Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Peter Chou’s recent appearance on TV with none other than the white variant of the HTC M7. Then there’s some more HTC talk, but now with new leaks by the name of the M4 and G2 which are not as hot as the M7. Then Samsung takes the spotlight as we cover all the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for legacy devices like the original Galaxy Note. Then we talk about a new Samsung tablet that has made rumors, this time with codename GT-P3200. We end today’s show by talking about the Jailbreak status of iOS 6.
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As the past generation of Android smartphones ever-so-slowly starts receiving updates to bring them forward to Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve heard plenty of promises from both manufacturers and carriers about which devices would end up making the Android 4.0 cut, and which would be left behind. Today we’ve got some updated info on the manufacturer side of things, with Samsung publishing a carrier-by-carrier breakdown of which models would be seeing ICS updates in the States.
Since we’ve already heard commentary about many of these models and their prospects for ICS [...]
Today’s topic goes way back to the PC days where OEMs would load them up with software that you didn’t need, and most users didn’t want. The term for this software? “Bloatware”.
Pocketnow reader Laurentiu sent in the following question:
What do you think about built in Apps in Android devices, starting with launchers (Touchwiz, Sense, etc), daily apps like memo takers, voice recorders, email clients, Kies air and the corresponding widgets for these applications.
Many refer to them as bloatware, while I find them useful and better [...]
Samsung, in a seeming attempt to have the most tablets on the market at one time, has just recently released their Galaxy Tab 7.7 with LTE from Verizon. Similar in most respects to the original Galaxy Tab 7.7 (you can read our review on this variation here), this newest rev also includes LTE/CDMA radios from Verizon. An exciting form factor with a high-speed data connection, how could we resist taking a look? But can it survive against the current tablet market? Were any of the problems mentioned in our previous coverage resolved in this version? Read our review to find out!
The New iPad is already out there and if Verizon is your favorite carrier you are able to grab one. The Amazon Kindle Fire is one of the most popular Android tablets on the market and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Samsung is also a 4G LTE-enabled choice on Big Red.
We’re putting the latest Android addition to Verizon’s tablet line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, against the aforementioned alternatives. We’re taking a look at form factors — whether you want to go with a large, 9.7/10-incher, a smaller 7.7-inch dimension or the smallest size of 7-inches on the [...]
In a post on their Facebook page Samsung was “thrilled” to announce Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for several of their devices.
The post not only told us the European version of the Galaxy S II would be getting the update within the following days, but several of their tablets would also be getting the update to ICS.
The post specifically mentions the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will be getting ICS “soon”. While that’s great news, what’s interesting is that there was no mention about when (if?) the Galaxy [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one of the most useful tablets that I’ve had the opportunity to get to own. The 7.7’s size lends itself well to carrying around with you almost everywhere you go, and is not so big that it’s a chore to do so.
Unfortunately, it runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and rooting has been a little complicated. After quite a bit of research I’ve been able to put together a method that’s relatively easy, tested to work on the WiFi version of the tablet, and doesn’t require KIES or Odin. (If you’ve got an HSPA+ or LTE version [...]
So far, news about which Android handsets will be making the journey to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and which will be left behind to stagnate has largely been coming from the manufacturers themselves. Some, like Motorola, have detailed support pages up outlining which models should be seeing updates, and when. Other are content to release snippets of their progress on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Today, though, that news is coming from a carrier, with Verizon publishing a list of devices on its network that are slated to receive Ice Cream Sandwich.
Verizon calls this a [...]
We are seeing a ton of new Android tablets revealed to the world at the MWC, but don’t forget that some managed to break cover early, first showing-up at last month’s CES. That was the case with Samsung and the 7.7-inch version of its Galaxy Tab, which we learned would be making a retail appearance on Verizon LTE. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to check out the international version of the Tab 7.7, available as both a WiFi-only model and one with HSPA+ connectivity, but the details for the LTE version on Verizon hadn’t been available. Today the carrier [...]
Apple is still dominating the tablet market though Android-powered slates are starting to grab a rather considerable slice of the market. It will be interesting to see what the iPad 3 can bring to combat the army of Android tablets with Ice Cream Sandwich and powerful processors this year.
However, as far as South Korea is concerned, Samsung’s home market, the Apple iPad is outselling the South Korean manufacturer’s tablet offerings. The (roughly) 700,000 Apple iPad units sold last year join the other tablets designed in California that existed on the South Korean [...]
Many of us grew up with relatively small, low-resolution televisions as the primary — perhaps the only — screen in the home. We didn’t think about it at the time, but these displays had a resolution of roughly 480i. That’s the number of horizontal lines that are drawn across the screen. The “i” means “interlaced”: only half of those lines are changed at a time.
Back in the day, that was the best we had. As screens started getting bigger, the lines became more obvious — and the picture got worse. The industry has standardized [...]
Samsung wants to make an Android tablet for everyone, which is why they have four screen sizes: 7.0″, 7.7″, 8.9″, and 10.1″. For many, their 7.0″ and 7.7″ tablets provide an excellent level of portability while also giving you plenty of screen to warrant a great tablet experience. The Galaxy Tab 7.7, in particular, is a special tablet because it’s the only Samsung tablet to utilize their Super AMOLED Plus panel. It also uniquely has a dual-core Samsung Exynos 1.4GHz chip, instead of the Nvidia Tegra 2, found on the Tab 8.9 and 10.1. It’s [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is hitting Verizon to take advantage of LTE speeds. The tablet is only measuring 7.9 mm in thickness making it a very attractive slate.
We’ve got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and found that the Super AMOLED Plus screen is beautiful and the build quality makes the tablet feel sturdy. Weighing under three-quarters of a pound, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, has 16GB of internal storage, a three-megapixel main camera, two-megapixel webcam and an LTE-compatible radio.
Previously we unboxed the slim, light, and gorgeous Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Tab 7.7 is unique among the Galaxy Tab line in that it uses a Super AMOLED Plus panel, which means you get those same fantastic blacks and bright colors on the Tab 7.7 that you do on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II.
In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is super thin at just 7.9mm, which, as a frame of reference, is actually thinner than the Galaxy S II. The build quality feels fantastic, thanks to some real brushed metal used on the back. While we thought metal would be more resistant to scratches than [...]
Early this morning, we showed you some of the Android tablets going up for display at this year’s CES. There were some pretty remarkable models among the selection, including some new quad-core devices. Samsung and Verizon have just announced their latest tablet offering, the extra-thin Galaxy Tab 7.7.
While the “7.7” figure is supposed to refer to the size in inches of the tablet’s 1280 x 800 display, it very nearly doubles as claim to the tablet’s thinness; in reality, the device is just a smidge too thick, at 7.9 millimeters. While that misses [...]
For many, the 7″ screen size provided by the original Galaxy Tab was just perfect: it was portable and made typing easy in portrait orientation, but also big enough to qualify as a true tablet. The problem with the original Galaxy Tab was that it wasn’t very thin, nor was it very fast (because of its single core processor).
That all changes with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which bumps the screen size of its predecessor a bit by 0.7″, while adding beautiful Super AMOLED Plus screen technology to provide deep contrast and sharp text and images thanks to the RGB [...]