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Jelly Bean Update For The Original Galaxy Note Confirmed To Bring Enhanced Premium Suite With Multi-Window, Air View, And More

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Ever since Samsung released the Note II with awesome new features like Multi-Window and Air View, owners of the original Note have been wondering if they would ever see these enhancements. Considering the Galaxy S III started receiving its Premium Suite update about a week ago, we all assumed that the Note would be next. Samsung has now confirmed that with a new microsite highlighting all of the features of the Jelly Bean Premium Suite for the phablet that started it all.

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The update is set to bring many of the features that make the Note II so great, including Multi-Window, Popup Note/Video/Browser, Easy Clip, Paper Artist, Air View, and more.

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Galaxy Camera Confirmed for Verizon Thanks to Samsung Site

Last week, we saw a Galaxy Camera variant cruise through the FCC with a 4G LTE radio inside, one that was ready to jump on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Neither Big Red nor Samsung would confirm that the device was on the way, but they no longer need to as an official product page on [...]

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Confirmed: SwiftKey Flow launching in less than 24 hours

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I hope your bodies are ready because Joe Braidwood, CMO of SwiftKey has just announced via Twitter that SwiftKey Flow (beta) will officially be available within the next 24 hours. SwiftKey’s advice is to make sure “feedback@swiftkey.net” is in your email contacts so you don’t miss out on the beta. Shouldn’t be too much longer, folks. Can’t even remember the last time I was this hyped up for a simple keyboard replacement. Might have to reevaluate some things in my life… Anyway, are you guys ready for it?

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Skyrim Dragonborn DLC Confirmed For PC And PS3 Early Next Year

I am extremely excited today, and a bit disappointed. Bethesda has confirmed that the Dragonborn downloadable content for Skyrim will be coming to the PC and PlayStation 3 early next year. What’s a bit saddening is that the Xbox 360 gets the DLC a lot earlier than us PC and PlayStation 3 players do. Of course, if they’re adding extra stuff to the PC version, I’m willing to wait. I would love it if the Dragonborn DLC was nearly bug-free on its release day for the PC. Not only that, but since the PC’s hardware is better than the Xbox 360, I wouldn’t mind seeing some extra improvements that the Xbox and PlayStation aren’t capable of.

On another note, it’s quite saddening to hear no mention of the Dawnguard or Hearthfire add-ons for the PlayStation 3. A while back Bethesda was having a few technical difficulties with the PlayStation 3. Things were sounding promising, as Sony was working with Bethesda on fixing it. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard any word as to how that all worked out. We don’t know if the add-ons are still in the works for the PlayStation 3 or if they were just left to be forgotten about.

While players on the PlayStation 3 will be extremely sad to hear no word of Dawnguard or Hearthfire, Dragonborn being confirmed for the PlayStation 3 is great news. It sounds like a massive patch, and it is looking like it’s going to be really good.

Eurogamer has even put up an article listing all that we can expect in the DLC! Although, there are spoilers, so be warned!

source: Realm of Gamers

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Microsoft Office Confirmed for Android, Release Penciled In for Q1 2013

As of today, Microsoft does indeed have plans on releasing Office for Android devices. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been questioning when exactly this was going to happen after having received bits and pieces of info, but nothing official. Finally, that has changed this morning as new info and even screenshots have hit the web via [...]

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Nexus 4′s Battery Confirmed To Be Easily Accessible and Replaceable

When Google unveiled the successor to the Samsung made Galaxy Nexus, some potential customers were extremely frustrated due to the lack of a removable battery in the Nexus 4. Those who use their phones extensively for work and such during the day were very frustrated because of the reliance on extra batteries to get them through the day. Although, those that were worried about replacing defective or broken batteries should no longer have an issue now. As you can see, there are equally positives as there are negatives.

This actually might not be a huge problem as many people have anticipated it to be. Previously, we were able to see a really good look of what was under the hood of the Nexus 4, and new information is implying that the 2100mAh battery is right under a couple of screws. This means that swapping out a brand new battery for your device isn’t going to require you to tear everything apart like you might see with some other devices out there that are a bit more restrictive. That said, this should really help settle fears of burning out your phone’s battery extremely fast. If you don’t mind taking a screwdriver to your phone, you will find that the battery is extremely easy to replace. Take a look at the image below.

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Jelly Bean OTA Rolling Out To HTC One X In Asia Starting With Taiwan

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It looks like a couple of HTC’s Asian One X variants are receiving updates to Jelly Bean which appear to have begun rolling out earlier today. XDA users confirm that the update carries Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (not the latest 4.1.2) along with HTC’s latest and greatest version of its Sense UI, and weighs in at about 353MB.

You may remember that HTC North Asia’s general manager Jack Tong promised that One X owners in Asia could expect the update to begin rolling out to the One X today, with the One S slated to receive some Jelly Bean goodness at an unspecified later date.

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T-Mobile Stores Now Receiving Galaxy Note 2 Shipments for Oct 24th Launch [Confirmed]

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Can’t say I’ve lusted this hard after a non-Nexus device in quite sometime (read: ever), but we now have confirmation that the T-Mobile has scheduled the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for this Wednesday, October 24th. This news comes after a tipster sent us these images from HQ officially announcing the release date, along with shipments of the Note 2 already arriving in store.

Can’t help but feel a bit blindsided by the release of what will no doubt be a hot selling item for the #4 largest carrier in the US. As far as pricing goes, expect to shell out $300 for the gargantuan smartphone in addition to tax (on the full price of the phone). Yes, that’s a lot of money upfront, but with some of the lowest priced plans in the country, hopefully you can make up some of that in savings after a few months. Anyone suddenly feeling under the weather? Might have to call in sick on Wednesday myself. ;)


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LG India Confirmed Nexus 4 Announcement On October 29th

The LG Nexus 4 has been extensively leaked over the past few weeks, and has also been a extremely hot topic. Almost everywhere you can find at least on discussion about the Nexus 4. Whether it be on Forums, comments, articles, you’ve probably seen at least one discussion about it in these past few weeks. We’ve gotten to see all sides of this phone, including its internals. The phone is still unannounced though, and there have been rumors that we could see it at Google’s Playground event in New York City on October 29th.

Today the ice has broke. LG has decided that it was time to part the Red Sea, it was time to break the silence on the device, according to reports from an Indian news website known as IBNLive. The website reports that Amit Gujral, who is the Head of Mobile Product Planning for LG India, has confirmed and acknowledged the device’s existence in an interview at one of the Optimus Vu launch events. “Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November,” Gujral said. He also has reportedly let out all of the specifications for the upcoming device. All of the reports that we’ve heard in the past have been confirmed, the 4.7 inch display, a 1.5GHz quad core CPU, and even the to-be-announced Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie.

The LG Nexus 4 will be available for purchase in India by the time the end of November comes around, following the unveiling by Google on October 29th at their Playground event in New York City. This means that other territories will most likely be getting this device even earlier in the month. I’m not entirely sure that this official confirmation from Gurjal was supposed to slip until after the Playground event, but whatever the case, things are shaping up to sound really promising for the LG Nexus device!

To round things up, we are going to be seeing the unveiling of the LG Nexus 4, then rumors are still surfacing that we’ll also be seeing an announcement of the 32GB Nexus 7 with possible 3G cellular data capabilities. I wonder what else they’ll be showing off? Could we possibly be able to see a Xperia Nexus device that we haven’t heard anything about yet? Maybe a top secret Motorola DROID Nexus (actually, considering recent events, that could be a potential disaster, but could also potentially be a redeeming factor for Motorola)? I’m getting really excited for this event, and to let everyone know, Android Central is going to be there livestreaming the entire thing. I would highly suggest heading over there when the event is taking place, as they will be covering just about everything! You can find more information on that by hitting the stream link below!

Are you excited for the Nexus 4 reveal? Will you be getting an LG Nexus, or is this a manufactuer that you just do not prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

source: Android Central

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UK Confirmed To See ASUS PadFone 2 “Early Next Year”, Says ASUS PR Rep

As the world patiently awaits the arrival of the ASUS PadFone 2, consumers living in their respective countries are itching to know when exactly the device will be launched in their home market. Well those of you living in the UK are officially in luck as Asus UK technical PR rep Adam King has confirmed the UK “will definitely be getting it early next year“. When “early next year” is exactly is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know that UK residents won’t have to wait too long for the mouthwatering new tablet.

Still, it’s good to know that prospective owners will at least have a rough idea of when they can grab the tablet. All that’s left now is to wait and see the exact pricing of each variation of the phone/tablet hybrid. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see the exact pricing.

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Samsung Releases Source Code For C Spire Galaxy S III And T-Mobile Galaxy S Relay 4G

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Say what you will about Samsung, but they’re on top of it when it comes to releasing the source code for their phones. Today, Samsung dropped said code for the C Spire Galaxy S III (a US regional carrier) and the T-Mobile Galaxy S Relay 4G.

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As always, hit up the source links for the source of the source.

C Spire GS3 source, T-Mo GS Relay 4G source

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“Confirmed” Specs and Rumors of the 5-inch HTC DLX

Tweets from reputable twitter accounts @evleaks and @football4PDA yesterday ‘confirmed’ some rumors that have been doing rounds over the past couple of weeks regarding a 5 inch HTC device dubbed HTC DLX.  This 5 inch phablet is suspected to be in the works and is intended to bring HTC into the fray of high end phablets to take on market dominators such as Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II.  In line with the recent ‘leaks’ which were accompanied by a blurry picture of a red and black device, the confirmation shows that this may at last be the biggest and most formidable device of the year.

 

Factoring in all the credible leaks so far, the device is most likely to feature Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 1.5 GHz clock and Adreno 320 GPU.  The HTC DLX is also said to have a 480 pixels per inch density 5 inch 1920 × 1080 HD screen, 1.5 GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 12 megapixels rear and a front 2 megapixel cameras, NFC and 4G LTE capability and a 2500 mAh non-removable battery.

Based on these specs, the device may be touted as one of the most powerful to enter the market in the recent or future times but there are a few specs that I feel should be improved if the DLX is to be a serious competitor to the current market leaders including Note II.  These include the 1.5GB RAM (This is a lot, I agree, but why not just top it up to 2GB?) and the 16 GB onboard memory could be better (with a 12 megapixels camera, HTC should certainly complement the memory and provide an option of 32 or 64 GB memory).

In other related rumors, it appears that the HTC DIX may be coming to Verizon when it is released, most likely before the holidays.  According to the Global Certification Forum, the device exists although it could not confirm whether it will go by the name Droid Incredible X (DIX) or DLX.  What is confirmed though is the model number which is HTC6435LVW.  Other rumored details of the device are HTC One X5 and Google Nexus 5 (the last two seem very unlikely though).  Whatever the name, the device specs seem to be consistent in almost all the rumors and leaks and it looks like an incredible phablet worth waiting for.

Specs Overview

Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU

Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2

Display: 5 inch 1920 × 1080 HD 480 pixels per inch

Memory: 1.5 GB RAM, 16GB Onboard memory

Cameras: 12 megapixels rear and 2 megapixel front

Connectivity: NFC, 4G

Battery: 2500 mAh (non-removable)

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Samsung Galaxy Note II for AT&T hands-on: an S-Pen phablet with 4G LTE (update: video)

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AT&T’s still keeping us in the dark about a hard date for the Galaxy Note II’s release, but at least we know it’s real and on the way. Confirmed to ship sometime this holiday season, this variant of Samsung’s phablet refresh sports a 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video capture, beefy 3,100mAh battery and, of course, a refined S-Pen. It’s nigh unchanged from both the global and Sprint models we’d gotten hands-on with previously; a trend the OEM sparked off with the release of the GS III earlier this year. And in a move that augurs well for those of you averse to branding, there’s no superfluous carrier logo blemishing its smooth white back.

If you thought the original Note was big and unwieldy, prepare to stretch your thumb even further up the display. Samsung added 0.2-inches to this update, while incorporating elements of its “famed” inspired by nature design that conspire to lend this handset a reassuring in-hand fit. On the lower right-hand side, you’ll find a convenient slot for the S-Pen which, when removed, triggers an action menu that can be customized to launch selected apps. A large physical home button rests just below the expansive 16:9 screen and is flanked by capacitive buttons for menu and back, while the front-facing camera resides up above and hardware keys for volume and power are placed on the left and right edges, respectively.

On the software front, you’re still looking at a TouchWizzed version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, as well as some carrier-specific apps that come pre-loaded, like My AT&T, CodeScanner, FamilyMap, Navigator and Ready2Go. As you might expect from its quad-core Exynos, performance was smooth… almost buttery smooth, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a slight hesitancy between pulling out the S-Pen and the launch of that Smart Actions menu. Bear in mind, this is a pre-production model, so most of those kinks should be worked out by the time it launches this holiday season. Check out the video after the break.

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Aliyun App Store Confirmed To Be Distributing Pirated Android Apps, Many From Another Pirate Site

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A couple of days ago, we ran a story regarding a circulating rumor that Google had expressed strong concerns about the launch of an Acer phone powered by Chinese Internet firm Alibaba’s Aliyun OS. As the post explained, Alibaba claimed that Google had warned Acer that releasing the CloudMobile A800 could result in the search giant “terminate its Android-related cooperation and other technology licensing with [Acer].” These rather strong words led to speculation over just what the issue could be with Aliyun, and whether Google had issued the warning at all. Google quickly confirmed its stance, indicating that Aliyun was an incompatible version of android, and one that could “weaken the ecosystem.”

Aliyun OS, for those wondering, is a Linux-based operating system built by Alibaba Group, China’s largest Internet firm by transactions.

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Confirmed: Yes, The T-Mobile Galaxy S Relay 4G Has A Snapdragon S4 Processor, Not An S3

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After a back and forth over at TmoNews, first with T-Mobile claiming that yes, the Galaxy S Relay (announced several days ago) has an S4 processor, and then Samsung’s own product packaging saying otherwise, we’ve gotten a definitive answer from the source.

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Samsung has officially stated to us that the Relay 4G has a Snapdragon S4 processor – for sure. The packaging is incorrectly labeled, and as has been stated over at TmoNews, will be corrected. Presumably, it’s the MSM8260A, though we can’t confirm that specifically.

A lot of fuss over a mid-range QWERTY slider, right?

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Confirmed: AT&T offers complimentary unlock of in-contract iPhones for deployed military personnel

Finally. A bit of closure. AT&T has confirmed the long-lived speculation of its policy to unlock in-contract iPhones for our military men and women deployed overseas. To qualify for the complimentary service, active military members must have an account in good standing and provide the carrier with deployment verification — that’s it, no other hoops to jump through.

The revelation was made today as part AT&T’s new Device Unlock Portal, which allows off-contract iPhone owners to apply online to have their handsets unlocked. Previously, this unlock service was available only through the carrier’s retail outlets, online chat support or by dialing 611. As a quick rehash of the non-military policy, all users — either current for former AT&T subscribers — must have completed their contractual obligations to AT&T, and the phone cannot be flagged as lost or stolen. All those eligible should certainly apply for the service, as an unlocked iPhone is infinitely more useful when traveling abroad — a reality that deployed military members know all too well.

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AT&T Galaxy Note 2 Confirmed In Leaked Screenshots – Release Imminent

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Alright, so we just got done telling you guys about a leaked system dump from a purported AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and now some screenshots from the SGH-I317 have slipped out, with our friends at Brief Mobile nabbing the exclusive (they have a very cooperative Samsung tipster).

We had little-to-no-doubt the device would eventually make its way to AT&T (international frequency bands mostly match AT&T’s) but what’s interesting is Samsung’s quad-core Exynos 4412 is seemingly intact. No dual-core Qualcomm to be found. Remember, the last Note (and even the Galaxy S3) had to switch to a Qualcomm chip for compatibility with AT&T’s 4G LTE. Looks like Samsung patched everything up in their latest quad-core.

There’s a handful of screenshots showing specs for the Note — 1280×720 resolution, Android 4.1.1, etc. — along with benchmarks. The device scored a respectable 5912 in Quadrant, and ATuTu gave it a 13551 (higher than even the Galaxy S3). Nothing we haven’t really seen before.

When it came to a release date the source couldn’t pin one down, saying only to expect it “soon.” Guess we wont have to wait much longer for an official announcement but with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 already leaked for T-Mobile, Sprint, and now AT&T — who will be first?


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Confirmed: Sprint Galaxy Nexus Receiving Jelly Bean Update Today, September 6th

galaxy-nexus-jelly-bean1-608x431As was reported yesterday, it looks like the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will, in fact, be receiving its upgrade to Jelly Bean. Finally. According to documents on Sprint’s support page, the JRO03R build starts rolling out today. It looks like it will be an OTA update. If you want to compulsively check for it, though, you can do so in Settings.

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We’re still waiting to see if the Nexus S 4G will also get the promised Jelly Bean update, as we’d also heard. Until then, though, Galaxy Nexus owners, if you receive an OTA update, let us know. The release date heavily implies that it should be rolling out now, but, like you, we won’t be satisfied until it’s in users hands.

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[Update: It's Live] Google Bringing Voice Navigation In Maps For Android To Indian Markets

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Earlier today, Google India uploaded a video to YouTube demoing a long-awaited feature for the Indian market: voice navigation in Maps. However, mere minutes after the video went live, Google made it private – but not before some users caught a glimpse of what was to come.

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Note: the video is still private for the time being.

It’s still unknown when Google will make the service available to the public, but considering a video has already been uploaded, we won’t be surprised to see it officially announced within the next day or two.

As noted by all the comments below, Voice Navigation is now live in India.

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Google Bringing Voice Navigation In Maps For Android To Indian Markets

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Earlier today, Google India uploaded a video to YouTube demoing a long-awaited feature for the Indian market: voice navigation in Maps. However, mere minutes after the video went live, Google made it private – but not before some users caught a glimpse of what was to come.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTnrh-s6mZ4

Note: the video is still private for the time being.

It’s still unknown when Google will make the service available to the public, but considering a video has already been uploaded, we won’t be surprised to see it officially announced within the next day or two.

[via TechWhack; Thanks, Debadatta!]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Confirmed For U.S Release “Later in 2012″

I think we all wanted to jump out of our seats do a standing ovation as the Samsung Galaxy Note II was announced yesterday. After the event though, I think all of us living in the United States were wondering as to when this new handset would be coming on over to United States retailers. Thankfully Samsung confirmed yesterday that the 5.5 inch handset will be available in United States markets “later in 2012.” Here’s the full statement:

“Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Building on the success of the original Galaxy Note, we’re confident that the Galaxy Note II continues to redefine what consumers should expect from their smartphone and delivers a powerful, innovative and unique experience. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available”.

If we consider that we’re getting really close to the end of the third quarter end entering the fourth, it really shouldn’t be much more of a wait before we are able to see Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 in stores and we definitely shouldn’t and won’t have to wait as long as we did for the original Galaxy Note to hit the United States retailers. Since the release of the Galaxy Note 2 is so close to the final verdict in the Apple vs Samsung trial, I wonder if Samsung will be seeing record breaking sales too. It is quite possible, especially after the report that stores are going out of stock after the final verdict in the trial. That said, even the upcoming injunctions in September and December are going to most likely frustrate consumers. I think with the end of the year getting closer and closer, Samsung is going to be seeing some amazing sales statistics that they probably haven’t seen in the U.S before if reports keep it up like they are.

Are you going to be one of the many people picking up a Galaxy Note 2 when it releases here in the United States markets? I probably won’t be as I would rather hold out for one of the new Xperia devices that Sony will be releasing pretty soon here. Not to mention that behemoth of a tablet they will be releasing to the public!

Let us know your thoughts and opinion in the comments below!

source: Talk Android

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iPhone 5 Launch Date Confirmed

A very trusted employee that works for Verizon confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier will be having an all-staff vacation blackout starting on Friday, September 1st to Thursday, September 30th. I think we all know what the means though! The next iPhone of course! Rumors are finally coming to face value and will almost certainly be in stores starting on Friday, September 21st. This explains the vacation blackout, eh (all hands on deck!)?

It’s been largely expected that the next generation of iPhone’s will be announced on September 12th in the usual Apple fashion (though many speculate things may be a bit different this time around considering that Apple’s lead presentation executive was fired back in December of 2011).

If we go and travel back a bit in time, we can examine the historical timeline from Apple’s announcement, to pre-order, to launch. After you look at that, the dates all seem to match up very accurately. Last year, Apple had announced the iPhone 4S on Tuesday, October 4th. The phone was ready for pre-order on the following Friday, which landed on October 7th. It was then available in stores on Friday, October the 14th only a week later. The iPhone 5 timeline really looks identical to the iPhone 4S timeline:

  • Announcement Date: Wednesday, September 12
  • Pre-order Date: Wednesday, September 12
  • Launch Date (confirmed by a Verizon source): Friday, September 21

Yeah, it’s been a year since the last iPhone, but is it just me, or does it seem a bit to early for this to release? I mean, we’ve already heard that it’s basically identical to the iPhone 4S just with a bigger screen. That said, I think they really should just take more time and improve it, as I don’t think this will work out for them very well. Then again, I could be pretty wrong on that.

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[Update: Confirmed] T-Mobile’s New Unlimited Data Plan Will Actually Be Unlimited

tmobile_4gOnly in the confusing realm of smartphone data plans can ‘unlimited’ not really mean unlimited. We started to see the big carriers cut back on all-you-can-eat data a few years ago, and T-Mobile was no different. The nation’s smallest national carrier relied on vague language and semantics to justify its continued use of the word ‘unlimited.’ Now it looks like T-Mobile is going to finally offer real unlimited data again.

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The new unlimited 4G data plan will be available starting on September 5, and it does away with all the caps and throttling that angered power users. T-Mobile will be charging a downright reasonable rate of $30 per-month for those on the classic plans, and just $20 for anyone on a value plan.

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[Update: Global Confirmed] Big Verizon HTC Rezound 4.03.605.1 OTA Update Rolling Out, Bringing Global Capabilities [Installation Instructions]

imageVerizon is possibly pushing out an over-the-air update v4.03.605.1 to the HTC Rezound which only just received ICS (v3.14.605.12) last week. The 104MB update is pretty hefty for only a few weeks of work, which has puzzled many XDA members and made things turn pretty ugly in the relevant thread. The reason I’m saying “possibly” is only one person at XDA has received it so far, which may indicate there’s some sort of soak testing going on.

Update: A commenter (Cody) chimed in and let us know he’s currently getting the OTA as well. Anyone else?

Having now read through 20+ pages of comments about half of which are literally baseless and ignorant garbage written by trolls with nothing better to do (what XDA update thread would it be without these, right?), I have pieced together a few details and confirmed that the OTA is indeed legitimate by verifying the update’s cryptographic signature and checking with a source close to Verizon.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 August Release Date Confirmed

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will probably be released later this month, this is after Korean manufacturer Samsung sent an official press release dated August 6th to several news firms confirming our previous report that it’s going to arrive earlier than Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.  

If the first version of Galaxy Note could neither be categorized as phone nor tablet, this time around it is clearer for everyone that the Note 10.1 is a tablet with 10-inch display. Likewise, it will come with more powerful hardware and many tech enthusiasts believe it’s going to be a fierce competitor to other devices in its category.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Key Specs

Processor. There is no information as to the chipset Samsung is using in this device but it’s been confirmed that the Note 10.1 will sport a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Galaxy S3 used Samsung’s own Exynos CPU so there is a possibility that it will sport the equivalent processor for tablets.

Memory. This slate will be among the first few ones to come with 2GB RAM. While 1GB could have been enough for it, the manufacturer simply wants to pose a greater threat to its competitors especially Apple. It will come as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variant plus a support for 64GB microSD card.

Display. Everybody was expecting Galaxy Note 10.1 to come with Super AMOLED screen panel but that does not seem to be the case here. Based on the alleged official product specs, it will feature 10.1 inches WXGA LCD + Digitizer that offers resolution as high as 1280 x 800 pixels.

OS. Previous rumors point to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the native operating system for the tablet but the document says it will come with Ice Cream Sandwich. If this is the case, Samsung has to double-time in developing the update to be able to roll it out before the year would be over.

Battery. A 7,000mAh Li-Ion battery pack will power this device. Since it’s not using the popular Super AMOLED screen, the battery could last up to 7 hours of continuous use.

GSMArena has already received a review unit of the device so while the manufacturer hasn’t disclosed a fixed release date yet, we can expect it would be sooner than later.

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Android’s Multiple User Accounts Shown Off On Video – All But Confirmed For Future Versions of Android

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Here we go, guys. This is where we separate the kiddie mobile OS’s from the big boys: multiple user accounts. We’ve heard about it. We’ve dreamed about it. We want it. The good news is that we recently discovered early versions of it already baked into Jelly Bean AOSP, so we know Google has, at the very least, been toying around with the idea.

Today, a developer over on XDA managed to activate the sleeping code, getting multiple user accounts to appear in the power menu (activated when holding down the power button), and although it should work on any AOSP ROM (CM10, AOKP) there’s not much functionality. He showed off his handiwork in a video tutorial and after typing out a few lines of code in Terminal Emulator, you too can get multiple users accounts up and running on your ROM. Check it out.

Another user managed to get it up and running on his Galaxy Nexus and provided some info on what’s working and what isn’t.

I found that in the second account there are apps that I don’t have in the primary account, for example: Google Wallet, Play Magazines, Play Books and Play Films. (I’m from Belgium)
Oh, they disappeared as soon as I signed in with my Google account.

If you are on the second user, most of the data from the primary user is hidden (you can not acces it).
For example:
- photo’s
- unlocked levels in Angry Birds
- music
- contacts
- google account
- clipboard
- home screen

But there are a few exceptions:
- all the apps are there, as if they were just installed
- the recent apps menu
- the use-app-as-default-setting (I don’t know the official name). For example: if you set Apex as default in the Guest account, it will also be default in the primary account.
- your messages (!)

Google software engineer Amith Yamasani actually addressed multiple user accounts after a dev attempted to submit a patch to AOSP tweaking the order of the power menu while multiple accounts were enabled. After rejecting the patch, Yamasani warned that, “Multi-user feature is not ready for deployment. Bad things will happen if you use it in its current state!” Yamasani went on to confirm that the Android user experience team has the final say on the UI for multiple UA’s and it will most likely change in the future. Shweeet…

The convenience of having multiple user accounts is something Android tablet users, specifically those with families, have been asking for awhile now. While it wouldn’t make much sense for smartphone users (other than having, say, a work accounts along with personal one) it looks like the possibility of multiple user accounts is all but certain in future versions of Android. Key Lime Pie perhaps?

[XDA Developers | Via Slashgear | TheVerge]


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Galaxy Note 10.1 Confirmed Specs and Features

We have no heard much from Samsung regarding their new Tablet the Samsung galaxy Note 10.1 since they announced it in Barcelona in February during the MWC 2012.  Although the tablet is already available in other countries, it has not yet hit the stores in North America.  However, we may have some development as there is finally a confirmed specs and features sheet obtained from Samsung.  It appears that the tablet will soon be shipped to consumers although we do not know specifically when.

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Galaxy Note 10.1

What we have noticed I that Samsung is tweaking the Galaxy tablet to provide an even better performance.  The new list of specs and features shows a powerful device that is expected to leave a mark in the market flooded with all sorts of Android tablets already.  According to the tablet’s specs sheet obtained from the a reliable source, the new tablet will come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but Samsung will upgrade to the newest version of Android Jelly Bean not too far from the release date.

The most notable features of the tablet though are the quad-core 1.4GHz processor – the same one found on the Galaxy S3 smartphone, and not the initial 1.4GHz dual-core processor it was planned to come with –10.1 Inch WXGA screen and a 5MP rear camera with the capability to record 720p videos and no the initial planned 3.15MP camera with 1080p video recording capability it was planned to have.

Core Features and Specs:

Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

RAM: 2GB

Cameras: 5MP Rear and 1.9MP front

Display: 10.1 Inch 1280×800 PLS display

Battery: 7000 mAh

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,

Others: Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Light sensor

We expect that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be unveiled in New York on the 15th of August but we do not know when it may be available for sale yet.  Samsung has scheduled two events this month – one on the 15th and another on 29th, so if the tablet is not launched on the 15th we may have to wait two weeks to see if it happens on the 29th.

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Final Fantasy III Confirmed To Become Ouya Android Console Launch Title

Game Developer Square Enix confirmed Monday, July 31st, that it is going to release Final Fantasy III as a launch title for the upcoming Android-based gaming console, Ouya. The console is currently under development and is scheduled for launch in March 2013. While the fate of this new player in the gaming industry is yet to be determined, Square Enix wants to be among the few developers to become a pioneer in the soon-to-be made sector of the gaming market.

As the name implies, Final Fantasy is a media franchise that exemplifies a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games or RPGs. It also entails other merchandise including printed media, anime and motion pictures. The franchise is owned and developed by Square Enix company and is created by Hironobu Sakaguchi. In 1987, Final Fantasy was released in Japan, in a series that commenced with an eponymous video game envisioned by the media franchise creator Sakaguchi. This was his last-ditch endeavor in the gaming industry. The first series title considerably triumphed and then subsequent Final Fantasy video game series titles began to sprout in the later years. The succeeding series and installments instigated in a wide variety of genres including action role-playing, tactical role-playing, fighting, rhythm, racing, third-person shooter and massively multiplayer online role-playing.

In 1990, Final Fantasy III was first released in Japan and was only available in the country until 2006, when a Nintendo DS remake was made accessible. In the following years, the next Final Fantasy series installments and remakes were released in different titles which have been re-released on several platforms later on.

Latest news about the new Final Fantasy game is starting to create a buzz online. Pertinent information said that Square Enix is set to make an official announcement about the next Final Fantasy version at the Final Fantasy anniversary event this August.

Meanwhile, Square stated that the Ouya version of its popular game series will be based on the 2006 DS 3D remake of Final Fantasy III. It is then expected to take advantage of Ouya Android’s high-def resolution.

Ouya has likewise commented about its partnership with Square and is apparently looking forward to a successful project outcome. In its online announcement, Ouya said: “This will be the first time gamers outside of Japan can play [Final Fantasy III] on their televisions through a console.”

A free demo version of the game will also be released for those who are new to the Final Fantasy franchise. Square also said that more contents other than its Final Fantasy III franchise will also be integrated to the Ouya system in the near future.

As early as now, people are looking forward to see what the Square-Ouya partnership can contribute to the gaming industry in the later days. Gamers are as well excited to gauge with Ouya Android’s capacity and see what the system can do to make the Final Fantasy III console sprout and expand just like how it went with the other platforms.

Sources: PCMag | Wikipedia

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Samsung’s 11.8-inch 2560×1600 Tablet Confirmed In Apple Lawsuit Documents

gtab thumbWe’d heard that Samsung was planning an oversized tablet with an incredible screen resolution, but after said 11-inch Galaxy Tab failed to appear at both CES and Mobile World Congress, the Android world moved on to bigger (though not necessarily better) things. In today’s opening salvo of legal back-and-forth between Apple and Samsung, the tablet was revealed as part of the latter’s strategy for 2012. The slightly larger 11.8-inch, 2560×1600 tablet has no designation beyond “P10″, but it looks like Samsung definitely intended to release it when the document was created last year.

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This is a confirmation of Samsung’ intentions, but not its future.

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