[Rumour] Samsung reportedly preparing Jelly Bean for Galaxy SIII, August 29th rollout?

 

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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Potential Samsung Galaxy Note 2 bezel Leaked Images

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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.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Goes for sale Worldwide This month

Samsung has at long last made the release of its Galaxy Note 10.1 official, promising to have the stylus-equipped Android tablet on store shelves “globally” by the end of this month. Equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Note 10.1 offers a fine spec upgrade over Samsung’s previous 10-inch tablet efforts, while also expanding the Note lineup in form factor from the original Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch dimensions. In terms of connectivity, you’ll get a choice of Wi-Fi-only, Wi-Fi plus 21Mbps HSPA+ 3G, or Wi-Fi plus LTE, with the 4G-capable model coming a little later in the year.

 

Samsung’s Monster 11.8 Inch Tablet With Retina-like Display

The Apple vs Samsung court battle started yesterday, and it’s already shed light on an upcoming tablet by the Korean company.The device – codenamed P10 – measures a monster 11.8-inches, which would make it Samsung’s biggest tablet to date.And it’ll also come packing a display on a par with that on Apple’s latest iPad.

Retina display

According to court documents, the screen will have a resolution of 2,560×1,600-pixels. That dwarfs the iPad’s 2,048×1,536-pixels, but spread over the larger screen (the iPad is just 9.7-inches), still has a mighty impressive 256 pixels per inch (ppi).The iPad’s screen is 264ppi, but Samsung’s should still be just as bright and sharp.And standing nearly 12-inches, it should look phenomenal.

August announcement?

Samsung is holding an event in mid-August, pre-IFA, so it could well announce the monster tablet then. Or that could be the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 we saw back at CES in January, and haven’t heard much about since.The ‘P10’ tablet should have LTE connectivity, too. Though that’s not much good to us Brits, seeing as we don’t have LTE networks rolled out here yet.

The trial

These kinds of revelations are an upside to the court proceedings between Apple and Samsung. Previously Apple’s prototype iPhone mock-ups were revealed, along with a prospective iPad design that had a kickstand.The case is expected to last about a month. A jury of 10 people has now been selected, and they should be hearing the opening statements later today.

Via: The Verge

Galaxy S3 Premium Edition Olympic Inspired Accessories Launched

I’m fairly sure that most in the mobile space are aware that the latest Android handset from the Samsung camp, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the official handset of the London 2012 Olympics, and a limited edition Galaxy S3 will be given to Olympic athletes sporting the Visa payWave app.

According to an article over on Pocket Droid, by way of ePrice, Du Weiyu, the general manager of Samsung’s mobile phone division, along with Chunghwa Telecom has announced a collection of premium edition accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Taiwan.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 premium edition accessories pack has been inspired by the 2012 Olympics, and includes three Samsung Galaxy S3 holders sporting an Olympic figurine depicting a weightlifter, Taekwondo and a cyclist, whilst the bases depict the Union Jack flag.

There is also a Galaxy S3 back cover that sports a faceless British Guardsman, along with a mini Guard that can be placed into the 3.5mm jack on the Samsung Galaxy S3 handset, just for decoration of course, and there is a wallpaper of that faceless British Guardsman available to download via Samsung Apps.

However just how much the Samsung Galaxy S3 premium edition Olympics inspired accessories pack commands isn’t know other than the Galaxy S3 British Guardsman back cover costs 299 Taiwan dollars, which is roughly 10 US bucks.

     

U.K. Court Decides Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs Do Not Infringe Apple’s iPad Designs

U.K. Court Decides Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs Do Not Infringe Apple’s iPad Designs

                                                       The iPad alongside Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Apple has been handed yet another blow in a U.K. courtroom after the High Court of England & Wales sided with Samsung today and decided that the Korean company’s Galaxy Tab series does not infringe Apple’s designs. The judge said Samsung’s products are recognizably different to Apple’s, and are therefore free to remain on sale in the U.K.

Samsung delivered its full statement to Pocket-lint this morning, in which it insists the company requested this voluntary trial in September 2011 to “oppose Apple’s ongoing efforts to reduce consumer choice and innovation.”

The company also notes that the High Court referred to approximately 50 examples of tablet designs that were created or patented prior to the iPad, and ruled that several design similarities are visible on a wide range of designs from before 2004.

The full statement reads:

In a ruling on July 9, 2012, the High Court of England & Wales sided with Samsung that the designs of the Galaxy Tab series of products are ‘different’ from an Apple tablet design, and do not infringe Apple’s Registered Community Design No. 181607-0001. Samsung products subject to this trial were the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Samsung had requested this voluntary trial in September 2011, in order to oppose Apple’s ongoing efforts to reduce consumer choice and innovation in the tablet market through their excessive legal claims and arguments. Apple has insisted that the three Samsung tablet products infringe several features of Apple’s design right, such as ‘slightly rounded corners,’ ‘a flat transparent surface without any ornamentation,’ and ‘a thin profile.’

However, the High Court dismissed Apple’s arguments by referring to approximately 50 examples of prior art, or designs that were previously created or patented, from before 2004. These include the Knight Ridder (1994), the Ozolin (2004), and HP’s TC1000 (2003). The court found numerous Apple design features to lack originality, and numerous identical design features to have been visible in a wide range of earlier tablet designs from before 2004.

Equally important, the court also found distinct differences between the Samsung and Apple tablet designs, which the court claimed were apparent to the naked eye. For instance, the court cited noticeable differences in the front surface design and in the thinness of the side profile. The court found the most vivid differences in the rear surface design, a part of tablets that allows designers a high degree of freedom for creativity, as there are no display panels, buttons, or any technical functions. Samsung was recognised by the court for having leveraged such conditions of the rear surface to clearly differentiate its tablet products through ‘visible detailing.’

Samsung welcomes today’s ruling by the High Court, which affirms Samsung’s commitment to protect its own intellectual property rights while respecting those of other companies. Samsung believes Apple’s excessive legal claims based on such a generic design right can harm not only the industry’s innovation as a whole, but also unduly limit consumer choice.

Apple is yet to provide a statement of its own on the matter, but you can almost be sure that the Cupertino company will appeal today’s decision. It has been fighting hard to make Samsung pay for allegedly copying its iOS devices — right down to the packaging — and it certainly won’t back down easy.

This is the second time in as many weeks a U.K. court has ruled against Apple. Just last week, a judge ruled in favor of HTC over claims the Taiwanese smartphone vendor was guilty of infringing four of Apple’s touchscreen patents, including one that covers its famous slide-to-unlock feature.

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 Is Packed With Multimedia Features

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest and greatest smartphone from the popular Korean manufacturer. It boasts some of the best smartphone technology out there, particularly in terms of its multimedia credentials. As this is an increasingly common use for smartphone, in this article I will take a closer look at the multimedia features of the device.

The Galaxy S3 is known for having one of the best touchscreens of any smartphone currently available. Measuring 4.8 inches it is ideally suited to watching movies and playing games. Also with its HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display quality is top notch, and enhanced further by its HD resolution of 720x 1280 with a pixel density of 306ppi.

The processor is also important for the multimedia experience on any smartphone. With a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy S3 is among the most powerful smartphones in the world and one of only a small number of phones to boast this feature. Although this is an often overlooked feature, the processor makes a massive difference to the multimedia experience. The processor is responsible for many parts of the phone’s performance, but in terms of multimedia, it ensures that graphics run smoothly when playing games, and if there is a lot of action happening on the screen at a fast pace, with a lot of light and colour, a lesser processor may not deliver the same results as it would judder and buffer to cope with the increased workload.

The Galaxy S3 is a fine example of the multimedia download services available on smartphones. Google Play (previously known as Android Market is where you will find a vast library of applications and games, and Samsung Games Hub allows you to download premium games titles which are specifically optimised for the Galaxy S3. These even include some well known console titles like from the likes of EA and Activision with popular titles including Need For Speed and Call Of Duty.

The Galaxy S3 offers a number of different options for sharing multimedia content between compatible devices. S-Beam and AllShare cast allow you to wirelessly share files like movies and music tracks between devices, while a specially developed Samsung HDMI receiver allows you to mirror the content of the phone’s screen onto a compatible TV in real time.

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S3 offers an impressive package of multimedia features, making it one of the best handsets for this kind of user.