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Samsung Service Centers upgrading Android 4.3 for Galaxy Note II devices

After Samsung rolling out Android 4.3 for Galaxy S III devices, the update for Note II has been idle, until now. A few screenshots found on the internet prove the fact that one lucky user from India got the update while being near a Samsung Service Center. What this means, is that either Samsung has already started to roll out the update for Note II devices or it’s just an inadvertent release by the company’s center.

Android 4.3 Update Galaxy Note II Screenshot

Android 4.3 Update Galaxy Note II Screenshot

The firmware’s build number is N7100XXUEMJ9, while its build date is October 31. As for the changes the update features are still unknown, although we might expect a similarity to the Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 along with some S Pen related software upgrades.

Android 4.3 Update Galaxy Note II Screenshot

Android 4.3 Update Galaxy Note II Screenshot

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Motorola Droid 3 presented in three official videos!

We haven’t seen any image or spec leaks for the Motorola Droid 3, until this day. Personally, I believe that this device’s fate will be the same as Atrix 4G’s or Motorola Xoom’s, but who knows… maybe the people will get richer, so they can afford a $800 tablet. Anyways, shall we proceed to the more “tech” stuff? Alright then.

Motorola Droid 3

There are three videos, with the purpose of a guide to a new user, so we didn’t really heard any processor or screen info. However, we could take a quick look at the handset’s design and the camera’s capability.

Design

In the first place we should mention that Droid 3 features a full sliding  QWERTY keyboard with 5 rows, which looks quite nice. As mentioned in the first video, on the top of the phone is the power on/off button, on the left side the microUSB and HDMI port, while on the right side the volume buttons. Underneath the screen, there are the 4 typical Android buttons: Menu, Home, Back and Search. Above the screen, there are probably the proximity sensors and the front-facing camera.

On the back of the device the 8MP camera and LED Flash  is revealed, along with the speakers and the Motorola logo.

Hardware

Only thing we are sure of is the camera, which is an 8MP one featuring 1080p video recording (similar to the Samsung Galasy S II). The processor, in my opinion, will be at least a dual-core, while the screen should be a qHD type.

Software

Motorola Droid 3 runs Android, but which one? In my opinion, it runs the Android 2.3, with a customized UI, or Android 3.0 optimized for smartphones. We couldn’t see many differences, except the new touch QWERTY keyboard, and the new design we you unlock the screen.

Here are the three videos:

 

 

 

Hopefully, this device won’t cost as much as the previous high-end Motorola’s, they just have to understand that not everybody can afford it, even those who can, would probably purchase and rather an iPhone 4.

via: mobilissimo.ro

Samsung Galaxy Neo

Samsung Galaxy Neo Official, Only in Korea

Looks like the word “Galaxy” became really beloved by Samsung, that’s why their newly-announced smartphone’s name is Samsung Galaxy Neo. Unfortunately, for now, this mid-range device will head for Korea only,  with a CDMA version, however, Neo looks really nice and its features are quite impressive as well, in comparation with the possible affordable price.

As we mentioned above, this is a mid-range device which sports an 800 MHz CPU, 512 MB RAM and Android 2.2 Froyo. The display is a nice WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreen with the support of T-DMB. The Bluetooth’s version is 3.0, while the camera isn’t the best, having only 3MP and lacking autofocus capabilities.

Other specs we know is the Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) support, a 3.5mm audio jack and a 1,500 mAh battery. There’s no info about a global release or a GSM version of the Galaxy Neo.

via: gsmarena.com

HTC Pyramid

HTC Pyramid Available in France next Month!

After we heard a lot of rumors regarding to HTC Pyramid, one of the most awaited handsets from HTC, looks like the new device will be available in France at the end of the next month (May). It’s a very nice looking smartphone, especially because of the high-end specs, such as a 1.2 GHz processor and a 4.3 inch qHD display.

HTC Pyramid

The French operator which will release these “beauties” will be SFR, in case the rumors are true. Additionally, HTC has an event programmed for April 12th, that’s why it’s quite sure that they will introduce HTC Pyramid after the countless rumors. The handset features Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0, 768 MB RAM, a 1.2 GHz processor, a 4.3 inch qHD display and 8 MP camera supporting 1080 p HD video recording.

via: BGR.com

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Debuts Today!

Before MWC, there’s always going to take place press conference’s, meaning that today Samsung will launch the most awaited Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy S2. Last week we’ve seen a lot of rumors, images, specification leaks, but today it’ll be official, hopefully along with the price and release date as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Galaxy Tab 2 features a 1GHz (Single or Dual Core) CPU, probably based on the new Samsung-Made chipset Exynos 4210. The Display is 10.1 inch with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, while the tablet will come in three different versions: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.

There’s a LTE 4G variant too, for those who need a very good connectivity speed. The handset runs the newly-introduced Android 3.0 Honeycomb, supporting the untouched version of it. That’s pretty cool, because what we’ve saw at Google’s event last month was very impressive. Both devices will be introduced at Mobile World Congress, tomorrow.

via: techland.com

Samsung Galaxy S2 Picture

Samsung Galaxy S2 Image Leaked!

Just two days before MWC, a Samsung Galaxy S2 picture has been granted, thanks to Daum, who also claims that the new handset is only 8.49 mm thick compared to the first Galaxy S’s 9.9 mm, weighting just 116g. At the top of the screen we notice the speaker along with a 2MP front-facing camera for video calling, while at the bottom of the screen there are 3 buttons: Menu, Home (Navigation) and Back.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Picture

The handset features – most of the specifications can be found here – a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1 GHz Dual-Core CPU, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Additionally, the user interface is a new one, possibly borrowed from Bada OS. We’re excited to see the first hands-on video during Mobile World Congress‘s first day.

via: samsunghub.com

ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro

ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro Tablet running Windows and Android!

After ViewSonic’s possible Android 2.4 smartphone (ViewPad 4), we hear that they are going to announce the ViewPad 10 Pro slate at MWC 2011, featuring the possibility to run Windows 7 and Android 2.2 Froyo with the help of the Atom Oak Trail processor.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro

The Dual Boot handset supports a 10 inch display, which’s resolution is 1024 x 600, while the battery’s life could be around 6-7 hours. No other informations are available, however, the price and other specs will be granted during the Mobile World Congress.

via: tablet-news.com

Samsung Galaxy S2 Specifications Leaked

Samsung Galaxy S2’s Specifications Revealed – Dual Core CPU & Super AMOLED Plus

There is no big surprise that specs of several smartphones – upcoming MWC 2011 devices – are being leaked just before 2 days from the Mobile World Congress. The specifications of Samsung Galaxy S2 has been revealed thanks to the British retailer named Expansys, featuring a Dual Core CPU and an impressive Super AMOLED Plus display.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Specifications Leaked

Of course, no pictures, release date or price info has been granted, but I’m sure that in the next one or two days they’ll be available. The specifications are listed below:

  • Display: 4.27 inch, Super AMOLED Plus, capacitive touchscreen,  800 x 480 pixels
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8260 dual core, 1.2GHz, GPU Adreno 205
  • Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, AGPS, microUSB, NFC, 3G
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSDHC slot
  • Camera: Back – 8MP, 1080p HD video capture at 30 fps, LED Flash, touch focus; Front – 2MP, Video Calling
  • Other Features: digital compass, gyrometer, accelerometer

There’s no information about the battery life and operating system, but I assume that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread would be the ideal. Additionally, there is a possibility that Android 2.4 will be the running OS, but that’s not sure. I think the Galaxy S2 is a great phone regarding to its specs, if the design and price are going to be decent enough, then the chances for being one of the best smartphones presented at MWC 2011 would be higher than the others.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Specifications

via: gsmarena.com

 

Twitter 2.0 Update Video Preview ScreenShot

Twitter 2.0 for Android; Application Preview (Video)

A new version has been created for Android’s Twitter application, the Twitter 2.0, which’s video preview can be found below, being presented by Christopher Meinck from Everything Android.

Twitter 2.0 Update Video Preview ScreenShot

Major changes were made to the interface, for instance, on the superior bar you can either tweet or search something, while on the next menu you can watch or edit your tweets, messages and options. From now on, you’ll be able to set a “Notification Light” and manually chose a Photo Uploader Service.

The update isn’t available on the Android Market at this time, but we believe that it’s going to be downloadable soon enough.

Here’s the video:

via: androidme.com

Nokia CEO: Stephen Elop

A letter from the Nokia CEO: Stephen Elop!

Lately, Nokia’s fresh CEO, Stephen Elop, sent a letter to all employees writing about the situation what Nokia is in right now. According to the stuff he wrote, the CEO seems to be sincere, because he confessed that since the first iPhone (2007), Nokia wasn’t able to release a smartphone that’s better than the Apple’s beauty.

Nokia CEO: Stephen Elop

The chairman used a metaphor, describing a situation of an employee who works on an oil platform which one day suffers an explosion and sends the entire platform on fire. The man has to either remain and die or he could jump in the freezing Atlantic Ocean to save himself. In that case, Nokia is a “burning platform“, according to the letter.

Stephen Elop is concerned about the fact that “Made in China” low-end mobile phones are becoming a challenge to Nokia’s production, because they are fast and cheap while on the other side – the high-end devices – , iPhone is dominating the market and Android is just taking what’s left from Symbian.

Finally, he believes that February 11th will be the day when changes will take place, a possible Windows Phone 7 or Android adoption. Let’s just hope that Nokia will be saved from the freezing ocean by Google or Microsoft.

The letter can be found below:

“ Hello there,

There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, he was surrounded by flames. Through the smoke and heat, he barely made his way out of the chaos to the platform’s edge. When he looked down over the edge, all he could see were the dark, cold, foreboding Atlantic waters.

As the fire approached him, the man had mere seconds to react. He could stand on the platform, and inevitably be consumed by the burning flames. Or, he could plunge 30 meters in to the freezing waters. The man was standing upon a “burning platform,” and he needed to make a choice.

He decided to jump. It was unexpected. In ordinary circumstances, the man would never consider plunging into icy waters. But these were not ordinary times – his platform was on fire. The man survived the fall and the waters. After he was rescued, he noted that a “burning platform” caused a radical change in his behaviour.

We too, are standing on a “burning platform,” and we must decide how we are going to change our behaviour.

Over the past few months, I’ve shared with you what I’ve heard from our shareholders, operators, developers, suppliers and from you. Today, I’m going to share what I’ve learned and what I have come to believe.

I have learned that we are standing on a burning platform.

And, we have more than one explosion – we have multiple points of scorching heat that are fuelling a blazing fire around us.

For example, there is intense heat coming from our competitors, more rapidly than we ever expected. Apple disrupted the market by redefining the smartphone and attracting developers to a closed, but very powerful ecosystem.

In 2008, Apple’s market share in the $300+ price range was 25 percent; by 2010 it escalated to 61 percent. They are enjoying a tremendous growth trajectory with a 78 percent earnings growth year over year in Q4 2010. Apple demonstrated that if designed well, consumers would buy a high-priced phone with a great experience and developers would build applications. They changed the game, and today, Apple owns the high-end range.

And then, there is Android. In about two years, Android created a platform that attracts application developers, service providers and hardware manufacturers. Android came in at the high-end, they are now winning the mid-range, and quickly they are going downstream to phones under €100. Google has become a gravitational force, drawing much of the industry’s innovation to its core.

Let’s not forget about the low-end price range. In 2008, MediaTek supplied complete reference designs for phone chipsets, which enabled manufacturers in the Shenzhen region of China to produce phones at an unbelievable pace. By some accounts, this ecosystem now produces more than one third of the phones sold globally – taking share from us in emerging markets.

While competitors poured flames on our market share, what happened at Nokia? We fell behind, we missed big trends, and we lost time. At that time, we thought we were making the right decisions; but, with the benefit of hindsight, we now find ourselves years behind.

The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.

We have some brilliant sources of innovation inside Nokia, but we are not bringing it to market fast enough. We thought MeeGo would be a platform for winning high-end smartphones. However, at this rate, by the end of 2011, we might have only one MeeGo product in the market.

At the midrange, we have Symbian. It has proven to be non-competitive in leading markets like North America. Additionally, Symbian is proving to be an increasingly difficult environment in which to develop to meet the continuously expanding consumer requirements, leading to slowness in product development and also creating a disadvantage when we seek to take advantage of new hardware platforms. As a result, if we continue like before, we will get further and further behind, while our competitors advance further and further ahead.

At the lower-end price range, Chinese OEMs are cranking out a device much faster than, as one Nokia employee said only partially in jest, “the time that it takes us to polish a PowerPoint presentation.” They are fast, they are cheap, and they are challenging us.

And the truly perplexing aspect is that we’re not even fighting with the right weapons. We are still too often trying to approach each price range on a device-to-device basis.

The battle of devices has now become a war of ecosystems, where ecosystems include not only the hardware and software of the device, but developers, applications, ecommerce, advertising, search, social applications, location-based services, unified communications and many other things. Our competitors aren’t taking our market share with devices; they are taking our market share with an entire ecosystem. This means we’re going to have to decide how we either build, catalyse or join an ecosystem.

This is one of the decisions we need to make. In the meantime, we’ve lost market share, we’ve lost mind share and we’ve lost time.

On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s informed that they will put our A long term and A-1 short term ratings on negative credit watch. This is a similar rating action to the one that Moody’s took last week. Basically it means that during the next few weeks they will make an analysis of Nokia, and decide on a possible credit rating downgrade. Why are these credit agencies contemplating these changes? Because they are concerned about our competitiveness.

Consumer preference for Nokia declined worldwide. In the UK, our brand preference has slipped to 20 percent, which is 8 percent lower than last year. That means only 1 out of 5 people in the UK prefer Nokia to other brands. It’s also down in the other markets, which are traditionally our strongholds: Russia, Germany, Indonesia, UAE, and on and on and on.

How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved?

This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.

Nokia, our platform is burning.

We are working on a path forward — a path to rebuild our market leadership. When we share the new strategy on February 11, it will be a huge effort to transform our company. But, I believe that together, we can face the challenges ahead of us. Together, we can choose to define our future.

The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future. He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.

Stephen.

via: intomobile.com