After beginning its steady march to wide release in Germany a few weeks ago, the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 is making its way to more European nations today. The UK, Spain, and various Nordic nations (presumably Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland) have the firmware available now (grab it here or here), if you're feeling impatient. Otherwise, just keep hitting that "check update" button over the next week or two, and sweet Jelly Bean goodness should be on its way to you shortly.
Earlier this month, we reported on a pretty big omission in Android 4.2's People app: Google forgot December. So, any birthdays, anniversaries, or other important dates you may have needed to note for that month were simply impossible to document. Now, though, it looks like El Goog is fixing that issue with a small 1.1MB update. This OTA is, of course, labeled as Android 4.2.1, and aside from the December fix, we're not sure of what else it may bring.
It seems to be a growing trend among manufacturers to show off the process behind creating their products. Today, Samsung joined the ranks, bringing us an inside look of the stress test process that the company's moneymaker undergoes. To ensure that every Galaxy S III can stand up to all the punishment you can throw at it, there are a number of machines that attempt to scratch, crack, or soak the handset to see how well it can hold up. Oh, yeah, and there's an automated ass that sits on the phone over and over again.
If you've ever seen a stress test video, there won't be much here that's entirely shocking, though this clip is in Korean.
Do you have 13 minutes to kill? Is the Galaxy Camera something that might interest you? Then you may as well watch this 13-minute long video Samsung posted about it. It'll tell you stuff. Stuff about the Galaxy Camera. Personally, I like it with a glass of warm milk before bed, but we thought we'd share it, as the Galaxy Camera's features are laid out quite completely and thoroughly. If you can survive the narration.
As a reminder, the 3G-enabled Galaxy Camera is currently available on AT&T in the US, for $500.
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You didn't think we'd miss a chance to give something away on this day of all things cheap, did you? Of course not. So we've teamed up with AT&T to give you a little Black Friday promotion of our own - in the form of a free Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with LTE.
The Tab 2 10.1 LTE is a lot like its Wi-Fi sibling, though it's packing a much quicker Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, along with the aforementioned LTE support for the AT&T network. Here's a quick spec breakdown:
- 10.1" LCD (1280x800) with Gorilla Glass
- Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
- 1.5GHZ MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 16GB internal storage, plus microSD slot
- 1GB RAM
- 7000mAh battery
- HSPA+ / LTE connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 3MP rear camera / VGA front camera
- Stereo front-facing speakers
- Built-in IR blaster to use your tablet as your TV remote
You can also pick up the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 straight from AT&T's website, $500 out the door, or $400 with a 2-year agreement.
It's a deal kind of day (it's Black Friday, after all), and we've got another one to add to your list: the unlocked GSM version of the Galaxy Note II is just $550 on eBay Daily Deals, with free shipping included.
Now remember - this particular variant of the Note II has no LTE support on board, just good 'ol HSPA+. Still, this is a great deal on an already pricey phone - $30 less than the lowest price we've seen. I'm actually using one right now, and Samsung's definitely made something special here.
One caveat on this deal is that California residents are required to pay sales tax, which at this price ends up bringing the total cost to just a hair under $600.
The word "unredacted" is experiencing quite a spike in usage this morning, on news that HTC and Apple are being required to produce the full, uncut version of their patent licensing agreement for use by Samsung's legal counsel. The document in question, which had previously been provided sans 33 words (some of which were, presumably, numbers), was requested by Samsung last week for the purpose of arguing against Apple's post-trial motions for permanent injunctions against infringing Samsung products. To be clear, this request is a part of the already-gone-to-verdict $1 billion trial that happened this summer.
Samsung's request is evidentiary in nature, and because of the highly sensitive material involved, HTC and Apple's settlement will be for "attorney's eyes only," meaning any references to it in the record will be filed under seal, and redacted from any publicly released documents.
Three days ago, Amazon dropped the price of Sprint's Note II to $230 for new customers, but the white version was excluded. Today, it has dropped the price yet again, and this time it's good for both the gray and white variants.
Effective now, you can now grab a Note II with a new agreement on The Now Network for $199. The price for upgrades has also been dropped by $30 - from $280 to $250. This is the best deal that we've seen for Samsung's next-gen phablet - but remember, Cyber Monday's just around the corner. Who knows what kind of great deals it may - or may not - bring.
When Samsung first launched the Note 10.1, it had some really solid ideas, but didn't do so well with the implementation. Soon after, the company released the the Note II, which improved on how it handled a lot of things that seemed to miss the mark on the Note 10.1 - namely multi-window, which allows more than one application to be run side-by-side.
Good news, though - Sammy just released a video that highlights the upcoming Premium Suite features that will be part of the Jelly Bean update, and it looks like they made a pretty major overhaul to multi-window.
When trying to decide on a new device, most people spend a lot of time comparing various models. How does product X stack up against product Y? Which one offers the most bang for the buck? Which is going to stay relevant the longest? There are so many things to take into consideration - it's quite an overwhelming task.
Thankfully, Sortable.com is there to assist you in the quest for a new gadget. Regardless of whether it's a camera, phone, tablet, laptop, or TV, you can compare all of the most popular products in each class against each other to really figure out which one is the best for you.