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Galaxy Tab A 10.1" with embedded S Pen comes to the US on October 28 for $349.99

Hey kids, are you ready for another variant of another Samsung Galaxy Tab? *Deafening cheers* Alright, here we go. Today Samsung has announced a new version of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1" for the US Market, but it made one small modification: an added S Pen. Insert mean joke about Samsung having too many S Pens lying around after the Note 7 debacle and nowhere to sell them now.

The new Galaxy Tab A 10.1" has much of the same specs of the original tablet that was announced back in May in Germany and marketed for families with children. Like the name suggests, the screen is a 10.1" TFT LCD with a 1920 x 1200 resolution.

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Samsung opens a Play Store beta program for the S Note app

S Note is the included app for Samsung's Note series that enables, well, notation. It's designed to be used with the S Pen stylus for a variety of quick notes and drawings. It features most of the things that you'd expect from a notation tool, but since it's such a signature part of the differentiating hardware, Samsung seems interested in making a beta version of the app available to its users. The beta app is up on the Play Store now - head to this address to opt-in to the program, then this address to download it.

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Adobe Illustrator Draw 2.0 Adds Better Tablet Compatibility, S-Pen Support, More

I can't draw a stickman if my life depended on it, so I'm slightly jealous of anyone who can hold a pen and make beautiful images out of thin air. Or maybe hold a phone and launch Adobe Illustrator Draw to create digital drawings and graphics. Or, even better now that version 2.0 is out, an Android tablet. That sweet big screen estate!

With its latest update, Adobe Illustrator Draw is not only expanding its tablet compatibility to work better in landscape on different tablet sizes, it's also including a bunch of new features, like S-Pen support with pressure and palm rejection, brush selection to set your favorite ones in the toolbar, and a digital ruler to help you draw better geometric shapes.

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[Update: Samsung Responds] Probable Note 5 Design Flaw Can Cause S Pen To Break Pen Detection When Inserted Backward, Or Get Hopelessly Stuck

We try not be hyperbolic here at Android Police, so allow me a moment to explain our title here, and why we think it is justified.

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Hands On With The Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge+

Today, as we expected it would, Samsung announced two new phones: the Galaxy Note 5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ (what a name). We were at the event and spent a few brief moments with each of the devices, got some impressions, and took some photos. So naturally it's time to talk hands-on with the Note 5 and Edge+.

If there's a main takeaway from my time handling these two devices, it's that they were what I expected. That's not a bad thing, though - Samsung has carried over the interesting refreshed design language of the S6 and S6 Edge to the new phones - the Edge+ is curved on the front, and the Note 5 is curved on the back.

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Parallels Access 2.5 Remote Desktop App Adds Finger-Friendly File Browser, Background Audio, And Support For Samsung's S-Pen

Accessing and controlling a full-sized desktop on a handheld machine is no task for the timid, and making a tool to do it isn't easy, either. But virtualization software vendor Parallels knows a trick or two, and they've added one or two more into the Android version of Access. The latest update includes new tools to access remote computer files, better compatibility for the S-Pen stylus on Samsung Galaxy Note phones and tablets, and better audio options. 

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The biggest addition to version 2.5 is the built-in file browser, which makes opening files remotely on a mobile screen much, much easier.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Is Official With A 5.5-Inch 720p AMOLED, Android 4.3, And S Pen Support

Samsung hasn't made a big fuss about it yet, but the long-rumored Galaxy Note 3 Neo is now official. The device, which is a more modestly specced version of the Note 3, has popped up on Samsung's Polish site with all the pictures and data points you could ever want.

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There are two versions of the Note 3 Neo, one with LTE and a hexa-core ARM chip, and another with 3G and a quad-core processor. You can check out all the specs below.

  • Network: 3G (HSPA 21MB/s): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, LTE Cat 4 bands vary by market
  • Processor: quad-core A9 1.6 GHz (3G), A15 Dual 1.7GHz + 1.3GHz Quad A7 (LTE)
  • Display: 5.5 " HD Super AMOLED (1280x720 )
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB + microSD
  • Battery: 3100mAh
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 MP, Secondary (front): 2 MP
  • Communication: WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), IR
  • Dimensions: 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm, 162.5 g

The big difference between the Neo and Note 3 proper is the screen, which is a little smaller and only 720p here.

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[New App] GMD Air Command Shortcut Lets You Open Samsung's Air Command Menu Without Using The S Pen

The title says it all here. GMD Air Command installs a shortcut on your Galaxy Note 3, 10.1 2014, or other compatible devices that can open Samsung's Air Command menu without you having to pull out the S pen. This is especially useful considering that some functionality, such as opening up a floating window, really doesn't need a stylus.


To sweeten things further, GMD Air Command doesn't require root to use. It comes to us from Good Mood Droid, a developer with a knack for creating small apps that extend the functionality of Android devices in nifty ways, such as by hiding soft keys when you would rather have more screen real estate or using a front-facing camera to rotate the display to match which way your head is leaning.

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Hands-On (And Video) With The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 At IFA 2013

Besides taking a look at the Galaxy Gear here at IFA 2013, we also got the chance to play around with Samsung's new lineup of Note devices, namely the Note 3 and the Note 10.1 2014 edition.

Ignoring for a moment the devices' form factors, they share a lot of similarities and, in fact, share just about everything software-wise. Samsung's main focus with the new devices, besides their refreshed specs, displays, and hardware design, is the S Pen, which itself has received a functionality upgrade. After a brief hands-on video, we'll take a closer look.

The Specs

First, we'll take a quick look at what we know so far, spec-wise.

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Samsung Announces S Pen SDK 2.2.5 Update With Multi Window APIs, Bug Fixes

In a continued quest to bring their handy functionality of the Note line's S Pen, Samsung has again updated the stylus' SDK, this time to 2.2.5 (a 0.0.5 bump over the previous update).

The update, which Samsung announced through its developer blog early this morning, brings one major feature – Multi Window and its related APIs. For those who haven't been keeping up with the Note line, Multi Window is a feature by which apps can share the screen by splitting it in half horizontally or vertically, sharing data through the clipboard or – in some cases – with simple drag-and-drop.

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