22
Aug
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The phone with the name everyone loves to hate – Sprint's Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch – began receiving a minor (and I mean minor) software update over the air today.

The OTA, which carries software build D710.10S.FH13 (for reference compare to the E4GT's Ice Cream Sandwich build D710.10.S.FF18), brings just one thing to the table: battery life enhancement.

Just how enhanced users should expect their battery life to be is unclear as yet, but being able to squeeze just a bit more life out of your handset is never a bad thing.

22
Aug
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US Cellular's LTE selection just gained an additional member: the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. Available online today for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the device comes with fairly middle-of-the-road features, such as:

  • A slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • A 1GHz processor
  • A 4.0-inch touchscreen
  • A  5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder
  • A front-facing camera

In an effort to promote its LTE network, the carrier will be lowering the handset's price to a somewhat more reasonable $129 (also after a mail-in rebate) in markets where 4G is either currently available or will be accessible by the end of the year.

21
Aug
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Despite the fact that we're pretty sure to see the unveiling of Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 at IFA this year, there are undoubtedly still some folks out there still looking to get their hands on the original. If you're among them, you're in luck – Amazon Wireless is offering the AT&T-connected, 5.3" Super AMOLED display-toting Galaxy Note for just $159.99 (a cool $40 off AT&T's price for those keeping count). We haven't seen a deal this good on the AT&T Note since way back in February, meaning those still waiting for a discount would be well advised to check this out.

21
Aug
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A little over a year ago, before I was hired at AP, I wrote about the things I wanted my new Honeycomb tablet to be able to do in the next version of Android. Multitasking on tablets was (and still is) non-existent, and I wanted my tablet to be less of a big phone, and more of a small computer. I wanted split screen, and floating apps, and really, I wanted to just make use of this nice, big screen I had.

21
Aug
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The T-Mobile Galaxy Exhibit 4G—formerly known as the Exhibit II 4G before a software update rebranded the device, because I guess you can do that—is receiving another update today. Sorry, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. As a consolation prize, though, you get stability improvements and bug fixes!

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The new build (T679UVLG3) will only be available via Kies, so you'll need a desktop computer to be able to download it. Unfortunately, there's not much in the way of a significant changelog, but what we do have is right here:

Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLG3 - Current Version

  • Version
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLG3
    • Samsung Kies Only
    • Approved 8/14/12
  • Improvements:
    • Device stability improvements
    • Bug Fixes
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 2.3.5 / Software version T679UVLE1 update
    • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
    • At least 50% battery life

So, Exhibit 4G owners, grab your micro-USB cables and get downloading!

20
Aug
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While companies like Motorola and HTC promised to release fewer phones in 2012, Samsung is sticking with its "the more, the better" mantra. Its newest announcement is for the Galaxy S Duos, a dual-SIM handset for those who are tired of carrying around two phones.

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At first blush, the Duos looks very similar to the Galaxy S III - it's innards, however, are not even remotely comparable:

  • 4" 480x800 display
  • 1GHz processor (assume it's single-core)
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • dual-SIM always on
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with Touchwiz

The unique feature of the Duos is, of course, its dual-SIM card slots.

19
Aug
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The existence of the successor to Samsung's surprise hit Galaxy Note is hardly a secret. And if they're going to display it anywhere, it'll be at the IFA in Berlin, where the original was first shown off last year. It looks like Sammy is done with subtle insinuations (not to mention tablet adaptations) and is ready to formally tease us: they've posted the first video for their Unpacked event at the show later this month.

19
Aug
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Students have small budgets. We get that. Apparently, so does Samsung. So they took one of their most affordable tablets - the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0  - and threw it in a box with the Tab keyboard and USB adapter, but kept the price tag the same as the tablet itself: $250.

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Essentially, you're buying the tablet and getting the keyboard and USB adapter completely free, and that's a pretty solid deal.

17
Aug
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After dropping source code for the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (along with the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Tab 10.1) just last week, Samsung is once again providing eager developers with something to play with over the weekend, releasing kernel source code for T-Mobile's variants of both the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 to their Opensource download center.

Both packages carry source code for their respective devices' Ice Cream Sandwich-powered kernels.

17
Aug
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At this point, the black version of the Galaxy S III has abandoned the "rumor" status and moved into the "yes, it's real, and it's coming soon" realm. Further validating that claim, the black GSIII just showed up on Clove UK.

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At this point, the only version that Clove has listed is the 64GB variant. We reached out and inquired about 16 and 32GB variants, but they could neither confirm nor deny whether the device will be available with either of those storage options.

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