We wondered what Samsung would have up its sleeve for that shadowy Premiere event, set for June 20th in London. Or more precisely, we wondered what it had left - the company has unveiled no less than three variants of the Galaxy S4 (at least by name) and two new tablets since the event was announced. According to the Korea Times, at least one new product will be the Galaxy Camera 2, successor to last year's eponymous category-bending smart camera.
If style and power meets rugged and durable is what you're looking for in a smartphone, then you'd be hard pressed to find something that fits the bill better than Samsung's just-announced Galaxy S 4 Active. It takes almost everything that makes the GS4 great and wraps it in a water- and dust-resistant shell, bringing high-end specs to those who need a ruggedized device that can handle nearly anything that comes its way.
It's fun to joke about Samsung's phones feeling cheap because they're made of slippery plastic, but that doesn't mean they're actually cheap. Samsung just posted a video tour of the lab where the Galaxy S4 is tested for reliability, but let's call it what it is – this is Samsung's smartphone torture chamber. The video is in Korean, but you can turn on English closed captioning.
The Galaxy S4 takes everything from drops to impacts and comes out fully functional.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has won some ardent fans since its release, but AT&T just announced a new variant for those who want a little LTE with their S Pen. AT&T even put together a handy video showing off some of the Note 8.0's features.
This is the same Note 8.0 we've seen before, but with the LTE radio and (presumably) some AT&T apps built-in. The Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1, has a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos chip, 4,600mAh battery, 16GB of storage (with microSD card slot), and a 1280x800 LCD screen.
Developers take note: Samsung is getting some more source code out the door, but it's just one device this time. The kernel source for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4 is out, and it's up for grabs at Samsung's open source site.
Kernel source for a few other variants of Samsung's flagship have already been posted. In fact, this development means T-Mobile is the only major carrier whose GS4 hasn't joined the open source club.
We're starting to wonder if Samsung will have anything left to announce at the London event next week - they've made three new phones and two new tablets official in the small amount of time since the event was scheduled. The latest is the Galaxy S4 Zoom, an update to both the never-ending string of Galaxy S4 variants and last year's Galaxy Camera that's been caught in the wild already.
A few days ago, Dell dropped the price of both Sprint's and Verizon's variants of the Galaxy S 4 to $119 and $129 respectively. Not to be outdone, Amazon Wireless has now undercut Big D by $10, and is offering Verizon's GS4 for $119 for new contracts ($170 for upgrades). That's a pretty solid deal if you don't want to buy from Dell, though I'd be remiss not to mention the $50 eGift card that Dell is throwing in if you do decide to buy through them.
You might look at this deal and think it sounds pretty mild. After all, the Nexus 10 is only $399 from Google Play. However, this deal can be had tax free outside of California and includes free standard US shipping.
This listing is for a new-in-box 16GB Nexus 10 just like you'd get from Google Play – WiFi-only, Android 4.2, Samsung Exynos 5 dual-core chip, amazing screen, and so on. Buying this tablet from Google will probably rack up taxes in the range of $30, and shipping is $13.99.
Back in May, we teamed up with Samsung to offer one lucky person a chance to show their mum how much they care with a Galaxy Note II. Since dads are pretty awesome, too, we've once again joined forces with Sammy to give one lucky soul a chance to show his or her dad that he's the man with a Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S 4 (our review) has all the things that a dad can appreciate – a good camera, a blazing-fast user experience, and more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at (not sure why you'd shake a stick at something like bells and whistles in the first place though).
Months after its flighty sibling, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, received an update to Android 4.1.2, it seems that the vanilla GS2 on AT&T is finally ready for its Jelly Bean bump. Threads on XDA and the official AT&T forums confirm that the update - build number UCMD8 - is now available, just check for an update through Kies.
image via XDA
We don't yet have a changelog for the update, but you can assume that for Galaxy S II users, the number of changes coming from the Ice Cream Sandwich TouchWiz builds won't be huge.