After Google unveiled its latest flavor of Android during Google I/O 2012, everyone was anxious to know when their device would get the update, or IF? Samsung has been open about updating the Galaxy SIII to Jelly Bean, and reports are coming in from SamMobille and GSMArena that Samsung are working on the update and are expecting to release it on August 29. This date may ring a bell, as its the day that Samsung will be unveiling its Note 2 during the Unpacked event for IFA in Berlin. Looks like Samsung may have other announcements besides the Note’s successor.
Skeptics may say that this rumour may be just that, – a rumour – , as test builds of future OTA updates always end up leaking on XDA, with devs releasing the leaked updates to users. However, don’t take this with a grain of salt just yet, Samsung have certainly tightened up security on their part and are avoiding any leaks as far as possible. We haven’t even gotten a glimpse of the Note 2 yet, which clearly shows Sammy’s efforts.
The rollout is expected to hit international versions of the Galaxy S3 first, as carrier branded models have to go through their strict checks and “optimisation” process. Users in Malaysia can expect a brisk update as our models are part of the International rollout.
Stay tuned for more info on CrackTech.
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Rumors say the iPad Mini is coming. Batten down the hatches, board up the windows, and all that hyperbole, because the cheap tablet space is about to go off. Information about the device is still scarce, particularly alongside rumblings of the iPhone 5, but a new tidbit out of 9to5Mac suggests the iPad Mini could arrive with a small bezel along the sides, separate volume buttons, and a mic on the back. Basically, even more than the iPad is right now, a large iPhone.
Apparently, as the thinking goes, a 7-inch tablet with a small bezel is typically held from behind (think of Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, PlayBook) when it’s in portrait mode, and gripped on the sides when in landscape. With this in mind, and assuming all consumers follow this train of thought, no accidental touches will be registered when in portrait mode, unless someone grips it — like gripping a book — from the sides.
9to5Mac goes on to speculate on other factors from previously leaked shells and cases. There will be a front facing camera for video conference, though there might not be a rear camera to keep costs down. In addition, the iPad Mini may come with an LTE option, which would give it a leg up over the Fire and Nexus 7.
Price is still a point of contention, as is when the device will launch. Reports have said we could expect an announcement on September 12, with a launch later that month or in early October. An early launch would give the company time to heighten awareness of the product, and align the iPad Mini to go up against the competition.
Here’s an image purporting to be of the Galaxy Note 2’s bezel, and if it’s a fake, it’s a very good one. Taken by a (sharper-than-usual) blurrycam snapper wearing factory-style dust booties, the hardware suggests a chunky, squared-off design for the second-generation phablet that rejects the Galaxy S III’smore curvaceous body. The ruler draped from corner-to-corner jibes with earlier rumors that it would have a slightly expanded 5.5-inch canvas for your S-Pen fun.
As we edge closer towards Apple’s rumored September 12 event, rumors, reports, and leaks surrounding the sixth-generation iPhone are reaching their peak. The latest exposes some of the new handset’s internals, including its headphone jack, nano-SIM tray, home button, and more.
Obtained by a site called iColorOS — which now appears to be offline — these parts show a number of components we’ve already seen, such as the outer protective glass and the SIM tray. But it also features several that are surfacing for the first time. The handset’s home button, headphone hack, volume buttons and mute switch, and other flex cables have never shown their face before.
Once of the most interesting parts in this picture is that large metal panel on the bottom left, which appears to be a protective shield for the new iPhone’s display. Although it’s hard to be sure without seeing the entire handset’s internal design, the piece could be an EMI shield, or a divider used to protect the screen from hot components — like the processor.
What’s looking increasingly clear is that the new iPhone will indeed boast a larger screen, and therefore a different form factor. This was up for debate some weeks ago, but as we’ve neared the handset’s launch, evidence supporting the new screen continues to surface.
Hmmm, this is a strange one. Samsung Pakistan just posted the above pic on their Facebook page. The caption reads, “Picture perfect view made even more perfect with Samsung Galaxy Note”It’s big, that’s for sure, and the bezel is tiny. Dare we hope it’s the Galaxy Note 2, or could it simply be some kind error?
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September 21, 2012 is looking increasingly likely as the release date for the next-gen iPhone and upcoming iPad mini, as a new report from a trusted site pegs the date.
According to a report from Rene Richie at iMore, sources tell them that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, releasing it nine days later on Friday the 21st.
We’ve heard this date repeated independently three times by three different sites now, so it’s starting to look like there’s some fire accompanying the smoke.
Over the last couple of years, Apple has tended to release new iOS devices nine or ten days after they have been announced, so these two dates make internal sense. The only question is whether or not Apple would release a new iPhone before October, which is when they launched the iPhone 4S.
I think there’s a strong argument that they will. The Q3 2012 earnings call made it clear that sales of the iPhone 4S are starting to stall as more and more customers hold off and wait for the iPhone 5. Releasing the iPhone 5 in September instead of October lets Apple put iPhone 5 launch sales on its fiscal Q4 2012 earnings sheet, as well as give people more time to buy the device before Christmas.
As for the iPad mini, iMore says that they’re hearing it will be released at the same event, and will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, except scaled down to 7.85-inches. They also hear that all new iOS devices will get a 19-pin dock connector.
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If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note was big, wait until you get a load of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — it’s set to be even bigger than the ginormous current model.
The Note 2 is reported to be a 5.5-inch slab of a phone, a slight but potentially noticeable size increase over the current version’s 5.3-inch screen. Korean publication MK News reports the Note 2 will take a bow in August.
The tech world descends on Berlin at the end of next month for gadget industry bunfight IFA. The Note debuted there last year, so we’re expecting Samsung’s sequel to take a bow at this year’s event alongside the rest of this year’s big-name new kit.
The larger Note is expected to pack a quad-core processor. It’s also set for a bump to a 12-megapixel camera, or even a 13-megapixel job. The current Note sports an 8-megapixel snapper.
The Note 2 and will hopefully show off Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the next generation of Android software for phones and tablets. Jelly Bean makes its debut on the Google Nexus 7 later this month, but there’s little word on when it’ll show up on other devices.
We’ll bring you the first news and previews from Berlin, including a look at the Galaxy Note 2 when it emerges. As for when you can get your hands on the new Note, it’s likely to arrive in October ahead of the Christmas rush.
The Note was the first oversized phone to poke the boundary between phone and tablet.