Google Wallet hacked again; new exploit doesn’t need root access [video]

By on February 10, 2012 at 8:10 AM.

Google Wallet hacked again; new exploit doesn’t need root access [video]

A new exploit has been discovered that allows unauthorized access to a user’s Google Wallet account with a simple hack that can be performed by anyone in a matter of minutes. A security firm recently exposed a Google Wallet vulnerability that allowed hackers to bypass PIN protection, but the vulnerability is only present on rooted Galaxy Nexus handsets. This new exploit, however, does not require a handset to be rooted, which leaves all Google Wallet users exposed. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung takes another page from Apple’s playbook: increase margins

By on February 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM.

Samsung takes another page from Apple’s playbook: increase margins

Apple has argued on multiple occasions that Samsung builds mobile products that “blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success.” Courts seem to disagree for the most part, with only a pair of injunctions having been issued despite dozens of complaints Apple has filed around the world. There are some areas where Samsung does seem to take pages out of Apple’s playbook, however — Samsung’s new anti-iPhone ad strategy is somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac” campaign, for example — and market research firm Allied Business Intelligence may have uncovered another one this week. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung announces white Galaxy Nexus, available February 13th in the UK

By on February 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM.

Samsung announces white Galaxy Nexus, available February 13th in the UK


We already knew the Galaxy Nexus would be available in white, but on Monday Samsung made the device official. The white handset will arrive in the United Kingdom on February 13th featuring the same internals as its black counterpart. “After much speculation, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Galaxy Nexus White which follows the great reception the phone has received since it was launched back in November,” said Simon Stanford, managing director of Samsung Mobile UK & IRE. “One of the things we at Samsung pride ourselves on is the choice we offer customers, and we’ve enjoyed huge success to date by introducing white variants of our most popular models to our product portfolio.” Read on for Samsung’s press release. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance receives early hands-on preview

By on February 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance receives early hands-on preview


The Samsung Galaxy S Advance was announced on Monday, and not even a week later the device has shown up in Vietnam and received a hands-on from Mai Nguyen. The handset reportedly features a design that is a combination of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus, complete with a curved display. The Advance’s specs fall between the Galaxy S II and original Galaxy S, however, featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 768MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. The handset reportedly had a “solid feel,” with a thickness of 9.7mm and a weight of 120 grams. The Galaxy S Advance is expected to be released in Vietnam at the end of February for roughly 9.5 million VND, or $450 USD before subsidies. Another image of the new phone follows below. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus now just $99.99 from Amazon

By on January 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus now just $99.99 from Amazon

The world’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone is currently on sale at a huge discount from retail giant Amazon. The company’s wireless arm is currently offering Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone for as little as $99.99 with a new Verizon Wireless contract, and Amazon is even throwing in free two-day shipping for good measure. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for Samsung’s sleek pure Google phone, and it is only available while supplies last according to an Amazon spokesperson. BGR reviewed the Galaxy Nexus this past November and we called it our favorite Android device in the world at that time. The handset features a massive 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with HD 720p resolution, 4G LTE, a 5-megapixel camera and NFC capabilities. More →

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Android share doubles iPhone in U.S., Samsung most popular vendor

By on January 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM.

Android share doubles iPhone in U.S., Samsung most popular vendor

Google’s share of the smartphone market in the United States is now nearly double that of Apple’s iPhone according to new data published Friday. A new report from market research firm iGR states that 47% of U.S. smartphone owners have Android devices while 24% own Apple’s iPhone. The company also found that Samsung is the most popular brand among Android users in the U.S. followed by Motorola, HTC and LG. Less than half of Android users researched the mobile OS before purchasing their smartphones according to the study, and 27% said Google’s reputation was a key factor when they made the decision to purchase an Android phone. “Understanding why consumers select specific brands and certain smartphones is critical to the success of OEMs in the highly competitive U.S. handset market,” iGR Research Analyst Sarah Thoman said in a statement. “While a user’s current handset brand influences the selection of a new Android smartphone, many other factors also come into play. For example, handset display quality and functionality also highly influenced the smartphone purchase decision.” IGR’s press release follows below. More →

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Apple claims Samsung Galaxy Nexus copies iPhone’s slide-to-unlock feature

By on January 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Apple claims Samsung Galaxy Nexus copies iPhone’s slide-to-unlock feature

Apple is warring with Samsung yet again in Germany. The iPhone maker filed another suit against Samsung and this time is arguing that the slide-to-unlock feature on the Galaxy Nexus infringes on an intellectual property right called a “utility model,” patent expert Florian Muller wrote on his website FOSS Patents Friday. Apple reportedly registered the utility model in 2006 and said it wasn’t able to use its utility model against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus in court yet because the phone is so new. Muller said the court will issue a ruling, a stay, or decide to appoint an expert to help the judges decide if Apple’s utility model is “obvious or non-obvious” on March 16th. Earlier on Friday, a German court cleared Apple of an accusation that it infringed on one of seven Samsung patents. More →

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Galaxy Nexus users plagued by random reboots

By on January 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM.

Galaxy Nexus users plagued by random reboots

Google’s flagship device, the Galaxy Nexus, has been widely acclaimed and we had great things to say in our review of the world’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone. The device is fast, responsive, and Android 4.0 is the most polished version of Android yet. Numerous users are reporting a bug that randomly reboots their devices, however, and the exact cause of the issue is unclear at this time. The majority of these reports come from owners of the GSM version, although Verizon’s CDMA model isn’t immune immune to the problem. The issue is widespread, with users suffering reboots while streaming music, playing games or even while the device is idle. Additionally, affected customers are reporting that the reboots seem to occur more frequently as time progresses. Google has indicated that the company aware of the problem and is investigating it. More →

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Samsung CES 2012 booth tour

By on January 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

Samsung CES 2012 booth tour

There is no clear cut winner or loser at the Consumer Electronics Show but if there was, Samsung would easily be a top contender for the crown. The South Korea-based consumer electronics giant came to CES 2012 with guns blazing, showing off everything from new televisions, ultrabooks and smartphones to a revolutionary new washing machine. Yes, a washing machine. Samsung had a gigantic booth packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech, but the stars of this year’s show in our eyes were Samsung’s new Super OLED HDTVs. The only word that can possibly describe them is gorgeous. They’re unbelievably slim, incredibly bright, and they produce colors unlike anything we’ve seen on a TV before… but we’ll let the pictures do the talking. Our CES 2012 booth tour featuring Samsung follows below.

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Sprint confirms Samsung Galaxy Nexus will have 32GB of internal storage

By on January 11, 2012 at 5:48 AM.

Sprint confirms Samsung Galaxy Nexus will have 32GB of internal storage

On Monday, Sprint updated the company’s website to officially include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Details surrounding the device were slim, with the only information available indicating that the handset would feature Google Wallet and a disappointing 16GB of internal storage. However, Sprint has reached out to us and informed us that the landing page was mislabeled. The Now Network’s first 4G LTE device will indeed have 32GB of storage, and not the previously reported 16GB. No release date has been announced, but with Sprint’s 4G LTE network expecting to launch in mid-2012, the Galaxy Nexus will most likely be available around the same time.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint hands-on

By on January 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint hands-on

If there was one phone on the market that could be considered the perfect starting point for Sprint’s 4G LTE smartphone lineup, it would be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We reviewed the international version of Samsung’s Android 4.0 smartphone this past November, and it was easily our favorite Android phone at that time. Despite the fact that a number of great looking smartphones have been unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Nexus likely still ranks at the top of our list. Sprint’s version of this handset is identical to the Verizon Wireless version of the phone in terms of hardware, but there is one distinction that will likely make a number of Sprint customers happy: Google Wallet support. Beyond that, you’re looking at the same great pure Google phone that has been wooing Android fans since its announcement. Pricing and availability details haven’t been made available beyond confirmation of a launch in the first half, but check out our hands-on photos in the gallery below while we all wait for more details.

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Sprint officially announces LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus

By on January 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM.

Sprint officially announces LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus

Sprint has updated the company’s website to officially include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper, the Now Network’s first two 4G LTE smartphones. The details around the Galaxy Nexus are slim, with Sprint only indicating that the device features 16GB of internal storage and will include Google Wallet, a feature not found on Verizon’s variant, though we’re guessing there aren’t many other differences between Verizon’s handset and the HSPA+ version. The LG Viper is the second LTE device announced, and it features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The Viper comes with an NFC chip and will come with Google Wallet, while running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sprint’s LTE network is expected to launch in mid-2012 in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta. More →

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Swype for Android 4.0 coming later this month

By on January 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Swype for Android 4.0 coming later this month

Popular third-party software keyboard developer Swype is preparing an official Ice Cream Sandwich version that is currently slated for release near the end of January, the company announced on Thursday. “Good news! Official ICS support is near,” a Swype representative wrote on the company’s Twitter account. “Final tweaks and testing should be done in time for an anticipated end-of-month beta update.” Swype is a third-party keyboard that uses word prediction in combination with swiping motions to allow users to quickly write emails, text messages, tweets and so on. Galaxy Nexus users must currently use a hacked version of Swype on their devices but with CES around the corner, Swype intends to have a new version ready ahead of the imminent wave of Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices set to launch in the coming months.

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