This morning Samsung announced its newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note II. Following up on the original Galaxy Note, the second edition is highlighted by a 16:9 5.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display. Powering that is a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor and 3,100mAh battery, which should make running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this one super-smooth. The device takes design cues from the Samsung Galaxy S III, which should be apparent by the curves and the similar color choices of Marble White and Titanium Gray. As far as optics go, expect an 8-megapixel rear camera that records 1080p video. Rounding things out, as you can see in the image, is the S Pen. Now sporting a rubber tip, Samsung believes the updated S Pen will have a feel much closer to pen and paper, and the Galaxy Note II has a bunch of S Pen quick commands and gestures. We've got no specific launch dates yet, other than that the phone will launch internationally by the end of 2012.
We are a few days removed from the monumental decision that was handed down in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, where Apple pretty much steamrolled Samsung in the verdict. Curious how the jury reached the decision that it did? Check out the video after the break. It's an interesting look at the process that Jury Foreman Vel Hogan and team used to determine which patents were infringed, and how much money to award in damages. Other interesting tidbits? The Jury Foreman is a PC user who owns no Apple products, and not one of the jurors owned an iPhone.
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When the Samsung Galaxy S III was announced, we thought the two colors that it would be available in, white and pebble blue, both looked great and should satisfy anyone. Not so, says Samsung. The company is set to drop four additional Galaxy S III colors: Sapphire Black, Amber Brown, Titanium Gray, and Garnet Red (which AT&T got a bit early.) The colors will be mixed between various carriers, so don't expect to have your pick of the litter at your local store, okay?
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Owners of the new-ish Samsung Galaxy S III have been asking the question "What about Jelly Bean?" ever since the latest Android OS was revealed shortly after the launch of the smartphone. Well, according to SamMobile, the wait shouldn't be too much longer. Word on the street is that Samsung has finalized its internal testing of Android 4.1 for the Galaxy S III, and has moved on to getting it ready for public release. Once that's done and Google gives the okay, the latest Samsung flagship will have the update pushed out. SamMobile estimates that users can expect the update in late Q3 or early Q4, but that isn't an official statement from Samsung itself.
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Sprint has officially announced that the first 15 cities to be lit up with its LTE service are now live. Unfortunately, it's a slow start, but at least it's something. If you are in select areas of Georgia, Texas, or Missouri, then you're in luck if you've also got a Sprint LTE device. The full list of cities:
Atlanta, GA; Athens, GA; Calhoun, GA; Carrollton, GA; Newnan, GA: Rome, GA; Dallas, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Granbury-Hood County, TX; Houston, TX; Huntsville, TX; San Antonio, TX; Waco, TX; Kansas City, MO-KA; St. Joseph, MO
Let us know how it's working for you!
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You can currently pick up an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone from Google Play for just $349, which is a savings of about $350 off the standard price. This is the current flagship Nexus device, and was the first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is rolling out to the device over the next couple of weeks. You get a 4.65" 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, NFC, and it supports 4G speeds. We're certain that this one won't last long, so if you are looking to get a great, contract-free deal on a fantastic Android smartphone, look no further.
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The Samsung Galaxy S III is the new smartphone darling of the world (see our Galaxy S III review,) and we've already found a great deal on the device that typically sells for $199 with two-year contract. Why not save yourself $20, gain $10 in Google Wallet credit, and get it all shipped to you for free with no activation fee? Yep--this one won't last long, but if you're looking to pick up the Galaxy Nexus III, there's no reason not to consider this option.
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Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system was officially unveiled at Google I/O 2012 just a couple of weeks ago, and it looks pretty fantastic. If you've been hoping to get your hands on it and your the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ smartphone, it's time for you to rejoice--the Jelly Bean rollout has begun for you! Do note that this refers to Galaxy Nexus devices that run on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Owners of the Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus will have to wait a bit longer. The Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom are next on the list to receive Android 4.1 goodness.
Anyone start playing with Jelly Bean yet? Feel free to sound off in the comments.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is more than just another Android device launch. Arguably, this is the first phone of 2012 that has the right mix of hardware and software that make it a worthy upgrade from any other device. For Samsung, it's the new company flagship device for the year, much more so than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (which is a fantastic phone in its own right.)
This is the device that Samsung has always wanted to make. Based on the latest publicly-available version of Android, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (yeah, we know 4.1 Jelly Bean is right around the corner,) Samsung has built its own custom Android apps to run on the device to bring exlusive features to its handset. We're talking about S Voice, S Beam, S Memo, Direct Call, Smart Stay, and more. Purchasers in the US and Canada even get 50 GB of Dropbox storage for free (Verizon and AT&T buyers not included, sadly.)
That's a lot to take in, and ultimately the question is, does the Galaxy S III live up to the hype? Join us in our full Samsung Galaxy S III review as we answer that very question.
The Verizon verison of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone goes on sale on July 10th, but we were able to snag our unit a few days early. We're actively working on a full Samsung Galaxy S III review, and as normal, we're kicking things off with a bunch of photos. Go ahead and check out our Samsung Galaxy S III unboxing gallery to get a look at both the LTE smartphone, as well as everything else included in the box, and stay tuned for the review early next week.