Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note II
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    Around here, we're no strangers to wrist-worn smart devices. From bare-bones Bluetooth sport watches to full-on smartphones condensed to wearable size, we've seen them all. Problem is, we haven't been all that impressed by what we've seen. Whether by halfhearted design or a misguided quest for all-encompassing functionality, most of the intelligent watches we've strapped on have very quickly found themselves retired to the novelty drawer. Last year, a company named Pebble -formerly Allerta- burst onto the scene with aspirations to change all that. Pebble's halo product: an e-paper-based ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily was we talk about the White House's recent decision to figure out a way to legalize carrier unlocks. Then we move to Microsoft as a new job posting hints to the next versions of Windows Phone 8 to come. We later talk a ton about Samsung, starting with the Galaxy Note 8.0 being spotted in black. We later talk about the recent video discovered where you can unlock any of the newer Galaxy S smartphones with a tweak in the emergency dialer. We end today's show talking about the Galaxy S 4 leaks of possible eye-control. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Apple just had its own little embarrassment with an exploit being discovered that could allow an attacker to bypass a user's lock screen and get limited access to the phone, though we've seen a fix already implemented in the latest iOS 6.1.3 beta. Now it's Samsung's turn to deal with some similar fallout, upon a new lock screen bypass being uncovered for its Galaxy series phones. The impact here might be less than with the iOS vulnerability, but there are still a few reasons to be concerned. As per usual, emergency call settings are exploited, and after bringing up a user's emergency ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Note II is the gold standard when it comes to phablets, so of course we had to compare it against ZTE's new 5.7-incher, the Grand Memo. While the Grand Memo's screen isn't that much bigger than the Note II's the handset itself is noticeably taller. ZTE goes with a higher-resolution camera than the Note II's, but you pay for that with a much larger camera bulge. ZTE may get around to releasing a stylus, but even if it does, it won't have the high-precision Wacom digitizer used by the Note II, nor will there be a convenient place to store it on the phone itself.

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    Any company, regardless of industry, is only as successful as its marketing reach. If someone doesn't know about a product, they can't buy it. Some companies do this by word of mouth, others turn to social networks to spread the news of their products, others spend gazillions of dollars on TV and more traditional ads. Each marketing strategy has its strengths and weaknesses, and each appeals to a different demographic segment. Samsung decided to go all-in with the Oscars this year, placing six ads -- one including a cameo by film director Tim Burton. The agency behind the ad campaign, ...

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    Once considered a niche device that held no true purpose, the tablet has beat all odds to become a thriving, mainstream product. It has come to be a choice item in many people's mobile arsenal, a common household item for many. For me, the tablet has become a staple in my workflow. Such is the case for many of the people I know – colleagues, friends, family and strangers. I can't go to the local coffee shop without seeing at least a couple people plop their iPad on the table. And just about all hours of the day, I have my iPad mini propped up, waiting to notify me of any incoming ...

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    The question on everyone's mind right now is whether the LG Optimus G Pro is good enough to make customers buy it instead of Samsung's six-month old Note II. Both South Korean phablets have 5.5 inch displays but the LG Optimus G Pro has a higher resolution, as well as a higher megapixel rating for the camera. We're looking at the two competitors in the video below and we're emphasizing on specs, features, as well as build quality and size. Obviously the Optimus G Pro doesn't have a stylus, like the Note II's S-Pen, but for those who are not fans of the input device, or don't use it, this ...

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    We recently talked about smartphones, brand names, and saturation of the major players in the mobile arena, and the fact that handsets powered by Android make up over 50% of the market share. It may come as somewhat of a surprise to learn that when it comes to corporations, Android comes in around 26% -- second to iOS at 37%. Samsung doesn't like that is has a plan to do something about it. They're calling it SAFE -- "Samsung Approved For Enterprise" or "Samsung For Enterprise" for short. SAFE is built on "four pillars": enabling workers to access their corporate email, calendar, and ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    A short time ago, every high-end Android handset was pitted against Apple's famed iPhone. Few were fortunate enough to be called an "iPhone killer", and even fewer lived up to the name. Those days are long gone, though. It's more evident now than ever that Android and iOS are two vastly different platforms and comparing the hardware is more like comparing fruits and vegetables thanks apples and oranges. Not to mention, the iPhone met its match nearly two years ago when the first LTE and dual-core handsets hit shelves. Now we're on to quad- and octa-core processors, 5-inch (and larger) ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Ubuntu phones that may be coming as early as October 2013. Then we move to the LG Optimus G Pro, which seems to be LG's next phablet and also Galaxy Note II twin for a possible MWC launch. Then we talk about new Nokia Lumia models that are probably close. Facebook takes the spotlight next because there seems to be another smartphone in the works under the codename of HTC Myst. We end today's show talking about Samsung's possible new endeavor of launching the Galaxy S IV with Floating Gestures. All this and more after the break. Stories - ...

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    One man returns from a mission to Canada, and is greeted by friends. Friends with questions, observations, and inflammatory declarations about the future of a very special smartphone. A smartphone called BlackBerry. Yes, it's a special edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, covering all the ups, downs, and all-arounds of the new Research in Motion BlackBerry smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the sleek black slab of potential it's riding on, the Z10. Join us as we welcome an old friend back into the smartphone space by discussing things like Peeking, Balance, Hub, and even ...

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    Strategy Analytics has released its new research figures for the US market and it appears that mobile phone shipments in the States have reached 52 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, representing a 4% growth. Apple has become the largest phone vendor in the US in the last quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 managed to boost Apple in Q4 2012 as the company regains the first place with its 17.7 million units shipped, versus 16.8 million Samsung phones. As far as the figures for US market share are concerned, Apple leads the pack with its 34% followed by Samsung and its 32.3%. As far as ...

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    I'm a little worried about Samsung. Not "very" worried, mind you, but after hearing about some of the company's upcoming products, looking back on what it's offered over the course of the past year, and considering the recent success its smartphones and tablets have been seeing, it's all enough to make me start questioning some of Samsung's product decisions. You might think that success would cause a company to really look inward, to try and divine just what it did that was so popular, and then extrapolate from there to lay out a course for the future. There may be an aspect of that in ...

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    If you've had your ear to the ground over the past day or so, you know the Galaxy Note 8.0 is all but assured a grand unveiling at MWC 2013 in Barcelona next month. Sources say the tablet will come with a 5MP rear-facing camera, probably some form of Exynos processor, and -of course- an 8-inch display with a rumored 1280x800 resolution. That's not all that exciting on the surface: we've seen those specs, or variations thereon, spread across many devices already. But bundling them together inside one chassis, especially one bearing the prestigious Note sub-brand, is exciting. Samsung is no ...

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    Software updates are supposed to make our phones better, right? Sure, there's the unusual feature-robbing update like we saw Samsung deal with thanks to its lawsuit over universal search, but generally expect a better experience when running the very latest software. Unfortunately for Galaxy Note II users, a recent update is reportedly taking its toll on their hardware, stealing hours from the phone's battery life. This issue was noticed after installing the update released for the international Note II earlier this month, which intended to fix the Exynos memory bug, among other changes. ...

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    Watch todays Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's launch of the Galaxy Note II in more colors. The rumors of the Galaxy Note 8.0 make the scene next as we get some details on specs and a probable release date. Asus may not have been much news lately, but some reports have them working with Microsoft on building a Padfone-like device for Windows Phone 8, and that's hot. The LG Optimus G Pro is next, even though we still think this is just the Optimus G2. We end today's show by talking about the new Facebook Messenger update for iOS which allows calls within the US. All this and more ...

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    Samsung sure loves offering new color options for its Androids long after their releases. The Galaxy S III got a whole bunch of new post-launch options, and just a couple weeks back we were hearing about a new shade for the Galaxy Note II. Well, we don't have any new info on that black Note II today, but we have heard Samsung announce two different colors for the phablet, introducing "Amber Brown" and "Ruby Wine." Red and brown are no strangers to Samsung's color offerings, but it's still nice to see them brought to the Note II, as well. They'd be fine enough on their own, but Samsung's ...

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    News arrived last month of a potentially serious hole in how Exynos-based Android handsets let apps access system memory, giving them essentially free rein. Samsung responded to the discovery within a matter of days, promising software updates to correct the situation with affected devices "as quickly as possible". Now, less than a month later, we're beginning to see some of those updates arrive for Samsung users in the States. Samsung already got the ball rolling on this a couple weeks back, when users in the UK started receiving fixes for their Galaxy S III handsets. Now that we're ...

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    One of the reasons I like Huawei, and why its press events continue to excite me, is its tenacity. The company is the embodiment of persistence. Month after month, it struggles to crack its way into new markets like the United States, and time after time, it gets shut down. Like the nameless protagonist in that classic by Chumbawamba, though, Huawei "gets knocked down, but it gets up again." We're (apparently) never gonna keep it down. Part of the reason for Huawei's difficulty is that, in the consumer space, it's a new brand: for much of its history, the company has functioned as an ODM ...

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    For our latest CES smartphone head-to-head, we decided to put the bigger-than-anything 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate against its chief phablet competition, Samsung's hugely successful 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II. Despite an overabundance of screen real estate, Huawei doesn't mess around at all when it comes to letting you take full advantage of the display, enabling you to hide the Android soft keys with a tap. While the Galaxy Note II might be a little more usable a size, and have a display with higher visual quality, there's little doubt that the Ascend Mate has batter power to spare, and its ...

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    Samsung is continuing its climb and journey for market domination as new information reveals the South Korean phone-maker might have sold as much as 500 handsets every minute in the last quarter of 2012. For the same period its quarterly profit appears to be likely around $8.1 billion, according to a Reuters report. The Samsung Galaxy S III, followed by the Galaxy Note II, had a crucial role for the company in achieving this goal. The strong portfolio of products is also crucial for Samsung. While competitors like Apple have released only one model, HTC 18 models, Nokia 9, and LG 24, ...

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    It's almost a bit magical how smartphones are able to track our broad, imprecise finger inputs and work out at just which on-screen elements we're clumsily trying to stab. Largely, it works fantastically well, but despite accomplishments along these lines, I was incredibly excited last year to see the return of the stylus, in the form of Samsung's S Pen. While the Galaxy Note's pen was nice, the implementation Samsung came up with for the Note II is superior to even that. As far as anyone knew, the S Pen would be restricted to the company's Note series of devices, but last week a rumor ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we wrap-up 2012 with some Galaxy Note II rumors that include new color variants. We then talk about the possible Galaxy S IV and some possibilities of an S-Pen to be included in the box. Samsung keeps the spotlight next as we talk about some holiday deals that they're offering to those who register their device. Then we move to the Motorola Droid RAZR M HD rumors, which include more than a long and ridiculous name. We end today's show, and this year's last show as well, by discussing tablet sales and how they've now surpassed smartphone sales. All this and ...

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