-305435

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14 Dec 12 Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE Becomes the First Android LTE Tablet in U.K.


U.K. mobile provider EE has announced the availability of two new tablets: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and Google Nexus 7.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE starts at £99 with a two-year plan, which costs £36 per month and includes 8GB of monthly data. Options of 5GB and 3GB are also available for £30.99 and £26 per month, but they increase the initial investment: £200 and £250, respectively.

The Nexus 7 is bundled with a Huawei MiFi dongle, the price starting at £30 monthly if you choose an 8GB or 5GB data plan, or £50 for the 3GB one.

Samsung’s big Galaxy Note has the honor of being the first LTE Android tablet to hit the U.K. As far as availability of EE’s 4G service goes, the company promises it will be available in 18 towns by the end of 2012, as well as in a further 17 towns and cities by March 2013.

Check out our reviews of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Nexus 7, and head on over to EE for the details about this offer.

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Article source: http://mashable.com/2012/12/14/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-lte/

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