Monthly Archives: May 2013
Samsung has just officially announced its latest smartphone – the Galaxy S 4 Mini, after a long spell of speculation where little by little, relevant details about it kept pouring out to the public (to the point where little seemed to not be known about the phone). Regardless, the Korean giant is clearly trying to leverage to brand recognition and goodwill built up through its flagship Samsung Galaxy S series by expanding it to alternatives such as the new S 4 Mini. Read on to know more about it!
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the expected launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 models. The 7 inch variant has already been announced but various rumors and leaks have somewhat confirmed the existence of 8 inch and 10.1 inch models.
A couple of photos of these two tablets have been leaked online which further strengthen the reports that these tablets will be unveiled by Samsung very soon. The authenticity of these images can’t be verified of course, so they should be taken with a grain of salt.
The specs of these two tablets have also surface online. The 10.1 model will have a 1280 x 800 pixels screen resolution, a dual core processor running at 1.6 GHz, 3 MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras. Both tablets are rumored to have 1.5 gigs of RAM and both will come with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Both devices come equipped with 16/32 GB of internal memory and micro SD slots with up to 64 GB capacity. The dimensions of the 10.1 have also been leaked and are being claimed to be 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95 mm.
Another rumor that has been floating around is that these tablets will be powered by Intel Atom processors. If this is true, this could be huge for Intel and its family of Atom processors. The benchmark tests that were leaked showed the Atom processor performing extraordinarily well, and in fact far better than any other Android tablet out there.
Samsung is expected to reveal these tabs at an even on June 20th.
A report from Wall Street Journal indicates that the much rumored Samsung Galaxy S 4 spinoff – the Galaxy S 4 Mini – will see a launch in a little over 3 weeks from now, on June 20. There have been various details leaked about this phone already (with Samsung being one of the main sources of this, all thanks to an inadvertently leaked preview page for the Mini), but the June 20th launch date to be held in London will bring the Mini out in the real world officially, along with the Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note III smartphone in all likelihood (along with rumored Windows 8 based devices). Read on to know more about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini below the break.
Galaxy Note 3 specs get leaked – Snapdragon processor, powerful camera highlights of much awaited heir to the phablet throne
There have been rumors swirling around about the Samsung Galaxy Note III over the last couple of days, and from the looks of it, the Korean electronics giant have spared no cost in tweaking an already popular device to make it even better than before, as the Galaxy Note 3 reportedly features a 13 MP camera and a Snapdragon 800 processor (which is quite unlike Samsung’s general strategy of featuring its own in-house Exynos chipset in almost all of its flagship devices).
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the much awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, aimed at people who feel the Galaxy S4 is just too big. So far, there has been no official confirmation from Samsung to prove that the device even exists. All we had up until this point were some leaked images and rumors, but the appearance of the handset on company’s website has confirmed the existence of Galaxy S4 Mini and its imminent summer release.
The handset was accidentally listed on Samsung’s app store with the model number GT-I9195 and was taken down soon afterwards. The handset looks quite similar to its larger counterpart, but has a slightly reduced spec sheet to reduce the cost. Powered by a 1.6 GHz Exynos dual core processor, the Galaxy S4 mini will have an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. The 4.3 inch screen is expected to be a 256 ppi density Super AMOLED panel, with a resolution of 540x960 pixels.
The S4 Mini is clearly geared towards banking on the remarkable success of the Galaxy S4, which has been declared to be Samsung’s fastest selling cellphone ever, with over 10 million units already sold. a cheaper version of Galaxy S4 is expected to be highly successful. Samsung might launch this device in July, well ahead of Apple’s fall event, but since there has been no confirmation so far, we can only speculate.
If there’s one thing about iOS 6 that was unanimously criticized, it was the lack of any major modifications to the general user interface. iOS has looked the same since its inception, whereas the competing Android OS has changed its look by leaps and bounds over the years. A fresh look for Apple’s mobile operating system will certainly bring respite to loyal Apple customers, and will help break the monotony.
As the date of release of iOS 7 draws nearer, rumors have started circulating that Apple’s design head Jony Ive is completely revamping the iOS look. Rumors indicate that the new design will do away with most of the skeuomorphic design elements that have been an integral part of iOS since it came into being. The new design will be flatter, and will not have the heavy textures that are found currently in iOS. Instead, it will be black and white and will be a lot cleaner and simpler.
Skeuomorphism has been Apple’s signature design approach primarily because of Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall. Sources have confirmed that Jony Ive is no fan of skeuomorphism and he feels that such software design does not stand the test of time. Now since Forstall is no longer associated with Apple, it can be safely assumed that Ive, who is now the design head of iOS, will do away with all skeuomorphic aspects. All Apple software will follow the same general design pattern, which is another thing that is currently lacking in iOS.
It is no secret that Apple has been dabbling in fingerprint protection technology for its mobile phones. Apple had acquired AuthenTec Inc. for $356 million for this very reason. This move can be considered to be in the right direction, taking into account the fact that mobile phones are fast becoming modes of payment.
Rumors have been flying around about other OEMs following suit, but the recent findings by Sammobile have confirmed that Samsung has indeed been working on fingerprint protection for its future smartphones. The source of this information is the SecSettings.apk file in the firmware of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 phone. A lot of images detailing the fingerprinting technique to be used by Samsung, along with a number of finger prints were found inside that file, which Samsung supposedly forgot to remove from the S3 firmware. Other images depicted different aspect of the fingerprinting user interface and home buttons.
This news has come as no surprise because this is the most obvious step to take when it comes to mobile security. People are still apprehensive about using NFC for making mobile payments because of obvious security issues. But since mobile phones are becoming such a huge part of our lives, the worldwide acceptance of mobile payment is imminent. Equipping smartphones with fingerprint security will alleviate a lot of concerns about mobile banking and payments. While there has been no office confirmation about fingerprint security from any OEM so far, it can still be safely assumed that this technology is coming to our mobiles soon.
The speculation related to Apple’s next series of devices is slowly starting to gain steam, and will presumably reach a fever pitch as the next few months pass by. Apple Insider has cited a report from the prominent Japanese Apple watcher website Macotakara in which the iPad 5 (or the 5th gen iPad as Apple is likely to call it) is unsurprisingly being expected to release in late 2013, but apparently its launch will be preceded by what Macotakara calls the iPhone 5S. Moreover, the upcoming iPad 5th gen is expected to feature a rear mic as well.
Last week, Samsung co-CEO JK Shin had claimed that the Galaxy S 4 was on track to reach sales of 10 million units by the end of this week. In case there were any people skeptical of Samsung’s clout in the market, Mr. Shin’s prediction has proved to be right on the spot as Samsung have indeed announced that their flagship Android smartphone has zoomed past the 10 million sales mark after all. In the process, the Korean giant has also unveiled the same Galaxy S 4 smartphone again, but in different hues!
Apple and Samsung’s legal wranglings have been protracted at every stage, to put it mildly. Their latest run in has involved Apple putting the flagship Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, in its legal crosshairs in recent weeks. After notifying the California court where the patent litigation proceedings are underway about its intentions to amend its allegations against Samsung, the Cupertino company is back this week with claims that make not just the Samsung Galaxy S 4 the infringing party, but Google’s very own Now assisted search app as well. Read on to find out more about this scoop sourced from Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.