29
May
Last Updated: August 21st, 2012

Details about a new OTA update set to roll out to the Samsung Exhibit II 4G just hit T-Mobile Support docs. The update, which is build T679UVLE1 for those who like to keep track of that sort of thing, is more or less a simple incremental Gingerbread update with a few fixes and enhancements sprinkled on top:

Version:

  • Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLE1
  • Over-the-air Update (33MB)
  • Approved:  5/30/12

New Features & Improvements:

  • New Features
    • Re-brand to Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G
  • Improvements
    • Google Security Fix    
    • Device stability improvements    
    • Wi-Fi Calling audio improvements    
    • Camera app improvements    
    • Swype corporate email improvements

...and that's pretty much it.

29
May
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Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy S III is now available in 28 different countries. Except, it's not. Well, not according to the chatter we're seeing on Twitter and other places around the web. Many retailers are claiming that  they don't have inventory yet, but hopefully they'll get it soon.

There's also a "shortage" of Pebble Blue units, according to Samsung. Apparently, the "newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material" is having some issues that causes a the unit to look splotchy beneath the surface.

25
May
GalaxyNote8

After a relatively dreary news day, TmoNews breathed life into the Android world with an exciting leak many of us have been anticipating for quite some time: the release date of the T-Mobile Galaxy S III.

T-Mobile's editions of the device - which are among the few potential challengers to HTC's superb One X - will begin sale on (drum roll please) June 20th. There'll reportedly be two colors - metallic blue and ceramic white - as well as two storage capacities: 16GB and 32GB.

24
May
Android-Vs-iOS

IDC's report for the first quarter of 2012 indicates that Google's Android continues to grow its market share to 59%, while Apple's iOS lags in second at 23%. Unsurprisingly Samsung has given the biggest boost to Android, accounting for a whopping 45.4% of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide.

In total 152.3 million smartphones were shipped in the first quarter of 2012, of which 89.9 million were Android-based smartphones (59%), 35.1 million were iOS devices (23%), 10.4 million were Symbian-based phones (6.8)%, followed by BlackBerry, Linux, and Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile devices.

24
May
galaxy-nexus-product-image-1

Verizon Galaxy Nexus users, you finally have the Android 4.0.4 OTA update coming your way. You were one of the first to own a Galaxy Nexus (see our detailed review) and experience Ice Cream Sandwich, and yet now you're one of the last to receive updates (after GSM and Sprint LTE). Yup, the previous update, ICL53F, was in... December of last year. I know how bitter it makes you, and I don't really have excuses on Verizon's behalf, so let's just get down to business.

23
May
Samsung-Galaxy-Note

Samsung recently began pushing the Ice Cream Sandwich update to unlocked Galaxy Notes across the globe. Now, much to the delight of Android modders and hackers, the company has also released the source code for the Note's Ice Cream Sandwich kernel to the Open Source Release Center.

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The kernel source code allows developers to tweak different aspects of the device in question, including overclocking, undervolting, overall performance improvements, and more.

To get the download and start tinkering, hit the source link below and grab "GT-N7000_ICS_Opensource_Update3.zip."

Samsung Open Source Release Center

Thanks, Android Indian!

22
May
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One of the most surprising things about the Galaxy Note 10.1's appearance at MWC was not that it included Samsung's magical S-Pen peripheral, but the fact that the device lacked a slot to store the advanced stylus.

Those familiar with the original Galaxy Note will remember that it features a convenient slot to house the S-Pen, ensuring that the stylus would always stick with the device, thereby encouraging users to, well, use it.

22
May
Sam-Galaxy-S-III

Mere hours ago, we got confirmation that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) approved a Verizon-bound version of the SGSIII. Now, we're seeing a similar listing for what is likely a Sprint variant of the Galaxy S III. The device appears in SIG's listing with the model number SPH-L710, which has been rumored to be the designation of the Sprint-branded variant.

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The model number is only one character off from the Sprint-branded SGSII (SPHD710), so we're pretty confident this implies that the Galaxy S III will be heading to Sprint, which is the last of the four major US carriers to receive confirmation.

22
May
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Sometimes confirmations come from the strangest of sources.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has just approved a CMDA version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (SCH-I535), all but guaranteeing its arrival on Verizon.

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Earlier this month a device with the model number SCH-I535 appeared in a NenaMark benchmark test. The device was using the Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU and was Verizon branded. We suggested that the US version of the Galaxy SIII was likely to use the Snapdragon S4 chip, and the benchmark appears to confirm this theory.

21
May
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As you probably know, the full Galaxy S III ROM leaked over the weekend. Naturally, users over the XDA forums started picking it apart and making al the goodies available for download. In fact, we've already taken an in-depth look at S-Voice.

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Top: Live Wallpapers; Bottom: Static walls

Now, a little something for everyone: media files, static wallpapers, and live wallpapers have been extracted for your downloading pleasure. They're nothing insanely profound here, but we all love new alarms, notifications, ringtones, and wallpapers from new gadgets - especially high end pieces of kit.

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