When word first slipped out about Samsung’s Premium Suite for the Galaxy Note, there was some initial confusion over just what the company was planning, and if the Premium Suite might be another Value Pack like the Galaxy S got in lieu of Ice Cream Sandwich. Of course, that didn’t sound too plausible, given the Note’s hardware capabilities, and sure enough, we later learned that the Premium Suite was a collection of S-Pen-optimized apps that Samsung would be delivering to the Note alongside its full-on ICS update. We’ve seen leaks of Note ICS beta ROMs, but what [...]
Sprint sure seems to be putting in quite the effort lately to make sure its subscribers have access to some of the most popular smartphone models. The Galaxy Nexus may be a welcome, if not slightly late addition, but the announcement of HTC EVO 4G LTE was an especially nice treat, stealing away a bit of AT&T’s One X thunder. That’s only the start of things, though, and there’s a new discovery that’s just been made that may suggest another high-profile Android is headed to Sprint.
It’s not being prominently featured, but mouse-over a certain [...]
The pink Samsung Galaxy Note was shown off at this year’s CeBIT in Germany at the beginning of last month but there were no details about the availability of the “happy” colored device.
Berry Pink is the official color of the phone and it was announced for the South Korean market. Aside from the color, everything is the same, including the specs and the S-Pen (which is also pink by the way, as you can see in the render above). There are no details about exact pricing and availability but those who waited for the shade can now prepare to purchase one and add it [...]
Q2, that’s what Samsung told the world related to the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note, including the “Premium Suite”. There were no other details and now we hear that the phone on Bell will get its ICS treat with a delay.
April 2012 was the time frame scheduled (estimated, really) by a leaked Bell document but it appears that the official refresh will be delayed until May. Another leaked Bell internal document says: “please note that estimated release month for the Samsung Galaxy Note is May 2012”. It should definitely have [...]
If the rumors and the leaks are true then those who want a white Samsung Galaxy Note and are Telus subscribers (or future customers) in Canada should be happy to find out that the 5.3-incher will be landing starting today. According to a leaked internal document the white variant of the Note will go for the same $199.99 on a three-year contract (and $779.99 for the phone only).
On the same note, Bell Canada has an April 10 launch scheduled for the same white Samsung Galaxy Note. Its own prices are exactly the same: $199.99 when you sign a three-year commitment or $729.99 [...]
Samsung promised an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note along with a Premium Suite that should be landing in the second quarter of the year. While you’re waiting for that, there’s a leak of what appears to be an in-development Samsung official ROM.
The leak is for the SGH-I717, meaning it’s the AT&T variant of the “phablet” and it is rather strange that we’re seeing a carrier variant get a leak before the unlocked international version (or should we say finally?). Heading over to the source link you are able to download [...]
Our Canadian friends who are running Android and are Bell subscribers will love this! The good folks at MobileSyrup managed to get their hands on what appears to be a schedule for upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates for Bell Canada’s Android phones.
We all know what Ice Cream Sandwich brings and we all want it. So, Bell customers check this out: if you have one of the following phones (and tablet), this is when to expect the update. - Samsung Galaxy S II: April 2012 - Samsung Galaxy Note: April 2012 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: May 2012 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE: [...]
On December 29, Samsung celebrated more than one million Galaxy Note units shipped globally. Fast forward to today, Samsung is proud to announce that the 5.3-inch “monster” sold five million units in five months.
However, five months after its announcement and five million units later, the popular device still hasn’t seen its official Ice Cream Sandwich update. Samsung is already teasing the platform refresh together with the “Premium Suite” for the second quarter of the year but we wish it would be here already.
Source: Samsung Thanks: Min
Just a day or so following an alleged leak of ICS for the SGSII Skyrocket, the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II is now officially on the list of devices that will be getting CM9 based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
According to a post on the CyanogenMod Google+ page, the name of the AT&T variant of Galaxy S II is no longer “galaxys2att” (like it was for CM7), now it’s the “i777”, which is its device model name. Additionally, the first CM9 nightly for the i777 is live! Yes, you can go and get CM9 for your AT&T SGSII right [...]
A few hours ago, we learned form HTC that users on AT&T were about to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their Vivid smartphones. Since then, AT&T has released its own statement, confirming today’s availability of ICS for the Vivid, and giving us an official list of the phones it plans to see upgraded to Android 4.0.
Much like the list released by Verizon at the beginning of the month, we’ve already heard a lot of this from manufacturers, but it’s reassuring to see things backed-up by carriers, as we all know how much influence they have over whether or not [...]
After the Samsung Galaxy S II recently got the official Ice Cream Sandwich update — and the Galaxy Note got a bugfix refresh — it’s time for the 5.3-incher to join the Android 4.0 party with a new platform and a Premium Suite.
Short version: S Pen optimized applications, enhanced multimedia features and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Special features to the S Pen apps have been added but you’re more interested in the Ice Cream Sandwich update by itself, which brings “an entirely new look and feel to Android on Galaxy Note, with a more intuitive [...]
No, it’s not Android 4.0, even though it could have been given the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S II recently received its Ice Cream Sandwich treat. There were recent reports of ICS being delayed for the Note but that doesn’t stop Samsung from further improving the phone-tablet hybrid (hate the ‘phablet’ word).
The package includes a new and improved radio as well as some updates to the Samsung software. According to reports, the video editor application now handles files shot with various frame rates better and the “fade” effect no longer [...]
Earlier this week, we saw Samsung finally start the official Ice Cream Sandwich update distribution for its Galaxy S II Android. This update has been a long time coming, after Samsung confirmed back in early December that the GS2 would be among the first of its phones to see ICS, planning the release for sometime in Q1 2012. The GS2 may have hit that target, but at the time Samsung also committed to delivering Android 4.0 to its Galaxy Note before the end of the quarter, as well. We’re starting to run out of time, and according to at least one Samsung regional division, ICS for [...]
AT&T scored itself an exclusive on Samsung’s Galaxy Note for the smartphone’s US launch, releasing it for its new LTE network. That didn’t do fans of T-Mobile much good, as the international HSPA+ version of the Note doesn’t support the 1700MHz band T-Mobile relies on, and while the AT&T LTE version of the phone works on 1700MHz, it only does so for LTE. The guys over at the XDA-Developer forums thought that someone should be able to nudge the Note over to operating on T-Mobile with the proper motivation, and put together a bounty to encourage [...]
Earlier this week, we heard about Samsung planning a “special announcement” to be made at the South by Southwest festival tomorrow. We threw around a couple theories on what the news might be, but were largely in the dark. Now, with still a day left to go before the announcement, Samsung’s let the details slip out, and it’s not quite the news we were hoping for.
The press release where Samsung mentioned the event was chock-full of discussion of the Galaxy Note, which the company intends to heavily market at SXSW. There are plenty of Note-related pieces of [...]
With the Mobile World Congress now a fresh memory, smartphone companies are already moving on to the next opportunities to show-off their gear, whether that’s at CeBIT in Germany or at the upcoming SXSW festival in Texas. Samsung’s definitely going to be making an appearance at the latter, putting a special focus on promoting the Galaxy Note. In its press release announcing its presence at the festival, Samsung revealed it has a “special announcement” it will make this Friday, March 9, at 4:00pm. Just what could Samsung be up to?
Despite what many of you [...]
Besides the eventual arrival of the pink version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the other big upcoming event for the handset is its Ice Cream Sandwich update. Back in December, Samsung confirmed Q1 2012 availability for ICS updates to both the Galaxy S II and the Note. Fast-forward to today, and the Note finds itself involved in the promotional campaign for the next Angry Birds game; buried within those ads are some messages that are causing some smartphone sites to question the fate of the Note’s ICS update. Just what’s going on?
For starters, remember that Samsung [...]
Back in February, shortly before Samsung’s Galaxy Note launched on AT&T in the states, we looked at a leak showing a new pink color option for the jumbo-sized smartphone. At the time, the information accompanying the leaked pic suggested that the pink Note was nearly here, and should have been released before the end of last month. Obviously, that hasn’t come to pass, but Samsung is now finally showing-off the new Note in public, along with offering a few teases about its release.
At the annual CeBIT expo in Germany, Samsung has a demo version of the pink Note [...]
If 2011 was supposed to be the “year of the tablet,” with over 100 new models announced at that year’s CES alone, 2012 may be shaping up to be the year of the “phablet,” the phone-tablet hybrid whose widespread usefulness has yet to be proven. While the survivors of the first battles of the tablet war have upgraded their normal-sized offerings, the novelty-generating buzz seems to be emanating from elsewhere. The spotlight currently sits on smaller devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note and LG Optimus Vu, and to a lesser extent, on rumors of devices with [...]
Samsung brought the stylus back to smartphones with the Galaxy Note and its S Pen, and the company’s been so pleased with its reception that we’ve heard it discuss plans to adopt the same input technology for more of its products, especially tablets. Since the S Pen uses a Wacom digitizer, rather than acting as a generic capacitive stylus, adding support for it needs to be done while a device is still in hardware development. As a result, it seemed like there might be a short delay before we started seeing the S Pen on other Samsung gear. Instead, there’s now a sign [...]
When the Samsung Galaxy Note went on preorder with AT&T on February 5 we already knew a rough estimate on when to expect the phone to be available. If you need a 5.3-inch Android device with a special S-Pen, you can now head over to AT&T at the source link below and grab one as it is already available online. You’ll have to pay $299.99 if you sign a two-year contract or $649.99 for the phone only.
That being said, the phone already got rooted. If you wish to apply the hack yourself, follow the source link for the download and instructions (which are pretty simple [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Note goes by the model number GT-N7000 but the GT-I9220 is also a Samsung Galaxy Note with the difference that it is the Chinese variant of the device. This Chinese version has a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaked.
While there were several official ICS ROMs leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S II — we even took a quick look at one — so far there were none for the 5.3-incher. A big word of warning: according to reports, the ROM is only compatible with GT-I9220 devices so don’t try it on your GT-N7000. If you have a Chinese Galaxy Note, expect an [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Note really needs no special introduction! After the manufacturer teased a mid-February Canadian availability, the smartphone with the outrageously huge screen finally made its way to Canada.
Bell, Telus and Rogers are all carrying the Galaxy Note for $199.99 on a three-year contract. The prices then vary depending on the agreement terms but you can check them out at the source link below. Even though the phone is shipping with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out-of-the-box, you should be able to upgrade to Android 4.X Ice Cream Sandwich soon, given it won’t [...]