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Samsung And NVIDIA Announce The Galaxy R: Tegra 2 Processor And Gingerbread In A 4.2 Inch Wrapper

Samsung and NVIDIA joined forces today to unveil the newest member of the Tegra 2 family, the Galaxy R. As Samsung's newest addition to the Galaxy line, The 'R' is sure to make its namesake proud, with some pretty powerful specs under the hood:

  • 4.19 inch WVGA Super Clear LCD display
  • 1GHz Tegra 2 processor
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front cam
  • 8GB built-in storage with microSD slot
  • Android 2.3 with TouchWiz

Of course, since it's packing the Tegra 2 processor, not only will it bring outstanding performance to the table, but access to exclusive games and other apps in The Tegra Zone.

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Germany Halts Distribution Of Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Europe (Except Netherlands) In Apple Patent Lawsuit Injunction

In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences, a German court handed down a preliminary injunction halting all distribution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union today, after a motion was filed by Apple for just such an order.

The suit in question is over nine patents, most of which relate to broad smartphone functions and concepts. The patents are so broad that Apple sued Nokia over them (yes, the exact same nine patents) last year in the same German court, and that suit ended in a settlement widely presumed to be a victory for Apple.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock Revisited - This Time With TouchWiz UX

A little less than a week ago, Artem shared his thoughts on the keyboard dock for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Since this was before the official TouchWiz UX (our review) came out, I figured it deserved another go, as the update fixed several issues.

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I'm only going to take on the things that were software related issues this go around, as other aspects (like design) have already been covered.

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Samsung Hercules - T-Mobile's Galaxy S II Variant - Pictured, 4.5" Display Confirmed

Still holding out for the mythical (pun intended) Samsung Hercules, leaked via a T-Mobile roadmap a couple months back? While we don't have any pricing or release info just yet (though that September 26 release date certainly seems possible), TmoNews has gotten a hold of a few pictures of the device that confirmed it as the 4.5" Galaxy S2 T-Mobile variant.

These pictures don't confirm everything that is rumored about the phone, but they do have some good information in them:

  • The Hercules will officially be marketed as a Galaxy S2 phone
  • Runs Android 2.3
  • TeleNav GPS Navigator and Netflix pre-installed
  • 4.5" display
  • TouchWiz 4.0
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Four capacitive buttons (unlike the international version of the GS2)

Yeah, September can't come soon enough.

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[Review] TouchWiz UX On Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi: Is It Better Than Stock Honeycomb?

It has been nearly a day since Samsung pushed the TouchWiz UX update to retail Galaxy Tab 10.1 units across the country, and having spent most of the day playing with it, I want to share my thoughts on it with all of you.

Before we get into the details, though, I want to address one important thing: root access. My Tab 10.1 was rooted (stock ROM and kernel) with ClockworkMod recovery before the update started rolling out, so I was naturally hesitant to pull it for fear of losing root privileges.

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IDC: Apple Is The Largest Smartphone Manufacturer In The World With Samsung Close Behind

Hot on the heels of the report from the analytics firm Canalys, market research firm IDC has reaffirmed Apple as the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Unlike the findings from Canalys, which grouped smartphone OS platforms together irrespective of manufacturer, IDC's study has broken down shipment numbers in Q2 2011 according to device vendors. The findings (courtesy of Engadget) are as follows:

Aug 11 - IDC

Smartphone shipments in Q2 2011 totalled 106.6 million, an increase of 42.2 million from last year.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi TouchWiz UX Update Is Now Live!

To all those who have been [im]patiently waiting for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 OTA to go live, wait no more - the update started rolling out at exactly 12:00am EST. This update brings a whole slew of awesome to the Tab 10.1, including TouchWiz UX and all of its added benefits. I know there are a lot of skeptics out there since this is the first major custom overlay to hit a Honeycomb tablet, but judging from the early reports, it has been very well received.

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[Updated] Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock Review [+Video]

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Update 8/9/11: Cameron took the keyboard out for a spin after the TouchWiz UX update and posted his impressions here. In short, it fixes some bugs, but most of the shortcomings remain in my opinion, and my verdict doesn't change.

Some people may never end up updating to TouchWiz UX, so I'm leaving the review below intact.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently my favorite Android tablet, so I was excited to see how some of its accessories, like the keyboard dock in this review, pan out.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G Available For Pre-Order On Amazon UK For £605.34, Launches On August 12th

Unveiled at CTIA earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was slated for a “summer” launch in the US. However, if the Amazon UK pre-order page is the real deal it looks like our English cousins will be the first to get their hands on this device when it launches on August 12th in the UK (the original “in stock date” was reported as August 11th by Engadget, however this appears to have changed).

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Leaked Verizon 2011 Roadmap Reveals Launch Dates For A Slew Of Android Devices, Including Bionic, Stratosphere, Vigor, Revolution 2, And XOOM 4G Upgrade

Get ready, Verizon customers. IGN just leaked Verizon's alleged 2011 roadmap, and, unsurprisingly, it features Android quite heavily. While there aren't too many details on any of the devices outside of what we already know, it will give you a good general idea of what to expect from Verizon this year:

  • Samsung Stratosphere: Previously rumored as Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Stratosphere is listed as a "4G Smartphone w/Android 2.3." While it isn't exactly confirmation, there is a chance that this rumor was spot-on.
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