The Korea University Graduate School of Information Security conducted a research and made the results public. They claim that Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are collecting private information, such as contacts, e-mails and others, via pre-installed software.
The manufacturer was quick to react with a statement denying accusations: “Samsung never collected or used private information of smartphone users. All applications provided by Samsung have no ability to collect private data”.
Smartphone security is currently situated on [...]
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled against Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung’s smartphones in a rather important episode of the lawsuit between the two companies. Apple filed suit against Samsung in the U.S. back in April for “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s design.
Late Friday Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple’s request for banning sales of three Samsung Galaxy smartphones in America. The Judge said that “it is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably [...]
While reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus we stumbled across an interesting addition under the Wireless & Networking settings: WiFi Direct. Not having seen that entry before, it warranted some digging.
First of all, the Galaxy Nexus is not the first device to get WiFi direct. Reportedly the Galaxy S (GT-i9000) has this feature as well, though it hasn’t been widely advertised since it was announced at CES in 2010.
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi Direct “is a certification mark for devices supporting a game-changing new technology enabling Wi-Fi [...]
When Google dropped the AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich code earlier this month, all eyes turned to the CyanogenMod team, knowing that it was then only a matter of time before they’d craft that code into their next release. Rather than keep us in the dark, they announced hopes to have CyanogenMod 9 (skipping the 8 that would’ve been based on Honeycomb) up-and-running in about two months’ time; that was no guarantee, but at least told us to all just sit back down and wait patiently. Well, it may still be some good time before we see CM9 approach its finished state, but if [...]
Remember when Google said the Nexus One just wasn’t up to running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? That was just shy of a month ago. Since then we’ve seen only an SDK port running on the Nexus One, but now we’ve got an AOSP Custom ROM for it, too!
… and it’s not alone!
For those who don’t know, AOSP is the Android Open Source Project, the place where you “can find the information and source code you need to build an Android-compatible device.”
It’s been a week since Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source [...]
While we’re all waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to arrive and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be released to the AOSP, the is another way that we can get ICS on our phones: ports from the ICS SDK.
In most cases the result is closer to something you’d expect from “Dr. Frankenstein” than a “plastic surgeon” in terms of elegance and full-functionality, but being able to run ICS on your own phone before it’s available to anyone else can be too hard to pass up!
Since the SDK was released, here are some of the more noteworthy phones that [...]
After Google released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK — complete with the ICS emulator — we all knew it was only a matter of time before the bits were forced into hardware.
Earlier, Brandon showed us how to run the emulator on our PCs, and then how another SDK port works on his Nexus S. Now we’ve got a group of developers who are taking some time off from working on MIUI development to port ICS to the Samsung Galaxy S.
In its current “very-alpha” state not everything is working, and like other ports, we expect that it won’t be [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S was a solid and popular phone but the Korean manufacturer managed to do an excellent job with the follow up. More than 30 million of those two devices combined have been sold to date according to Samsung.
The last year’s model is still available and still a great option. It managed to sell in 20 million units since its launch in 2010 but the popularity is huge when it comes to the S II. Since its introduction at this year’s MWC, it sold more than 10 million units, bumping the combined numbers to more than 30 million. Great achievement from the [...]
As a direct effect of legal the war between Apple and Samsung, a Dutch judge has ruled back in August that the Korean company infringed an Apple patent and imposed a sales injunction on the Galaxy S, S II and Ace devices.
“We’ve fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue. They will be shortly available for sale” said James Chung, Samsung spokesman. The patent in question upon which the Dutch judge ruled that Samsung was infringing allowed for a method of scrolling or browsing through photos in the affected Samsung devices. As the [...]
Remember last month when we caught a glimpse of what looked like Samsung’s take on the iPod touch, a Galaxy-series Android that had no cellular radio, using WiFi alone to get online? That was the Galaxy S WiFi 3.6, and Samsung’s just revealed its plans for introducing the handset, along with a larger five-inch version.
This announcement drops the “S”, calling the pair the Galaxy WiFi 3.6 and Galaxy WiFi 5.0. Obviously, like the iPod touch, these devices are capable of far more than just media playback, but that doesn’t keep Samsung from playing-up [...]
It’s getting more and more difficult to keep track of all the lawsuits, claims and accusations between these two. Legal battles are ongoing in several regions, from Japan to the U.K. and Australia has just been added to the list.
Samsung claims that Apple is infringing on seven of its patents with the iPhone and the iPad. If the court finds the claims real and rules in favor of the Korean company, Samsung could overturn a previous ruling banning its Galaxy Tab. Even more, in such a scenario, Apple’s patents could be invalidated (these refer to phones too) and Samsung [...]
The just-announced Samsung Note is one of those devices that makes pigeonholing hardware into a nice, neat category a real challenge. With its 5.3-inch screen, should we stop considering it a smartphone, and more a tablet? That handset is just one gadget out of many that walks the tightropes between traditional product families. There’s another just-revealed Samsung that fits that profile as well, but for a different reason altogether.
Samsung’s Galaxy S WiFi 3.6 looks like your average Android smartphone, but lacks a cellular radio, for both voice and data. Like the [...]
Of all the patent disputes going on involving smartphones and their manufacturers, none has received quite so much attention as Apple’s initiative against Samsung. Apple’s been going after the Korean company with accusations that its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S are just rip-offs of the iPad and iPhone, respectively. As part of its legal efforts, Apple’s been trying to restrict Samsung imports and sales. Apple just scored a significant victory in that regard, with a judge in The Hague granting a preliminary injunction against Samsung that halts its sales of the Galaxy S, [...]
Hot on the tail of the whole bunch of planned Samsung smartphones we just saw leaked, another bit of Samsung news comes to us from Europe, revealing the company’s new naming strategy to easily differentiate models into tiers.
Our understanding of the system is a bit hampered due to the source report being in Lithuanian, but with the help of a little Google translate, we get a pretty good sense of what’s going on. The plan is to standardize the model labeling within the company’s Galaxy, Omnia, and Wave (if you’re into Bada) lines. The company will take a [...]
Whether you’re a new smartphone user or an experienced one you most definitely heard, seen or experienced a bricked device. It’s a state in which your phone gets once all those flashes and hacks you apply go wrong. Sometimes you can recover but sometimes you just get an expensive paper weight.
One-click Unbrick is an application which promises to restore your bricked Galaxy S smartphone (or variant) as easy as clicking a button. The application is advertised to be compatible with all Samsung devices which use Odin and runs on Linux, Windows and Macs. To see the list [...]
Apple claims that Samsung is ripping it off by copying no more than 25 smartphones from Cupertino’s iPhone design and, even though Apple and Samsung high-level executives are rumored to be in talks for a settlement, the saga continues with another patent suit filed by Cupertino.
The new lawsuit is filed in South Korea, Samsung’s home, and Apple claims that several Samsung products are infringing its patents. A Cupertino spokesman said that “it is no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad from the shape of the [...]
Earlier this year Apple considered that Samsung is ripping it off by copying its iPhone design and applying it to a couple of its own smartphones. Cupertino claimed to take a look at Samsung’s upcoming models and the Korean company instantly responded demanding the same, plus adding in a couple of patents to raise the stakes.
If the original complaint referred to designs of the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smartphones, Apple has amended it to add an [...]
Samsung’s Mesmerize on US Cellular got a long-overdue taste of Froyo with a software update arriving at the end of March. Now the carrier is revisiting the Mesmerize with a bugfix update, release EE19.
You’re going to have to get your hands dirty for the manual install process needed to get EE19 onto your Mesmerize; don’t worry too much, as the process is relatively straightforward (so long as you’re using a Windows-based PC, that is – Windows 7, Vista, or XP will suffice). After installing Samsung’s Kies Mini software on your computer, [...]
If you caught Daniel Webster’s series of videos and final review on the Samsung Galaxy S, you were treated with an abundance of detail about this new device. Sporting a 4″ Super AMOLED with a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy is equipped to impress.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S is not alone in the 4″+ screen size market. I’ve decided to match the Samsung Galaxy S up against my beloved HTC EVO. The EVO has been my primary phone for a little over a month now, and I’ve been nothing but impressed. Over the next few videos, I will put the Galaxy side-by-side [...]
Not every new Android that we’re looking out for is necessarily a top-tier, multi-core powerhouse with a high-res display. Though those may receive the lion’s share of our attention, smaller, less powerful, and most importantly cheaper smartphones have the potential to to get the smartphone experience out into the hands of as many mobile phone users as possible. Enter, Androids like the recently-uncovered Samsung Dart, a mini Galaxy S with a 600MHz processor and a QVGA display.
Last week we caught a glimpse of what the Dart will look like, and heard about a possible [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S i9000, the original model that launched so many carrier-branded variants, got an official build of Android 2.3.3 courtesy of a leak at the end of March. Now the next decimal revision is ready for the smartphone, with Android 2.3.4 leaking out.
The details in the ROM show it was compiled quite recently, a week ago on June 3. In order to get it onto your phone you’ll need to use Samsung’s Odin tool to flash your Galaxy S with the ROM. For now, the only available version of this build still has the bootloader attached. Don’t get tempted to [...]
The Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the popular Samsung Galaxy S has been leaked at the end of March and it even managed to hit a couple of smartphones in April before Google halted the roll-out.
According to reports, Indian Samsung Galaxy S smartphones are getting the official Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread update via the KIES software. The platform refresh — DDJV — will install Android 2.3.3 on smartphones with several improvements and bugfixes and we expect other regions to follow (while hoping that nobody will halt the roll-out process this [...]
Not so long ago we told you about Samsung releasing the official Gingerbread source for the Galaxy S smartphone and it appears that the manufacturer has released yet another, updated source of Android 2.3 named GT-I9000_OpenSource_GB_Update.zip.
Given the name for the last official Gingerbread source was GT-I9000_OpenSource_GB.zip, we can expect some improvements and bugfixes but we’ll definitely know more once ROM Chefs download, tear apart, strip the source down and put together a nice new custom ROM that is tweaked and improved, after extracting all the goodies. To take [...]